Centre’s squeeze creating growth hurdles for state: LDF

  • | Friday | 22nd September, 2023

Thiruvananthapuram: If the BJP-led Centre does not offer support to the state, it will seek loans from other agencies for development projects, LDF convener E P Jayarajan said on Thursday. The loans can be repaid based on the proceeds generated from these projects, he said while inaugurating the LDF protest in front of the Raj Bhavan against the Centres policies hindering development and progress in the state.He targeted governor Arif Mohammed Khan as well, saying that toeing the saffron partys line, Khan has been holding on to several bills passed by the assembly.The states revenues are being utilized for the development of the state as well as for welfare measures, Jayarajan said. It is most unfortunate that the Centre has been financially restricting the state and creating obstacles that block development. It has to be remembered that even the Centre has been taking loans from different agencies for funding several projects, he said. Jayarajan trained guns on the Congress-led UDF as well, saying that though the state is reeling under acute financial crisis, the UDF has been supporting the Centres policies and that was the reason why it was not voicing any criticism against it. The LDF convener pointed out that Vande Bharat train was commissioned in the state since the state government has been pitching for K-Rail. When the state government had proposed a high-speed rail for the states development, both the UDF and the BJP joined hands to sabotage the project. Now, the Centre has sanctioned Vande Bharat trains after realizing the need for a high-speed rail in the state, he added.He also flayed the advocate general for projecting wrong statistics and said that was why he has been saying that the state was not sincere in collecting tax revenues. The advocate generals duty is to submit an audit report but he has been playing politics by criticizing the state government, Jayarajan added.We also published the following articles recentlyThis story has been removed.Im sorry, but without the input text, I cannot generate a summary. If you provide me with the necessary information, I will be happy to assist you.State to build Tamil cultural centre in Chennai at 28crThe Tamil Nadu government plans to build a Tamil cultural centre in Chennai at the cost of 28.76 crore. The centre will include a museum showcasing Tamil culture, cultural training centres, multipurpose halls, and a dining hall. The construction will take place on the land belonging to the Mylapore Kapaleeswarar temple. The centre will host both cultural and spiritual events. The project has received administrative approval and construction will begin soon. This announcement was made by HR and CE minister P K Sekar Babu in the assembly last year.HC tells Centre, state to file PMAY status reportThe Calcutta High Court has ordered the Centre and the state to submit affidavits on the status of the Prime Minister Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAYG) scheme in West Bengal. Adivasi Samaj organizations had filed a PIL complaining that no members of the Adivasi Samaj in Bengal had received the PMAYG funds. The scheme aims to provide concrete houses for those without them in rural areas. The Centre bears 60% of the cost, while the rest is borne by the state. The Centre plans to file an affidavit opposing the allegations.

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