What the Union Budget means for Jammu and Kashmir

The Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has turned to be damp squib for Jammu and Kashmir as it has nothing to offer to the state , making it tough for the PDP to f0rm a government. It was being hoped that after the unsuccessful political exercise, announcements of some state-specific economic reforms in the Budget by the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre could rekindle efforts to form a government following the death of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7.For PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, who has not refused to share power with the BJP so far, by not keeping the situation of J&K in mind the Union Finance Minister’s Budget speech may prove to be a major roadblock in making up her mind to form an government in the state.
On February 2, Mehbooba Mufti, after a meeting with Governor NN Vohra, asked the Centre to take some CBMs before formation of a new government in the state. The main issues Mehbooba was seeking were probably smart city status for Srinagar and Jammu, return of NHPC-owned Salal and Uri power projects to the state government, relief for flood-affected people, funds for setting up an AIIMS each in Kashmir and Jammu region and liberal funding.The Union Finance Minister did not mention anything more concerning about the people of Jammu and Kashmir in his speech about ecnomic reforms as desired by the Mehbooba Mufti.
It was noticed when less people were witnessed at the funeral of her father and mourning rituals, all these factors forced her to describe her father’s decision of aligning with BJP as “a courageous although unpopular decision”.She also wanted the President to address to Parliament regarding her fathers death which the President did not, had also displeased the PDP President and her Party colleagues..Keeping in mind the importance of the Union Budget after Mehbooba’s demand for more CBMs, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted on Sunday, “Looking forward to the Budget 2016 tomorrow. It is supposed to contain the keys to government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.”
The Congress have termed the Union Budget as disappointing. It felt that the BJP-led NDA government had given nothing to Jammu and Kashmir. “What the state was demanding throughout the year, be it setting up two AIIMSes, two smart cities, compensation to flood victims, rehabilitation packages for refugees, return of Pandits to the Valley or compensation to farmers, nothing has been announced. It was a formality for the Union Finance Minister, who just read a book and finished it,” said Ghulam Ahmed Mir, JKPCC chief.
“By not focusing benefits of Union Budget 2016 on suit-boot people, Jaitley has cleverly made the Opposition’s job a bit tougher,”  was tweeted by the NC Presdident Omar Abdullah. State BJP president Sat Sharma welcomed the Budget and described it as “people-oriented, pro-poor and pro-farmer”. “The government has focused on the poor, farmers and middle class.

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