New National Highways for Himachal

Centre’s claim of 61 new National Highways for Himachal is a lie, a political stunt: Congress

The claim by BJP that the Centre has given 61 new National Highways was a mere political announcement as till now the State Government has not even received a single penny from the Centre for these roads. 

SHIMLA-  In Himachal Pradesh’s political sphere, Congress and BJP continue to exchange counter statements against each other. What Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) called cheap attempts by Congress leaders to please the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Congress ministers have snubbed Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda for asking the resignation of Chief Minister.  Kaul Singh Thakur, Health & Family Welfare Minister and Mukesh Agnihotri, Industries Minister and Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, in a joint statement,  lashed out at BJP and claimed that Virbhadra was the most popular leader and heading democratically elected Congress Government in Himachal Pradesh.

The statement of Nadda that appeared in a section of press as factually incorrect, misleading and politically motivated which clearly reflects BJP’s lust for power and its ill intentions to destabilize the democratically elected popular Congress government in Himachal Pradesh, said the ministers.

There is an internal war for supremacy going on in the State BJP and Nadda has his eyes set on the State politics. Therefore, he was issuing such misleading statements just to keep himself alive in the State politics and trying to project himself not for the better interests of the State, but for his personal political motives, they further added.

The claim by BJP that the Centre has given 61 new National Highways was a mere political announcement as till now the State Government has not even received a single penny from the Centre for these roads. Centre has not even approved the estimate of Rs. 170 crore for preparing DPRs for these roads, said the statement.

People are quite aware that BJP leaders were blocking development projects for the State with political motives, they added.

The ministers criticized that instead of extending help for the State in health sector, Nadda was making unnecessary hue and cry. Three medical colleges for the State in Hamirpur, Chamba and Sirmaur districts were sanctioned by the UPA Government with the provision of Rs. 190 crore for each college and the BJP leader was unnecessarily trying to take credit for it.  They have asked the Union Government to release Rs. 570 crore in one go to the State. However, the Medical College in Sirmaur has already started functioning.

They said that the State Government had already selected and transferred an appropriate land to the Health Department after preparing proper maps etc. for medical college Hamirpur. It being the forest land the State Government had submitted the case to the Ministry of Forest & Environment for clearance which is still awaited, and hence the delay was at the level of Centre Government, they added.

Ministers further claimed that the State Government had already given its share money for Medical College Hamirpur and tender process had also been completed besides sanctioning of required posts for the college.

The ministers claims that the State Government had already started super specialty services both in IGMC and Tanda Medical Colleges & Hospitals. A new complex of IGMC is coming up at Chamiyana, near Shimla for which 250 bighas land had already been selected. They said for providing super specialty services at Tanda, two Cardiologists, two Neuro Surgeons, two Neurologists, one Gastroenteritist and five Cancer Specialists had already been appointed and were functioning. Cath lab was recently dedicated to the public, they added. They said that the State Government had already identified and transferred 650 bighas of land for setting up AIIMS in Bilaspur and now the delay was on the part of Central Government.

The minister alleged BJP of harassing  and humiliating the Chief Minister pushing three premier central agencies of the country to investigate the one single case pertaining to Income Tax returns. The matter was sub-judice and pending before various Income Tax Appellate Authorities and Courts.  Nadda is jumping to wild conclusions.  BJP should have respect for the legal process and show patience to wait for the verdict of Hon’ble Courts. They alleged that BJP was trying to create media sensation by making unsubstantiated allegations against him.

Ministers also claimed that instead of blaming the State Government, JP Nadda should use his office to provide legitimate share of the State to it as the State Government had already submitted a 12 points memorandum to the Prime Minister regarding various genuine demands of the State Government which included providing Compensatory Grant of atleast Rs 1000 crore annually for ecological services, payment of Energy Arrear Claims worth Rs 3997 crore from Punjab and Haryana, payment of Net Present Value in PMGSY etc.

According to these ministers, the State Government has fulfilled most of the promises made by the Congress party in its election manifesto within the three and a half years of its regime and that government was working tirelessly from day one for public welfare.  They said that for past 54 years he was elected as Chief Minister six times and Union Minister three times and there is no question of his resignation.

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