#Budget 2016-17: ‘Lot of Sensationalism has been Made,’ says NC’s Rana



FinMin Dr Drabu prior to his Budget 2016-17 speech. (Photo: Bilal Bahadur/KL)
FinMin Dr Drabu prior to his Budget 2016-17 speech on May 30, 2016. (Photo: Bilal Bahadur/KL)

Opposition National Conference Tuesday termed the Budget as “fairy tale” and a “wisely” presented document by the government.

NC Legislator from Nagrota, Davender Singh Rana, who is also provincial president of NC’s Jammu wing, while speaking during the discussion over the Budget, said that it was basically the “intelligent mind” of the finance minister.

Addressing Finance Minister Dr Haseeb A Drabu, Rana said that “lot of sensationalism has been made in the budget”.

Drabu presented the Rs 64,669 2016-17 Budget in the Lower House on Monday, in which besides a number of welfare schemes for women, boost to IT companies and several steps for hoteliers and industries have been announced.

Rana said that the budget was “diversionary tactic” which was presented by the finance minister as a “beautiful story” in a “good piece of literature”.

“House is waiting for the promises you have made in the last Budget,” Rana said in the House.

“You have presented the Budget in a very wise way. It is a pure truthful statement from finance minister that the government has done nothing in the last one year,” he said.

Devender Singh Rana
Devender Singh Rana

Rana said that “no forward movement” has been made about regularization of casual labourers in the Budget.

“Move ahead of the framework of Omar Abdullah led NC-Congress government on regularization of the casual labours,” he said.

On the 7th pay commission, Rana said that the government must implement the commission recommendations when the Union government implements it across India.

“What debate? It is a commitment to the employees for their work. They need to be paid their salary. We don’t need to have debate on it. Implement the 7th pay commission when it is implemented across India,” he said.

The NC leader said that the government should not “surrender” to GST regime.

“Surrendering to GST will be a great tragedy. You are a champion of Kashmiriyat and Kashmiri culture. So, please don’t prostrate before GST,” he said, while directly referring to Drabu.

Rana while reading from the copy of the budget criticised all the proposals in the budget but complemented the government on gender-specific announcements. (KNS)

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