Concerned over the deteriorating financial condition of the farming community owing to growing attacks of wild and stray animals on crops, the state unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI) has urged the 14th finance commission to grant special package for protecting the crops in the state.
The party also demanded special grant for construction of labour hostels in industrial belts and townships, provision of special funding for health care services and construction of school buildings in rural as well as urban Himachal.
Meanwhile, members of the Laghu Udyog Bharti (LUB) also urged the commission to enhance the excise limit for the existing Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 5 crore to small and micro industries and reduction of central excise tax from 1.5% to 1% for speedy industrialisation across the state.
CPI's state unit general secretary Shashi Pandit along with executive council member Jagjit Kumar said the party had urged the commission to also grant special package for the industrial sector, particularly all industries based on raw materials.
Besides, special grant should also be given to the state for the welfare of aged, poor, infirm and deprived sections of the society. More grant be given to strengthen and expansion of the railway network in Himachal. Special attention should also be paid for developing modern health care facilities at all primary health centres.
Similarly, the members of LUB, including its president Tejender Goel, and general secretary NP Kaushik urged the commission commission's chairman, YV Reddy, to reduce the interest rate on industrial loans for five years in place of other benefits. The limit of collector security may also be enhanced from existing Rs 1 crore to Rs 5 crore and charge on papers should be scrapped.