Growth-oriented and futuristic JK budget, says LG Sinha

Jammu and Kashmir Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday called the Rs 1.12 lakh crore annual budget “futuristic” and said the Union Territory had almost doubled its budget from that of the old state of J&K a few years ago.

He said a growth-oriented budget aims to ensure the development of all sectors with emphasis on economic growth and to meet the aspirations of the people.

“The picture is clear. The budget has almost doubled for this union territory compared to Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh when it was not a union territory (a few years ago). This needs to be understood,” Sinha told reporters here.

Sinha expanded on his point by citing budget figures from recent years.

”In 2015-16, we had a budget of Rs 51,670 crores, followed by Rs 61,480 crores in 2016-17, Rs 69,728 crores in 2017-18 (when Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were a state ).

“In 2019-20, the budget was Rs 88,911 crores followed by Rs 1,01,428 crores in 2020-21 and Rs 1,08,621 crores in 2021-22. This year it has risen to Rs 1,12,950 crores,’ he said.

Thanking the Union government for the increased budget support, the LG said the aim is to ensure comprehensive development in all sectors and the journey of continuous peace and progress.

”This budget will fulfill the aspiration of 1.15 crore people of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a futuristic and growth-oriented budget,” he said.

The LG elaborated on the various components of the budgets and said that out of the Rs 41,335 crore of capital expenditure, 61% of this amount will be spent on social sectors and infrastructure and Rs 8,085 crore will be spent on rural development.

“The immediate objective is to accelerate peaceful economic development in the union territory and make it multidimensional,” he said.

Sinha said the budget reflects the needs and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the commitment of the UT administration to the progress of peace and prosperity.

The LG said the GDP for the year 2022-23 was projected at Rs 2,03,716 crores, which shows a growth of 7.5%.

Sinha pointed out that the main areas of intervention of the budget on horticulture and tourism will be the main areas of intervention.

He said that tourism has been the backbone of J&K’s economy and that we will once again ensure that the tourism sector reaches the same level as it was a few decades ago.

The world’s highest railway bridge will be ready in Reasi which will link Kashmir with Kanyakumari by September this year, he added.

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