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Rana tears into budget, terms it anti-people
1/12/2018 10:16:53 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Jan 12: National Conference MLA from Nagrota Davinder Singh Rana today assailed PDP-BJP government over 'anti people' budget and said that he sees nothing in budget but sheer dismal scenario for the future of J&K economy as there is no short or long term plan to tackle the grim situation on the financial sector.
Rana who is also Provincial president of National Conference of Jammu, said that the budget presented by the Finance Minister Dr. Haseeb Drabu is no less than a dream seller that took the people in hypothetical and world of imagination as it offers sleeves of major for rich and industrial class rather than for people belongs to rural, poor and downtrodden class.
He termed the Finance Minister a merchant of 'Saffronization' who is selling the anti people GST to the people of valley adding that he even didn't left out vegetables and give them a Saffron colour. He said there are multiple challenges and issues which indicate that the state economy is on losing streak, but the Finance Minister has not spelled out even a single measure to reverse worsening economic situation.
Rana said that the figures projected in the budget are not matching properly and need to be cross checked on ground where they actually stands. He stressed the need for immediate measures to get the State economy out of the morass.
"We need measures that can help the commoners and address ground realities. There was a flower speech and talk of systematic changes, which is stratospheric," Rana said. Rana who seems playing to the galleries of the treasury benches by regularly yelling and mocking at them and ruling party Minister Javed Mustafa Mir and BJP's Sat Sharma were equally reacting to his regular mocks said that the Finance Minister must have re-orientation of the realities of the state of economy in Jammu and Kashmir and question the poor status of Dal Development Board announced by the Finance Minister in last year budget.
He said it was not only Dal, but we are also losing Wullar and question his non serious approach towards the Dal dwellers. He said that state has huge water resources, but nothing is being done to channelize these resources adding that no audit was done on account of manpower in last three years, beside also calls on government for promoting e-knowledge so that jobs could be created in Information Technology sector.
While opposing the power budget which takes a miss this year and pays way for Panchayat Budget, Rana called for taking measures for speeding up the work on power projects to augment power generation in the State. He further called upon the Government to meet the assurances which have been highlighted in the current budget.
While lauding many new initiatives in the present budget, Rana raised concern over the decreasing allocation in the Agriculture sector of the State. He identified some of the shortcomings in the proposed budget and suggested 'areas of focus' to cover the remaining sectors/sections.
He asked for focus on measures for employment generation, agriculture sector, capacity building and power sector among others. He said that proposal of Rs 200 crore under NABARD for taking up major Water Supply Schemes in next year is not sufficient to cater the demand. He pleaded for manpower audit, setting up of industrial units in rural areas and adequate funds for development of infrastructure in key sectors.
Rana said that enhancement in wages for unskilled labours is a good step but it should be increased up to Rs 350 as was given by the New Delhi Government. Further, he said that the new Financial Expenditure System for Budget allocations introduced with the last budget to streamline departmental spending, has not achieved efficiency yet and asked for giving more direction to administration functionaries for attaining its objectives of the initiative.
Rana complimented the Finance Minister for the employee welfare measures introduced in the Budget, and for showing interest in uplifting the state's official language Urdu and also urged him to take steps to recruit Urdu teachers in the state as promised earlier.
He also asked for Finance Department's intervention and support to the Social welfare department to remove bottlenecks being observed in timely dispersal of widow pensions.
He says that instead of Finance Minister, had the Panchayat Budget should have been presented by the RDD&PR Minister Abdul Haq Khan. He said that this would have led to strengthening of the Panchayats at grass root level so that the development could reach on ground in real sense.
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