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FM presents Rs 1.42 lakh cr J&K Budget in LS

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Education, Home and Planning get higher allocations

New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday presented a Rs 1.42-lakh-crore budget for Jammu and Kashmir for the year 2022-23 in Lok Sabha, amid opposition accusations that the government was rushing the proposals through Parliament.

Sitharaman also presented the supplementary demands for the year 2021-22 totalling Rs 18,860.32 crore for the Union Territory and moved a motion seeking suspension of certain rules to allow the House to take up the discussion on the same day.

Opposition members objected to the government move to present the J&K Budget and discuss it in the House on the same day, contending that members will not get adequate time to study the proposals.

Congress member Manish Tewari and RSP member N K Premachandran objected to the motion moved by Sitharaman, alleging it was in violation of the rules of procedure of the House.

“Some rules are beyond the amending powers of the House,” Tewari, a Congress member from Anandpur Sahib, said.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal said the discussion will take place after two hours.

Rajendra Agarwal, who was in the Chair, said the business for the day was approved by Speaker Om Birla during the Business Advisory Committee meeting.

Premachandran, the member from Kollam, said the minister had also sought a discussion on the budget proposals and the supplementary demand for grants together, which would go against the rules.

Tewari and Premachandran sought a ruling from the Speaker Om Birla on the issue.

As the House re-assembled in the post-lunch session, Sitharaman said the then UPA government had presented and discussed the Budget for NCT of Delhi in 2014 on the same day.

“That time the Chair allowed it, and this time also the Chair may kindly allow, it is my appeal,” Sitharaman said.

BJD member Bhratruhari Mahtab, who was in the chair, noted the Speaker had rejected the contention of Tewari and Premachandran, saying  that the supplementary demands for grants for J&K presented in Lok Sabha were for the 2021-22 and could be taken up together with the Budget for 2022-23.

Mahtab said the Speaker had also mentioned that it was not for the first time that budget for a state had been presented as discussed on the same day.

Meanwhile, the Education Department has been allocated the highest Rs 11,832.77 crore followed by Rs 10,831.18 crore for the Home Department, which controls police, in the Rs 1.42 lakh crore budget for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for 2022-23 presented by Union Finance Minister in Lok Sabha on Monday.

Sitharaman also presented the supplementary demands for the year 2021-22 totalling Rs 18,860.32 crore for the UT.

According to the Jammu and Kashmir Appropriation Bill 2022, Rs 797.34 crore has been allocated for the General Administration Department and Rs 10,831.18 crore for the Home Department.

The higher allocation for the Home Department, under which the Jammu and Kashmir Police comes, indicated the government’s priority in maintaining peace in the Union Territory.

Rs 11,832.77 crore has been earmarked for the Education Department, Rs 1129.59 crore for the Planning Department and Rs 232.43 crore for the Information Department

According to the papers presented in Lok Sabha, Rs 8768.09 crore has been allocated for the Power Department, Rs 1002.98 crore for the Industry Department and Rs 2835.39 crore for the Agriculture Department.

Rs 6296.57 crore has been earmarked for the Public Works Department, Rs 7873.34 crore for the Health Department and Rs 3202.71 crore for the Social Welfare Department.

Sitharaman allocated Rs 507.9 crore for the Tourism Department, Rs 5443.17 crore for the Rural Development Department and Rs 646.93 crore for the Horticulture Department.

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