NC moves privilege motion against Fin Min

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Pardeep Singh Bali

National Conference Friday moved a privilege motion against Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu for issuing orders for implementation of Budget proposals before they were discussed and passed by the Lower House.

NC leader Mohammad Shafi Uri while moving the privilege motion against the finance minister, he said that the SROs have not been revoked by the government.

“The statement of the finance minister that the orders have been withdrawn is untrue and misleading,” Uri said in the Lower House in the ongoing Budget Session.

“Prima facie, case of contempt and breach of privilege of the House stands against the minister in the House. The case be referred to a House committee for investigation, report and action,” the NC leader said.

The finance department had issued orders for the implementation of the Budget proposals on the same day when it was tabled by the minister concerned in the Lower House. After uproar by NC and its leader Omar Abdullah, the government announced that the orders will be withdrawn until the budget was passed in both the houses of the legislature.

Speaker Kavinder Gupta had ordered revocation of all the SROs. Later, during discussion on grants, NC legislator Ali Muhammad Sagar lashed out at the finance minister, saying “there is no scope for arrogance in the House”. “Arrogance gives rise to anarchy,” he said.

“You are misleading the House regarding the working of your ministry. You are not the minister of JK Bank but a finance minister, which is a very important portfolio for the state,” Sagar said in the House while directly referring to Drabu.

On Thursday, in his reply to the attacks on budget proposals the finance minister accused NC of “decimating” the systems in the last 60 years. Visibly angry with the finance minister’s scathing attack, the NC leader said to him that “two years back, you had promised to come up with a White paper. Where is the White paper?” Sagar said.

“Infact, you are concealing your failures behind the Opposition. Where are power projects,” Sagar said.

Dr Drabu said that in his reply speech on the budget proposals, he “did not mean to offend any member of the House”. “I apologise if at any moment I would have offended any member of the Opposition,” the finance minister said.

The finance minister said that the government will do a survey to find out the number of unemployed youth in the state. Several opposition members had submitted Cut Motions to the budget proposals and after replies to each motion, the members withdrew them.

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