Shimla, May 18: The NDA government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working with a long-term vision and without any discrimination against HImachal to ensure speedy development of the state, chief spokesman of state BJP Rajiv Bindal said on Thursday, May 19.
The focus of NDA government is on infrastructural projects and several projects have been sanctioned to HImachal and the financial position of cash starved state was much better due liberal devolution of funds by the centre, Bindal said while addressing a press conference.
Unlike the UPA government which denied funds and projects to the state, there was no discrimination against Himachal under the NDA government rule , Bindal said adding that the special concern shown by the NDA government towards Himachal during past two years is admirable.
Bindal said that the state got higher allocation of Rs 21000 Crore from 13th Finance Commission with an increase of mere 50 per cent during the previous UPA regime in Centre, when BJP was in power in Himachal but the 14thFinance Commission report was submitted and accepted during the NDA rule and Himachal got much higher allocation of Rs 45000 Crores with an increase of 250 per cent.
This is an indication that the Modi government did not believe in political discrimination and actually wants to help Himachal progress with leaps and bounds, he said.
Bindal said the Modi government had restored the special category status of Himachal, which was scrapped by UPA regime and the hill state was now getting funds in 90:10 ratio in all centrally sponsored schemes.
He said earlier similar concern was shown towards Himachal by the NDA government in the past led by former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He said during Vajpayees regime, the state got eight National Highways with the efforts of then Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal.
The present NDA government declared six National Highways for state last year and the Union Minister for Surface Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari recently announced seventeen more natonal highways for the state.