Implementation of PM’s package

It is in the fitness of things that a proper appraisal of the implementation of Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) of 2015 was made periodically as to whether its various components, especially the ones meant exclusively for displaced families from Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir , Chhamb and Kashmir valley, were duly implemented or not and what were the impediments in the way so as to pin point , suggest , advise and recommend remedial measures in order to adequately address them . It is equally important to assess up to which levels the process of implementation had reached and the progress made therein . In this connection , the Union Home Ministry has been asked by Department Related Parliament Standing Committee to expedite the implementation of the PMDP so that the identified eligible segments were able to reap the benefits in a time bound manner.
It is not that no progress in the implementation has taken place as the figures furnished by the Ministry of Home Affairs reveal but the clarifications and replies submitted by the Ministry to the findings of the Committee headed by senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram have not been found ‘satisfactory’ , the report about which was tabled in the Parliament recently. Earlier in its 209th report, the Parliamentary panel had expressed dissatisfaction over the implementation aspect as regards actual disbursement of financial assistance to these categories with strong recommendations that remedial measures were required to be taken . Since a good number, to the extent of over 27000 displaced families of the prospective beneficiaries , had not received the said assistance , the same was desired to be completed by the end of the financial year 2018-19. However, much remains to be done.
It is pertinent to note that under the PMDP -2015, an amount of Rs. 2000 crore was allocated for providing financial assistance to 36384 displaced families from Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir while an amount of Rs.1020 crore had been earmarked for providing 3000 additional State Government jobs to the Kashmiri migrants. The Parliamentary Panel has commented upon the implantation process of these components and in addition, has also referred to UDAAN scheme which is aimed with special industry initiative for the State, to be continued beyond December 2018 till 2020.
The disbursement part of the Package has got to be done at the state level, looking to the nature and the pendency of this problems over decades and having now been addressed, carries little meaning in case disbursement process was not undertaken expeditiously. If any difficulties in implementing the vital components of the Package are encountered at the state level like not speedily completing required formalities by the beneficiaries, identification, Bank particulars etc, the Ministry in tandem with State authorities must chalk out a suitable action which is what the panel too wants. Adhering to timeline has now become imperative.