Information and Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Monday came down heavily on Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa for allegedly making frivolous and baseless statements about flood measures in the border belt when the same had been appreciated by the partys Majha zone head
O P Soni.
After having remained in political oblivion for such a long time,Bajwa seemed to be desperate for media attention and was making statements about flood works without checking up with his colleagues,who had appreciated the work done by the SAD- BJP government in this regard. Soni visited the flood affected areas recently,evaluated the situation and expressed his satisfaction over the flood control measures being taken by the Punjab government, he said.
Majithia added: Instead of running around across the state and creating panic,Bajwa should approach Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and get a package announced for the beleaguered farmers immediately. If he fails in providing immediate relief to the farmers,it will prove he was shedding only crocodile tears to deceive them.
Recalling the liberal gesture shown to the farmers of border areas by the NDA government,the
minister said a compensation of Rs 2,500 per acre was being given for their lands situated beyond the barbed wire fence.
Now,the state government has formulated a plan under Border Area Development Scheme. Under this,Rs 6 crore will be disbursed as compensation to farmers having land beyond the fence in Ferozepur,Fazilka,Amritsar,Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur districts during 2012-13. It will be calculated at the rate of Rs 3,000 per acre.
Meanwhile,Majithia said the district administration,especially in the border areas,was ready to handle any eventuality and adequate flood control measures were being taken by the government. As many as 13 locations have been identified,where relief camps will be set up, he added.