Monday, March 5, 2012

Budget 2012 Sidelights

1 Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather delayed the budget presentation by half an hour. He was scheduled to present the budget at 11 am but started reading his budget speech at 11.30 am.  Rather read the speech in Urdu. The speech lasted 81 minutes.

2  Chief Minister Omar Abdullah came to the Legislative Assembly at 11 am initially to be present in the House for the budget speech. He left the House and returned at 11.30 am. He remained present in the House till the budget speech lasted.

3 Rather started his budget speech with a couplet `Tez Hawa Sey Darnay Walay, Sahil Par Hi Dhoob Gaye; Toofan Say Ladney Walon Nay, Manzil Apni Payee Hai'.

* This was 12th budget of Rather, fourth in a row. He had presented his first budget in 1983 during Farooq Abdullah regime.

4In the middle of speech, CPM MLA MY Tarigami after observing a tired Rather remarked: ``Finance Minister Sahib Ko Pani Ka Glass Pesh Kiya Jaye (the Finance Minister be offered a glass of water)''.

5 The Assembly staff arranged water for Mr Rather, which he consumed.

6 Former Finance Minister and PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Beg was present in the Assembly throughout the budget speech of Rather. However, PDP Legislature Party leader Mehbooba Mufti was today absent in the House.

7 None of the opposition members interrupted the budget speech.

8 Treasury benches thumped the desks when the Finance Minister announced exemption of tax on many items and increased tax on tobacco and liquor.

9 Aur Lagayo (increase more)'', remarked BJP MLA Ashok Khajuria when Rather announced increase of tax on tobacco and liquor."

10 When Budget speech was being presented by Minister of State for Finance and Cooperatives Dr Manohar Lal Sharma in the Upper House, suddenly a loud sound in the communication system created disturbance for over 50 seconds. Dy Chairman, M Y Taing, all members and watch and wards staff besides media persons sitting in the Press Gallery, were confused over such uneasy sound. The communication staff rushed to detect the fault in the mikes of the members and cables besides electronic gadgets. The fault could be detected after about 50 seconds tough efforts by all. Except an uneasy loud sound, nothing was audible in the House.

11 During most of time when the Annual Budget was being presented in the Legislative Council, all the four Opposition members from PDP and lone member from NPP stayed away from the House. Even the official gallery was empty and one of the members pointed out this issue to the Dy Chairman, saying that Council was not being taken seriously. However, after an hour a single official was witnessed showing presence in the official gallery.

12 The Budget speech copies presented in the Legislative Council were also addressed to the Hon’ble Speaker instead of Chairman. Immediately after the commencement of Budget speech, PDP member Murtaza Khan pointed out to the ‘Chair’ that this matter needed to be taken seriously. NPP member also raised objection over the matter."

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