JKs Income Rs 600 Cr Only By All Means: Omar

JKs Income Rs 600 Cr Only By All Means: Omar

2 February 2012
Rising Kashmir


Jammu: Maintaining that State suffers Rs 2000 crore loss on supply of electricity and had to pay more than Rs 13,000 crore as salary to its employees annually, Chief Minister Omar Abudllah Thursday said that Jammu and Kashmir has only Rs 600 crore income yearly by all means. 'One can easily imagine that how difficult is the development process in a state where there will be Rs 2000 crore loss on supply of electricity and had to pay more than Rs 13,000 crore as salary to its employees annually having only Rs 600 crore income yearly by all means', Omar said while answering questions of the members of the civil society at an interaction session organised by Institute of Public Opinion here. He was replying to the questions about the total income, losses and burden on state exchequer besides the development process in the state. Omar said that the state has to bear on account of supply of electricity which accounts for Rs 2,000 crore losses. 'We have also to develop the culture making due payments for the services for which we are required to pay the fee', he said. In reply to another question, the Chief Minister said the tenders for construction of Srinagar and Jammu flyovers would be floated by the middle of this year. He said Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been roped in to finance these huge projects. 'We have so many other projects in pipeline to decongest the roads and manage smooth ply of traffic', he said asking the people to also exhibit their sense of responsibility while parking vehicles on roadsides and indulging in traffic jams. The Chief Minister said the inclusive development constitutes basic ingredient in the States development policy and all major decisions are outlined in the Budget which indicates the roadmap of development in all sectors across the State. He said the scope of pre-Budget discussions have been widened and suggestions from more and more groups in the trade and commerce, agriculture and horticulture and other fields are being given patient consideration and wherever possible incorporated in the formulation of plans. On industrialisation, Omar said the government is providing various perks and concessions to the investors and working on industrial-friendly policy to encourage Medium and large industrial growth. 'The Government expects the industrial houses to absorb more and more locals and expand their activities in all feasible areas', he said. In reply to another question regarding use of polythene, the Chief Minister said that Government has banned its use in the state beyond some thickness. 'It is now up to you to deny receiving polythene bags from the traders and contribute in discouraging its use. I think younger generation is more aware and better than us in this regard as they do not accept polythene bags from the traders. Let us cultivate an anti-polythene culture', he said adding that legislation to enforce polythene free atmosphere is already in place. Omar said that Cooperative sector in the state has not thrived despite so many measures. 'We have to develop a cooperative culture and help to organize activities in handicrafts, agriculture, horticulture, transport and other sectors in cooperative mode', he said adding that government is ready to provide all help in this regard.