The Centre's reported move to audit wheat procurement in Punjab has not gone down well with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Apparently upset over reports that the BJP-led NDA government has decided to audit the utilisation of the cash credit limit it allowed to Punjab for buying wheat from farmers, Badal on Sunday claimed that it was the Centre that owed money to Punjab for procurement.
According to reports, the Union government suspects that Punjab has diverted the Central grant to fund its Atta-Dal scheme.
"Anybody can come and audit us. How can a state divert funds meant for wheat procurement as the money has to be delivered directly to the farmers?" said Badal, who was in Khiala village here to inaugurate the first academic session at Sant Baba Bhag Singh University.
The Chief Minister said the state government has asked the Centre to check its records. "They owe us money for wheat procurement," said Badal.
When asked if the Centre was behaving in an indifferent towards Punjab, Badal said: "Kaka hun ki kahiye. main kisi bare nuktaa chini ni karda…sadi government khulii kitab hai….jine check karna kar le..Centre vi kar le. (What can we say about others? …we (our government) are like an open book…anybody can come and check our functioning…Centre too can check us)".
The chief minister also slammed Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa for organising a 'padyatra' against the state government, stating that he should "apologise to the people for his party's sins". "He should rechristen this yatra as 'Paschaatap Yatra'," said Badal.
Badal said the state government was looking into the so-called reinstatement and dismissal of former cop Gurmeet Singh Pinki. He said the law will take its own course in the matter.
Earlier, the chief minister laid the foundation stone of skill development centre and Sant Baba Bhag Singh Charitable hospital. He also inaugurated two new varsity blocks.