Chandigarh: Haryana Finance Minister Abhimanyu today said Haryana has left behind Punjab in terms of development with state making progress in every field.
“The state has created a distinct identity for itself in the fields of economics and politics, and has even left Punjab far behind in terms of development,” the Minister was speaking at the Swarna Jayanti Session of Haryana Assembly here.
He said that Haryana was unique in terms of its history and geography.
“The presence of mountain ranges, both new and the oldest in the world, and Saraswati river have given a unique identity to Haryana,” the minister said .
He also paid glowing tributes to the political leaders, farmers, labourers, soldiers, sportspersons, industrialists and traders who had made significant contributions throughout the 50-year journey of the state.
He said that his father had also been jailed along with many other people during the ‘Hindi Satyagraha’ movement on August 9, 1957.
He claimed that upon the inception of Haryana as a separate state, the officers of Punjab government had, said that Haryana officers should turn to Punjab when they did not receive their salaries.
However, today Haryana is ahead of Punjab in every field.
While the plan outlay of Haryana was Rs 26 crore at the time of reorganisation of Punjab, the plan outlay of Punjab stood at Rs 44 crore. Today, the plan outlay of Haryana and Punjab stand at Rs 24,871 crore and Rs 21,174 crore, respectively, the Finance minister said.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Haryana has increased from Rs 332 crore in 1966 to Rs 3,96,642 crore, and that of Punjab has increased from Rs 570.69 crore to Rs 3,31,940 crore during the same period.
Similarly, the per capita income in Haryana is Rs 1.32 lakh per person and in Punjab it is Rs 1,01,400 per person, he added. PTI
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