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‘U’khand on verge of political instability due to Cong misrule’

HT Correspondent  Dehradun, March 09, 2014
First Published: 15:13 IST(9/3/2014) | Last Updated: 15:19 IST(9/3/2014)

The Bharatiya Janata Party said there was an atmosphere of 'despair' prevailing in the country owing to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government’s 'misrule'.


As a result, the party claimed people were gravitating towards BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

“The people are fed up with the 10-year misrule of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre and are looking to our party for a political change,” said BJP national secretary Trivendra Singh Rawat here on Saturday.

He alleged that the Congress government’s misrule in Uttarakhand and the factionalism within that party had pushed the state to the brink of a political instability.

“It (Congress) may have brought in a new chief minister (Harish Rawat), but there had been no change in the issues and problems facing the state,” Rawat said.

He said the reconstruction and rehabilitation issues had not been addressed even eight months after the flash floods. “The people in this state can’t be taken for a ride…They are a mature people…The results of the Lok Sabha polls will prove that,” Rawat said.

There was a clear swing of public opinion towards the BJP at the national level as well due to the anti-Congress sentiment.

“The opinion polls have already predicted the BJP win in as many as 240 Lok Sabha seats…We have, however, set a target of 272 (LS) seats for ourselves,” Rawat said claiming that the people were optimistic that the BJP prime ministerial candidate would bring about a much awaited turnaround in the country once he took over the country after the LS polls.

“The country is producing 18.5 lakh skilled laboures annually, but most of them are without jobs…They are also hoping that once Modiji takes over as PM, industries will be set up and there will be jobs for them,” Rawat said.

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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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