Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, on Monday, asked finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa to incorporate pro-poor proposals in the 2014-15 budget, with focus on sectors of health, education and social security.
After laying the foundation stone for the Vit-te-Yojana Bhawan in Sector 33-A, the chief minister said that the budget should aim at ameliorating the poor and disadvantaged sections, while providing them with basic amenities such as potable drinking water and sewerage besides health care at affordable rates.
He said the budget should be oriented towards rural growth to bridge the widening gulf between rural and urban populace as far as basic facilities are concerned. The CM said balanced growth could be achieved by adopting an approach of ‘inclusive development.
Principal Secretary (Finance) Vinnie Mahajan, meanwhile, told the chief minister that the upcoming building in Sector 33-A would house offices of the Finance and Planning departments, which are at present scattered across Chandigarh and Mohali, under one roof to facilitate better coordination and to benefit people coming from far-off places.