Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Sunday accused his successor, Virbhadra Singh, of “misleading” the people of the state over the non-allocation of the resources under the Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme (MGNREGS).
“Virbhadra Singh was blaming the central government for the non-allocation of budget under MNREGS whereas the state government could not get the resources due to shortcomings in the rural development department, ” Dhumal said, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance government had also released funds for the schemes that were halted by the former Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government.
“Instead of expressing gratitude to the NDA government, Virbhadra Singh has been accusing the central government for not releasing adequate funds," Dhumal added.
The former chief minister said in the past fiscal, under the MNREGS budget the UPA had released seven installments of Rs 477 crore for the labourers but till February 2014 only Rs 341 crore were released. “Where as till date the central government has released Rs 355.42 during the current fiscal. he added.
“Virbhadra Singh is straining his relationship with the Centre by making wild allegations,” the former chief minister said, adding that the NDA government had also enhanced the assistance to Himachal Pradesh for disaster management and Jawhar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission.