Emphasising the need for restructuring the Inter State Council,Badal said that it was the need of the hour,in the true spirit of federalism,for strengthening the states.
He suggested that the Secretariat of the Inter-State Council should be attached to the Secretariat of the Rajya Sabha rather than being a department of Government of India (GoI).
All initiatives on the concurrent list may first be discussed in the Inter-State Council and approved by 2/3rd majority before given any legislative shape.
In case,the Inter-State Council was restructured into a constitutional and strong body,as suggested,the existence and relevance of the Zonal Councils could be also reviewed by the Inter-State Council and brought into its fold by amending the States Reorganisation Act,1956.
Dwelling on the huge financial and economic loss suffered by the state due to flight of Industry from Punjab in wake of fiscal industrial concessions granted to Jammu and Kashmir,Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand by the Centre,Badal said they were not against granting these concessions to other states,but at the same time Punjab must be duly compensated by setting up SEZ for agro processing industry in the state.
This initiative would not only boost agriculture economy but would also provide a level playing field.
Badal underscored the need for channelisation of the remaining portion of 17.55 km of Ghaggar river from Makorar Sahib to Karail out of total stretch of 40 km which had been put on hold due apprehensions expressed by Haryana that it might cause adverse effect on the state.
The Chief Minister also solicited Centre’s intervention to direct the Himachal Pradesh Government for immediately taking necessary corrective measures to prevent the discharge of industrial effluents into river Satluj by the industries,towns located in different parts of the state.
Seeking immediate intervention of the Centre to curb the Trans-Border Smuggling in Punjab,Badal said state was facing a drug menace because of its close proximity to international narcotics route covering Pakistan,Afghanistan and Iran.
He pointed out that as the border was manned by the Central security forces therefore it was obligatory on the part of Centre to keep a strict vigil on the border to check this menace.
Seeking strict maintenance of 60:40 ratio in the allocation of posts between Punjab and Haryana,Badal urged the Centre to direct the Chandigarh administration not to create unnecessary problems on an extremely emotive issue.