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HP Budget bundle of announcements, jugglery of figures: BJP

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

The today dubbed the 2017-18 Budget as a "bundle of announcements and jugglery of figures" and claimed it would form the next in the state.

The performance of the state and the present Budget is a bundle of hollow announcements and jugglery of figures, chief Satpal Singh Satti said during discussions on the Budget in the Assembly here.

He claimed that 8 per cent of the announcements made in last four Budgets never were never implemented and have been carried forward in the 2017-18 financial year.

"The Centre never discriminated with any state. The people are disappointed with the performance of the Even though thrust was on construction of buildings of revenue, health, educational institutions, but neither adequate infrastructure nor staff was provided," he said, claiming that more than 10,184 posts were lying vacant in health department.

"The will come to power in the state. In the party formed with support of the people, in Goa through the court's intervention and in Manipur through alliance," he said.

Satti alleged that recruitments to departments are being made through the "backdoor" and there was discrimination with Assembly constituencies being represented by MLAs.

"Even the credibility of the Public Service Commission is at stake as candidates with 85 per cent marks in written test were being denied jobs while those with 45 per cent marks were getting selected," he said, claiming marks of personal interview were being manipulated.

The state chief claimed that in selection of conductors, 179 people from the Transport Minister's constituency and 39 from Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh's Assembly segment qualified for appointment.

"It gives the impression that intelligent people are only from constituencies of the Minister and the Chief Minister", he said.

Participating in the discussion, Congress leader Kuldeep Kumar said the Budget has come as a big relief to the youth, who would get unemployment allowance and also an opportunity to compete for 19,000 posts.

Several announcements have been made in the interest of farmers, including schemes for 'kiwi' and off season vegetable cultivation, he said.

Budgetary provision of Rs 115 crore had been made for providing housing facility to the weaker sections, Kumar said.

Taking a dig at the Chief Minister, MLA Maheshwar Singh said, "He was so liberal that if you ask for a primary school, he would give a middle school and has announced unemployment allowance at the end of his present tenure, that too without making a proper policy.

Congress leader Rakesh Kalia expressed his gratitude to

the CM for providing Rs 42 crore for funding theZilla Parishad and Panchayat Samitis.

Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS), Rohit Thakur said that 80 per cent work had been done on theTheog-Hatkoti road and it would be completed this year.

During BJP's regime only 18 per cent of the road was completed, he said.

Participating in the debate MLA Baldev Singh Tomar claimed that though the state has been declared as Open Defecation Free (ODF), the truth is none of the 48 Panchayats in Shillai are ODF.

Accusing the of overburdening the state exchequer by appointing chairman, vice chairman and advisors, leader Inder Singh asked the Chief Minister whether he needs advisors even after being elected to the post six times.

First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 22:13 IST