Timelines of PMDP, CSS projects

13/09/2018

With new Governor in place in Jammu and Kashmir, the centre is understood to have called for revisiting the Prime Minister's Development Package (PMPD), Centrally Sponsored Schemes and some other major projects of the Union Government in Jammu and Kashmir to give them major boost by revising their timelines, ensuring proper funding for them and their completion within the revised deadline to avoid further cost overrun. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) would be monitoring the PMDP and Centrally Sponsored Schemes in the State after the State Government holds project wise review of all major works being executed under the PMDP and other Centrally funded schemes and revise their deadlines amidst reports that number of projects have either missed or were in the process of missing the deadlines. Delay in execution of projects has been leading to massive cost overruns, both under the PMDP as well as Centrally Sponsored Schemes and this factor has worried the Central Government as total cost of the PMDP had already crossed Rs one lakh crore as against original sanctioned amount of Rs 80,068 crore and despite repeated reminders by the Centre to the State Government in the past, some of the projects couldn't gather pace.
The Central Government, is ready to walk extra mile to sanction additional funds under the PMDP and Centrally Sponsored Schemes but want an assurance from the State Government that fresh deadlines set for them are not jumped and the projects are completed within the stipulated period. The State Government is ready to accept the Central guidelines as it was of the view that revised deadlines can be met provided that the flow of funds was adequate. The Centre has assured that funds would be no problem both under the PMDP as well as Centrally Sponsored Schemes and whenever the State Government gave Utilization Certificates, the further funds would pour-in. The funds around Rs 5500 crore could be released in the State sector for various works by the Ministry of Home Affairs, which monitors the PMDP, during the initial period of upcoming financial year of 2018-19. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs has agreed to the State Government demand for release of funds in the State sector to give boost to developmental projects in various Departments including Works, Power, Health, Rehabilitation etc. The State Government was of the view that the Centre was releasing majority of PMDP funds in the Central sector and had demanded that it should give due weightage to the State sector also. 63 projects of the PMDP, which were under execution in Centre and State sectors could get boost due to liberal release of funds by the Ministry of Home Affairs, which monitors the PMDP, in both the sectors. However, the Centre has laid down the condition that it would release more funds only when the State gives Utilization Certificates for the already given funds.

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