Jammu: Opposition BJP and the Panthers Party on Thursday walked out of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly terming as "incomplete and misleading" the response of a minister on alleged discrimination of Jammu region in the recommendation of the State Finance Commission.
In response to a question by BJP leader Chaman Lal Gupta during the Question Hour in the state Assembly, State Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather said that the commission constituted by the state government has submitted a report to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on November 13
However, the voluminous report is being examined, Rather said, adding, a separate dissenting note has been submitted by one of the members of the commission.
The BJP members led by Gupta and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party led by Harsh Dev Singh, besides Jammu State Morcha member Ashwani Kumar stood on their seats and alleged the Omar Abdullah government has been discriminating with the Jammu region.
Gupta said that commission was appointed on January 15, 2008 and its report submitted on November last year but nothing has been done even though the commission was appointed to look into the regional discrimination on the financial aspects of the state.
Harsh Dev Singh also raised the issue of "discrimination" and said that the reply was not satisfactory.
Rather tried to pacify them but BJP members, instead started raising slogans like `Jammu Ke Sath Bedh Bav Bandh Karo Bandh Karo` (end discrimination with Jammu) and later staged a walkout.
After a few minutes, JKNPP and JSM also staged walkout from the House protesting the incomplete reply.
Rather charged BJP with not listening to his reply and said that they were enacting a drama to get media coverage.
The minister further said that commission was appointed to perform mapping of the regions and sub-regions, identify backward districts of the state, evolve a set policy to balance the dispersal of development across the districts and regions, identify measures for equilateral allocation of resources on regional basis, formulate a set of administrative measures, identifying employment backlog on regional levels.
Besides this, commission will also suggest measures need to augment resources of the government, review state finances and effective implementation of the recommendations.