Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government on Saturday refuted the charges levelled by senior BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal about “irregularities” in allocation of developmental funds.

“The allegations are baseless, misleading and contrary to the facts,” a Government spokesman said. “It is nothing but issued with the ulterior motive to gain political mileage,” he said. Mr. Dhumal, a former Chief Minister, had alleged irregularities in allocation of funds under ‘vikas mein jan sahyog’ programme.

The first instalment of Rs three crore under the programme was released to 10 non-tribal areas in the State in April last.

Besides, Rs six crore was also released from the last year’s sanctioned funds for carrying out works under the programme. The allocation was made as per the demand of the districts, the spokesman said. In addition, the planning department also reviewed the pending schemes and concerned Deputy Commissioners were asked to send proposals for projects in their respective districts. PTI