JAMMU, Apr 27: An amount of Rs. 36 crore has been spent on 2106 works taken up under Backward Regions Grants Fund (BRGF) across the State.
The information was given at a high level meeting convened under the chairmanship of the Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar to oversee the implementation of BRGF in the State.
Commissioner Secretary Rural Development, Farooq Ahmed Peer, Directors Rural Development, Jammu/Kashmir, Shafiq Raina, Jahangir Mir, Deputy Commissioners of Doda, Ramban, Kishtwar, ACDs of the Districts, Member Secretary MGNREGA, Dr. Syed Hanif Balkhi and other senior officers of the department were present.
While asking the officers to speed up the implementation of the scheme, the Minister said “we have to ensure that the funds earmarked for speeding up the development of various backward areas of the State are used judiciously and according to the set norms”.
The Minister also asked for formulating a mechanism of dovetailing the scheme with MGNERGA so that massive infrastructure can be created which would go a long way in changing the socio-economic landscape of Rural and far flung areas of the State.
It is pertinent to mention that BRGF, a centrally sponsored scheme, has been launched in district Poonch, Kupwara and erstwhile Doda district to bridge critical infrastructure gaps and meet other developmental requirements that are not being adequately met through the existing inflows.
It was also given out that an amount of Rs. 43 crore is the total availability under the scheme for the current fiscal.