Central govt adopting stepmotherly treatment towards Uttarakhand:CM

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Dehra Dun, Mar 8 (UNI) Uttarakhand Chief Minister B C Khanduri today slammed the Central government for adopting a ''stepmotherly'' treatment towards the state and said the ruling BJP government had accomplished ''more than enough'' in its one-year rule to bring it on the path of development.

Addressing a press conference at his residence here, Mr Khanduri accused the UPA government of being indifferent towards the BJP and said it was not encouraging the ''good work'' of the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee led party.

The Chief Minister said the Central government had accorded special packages for setting up of industries in hilly areas of the state in 2003. Tax benefit was given to these industries till 2013 but the UPA government had reduced the period of tax concession till 2007.

When the Khanduri government approached the Centre in this regard, it was extended till 2010, he added. This proved the intention of their mentality, he said, prodding the Centre for its ''lack of focus on development''.

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