The Centre’s discriminatory and step motherly attitude towards Punjab is badly affecting development of the state, said Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal while addressing press conference in Muktsar today.
Badal said that the central government has not meted out justice in disbursements of grants despite the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is at helms of affairs at centre being the son of soil. “Unending saga of discrimination and step motherly treatment against Punjab and its peasantry is a deliberate attempt to demoralize the state. There is hardly any positive outcome from the side of Union government in allocation of funds and schemes to the state due to which its development had been badly hit,” Badal said.
Badal said that he raised the issue with the top brass of the centre many a times but without any results. The Union government frames policies with riders to deliberately exclude Punjab from ambit of the central schemes. “The apathy of the Union government towards Punjab could be well judged from the fact that the industry of the state has been ruined due to the incentives given to our neighboring states and now due to the exorbitant hike in the agricultural inputs the distressed farmers of the state are today reeling under a whopping debt of Rs 32000 crore,” said Badal.
Badal further stated that the Union government was hardly bothered about preserving the food grains produced by farmers after putting in lot of toil and they are responsible for the rotting of food grains. The central government has not been able to store the food grains properly nor has framed policy on freight arrangements.
He added that the states should be given at least 50% share in taxes collected from them so as to make their dependence on centre minimal. The allocation of funds should be made on the sole criteria of growth and not merely on the whims and fancies of centre, so as to encourage the states to perform well.