Srinagar: State Health Minister and senior Congress leader Taj Mohi-u-Din Thursday said that Kashmir can’t survive as an independent nation as it lack resources.
Interacting with youth at a hotel in Srinagar, Taj said that Kashmir is completely “dependent on India and it not self-sufficient which could help it to survive as an independent nation.”
“Those separatist groups or people who seek independence from India must bear in mind that Kashmir is not self-sufficient and it survives on the funds provided by India. I have raised this issue repeatedly even with some of the Hurriyat leaders on different occasions and they had no answer to it,” he said, according to a local news agency.
“We need Rs 33,000 crore per year for our survival which comes from the Government of India while the total income that our state generates is only Rs 6,000 crores. For more than five lakh employees, we need Rs 18,000 crores to meet their salaries and all this money comes from New Delahi. We must understand that we are not self-sufficient and in case of ‘azadi’ we will have to lock all our hospitals, educational institutions and government offices,” he said.