The Centre has announced a major hike in the fund allocation to the state of Jammu and Kashmir under the Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP). On the intervention of the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, who holds the charge of Tribal Affairs Department, the allocation has increased almost five-folds.
The State would now get an allocation of Rs 100 crore under TSP, which is the highest ever J&K has got.
The Union Secretary in the Tribal Affairs Ministry, Dr Sham Aggarwal called on the Chief Minister, giving assurance that the Government of India would favorably look into the State Government’s demand for more funds under TSP.
As per the GoI guidelines, 50 percent allocation under TSP has to be spent on improvement of educational facilities in the State. The State Government has, accordingly, decided that in every Gram Panchayat at least one Secondary School will be taken up for the phase-wise up gradation from additional grants under Article 275(1) and TSP with matching grant from J&K Government. The scheme will include creation of additional rooms in schools, library and computer rooms as well.
The Centre Government has also proposed a new scheme called the ‘Talent Examination’ from Class 3rd on wards in order to certify meritorious students and award them distinction certificates which would nurture their talents especially in Science and Mathematics. Those students would be reimbursed fee both in Government as well as the private educational institutions under this scheme.
The Chief Minister urged the Central Government to sanction two new Eklavya Model Residential Schools for remote districts of the State with a cost of Rs 12 crore each which was agreed by Government of India.
The Government has also agreed to fund 10 Chilling Plants across J&K to encourage milk production and usher prosperity among tribal community. Moreover, Union Government has agreed to provide funds for up gradation of Gujjar and Bakerwal hostels by adding additional postgraduate wings and for installation of library, computer room etc and increasing the present number of seats for which an amount of Rs 15 crore has been earmarked.
Chief Minister while hailing the five-fold increase in the allocation by GoI under TSP directed the Tribal Affairs Department to get DPRs prepared from School Education Department, Health Department, Higher Education Department, Technical Education Department and R&B Department without any delay so that the funds could be utilized effectively.