Virbhadra Singh calls on union finance minister


Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today called on union finance minister Mr. P. Chidambaram in North Block New Delhi and requested that uniform funding pattern of 90:10 should be provided to the state under all centrally sponsored schemes like Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, mid-day meal 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 to the state in comparison to north eastern states and requested to pass necessary directions 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.

Mr. Virbhadra Singh requested the union finance minister Mr. P. Chidambaram to restore the special industrial package to the state till the year 2020 to expedite the industrialization process in the state to promote economic activities and employment avenues in the state.

He said that state government has made massive investment to improve the basic infrastructure in industrial areas of the state to attract massive private sector investment. He said that proposal for continuation of special industrial package is under consideration of department of industrial policy and promotion and told that planning commission has already earmarked budgetary outlay of Rs. 500 crore for extension of industrial package to special category states during 12th five year plan.

Mr. Virbhadra Singh also demanded release of Rs. 2,100 crore SPA/SCA for financing the annual plan 2013-14 to speed up the pace of development in the state. He told that state has suffered loss of Rs. 10,725 crore due to adverse recommendation of 13th finance commission who underestimated the states committed liabilities on various accounts like salary, pension, etc. and told that the state got an increase of only 50% enhancement as against the average increase of 126% for all other states. He requested the release of full amount by providing additional funds through savings and supplementary budget provision.

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

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