“Nothing is being done by any government department. Be it education, irrigation, public works or any other department. Each of them have come to a standstill. Development in Uttarakhand has virtually gone for a holiday,” Rawat told reporters here.
Claiming that his government had left enough money in the state exchequer to meet needs for at least four months, Rawat alleged that no fresh revenue collection had been made by the present dispensation during that period. Expressing shock at the reduction in central grants to Uttarakhand despite the funding pattern for the state being restored to the 90:10 ratio, he said that the state government owed an explanation to the people on the issue.
“We had fought with the Centre to get the funding pattern for Uttarakhand restored to 90:10. Our efforts paid off with the Union Finance Ministry restoring the funding pattern. “But still, quite shocking, central grants to the state have declined substantially. Why is this happening? People of the state have a right to know and the chief Minister must explain,” Rawat said. The BJP government has failed in the financial management of the state, he alleged.
Taking on the Narendra Modi government for the rise in prices of petroleum products, he said that it had nothing to do with crude oil price in the international market which has come down in recent months. “Crude oil price per barrel has come down and going by that, the prices of petroleum products in the country should have also come down. But, the reverse has happened. The country currently is reeling under imposed price-rise,” he said.
On the Supreme Court recently disposing off the pleas of nine rebel Congress MLAs challenging their disqualification by the then Speaker of the Uttarakhand Assembly, Rawat said the top court’s verdict had once again proved that those who rebelled against his government on March 18, 2016, were party defectors.
Welcoming the court’s order which termed the pleas of the disqualified members as “academic” in nature as a new assembly had already come into being in Uttarakhand, he said, “Hopefully, it will help put an end to the politics of defection in the state.”