BJP delegation meets PM for revival of package for HP and U'khand
Top BJP leaders along with Chief Ministers of Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand Wednesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding revival of the industrial package for the hill states.delhi Updated: Jul 07, 2010 20:46 IST
Top BJP leaders along with Chief Ministers of Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand Wednesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding revival of the industrial package for the hill states.
"We met the Prime Minister and requested him to restore the industrial packages extended to Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand," Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj told reporters here.
BJP Parliamentary Party Chairman L K Advani, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank', Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and Swaraj met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and handed him a memorandum on the issue.
"We did not ask for anything new but restoration of the package which was withdrawn...The two states have their unique set of problems. They are hill states which need assistance for development," Swaraj said.
The package provides sops to industries setting up base in the hill states and helps in providing employment opportunities to the youth.
Recently, Pokhriyal and his cabinet colleagues had met the Prime Minister to press for extension of the industrial package.
The industrial package for Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir was introduced in 2002 by the then NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
While the package was to end in 2013, it was withdrawn this year itself.
"A similar package was introduced for North-East in 1987 and was extended for another ten years in 2007. It still continues for Jammu and Kashmir," Dhumal had recently said.
The two Chief Ministers have already given a joint representation to the Prime Minister demanding restoration of the industrial package which was withdrawn before its term ended.
The issue had come up for discussion at the party's National Executive meet at Patna last month.
The two CMs had claimed that if the Centre refuses to restore the package, the people of the states will launch an agitation. "It may include holding dharna outside Parliament House," Dhumal had said.