Congress stalwart Virbhadra Singh on his Mandi visit blamed BJP led Govt for uneven development of the state. He said that Prem Kumar Dhumal Govt was deep in corruption, and even after getting sufficient funds from the centre Govt, it has failed to carry out developmental activities in the state.

While addressing the media personal, Virbhadra Singh said the BJP government had failed to provide even DA and other benefits announced earlier as it had mismanaged the funds. Health and other rural and urban development works were being run on the funds that the Centre was providing under the Jawahar Lal National Health Mission, MNREGA and the Urban Renewal Mission to the state. Congress leader revealed that UPA Govt had sought a land to set up three steel processing plants with investments of Rs 150 crore each in the state, but Dhumal Govt failed to identify the land.

On the contrary, the UPA government had sanctioned the four-laning of the Manali-Kiratpur national highway. The Regional Ayurvedic Research Centre was also coming up at Pandho while the Rock Salt Mines Project was being set up at Guma.

Virbhadra Singh said that because of the effort from the UPA Govt, the poor were getting work in rural areas because of Rs 1,000-crore MNREGA funds, ambulance services and rural health centres, and staff salaries were being run on NHRM funds. However, the BJP government is busy taking credits for the centre scheme.

On his visit Union Minister Virbhadra Singh inaugurated a Khadi Bhawan and Coir Board showroom in town. He was accompanied by state Congress president Kaul Singh Thakur, former minister Rangila Ram Rao, Mandi Sadar MLA Anil Sharma, Balh MLA Prakash Chaudhary and former MILKFED Chairman Chet Ram Thakur.

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