On Monday, Sitharaman had presented in the Lok Sabha a Rs 1.18 lakh crore Budget for J&K, with a thrust on providing housing in rural areas and water tap connections to 18.36 lakh households.
J&K BJP vice president Yudhvir Sethi hailed the Budget as 35% of it has been earmarked for developmental work and infrastructure, besides Rs 900 crore for the agriculture sector and Rs 120 crore for crop insurance.
Speaking during a meeting held in Jagti area of Jammu, Sethi added that the Budget is going to help continue the pace of development in the UT as necessary provisions have been made to realize the dream of PM Narendra Modi to usher an era of peace and progress in the region.
Highlighting the Rs 200 crore earmarked for Mission Youth Programme, the BJP functionary asserted that this will contribute to changing the course of lives of youths of the UT as this section of society needs the most from the government.
On the other hand, NC’s Jammu provincial president Rattan Lal Gupta said that the Budget has disappointed the people of J&K as it has nothing new and is not in any way up to the expectations of the people of the UT. He was addressing a meeting of NC workers here.
Terming the Budget a cruel joke, Gupta said it is a fine blend of jugglery of words so that it looks good to the common people.
“To sum it all in one sentence, the budget allocation to Jammu and Kashmir ensures that the poor becomes poorer and the rich becomes richer. This is an irony of the J&K people,” he lamented.