Budget is directionless: NC, Cong


Srinagar: Picking holes in the budget, the National Conference and Congress Wednesday trained guns on the government over the budget presented by Finance Minister Haseeb Ahmad Drabu.
While participating in a discussion on the budget NC legislator Sajad Kitchloo, said, “Drabu sahab is an intelligent person and know well tricks to hoodwink people. But his budget is totally visionless and directionless.”
“Last year, he said during his budget speech that he won’t go to New Delhi with a begging bowl, but this year’s budget is totally contrary to his last year’s budget,” Kitchloo said while pointing towards Drabu, who was also present in the House.
He said during last year’s budget he boosted about getting back power projects from centre to give fillip to the state’s economy. “But Union Power Minister has punctured their claims by stating that the centre won’t return power projects to J&K,” he added.
He said it was for the first time that the finance department has kept economic survey report under carpet in order to hide its performance.
He said that the budget has no funds earmarked for administrative units which are almost defunct now.
Drabu had presented Rs 64,679 crore budget before the Legislative Assembly on Monday while his junior minister presented it in the Legislative Council.
Another National Conference Legislator Ali Muhammad Dar said that the Finance Minister has issued SROs without the budget and grants being discussed here. “It has happened first time that without discussing budget, the SROs are issued by the Finance department,” he said adding that the budget has imposed taxes on various items which are “uncalled for”.
Dar said the government in the last budget had claimed of waiving off loan to the farmers. “But that didn’t happen. During the NC-Congress tenure, government used to spend Rs 5 lakh for macdamization of 1-km of road. Now the government is spending Rs 40 lakh on 1-km of road still the roads are in the pathetic condition,” he said. He said there was nothing for panchayats in the budget.
Congress Legislator, Naresh Gupta said that the budget presented by the government has put its credibility at stake as the budget is totally in contrast to the government budget presented by it last year.
BJP MLC, Ajat Shutra demanded roll back of tax on turbine aviation fuel. “Hike in turbine aviation will affect the tourism sector,” he said.
Ramesh Arora of BJP demanded that the government should wind-up State Road Transport Corporation. “During budget, Finance Minister highlighted the mafia behind outsourcing transport services to private companies by SRTC which is incurring losses to the state exchequer,” he said.
PDP MLC Zaffar Iqbal Manhas when in 2015, the PDP took over the reins of government, the state was financial problems due to unprecedented floods and mis-governance. “But Finance Minister has done well to focus on restructuring of the statement.


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