Rather gives final touches to Budget

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 5: Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs Abdul Rahim Rather gave final touches to the Budget 2013-14 at Civil Secretariat today.
It is the 5th budget in a row of the present Coalition Govt. to be presented in the Legislative Assembly by Mr Rather tomorrow at 12 Noon.
This will be the 13th Budget to be presented by A.R.Rather in the State Legislature so far in his political career. Before this, he has presented budgets in year 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, 20011, and 2012. Mr. Rather has also presented vote of account on two occasions.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rather said that budget proposals to be presented by him tomorrow will be discussed threadbare by the members of the legislature, adding that good and genuine suggestions of the legislators will be given due consideration to make next year’s budget representative to the urges and aspirations of the people. He said every member will be given an opportunity to express his views on the budget and present his suggestions for further betterment of different departments as well as development of their respective constituencies.
Mr. Rather said, before formulating next year’s budget, he has undertaken an exhaustive pre-budget exercise with all stakeholders including trade, industry , transporters, intellectuals, academicians and progressive farmers of both Jammu and Kashmir divisions to get first hand appraisal of their demands and suggestions.
The Economic Advisor to Govt. Jalil Ahmad Khan and Principal Secretary Finance B.B Viyas were also present on the occasion.

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