Raw deal in budget for JK: Akbar Lone

Raw deal in budget for JK: Akbar Lone

Srinagar: The National Conference leader and member of Parliament Muhammad Akbar Lone Thursday said that the budget has nothing substantial for the development of the state, and Jammu and Kashmir has been meted out a raw deal in this budget.
“No substantial allocation has been made by the government of India for the augmentation of various mega development projects in the state. Our state has been ignored in the budget. The mounting infrastructure demands have not been addressed in the financial statement. The fate of various projects has been put into a limbo,” Lone said while participating in the debate on the annual budget in the Parliament – according to the statement issued here.
He said the state has been meted out with a step motherly treatment.
Lone while addressing the chair in the Lok Sabha said the fate of various projects, which were approved by the BJP led government in its previous term, has not gone beyond inauguration stage.
“There has been no significant headway in the completion of various projects in the state. There is no specific budgetary allocation for AIIMS in the state. The railway is yet to take off properly. The government has miserably failed to bring the Kashmir on the railway map of the country. The budget is strangely mute on increasing the employment avenues for our youth. Issues like job creation and skill development haven’t been touched by the finance minister,” he said.
He added: The government has failed to ensure all-weather parallel connectivity to Kashmir. The Mughal road – which could have acted as a parallel link to Kashmir – isn’t being upgraded and worked upon. The budget is explicitly mute on the extension of the railway link to Kupwara from Baramulla.
Lone said that the budget has shut its eyes to the mounting woes of people of the state. “The vital road projects and tunnels including Z-Morh tunnel, Sadhna Top tunnel, and other inter-regional routes have been ignored in the budget. The projects are otherwise of national importance, but unfortunately, the budget is mute on it.”
“The horticulture and the handicraft sectors of the state have also been ignored in the budget. I would say the maiden budget of the new Modi led government is the replicate of the previous successive budgets. The state of JK seemed to have been deliberately kept out of the development radar by the government of India,” he added.