IIOJK in focus

IIOK budget 2023-24 fails to address needs of people: NC

Srinagar, March 15 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference has said that the territory’s budget for the territory for the year 2023-2024 has failed to cater to the needs of people saying it has nothing substantial for Kashmir’s trade, industry and commerce.

Reacting to the IIOJK budget, the NC spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said it’s all flamboyance and wordplay. He said, there is nothing for unemployed youth and no Blueprint on job creation for youth.

“We have lakhs of unemployed youths in J&K. There was not even a single word about addressing the plight of contractual, daily wagers and need based employees,” he said, adding, “There is no ray of hope for our unemployed and skilled youth. They have been forsaken.”

Imran Nabi maintained that this was the fifth budget in a row which wasn’t passed by the elected legislature of IIOJK. “It is again for the fifth time that the concerned stakeholders were not consulted before the tabling of the budget,” he said.

The NC leader pointed out that there is nothing substantial for the horticulture sector of J&K. “We expected them to announce a waiver on the KCC (Kisan Credit Card) loans and bring down the GST rates on packaging items. Their claims of boosting horticulture and other allied sectors have remained restricted to statements only,” he said, adding that no steps have been taken to augment fruit processing infrastructure either.

Imran Nabi said there is no handholding of artisans, marginal traders, transporters, hawkers, and start-ups. He added that the budget has failed to fulfill the needs and aspirations of all the stakeholders across the occupied territory.

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