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State govt had nothing to do with the decision: CM

punjab Updated: Dec 29, 2014 20:36 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times

Amidst escalating controversy over sub-division of party's organisational unit in Kangra district, chief minister Virbhadra Singh said his government had nothing to do with the “decision” since it was a matter between the state unit of Congress and the district bodies.

“I believe that the party took the decision to enhance functioning. Instead of calling them district units, the party could have given it some other regional name,” said the chief minister, whose comments came a day after the district unit of Kangra passed a resolution, opposing party's decision to split Kangra district unit into four other organisational district units - Palampur, Dehra and Nurpur. Congress, Kangra district unit, had maintained that the party did not consult the Kangra unit, before splitting it.

“Party's views to divide the district's organisational unit should not be construed as forerunner for creating new administrative districts. There is no scope for creating new districts as it is a costly affair. Right now, our focus is on the development of the state,” Virbhadra said.

“It's a matter between the state unit, district unit and the All India Congress Committee,” he added, when asked about the Kangra district unit's resolution opposing state party chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu's decision to split the district body. “There is no harm in giving it a try,” he said.

Virbhadra replied guardedly, when asked about a letter written by 19 legislators, questioning the interviews of transport multipurpose assistance. “Yes, I had received the letter signed by the legislators. But before I could act on it, the matter went to the court. The matter is sub judice. I will not comment,” he said. The legislators, mostly from Kangra district, including the four ministers, had hit out at transport minister GS Bali.

Meanwhile, the chief minister was wary about scrapping the planning commission of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance government. “We have no idea about to whom shall we send the next plan for approval, but are hoping that new body will be more beneficial for the hill state,” he added.

Chief minister Virbhadra Singh said the decision to give extension to the employees after retirement was one time. In May this year, the government had given one year extension to all government employees just to defer the retirement fiscal benefit, which the government had to give. The CM said this was one time relief and the decision was not taken to continue with it. “This will be reviewed in the cabinet meeting whether the scheme will be continued or not,” he said. The government has not changed the retirement age and it is still 58 years.