Budget session today, likely to commence on stormy note
Oppn to corner govt over rise in militancy, delay in calling Session, notifying panchayat poll dates sans 73rd amendment, HR violation
TNN Bureau. Updated: 1/2/2018 12:21:48 AM


JAMMU: Opposition National Conference and Congress have decided to give a stiff opposition to ruling PDP-BJP dispensation over wide range of issues as the Governor N N Vohra will be addressing the joint session of the legislatures in the central hall of the New Secretariat Complex on Tuesday.
Governor Vohra has summoned both Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council to meet at the central hall of the legislatures at 11 am. After his address, both houses of the legislatures will meet separately.
If sources in Congress and National Conference are to be believed, the legislators of the twin parties will try to highlight variety of issues including the alleged rise in corruption, nepotism, governance deficit, law and order problem, rise in militancy related incidents, HR violations among other things, from the beginning of the Governor Address.
In order to discuss the strategy to corner the ruling government, Congress Legislatures today held a meeting at Hotel Raddison Blue, Jammu while the NC legislatures also discussed the plans and issues to be raised during the budget session, at party headquarters, Residency Road, Jammu.
Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Leader, Rigzin Zora said, "The ruling PDP-BJP government has failed on all fronts. So, our party leaders will try to expose the government."
"Former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed used to say that the job of the opposition is to keep the government on tenterhooks. It is our job and we will make them accountable to the people," he said.
On major issues to be raised in the Assembly Session, he said that the ruling government failed to carry forward the practice of holding the budget session twice in the year.
"For the last 10 months, the twin houses of the legislatures have not met. I guess this is the biggest failure of the government as public issues have been ignored the most in this time," Zora said.
He said that under the Mehbooba Mufti government, attempts are being made to play with the special constitutional status of the state. Zora further said that the discrimination with the Jammu and Ladakh region has reached the peak under the present government.
"There is an imbalance in the developmental works taken up by the Mehbooba Government. Preference is given to Kashmir only ignoring the Jammu and the Ladakh region."
He also charged government of notifying panchayat election dates in hurry as according to him, before holding panchayat elections, the issue of 73rd amendment in the State Panchayati Raj Act needs to be addressed on priority.
Zora also spoke about the failure of government in extending the benefits of the 7th Pay Commission to the state employees. He also alleged that the government has not prepared any blueprint regarding regularization of 60,000 employees as according to him, "government is merely doing the lip services."
Speaking on militancy related incidents and law and order problems, he said that maximum ceasefire violations have been reported in the year 2017 while the law and order situation degraded under the PDP-BJP rule.
To authenticate his claim, Zora said, "For the first time, it came to light that among the militants killed on the last day of the year 2017, there was a local fidayeen."
"It shows how frustrated are the people of Jammu, Kashmir as well as Ladakh region," Zora said.
Meanwhile, veteran NC leader and 6-time-MLA from Khanyar Constituency, Ali Mohammad Sagar said, "Maximum Human Rights violations have been reported this year, the law and order deteriorated under the PDP-BJP government while the worst power crisis was also witnessed during this government."
"These are the issues on which we want reply from the ruling government," Sagar said.
NC Provincial President and MLA Nagrota, Devender Singh Rana said, "We are going to corner this government over the rising corruption, nepotism, governance deficit, deteriorating law and order situation in the state and rising unemployment among the youth."
Meanwhile, on Monday, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Rohit Kansal toured the Legislature Complex to inspect final preparations ahead of the Budget Session 2018-19, which begins January 02.
Principal Secretary was accompanied by Secretary Legislative Assembly M R Singh, Director Estates Tassaduq Jeelani, besides other officers of the concerned departments.
Kansal inspected different sections of the Legislature Complex including Assembly hall, Council hall, Lobby, Meeting halls, Chief Minister's chamber, chambers for other VIPs, canteens for Ministers and media personnel, besides inspecting the arrangements put in place in Central hall where Governor is scheduled to address the Joint Session, tomorrow.
He took detailed appraisal of all requisites like proper lighting, heating, sound system, seating etc necessary for smooth conduct of the session, besides reviewing the renovation, beautification efforts taken up ahead of the Budget Session.
Taking stock of all arrangements put in place for the upcoming Budget session, Kansal stressed upon officers to ensure cleanliness in and around the complex besides ensuring ample availability of essentials like drinking water, etc.
Secretary Legislative Assembly and Director Estates apprising Kansal on the arrangements made, said that all major works have been executed and final preparations are underway to ensure complex is ready to host the session.

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