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Badal hits back after Bhattal's poor fiscal health remarks

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Muktsar, November 20, 2013
First Published: 23:54 IST(20/11/2013) | Last Updated: 23:55 IST(20/11/2013)

Criticising Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal for her statement about the poor fiscal health of the state, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has said the government was providing atta-dal to about 15 lakh families, which would not have been possible with the poor financial health of the state.

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The chief minister was speaking at a sangat darshan at Bhai Ka Khera village of Lambi constituency of the district.

Besides listening to the grievances of people, the chief minister gave away scholarships of `5,000 each to students of three villages under the Dr Har Gobind Khorana scholarship scheme. The chief minister said such bright students would be entitled to maximum of `30,000 annual scholarship under the scheme.

Badal said the state government would provide 30% subsidy to promote fisheries in waterlogged areas where land cannot be used for normal agriculture.

He also exhorted farmers to adopt bee keeping, fisheries and other allied occupations and said the state government would provide all help in this regard.

"Besides, the state government would also help farmers to promote agro forestry in waterlogged areas and the forest department would bear the expenses on planting poplar and eucalyptus trees," he said. The CM blamed the Centre for anti-farmer policies.

He was accompanied by the senior officals from district and departments concerned.

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