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Cong demands raising Gujarat share in Central plan assistance

At present,Gujarat's share is 30.4% and its contribution to the national GDP is 7.32%.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: October 29, 2013 5:53:31 am

Maintaining that the state’s contribution to the nation’s GDP was high,Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee strongly recommended that the share of the state from the Central plan assistance should be raised.

At present,its share is 30.4% and its contribution to the national GDP is 7.32%.

In a memorandum submitted to a team of the Planning Commission visiting the state,GPCC leaders submitted a memorandum with their recommendations. They said that despite Gujarat accounting for only 5.96 per cent of the total national area and five per cent of the national populations,its share to GDP was very high,and hence,it was appropriate to raise the central plan assistance for the state.

Congress leaders,including former GPCC president Siddharth Patel,former Gujarat finance minister Babubhai Shah and party’s chief whip in the Assembly Balwantsinh Rajput,who met the planning commission team,suggested that since Gujarat State Disaster Mitigation Authority spends money from the Calamity Relief Fund and National Calamity Contingency Fund,it should necessarily be audited by CAG and its report tabled in the Assembly. Currently,the expenses made by GSDMA were audited by private firms and its report was not tabled in the Assembly.

Congress leaders pointed out that the state government generally spends money on government infrastructure damaged during natural calamities and very little amount was spent on relief to people having land,houses and cattle. They demanded that GSDMA should mitigate the hardship of the people by spending on them.

BJP asks for more allocation from finance panel

A state BJP delegation met members of the 14th Finance Commission on Monday to demand more allocations for Gujarat in sectors like infrastructure development and socio-economic development. In a memorandum,the delegation also urged for an incentive scheme for financially better-managed states. The delegation urged the Commission to have stronger principles of fiscal federalism when the country was facing a grave macro-economic crisis.

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