Ministers don`t listen to PM: Dhumal
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Last Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2011, 14:55
New Delhi: Accusing the Centre of meting out step-motherly treatment to BJP-ruled Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was sympathetic to the demands but lacked influence over his ministers, who did not listen to him.

"The PM is very sympathetic when he listens to us. Then he says I will speak to the minister concerned...Then nothing happens...the ministers, perhaps, do not listen to him," Dhumal said here.

"They (Union ministers) don't listen to us. They don't listen to the Prime Minister either. Every time he promises he will speak to the Finance Minister...but nothing happens," he said.

Dhumal, who was in the city to attend yesterday's National Development Council meeting, said there were many instances when crucial projects in the state had been denied central clearance for some reason or the other.

The Himachal CM said the Centre is dilly dallying the proposed Himachal-Leh railway line project.

"In every Budget, they mention this railway line among the 114 socially desirable projects... Still nothing happens," he said, adding that a private party had offered to execute the project but the Centre was not keen.

Dhumal said the state had proposed some spots near Kandaghat, Shimla and between Hamirpur and Kangra for setting up an international airport but the "Centre turned down the proposal".

The BJP leader said he had written to the Centre for launching a mid-Himalayan watershed management project but got no response. "However, a similar request from Assam (Congress- ruled) has been approved," he said.


First Published: Sunday, October 23, 2011, 14:55

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