SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) on Thursday termed the budget as “directionless” and “jugglery of words without anything substantial to fulfill the false slogans and promises” made by the PDP- BJP coalitions government.
As per a statement issued here, reacting to the budget, chief spokesperson JKPCC Ravinder Sharma said the budget lacks any initiative and has failed to address the issues of different sections of the society who are suffering due to unprecedented hike of all commodities in recent times and failure of the government to streamline the system.
“On one hand, there is no provision of creation of jobs and employment opportunities and on other making Aadhar Card mandatory for registration of unemployed youth applying for jobs or any employment scheme is against the interest of unemployed youth, as they would face further undue expenditure and hassles of getting themselves registered before applying for any post,” he said.
Sharma said lakhs of people are still without Aadhar card and there are numerous discrepancies and mistakes in the cards issued so far. “Where are the creations of jobs in the budget? There is another announcement of initiative to frame policy for regularization of agitating casual and need based and daily wagers etc. without identifying the different categories of people,” he said.
He said there was already a policy in vogue to engage persons on regular basss who denote land to government for schools, PHE Stations, and for other purposes. “Again the implementation of 7th pay commission has been further after one year and the issue of pay anomalies of employees still remains undressed. Once again, BJP has failed to get yatri tax on pilgrims imposed on Vaishno Devi and other pilgrims availing helicopter services has not been withdrawn despite repeated announcement by BJP and its ministers. There is no provision for tourism promotion and other similar developmental needs specially hallow announcement by BJP- leaders of Jammu region,” he said.
The JKPCC spokesperson said there is no provision for upliftment of farmers and small traders especially the common man in the budget while many items of common use will be costlier by unreasonable proposal in the budget. “Increasing the passenger tax and entry tax on passenger vehicles will also cause hike in the prices of essential commodities. The government has already refused to roll back the unprecedented price hike of Atta and rice. The common man will be worst hit by the hike in power tariff by 13.5% which is unprecedented while there is acute shortage of power supply and unscheduled cuts being faced by people,” he said.