Virbhadra meets FM, seeks funding on NE states' pattern

  • HT correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Jun 04, 2015 19:56 IST

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday drew Union finance minister Arun Jaitley's attention towards pending issues of the state, including fund allocation under the centrally sponsored schemes (CSS).

During a meeting with Jaitley in New Delhi, the CM informed the former that the central government had been providing funds under CSS to special category states, particularly to the northeast states, in the proportion of 90:10.

"This pattern should also be adopted in the case of Himachal Pradesh so that the expectations and aspirations of people of this hill state could be fulfilled," he said.

Singh said Himachal Pradesh had done commendable work in the field of education, particularly in imparting education to the girl students, and had also earned a name in implementing all CSS in the field of health and education.

Highlighting the developmental road map of the state, he said there was a vast potential in the field of hydro and tourism sectors, which needed to be exploited with the help of different funding agencies.

According to a government spokesperson, the finance minister assured all possible help to the state and also appreciated the efforts of the state government to maintain the pace of development and implementation of CSS in the state despite various geographical constraints. He directed the higher officers of the ministry to look into the state's issues on priority, so that the pace of development was not hampered for want of funds.

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