No increase in financial devolution for H.P.
SHIMLA---The statement of Union Minister Shri J.P. Nadda regarding the increased allocation by GoI for Himachal Pradesh is not based on facts with regard to release of Rs. 3000 crore of Annual Allocation of Himachal Pradesh under Normal Centre Assistance (NCA), Special Centre Assistance (SCA) and Special Plan Assistance (SPA).
Reacting to the Statement of Shri Nadda, an official spokesman of the State Government said here today that Centre has stopped release of grants as detailed above. He said that the statement of Union Minister has nowhere specifically mentioned as to why the release of funds under the centrally sponsored schemes amounting to Rs. 3000 crore has been stopped and how the Centre plan to compensate the State Government for this loss.
He said that as far as increase in vertical tax devolution from 32 percent to 42 percent for all States including Himachal Pradesh was concerned, it does not reflect the true picture of central devolutions to H.P. He said that abolition of Planning Commission and its replacement by NITI Ayog had caused financial setback to Himachal Pradesh. As a result, the State was not getting Normal Central Assistance (NCA), Special Central Assistance (SCA) and Special Plan Assistance (SPA) which were previously recommended by the Planning Commission.
He said that this has resulted in a loss of Rs. 3000 crore to Himachal Pradesh in 2015-16. The Annual Plan of the State was now being entirely funded by the State out of its own resources without any central assistance.
The spokesman further said that the acceptance of the State government's demand to fund all the centrally sponsored schemes in the ratio of 90:10 by the Government of India had not benefitted Himachal Pradesh because the budgetary allocations under all the centrally sponsored schemes across all the Central Ministries had been reduced drastically by the Union government. The biggest loss the State had suffered was under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, MNREGA and Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP).
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