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Himachal demands uniform funding pattern of 90:10 for centrally sponsored schemes
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in a meeting with Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in New Delhi has requested that uniform funding pattern of 90:10 should be provided to the state under all centrally sponsored schemes like Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, Mid Day Meals Scheme, RMSA, IAY etc on the pattern of north eastern states.

He told that at present different pattern of funding is being provided to the state under various centrally sponsored schemes which is less to state in comparison to North-Eastern states and requested to pass necessary direction to all central ministries /departments to modify the guidelines for existing schemes and adopt uniform norms for all the special category states including Himachal Pradesh.

Chief Minister Singh requested the finance minister to restore the special industrial package to the state till the year 2020 to expedite the industrialization process in the state to promote economic activities and employment avenues.

He said that state Govt. has made massive investment to improve the basic infrastructure in industrial areas of the state to attract massive private sector investment. He said that proposal for continuation of special industrial package is under consideration of department of industrial policy and promotion and told that planning commission has already earmarked budgetary outlay of Rs 500 crore for extension of industrial package to special category states during the 12th five year plan.

Virbhadra Singh 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 state has suffered loss of Rs 10725 crore due to adverse recommendation of 13th finance commission who underestimated the states committed liabilities on various accounts like salary, pension etc. and told that state got an increase of only 50% enhancement as against the average increase of 126% for all other states.

He requested the release of full amount by providing additional funds through savings and supplementary budget provision. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram appreciated the issue raised by state Govt. and assured that finance ministry will provide all possible financial assistance to the state Govt. under various schemes to speed up the pace of development in the state and ensure over all development of all regions of the state.

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