Having been appreciated by the Planning Commission for introducing initiatives for sectoral growth in Himachal Pradesh,Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Tuesday rejected the Oppositions charge that the states economy had not performed well under the BJP government and its new budget could push Himachal to a debt trap.
Terming the budget as pragmatic and based on ground realities,Dhumal said: The deficit has been brought well within limits.
The chief minister,who was replying to the four-day-long budget debate in the Assembly,also announced a slew of benefits on Tuesday. While he raised the stipend for MBBS interns from Rs 5,000 to Rs 8000 per month,he also enlarged the scope of group insurance scheme for traders with annual turnover of less than Rs 20 lakh.
Dhumal further assured that the employees demand for service benefits will be granted once the Punjab government decides to implement the decision in this regard. The arrears of revised pay of the 6th Pay Commission will be fully cleared, he said.
A significant rise in the states per capita income which the Planning Commission had acknowledged grant of special central assistance of Rs 1,400 crore and an additional Rs 62 crore as arrears payable by the Punjab government to Himachal for Shah nehar project are some of the highlights of the Rs 3,700-crore plan approved by the Commission.