Chandigarh: People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Singh Badal said on Monday that the “scam-tainted, mafia-controlled and anti-people” Akali-BJP government had lost its legitimacy to govern and it must be thrown out.
He said scams were tumbling out one after the other, beginning with the pesticide scam that had ruined farm economy.
Manpreet said this scam should not be assessed only in the context of Rs 33-crore purchase of substandard pesticides by the state agriculture department but also in terms of losses running into thousands of crores and the loss of invaluable lives, with farmers committing suicide.
He claimed that the calamity was man-made, resulting from the supply of spurious pesticides by non-existing companies.
He demanded that the investigation that had started with the arrest of director, agriculture, Mangal Singh Sandhu must be taken to its logical conclusion in view of the names of agriculture minister Tota Singh and a powerful officer in the chief minister’s office surfacing in the scam.
He added that a pesticide scam involving officials of the agriculture department had also been busted in Phillaur area of Doaba.
Manpreet also referred to the Rs 97-crore embezzlement in the purchase of rations and other material by the jail department. He said there was an organised drug mafia supplying narcotics to prisoners.
He reiterated that compensation to farmers must be assessed in terms of total losses and to enable them to cultivate the next crop rather than resorting to a bureaucratic approach.