Lauding the union government's decision to form NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog by scrapping the Planning Commission of India (PCI), Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, on Saturday, described it as a historic step towards implementing the 'real federal structure' in the country.
Talking to the media at Tarmala village during his second day of the sangat darshan (public contact) programme in Lambi villages, the chief minister said that this unprecedented step would ensure more participation of the states in the policy- making framework.
However, Badal said that with the formation of the NITI Aayog, chief ministers would have more involvement in the planning process, which would give boost to the overall development of the country and prosperity of its people.
Slamming the Congress party for excessive centralisation of powers, the chief minister said that, during the tenure of successive Congress governments at the Centre, the states had hardly any say in the policy formulation, which resulted in lopsided development of the country.
On the recent ordinance brought by the union government on land acquisition, the chief minister said that paramount importance must be given for safeguarding the interests of the farmers at any cost and the developmental works initiated by the government for the welfare of the people should also not get affected due to any reason.
Addressing the gatherings in Mahuanna, Tapa Kheda, Deon Kheda, Maniwala, Sheranwali, Roranwali, Tarmala and Bitiwala villages on the second day of the programme, the chief minister exhorted the people to vow to make the villages clean and green in the coming year.
He said that the farmers of waterlogged areas of the state must adopt allied farming activities like fisheries, which was having a tremendous scope in this region though the government is doing a lot to end this problem.
Earlier, the chief minister inaugurated a computer laboratory at the State Institute of Automotives and Driving Skills at Mahuana. Similarly, he also felicitated bright students and NCC cadets at the village during the sangat darshan.