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Web Exclusive | February 2013

Himachal CM seeks Rs 7,565 cr package for state

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on February 4 met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sought special assistance of Rs 7,565 crore to tide over a financial crunch. Singh claimed that the financial crunch has been created by less dispensation to the state by 13th Finance Commission.

The CM urged for liberal assistance from the Centre for completion of on-going centrally aided projects. Singh demanded central assistance for all the centrally sponsored programmes and scheme in the ratio of 90:10 (90 per cent grant and 10 per cent loan) on the pattern of other special category states, according to an official release.

Singh said that the resource gap on account of committed liabilities like salaries, pensions and interest payment was Rs 3,522 crore during 2012-13 and it was likely to increase to Rs 4,043 crore during 2013-14. Singh urged the Prime Minister to reconsider the state's request for restoring the cut of Rs 106.08 crore in the approved Special Central Assistance (SCA) allocations for the 2012-13.

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