Farooq to raise funds issue with Vajpayee
22 March 2002
JAMMU: Annoyed over the "unhelpful" attitude of the Central Government in providing financial support to the
state, the Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, has decided to raise the issue with the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Bajpayee,
during a meeting with him in Delhi.
Making a suo motu statement during question hour today, the Chief Minister said he would seek the Prime Minister's help in
providing Central assistance to those who had been displaced from border villages owing to heavy Pakistani firing in the Jammu
The matter was raised by the Congress member, Mr Tara Chand who said border villagers had, before their migration, secured
loans from banks which they could not repay as farming had been suspended because of the firing and shelling. He wanted the
Finance Minister to waive the loans.
The Finance Minister, Mr Abdul Rahim Rather, informed the House that the government had no powers to waive the loans but
the matter could be discussed with banks.
The Chief Minister said he would request Mr Vajpayee to allocate substantial financial aid in favour of the migrants.
He said the Central funding was a lopsided exercise. "We prepare a Budget of one size and the Centre sanctions an amount
which is less than the Budget allocations," he said.
In his suo motu statement he referred to the plight of those Kashmiris who had put up 10 stalls in the handloom exhibition
in Gujarat prior to the breaking of the riots. He said their stalls were looted and destroyed. He announced Rs 50,000 as interim
relief each to them.
The House witnessed a furore when the members belonging to the Congress, the BSP and the PDP raised slogans against
POTO. They demanded that the government should withdraw the extension and implementation of POTO in Jammu and
The Speaker only allowed Mr Abdul .Rehman Veeri of the PDP to speak on the matter. He said though the Chief Minister had
said that nobody had been arrested in Jammu and Kashmir under POTO, he had figures which revealed that over 72 persons
had been arrested. He said he would resign if it was proved that a mother of six children who was arrested under POTO in his
Bijebehara constituency was a militant.
The Speaker, Mr Abdul Ahad Vakil, directed the Minister of State for Home, Mr Najib Sohrawardhy, to look into the
matter and inform the House about the reasons that led the police to arrest her. Even after the Speaker's direction, Mr Veeri
staged a walkout from the House.
The Power Minister, Mr S.S. Slathia, informed the House that tenders were floated for the construction of the Bhagliar power
project in Udhampur district and the two lowest bidders were given the contract for carrying out civil and mechanical works.
He said the project was estimated to cost Rs 3810 crore and until January, Rs 1,223.39 crore had been spent.
The Chief Minister said the decisions taken at the District Development Board meetings could not be implemented because the
Planning Commission did not give timely clearance and hence the required funds from the Centre did not flow on time to
The government informed the House that since members of the village defence committees were working voluntarily, they were
not entitled to any honorarium. However, special police officers attached with the committees were paid Rs 1,500 per month.
Later, the Rural Development Minister, Mr Ajay Sadhotra, introduced a Bill seeking amendment to the Consumer Protection