Rajnath Singh approves rehabilitation of flood victims and the restoration of public infrastructure in Jammu & Kashmir

Rajnath Singh approves rehabilitation of flood victims and the restoration of public infrastructure in Jammu & Kashmir

 The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh has approved the rehabilitation of flood victims and the restoration of the public infrastructure in J&K, consequent to the devastation caused by the September 2014 floods. The decision was taken after the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Shri N.N. Vohra met Shri Rajnath Singh, here today.

 After the HM-Governor discussions, the Union Home Secretary disclosed that the following decisions have been taken:

 (i) Rs. 1102.56 crore has been sanctioned from the National Disaster Response Fund to meet expenditures incurred by the State Government for the immediate restoration of public infrastructure consequent of the devastation caused by the floods.

 (ii) Rs.20 crore has been sanctioned from the National Rural Drinking Water Programme for the restoration of drinking water system.

 (iii) Rs.634.99 crore, has been already spent to provide immediate rehabilitation in the wake of floods as per the following details:

 (a) Rs.144.85 crore towards food subsidy.

 (b) Rs.35.67 crore towards restoration of national highways and roads.

 (c) Rs.25.41 crore towards petroleum products.

 (d) Rs.2.52 crore for milk products

 (e) Rs.1.54 crore for medicines

 During the course of his visit to Jammu & Kashmir on last Diwali, the Prime Minister had announced a grant of Rs.765 crore from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund and a further Rs.1,000 crore as Special Assistance for the reconstruction of damaged public infrastructure. The Home Minister and Governor discussed the to-date status of the utilisation of these funds.

 During the course of today’s discussions, it was decided that for final decisions in regard to Special Package of over Rs.41,000 crore which has been submitted by the Jammu & Kashmir Government, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs shall be the nodal authority for all further decisions in regard to the schemes proposed by the State Government. In furtherance of today’s decision, the State Government shall forward detailed proposals/DPRs to the concerned Central Ministries with copies to the Home Ministry which shall exercise overall coordination. As regards the grant of Rs.570 crore which the Prime Minister had announced during the course of his visit to Srinagar on last Diwali, it was noted that after disbursing compensation at Rs.1 lakh and Rs.50,000 respectively, for fully damaged pucca and katcha houses, certain funds out of this grant would remain for utilisation. After hearing the difficulties voiced by the Governor, the Home Minister readily agreed to discuss this matter with the Prime Minister and get an early concurrence for the entire available funds being utilized to also suitably compensate the owners of severely and partially damaged pacca and katcha houses.

 The utilisation of the Special Plan Assistance of Rs.1,000 crore announced by the Prime Minister was also reviewed. The Governor informed the Home Minister that well-considered project reports were being prepared and funds were being promptly released for the execution of the approved projects. He also mentioned that this entire activity was being closely monitored by him.

 The Home Minister and the Governor also had an extensive discussion on issues relating to Border Management and consequent thereto, the Home Minister desired the Home Secretary to visit Jammu next week for a comprehensive review of all the border development related schemes.

Union Home Minister chairs High Level Committee meeting for Central assistance to states affected by natural disasters

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting here today of the High Level Committee (HLC) for Central Assistance to States under the National Disaster Response Fund. Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, Agriculture Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh and senior officers of the Ministries of Agriculture, Finance and Home participated in the discussions.

 The Committee examined the proposals, based on the visits of the Central Team to the States affected by severe Natural Disasters during the last year. The HLC decided the assistance from NDRF in respect of Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana


Review Meeting of Pmegp for North Eastern States Held Under The Charimanship of Shri Kalraj Mishra

Shri Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises made two days visit (29-30-Jan) to the North-Eastern States today. The Minister had chaired the review meeting at Guwahati with all the stakeholders of the Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) in respect of North-Eastern States.

 PMEGP is the flagship scheme of Ministry of MSME and is an effective instrument for generating employment opportunities in urban and rural India through setting up of micro enterprises.

 The unemployment rate in India is estimated to be around 8.8% as compared to 6.1% in USA, 3.9% in Japan. The solution for this malady is urban and rural industrialization which can generate employment opportunities. PMEGP scheme is successful in addressing this issue. Since inception of the Scheme in 2008-09, a total of 2.89 lakh units were set up in the country generating 25.41 lakh employments by disbursing Rs.5652.47 crore as margin money till 31.12.2015. In North Eastern States, since inception of Scheme a total of 48195 have been set up, involving margin money of Rs.557.90 crores and providing employment to 2.90 lakhs persons.

 The performance under PMEGP at national level has improved significantly in 2014-15 due to the concentrated efforts under the 100 days action plan. Disbursement of margin money has touched to Rs.495.03 Crs with 20,351 projects and employment opportunities to 1,58,230 person as on 23rd January, 2015 in all over the country. However, in NE States against the target of Rs.175.54 Crs. achievement has touched to Rs.29.46 crs. only, this is a matter of concern. The position has been reviewed in the meeting and also the bottlenecks were examined.

 The Minister had expressed that the discussions held during the review meeting with all the stakeholders, including representatives of various Banks, States officials and other beneficiaries, will be fruitful on crucial areas like collateral free loans, timely bank sanctions, release of margin money subsidy and loan installment, coverage of credit guarantee scheme, achievement of social category targets of SC, ST, minority, women etc. The meeting will encourage all the stakeholders and will leads to better implementation of PMEGP Scheme in North-Eastern States, thereby achieving the set targets in time and providing better employment opportunities to the youths in the NE States.

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