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Don't see 'good days' yet: Omar Abdullah on Union Budget

The CM said there were one or two things which the state was expecting from the budget, especially those related to the youth

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Omar Abdullah
Omar Abdullah

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister today said he does not see 'achche din' (good times) coming to the country through the maiden Union of the presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

"We do not see 'achche din' (good times) yet. And the way monsoon has played, we should not expect 'achche din' sometime soon. They (BJP) talked about 'achche din' before the elections, but after winning the elections, they said they will have to give us a bitter-pill first to achieve 'achche din'.

"But this neither talks about 'achche din' nor has it given us a feeling of that bitter-pill. (However), it has not been even two months yet (for the government), let some time pass then we will see," Omar told reporters here.

Referring to the FM's announcement for allocation of Rs 200 crore for upgrading indoor and outdoor stadiums to international standards in Jammu and in Kashmir Valley, the CM said there were one or two things which the state was expecting from the budget, especially those related to the youth.

"When the finance minister was here on his maiden visit and I met him, I had asked him for a package on sports infrastructure and which he has accepted," Omar said.

"He (Jaitley) had talked about a hospital on the pattern of AIIMS. I had told him that we have super-speciality hospitals at both places - Jammu and Srinagar. I had said that rather than building a new hospital, give us a package to upgrade the two hospitals on AIIMS pattern.

"We have not heard anything on that yet. We hope that when the Finance Minister has talked about AIIMS-pattern hospitals, our two hospitals will also be included," he said.

Referring to the Rs 500 crore package for displaced Kashmiri migrants in the Union announced yesterday, the Chief Minister said he would like to know the fine prints of the package because there already was a package and the state had asked for its upgradation because the amount earmarked earlier was less.

"If these Rs 500 crore have been earmarked under a new package, then it is a good thing and I hope our migrants take advantage of it. But if it is on the past pattern, then I am sorry, this package would not benefit us," he said.

First Published: Fri, July 11 2014. 14:14 IST