After making her absence felt during the kabaddi world cup, Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Tuesday made a comeback to her parliamentary constituency.
She charged the union government with trying to lure voters with direct cash transfer scheme before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. "The scheme is just a political gimmick to get votes in favour," she said during a sangat darshan programme at Dhaula village in Muktsar district. "The voters, however, are too wise to fall for the tactic," she added.
The process of making unique-identity (UID-Aadhaar) cards is in progress and the document will help the poor claim their welfare benefit directly. "The Centre is trying to implement the cash transfer scheme in a hurry," said Harsimrat Kaur. "For direct cash transfers, people will need Aadhaar cards, which all people don't have. The Central ministers are divided on defining the below poverty line (BPL) category."
The MP also said she was dissatisfied with the increase in the minimum support price (MSP) of wheat. "Nominal increase in the MSP during second version of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime, has exposed its anti-farmer face," she said.
The union government had collected a big amount in taxes from states but returned only a small part, said the MP. Of each Rs 100 collected from Punjab in central taxes, it returned only Rs 1.31 in central assistance, Harsimrat Kaur added.
Expressing grief over the death of the Delhi rape victim, she asked people to oppose crimes against women. She encouraged them to celebrate the upcoming festival of Lohri to welcome the birth of girls. "In cases of crimes against women, the Punjab government will take swift action," she said.