The Congress urged chief minister Harish Rawat on Wednesday to review the proposal to impose additional taxes on LPG, petrol, diesel, building materials and bus fares.
Congress leaders led by state Congress president Kishore Upadhyay handed over a memorandum to the CM in this regard on Wednesday, saying the common man was already bearing the brunt of rising prices of food and other consumer goods and the state government’s proposal would add to the problems.
The state Congress president also urged the chief minister to enact the state’s own Panchayati Raj Act at the assembly session at Gairsain which starts on November 2.
Delegation leaders said the new panchayat Act would cater to the needs of rural population of the state mainly in hill areas, said Upadhyay.
Upadhyay said 15 years have passed since the formation of the state but Uttarakhand, with its own topographical uniqueness, is yet to have its Panchayat Act.
Senior Congress leader Dhirendra Pratap said the party convention at Gairsain on November 1 will be “a turning point” in the politics of the state.
‘BJP MPs must speak up’
The Congress government in Uttarakhand on Wednesday asked the five Bharatiya Janata Party MPs from the state to take up developmental issues of the state with the Prime Minister and Union ministers.
Reacting to reports that BJP MPs will meet the Union home minister, chief minister’s media in-charge Surendra Kumar: “They must advocate bestowing special status to the state and releasing of Rs 2,400 crore state’s share of funds that was stopped by the union government in the present financial year,” said Kumar.