CM should stop blaming Centre: Anurag Thakur


Member of Parliament BJP from Hamirpur, Mr. Anurag Thakur said that HP CM Mr. Virbhadra Singh should stop blaming the Centre for dismantling planning commission and for lack of funds because of it when facts are completely otherwise. On the contrary to strengthen federal structure, the Centre has made historic never before allocations to States in 14th Finance Commission. There’s a historic rise of 163% in allocation to Himachal Pradesh at Rs 75,282 crore compared to Rs 21,691 crore in 13th Finance Commission.


In a press release which issued today Mr. Anurag Thakur said, “In 14th Finance Commission the State will get Rs 40,625 crore towards revenue deficit, further State will get the share of Rs 29,224 crore towards State’s share in Central taxes, panchayats will get almost 1800 crore rupees while disaster management will get 1304 crore rupees and state will also get 2240 crore rupees as assistance grant while judiciary will get about 100 crore rupees.”


Anurag Thakur said that from the figures quoted above it is clear that there is no reduction in central grant due to discontinuation of planning commission and most allocation has been done to states in 14th finance commission. Anurag Thakur further said that it is for the first time that the Centre has shared 42% of their income with states while earlier this figure was 32% and it was never increased by 10% in one time.


Anurag Thakur said that CM should stop misleading people about central grants and focus on getting his own house in order. He said that state government is increasing loan burden on state by taking loans almost twice a month and is creating hindrance for upcoming government also.

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Arvind Sharma is a permanent resident of Dharamshala in HP, and is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 22 years of experience. He started his writing career from local weekly Himachal Kesri and later worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, Vir Partap and Ajit. Currently, he is working with news agency PTI. He was conferred with the Himachal Kesri journalism award in 2010.

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