Burdened by a huge debt of Rs 2.08 lakh crore,a fat salary bill of over Rs 20,000 crore, power subsidy that has crossed Rs 11,500 crore this fiscal and a loan against food grain scam worth Rs 31,000 crore, he state is struggling to get out of the debt cycle.
Talking about the pending bill of Rs 4,000 crore towards power subsidy, Manpreet said, “Out of this Rs 4,000 crore, Rs 3,000 crore has been inherited by us. Only Rs 1,000 crore is pending. We made sure during this fiscal that we keep bills cleared.”
A Congress leader said the two-day session is usually held in a state-ruled by the party. It entails expenditure worth crores as besides the party function, boarding a lodging arrangements of delegates are also to be made by state unit of the party.
The 15 villages where the notification was extended for next 15 years include Nada, Karoran, Parachh, Maajrian, Soonk, Chhoti-Bari Naggal, Siswan, Pallanpur, Dulwan, Boorana, Tarapur Majri, Sultanpur, Majra, Paraul and Gochar, other than the delisted areas.
Punjab’s Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said the promise did not mean much. “The devil is in the cost of production and how they calculate it. A member of Niti Ayog, Ramesh Chand, has suggested a formula. If they follow it, it will be fine. Otherwise we cannot say anything at this juncture.”
An upset Bajwa told The Indian Express, “I should be angry. I was humiliated. I went to Sidhu’s Amritsar residence at 8 am thinking I would seek his forgiveness if I had made a mistake. But I was not even let in. We are not enemies.”
Amarinder would take charge of Rana’s portfolios, for the time being, said a state government statement. In his resignation letter, Rana Gurjit said, the controversy surrounding it in recent months left him with no option but to resign in the interest of his party.
The court said records showed that “overriding powers” had been vested in the retired IAS officer to enable him to take decisions regarding important departments like Home, Vigilance, Personnel, Finance and other
The state government has decided to roll out its scheme from Mansa on January 7 under which loans worth Rs 170 crore would be waived off formally. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh would be handing over the certificate to the farmers.
Justice Narang, however, claimed that he was not aware that money was returned on May 25, the day the alleged sand mine auction scam was first exposed. Meanwhile, neither CM Amarinder Singh nor PPCC president Sunil Jakhar have reacted on the issue.
The minister released the letter to the media following a report in The Indian Express that Gurinder Singh had partially funded a sand mine auction bid by Rajbir Enterprises, a company with which the minister has financial transactions, and whose directors and partner are all known to him
The sub-committee’s report said units were unviable as the power was available for Rs 2.47 to 2.97 per unit in the open market while PSPCL was spending Rs 3.57 to Rs 4.43 on production of every unit of electricity in these units.