HP seeks special central package

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today met Finance Minister to apprise him of financial situation of the state

Shimla/February

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today requested the Union Government to sanction special economic package of Rs 7565 crores to fulfill financial liabilities of the state.
In a meeting with Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram today, Virbhadra Singh said that 13th Finance Commission has misjudged the committed liabilities of the State government and had suggested a reduction of 106 crore in Special Central Assistance allocation. The state government has liabilities of Rs 3,522 crore in terms of pension, salaries and interest in 2012-13 which will increase to Rs. 4,043 crore during the year 2013-14
Singh requested Finance minister P Chidambaram to restore the reduction of in Special Central Assistance allocation of Rs. 106 crore for the current financial year. He demanded that all centrally sponsored schemes should be uniformly funded in the ratio of 90:10 for all special category states and told that at present the funding under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, Mid Day Meal Schemes, Indira Awas Yojna, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, Swaran Jayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojna, Nutritional Component of ICDS and ambulance service under NHM is 65%, 75%, 75%, 75%, 75%, 50% and 20% respectively.
He further stated that provision in these services to the Himachal is less in comparison with other north-east states and requested the Union Minister to provide funding in all these schemes on pattern of north east states. Singh further asked the Central government to restore the special industrial package to the state till 2020 and told that discontinuation of special package of industrial incentive is adversely impacting the industrial growth and employment opportunities in the State.
Chidambaram assured Singh that the Central government will provide liberal financial assistance to the state government to expedite the development process in the State and he congratulated the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for taking the reins of the state for record sixth terms.