BJP refutes Congress allegations of fund cut by Modi government

SILCHAR, June 14: In a press-meet held in the BJP district office at Itkhola, the party members raised their protest against the allegations made by Congress leaders who have repeatedly accused the Central Government of reducing their share of funds in the welfare schemes for the people of Assam.
“Instead of taking about real issues, they seem to be busy only in their self serving interests. We would like to ask them to realize that the people of Assam know the reality and will vote for the BJP in the 2016 assembly elections. The Congress state government should focus their attention on providing clean governance to the people instead of wasting it on making baseless accusations against Narendra Modi led NDA Government,” the state BJP spokesman Avadhesh Singh pointed out.
He added to say that during 2010 to 2015 session of 13th Finance Commission, Rs.51,712 crore was allotted for Assam while in the present 14th Finance Commission, 2015-2020, the budget allocation has been increased to Rs.128945. He also gave details of the actual allotment for Assam for the financial year 2015-2016. The Centre has allocated Rs.30,075 crore for the current financial year compared to Rs.19,257 crore allocated for the previous financial year of 2014-2015. Still the state government is accusing the Centre of not allocating the funds for the welfare of Assam.
The Centre has also allotted a grant of Rs.3379 crore to assist the state for meeting the revenue deficit. More would be allotted if required. Besides, separate funds would be allotted for improving the infrastructure of railways, national highways and other such nationally important projects. The Centre has not reduced its share in case of SSA, MGNREGA schemes while its share for Indira Gandhi Pension Scheme has now become 50% of the total package, Avadhesh Singh said.
BJP spokesman said the Centre has stopped allocating grants for 8 schemes which come solely under the domain of the state government. These are BRGS, e-government plan, modernization of police among others. He also disclosed 50% of the funds allotted for Swaach Bharat campaign were not utilized by the state government. Regarding the issue created by the opposition for not inviting the Tarun Gogoi for Bangladesh during the last visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He clarified, it was a bilateral meet held between Premiers Narendra Modi and Shekh Hasina of Bangladesh to discuss bilateral issues.
He further added that in the month of March, 2015 the Foreign Ministry had invited the chief ministers of all the states of the country to discuss the scopes for foreign investment in their respective states. But, the chief ministers of Congress ruled states did not attend the meet. He alleged that Sonai Gandhi, Congress President had instructed the Congress leaders not to co-operate with the Centre. Dr Rajdeep Roy, state general secretary, Kaushik Rai, district president along with other leaders which included Dhiraj Kumar Das, Prasanjit Bhattacharjee and Sashanka Shekhar Dhar were also present at the press meet. (Source: SentinelAssam)

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