Will this attitude of complaining to PM ever work. This has been happening every year as the needs of himachal are falling in to the deaf ears of the center. The Chief minister of HP should adopt a strategy similar to that of Jayalalitha (For cauvery water) and Narendra Modi (Narmada Dam), when they sat on hunger strike against the shoddy attitude of the central govt.
Shimla, February 27
Expressing disappointment at the inadequate funds being given to Himachal Pradesh in the rail budget, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said he would take up the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
It was leader of opposition P.K. Dhumal who raised the matter in the assembly after question hour. The former Chief Minister said the railway Minister had done great injustice with the people of Himachal by not including any main rail line projects important for the hill state.
â€œI request the Chief Minister to adopt a resolution which we will support to plead Himachalâ€™s case before the centre,â€ Mr Dhumal said. He said some other smaller states had been given far more funds but Himachalâ€™s claims had been practically ignored.
Virbhadra Singh said though he welcomed the rail budget in general, he was certainly disappointed at the non-inclusion of major projects in Himachal in this yearâ€™s budget. â€œI will personally meet the Prime Minister and the railways minister and convey the disappointment of the people of the state and request them to do whatever is possible and rectify this mistake,â€ he remarked.
The CM said he was more disappointed as despite the Prime Ministerâ€™s announcement that the Bilaspur-Bhanupalli rail line would be taken up as a national project and the Nangal-Talwara line would be completed within two years, they did not find mention in the rail budget.
The Chief Minister said the Bhanupalli-Bilaspur line was the most crucial for Himachal as it would connect a number of districts and open up the hinterland for industrialisation.
Mr Dhumal said the negligible funds allocated to Himachal in the rail budget was a matter of concern for all.