#JKBudget2018: Sagar says Drabu’s budget lacks any direction
Opposition on Monday accused ruling BJPDP government for failing claims that their finance minister has been making in his last three budget speeches.
Speaking during the discussion on the budget, National Conference legislator Ali Mohammad Sagar termed the budget presented by Finance Minister Dr Drabu as “Chiller Budget”.
He accused Drabu for selling the economic autonomy of the state by implementing GST in the state despite the fact that he had personally opposed it and written against it in newspapers. Despite an economist Sagar said he failed in saving the J&K’s special economic status.
Terming the budget theoretical, Sagar said it is least practical and is for privileged people, is anti-youth, anti-poor, and anti-people of the state.
Sagar questioned Drabu for talking about 60,000 daily wagers and then adding anther 40,000. “Wherefrom they came,” he asked.
Sagar said that the finance minister claimed to bring a white paper on state’s financial health and three years have passed since but the document has not come.
“It is being presented as Drabu budget and not the budget of BJPDP coalition government,” he remarked.
“It is a chiller budget ranging from Rs 1 crore to 2.5 crores 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.”
Sagar said youth feel insecurity as there was no policy intervention regarding their requirements.
He said finance minister in his previous budget mentioned that budget is for relief and peace but three years had gone but nothing is on ground. He said after the death of former chief minister Mufti Sayeed Drabu said that it is Mufti governance model budget. He said that the impact of the development process started by the coalition government has not visible on the ground.
Sagar said I am shocked when the person who opposes the GST first later compromise before the central government. He said the previous budget was also the 80 crores thousand budget but in the ground, nothing was implemented.