SHILLONG, February 27: The opposition UDP today hit back at Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma for what they say is his claim that the State is fincially sound.
The UDP also said that Dr Sangma’s claim that the state would be able to look after itself and contribute to tiol growth is “preposterous and without any element of truth in it”.
“The justification by the Chief Minister is misleading and is not reflective of the present fincial state of affairs,” UDP working president Jemino Mawthoh said.
“It would be interesting to know how the Government worked out the figures indicating less revenue deficit as compared to the other Northeastern states,” Mawthoh added.
Meanwhile, the UDP working president also asked why the Additiol Chief Secretary (Fince) recently made a statement that to tide over the fincial crisis owing to NGT ban, the Government had to impose a huge 20 percent cut on non-plan budget since last April and also had to resort to increasing additiol resource mobilization from taxation, excise and transport.
Further Mawthoh also said that the Additiol Chief Secretary had stated that loss of revenue due to the NGT ban on coal mining, the state is seeking fincial support from the Centre to make good for the losses.
“These statements contradict the claim of the Chief Minister that less revenue deficit reflects good performance of the state,” Mawthoh said.
It may be mentioned that on Thursday, Dr Sangma slammed the opposition UDP for what he called their “bankruptcy of knowledge” about how the State’s fiscal are maged.
Recently, the UDP has expressed disappointment over Meghalaya being awarded the least of only Rs.1,770 crore as compared to galand (Rs.18,475 crore).