Shimla: Reacting to criticism by the Congress Party over amendment in Section 118 of the Himachal Pradesh Tenancy and Land Reforms Act-1972, health minister Dr Rajiv Bindal and social justice and empowerment minister Sarveen Chaudhry in a joint statement said no such amendment has been made to the said Act.
They said the only decision taken by the government was with regard to issuance of Himachali certificate to those living in the state for more than 15 years or so. They said this provision was already there and Himachali certificate was being issued earlier too.
The ministers said Congress state president Kaul Singh Thakur’s allegations that Benami transactions were taking place in the state was also wrong. “So far as welfare of SCs was concerned, the present government has enhanced the Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan from 9 per cent to 25 per cent besides implementing various other schemes,” they added, adding that it was due to the negligence of Scheduled Castes in Congress regime that the Chairman of the National SC Commission has scolded the state government as they failed to raise the allocation under Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan.