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Badal asks Centre to beef up security along Indo-Pak border

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal during sangat darshan in Lambi constituency refuted charges of misappropriation of funds, for procurement, levelled by the Congress on Saturday.

punjab Updated: Oct 09, 2016 15:32 IST
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Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal during a sangat darshan at Muktsar on Saturday.
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal during a sangat darshan at Muktsar on Saturday.(HT Photo)

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal during sangat darshan in Lambi constituency refuted charges of misappropriation of funds, for procurement, levelled by the Congress on Saturday.

“All these allegations are ‘figment of imagination’ of Congress leaders,” said Badal on the charges of multi-crore ‘scam’ labelled against the state government.

“All these allegations are ‘figment of imagination’ of Congress leaders,” said Badal on the charges of multi-crore ‘scam’ labelled against the state government.

“The entire procurement operations were monitored by premier banking institute like Reserve Bank of India (RBI), so there was hardly any scope of misappropriation,” said the chief minister (CM).

“The amount of around Rs 30,000 crore questioned by Congress included funds used for procurement during their successive regimes,” said Badal.

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Lauding the Centre for allotting express highways projects, Badal said it will act as catalyst of development and prosperity of the state, besides facilitating travel in hassle free manner.

The state government had on Friday said the Centre had given its in-principle approval to the proposed alignment of Katra-Amritsar-Delhi national highway via Jind-Barnala-Moga and Amritsar.

Centre also gave in-principle go ahead to Jalandhar-Ajmer expressway and its proposed alignment via Jalandhar-Moga- Bathinda and Ajmer.

Replying to another query on the sidelines of Sangat Darshan program in Lambi assembly segment in Tarmala on Saturday, the chief minister reiterated the firm commitment of the state government to lift every single grain of paddy from the market.

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He said the state government has already made elaborate arrangements for smooth and hassle-free procurement of the food grains. Badal said the entire procurement operation was being monitored by the top brass of state government to avoid any sort of inconvenience to the farmers.

Refuting the charges of “misappropriation of funds” for procurement being levelled by the Congress, the Badal said all these allegations were a “figment of imagination”.