Special package to boost J&K economy
17 November 2002
The Times of India
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JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed has said the PDP-Congress government would soon come up with an economic package to give a boost to the state‚Äôs economy. The economic package would focus on reviving sectors like horticulture and sericulture as their potential had not been tapped fully, the Mufti said. According to an official, the government has already started the process by consolidating data pertaining to various districts through district development board meetings. In fact on Friday, the Mufti flew from Srinagar to Doda to attend a meeting of the district development board. At the meeting, he sanctioned an additional grant of Rs 5 crore for Doda. The districts overall annual plan has now touched Rs 66.71 crore. Doda, 200 km from here, is the second largest district in the country after Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan. However, its vastness has partly contributed to its backwardness coupled with official apathy. State Congress chief Ghulam Nabi Azad, who hails from Bhaderwah tehsil of Doda district, and all MLAs and MLCs from Doda, also attended the meeting. Some roads connecting remote areas of the district would be completed, repaired and made operational on priority basis, Mufti told the meeting. These roads include Ramsoo- Ukhral, Kewa-Bunjwa, Synthan, Marwah and Badyal Chilli etc.