PUNJAB Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the “unending saga of discrimination and sheer injustice” meted out to the state by successive governments at the Centre after independence despite its enormous contribution in the country’s freedom struggle, safeguarding its security and sovereignty and making it self-reliant in food production.
Addressing a public gathering Saturday, after unfurling the national tricolour during a state-level function on the 69th Independence Day here, Badal lamented that the sacrifices made by Punjabis in the pre-and post-independence era have not been recognized by these governments.
The CM recalled how the state was being deprived of justice on legitimate territorial issues, including the transfer of Chandigarh and Punjabi speaking areas to Punjab, and sharing of river waters on the basis of universally accepted riparian principles.
Badal also pointed out how the state’s industry was being ruined gradually after granting liberal concessions and incentives to the industry in the neighbouring states.
He impressed upon the Government of India to bail out the distressed peasantry in this hour of crisis and make agriculture far more profitable and economically viable occupation to sustain their livelihood.
He said, “What to talk of rewarding the hapless farmers for their hard work and sincerity in attaining national food security, rather the poor peasantry has been blatantly ignored by the central governments at helm of affairs one after another since independence and none bothered to secure their interests.”
Badal said the valiant Punjabi Police displayed their courage and commitment during during a recent terror attack at Dina Nagar.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal exhorted the people to make Punjab free from social maladies like drug addiction, female foeticide and environmental pollution.
To ensure un-interrupted 24X7 power supply in a single house Dhani (Cluster), Badal announced to provide such electricity connection to the people living in these far flung dhanis across the state on the urban pattern domestic supply.
Likewise, the Punjab Chief Minister also announced to provide toilet in each house of all the villages in the state to achieve the target of 100 per cent rural sanitation.