JK owes 742 crore security bill to centre: BJP

JAMMU: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit today alleged that the Jammu and Kashmir government owes Rs 742 crore security bill to the Centre.

“Despite repeated reminders from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the state is yet to pay to the Centre an amount of Rs 742 crore which it owes on account of deployment of paramilitary forces in Jammu and Kashmir,” BJP National Executive Member and J&K Chief spokesperson Jitendra Singh in a statement issued here said.

Dr Singh said on the one hand, the ruling party leadership publicly demands withdrawal of Indian security forces from Jammu and Kashmir, on the other hand, it conveniently continues to use the services of these forces at the expense of Govt of India’s exchequer.

“The amount of Rs 742 crore has been worked out on the basis of accepted formula of 90:10, with the former’s share borne by the Centre and the latter to be borne by the state government,” he said as per official data and added that instead of paying these dues in a dignified manner, the state government is said to have taken up with Central Government the issue of exemption of this amount.

Dr Singh further, said notwithstanding huge budget liability accruing from security related expenses over the last two decades of militancy, the State government is being charged only 10 percent of the salaries and other expenses of the paramilitary forces deployed on its requisition.

Coming close on the heels of reports about senior J&K bureaucrats camping in New Delhi to seek enhancement of Plan funds and other Central grants Dr Singh said, this only confirms the present State government’s inability to sustain itself without the Centre paying for its security or for the salary of its employees.

“If such a government still manages to browbeat the Govt of India by raking up non-viable demands like ‘Autonomy’, it only vindicates the widely held perception that Congress-led-UPA is under instructions from 10 Janpath to keep the present J&K Chief Minister Omar Obdullah in good humour,” said the BJP leader. Agencies

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