Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has claimed that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre has the agenda of social welfare and socio-economic reformation of Punjab on priority. He claimed that the NDA government would heal all the wounds of Punjab inflicted by the UPA government.
The chief minister was interacting with mediapersons on the sidelines of a Sangat Darshan programme in Talwandi Sabo assembly constituency here on Saturday. He said that the people-friendly policies and programmes of the state government could be realised in a true spirit, as now with the induction of the NDA government at the Centre, it could be much easier for Punjab to have the union government’s full support and cooperation in all respects.
Referring to his recent New Delhi visit during which he had raised the issues of utmost importance pertaining to agriculture diversification, power generation, industrial and economic growth of the state besides the prestigious programme of river cleaning and many other issues with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other union ministers, Badal said that he had high hopes that all the issues would be resolved soon and Punjab would regain its glory as a front-runner state in the country.
The chief minister said that for the survival and economic growth of the farming community in the state, that was reeling under a huge debt burden due to anti-farmer policies of the previous Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, he had demanded a comprehensive debt relief package from the Centre. Badal said that the state government had already initiated a war against drug smuggling to make Punjab a drug-free state. He also mentioned that he had also taken up this issue with the PM and urged him to seal the international border to check the inflow of drugs into the state from across the border.
He addressed the people in villages of Tang rali, Tiona Pujarian, Sangat Khurad, Ram Tirath Jagga, Bhagwanpura, Shekhupura, Lelewala, Nath and Chethewala.