The former chief minister and senior Congress leader, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, has accused the Parkash Singh Badal government of indulging in reckless expenditure, which, she says, has crippled the financial capabilities of the state.
By doing so, the government has also stalled the modernisation of the state police as the central government has refused to release the grant of Rs 100 crore for its modernisation, the Congress leader alleged.
Bhattal was at Lehragaga on Wednesday to review the party's preparations for the municipal committee elections and to meet party leaders of her assembly constituency.
She said that the Centre has sought a physical inspection report regarding the utilisation funds released to modernise the state police and this raises serious questions about the present regime's reckless spending and diversion of central funds.
She said that the utilisation certificate submitted by the state police has invited strong objections from the Centre.
Not only this, the state finance department's showing zero utilisation of the central grants for the police is a matter of great concern, she said, adding that the state government should clarify where the money has gone or has it been diverted to some other sector.
She said there is a pressing need for the modernisation of the state police keeping in view security needs of the state.
Bhattal said that the expansion of the state's premier police training academy at Phillaur has been adversely impacted for want of funds. Similarly, construction of buildings at both the Special Security Group (SSG) and Intelligence centre (ITNT) near Banur has been abruptly stopped due to the shortage of funds, she added.
The senior Congress leader said that deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal had also talked of modernising the state police and equipping all highways with security cameras after the release of the grant.
She said the Badal government has become a government of 'false promises' as it has failed to deliver due to which the people of the state have lost faith in it.