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RAWAT GOVT DISAPPOINTING FOR STATE: PCC CHIEF

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 | PNS | Dehradun- The performance of the State Government under Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has been disappointing during its one year in office so far. Most of the promises made by the Bharatiya Janata Party during the 2017 Vidhan Sabha elections have not been met, said the Pradesh Congress Committee president Pritam Singh. The Congress will prominently raise the failures of the State Government and various anomalies in governance in the Budget session of the assembly at Gairsain, he added. Addressing the media at the Congress Bhawan here on Monday, the PCC chief said the first year of the State Government under TS Rawat as the Chief Minister had been very c. He said, “The BJP used to frequently lambast the previous State Governmet of the Congress for taking loans. However, in its one year in office so far, the BJP Government has taken about Rs 6,000 crore in loan and even then, such is the financial mismanagement that not all government employees are receiving their salaries on time. The State has suffered about Rs1,700 crore revenue loss due to the imposition of the Goods and Services Tax. The Central Government was to compensate the state for this but nothing has been done in this direction so far. Since taking oath of office, the CM has been touting the zero tolerance of the state government to corruption. However, despite its promise the State Government has not yet brought a Lokayukt in the state. Recently the cabinet decided that in the case of medical colleges, the private colleges ascertain their own fee structure. Despite the court earlier directing formation of a committee to be followed by implementation of fee structure this decision of the cabinet reeks of major corruption as it appears to be in favour of those managing the private medical colleges. In the case of the national highway 74 scam, the probe by the special investigation team (SIT) has been questioned by the BJP’s own MLA from Kashipur who has opined that the probe is catching small fry while leaving untouched, the influential persons who played a bigger role in the scam. The officials who facilitated arbitration in the case have been kept out of the probe which also raises questions at the fairness of the government action. In this scam, the CM himself had stated in the Assembly that a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation would be recommended in this scam. The Congress too has been demanding a CBI probe monitored by two sitting judges of the high court but the State government dithered under pressure from the Central Government.” Singh further said that the main achievement of the state Government in its year in office so far was to try and remove the Congress members elected to cooperatives, urban local bodies and Panchayats. He further said that on April 1, the services of more than 4,000 guest teachers will end while more than 1,000 teachers will retire, which will present a problem in government schools already facing various iseues. The Government does not appear to be prepared for tackling such a situation. He also pointed out that during the elections the BJP had promise loan waiver for farmers but even though eight farmers committee suicide in the state, the government now states that it will not provide any loan waiver to farmers. The Congress will prominently raise these issues in the budget session of the Vidhan Sabha starting at Bharadisain from Tuesday, he added. Former cabinet minister Dinesh Agarwal, PCC vice presidents Suryakant Dhasmana, Jot Singh Bisht and other party leaders were also present at the Press conference.

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