Budget debate concludes: Govt not satisfied with Rs 44 k relief, rehab proposal, says Drabu

JAMMU: Ruling PDP-BJP coalition is not satisfied with the Rs 44, 000 crore-proposal submitted by the previous government to New Delhi for rehabilitation of the flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The Relief and Rehabilitation package for the flood affected, Finance Minister said the government was not satisfied with the package of Rs 44,000 crore…,” an official handout issued here quoted Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu as saying in the Legislative Council on Wednesday.
Concluding the discussion on Budget in the Legislative Council, Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu said the Budget is “indicative of the vision of the government” and based on a broad consensus to make the state economically self reliant.
Drabu said various “pro-business initiatives” proposed in the budget will “certainly bring about greater confidence among the stakeholders.”
“We want fiscal autonomy” he added.
Earlier, the Finance Minister moved a Demand for Grant of a sum of Rs 31, 70,739.85 lakh to defray the charges which will come in the course of payment during the year ending March 31, 2015 for the departments under his charge. 11 members, including M Y Tarigami, Ch Qamer Hussain, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Nawang Rigzin Jora, Sat Paul Sharma, Bashir Ahmed Dar, G M Saroori, Mubarak Gul, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, Javed Rana and Jagjeevan Lal, took part in discussion on demand of grants.
The House passed the Grants by a voice vote, and, later, the members, who moved the Cut Motions on the Grants, withdrew after the reply from the Minister.
Meanwhile, Drabu, who is the Minister for Culture, announced an “ethnographic village” to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Kashmiri Pandits at Martand-Anantnag and a village for Gaddi-Sippi tribe in Jammu.