HP to probe benami land deals during Dhumal rule
Winding up a debate on Motion of Thanks on the Governor’s Address in the Assembly, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, said, “Members have raised the issue of irregularities in land deals and benami land deals during the last five years and I assure them that all such irregularities would be probed.”
On references made by Leader of the Opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal regarding the loans raised by previous BJP government, Singh clarified that the debt liability of the state had increased from Rs 21,241 crore on March 31, 2008 to Rs 26,650 crore on December 31, 2012 and the increase during past five years was Rs 7,409 crore.
Further, the HPIDB converted a loan of Rs 1,838 crore into guarantee in 2009-10 and the actual loan raised during past five years was Rs 9,247 crore which was Rs 1,200 crore more than the total loan of Rs 8,032 crore availed by Congress government between 2003-07, he said.
Referring to Rs 1,100 crore World Bank loan sanctioned to Himachal Pradesh, Singh said the Leader of the Opposition was claiming credit for the loan which entailed 90 per cent subsidy. But, this subsidy has been given by the Union government and not by the World Bank, which has not allowed any subsidy on the loan, he said.
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