J&K Budget 2023-24: Focussing on nine priorities to build new Jammu & Kashmir

We have achieved innumerable milestones in the journey of three years of development in Jammu and Kashmir. Efforts are being made to fulfil the dreams of a developed and new Jammu and Kashmir, said the Lieutenant Governor Shri Manoj Sinha. Under the guidance of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, in the fast changing Jammu and Kashmir, we are trying to set up a system that is self-reliant, aspiring and dedicated to the welfare of the people. I trust the 2023-24 Budget seeing the last three years’ phenomenal growth will expand it further. The budget amount of Rupees one lakh eighteen thousand and five hundred crore for this year will fulfil the dreams of all catering to villages, poor farmers, cities, youth, women, entrepreneurs, Panchayati Raj Institutions, and urban development. It will also pave the way for continuous justice and inclusive all-round development, LG said. In the last financial year, Jammu and Kashmir’s economic growth was 14.4 percent. In the tax revenue, 31 percent growth was seen. In the law and order scenario, there has been a big change in the situation from before. The pleasant results were: an unprecedented tourist flow of one crore and 88 lakh people visiting Kashmir. This is last year’s figure. People are enjoying Shikara rides late into the night on Dal Lake, eating out at restaurants and hotels. And the cinema halls are running at their pace. A new work of providing late night bus transport service I believe has begun after 30 years in Kashmir. The schools and colleges in J&K are running, classes in universities go on and shops remain open. These are the big changes that a common man in Kashmir is witnessing in their lives. Whether it is the PM Gram Sadak Yojana, Amrit Sarovar scheme, ownership plan, Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, Nasha Mukt campaign, e-Governance, today, Jammu and Kashmir has been included in the seven best performing States. In about 57.84 percent of houses we have been successful in giving water in taps through ‘Nal se Jal’ mission. Under the My Youth, My Pride initiative, more than 50 lakh youth participated in sports activities last year and got a chance to show their talent. Around 445 public services have been made online. And 220 services have been linked with real time feedback mechanisms. Around 80 percent of services provided are good, the residents are commenting as feedback. In 2018, 1500 km road development work took place. Last year we made 3200 km new roads in Jammu and Kashmir. In the last three years, the foundation that has been laid for a self-reliant Jammu and Kashmir has been given strength in this year’s budget, paving the way for a new Jammu and Kashmir, and efforts are being made to mainly focus on nine visions, LG said. These are: good governance, empowerment of grassroots democracy, promotion of sustainable agriculture and allied sector, investment and industrial growth, employment generation, inclusive growth for an aspirational society, women empowerment, social inclusion and in the next five years making our GDP double. The development document of these nine priorities I believe is the Budget for 2023-24, LG stated.

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