Shimla, May 6 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today blamed the UPA Government at the centre for the rise in the prices of essential commodities, saying it had made the life of the common man miserable.
Addressing election meetings at Ghati, Patti, Jalera and Lagh, he said the BJP Government had initiated a number of steps to check hoarding and black marketing of food items and ensure they were made available to the public at reasonable rates.
Mr Dhumal said the traders have been asked not to create artificial scarcity of essential items by hoarding, besides flying squads have also been formed to keep a check over them.
Referring to the state government's achievement during the first 100 days after coming to power, he said its performance in the first 100 days was better than during the entire tenure of the previous Congress Government.
He said the government's decisions had benefited 7.5 lakh families in the state after it decided to hike the wages of daily workers, increase social security pension and announce interim relief to government employees.
The previous government had announced several schemes without adequate budgetary provisions and this also included the subsidised ration to the people for which the government had to make a provision of Rs 70 crore, he said.
The Chief Minister urged the people of the Hamirpur constituency to vote for the party candidate Anurag Thakur to ensure speedy, uniform and balanced development of the area.
State Civil Supplies Minister Ramesh Dhawala, former MPs Maheshwar Singh and Kripal Singh also addressed the rallies on the occasion.
The Chief Minister also addressed election meetings at Khairiyan, Bhatoli, Guler and Sakari in Hamirpur constituency.
UNI AS-XC JN JS1723