Srinagar :-This budget, as pointed out by the Finance Minister, is a tribute to the Jenab Mufti Sayeed. To quote the Finance Minister ‘ this budget puts into a framework “the Mufti Model of Governance,” said Congress Legislative Party leader Nawang Rigzin Jora in the assembly today.
He said it is an insult to Mufti Sayeed memory to have a pedestrian budget as a tribute to him says Rigzin Jora.
It is merely a statement of the restructuring of the accounts of the state. This could as well have been an accountant’s budget or a Munim’s budget. Where is the economist Drabu in this budget? Large part of the budget speech was devoted to how we have made a transition from plan / non- plan expenditure to revenue expenditure and capital expenditure accounting, developmental and non developmental finance; streamlining of the GPF funds; problems of cash and liquidity. These are things that may be important but not so much as to be to the salient features of the budget pointed out Jora, he said.
Jora quoted Dr Haseeb Drabu from his last year’s speech where he said” I shall not go to Delhi with a begging bowl. By doing so, I hope to restore the dignity of the people who are forever being accused of surviving on subsidies and largesse.”
When your own state revenue estimates from tax and non tax is estimated to be a mere Rs 13000 for budget expenditure of Rs 64,669 crores (FY 2016 -17) there is no escaping dependence on the govt of India, he said.
Jora pointed out that the Finance Minister missed out on great opportunity of introducing gender budgeting.
With Mehboob Ji as Chief Minister, there was the opportunity to introduce gender budgeting with the objective of gender mainstreaming. The gender initiatives such as construction of women only toilet, women only bus service in Jammu and Srinagar , more women police station are welcome steps but they constitute tokenism compared to the problems of education, health, lack of economic opportunity and lack of access to resources faced by the women folks, he stated.
Jora also accused Finance Minister of completely ignoring Ladakh region as there was nothing Ladakh specific in this budget.
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