Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday expressed concern over indications of another fuel price hike by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Bathinda during a function on Saturday.
Addressing the media at Mandi Gobindgarh, the chief minister said the "undemocratic attitude" of the Centre and its "anti-people" policies imposed on states had destroyed the federal system in the country.
"Another hike in petrol and diesel prices will escalate inflation," Badal said. "When the Punjab government had opposed the Centre's decision and asked it to roll back the earlier hike, it advised us to reduce value added tax on petroleum products. This clearly shows the Centre is
running away from its responsibilities."
At a state-level function on Bhagwan Parshuram Jayanti at Mandi Gobindgarh organised by Punjab Brahman Sabha, Badal called upon the Brahman Samaj to play an active role in helping the state government establish peace and communal harmony in the state.
The chief minister said the SAD-BJP government had a secular approach and worked with all sections of society.
On the topic of setting up of a memorial in Bhagwan Parshuram's memory at Khati (Tapo-Sthalli), Badal said Rs 1 crore had been granted already. He assured that in the state budget, there would be more provisions for the Brahman Sabha project. He asked the president of Sabha Devi Dyal Prashar to finalise the plan.
Finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, who was also present at the function, said the Brahman Sabha could play a vital role in bringing social change by inculcating moral and cultural values in our young generation.
Health and family welfare minister Madan Mohan Mittal asked the chief minister to initiate special efforts to boost industries in Mandi Gobindgarh.
Mittal said the health department had launched an anti-drug campaign and asked people to report against drug dealers and agents. The minister said he would also receive information on his mobile phone number 9876741554.
The Brahman Sabha felicitated the chief minister. Assembly speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, Bassi Pathana MLA Nirmal Singh, SAD general secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra were also present.