Cong govt discriminating against region by not giving NOCs for AIIMS and stopping work on construction of irrigation channels – Sukhbir Badal
Tells police officials not to victimise Akali workers on orders of Cong leaders
Harsimrat Badal says now food grain procurement at risk after Punjab govt meeting with Niti Aayog
Jhunir(Mansa), navjeet, February 23 – Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the Congress government was discriminating against this region by delaying sanctions needed for start of work on the prestigious AIIMS project besides stopping work on construction of irrigation channels.
Addressing a massive public gathering here along with union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the SAD president said the AIIMS project in Bathinda had been delayed because the Congress government did not give the requisite NOC’s. He said similarly while most of the work on construction of irrigation channels worth around Rs 800 crore had been completed during SAD- BJP tenure, the leftover work had been stopped now.
He said this was not all. “Trade and commerce has been affected in the Bathinda parliamentary constituency due to enforcement of goonda tax in the name of Jojo Service Tax (JST). No action has been taken against those enforcing this tax despite a direct order from the chief minister”, he added.
The SAD president also told police officials not to victimise Akali workers at the instance of Congress leaders. He said false cases were registered against four Akali Sarpanches and even young boys were not being spared. He said those doing this should be ready for legal action against them.
Union food processing minister and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal while speaking on the occasion said the Congress government, which had already stopped all social benefits to the people be it old age pension or Shagun scheme, had now told the Niti Aayog that it wont procure the forthcoming wheat crop from farmers if it was not given Rs 1,000 crore immediately. Stating that the government was befooling people by stating that its treasury was empty, he said the government should tell where the money collected in the form of taxes as well as from excise, GST, power and registration charges had gone.
Mrs Badal said far from doing anything the Congress government was not even utilising money received from the centre under the NREGA scheme. She said the Congress government was not even taking advantage of the SAMPADA scheme of her ministry under which Rs 6,000 crore would be distributed to farmers to set up food processing units. She also announced setting up of an Indian Institute of food processing technology centre at Bathinda which trains students on how to add value to good produce. She said the trainees would get 35 per cent subsidy for establishing their own units and tie ups would be made so that they can market their produce.
Interacting with media persons later, Mrs Badal disclosed that she had held a successful meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday and enjoined him to link Toronto and Amritsar with an Air Canada flight. She said she had also taken up issue of the Canadian government and the SGPC celebrating the 550th anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji’s Parkash Purab jointly. She said she had also expressed regret at being unable to attend today’s luncheon meeting in honour of the Canadian PM today because she had to attend the party’s rally here.
Senior leader Balwinder Singh Bhundur highlighted the atrocities being committed by Congress leaders in league with the police against Akali workers. He said the SAD would not tolerate this and would protest vigorously against any injustice. Others who spoke on the occasion included MLA Dilraj Singh Bhundar.