Heated exchange over debate on discrimination of HP by 13th Finance Commission



Shimla: Heated exchange took place between the members of ruling BJP and the congress party in the Vidhan Sabha here this evening while the house was holding a debate. Suresh Bhardwaj of BJP had alleged that the economy of the state is bound to suffer in view of the report of the 13th Finance Commission of India with regards to Himachal Pradesh. Winding up the debate Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said that the report of the 13th Finance Commission was anti-Himachal and it was bound to harm the cause of the state. He said that the commission never looked into the problems and difficulties being faced by the state and its increasing budget on the salaries and pensions of the existing and retired staff.

He said that the yard stick of the Finance commission with regards to salary bill of the employees fixed for all the states of India was not in the interest of the state as the number of employees in the state was already more and the government had already released the new pay scales and pay balances to the staff. He sought the cooperation of entire house in this matter and told the congress party members to not to twist the facts and make this debate as a platform to vouch support for the UPA government at center.

Earlier, Suresh Bhardwaj of the BJP while initiating the debate gave in details the fall out of the less recommendation of funds for the state. He alleged that while other states had got a hike of one hundred to 113%, it was just fifty percent in case of Himachal Pradesh. Vidya Stokes, Congress party leader in Vidhan sabha and Kaul Singh Thakur, MLA and HP Congress chief during the debate dubbed the allegations as false and contrary to facts. They said that the BJP leaders were making false accusations against the UPA government but the Congress party would not tolerate such things.

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