Former Chief Minister and leader of opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal has accused the Congress led state Government for bad financial position in the state.
In a press statement, Dhumal also accused Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for misleading the people of the state on this issue. Dhumal said that the previous BJP Government implemented 9th Five Year Plan amounting to Rs. 5700.00 crore and the total expenditure under this plan was Rs. 7899.67 crore which was Rs. 2199.67 crore over and above the approved Five Year Plan.
He claimed that due to this higher expenditure under 9th Plan, the state got higher allocation of Rs. 4600 Cr. in the 10th Five Year Plan which was approved for Rs. 10300 Cr. by the Planning Commission.
BJP senior leader said that the 10th Five Year Plan of Rs. 10300.00 crore was implemented by the congress Govt. and total expenditure under the plan was only Rs. 8493.90 crore.
He pointed out at a shortfall of Rs. 1806 crore in the 10th Plan and claimed that due to it shortfall, the Planning Commission only gave additional allocation of Rs. 3478 Cr. in the 11th Five Year Plan which was approved for Rs. 13778 Cr. by the Planning Commission. This increase was lower than the 10th Plan for which congress govt. is responsible. Dhumal added
“Dhumal said that we have implemented the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-12) during our last tenure. We have spent the full 11th Five Year Plan of Rs. 13778 Cr. Due to our best performance in the 11th Plan, the plan size for the 12th Plan (2012-17) was approved for Rs. 22800 Cr. during the BJP govt. We got an additional allocation of Rs. 9022 Cr. over and above the 11th Five year Plan”
He further said that during the previous tenure of the BJP led State Government; the Planning Commission had increased Special Central Assistance to Rs. 525 Cr. He said that Special Central Assistance was reduced to Rs. 342 Cr. during the tenure of Virbhadra Singh Government. The congress Govt. has never pleaded the case of the state for higher allocation of Special Central Assistance before the Planning Commission.
Former Chief Minister said that during the previous tenure of the BJP Government, the Special Central Assistance was increased to Rs. 1400 Cr. during 2012-13 from the level of Rs. 342 Cr. left by congress Government in 2007-08. The BJP Government got consistent increase in the Special Central Assistance where as the congress govt. got decrease in the Special Central Assistance during its last tenure.
He said that this Special Central Assistance was reduced to Rs. 1350 Cr. during 2013-14 in the present tenure of the congress Govt.
Dhumal said that the congress Government left the loan liability of Rs. 21241 Cr. in 2007-08 on the state when the BJP Government took over. He said that the congress Government raised the loan of Rs. 8032 Cr. from 2002-03 to 2007-08 in-spite of the fact that they did not pay any liability of the employees due to the pay revision/ pension/ DA during the congress tenure and not even interim relief.
Dhumal said that the BJP Government has paid all the arrears of the pay revision, pension and DA liabilities of the employees and the total loan raised was Rs. 6672 Cr. Till (31-12-2012). This loan was within the approved limits of the 13th Finance Commission.
He said that during the 16 months of the congress govt., the state Government has raised a loan of Rs. 4500 Cr. due to their financial mis-management in the state.
He said that the 13th Finance Commission had fixed a target of Rs. 14737 Cr. for revenue receipts from 2010-11 to 2012-13 for the state. The BJP Govt. achieved the target of Rs. 18421 Cr. for revenue receipts during this period.
Dhumal said that due to the mis-management of the state finances during Virbhadra Singh’s Government, the Debt / GSDP ratio was 63 % in 2007-08. During the BJP Government, the Debt / GSDP ratio was brought down to 46 percent.
Prem Kumar Dhumal slammed Virbhadra Singh for misleading the people of the state on the financial position. He said that the all facts and figure prove that the Congress Government is only responsible for bad financial position in the state.