Kashmir', which the people of Kashmir had adopted as their programme as
early as 1944, has been the target of economic development of the state ever
Planning at district and lower levels has been integrated with the programme of
the region and the state as a whole and steps taken to remove regional
imbalances wherever it has existed. Hence, there has been a progressive
increase in the provision of the plan funds under the five-year plans.
The objectives of the Eighth Five-year plan for Jammu and Kashmir
were self-reliance, increase in productivity, technological upgradation,
poverty alleviation and increase in employment opportunities. Unfortunately, a
major part of the Eighth Five-year plan period was co-terminus with the
prevalence of disturbed conditions in the state. Therefore, the desired
objectives could not be fully achieved.
The outlay for the Eighth plan 1992-97 was fixed at Rs.4000 Crores at 1991
prices. The approved plan outlays for 1992-97 added up to Rs.4969.50 crores at
current prices. Because of the gap between the resources and the expenditure,
the diversion of plan resources during the first four years of the Eighth
Five-year plan, accounted for 15 per cent of the total approved outlays and 21
per cent of the outlays earmarked for capital formation.
The size of the Annual plan 1996-97, was finalised by the planning commission
after the new government took over the state in October,1996. It was fixed at
Rs.1250 crores. Additionally, Rs.4 crores were provided for development of
infrastructure in the Ladakh region.
As per the revised estimate for 1996-97, the revenue component of the plan was
expected to register an increase of Rs.2 crores and in the capital outlays,
there was a marginal shortfall of Rs.8 crores.
The Annual plan 1997-98 happens to be the first year of the Ninth Five-year
plan. This provided the opportunity to review the existing programmes and
strategies and make appropriate shift in the inter-sectoral priorities. The size
of the Annual plan 1997-98 has been fixed at a level of Rs.1550 crores, the
highest step up given to the state so far.
next plan has a revenue component of Rs.464 crores against the current year's
revised estimates of Rs.334 crores.
major thrust is being given to the infrastructural sectors, such as roads,
irrigation and basic minimum services like education, health and water supply,
which are in need of considerable augmentation. Power constitutes one of the
topmost priorities of the state.