New Delhi, December 22
THE TASK Force set up by the Prime Minister on development of Jammu and Kashmir has recommended a Rs 8,302-crore package for the economic reconstruction of the state, ravaged by militancy for the past two decades.
Key recommendations include the transfer of the 390 MW Dulhasti hydroelectric project to the state, a Rs 1,750 crore rural roads development programme and a satellite business city estimated at Rs 200 crore to decongest the - state's summer capital — Sri-nagar, and the development of a special investment zone to attract industry so as to generate much-needed employment especially for the educated youth.
Constituted by prime minister Manmohan Singh in March 2005, the nine-member force led by noted economist Dr C. Rangarajan presented its report to him on Friday morning. The panel had been mandated to firm up recommendations to ensure rapid economic reconstruction of the state afflicted by terrorism-related violence.
| The panel has pitched for harnessing heritage tourism with the launch of Rs 50 crore Market Development programme for the creation of at least ten art marts.
|| Other important recommendations include encouraging food processing units in the private sector and asset reconstruction
Identifying power as the most critical infrastructure bottleneck to attract private
sector investment in the state, the panel suggested a clutch of measures — both short and long term — to redress the crises in this sector. Seeking a Rs4,933-crore Central compensation to National Hydel Power Corporation for immediate transfer of the Dulhasto project to J & K government, it also suggested several measures to manage the existing capacity in the power sector. In a special reference to tourism and horticulture, the Rangarajan Committee has suggested fast track completion of road and rail projects in the valley jraina[at]hindustantimes[dot]com