Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday sought from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the constitution of an expert committee to put the state back on the growth track.
"I want that a committee comprising 3 to 4 members should be constituted which will give recommendations to put Punjab again on growth trajectory. This committee should also look into whether any discrimination was committed with the state," Badal said while addressing a gathering in which the Prime Minister was also sharing the dias.
Badal was speaking during the the inaugural ceremony of HPCL-Mittal Energy promoted 9-million tonne per annum oil refinery here.
Making the request before the PM who inaugurated the Rs 21,500 crore Guru Gobind Singh refinery, Badal pitched for an economic package for Punjab on the lines given to hilly areas.
He also sought fixation of minimum support price for food grain crops based on the recommendation of agri-scientist MS Swaminathan, besides a moratorium on state debt repayments.
"The situation of our farmers, who have been feeding the country, is such that they have been reeling under Rs 30,000-crore debt. Now farming is no longer a profitable venture for the farmers as agriculture has reached its plateau," he said.
Emphasising the need to raise the income of farmers, Badal warned if farmers of Punjab were not protected, it would result in big loss to the nation.
"We just want that the income (MSP) of farmers should be fixed as suggested by M S Swaminathan," he said.
The Swaminathan committee has recommended that 50% of input costs should be added to the MSP.