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Punjab chief minister raps Congress

PTI  Moga, March 31, 2013
First Published: 17:24 IST(31/3/2013) | Last Updated: 17:48 IST(31/3/2013)

Criticising the Congress-led UPA government, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal Sunday alleged that the Centre is deliberately denying requisite infrastructure for ensuring smooth procurement of food grains from the state.

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The Centre is doing injustice with the state by denying facilities needed for smooth procurement of food grains, Badal told reporters on the sidelines of the second day of Sangat Darshan programme here.

The Centre has to ensure proper storage, movement and lifting of food grains, but the UPA government has totally failed in this, he said adding that the Centre was not paying heed towards state government's demands for providing necessary infrastructure, ensuring smooth procurement.

Training his guns against the central government, the chief minister said though he had personally taken up the issue of paucity of storage facilities in the state with the UPA government, no concrete step had been taken so far to sort out the problem.

Permission for construction of new silos in the state on scientific lines is also pending with the Centre, Badal alleged and said that the UPA government had not ensured timely supply of gunny bags for wheat procurement.

The only solution to this problem is giving more powers to the states, the chief minister added.

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