LASHING at the Congress, Chief Minister Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Friday said its leadership was shedding crocodile tears over the plight of farmers of Malwa belt whose cotton crop is damaged due to whitefly pest attack. He said the SAD-BJP government has not only released Rs 640 crore as compensation to cotton growers but also released Rs 700 crore for the cane growers.
He said the SAD-BJP government was sensitised to the agrarian issues despite severe criticism from several quarters and even bearing annual expenditure of nearly Rs 5000 crore on this count on power subsidy.
Badal said this while dedicating the much-awaited Rs. 180 crore Rupnagar bypass and a Sutlej river bridge. He was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
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Notably, the bridge on the river was completed in April but could not be opened for about six months due to delay in construction of the six-km long bypass road connecting this bridge. The bypass will lessen some five to six distance to Chandigarh from Nawanshahr.
The Chief Minister also launched Bhagat Puran Singh Bima Yojna (BPSSBY), which aims to cover 28.05 lakh Blue card holders (BCH) families and would be given a facility of cashless treatment up to Rs 30,000 in 214 government and 216 empanelled private hospitals in state.
Badal further said the government would launch cashless health insurance scheme for 6.50 lakh employees and pensioners at a cost of Rs. 107 crore, which have already been approved by the State Cabinet.