Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday accused the Congress-led UPA government of extracting revenge for the Congress defeat in the recent Punjab Assembly polls by not providing drought relief to the state. The Centres exclusion of the state from a Rs 2,300 crore drought relief package was the latest example of its anti-Punjab stance and was revenge on its part,Sukhbir alleged. He also termed,reports of casinos being opened in the state,as Congress propaganda and said there was no such proposal with the state.
After inaugurating a Rs 30 crore rail-over-bridge on the Bathinda-Lambi road and laying the foundation stone of a Rs 70 crore 4-laning project on the Muktsar Sahib-Kotkapura road,the deputy chief minister said the Centre was hell bent on squeezing the non-UPA ruled states by imposing unnecessary riders for the allocation of central funds.
He said that when coal,marble and hydro power producing states were entitled for royalty,then Punjab should be allowed to collect genuine taxes on foodgrains being produced here.
Meanwhile,Sukhbir said the the new rail-over-bridge on the Bathinda-Lambi road would accelerate the rapid development of the trans-railway locality in the city besides ensuring smooth flow of traffic to Malout,Abohar,Ganganagar and Fazilka. He added that the state government has decided to construct 27 such bridges at an estimated cost of Rs 550 crore in the next three years.
Announcing a 300 acre education city in Bathinda,the deputy chief minister said top professional colleges including business schools were being contacted to set up their campuses in the proposed city. He added that the state government has decided to set up 5 such education cities at SAS Nagar,Ludhiana,Jalandhar,Bathinda and Amritsar.
Dy CM orders crackdown on hooch mafia in Punjab
Close on the heels of the recent deaths caused by hooch consumption in Gurdaspur villages,Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal on Wednesday ordered a state-wide crackdown on the hooch mafia. Nobody (operating illicit liquor business) with whatever political or police connection will be spared, Sukhbir said,who was here to inaugurate a multi-lane high-level over bridge,said.
Asserting that the government was taking the hooch tragedy at Gurdaspur district very seriously,Sukhbir said he had ordered the Amritsar Border Range IG to thoroughly probe the incident and submit a report to him at the earliest.
On the deteriorating law and order situation in Amritsar,Sukhbir said the Amritsar commissioner of police had been given a one-point brief to crack down on petty crime and SHOs have been warned that they will be held responsible for crimes committed in their jurisdictions.
On proposals for revenue generation,Sukhbir said every resource mobilisation plan will be implemented after consultation with the BJP. He also denied suggestions that priority was being given to rural areas and added that the SAD was not a rural area-based party.
Meanwhile,dedicating the overbridge to the people of Amritsar,Sukhbir said the SAD-BJP government was vigorously implementing the development agenda it had promised the people. He said that during the last three days alone he had personally inaugurated Rs 1,117 crore worth of road projects. He further said that Amritsar was at the top of his priority list as he himself had decided to head the first ever Metropolitan Council being constituted for planned development and growth of the city.
Sukhbir added that the council would draw up a master plan for Amritsar with all amenities and infrastructure.
He said that the Amritsar-Gateway to South East Asia is all set to witness a sea change with an investment of Rs 3,500 crore in execution of this master plan.
Five more die in Gurdaspur,toll 16
Amritsar: Five more persons died in Gurdaspur district after consuming illicit country-made liquor taking the Hooch death toll in Gurdaspur in last few days to 16. Five persons have been arrested in the case. Batala police have arrested a woman Kamla Devi of Bahlewal village in connection with three hooch death cases in the village.