Sunday, September 18, 2011

Chandigarh (CM) seeks more funds for border areas

From Wikipedia:
Chandigarh is a union territory of India that serves as the capital of two states, Punjab and Haryana. The name Chandigarh translates as "The Fort of Chandi". The name is from an ancient temple called Chandi Mandir, devoted to the Hindu goddess Chandi, in the city. It is occasionally referred to as The City Beautiful.

As the first planned city of India, Chandigarh is known internationally for its architecture and urban planning. Chandigarh is home to numerous architectural projects of Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Matthew Nowicki, and Albert Mayer. The city tops the list of Indian States and Union Territories with the highest per capita income in the country at Rs.99,262 at current prices and Rs.70,361 at constant prices (2006–2007).

As per a study conducted by Ministry of Urban Development, Chandigarh has emerged as the cleanest city in India, while also topping the List of Indian states and territories by Human Development Index

From the Times of India: CM seeks more funds for border areas
Chief Minister PK Dhumal today sought enhanced financial assistance from the Centre for the development of the border areas along the 201-km-long international border that the [Indian] state of Chandigarh shares with China.

He raised the issue while speaking at the National Integration Council meeting in New Delhi today.

“The budget of Rs 20 crore, allocated by the Centre for 2011-12 is insufficient, keeping in view the tough geographical and topographical conditions of the areas along the border, which remain snow covered throughout the year,” he said.

He also sought two additional police battalions for the border areas of the state.

Opposing the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparation) Bill, 2011, he termed it as interference in the domain of the states, which was against the federal structure of the country.

“The existing laws need to be effectively implemented to deal with communal violence,” he asserted.

The Chief Minister said at present there were 33,500 Tibetan refugees living in the state. He requested the Centre to fully reimburse the cost being incurred on the security of Dalai Lama and the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

He requested the Central government to provide a special package of Rs 5,214 crore for 2011-12, as compensation to the state due to under-assessment of the 13th Finance Commission, which resulted in lesser devolution of funds, thus causing loss to the state.

He also requested for a Special Assistance Plan of Rs 2,500 crore for 2012-13.

Dhumal also requested the Centre to extend the Special Industrial Package till 2020, as initially the package was sanctioned for the period of 10 years in 2003, which was curtailed by the UPA regime.

The Chief Minister requested the Centre to adopt a uniform funding pattern to the special category states and sought 90 per cent share for various centrally sponsored schemes being implemented in the state.

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