HP govt taking undue credit for Rs 550-cr WB assistance: Dhumal

Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Saturday accused the Virbhadra Singh-led government of taking undue credit for Rs 550 crore World Bank assistance to a green project, saying it was the previous BJP government who completed all formalities and modalities.

Dhumal, speaking to reporters here, said claims made by the present government of achieving the sanction are false as all formalities and modalities regarding it had been finalised by the previous BJP government.

Only the sanction has been conveyed now, he added.

The BJP leader said he would like to see how the state government moves ahead in getting approval for Rs 7,565 crore central package demanded by the CM and also the release of Rs 4,250 crore on account of arrears under Bhakra Beas management Board (BBMB) as approved by Supreme Court.

Referring to state government's decision to extend the industrial package, Dhumal said when the BJP government had moved a resolution in the Assembly for its extension till 2020, the entire Congress had walked out. But now after coming to power Congress is demanding extension of the package to 2020, he said.

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