Cong leaders meet PM on Uttarakhand industrial package issue
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 18:06
New Delhi: Apparently to pre-empt BJP from taking credit for extension of an industrial package to Uttarakhand, a Congress delegation from the state on Tuesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with a similar demand.

The meeting of the Congress delegation came a day after Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank called on Singh saying such a package would encourage investment in the state and provide employment.

In a memorandum to the Prime Minister, the Congress delegation urged him to extend the concessional industrial package (CIP), which is ending on March 31, by three years. The package provides tax holiday.

The delegation led by state PCC chief Yashpal Arya said the BJP government was spearheading a propaganda to tarnish the image of the Centre.

"The growing tendency of present BJP government in the state is to level charges of discrimination and unequal treatment against the Centre. It is creating all sort of confusion regarding the industrial package," Arya said.

Leader of Opposition in state Assembly Harak Singh Rawat, who was part of the Congress delegation, later told reporters that the package should be extended till 2013 as industries in the pipeline would take some time for completion.

Rawat expressed confidence that the industrial package for the state will be extended. He said the Prime Minister gave a patient hearing to the delegation and assured it that he would discuss the matter with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Asked whether the state unit of Congress was trying to take credit, Rawat replied in the negative.

He accused the BJP of staging a "drama" over the issue and asked, "What was the need for Nishank to bring his entire cabinet to meet the Prime Minister?"

The Uttarakhand Government wants the Centre to extend the package till 2020 on the lines of a similar measure offered to the northeastern states.


First Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 18:06

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