Punjab govt to announce package for farmers, labourers

Jalandhar/May 26
Punjab government will announce a comprehensive package for the welfare of farmers and labourers including farm labourers for which details are being worked out by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Announcing this, Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday said that after putting the Punjab on the fast track of development during last seven years, the SAD-BJP government is now focusing on micro development and category centric plans.
“During the last 20 days, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was evolving a most comprehensive package for agriculture sector and labour class and CM himself was fine tuning this package to make it most broad based,” Badal said, adding that Chief Minister would himself announce this package in next fortnight after tying up loose ends with different concerned departments.
Sukhbir Badal said that steps are being taken by state government to make Punjab a power surplus state by December as all the three thermal plants at Talwandi Sabo, Goindwal Sahib and at Rajpura will become operational. “Punjab has already chalked out a Rs 10000 crore comprehensive plan to strengthen power infrastructure in the state to fruitfully utilise additional generated power in 2014,” Sukhbir said.
He said that Powercom has been given a nod to setup 64 and 128 KV power stations and Chief Minister has already given his nod to setup Power Trading Corporation.
“The proposed Power Trading Corporation will be the most advanced online computerized power trading exchange that would be able to trade power online without wastage of single unit. In coming days, Punjab will be in position to sell power to other deficient states and if allowed to Pakistan and other neighbouring countries,” he said while assuring uninterrupted 8 hour power supply to farm sector for paddy sowing.