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AAP delays list announcement in Uttarakhand

HT Correspondent  Dehradun, March 12, 2014
First Published: 23:18 IST(12/3/2014) | Last Updated: 23:24 IST(12/3/2014)

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had earlier said that it would announce the names of its candidates for five Lok Sabha seats in the state in February, but the party has been delaying the announcement. Till now, the party has only announced the name of Harish Arya on the Almora seat.

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Some insiders say that this is being done to assess the names of the official candidates of both the Congress and the BJP after which the party would decide upon its own candidates.

The Aam Aadmi Party thinks that it has good chances in the state on account of the high literacy rates here and the high awareness among the local populace.

The party has been able to attract a chunk of the intelligentsia of the state including the president of Uttarakhand Mahila Manch Kamla Pant, former director general of police Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya, renowned folk singer Narendra Singh Negi, Shamsher Singh Bisht, Dr Shekhar Pathak and Rajiv Lochan Sah as supporters.

AAP’s election steering committee member Shamsher Singh Bisht says that the delay is being caused due to the high number of applicants and the entry of eminent personalities in the fray. “The announcements would be made very soon and all the factors would be taken into consideration in this,” says Bisht.


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‘Central aid to state rose in past 3 yrs, but growth slow’

The annual assistance from the Centre to the state has increased in last few financial years, according to official statistics, even though the Uttarakhand government has been firing salvos at the central government over it.
 
Two days ago, the state Congress unit demanded `4,000 crore financial assistance from the centre.
According to the central statistics office figures, the Centre released `4883.74 crores for the state in 2011-12. It released `4717.68 crores in 2012-2013. And in 2013-2014, it increased the assistance to `5418.60 crores.

Uttarakhand is one of the 11 Himalayan states which enjoy special category status besides Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
 
These special category states have to make part payment to the centre in lieu of getting funds for centrally-sponsored schemes.
Interestingly, on an average, central assistance has been substantial for the state though it has not helped Uttarakhand in increasing its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) which is total monetary value of goods and services produced by a state economy in a given year.
“GSDP depends on various factors like rate of savings and investments and overall business atmosphere. But that doesn’t mean the state does not need help,” said Surender Kumar, media in-charge for CM adding that the state needs more funds.
 
The figures for Uttarakhand GSDP growth at constant (2004-5) price (as on 01-08-2014) was 9.36% in 2011-12. It was 5.61% in 2012-13 and 5.65% in 2013-2014.
 
Sometime back Planning Commission constituted a committee to study development in hill states arising from management of forest land with special focus on creation of infrastructure, livelihood and human development.
 
The report of the committee was discussed in Internal Planning Committee meeting held in February this year.
A Planning Commission note claimed that IPC broadly endorsed the recommendations of the committee. The report has also been forwarded to states for further inputs.

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