Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa on Saturday appealed to the UPA government to announce a special package for the development of industries in the state and infrastructure in border districts.
In a communication to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Bajwa said Punjab was a landlocked state and connectivity of border areas with main land routes and setting up of big industrial units would revive the economy of the state.
He said that a cancer hospital at the cost of R500 crore was approved for Sangrur district and a Central University was set up in Bathinda.
He said that a few high-end projects such as the proposed Central University in Amritsar, rail component manufacturing unit and historical rail link between Beas and Qadian had failed to take off due to the alleged lack of interest shown by the SAD-BJP government.
Bajwa said "too little focus" on industry and infrastructure development by the SAD-BJP government had pushed Punjab from the first to the twelfth position on the national graph.
He said that he would also meet the Prime Minister to announce a special package for the border districts.
"Punjab should be duly compensated by allowing a similar package for border districts to offset the colossal loss suffered due to the concessions already given to neighbouring states," he added.