Taking on Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, Leader of the Opposition Sunil Jakhar on Friday said the former should have released details of expenditure of funds received in 2010-11 and 2011-12 before seeking more funds for modernisation of the state police.
"To conceal their mismanagement in financial matters, the SAD-BJP government leaves no opportunity to criticise the Congress-led UPA government, but the ground reality is that a huge cache of funds provided by the UPA not only for modernisation of police but also for other public welfare purposes has gone down the drain due to economic misconduct of the Punjab government," he said.
"Officials of the union ministries of home affairs and finance revealed that Punjab was getting funds for police modernisation but was not putting in sincere efforts to work for the same in letter and spirit. Of the Rs 58.17 crore released for the purpose, mere Rs 24.64 crore were spent," the Congress MLA said.
Jakhar stated that following recommendations of the 12th Finance Commission, Punjab was getting Rs 50 crore annually for police modernisation, besides funds for procuring new jammers and mobile-tracing equipment to catch anti-social elements.
"The entire SAD-BJP leadership is bent upon using the police force to commit atrocities on the common man in general and Congressmen in particular, instead of doing anything constructive for modernisation of the force in the wider interest of society," he said.
"For real modernisation of the Punjab Police, the SAD-BJP government should cease misuse of the police against political rivals and let it work freely as per the rule of law," suggested Jakhar.