Even as the central government is yet to take a final call on the funding pattern of centrally sponsored schemes (CCS), Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh plans to write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is also chairman of NITI Aayog, and the body's vice chairman, Arvind Panagariya, urging them to continue funding for the state.
The Himachal government has been raising the issue of central funding for the schemes in the ratio of 90:10. At a recent meeting of the chief ministerial working subgroup headed by Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan, the state had taken up the matter and said due to hill topography there should be no funds cut in CSS to the state.
However, the subgroup is likely to recommend allocation of funds under CSS while considering the geographical condition of a state. "The chief minister will now write to Modi and Panagariya regarding liberal funding under CSS," a government official said, requesting anonymity.
After the 14th finance commission recommendations were accepted by the central government and 42% of shared taxes devoluted to states, funding under several central schemes could come down.
Himachal has projected a revenue surplus in the FY2016 budget on the basis of more funds expected under CSS. In budget for FY 2015-16, the state has anticipated revenue receipts of Rs. 23,534 crore, including Rs. 2,334.69 crore under CSS grants.
CM to attend NITI Aayog meet on April 25
Being a member of the task force set up by NITI Aayog, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will attend its meeting in New Delhi on April 25. He will also take up the issue of skill development with the central government and apprise it about activities being carried out in the state. A government official said Virbhadra will also take the issue of the state skill development corporation that was announced in the budget besides the issue of liberal funding for skill development schemes.