New Delhi: Reiterating the government’s commitment to Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Krishna Reddy said that allowances, running up to Rs 4,800 crore, have been cleared for government employees of the newly formed union territory as well as the union territory of Ladakh.
The amount is meant for around 4.5 lakh state government employees of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, and currently serving the union territory since its inception.
In his written response to a query on the issue of development in the union territory, the minister further stated, “after the creation of the two UTs on October 31, 2019, a total of Rs 14,559.25 crore as the balance share of 14th Finance Commission grants, share of taxes, etc. that were being given to the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir, has been apportioned amongst the two new units.”
Under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme, the Government has approved the establishment of eight medical colleges in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh regions. These medical colleges, which are under various stages of implementation, will come up in the districts of Doda, Kathua, Baramulla, Anantnag, Rajouri, Udhampur, Handwara (Dist. Kupwara) in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir and the district of Leh in the UT of Ladakh. (IANS)