Taking a dig at Union Government on three farm laws, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Saturday asserted that the Prime Minister did nothing extraordinary by withdrawing the black laws.
Mr Channi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi did nothing extraordinary by withdrawing the black laws since this was deliberately much delayed. He said farmers’ suffered a lot during the agitation and also lost their lives for a genuine cause. He also warned the people to remain vigilant from the nefarious designs of these parties.
He announced that all issues related to Punjab would be addressed one-by-one with Punjab Government’s next target being ‘cable network’ as action in this regard would be visible soon.
The Chief Minister said drugs and sacrilege cases were also being taken on priority so that the real culprits could be unmasked and brought to book soon.
Lashing out at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and SAD-BJP alliance for befooling people on power issues, Mr Channi said these parties misled Punjabis with false promises. He said AAP’s announcement on providing free power was a blatant lie while the SAD was purchasing power at Rs 17.38 per whereas the incumbent Punjab Government is procuring power at Rs 2.38 to ensure cheaper and quality power supply for consumers.
He said the previous SAD-BJP Government was causing huge loss to state exchequer to the tune of Rs 1700 crore per annum under the garb of PPAs and solar power agreements, which were scrapped by the present government in larger public interest.
Beside cable network, the sacrilege cases are being taken up on top priority, said the Chief Minister, adding that shortly a concrete action would be initiated so that relief could be provided to common masses as well as to nab real culprits.
Reiterating his firm resolve of welfare initiatives and schemes, Mr Channi said Punjab Government had taken several pro-people steps in significant sectors especially power, making hassle free availability of sand and gravel at affordable rates, reducing petrol and diesel prices, slashing power tariff by Rs 3 per unit.
Making announcements to further boost infrastructure in Beas, Baba Bakala and adjoining areas, he said an ITI is coming up at Beas at a cost of Rs 10 crore as the construction would be started shortly. He also announced Rs 10 crore for panchayats of the assembly segment and Rs 5 crore for Nagar Panchayat Baba Bakala for development works.
Mr Channi announced Rs two crore for developments works for Rayya besides asking Deputy Commissioner Amritsar to prepare a detailed proposal regarding four lane road connectivity from Rayya to Dera Baba Nanak with reasonable rate of land against acquisition. The sheds for Baba Bakala and Sathiala Mandis have also been announced besides giving nod to 10 km long road stretches in the area and a stadium at a suitable place.
He also listed several landmark decisions including nearly Rs 1500 crore waiver of electricity bills arrears of consumers having load of 2KW, slashing power tariff to Rs 3 per unit etc.