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Centre should help Punjab tide over financial crisis: Manpreet

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Rupnagar, October 15, 2013
First Published: 21:01 IST(15/10/2013) | Last Updated: 21:05 IST(15/10/2013)

Peoples Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Singh Badal urged the Centre to help Punjab in tiding over the financial crisis on Tuesday.

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He was talking to the media persons after addressing a public meeting at ward number 6 of the town and exhorted people to come forward for bringing a change in the state. 

Punjab was facing a severe financial crisis and was knee deep in debt, he said, adding, "Punjab is like the eyes of India. If there is problem in the eyes, the country cannot remain healthy. There is a need to make the Centre understand that the state has fallen into a severe debt trap and it has become impossible for it to come out of it."

He urged the state government to work for a political solution to get rid of the crisis and approach the Centre for help. The party president further lamented that Punjab had been facing serious problems in various fields including health and education section, adding that the poverty in the state was increasing day by day.

Alleging that the state government was clueless about solutions to all these problems, he also criticised the decision of the state government to charge fee for regularisation of unauthorised colonies and properties, which was illegal, and demanded that the government must withdraw the decision.

Accusing Shiromani Akali Dal and Congress leaders of playing politics over Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) satellite centre being set up at Sangrur, Badal said, "The satellite centre is being set up with the money collected from the poor and not from the pocket of any Akali or Congress leader.

It is not right to play politics on peoples' money." Rupnagar district PPP president Balwant Singh Gill, city president Jarnail Singh Kabarwal, Balwinder Chaudhary, advocate Jaswant Singh Saini and Badan Singh also spoke on the occasion.

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