SHIMLA 27th May, 2023
• Urged centre to return NPS amount to the State Government
• Advocated for Central funding for the strategic Bhanupali-Bilaspur-Leh rail line
Chief Minister, Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu attended the 8th Governing Council meeting of NITI AAYOG at New Delhi today. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Discussions were held on infrastructure and investments, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), minimizing compliances, women empowerment, health and nutrition, skill development, Gati Shakti for area development and social infrastructure, viksitbharat@2047.
While raising the issues of the State, Chief Minister urged the Centre for issuing directions to Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) to return the amount of Rs 9,242.60 crore deposited under New Pension Scheme (NPS) by the State Government. He urged not to reduce the previous year’s deposit of Rs 1,779 crore under NPS than the borrowing ceiling of the current financial year i.e. 2023-24 and also to review the decision taken on 27th March, 2023.
Chief Minister also urged for removing the limit of receiving external aid for next three years on the State and sought the intervention of Centre Government for speedy approval of proposals submitted to Department of Economic Affairs. He also urged for 100 percent central funding for the strategic Bhanupali-Bilaspur-Leh railway line and considering the land acquisition cost as State’s contribution.
He also requested for including ropeway projects under ‘Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojna’ besides demanding special financial assistance for completing the construction of medical colleges in the State. He also requested for providing the option of CAPEX model (Capital expenditure) along-with OPEX model (Operational expenditure) under the financial assistance provided by the Government of India for purchasing e-buses.
Apprising about the vision and initiatives of the State Government, the Chief Minister informed that State Government was keen on developing Himachal Pradesh as a ‘Green Energy State’ and added that tourism development was being undertaken under the concept of Green Himachal in order to protect and preserve the environment. Efforts are afoot for reducing carbon footprints and most of the diesel buses of HRTC will be replaced with e-buses in coming years, he said.
An elaborate plan is being made for promoting Green Hydrogen, he said. A Rs. 2000 crore World Bank aided project ‘Himachal Pradesh Power Sector Development Programme’ will be launched soon after holding the final round of discussions with World Bank, he added. He further said that an endeavour to create
40,000 direct and 50,000 indirect employment opportunities would be made besides making efforts to attract an investment of about twenty thousand crore during the current financial year in various sectors.
Chief Minister informed that Mukhyamantri Sukh-Ashray Yojna has been started in the state for destitute and orphan children and State Government will undertake their welfare and has adopted them as the ‘Children of the State’. He said that Rs 101 crore Mukhyamantri Sukh Ashray Kosh has been set up for the same.
He sought the support of the Centre Government and NITI Aayog for fulfilling the dream of present government for making Himachal Pradesh the most developed and prosperous State of the country.
Chief Secretary, Prabodh Saxena also accompanied the Chief Minister.