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Saturday , January 11 , 2014
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Parties seek larger share

Ranchi, Jan. 10: Representatives of all major parties as well as industries today demanded special grants for all-round development of Jharkhand during a meeting with the visiting team of 14th Finance Commission.

Also, political parties stressed on the need for a special status for the state.

Proper valuation of minerals, rationalisation of the state’s share in central taxes, shifting registered corporate offices of leading industries to Jharkhand et al were among other prominent demands.

“You just give us our due share so that we can become self-reliant. We are ready to remain in darkness to light up Delhi and other major cities across the country, but think about those who have been displaced by mining operations,” said JMM leader Supriyo Bhattacharya.

He added Jharkhand, despite having huge reserves of natural resources, lagged behind several states in terms of growth.

Bhattacharya and others pointed out that assessing the economic health of people on the basis of Jharkhand’s per capita income was not correct.

Ajsu leader Sheen Akhtar stressed the need for promoting small-scale industries to create more job opportunities.

BJP leaders demanded that welfare schemes be planned according to socio-economic and geographic conditions of the state, while the Congress urged the central delegates to visit Naxalite-affected areas to assess the ground realities properly.

The team also held a meeting with representatives of Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Small Scale Industries Association, Laghu Udyog Bharti and Assocham.

“The royalty received by the state for its minerals is not sufficient,” pointed out S.N. Tiwary, the chairman of Assocham.

After the series of meetings, Finance Commission chairman Y.V. Reddy said most of the demands put forward by the government and those by different political parties supplemented each other.

“The commission will make recommendations accordingly,” said Reddy.