Former Bholath MLA Sukhpal Khaira on Wednesday held Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal responsible for the poor fiscal condition of the state and asked the SAD-BJP government for introspection on this alarming situation.
"Total chaos prevails. The state government succeeded in utilising only 60% of the plan allocation of Rs12,800 crore last year. For 2012-13, our plan allocation is Rs 14,000 crore, which is virtually half of Haryana at Rs 26,485 crore," the Congress leader said in a press release issued here.
"On one hand, Badal and his son have been shouting from rooftops about unprecedented all-round development of Punjab, which in no way is commensurate with its annual plan size figures. On the other hand, Badal also repeatedly harps on his favourite agenda of discrimination against Punjab by the central government and often calls states as glorified municipal corporations," he added.
"Why are states like Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh growing faster than Punjab within the same federal structure, if they are glorified municipal corporations," Khaira questioned.
"Badal should not forget that he is in his 5th term as chief minister. Who is to blame for the colossal state debt of Rs 78,000 crore? Punjab State Power Corporation and Punjab State Grain Procurement Corporation together further added to the debt of Rs 1,438 crore to the public exchequer during 2010-11. Is it not a fact that the state finance minister has admitted to diversion of central funds of Rs 2,000 crore to other popular schemes? Who is responsible for this financial chaos," the former Bholath MLA asked.
"The SAD-BJP government must without further delay review it poor fiscal management, heavy debt, massive unproductive expenditure, top heavy administration, populist schemes, lack of political will to take corrective fiscal measures, poorly managed taxing structure etc, or the fiscal position of the state would be shattered completely," Khaira claimed.