Education, Police Get Higher Allocations In Rs 1.42 Lakh Cr J&K Budget

New Delhi- Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday presented a Rs 1.42 lakh crore budget for the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir for the year 2022-23 in the Lok Sabha, amid demands from the opposition that it be given adequate time for studying the proposals.

Sitharaman also presented the supplementary demands for the year 2021-22 totalling Rs 18,860.32 crore for the Union Territory and moved a motion seeking suspension of certain rules to allow the House to take up the discussion on the same day.

Congress member Manish Tewari and RSP member N K Premachandran objected to the motion moved by Sitharaman, contending that that the Rule 205 formed part of the basic rules of procedure and cannot be waived.

Some rules are beyond the amending powers of the House, Tewari, a Congress member from Anandpur Sahib, said, arguing that the members required time to study the Budget proposals made by the government for Jammu and Kashmir.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal said the discussion will take place after two hours.

Rajendra Agarwal, who was in the Chair, said the business for the day was approved by Speaker Om Birla during the Business Advisory Committee meeting.

Tewari said the duty of the Lok Sabha gets compounded as it was assuming the responsibility of the Jammu and Kashmir legislature, which ought to have taken up the matter.

The government had not circulated the budget papers, he said while suggesting that the discussion be scheduled for Tuesday which would allow members to study the proposals and make reasoned arguments.

Premachandran, the member from Kollam, said the minister had also sought a discussion on the budget proposals and the supplementary demand for grants together, which would go against the rules.

Trinamool member Sudip Bandyopadhyay said the issue was discussed in the Business Advisory Committee and it was agreed that the discussion on the J-K Budget will be taken up two hours after the presentation.

  •  Rs 11,832.77 Cr for Education
  •  Rs 10,831.18 Cr for Police

The education department has been allocated the highest Rs 11,832.77 crore followed by Rs 10,831.18 crore for the home department, which controls police, in the Rs 1.42 lakh crore budget for Jammu and Kashmir.

Sitharaman also presented the supplementary demands for the year 2021-22 totalling Rs 18,860.32 crore for the UT.

According to the Jammu and Kashmir Appropriation Bill 2022, Rs 797.34 crore has been allocated for the general administration department and Rs 10,831.18 crore for the home department.

The higher allocation for the home department, under which the Jammu and Kashmir Police comes, indicated the government's priority in maintaining peace in the Union Territory, which has been facing over three decades of "Pakistan-sponsored terrorism".

Rs 11,832.77 crore has been earmarked for the education department, Rs 1129.59 crore for the planning department and Rs 232.43 crore for the information department

According to the papers presented in Lok Sabha, Rs 8768.09 crore has been allocated for the power department, Rs 1002.98 crore for the industry department and Rs 2835.39 crore for the agriculture department.

Rs 6296.57 crore has been earmarked for the Public Works Department, Rs 7873.34 crore for the health department and Rs 3202.71 crore for the social welfare department.

Sitharaman allocated Rs 507.9 crore for the tourism department, Rs 5443.17 crore for the rural development department and Rs 646.93 crore for the horticulture department.

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