LUDHIANA, DECEMBER 17: Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab, today accused the Union Government for unnecessarily delaying sanction of development projects of the state and suspected the hand of PPCC President Captain Amarinder Singh in these irrational delays.
Speaking to media persons after dedicating to the people of Punjab Rs 416 crore Sidhwan Canal four lane road to bye pass Ludhiana besides launching Rs 65 crore City Bus Service, Mr. Badal said that undue delays created by various Union Ministries including Forest Ministry were resulting in cost escalation of these projects besides causing inconvenience to general public. He said that this Sidhwan Canal project would have been fully operational if Union Forest Ministry had not withheld the forest clearance. Similarly, the file of Chandigarh-Bathinda six lane project was awaiting the clearance of Union Surface Transport Minister since last 15 months but Captain Amarinder Singh was putting pressure on Union Minister not to clear any fresh project for Punjab. He said that Congress led UPA government was suffering from ‘policy paralysis’ and every policy decision was in cold storage. He said that they only show alacrity and promptness when they have to rob the pocket of common man by raising the price of Petrol, Diesel, LPG and Fertilisers. He said that lakhs of Punjabi Potato and Basmati farmers were suffering due to glut of their produce in the market but Union Government despite SOS reminders from Punjab Government was not allowing their export through land route.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that when they initiated work on Sidhwan Canal Road project the local Congress MP mocked at us describing it as a impossible project but our determination and dedication has made impossible project a possible and now the Congress party should apologise the people of Ludhiana for under- estimating the will power of SAD-BJP Government.
Mr. Badal said that SAD-BJP government was moving with the constructive development agenda whereas Captain Amarinder Singh has only destructive and vindictive agenda. Mr. Badal said that besides Rs 19,000 crore refinery giving employment to 37,000 youth, Rs 15,00 crore Textile Park providing employment to 10,000 youth, the Punjab Government has provided regular employment to 1.17 lakh youth including 20,000 in police and 70,000 in education department. He said that SAD-BJP government has empowered the citizens by enacting historic Right To Service Act including 67 services that forced Congress led Haryana Government to ape this act with 32 truncated services. Mr. Badal said that his only mission was development coupled with transparency in the civil services and making civil servants accountable to the people.
Seeking the repeat mandate from people of Punjab, the Deputy Chief Minister said that if people of Punjab want continuation of accelerated development, they should vote to SAD-BJP Government for next five years so that they could complete the unfinished task of development besides continuing the development agenda for Punjab.
Demanding enhanced share in the Central Taxes, Mr. Badal said that archaic Godbole formula for sharing a central taxes based on population and backward index of the state was helping only slow moving of economy of UP and Bihar, whereas Punjab was getting the least share of 1.3% in the central taxes. He said that Union Government must return 50% of central taxes to Punjab and they would not allow cross subsidisation of poor states from the central taxes collected from Punjab.
Blaming Union Government for delaying sanctioning of Ludhiana Metro, Mr. Badal said that by delaying to sanction Viable Gap Funding for Ludhiana metro the Union government was playing with the sentiments of people of Punjab.
Earlier, Mr. Badal also flagged off Rs. 65 crore Ludhiana City Bus service by putting a first fleet of 10 buses on road and announced that the remaining buses including 50 AC buses would be operational within next 4 months. He said that this project was set to launch one year ago, but due to non-availability of buses with Tata Motors, it could not materialise. He said that the City Bus Service would prove to be a boon for city commuters and from neigibouring towns like Phillaur, Sahnewal and Mullanpur etc. The Deputy Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of Rs 5 crore block of Excise and Taxation Department Office and inspected the Rs 22 Crore multi-storey parking being constructed in Mini Secretariat.
Prominent amongst others present on the occasion included Mr. Hira Singh Gabria, Cabinet Minister, Mr. Darshan Singh Shivalik, MLA, Prof. Rajinder Bhandari, Vice Chairman Punjab State Planning Board, Mr. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Mr. Gurcharan Singh Galib and Mr. Amrik Singh Aaliwal (all former MPs), Mr. Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal and Mr. Jagdish Singh Garcha (both former ministers).