#CM DESCRIBES PUNJAB AS ONE OF THE LEAST INDEBTED STATES IN THE COUNTRY
#DESCRIBES PRODUCTIVE LOANS AS A GLOBAL PRACTICE
#ASSAILS CONGRESS FOR RAKING UP NON EXISTING ISSUES
#REITERATES THAT MOHALI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MUST BE NAMED AFTER SHAHEED BHAGAT SINGH
#WORK OF DISTRIBUTING 10% COMPENSATION OF COTTON CROP TO FARM LABOUR TO BE COMPLETED SOON
SANGAT DARSHAN IN LAMBI ASSEMBLY SEGMENT
Middu Khera (Sri Muktsar Sahib), December 24-
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today said that Punjab was not any exception to execute development programs by taking productive loans from financial institutions rather it was a common phenomena that not only states but even big nations sought loans for carrying out their welfare programs.
Clearing the mist over the misnomer that Punjab was burdened with heavy debt, the Chief Minister clarified that it was still amongst the least indebted states in the country.
Interacting with the media persons during Sangat Darshan program of Lambi assembly segment here today, the Chief Minister said as compared to other states in the country Punjab was least burdened with debt. However, he said that debt on Punjab was also due to productive loan, which has been aptly being utilized for the overall development of the state. Mr. Badal said that taking productive loans was a universal practice which was followed by advanced nations as well as big industrial companies across the globe.
Slamming the Congress party for doing petty politics over non-existing issues, the Chief Minister said that Congress party was unnecessarily raking up controversies to score brownie points. Holding the Congress party responsible for a large number of social maladies being faced by the country, Mr Badal said that problems like illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, corruption and others were result of long misrule of Congress. “Before leveling any allegation on us, the Congress leaders must peep into their conscience as their party was solely responsible for every agony faced by the countrymen”, he added.
On another query with regard to naming of International Airport at Mohali, the Chief Minister said that state government was firmly on its stand of naming the airport after legendary martyr Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Mr. Badal said that they have raised this issue with the Union government adding that there should be no controversy on this issue as no one would have objection in naming this airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh. “This airport must be named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh and controversy on it must be avoided at all costs” he added.
Condemning the Abohar incident, the Chief Minister described it as an unfortunate incident. However, he said that none of the accused of this heinous crime was directly or indirectly associated with the Shiromani Akali Dal. Rubbishing the allegations leveled by Congress leaders regarding this case, Mr. Badal said that Congress leaders were doing petty politics over this sensitive issue.
On another query, the Chief Minister said that the work of distributing 10% of the total compensation of cotton crop to the farm labours would be completed soon. He said that the eligible beneficiaries for this compensation would be identified at village level and the process would be over soon.
Earlier addressing the gatherings in village Singhewala, Fatuhiwala, Lohara, Ghumiara and Middu Khera, the Chief Minister said that Sangat Darshan was a flagship program of the state, whose sole motive was to give boost to development in the state by virtually bringing the government at the doorsteps of people. He said that there was no political agenda of this program as it was totally aimed at the welfare of the people.
Listing the major initiatives taken by the state government, the Chief Minister said that the alliance government has decided to double the pensions given to people under the social security schemes besides hiking the honorarium of the Nambardars. Likewise, Mr. Badal said that in a pro-poor initiative to provide far better health care services to economically weaker sections of the society to further improve their quality of life, the state government has decided to enhance the existing limit of free treatment in government and private hospitals to nearly 28.50 lakh blue card holders from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 annually under ‘Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Beema Yojna’.
The Chief Minister said that apart from this in case of accidental death or incapacitation of a head of registered family under this scheme, the affected family would get compensation of Rs.5 lakh. Mr. Badal said that all the farmers would be provided a health insurance cover of Rs.50,000 and an insurance of Rs.5 lac in case of accidental death or incapacitation of head of family. He said that a novel scheme ‘Mukh Mantri Tirath Yatra Scheme’ for providing free pilgrimage to sacred cities of Sri Nanded Sahib, Varanasi, Katra (Mata Vaishno Devi) and Ajmer Sharif has been started under which state government would organize free trains to these cities for the people from Punjab and also provide other logistic facilities to pilgrims.