Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal on Wednesday said that overturning a massive debt of Rs 3.5 lakh crore was not a matter of a few days or even months, but said that the Congress government, led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, was making strenuous efforts to bring the state’s financial health back on track.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion of historical Chhapar mela here on Wednesday, Manpreet asked the people to give some time to the Congress government so as to bring the state back on track economically and then initiate the process for planned and sustained development of the state. The minister alleged that the SAD-BJP indulged in gross misuse of the public money which saw the state reeling under grave economic crisis at the time of Congress assuming power.On the occasion, Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot said that the people of Punjab especially Congress workers have contributed a lot to rid Punjab of the SAD-BJP rule. He emphatically said that SAD-BJP alliance is past now and the people of Punjab would not even dream of that period of misrule again. He exhorted the people to whole-heartedly contribute towards the prosperity of Punjab.Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Sunil Jakhar in his address said that the Congress party would pay back the gratitude of every single vote by the people of Punjab. He divulged that the SAD-BJP alliance is misleading the farmers on the issue of debt waiver but the truth is that the debt of the farmers would be waived off completely very soon. He further added that had the previous regime given a thought to eradicate the debt of farmers and strengthen the state economically, the farming community of the state would have been prosperous today and contributing doubly in the development of the state.
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