Calls CM’s announcement as chicanery and dishonesty
Srinagar: The Opposition National Conference (NC) on Tuesday said the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has resorted to ‘chicanery and dishonesty’ while making claims for the fund allocation for the capital Srinagar. The party said Mufti and her government is misleading the people of the State about the amount of funds allocated to Srinagar under the ‘Capital City Development Plan’.
Ali Mohammad Sagar, NC general secretary who also represents Khanyar assembly constituency said the Rs 600 crore allegedly allocated to Srinagar under the CCDP was an aggregate amount of various existing central schemes and devolution funds for municipality, conservation and land acquisition that had been disingenuously re-branded as the CCDP.
“It is now public knowledge that the district plan size for Srinagar announced by this government is half of the amount announced for Jammu district. To conceal this grave injustice with the people of Srinagar, the Chief Minister has resorted to chicanery and dishonesty by re-branding funds under existing schemes, heads and devolution functions as the so-called Rs 600 crore CCDP without explaining the source of funding for such a plan”, Sagar said in a statement.
He said the aggregate amount of theso-called Rs 600 crore plan included around Rs 200 to 300 crores of existing funding mechanisms and expenditure heads spent through devolution of civic functions and services by the Srinagar Municipal Corporation and almost Rs 150 crore that the city is entitled to under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme. “Ironically the funds under the AMRUT scheme have previously been included in the Prime Minister’s package and now they are being re-branded under this CCDP that doesn’t exist in reality”, Sagar said.
“Similarly, almost Rs 50 crore that the State gets as the central share for the acquisition of land and structures in and around Dal and Nigeen Lakes as well as an additional Rs 50 crore meant for Dal conservation under LAWDA and setting up of STPs – all has been included in the Rs 600 crore. Additionally Private Public Partnership (PPP) avenues have also been included in the alleged package”, Sagar said.
“The Chief Minister chaired the district development board (DDB) meeting and it is extremely unfortunate that this elaborate lie was officially peddled with her knowledge and patronage,” he saiod adding the people of Srinagar of their fair share of funds for development and growth is gross injustice.
“Mehbooba Mufti has followed this gross injustice with an insult – that of lying to the people. A CM lying about the existing and dispensation of funds and simultaneously accounting for the same funds in difference schemes is shameful and tragic”, Sagar added.