‘GST extension to J&K has dealt a severe blow to state’s economy’
SRINAGAR: National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said the PDP-BJP government had neglected the economic and administrative needs of all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir and plunged the state into a dark period of political uncertainty and instability.
Addressing a workers’ convention at Leh on Wednesday, Omar Abdullah said the state’s economy was adversely affected due to the extension of GST to Jammu and Kashmir.
“All three regions of the state have been neglected by the PDP-BJP government as it remains invested in dividing people to reap political dividends out of instability and animosity. Be it Kashmir, Ladakh or Jammu – all the state’s regions are witnessing a stagnation in terms of development and governance as political uncertainty has become a hallmark of the present government,” he said.
Omar said the Mehbooba Mufti-led government was solely invested in clinging on to power despite the adverse ramifications of an alliance.
“There isn’t a single area that has progressed in the last three years as the government is fully occupied in concealing its sell-outs to remain in power. The people of the state have been betrayed and continue to be at the receiving end of anti-youth policies,” he said.
The NC working president said “the extension of GST to J&K has dealt a severe blow to the state’s economy while eroding our fiscal autonomy which was vital to craft fiscal and taxation policies to meet unique challenges that state faces”.
“Today J&K has no power to create pro-artisan, pro-farmer and pro-business taxation policies to provide a fillip to the state’s economy. These powers have been surrendered by the PDP-BJP government and now rest with the central government,” he said.
Omar also expressed disappointment over the “failure” of the state government to raise the issue of “exorbitant” airfare with the Central Aviation Ministry and said this was adversely affecting the state’s tourism industry.
“National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abullah will raise this issue in the Parliament and also with the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation as the state government seems least bothered to raise this important issue that affects the lives of millions of people in the state,” he added.
Earlier on Tuesday, the NC working president inaugurated the party’s new district office at Leh and addressed a workers’ convention on the occasion.
Omar asked the party functionaries and workers to work with commitment and zeal to unite the people of the state.