Srinagar, Feb. 6 -- After slashing security related expenditure (SRE), Union Ministry of Home Affairs has raised serious questions over the use of funds in Jammu and Kashmir.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in a budget presented earlier this week, allocated Rs 513 crore under SRE scheme for Jammu and Kashmir for 2020-21. The allocation is very less compared to previous years. Since 1989, when the scheme was introduced, Centre has spent around Rs 8000 crore for the reimbursement of SRE to J&K.

During 2018-19 Centre allotted Rs 650 crore to J&K under the SRE scheme. In 2017-18, Centre had allotted Rs 628 crore. However, in 2016-17 Centre had allotted Rs 1185 crore as SRE for J&K.

The SRE is to support the logistical requirements...