India's federal structure is in danger, say CMs at State of States Conclave

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    The federal structure of India faces serious threat from the Central Government, said two chief ministers of the country. While speaking at the 8th India Today State of the States Conclave in Delhi on Friday, November 19, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal blamed the Central government for thwarting the development process in their respective states.

    Addressing a session on Governance and Resource Security, Modi said that despite trying their best, state government faces various hurdle, thanks to the Centre's lack of vision. "The Centre enhanced salaries of their employees and states are forced to follow to keep their employees happy, but while the Centre earns more revenue in the form of income tax, states are left to bleed," said Modi demanding that extra income tax earned from states must be returned. Elaborating the development structure of Gujarat Modi said that his government has created a three-pronged approach to development giving equal emphasis to industry, service sector and agriculture. He also pointed out how the state has a 12.8 per cent growth in agriculture compared to the national average of 4 per cent.

    Speaking on the same ocassion, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that when the state was created in 2002, the state's growth rate was 2.9 percent which has become 9.41 per cent today. He also explained how his state has been making progress in health, education, agriculture and tourism sector. He, however, blamed the Centre for withdrawing the economic pacakge annouced by then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in 2002 three years ahead of scheduled closusre in 2013. "If it had continued till 2013 we could have earned Rs 56000 crore investment instead of the current Rs 30000 crore," he said.

    Echoing the same sentiments, Dhumal also blamed the Centre for passing most of the schemes to the states without giving adequate resources. Saying that money is the sixth sense for developemt, he alleged that the Centre's policy seems to be bringing all states at per by stopping progress in the developed states. "For actual developemt we must focus on developemt of the villages and we are trying to ensure that every child in villages have access to good road, education, health and employment," he said.

    India Today Editorial Director MJ Akbar, who chaired the session, said that the real challenge for the states is to meet the aspirational growth rate of the nation. "While we need resources for development, the catch is without developemt we can't create resources," he said
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    I am not surprised how shameless congress has screwed non congress states, such frustration was expected. Is there anyone who can muzzle these fearless spivs.
    I would add Orissa in the list who might have the same complaint.
     
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    On the other hand many non congress state governments are not getting enough central government funds and projects. I still remember how shamelessly congress claimed that recent developments in Bihar are only due to central government money while they slow down pace of various central government projects blaming state government for that .
     

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