‘Drabu writes good budget speeches, but what is the impact?’
Jammu: Congress legislator from Leh Nawang Rigzin Jora on Friday castigated the government for appointment of vice-chairpersons in state owned corporations.
“They are liability on these corporations which are totally defunct. It needs to be pondered over,” Jora told the state assembly in his response to Budget speech.
Somebody from the opposition benches shouted, “It was rehabilitation policy for party workers.”
Stating that Ladakh Affairs department was nothing “but doing job of a postman” Jora took pots shots at the finance minister.
“Drabu writes and delivers very good budget speech but what is the impact of his last three budgets he gave to the state,” he asked. “Nothing” he added.
“Corruption did not reduce nor is development happening anywhere. There is loot going on with two hands,” he said. “We have not given honour to our resources in JK … due to militancy… but he said that there was very less spending in social sector including education, health across India and it should have been under focus.”
“Run the economic activity of state according to demand of the three regions,” he said. “What is the outcome of Rs 80k crore expenditure? Are we able to give job to unemployed people?”
Jora said that handicrafts and tourism were not working. “Situation is not so because of pellet gun… further there is perception in India that there is threat in valley.”
“When situation was good even then tourists did not come because of the perception created by TV channels, run by BJP associates,” he said. “You have failed in perception management and it needs to be looked into,” he told the government. “They (Delhi) want to teach Kashmiris a lesson by not sending tourists here.”
Jora said that 70 percent people are dependent on agriculture in state and “there is no new money in PMDP for this sector”.
“Nothing for Ladakh in horticulture (even) as our apricot is best in Indian market,” he said adding that focus
should have been on labour force.
“There is a need to revive tourism but it will be revived when PDP and BJP talk in same language,” he said referring to the statement of a PDP MLA Aijaz Mir who had told the house that talks should be held with militants.
Concluding his speech, he said, “Drabu’s budget is in poetry and governance system of this government is in prose.”