Dehradun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday said the sudden dissolution of the Planning Commission may be responsible for the delay in Central funds reaching the states, alleging that the central assistance sought for police modernisation in the state is still awaited.
Reacting to Home Minister Rajnath Singh's?recent statement saying that Uttarakhand is not being given step-motherly treatment before the media here, Rawat denied having said so.
"We never said that. All we said is that Centre has still not given assistance sought from it for police modernisation and other things in Uttarakhand," he said.
"May be the hurry with which the Planning Commission was dissolved is the reason why the central assistance is taking time to reach the states," he said.
He said preparations for the national games to be held in Uttarakhand have begun.
"The land for a games village is being identified. Stadia are being built. Advice of sports bodies and sportspersons are also being taken. Guidelines of the Indian Olympic Association in this regard will also be taken soon," the chief minister said.
Rawat said the objective behind introducing winter time char dham yatra was to continue the annual yatra without any hassles throughout the year.
"The winter time char dham yatra during which devotees make a pilgrimage to villages where deities installed at the famous Himalayan shrines are shifted and worshipped during their winter sojourn was to continue the yatra for the whole year and make it a hassle-free affair," Rawat told reporters.
"With winter time char dham yatra continuing, we don't have to bother much?about arrangements to be made for resumption of the main char dham yatra which begins in April," he said.
He also said that in coming years, winter time char dham yatra in Uttarakhand will be better organised.
On BJP threatening to go to court against alleged irregularities in interest waiver being given to calamity-hit people in Uttarakhand, he said there can be isolated instances of flawed implementation of the ambitious scheme conceived to give relief to affected people but there is nothing serious about it.
The lapses if any will be looked into and removed, he said.
In a lighter vein he added, "They (BJP) will keep scratching their heads and we will keep striding ahead."
"If the opposition party is serious about affected people getting relief why does it not mount pressure at the Union Finance Ministry for extending the period for giving bank interest waiver to affected people in five Uttarakhand districts for another two years," he asked.