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Modi should announce relief package for Punjab: Manpreet Badal

chandigarh Updated: Sep 13, 2015 17:50 IST
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Manpreet Singh Badal


People's Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Singh Badal on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the city on Friday should announce a plan comprising a special financial package to rescue Punjab from a "deepening crisis".

In a statement released here, Manpreet said the plan should not only include steps for the revival of Punjab's economy but also the agenda to save the state from the increasing menace of drugs.

He said while the steps for the revival of economy should include special package, wiping out the drug menace would require dealing strictly with the drug mafia patronised by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders.

About special assistance to Punjab, Manpreet referred to the special financial package for Bihar which, he said, the Centre announced to sway voters towards the BJP in the crucial assembly elections which will be held next month.

The former Punjab finance minister said such assistance should not be influenced by political considerations but the criteria should be need-based.

Even as the state has been providing food security to the country, this factor was being overlooked, he said.

He said the rot was so deep that the farmers were committing suicides but the Centre had no roadmap on suitable farm policy.

He reminded the PM of his promise to implement the Swaminathan Committee report ensuring 50% profits to cultivators over and above the cost of production.

He regretted that the NDA had gone back on this promise. At the same time, he demanded that debt be waived for farmers and assured marketing for various crops to encourage diversification.

He also pitched for special concession to encourage industrialisation in Punjab to generate employment.