Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday blamed the Centre for the financial mess Punjab is in right now, saying most of the problems afflicting the state were the result of the UPA government's wrong policies.
"Had the Centre been fair, the financial health of the state would have been sound. Currently NRIs hesitate from setting up units here," Badal said.
Talking about the recent proposal to make a different Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for Rajasthan, Badal warned against any such move. "They should not disturb peace by dividing communities. We recognise only the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee and creating new outfits would serve no purpose. The Congress is all the time planning to harm our interests for their petty gains," he said.
Badal held the Congress responsible for the tough times the state was facing on the financial front. He said every state had its debts, but the states ruled by SAD, BJP or their allies were being meted indifferent treatment by the Centre, which further worsened the situation.
Badal was speaking to reporters after addressing a gathering at border village Parmanand in Bhoa constituency on Monday.
When asked about the poor health services in the area and doctors not willing to join remote areas, Badal claimed that he would make a policy for new recruitment, be it of doctors or teachers, that they would have to serve for first three years in rural areas and only then would they be transferred to urban areas. People avoided working in far-flung areas, but if they were willing to join government service, they would have to work in remote areas, he added.
Talking about Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's recent tours to the state, Badal wondered what Rahul could do as his party had been trounced in many recent elections. "We are concerned with development and are not bothered about others. We know our responsibility for which Punjab has elected us for the second time," he said.