Rather to present coalition’s last Budget today


JAMMU: Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather gave final touches to the Budget 2014-15 at Civil Secretariat, Jammu Wednesday which is to be presented in the State Legislature Thursday.

It is the 6th Budget of the coalition government and 14th Budget to be presented by Rather in his career. 

Speaking on the occasion, Rather said that every effort was being made to pool all the available resources to make the Budget proposals representative to the urges and aspirations of the people and also stake holders. 

He said, before formulating next year’s budget, he has undertaken an exhaustive exercise of pre-budget consultations with all the stakeholders including trade, industry, transporters, intellectuals, academicians and progressive farmers of both Jammu and Kashmir divisions to get first hand appraisal of their demands and suggestions.

He said his endeavour was to present a people friendly budget as far as possible keeping the resources of the state into consideration.

Rather said that the budget proposals to be presented by him Thursday will be discussed threadbare by the members of the House adding that every member and political party shall have the adequate opportunity to present their views on the budget proposals.

Rather has presented budgets in 1983, 1984, 987, 1988, 1989, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In addition to this he has presented vote on account on two occasions. 

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