Badal reiterates pledge to get back Chandigarh and Punjabi speaking areas

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Badiala (Maur),
  • Updated: Oct 30, 2014 22:19 IST

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday reiterated his government’s firm commitment to get Chandigarh and Punjabi speaking areas transferred to Punjab.

Badal was interacting with media persons at a state-level function organised to pay tributes to Sant Fateh Singh on his 42nd death anniversary at Badiala Village.

The CM said, “In all other linguistic states the parent state has retained capital, which has not happened in case of Punjab due to the apathetic attitude of the then Congress regime. It is high time that historical mistakes are rectified and Punjab state is given its right.”

Answering a query on the equation of SAD-BJP post the results of Haryana assembly elections, the chief minister said that SAD-BJP enjoys a cemented bond and would continue to do so, as the alliance between both the parties was everlasting.

Addressing the issue of minimium support price, he said that Punjab government would take up the issue of revision of the wheat’s minimum support price (MSP) from Rs 50 per quintal announced recently. He said that implementation of the formula given by the renowned agro-expert MS Swaminathan, who had mooted costs of inputs plus 50% profit as basis for the MSP, was the need of the hour to bail out the farmers from current agrarian crisis.

Badal said that both the SAD and the BJP had been a votary of the Swaminathan formula and it was high time that the Centre must implement it in the larger interests of the farmers.

“More than 80 per cent of people in Punjab are directly or indirectly related to agriculture making it mandatory for the Central government to hike MSP to the level where the mismatch between input costs of agriculture produce and MSP announced for these was removed,” he said.

Remembering Sant Fateh Singh, the founder of modern day Punjab, the chief minister said that Sant Fateh Singh had immense contribution towards formation of Punjab as Punjabi speaking state. He announced that the death anniversary of Sant Fateh Singh would be observed each year as a state level function.

Earlier, the CM laid the foundation stone for modernisation of cattle fair ground at Maur, which would be tenth in state to be modernised. To be constructed at a cost of Rs 11.48 crore this modern cattle fairground would have controlled traffic, facilities to load and unload animals from vehicles, covered and uncovered sheds for animals, drinking water arrangements for animals, water, toilets, canteen and lodging arrangements for animal traders.

The CM also inaugurated sewerage treatment plant with five million Litres Daily (MLD) capacity. Based on modern technology, the water treated at STP could be used in agriculture and construction purposes.

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