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Himachal Pradesh CM seeks financial assistance from FM

New Delhi, Dec 6 : Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday called on Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram at north block here and requested that uniform funding pattern of 90:10 should be provided to his state under all centrally sponsored schemes like Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, Mid Day Meals Scheme, RMSA, IAY, etc on the pattern of north eastern states.


He told that at present different pattern of funding is being provided to the state under various centrally sponsored schemes which is less in comparison to north eastern states.

He requested Chidambaram to pass necessary direction to all central ministries /departments to modify the guidelines for existing schemes and adopt uniform norms for all the special category states including Himachal Pradesh.

Singh also requested Chidambaram to restore the special industrial package to the state till the year 2020 to expedite the industrialization process in the state in order to promote economic activities and employment avenues in the state.

He said that proposal for continuation of special industrial package is under consideration of department of industrial policy and promotion and that the Planning Commission has already earmarked budgetary outlay of Rs 500 crore for extension of industrial package to special category states during the Twelfth Five Year Plan.

Singh demanded the release of Rs 2100 crore SPA/SCA for financing the annual plan 2013-14 to speed up the pace of development in the state.

He told that the state has suffered a loss of Rs 10725 crore due to adverse recommendation of the 13th Finance Commission, who underestimated the states committed liabilities on various accounts like salary and pension.

He said that state got an increase of only 50 percent enhancement as against the average increase of 126 percent for all other states .He requested the release of full amount by providing additional funds through savings and supplementary budget provision.

Chidambaram appreciated the issue raised by state government and assured that the Finance Ministry will provide all possible financial assistance under various schemes to speed up the pace of development in the state and ensure over all development of all regions.

--IBNS (Posted on 06-12-2013)

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