March 12: Governor N. N. Vohra has approved the constitution of a High Level Monitoring Committee to undertake a monthly review of the implementation of the projects funded under the Rs 80,000 crore PM’s Package “The Aggregative Multi-sector Economic & Infrastructure Rebuilding (TAMIER)”- Plan 2015-2020.
This Committee will be headed by the Chief Secretary and the Administrative Secretary of Planning and Development will be its Member Secretary. The other members shall be the Administrative Secretaries of the Departments of Forests, Relief & Rehabilitation, Home, Housing and Urban Development, Power Development, Finance, Public Works (R&B), Technical/YSS, Science & Technology, Higher Education, Agriculture Production, Health & Medical Education, PHE/I&FC, Tourism, and Revenue.
This High Level Monitoring Committee will oversee the implementation of projects, monitor fund flow for ensuring optimal utilization, address any other issues which may arise during the implementation of the Plan (2015-2020), and keep the Governor informed on regular basis.
It is pertinent to recall that TAMEIR Plan, envisaging a Rs. 80,000 crore plus framework, was announced by the Prime Minister of India on 7th November, 2015 on his visit to Srinagar. This Plan, with the Centre’s support, shall implement humanitarian and multi-sectoral growth initiatives in the State.
Humanitarian Relief involves provision of relief to the flood affected families of the 2014 September floods in the form of enhanced ex-gratia relief for reconstruction of houses, assistance for restoration of livelihood in the form of interest subvention for traders/self employed/business establishments etc.; rehabilitation package for One time settlement of POK and Chhamb DPs; rehabilitation package for return of Kashmiri Pandits.
Disaster Management includes a Comprehensive Flood Control Project for River Jhelum and its tributaries including dredging and desilting, assistance for permanent restoration of damaged public infrastructure assets, assistance under World Bank assisted Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery project and strengthening the Disaster Management Framework in the State.
Social Infrastructure includes creation of two AIIMS like institutions for health care in the State, stepping up support for creation of infrastructure in District Hospitals, Sub-District Hospitals and PHCs, establishment of IIM Jammu, IIT Jammu, training to 1 lakh youth for self employment and wage employment placement linked skilled training under HIMAYAT scheme, construction of indoor and outdoor stadii in the State, enhanced rate of remuneration for SPOs, establishment of 5 IR Battalions, and undertaking the Pashmina Promotion programme.
The fourth component, for Development Projects, involves implementation of projects in tourism, agriculture, horticulture, and urban development sectors and funding for externally aided projects.
The Economic Infrastructure sector includes taking up major projects in power, road, transport and Highways, Power Development including the Srinagar-Leh 220KV Transmission line, two pilot Solar Power projects in Leh and Kargil, funds for Power Sector reforms, funds for augmentation of T&D system, preparation of DPRs and implementation of small Hydro Projects, four laning and improvement of different sections of Jammu-Srinagar Highway, five projects for improving road connectivity in the State under Bharat Mala, improving urban infrastructure in the Capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar etc.