Shimla, September 21: Vikramaditya Singh, the Minister for Rural Development in Himachal Pradesh, has accused opposition leader Jairam Thakur of being inconsistent in his stance on disaster declarations. Singh claimed that Thakur has been making grand statements about disasters but changed his tune when it came time to seek assistance from the central government and declare a national disaster.
During a press conference in the legislative assembly complex, Singh raised several questions about the opposition’s silence on this matter. He stated that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the assembly failed to show support for a resolution, demonstrating that they are against the welfare of the common people. The government proposed a special package of Rs 12,000 crore for the relief and rehabilitation of disaster-affected individuals, which will be sent to the central government. Singh emphasized that the opposition’s anti-people face will be remembered in history.
Furthermore, Singh mentioned that the previous government had given crores of rupees to their favored contractors just before the elections. Now, the Congress government is being accused by the previous government of irregularities in these contracts. Singh clarified that the government will investigate these contracts, and payments will only be made for work that is found to be genuine and completed satisfactorily.