JAMMU: Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu gave final touches on Wednesday to Budget 2018-19 which he will present today in the state legislature. This will be the fourth budget in a row that Drabu presents.
The Finance Minister and his junior Minister, Ajay Nanda, were huddled with a team of officials from the Finance Department for the whole day Wednesday to give final shape to the budget document which was approved Tuesday evening by the state Cabinet.
Chief Secretary B B Vyas and Principal Secretary, Finance, Navin Kumar Choudhary were also present.
The Budget speech the Finance Minister will deliver in the Legislature at 12 noon on January 11 will be telecast live on Doordarshan, Gulistan TV and TakeOne TV. It will also be broadcast live on 92.7 Big FM and Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM.
The Finance Minister said he will make every effort to address the genuine concerns of every section of society while finalising the budget proposals. He said the budget proposals to be presented by him will be discussed threadbare by the legislators, adding that good and genuine suggestions of the legislators will be given due consideration to make next year’s budget representative of the urges and aspirations of the people.
Drabu said that before formulating the budget proposals, he undertook an exhaustive pre-Budget exercise by consulting all stakeholders including traders, industrialists, transporters, intellectuals, academicians, journalists and progressive farmers of both Jammu and Kashmir divisions to get a first-hand appraisal of their demands and suggestions.
Drabu complimented the team of officers of the Finance Department for working with dedication and zeal to make the whole exercise of budget preparation fruitful.
Pertinently, the crack team behind the state’s important fiscal exercise has been working tirelessly for the past two months under the leadership of Principal Secretary, Finance, Navin Kumar Choudhary to prepare the budget document.
The other officers involved in this extended exercise include Director Codes M A Andrabi; Director Budget Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir; Additional Secretary Finance Vishal Sharma; Joint Director Budget Raman Gupta; Joint Director Resources Showkat Hussain Mir; Additional Secretary Finance Shahid Saleem; OSD to Finance Minister Zamir Ahmad Qadri; Deputy Director Budget Shafaat Yehaya and Accounts Officer Budget Mushtaq Ahmad Shah.