Punjab Congress has slammed the Akali-BJP government for opposing the Foreign Direct investment in the retail sector in Punjab. Even the Congress has suggested the Shiromani Akali Dal to part ways with the BJP over the FDI issue for better future of Punjab.
In a statement issued here today Kewal Singh Dhillon, MLA Barnala & Vice-President of the PPCC said listing benefits of FDI in retail for Punjab said that the Akali Dal should not work under the undue influence and pressure of the BJP and for once think beyond mere Politics and how to hold on to Power in the state.
He said this is an issue that concerns every farmer of Punjab and even if the Akali Dal has to part ways with the BJP on this issue of FDI in retail sector, then they should not hesitate to do so in the interest of Punjab, Punjab Farmers and Consumers. The ruling party needs to take decisions looking at the larger interest of the State's economy, farmers, consumers rather than personal agenda and Politics.
"FDI in retail sector has the potential of changing the face of the Indian retail sector especially the state of Punjab. It has the potential of bringing about a second Green Revolution in our state. It will not only benefit the consumers but also the farmers because their produce could now be purchased directly by the retail stores, thus enhancing their profit margins. Thus, the profit would now be directly available to the farmers as well as consumers".
The Congress leader said it was, therefore, surprising that the Akali Dal which was fond of projecting itself as the champion of farmers and professing to safeguard their interests was now opposing this progressive measure, apparently under the political pressure of its coalition partner BJP.
"Punjab food production has been stagnating for the past many years and farmers' income too is not rising, with the result that the debt burden on them is increasing, forcing many of them to commit suicides. Under these circumstances, the question Akali Dal should ask itself is whether Punjab can afford to miss this reforms bus in order to keep its coalition partner in good humour and retain power in the state", remarked Dhillon.
Further with the vast unemployment among the youth in the state, Foreign Investment would bring in multiple job opportunities in the state too."we owe it to our future generations to look beyond Politics and do something for our motherland so that we could make Punjab a better place for the next generation", he said.