Himachal seeks financial aid from centre

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 11:02 hrs

New Delhi Feb 17 (IBNS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday requested the centre to sanction special economic packageof Rs. 7,565 crore to tide over difficult financial situation in the state.

Virbhadra Singh called on Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in North Block, New Delhi and told him that the 13th Finance Commission has misjudged the committed liabilities of the state government and as a result of that the gap in committed liabilities of the State Govt. in terms of pension, salaries and interest has been Rs. 3,522 crore during the year 2012-13 which will increase to Rs. 4,043 crore during the year 2013-14.

Singh requested Chidambaram to restore the reduction in Special Central Assistance allocation of Rs. 106 crore for the current financial year.

He demanded that all centrally sponsored schemes should be uniformly funded in the ratio of 90:10 for all special category states and said that at present the funding under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, Mid Day Meal Schemes, Indira Awas Yojna, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, Swaran Jayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojna, Nutritional Component of ICDS and ambulance service under NHM is 65%, 75%, 75%, 75%, 75%, 50% and 20% respectively.

He said provision in these services to the Himachal is less in comparison to other north eastern states and requested the Union Minister to provide funding in all these schemes on pattern of north east states.

Singh requested the Union Govt. to restore the special industrial package to the State till 2020 and told that discontinuation of special package of industrial incentive is adversely impacting the industrial growth and employment opportunities in the State.

Chidambaram assured to provide liberal financial assistance to the state to expedite the development process.

He congratulated the Chief Minister for taking the reins of the State for record sixth terms which is a matter of pride for the Congress and people of Himachal Pradesh.

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