CM blames finance panel for poor Central grants
Shimla, Chief Minister PK Dhumal said today that the state was receiving less funds from the Centre due to faulty recommendations of the 13th Finance Commission.Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 5th National State Government Employees’ Federation here, he said the total annual burden on account of salary was Rs 4,450 crore over the salary bills of its employees annually.Besides, an amount of over Rs 1,850 crore was being spent on pensions. However, the Finance Commission had under-assessed these committed liabilities of the state. The salary bill was assessed at Rs 3,600 crore and annual pension liability at Rs 1,400 crore, he added.However, despite this, the government had fulfilled all commitments to its employees and granted them various financial benefits from time to time. Not only that, the daily wages had been raised by Rs 45 over the 30 months. Working women had been given public holiday on Raksha Bandhan, Bhaiya Dooj and Karva Chauth with free travelling facility in the state road transport corporation buses on these days. Muslim women had also been granted free travelling facility on Eid festival, he claimed.He said the state had repeatedly been raising its demand for abolishing Recruitable Male Population (RMP) formula for entry into armed forces as serving in the Army was a tradition in the state. Himachal, being a small hill state, had very negligible quota in new recruitments. He expressed disappointment over the attitude of the Centre which had withdrawn the special industrial package granted by the NDA government.President of the federation Mohinder Jain said delegates from 18 states were participating in the national conference.