North Gazette New/Sri Muktsar Sahib
Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal on Saturday lauded the decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to replace Planning Commission with NITI (National Institution for Transforming India).
Terming the decision as historic, Badal said that the NITI Ayog would implement ‘Real Federal Structure’ in the country.
The Chief Minister said that this unprecedented step would ensure more participation of the states in the policy making framework. He bemoaned that the Chief Ministers of the various states, who were better connected at the grass root level, were hitherto ignored while framing the policies at national level.
However, Badal said that with the formation of NITI Aayog the Chief Ministers would have more involvement in the planning process, which would give boost to the overall development of country and prosperity of its people.
Slamming the Congress party for excessive centralization of powers, the Chief Minister said that during the tenure of successive Congress governments at the centre, the states had hardly any say in policy formulation, which resulted in lop sided development of the country.
Citing an example, Badal said that the top brass of erstwhile PCI was not even aware of the problem of water logging then how could they allocate required funds for mitigating the woes of people residing in these areas. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi deserves applause for taking this visionary decision, which will transform the destiny of countrymen” he added.
Asked to comment on the recent Ordinance brought by the Union government on land acquisition, the Chief Minister said that paramount importance must be given for safeguarding the interests of the farmers at any cost adding that the developmental works initiated by the government for the welfare of people should also not get affected due to any reason. Badal also batted for adequate compensation to the farmers whose land was being acquired.