Even as the sub-committee on resource mobilisation is yet to meet for the first time to chalk out an initial plan to pull the state out of its worst-ever financial crisis, leader of opposition (LoP) Prem Kumar Dhumal on Wednesday lashed out at the Himachal Pradesh government, saying it was just trying to befool the public of the state."What a spectacle of the resource mobilisation committee where a minister who was first appointed chairman has now refused to be even a member of it," said Dhumal adding that the state cabinet decided to appoint the said minister (Kaul Singh Thakur) its chairman and one person (chief minister Virbhadra Singh) overturned the decision on his own.“This is happening at a time when the state is passing through its worst-financial crisis and employees and pensioners are waiting for their dearness allowance (DA) due since January this year, even as the Centre has announced another instalment of 7% DA,” the former chief minister said while talking to mediapersons here."Ironically, the ministers, instead of taking decisions of public welfare, are fighting among themselves in the cabinet meetings, accusing one another of corruption," said Dhumal.
'NOT INVITED FOR PANEL'S MEETING'
The senior BJP leader also refuted claims of transport minister GS Bali, one of the members of the sub-committee, who recently said that LoP has also been invited to give suggestions for raising financial resources, when the sub-panel meets for the first time on September 12.
"As of now, I have received no formal invitation," said Dhumal adding the Congress itself was responsible for the financial crisis.
Blaming the Virbhadra government for the financial crisis, Dhumal said in its previous regime between 2003 and 2007 alone, the Congress government had taken loans amounting to `8,070 crore, even as it provided no monetary benefits to the employees. That was the time when this mess actually started, he added.
'MISMANAGEMENT OF GOVT'
Charging the government with mismanagement, he said that due to various steps taken by the previous BJP regime in the sector of green development, the World Bank had given the state `1500 crore loan from green technology funds in three instalments. "The Government should tell where this money vanished," said Dhumal.
He claimed that the during the BJP government, "Himachal was adjudged most rapidly developing state and now when the Congress government is at the helm of affairs, we are lacking even in the tourism despite the state having enormous potential in the sector”.
The appointment of a large number of chairmen and vice- chairmen of boards and corporation, Dhumal said, was also somehow responsible for states coffers going dry.
"The government maintains that they are given only `15,000 as monthly honorarium, but who pays salary of their private staff and travelling expanses?" Dhumal asked the government to clarify, adding an estimate revealed that monthly expenditure on one chairman comes around `4 lakh.
"The fact that a person whose house was damaged in the heavy rains was given `500 as relief tells enough about the sorry state of affairs in Himachal," he said.
Commenting on the fresh chargesheet filed against Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), Dhumal termed it just a 'political vendetta' against the opposition people.