NC legislator calls him dream merchant; former minister hails pre-budget consulations
Jammu: The Budget 2017-18 presented by finance minister on Wednesday was, by and large, hailed by most of the members during a debate on it in the assembly on Thursday.
However, National Conference legislator Davinder Rana called finance minister as a “dream merchant”.
Speaking in the assembly during a debate on the Budget, Rana said, “Sweet dreams are being sold to the people in a sweet manner. When they will wake up they would be drowned.”
‘‘Stop making fool of people and come out of your dreams. You are showing people dreams but not the road to realize them. You say there would be 7.6 per cent economic growth in 2017 and 2018. Can you inform us how it is possible?
Rana said that finance minister had announced to constitute Dal Development Board to save the Dal Lake in his second budget.
“Where is the Board? Did it drown in the Dal. In your earlier budget you announced national family benefit scheme for widows. What happened to that?’’
Rana appealed to the government to regularize causal labourers without delay as “Drabu has been promising to regularize their jobs for the past two years”.
‘’3000 youth got trained under Sheri Kashmir employment Scheme, but due to non-availability of funds they have been rendered jobless…out of 122 crore only 50 lakh have been channelised for them,’’ he asserted. He stressed to counter the GST bill implementation and SARFESI Act, and said there should be no compromise on the constitution and status of the state.
Legislator Hakim Mohammad Yaseen stressed upon regularisation of casual labourers, daily wagers and daily rated workers without any political interference.
He called the budget “unfriendly towards farmers” as “it has not been made clear as to how they will get avail subsidy on fertilizers and other commodities.”
Yaseen lauded Drabu on various points, saying that many schemes and DPRs were approved without any further delay, which really benefitted the state. He said the process shouldn’t be stalled by delaying financial concurrence in future also.
Ajaz Ahmad Khan of Congress criticized the budget on the grounds that agriculture sector has been ignored and called for proper utilization of funds provided by centrally sponsored schemes.
Former minister Mian Altaf Ahmad, while taking part in the debate, called for early implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, asking Drabu to set a deadline in this regard.
Choudhary Sukhnandan Kumar congratulated Drabu for presenting a “people friendly budget.” He appreciated the Finance Minister for announcing exemption of toll tax on various edible items and called for exemption on toll of Basmati rice.
Former minister GM Saroori while taking part in the debate on Budget 2017-18, complimented the Finance Minister for convening pre-budget meetings with various stakeholders to take their inputs. He suggested for similar meetings to be convened with the legislators as well.
Mubarak Gul while expressing dissatisfaction over the Budget, said that the Budget lacks mention of measures for rehabilitation of 2014 flood victims. He said that except for transporters, no other sector that suffered during 2016 unrest has been given coverage in the Budget.
Syed Asgar Ali Karbalie said that Ladakh region has not been given enough attention in the Budget. He urged the Government to reach out to people of far-flung areas of Ladakh region with welfare and development schemes. He asked for the development of institutional infrastructure for all sectors in the region.