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Assembly -2013 :House takes up discussion on Budget
Jammu, March 7 (Scoop News) -The House today took up the discussion on the Budget presented yesterday by the Finance Minister.
Initiating the discussion, former Deputy Chief Minister, Muzaffar Hussain Baig expressed satisfaction over the 7 per cent growth rate of State’s economy. He suggested several measures for its sustenance and increasing the per capita income of the State. He said agriculture is the vital sector responsible for improving the economy of the State but Government has not paid any attention towards this sector. He sought special measures to rejuvenate Agriculture and Horticulture sectors which have great potential in the State.
Baig expressed concern over the 61 percent distribution losses in Power sector. He drew the attention of the Finance Minister towards CAG Report for previous fiscal year and said that no action on the report has been taken by the Government. He urged upon the Government to ensure accountability in all department for judicious use of funds.
Dr. Mustafa Kamal while hailing the budget described it as people friendly in which the Finance Minister has tried to do justice with all sections. He said budget is quite balanced and fulfills the aspirations of the common man. He suggested certain measures to enhance the employment opportunities for the unemployed youth in the state. He suggested giving focused attention to the small scale industries to help local artisans.
Dr. Mustafa also stressed on promotion of food processing sector for which the State has huge potential. He also hailed the step to give remuneration to Sarpanchs and Panches and keeping the Kissan Credit Card up to Rs. 1.50 lakh out of the purview of Stamp Duty. He urged to reduce the Transmission and Distribution losses in power. He asked the Government to secure timely funds for the completion of on-going development projects.
Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta also expressed concern over the growing losses in power distribution and sought steps to minimize this. He urged the Government to prioritize areas of development to boost the State’s economy. He said Agriculture and Horticulture are two big sectors with which over 80 per cent people, directly or indirectly, are connected and Government should take more steps to boost them. He urged the Government to streamline the ration distribution at PDS outlets.
G. M. Saroori described the budget as people friendly and hailed the new initiatives for the welfare of the common man. While lauding the remuneration for Sarpanchs and Panchs, Saroori said that Government has fulfilled the long pending demand of the ground level panchayat functionaries. He said present honorarium is insufficient and demanded the Government to consider its enhancement.
Saroori sought more tourist circuits in the Chenab Valley to give impetus to the tourist activities in the area. He also called for strengthening the PSC to speed up the recruitment process. He urged the Government to enhance the scale of BPL ration.
The discussion would continue tomorrow also.
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