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Spent Lavishly, But Left State in ‘BIMARU’ Condition: MP Finance Minister Hits Out at Shivraj Govt

Finance Minister Tarun Bhanot was referring to the Economic Survey that has put the state in 27th spot among 29 states in terms of poverty.

Bhopal:

Madhya Pradesh Finance serve Tarun Bhanot on Wednesday affirmed the Center’s duty commitment to states had been contracting in the course of the most recent couple of years and this was principally a direct result of the messed up usage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Not long after in the wake of exhibiting the Budget in the MP Assembly, Bhanot stated, “As of late, money pastors of different states had approached their Union partner Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi, a significant number of them griped about the decreasing duty commitment from the Center,” Bhanot said.

The minister said it was all because of the Centre’s faulty implementation of GST which led to revenue downfall in last the few years and states’ tax share also diminished accordingly. He said the reason behind imposition of cess on petrol and diesel was because of less allocation of funds by the Centre.

Replying to a query whether Rs 8,000 crore additional allocation of funds for farm loan waiver would be sufficient, the minister said the provision was besides the earlier allocation of Rs 5,000 crore. “We will arrange funds as and when needed,” he added.

When pointed out that he was talking about dwindling tax share from the Centre and still the budget provisioned an increase of around 18 to 20% in tax revenue generation, the minister said the state government was planning to restructure tax collection from sectors like transport, mining and excise. “We have raised bar licence renewal fee from 15 to 20% and introduced online auction for sand mining,” said the minister.

Referring to the Economic Survey that has put the state in 27th spot among 29 states in terms of poverty, Bhanot hit out at previous BJP government that claimed to have taken the state out of the BIMARU (sick) list.

The minister also slammed the former Shivraj Singh Chouhan government for taking unnecessary loans, especially after 2012. “Kharcha khoob hua, par BIMARU banakar chhora (they spent lavishly, but left the state in a BIMARU condition).”

Asked to specify whether he meant that MP was a sick state, he refused to delve further. Present with Bhanot, Public Relations Minister PC Sharma said though the BJP had left the state in a BIMARU form, the Congress government would soon transform it. Soon after, Bhanot asked reporters to focus on ‘relevant Budget questions’ and have a chat with the PR minister later.

Asked about outstanding dues of the state government, a senior government officer said as on March 31, 2018, the state had liabilities worth Rs 1,52,745 crore, while it expected the figure to rise to Rs 1.80 lakh crore by March 31, 2019.

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