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Himachal CM urges Manmohan Singh to grant funds for the state
Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today called upon prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh and requested him to provide financial assistance of Rs 1972.08 crore under National Disaster Response Fund to undertake massive reconstruction /rehabilitation work in flood affected area of the state. He told that the state has suffered cumulative loss of Rs 2934 crores from heavy rains during the monsoon season.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh told that 69 humans and 24247 animals have lost their lives in the flash floods and added that 11157 pucca/ kucha houses have also been damaged due to landslides. A loss of Rs 200 crore was suffered by private property due to flood in the state. He told that a total of 4519 roads in the state suffered badly and total loss of Rs 1264 crore was assessed to the various road networks in the state due to flash floods.

He said that 2763 water supply schemes has suffered a loss of Rs 256.78 crore, while the agriculture crops in 20573 hectare land  worth Rs 200 crore and horticulture crops  in 81457.5 hectare land worth 301.11 crops were badly damaged in the flash floods in the state. He said that electricity infrastructure, govt assets and fisheries departments suffered loss of Rs 474.75 crore, 165 crore and 6.16 crore respectively.

The CM requested Dr Manmohan Singh to restore the special industrial package to the state till 2020 to expedite the industrialization process in the state. He told that about 16500 units in the small, medium and large scale sector with proposed investment of Rs 48,830 crore and employment potential of 5,42,580 persons were approved in the state between 6th January 2003 to March 2013, out of which 9,353 units were set up with investment of Rs 14,557 crore, which provided employment to 1,20,602 persons.

He said that the state Govt. has made huge investment to improve infrastructure in industrial areas of the state and also said that industrial houses interest in setting up units in the state is declining rapidly in absence of industrial incentives.

He said that the proposal for continuation of special package is under active consideration of department of industrial policy and promotion, and the planning commission has already earmarked an outlay of Rs 500 crore for extension of this package to special category states of Himachal ,Uttrakhand and Jammu and Kashmir during the 12th five year plan and requested the prime minister to sanction the special industrial incentive package to the state .

He demanded sanction of investment subsidy at the rate of 15% and income tax and central excise duty exemption for 5 years and 10 years till 2020.

The CM  demanded release of Rs 2100 crore SPA/SCA for financing the annual plan 2013-14 to speed up the pace of development in the state. He told that the state has suffered loss of Rs 10725 crore due to adverse recommendation of 13th finance commission who underestimated states liabilities on various accounts and told that the state  got an increase of only 50% as against the average increase of 126% for all other states.

He requested the release of full amount by providing additional funds under supplementary budget or through savings in other schemes.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh requested that uniform funding pattern of 90:10 should be provided to the state under all centrally sponsored schemes such as Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, Mid Day Meals Scheme, RMSA, IAY etc on the pattern of North Eastern states.

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh appreciated the issue raised by state govt and assured that central govt will provide all possible financial assistance to the state to speed up the pace of development in the state and ensure over all development of the state in various fields.

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