Former chief minister and senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has said that the stalling of the Rs 400- crore aid, approved by the 13th finance commission under the state special plan to Punjab, by the union ministry of finance has come as a big rap for the SAD-BJP government in the state.
In a statement issued here on Saturday, Bhattal ridiculed the Badal government for getting frequent snubbing from the Modi government after it took over the reins at the centre in May last year.
Bhattal said that the Badal government has been an absolute failure in maintaining fiscal discipline and improving the financial health of the state.
She said that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government turned down the reported request of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for waiving dues of Rs 298 crore spent on the deployment of central armed police forces (CAPFs) in the state between 1991 and 2012.
She said that besides this, a few days ago, the Modi government asked the Badal government to first settle the outstanding Rs 42,000 crore of the previous cash credit limits (CCLs) received during different seasons for procurement of foodgrains.
She said that the Union government made the Badal government go down on its knees pertaining to the release of the amount under the cash credit limit (CCL) for the paddy season and as well as clearance of dues amounting to Rs 15,000 crore to purchase gunny bags for wheat in April.
She said that coffers of the state are virtually empty due to which developmental works in the state have come to a grinding halt.