Badal blames Congress Govt for "miserable" condition of poor

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Ludhiana, Sep 27 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today blamed the successive Congress Governments at the Centre for ''miserable'' condition of the poor in the country.

Mr Badal was addressing a largely attended political conference of Shiromani Akali Dal at ''Chhapar Mela'' held at Chhapar in this district today. The conference was dedicated to the centenary birth celebrations of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh.

He said the Congress had ruled the country for maximum period after Independence but the dreams of martyrs had been shattered.

''We must identify the reasons why the dreams of martyrs, who fought to establish a socialist democratic India after independence where everybody enjoyed equal opportunity to grow, have been shattered'', he said.

He said the Congress Governments at the Center had adopted the policy of divide and rule and centralised the powers.

Strongly advocating more powers to states, the Chief Minister said the states have to look towards the Centre for sanction of even petty schemes and funds for development and welfare programmes.

The Chief Minister also blamed the Congress Governments for bringing deterioration in the economic condition of farmers and pointed out that Punjab was deliberately excluded by the Centre while releasing financial assistance of Rs 15,000 crores to five states, where farmers committed suicides, giving the reason there was no report of any suicide from Punjab.

Unfolding the development and welfare plans of his Government, Mr Badal said that during a short period of six months, his government had formulated a comprehensive programme for the development and improvement of basic facilities in the state.

He said his government had accorded top priority to enhance the power production and new projects with 6000 MW capacity were being executed during the coming three years. The Chief Minister said that his government had also decided to provide quality education free of cost to the poor students and one Adarsh School was being set up in each school equipped with modern facilities. Besides three high/higher secondary schools in each constituencies were being modernized and vacant posts of 17,000 teachers were being filled shortly.

Mr Badal said that under the Rs 1280 crore World Bank Project water supply, sewerage and sanitation schemes were being implemented in villages facing the drinking water problems.

Reiterating his commitment to provide corruption free efficient governance, he said that no corrupt official would be spared and sought cooperation of people to bring the corrupt to book.

He asserted that his government was committed to the welfare of Scheduled Castes and poor people and the subsidized Atta-Dal scheme, benefiting 14 lakh poor people, had already been launched.

The Chief Minister announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for development and upgradation of Govternment High School in the village to 10+2 level.

On this occasion, the District Akal Jatha presented portraits of Shaheed Bhagat Singh to the Chief Minister.

UNI

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