Provincial Vice President National Conference Gurdeep Singh Sasan on Thursday described the Jammu and Kashmir Budget 2016-17 as directionless and anti-poor, saying key sectors like agriculture , transport, industry, tourism, pilgrim tourism, horticulture, hotel industry has totally been ignored.
“Unemployment and issues with regard to regularisation of daily wagers has taken alarming proportions and the government has not given any roadmap how to tackle these problems”, Sasan said while addressing a big gathering at Sainik Colony here. The Provincial Vice President lambasted the coalition government for its total failure on all the fronts and said the people were feeling dejected and deprived. He referred to the budgetary proposals and said that but for jugglery of words and numbers, it has nothing to offer to the people of the state. “With the hike in VAT from 13.5% to 14.5% on essential commodities, the common people are destined to feel the brunt”, he said.
Sasan also expressed anguish over ignoring PoK refugees and reminded the BJP of its tall claims and lofty promises which have just proved hoax. He said the refugees are genuinely feeling let down, given the high pitch raised by the BJP during its electioneering in 2014. He further said that minorities have totally totally ignored and no special schemes have been launched for their welfare. He again reiterated the demand of the minorities regarding formation of Minority Commission and sought special employment generation schemes, which will benefit large section of educated and jobless youths. The Provincial Vice President also referred to the failure of the coalition dispensation in harnessing tourism potential, which he said could have generated immense job opportunities. He expressed dismay over erratic power and drinking water supply and said the people were suffering in the ongoing scorching heat.
Sasan also criticized Modi Government for irrationally increasing petrol and diesel prices frequently even as their prices had substantially gone down in the international market. He sought immediate rollback hike in the petroleum prices. Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Capt. PP Singh , Charan Singh,Gagandeep Singh, Roshan Lal, Jagpal Singh, Surinder Singh, Baldev Singh, Col. Highness Singh, Col Joginder Singh, Charan Dass and Reminder Kumar.