Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Jammu and Kashmir budget in the Lok Sabha on March 13, 2023. It was her fourth consecutive budget estimate that she presented in the parliament after Jammu and Kashmir was sliced into two federally governed Union Territories.
In her budget speech, Sitharaman said Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed an unprecedented level of development in various sectors since historic changes in August 2019. The people of Jammu and Kashmir not only welcomed but have embraced these changes with an open heart. The law and order situation has improved appreciably. The pace of development in all critical sectors such as power, tourism, road connectivity, urban sector, health, sports, water, and rural development, etc., is remarkable.
Jammu and Kashmir has entered the Amrit Kaal with the aim of a fear-free, corruption-free, drug-free, and employment-rich Jammu and Kashmir inspired by Panch Pran i.e Goal of developed India, Removing any trace of the colonial mindset, Taking pride in our roots, Unity, and Sense of duty among the citizens.
Jammu and Kashmir has been among the top performers in the country for the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), Amrit Sarovar, SVAMITVA Scheme, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Nasha Mukt Abhiyan, and Renewable Energy Development. Besides, Jammu and Kashmir is among the top performers in Agriculture Income, Ease of Living, Ease of Doing Business, Transparency, Sustainable Development Goals, and One Nation One Ration Card.
Jammu and Kashmir leads the nation under various health parameters like Neo-natal Mortality Rate, Infant Mortality Rate, Sex ratio at birth, Institutional births, and percentage of fully immunized children.
Finance Minister said construction work of AIIMS at Vijaypur, Jammu, and AIIMS at Awantipora, Kashmir, is proceeding at a fast pace.
She said seven new Government Medical Colleges are being established and 15 Nursing Colleges will be made operational.
She said two State Cancer Institutes will be made fully functional. Rs 881 crore is being spent on rebuilding/upgrading 140 health institutions to be completed during this year.
She said the intake capacity of MBBS has been increased from 500 to 1100 seats and PG seats from 513 to 593.
Finance Minister said under Jammu & Kashmir “SEHAT” health insurance scheme, in convergence with Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), the registration of beneficiaries has reached 83.97 percent.