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JAMMU: The hoteliers, traders and employees have termed the Budget 2018-19 balanced and people friendly and hailed the government for making concrete efforts to steer the State on the way to progress and posterity.
Hailing the State Budget 2018-19, Jammu Paryatan Vikas Mandal, All Jammu Hotels and Lodges Association, Hotels and Restaurants Association Talab Khatikan have expressed gratitude to Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti and Finance Minister, Haseeb Drabu for treating hotels at par with the industries as far as payment of power tariff is concerned.
In a joint statement issued by Chairman Jammu Paryatan Vikas Mandal, Inderjeet Khajuria, President All Jammu Hotels and Lodges Association, Pawan Gupta and President Hotels and Restaurants Bazar Khatikan, Aashiq Hussain Khan termed the Budget as trader-friendly and balanced taking into considuation depleting and deteriorating economy, with the traders were confronted especially due to train link extension to Katra and the continuous turmoil in the Valley.
Mentioning the J&K Industrial Policy 1995, Khajuria said that hotels and lodges were declared as industry but despite lapse of more than 22 years, industrial benefits were not extended despite repeated reminders to the government.
“It is a matter of satisfaction that the government at last has been kind enough to implement the benefits in the Budget in as much as the electricity charges are concerned. This is definitely a favour to the hotel industry but the Association appeals to the government to register all the hotels/lodges with the industrial department so as to have the benefits in full as extended by the Ministry of Micro, small and Medium Enterprises,” he added.
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) welcomed the Budget proposals by terming it as growth oriented and people friendly, which has catered to every section of the society. He also mentioned that the welfare budget, which was presented in the State Legislature, has the potential of catapulting the growth indices of the State by ensuring holistic and sustained economic growth.
In a statement issued here, Rahul Sahai, Chairman CII J&K State Council said every section of the society be it industrialists, horticulturists, employees, journalists have been given due attention by taking care of their needs and aspirations in the budget.
CII appreciated government’s proposal to treat hotels and resorts at par with the industries for payment of power tariff and have to pay the same power tariff as is applicable to the industries. Abolition of toll on all non-commercial, private light motor vehicles, on export of all types of fruits produced within the State is another welcome step, he added.
Accounts Employees Association welcomed the Budget 2018-19 presented by Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu.
Niyaz Ahmad Qadri, President J&K AEA Secretariat and Kulwant Singh Sambyal, President Jammu Unit said that the Budget presented by the Finance Minister focused on social empowerment of different stakeholders yet the declaring of Accounts Fraternity as ‘Technical’ has not been addressed.
It merits mentioning here, even the Central 7th Pay Commission has acknowledged that the skill sets of the organised Accounts Cadre are fairly higher and the organised accounts cadre has to compulsorily pass various stringent examinations for promotion. It shall be in the fitness of the things if the J&K Accounts Services will be declared as ‘Technical’, as the Finance Minister has already assured the aforesaid association for the Career Progression of the Cadre. The Accounts Fraternity looks towards the Finance Minister Dr. Haseeb Drabu, with a sanguine hope. The historical step towards the shifting of the PAO System and abolition of archaic treasury system is also hailed by the Accounts Fraternity.
Jammu and Kashmir Rehbar-e-Taleem Teachers Forum (JKReTTF) has expressed dismay over the ill treatment meted out with ReT teaching community in the Budget 2018-19.
In a statement issued here, JKReTTF Chairman, Farooq Ahmad Tantray said that the entire ReT community is feeling let down and agitated over being ignored in the Budget speech delivered by Finance Minister.
“We welcome the positive initiatives of FM but our main demand of streamlining of SSA salaries remains unfulfilled,” Tantray said.
Terming the Budget presented by the Finance Minister as anti-farmer, General Secretary J&K Kisan Tehreek, Ghulam Nabi Malik said there is nothing to boost the dying agriculture sector in the State.
“Core sectors like agriculture and horticulture in terms of allocations have totally been neglected, despite the fact that these sectors are backbone of the State’s economy and major chunk of population is dependent on it. The Budget is a routine exercise of rhetoric and has nothing significant to offer. The government has failed to provide any relief to the farmers,” Malik said.
Neeraj Gupta, Zonal President JKNPP said that the government has totally neglected the Jammu people in its Budget 2018-19.
“The government has not announced any policy for unemployed youths, no policy for regularisation of contractual lecturers, MGNREGA employees, NHM employees, PDD employees and PHE employees. The Budget has no new policy for development of health projects in Jammu,” Gupta said.
“The BJP and PDP Coalition Government has cheated the Jammu people. BJP MLAs have surrendered themselves for the lust of power before the Kashmiri rulers,” Gupta said.
The Revenue Officers working in the State have welcomed the initiatives announced in Budget 2018-19 empowering the Revenue Department right from Patwarkhanas to Deputy Commissioner level.
Lauding the Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu for the initiatives announced by him in the Budget for the Revenue Department, the Revenue Officers said that the proposal of making provision of Rs 10 crore for improving the infrastructure in the field especially for procurement of vehicles for field officers would go a long way towards reinventing the dignity of the Revenue officers who are rendering their services tirelessly across the length and breadth of the state.
All J&K Pensioners Welfare Federation hailed Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu for his revolutionary vision and honest conviction for the welfare of working class in general and eight lakhs State Government employees and pensioners in particular, besides 60,000 daily wagers who have been socially protected by announcing the implementation of 7th Pay Commission, mediclaim insurance scheme, one per cent DA, etc.
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