The Himachal Pradesh State Secretariat of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has dubbed the one year rule of the Congress government as “dismal picture of performance”.
“In its 365 days in the office, the Congress government has belied the expectations of the people with the euphoria and much-trumpeted zero tolerance for corruption that has not even seen any headway,” said the CPM.
In a press release issued here on Tuesday, member of the state secretariat Tikender Singh Panwar said the Congress-led government failed to secure the special category status for the state, even as the state was reeling under huge debt burden, which has crossed over Rs 30,000 crore.
The government in its memorandum to the 14th Finance Commission, which had recently visited the state, failed to raise the issue of the special category state and also not raised the demand of more central allocations, he said.
The Congress, which was responsible for levying the cess on electricity generation in the past, not even raised the issue of share in hydropower projects, which could be a major source of revenue for the state, he blamed.
The government instead followed the path of neo-liberalism, which means putting burden on common people, by abdicating its responsibility of a social service provider, he added.
“The government has failed to restore ration in the depots and the people have been forced to buy ration from the market,” he said.
The government had changed the health policy of the previous BJP government, but on the contrary situation further worsened by allowing private players to enter the public health domain and open their laboratories in the government hospitals, he said, adding that the move was originally promulgated by the BJP, but was put on hold due to the elections.
Instead of reversing the BJP's plan, the Congress government went ahead with it, he said, adding that the government did not even invite open tenders owing to which the public health was in complete shambles.
On the education front, where the BJP went on a spree of opening private universities, there was a feeling, and a strong wish, among the people that the new government would at least check the functioning of these universities; however, the government failed to meet the expectations of the public, he said.
Issues of land deals and benami transactions were still hanging fire, as nothing concrete was done, said Tikender, adding that unemployment still haunts the state with the number of educated unemployed having crossed the 14 lakh figure in a population of over 60 lakh.