New Delhi, Mar 28 (UNI) Uttarakhand Chief Minister Maj Gen (retd) B C Khanduritoday accused the Congress-led UPA Govenrment at the Centre of blocking the state's development to harm the BJP with an eye on the coming elections.
''The Congress has, from the very beginning of assuming power at the Centre in 2004, adopted a very discriminatory attitude towards the hill state treating it in a step-motherly fashion,'' he said at a Meet the Press programme at the Press Club of India here.
''They think that they can malign the BJP and get vote by such attitude, but they are wrong,'' added Maj Gen Khanduri, who this month completed one year in office. His party BJP had dislodge the Congress in the state in the Assembly elections held in February last year.
Whether it is roads, industries, health or food, the Centre was a stumbling block to the state's development, said the Uttarakhand Chief Minister who himself was in the forefront of the movement for creation of a separate hill state out of Uttar Pradesh, a demand opposed by the then ruling party in the state Samajawadi Party.
The hill state came into being in 2000 when the BJP-led NDA government was in power at the Centre. Four years later in 2004, a Congress-led government took over from BJP.
Giving instances of the Centre's ''injustices'', he said the period of the special industrial package given to the state by the previous BJP-led NDA government was reduced to 2007 from 2013, but increased to only up to 2010 after the state leadership stronly protested against the move.
Similarly, the food grain quota for the APL families has been cut down from 18470 mt wheat per month to 1566 mt per month, and the kerosene quota of 1200 kl per month to 9621 kl per month.
The Centre was also not increasing the LPG quota to the state as per its requirement, he said.
The Chief Minister came down heavily at the Centre for what he called stalling the setting up a medical institute in Rishikesh on the lines of AIIMS, saying the Congress leadership should see reason and allow the facility to come up as it was not going to benefit the people of only one party.
He said today the state did not get enough money from the Centre for maitenanace of national highway, and despite all assurances, the Muzaffarpur-Roorkee railway line had not been started.
The Chief Minister was also very unhappy with the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests for refusing him money to raise the Eco Task Force set up by him with the twin objecives of conserving environment and forests and giving reemployment to ex-servicemen. He said he was now going to raise the task force with the state's own resources.
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