Shimla: Â Bharatiya Janta Party general secretary Jagat Prakesh Nadda today sought Rs. 2500 crore special package to Himachal Pradesh owing to alleged disparity being done with it by the 13 th Finance Commission, former was taking part in the debate over yrs. 2011-12 Budget presented by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Mar 9 2011, in the house today.
Coming down heavily for alleged discrimination being done by incumbent UPA regime in the centre with this hill state, Mr. Nadda observed that despite constituting Sen Committee by planning commission it never met as one year has been over, shows the negligence of centre to redressal the issue.
Calling the opposition to join the ruling benches to united on the issue by forming a delegation, Mr Nadda stressed the need to seek special Package for Himachal Pradesh from centre to bail out state from current finical crunch which was being created due to low plan size of state for years 2010-11.
He said that state government has taken brave steps despite fincial constrains on its own level after fixing Rs 5800 crore in current budget for Salary, Pensions and arrears to be given to employees in the coming years however 13th FC had objected to Rs 3900 crore for the year 2010-11 for the same.
Mr. Nadda highlighted that Shimla declaration was historic event to concede the demand of ‘Green Bonus’ by hill states efforts remained fruitfull to include 12 environmental indexes in Dehradun conclave of Planning Committee.
He claimed that Himachal Pradesh had been adjudged second best state to compensate for protecting green cover by the planning commission but despite assurance to pay the ‘Green Bonus’ for Himahcal Pradesh which come to Rs 3000 crore has been not been released by the centre after adopting dilly-dang and in discriminatory tactics with the state.
During the debate he raised the matter of 7.19 percent share of Himachal Pradesh in Bhakra Bandh hydro Electric project which was pending before the Supreme Court for settlement. BJP leader observed that despite many decades previous state governments had remained fail to raise this issue in between 1960 to 1999 as it was now pending before the supreme court while efforts to resolved it draw no positive response from the centre and Punjab government.
Terming the state budget a ‘prudent budgetary exercise’ he commaned the steps being taken in the state budget after striking balance between optimum revenue resources maintain the face of development besides keeping it in tune with state fiscal situtaiton.
Mr. Nadda said that Dhumal government has succeeded to care the all sections of society by giving them ample relief and benefits after allocating sufficient funds after prioritizing some key areas.
Exhorting the state government for taking long leap in difficult finical conditions, BJP leader who is member of assembly from Bilaspur noted that finical crunch did not stop the government from taking initiative for development as it has especially focus areas like education, health, Agriculture and Tourism in the budget.
Appreciating the government to bring down the fiscal deficit from 5.8 percent of FY 2010-11, Mr. Nadda said that state government contained the deficit by bring down to 2.7 PC in current budget while he hoped that BJP regime could further contain it to 2.5 PC in yr. 2012-13.
Hailing the government efforts to continue subsidy on food items under PDS system, he said that inflation rate had risen to highest 18.23 percent did not deter the state government to continue special allocations for the PDS system however centre cut down its PDS quota on rations especially Rice.
He said that state government is praise worthy for keeping this commitment in the current budget despite centre could not effectively managed the PDS system in the country.
Slamming UPA government over disposing rotted food grains for Rs 5800 crore in the FCI godown, BJP leader charged it that despite Supreme Court interventions in the matter food grins solding to liquor industries charging paltry price of 62 paise per kilogram.
Gangu Ram Musafir (Pachhad-Cong), Yog Raj( Paragpur-Cong), Sukhvinder Singh(Cong.-Nadonta) and Kuldeep Pathinia( Cong-Bhatiyat also took part in the discussion was continue in the house.