The government has sanctioned most of the Rs 80,000 crore package that was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015. The home ministry said today that as much as 78 percent of the Rs 80,000 crore development package for Jammu and Kashmir has been sacntioned. The funds are being used for a wide variety of development projects in the Kashmir Valley. Connectivity is one of the main problems in J&K, which is why one of the primary focus areas is infrastructure development projects. A total of 63 projects were identified to be implemented. Many of these projects have been completed whereas others are underway. The central government has already sanctioned Rs 62,599 crore, which is around 78% of the total 80,068 crore development package created exclusively for Jammu and Kashmir.
Some of the prominent projects that have been competed include the four-laning of Chenani-Nashri section of the National Highway. Rehabilitation of Jammu migrants was also one of the projects. Experts said that development funds will boost the economy of Jammu and Kashmir and provide the youth the opportunity to use their energy in positive ways. Currently, youths in the Kashmir Valley are being hired by separatists for Rs 500 per day or even less to throw stones at security forces and cause trouble. If the local economy booms, the youth will get better opportunities and better pay, which would naturally improve conditions in the Kashmir Valley.