Uttarakhand Budget session to begin from Wednesday
The Budget session of the Congress-led government in Uttarakhand, which begins on Wednesday, is expected to be stormy. Chief Minister Harish Rawat will present the last Budget with an eye on the state Assembly elections scheduled to take place in 2017.
On the other hand, the Opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by its state party chief Ajay Bhatt, is determined to put the government on the back foot.
Chief Minister Harish Rawat and his government have been working hard to present an all-pleasing Budget without imposing any tax on people of the state. The problems of resources generation and pressure of introducing welfare schemes in the election year has forced the Harish Rawat government to go in for a deficit budget this time.
The state government is financially constrained to bear the burden of the Seventh Pay Panel recommendations to its employees.
The state government had been complaining that the Central government had ignored Uttarakhand and released lesser grants in new dispensation under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Niti Ayog.
The Chief Minister Harish Rawat said the Central Government did not sanction a single penny for Ardh Kumbh.
Finance Minister Indira Hridayesh said the denial of funds from the Centre had adversely affected the resources of the state.
The state Assembly Secretariat has received 600 questions put up by legislators to pin down the state government on various important issues.
On the other hand, the BJP has been preparing itself to counter the state government on important issues confronting the state. The party is planning an offensive strategy to put the state government in the dock whether it was the issue of mining, change in the excise policy, alleged sexual exploitation of Nari Niketan inmates and deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
The state BJP has already announced ‘ghereo’ of the state Assembly on April 14 protesting the failure of the state government on all fronts. The entire party machinery, including legislators and MPs, has been asked to take part in the event.
The BJP wants to motivate its party workers and cadres for the forthcoming state Assembly poll. The party wants to send a strong positive signal to the masses about their intentions of challenging the Congress-led government led by Harish Rawat.