Previous government has adopted pick and choose policy in the allocation of funds during their ten year`: CM 7-03-2015
Chandigarh, March 7 – Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal today said that previous government has adopted pick and choose policy in the allocation of funds during their ten year. Maximum funds raised under HRDF between 2004-05 and 2013-14 were confined to three districts for development whereas the rest 18 were total ignored. The Chief Minister was replying to the queries of media persons after releasing second part of White Paper on State Finances here today. He said that first part of white paper reflects that previous government has given priority to some areas and adopted discrimination in development. Data disclosed in second part of the white paper also says similar story. The entire amount was spent in the district of Rohtak, Jhajjar and Sonipat where less amount of funds were raised from HRDF. The proportionate ratio in which resources were raised in the districts was not taken care of in funds allocation, he added. On being asked on the comment on future strategy how to handle losses of power department, the Chief Minister said that we are inspiring the consumer to pay their tariff regularly. The government would also provide incentives to those who would pay their pending bills. Line losses would be minimized and round the clock power supply would be provided to consumers who clear their recovery. In reply to a query concerning any idea to close down Haryana Finance Corporation, he said that state government would try to improve the functioning of its PSUs. When the Chief Minister was asked to share concrete plan how to bring reforms in fiscal health of the state and its PSUs, he said that we will act on the basis of all suggestions. He said that schemes would be framed to sort out all such issues. People had given us 1826 days mandate and the present state government so far completed about 125 days. During this period, the state government is positively trying to ensure transparency, accountability and graft free system, he added. On being asked to comment on opposition negative statements about white paper, the Chief Minister said that data have been released with facts and figures. The aim of releasing white paper is not vindictive and not to be compared with financial situation of states, but financial irregularities committed during last 10 years in the state have been shown. When he was asked to comment about any new tax to be levied in proposed budget, the Chief Minister said that State government would cap the loop holes in existing system and to make the tax levied far systematic. The Chief Minister said that ensuing state budget for year 2015-16 would be responsible in the interest of Haryana and its people. All necessary changes would be made to make education sector better. On being asked to comment on what action would be taken on builders who are not giving timely possession to owners, he said that state government would take notice and action would be taken accordingly. Those present on this occasion included Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Principal Secretary Mrs. Sumita Misra, Principal Secretary Finance Mr. P.K. Das, Principal Secretary Information and Public Relations Mr. R.K. Khullar, Director General Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi, Media Advisor Mr. Amit Arya and other senior officers.