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December 4, 2020

The Chhattisgarh

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Chief Minister urges to exempt 2% of GSDP additional lending limit for states from all conditions

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel wrote a letter to Union Finance Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman

The problem of scarcity of resources remains the same as the facility given is based on many conditions and criteria.

Centrally issued economic package failed to revive the economy and meet the needs of the common people

Free food grains to poor families, regular salaries to salaried people and proper health services for all

Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel has written a letter to the Union Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, reconsidering the additional lending limit of two percent of the GSDP given to the states and requested to keep it free from all conditions.

  The Chief Minister has said in his letter that in the present time it is more important to satisfactorily fulfill the immediate and primary responsibilities of public welfare by the state governments. On the request of the states, additional borrowing limit of 2 per cent of GSDP has been allowed by the Government of India for discharging public welfare obligations, but the problem of lack of resources remains unchanged as this facility is based on fulfillment of many conditions and criteria. .

The Chief Minister has written that due to Kovid-19 epidemic and nationwide lockdown, the income of the states has come down. The announcements of the economic package issued by the central government to deal with the anomalous situation created by the Corona crisis and the lockdown are also inadequate to revive the economy and fail to meet the needs of the common people, the responsibility of the state governments is even more has increased.

         The Chief Minister has also mentioned in his letter that in this hour of present crisis it is a matter of priority for the states to provide free food grains to the poor families, regular salary to the salaried people and proper health facilities for all. To provide relief to the people of the state, it is necessary to take prompt and effective action in this direction along with additional financial resources. He has said that 14 districts of Chhattisgarh state are affected by leftist activities. Automation of fair price shops including installation of POS machines in remote and forested areas is a difficult target. Similarly, there are many technical hurdles in implementing the DBT system by ending the power subsidy being given to farmers in the agrarian state. Although these works of improvement are quite important, this time does not seem appropriate for these works.

Mr. Baghel has said that at the present time, it is more important to satisfactorily fulfill the immediate and primary responsibilities of public welfare under your efficient guidance by the State Governments. Therefore, while reconsidering the order issued by the Center, we should bother to keep the 2 percent additional lending limit for the states free from all conditions.

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