With nearly four months to go for the Punjab assembly polls, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday tried to woo contractual employees in the state by promising to regularise their jobs before elections.
Speaking on the sidelines of a “sangat darshan” in Mansa, Badal said a cabinet subcommittee under deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was looking into the matter. “We have sought details and proposal of contractual employees from every department and a cabinet meeting will be called to regularise them.”
Contractual employees had been protesting across the state for the past couple of months and have even faced the police wrath by staging a sit-in near the CM’s residence in Chandigarh and Muktsar, even as Badal blamed the opposition leaders for instigating the protesters for political gains.
Reacting to state Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh, who has planned to burn “chitta” Ravan with badal face plastered on it during the PM’s Ludhiana visit on Tuesday, the CM said it was a personal attack on him and a former chief minister should not resort to such theatrics.
Speaking to the media, Badal said he has repeatedly urged the Centre to waive farmers’ loans, but it has been held up due to procedural reasons. “Waiving loan involves consensus of several banks which can be achieved by the Union government,” Badal said.