Govt to present white paper on fiscal situation: CM

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 04, 2014 20:24 IST

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday said the new government would present a white paper on the fiscal situation in the state before the budget session of Haryana assembly next year.

Khattar also assured the House that issues raised by the INLD MLAs pertaining to the acts of omission and commission of the previous Congress regime would also be acted upon. The chief minister was replying on the Governor's address in the state assembly on Tuesday.

After hesitating to set a deadline for monthly payment of Rs 2000 as social security pension per beneficiary the chief minister said the BJP's poll manifesto promise of giving Rs 2000 as old age pension would be implemented after the presentation of the white paper.

Congress MLAs led by Beri MLA, Dr Raghuvir Singh Kadian insisted that chief minister announce a specific deadline for distributing the revised old age pension but the chief minister held his ground.
"We did not set a deadline in our poll manifesto for increasing the amount of old age pension. Our announcement was based on estimations and we did not know the real state of finances. We did not know what you (Congress) left for us in the state exchequer,'' the chief minister said. On this the Congress MLAs staged a symbolic walkout only to return to their seats minutes later.

The chief minister said the BJP government was committed to increase the old age pension to Rs 2000 but there were reports of anomalies. "An audit report has found irregularities of Rs 4.50 crore in the disbursement of pension in Karnal district alone. We need to first rectify such irregularities,'' he said.

Expressing concern over mismanagement, the chief minister said: "Be it in the finance matters or the power sector, we need to check the mismanagement and pilferage. I am told that electricity transmission and distribution losses were 16-20% and recovery of the electricity bills was 30-32 %. Why the remaining amount is not recovered from the consumers?. Why only some units of the thermal power plants are functional? While our captive power generation has come down to only 1500 MWs as on today we are buying costly power from outside. This poor management will have to be set right,'' he said. Khattar said that non-payment of electricity bills and protests in this regard would only bring harm to the state
Khattar told the House that too much regionalism and casteism was prevalent in the state.

"I want to ensure that Haryana remains one and united,'' he said. The chief minister said it was alright to have some humor and banter in the House but mocking at each other should be avoided to maintain the dignity of the House. "Our conduct is being watched by the public and as people's representatives we need to be careful in what we say,'' the chief minister said.

Khattar said it was the job of the opposition to point out the shortcomings of the government. "But there should be constructive discussion. Shortcomings should be pointed out by the opposition MLAs with workable solutions,'' he said.

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