Aiming to reduce the impact of Narendra Modi's rally at Sujanpur Tihra in Hamirpur parliamentary segment, chief minister Virbhadra Singh also staged a rally at Dulehar in Una district on Sunday.
To lure ex-servicemen votes, the CM announced that he would take up the matter of 'one rank one pension' with the central government. Addressing a gathering at Dulehar, he said, "I will pursue the demand of the ex-servicemen in the state for the 'one rank one pension' scheme.
"Soldiers of the state have been decorated with the highest military honours, and we are proud of its valiant soldiers who have received various medals," said Singh.
The CM laid the foundation stone of a food park at Singa in Haroli assembly segment, the constituency of industries minister Mukesh Agnihotri, besides other projects worth `300 crore.
"Development is a continuous process, and my efforts are to make the process trickle down to every nook and corner of the state," he said, announcing the opening of the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) magistrate offices at Haroli and Sujanpur Tihra.
He announced that the Dulehar primary health centre would be upgraded to a community health centre, an electric sub-division to be opened at Khad in Haroli, private-sector medical college in Haroli and a school building at Dulehar. He added that the government had opened and upgraded nearly 300 schools and 15 degree colleges in the state. "We will ensure that every village is connected by road," the CM added.
'Finance Commission treated state unfairly'
Blaming the thirteenth Finance Commission for underestimating the financial situation of the state, he said it had "grossly" underestimated the committed liabilities of the state, which had adversely affected the development process. "The expenditure on salary was capped at 35% of the revenue expenditure net of interest payments and pensions, which was totally unrealistic. Due to these assumptions, the annual increase in salary liability assumed by the Commission came to only 2% while the dearness allowance (DA) itself is more than 15% per year," he claimed, alleging that the state had not received fair treatment from the Finance Commission.
He added that the government had projected all liabilities and the financial position to the fourteenth Finance Commission "effectively", and was hopeful that the Commission would appreciate the development needs of the state in the "right perspective".
CM welcomes Modi, terms rally 'dubbed affair'
Welcoming Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, Singh said, "He has come to Himachal Pradesh, and I welcome him to the state."
Industries minister Mukesh Agnihotri and transport minister GS Bali also addressed the rally.