HP Assembly urges Centre to increase industrial package till 2013

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Shimla, Sep 5(UNI) The Himachal Pradesh Assembly today adopted a motion in the absence of Opposition, urging the Central Government to increase the duration of Industerial Package till 2013.

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, who brought the motion, said the duration of the package, which was allotted to the state from 2003 to 2013, had been reduced to 2010 during the previous Congress regime by the Centre which was not in the interest of the state.

He blamed the previous Congress Government for not being able to retain the package till 2013. He said that only Rs 32,000 Crore investiment had been made in the state after the allotment of package since April, 2003. The state would not be fully industrialised in the short span of time, he added.

The Chief Minister said the Industiral Package needed to be extended since the state could not provide required infastructurial facilities to industries till now.

He said the State government had taken number of steps to provided infrastructural facilities to Inudstries in the state.

He said that Baddi had been declared Tehsil and a sub-division of Public works department had been opened to benfit the industires.

The motion was passed by a voice vote in the absence of opposition members who had staged a walk out earlier.

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