A programme was organised on Kisan Kendra, Jammu on Friday. In this programme, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha addressed the farmers and said that the government has assisted farmers of J&K worth Rs 1132 crore farmers. He said that every farmer of the UT was covered under PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi and no farmer will be left.
However, the larger question remains that will Jammu get its fair share in the welfare schemes? Experiences of the past regimes are only painful for people of the region for implementation of the centrally sponsored schemes for the upliftment of agriculture and horticulture sectors.
According to the official documents, state capital worth Rs 2629.72 lakh were allocated under four central government schemes namely MIDH, RKVY, SMAM and ATMA. While region of Kashmir was provided a whooping Rs 226.78 lakhs, Jammu division was allocated Rs 80 lakhs. While under MIDH, Jammu was given Rs 74.18 lakhs in the year 2014-15 and Rs 173.59 lakhs in 2015-16. On the other hand, Kashmir region was provided Rs 201.79 lakhs in the year 2014-15 under MIDH and Rs 223.85 lakhs in 2015-16 under the same scheme.
The government has never explained why the region of Jammu has always been discriminated while it also deserves full rights to utilize government schemes. This fund amount was supposed to be distributed equally among both the divisions of the erstwhile state but the government has allocated Rs 80 lakh less to Jammu region without any proper reason.
Under MIDH, while Kashmir Valley was allocated Rs 4548 lakhs in two years, whereas Jammu was given only Rs 2814 lakhs which is just slightly more than half of the total amount.
Under another scheme RKVY which meant for the development of the horticulture in the state, the Valley was awarded Rs 195.65 lakhs under this scheme. Jammu was given only Rs 78 lakhs.
For another scheme SWAM, Kashmir Valley got Rs 17 lakhs in the year 2014-15 and 20 lakhs in 2015-16, Jammu was given only a total of Rs 20 lakh in two years.
Under another horticulture scheme by the Central government, Kashmir received more than Rs 86 lakhs during the financial years of 2014-15 and 2015-16 and Jammu, like always, never got its fair share.