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Prem Kumar Dhumal rejects Sonia Gandhi's charge over central funds

Thursday, 8 November 2012 - 6:46pm IST | Place: Shimla | Agency: IANS
According to him, Sonia Gandhi had funds amounting Rs10,000 crore which were not utilised by the state adequately for centrally-sponsored schemes.

Himachal Pradesh chief minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday accused Congress chief, Sonia Gandhi of spreading misinformation campaign against his government during the November 4 assembly polls over non-utilisation of Rs10,000 crore fund. He said he would take up the issue with her.

"I am writing to Sonia Gandhi about her misinformation campaign that funds amounting Rs10,000 crore meant for centrally-sponsored schemes were not utilised by the state adequately," Dhumal told reporters here.

Refuting the charge of Gandhi and other senior leaders about non-utilisation of funds as wrong, he said the state had spent Rs16,615 crore during the 11th Five Year plan (2007-2012) against the allocation of Rs11,400 crore.

"Our expenditure under MNREGA and mid-day meal programmes was 94.86 percent and 99 per cent, respectively. Similarly, the spending under the National Rural Health Mission was cent percent (Rs482 crore)," he said.

"I want to know from Sonia Gandhi under what head the sum of Rs10,000 crore which she said was not spent was allocated," Dhumal said.

Confident of forming the next government also, the chief minister said: "The heavy turnout (73.92 percent) is a clear indication that the people have reposed faith in our government."

The election results would be out December 20.




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