Terms budget as ‘chiller budget’
‘Discussions held on TV, newspapers and magazines by government’s own people’
‘It is being presented as Drabu budget and not the budget of PDP-BJP’
Srinagar: National Conference senior leader and legislator from Khanyar, Ali Mohammad Sagar Monday castigated the PDP-BJP government over its alleged failure to implement developmental agenda in last three years.
While participating in the discussion over the budget in the legislative Assembly, Sagar termed the Rs 80000 crore budget presented by Finance Minister Haseeb A Drabu as “chiller budget”.
He also criticized Drabu for ‘intense publicity of his self and the budget’. “It is being presented as Drabu budget and not the budget of PDP-BJP coalition government,” he remarked.
Slamming the government for “choking” the opposition, Sagar said, “discussions are being held on TV, newspapers and magazines by government’s own people.”
He said that the budget was anti-youth as only Rs only 20 crore were granted for their welfare. “We have 5.5 lakh highly qualified unemployed youth, this government should take measures for them,” he said.
Sagar seconded concern expressed by MLA Kulgam, M Y Tarigami, over the alleged deteriorating financial health of J&K Bank. Reading from the budget document of last year, Sagar asked government to take proper measures for J&K Bank.
“It is a chiller budget ranging from Rs 1 crore to 2.5 crore for various sectors,” he said. “Don’t try to score points; we too announced pay commission but did not publicise it like you are doing when 7th pay commission is yet to be implemented.”
“You claimed to bring white paper on state’s financial health.Three years have passed since, where is it?” Sagar questioned Drabu.
“You compromised the state’s financial autonomy by bringing central GST in to the state despite the fact you would yourself opposed it and there is proof of your write-ups in newspapers and magazines.”
“You made an issue of 60000 casual and daily wager employees but from where did more 40000 came in the list,” he asked Drabu.
(With inputs from KNS)