Sampat scoffs at white paper, calls it a bid to hide govt failures

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 04, 2015 09:44 IST

Senior Congress leader Sampat Singh on Tuesday slammed the Haryana BJP government for presenting a “bunch of lies in the name of white paper on Haryana finances in a bid to hide its own failures”.

Addressing a press conference here, he said that the dismal picture of the state finances painted in the white paper released by chief minister ML Khattar and finance minister Capt Abimanyu was false even as he admitted that the statistics given in it were correct.

Scoffing at the white paper, Singh held that Haryana had registered growth and remarkably improved on finances during the 10-year rule of the Congress.

Stating that it was wrong to specimen district-wise per capita income and allege regional biases, he said that there were numerous Gujarat districts such as Dahod, Dangs and Chhota Udepur which were utterly backward with abject per capita income, but Gujarat per capita income was high because of only few districts like Ahmedabad, Baroda and Surat.

“It is shocking to note that Khattar who speaks high of Haryana at NRIs’ meet in Gujarat, puts Haryana finances in poor light in his white paper. It is an attempt of the BJP government to bring bad name to Haryana’’, he added.

He also gave details of financial, agricultural, industrial and social sector indicators of Gujarat and Haryana to show how Haryana’s standing was much higher than the former.

Regarding the debt position of the state, Singh, who himself was finance minister in the Om Prakash Chautala government, held that the previous Congress government’s borrowings which were 18% of the GDP was not quite high as the finance commission approved of borrowings up to 22%. In case of Gujarat, the borrowings went up to 25.6%.

Likewise, he said, lowering of passenger tax from 60% to 25% was a good sign and not a poor indicator as shown in the white paper, Singh said.

He alleged that the BJP had resorted to “bald lies” as it had completely failed to implement its own key announcements, including implementation of Swaminathan Commission recommendations, `2,000 pension to the old, widows and others, pay-scale to Haryana employees on the Punjab pattern and regularisation of all temporary employees.

Flaying the Union budget, the Congress leader alleged that it was on the basis of lies and false promises that BJP had misled people of Haryana and got voted to power as there are over 22 lakh pensioners and over four lakh government employees in Haryana.

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