Anguished Badal asks govt to resume Shagun and pension Scheme. Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said here on Wednesday that development and welfare measures in Punjab had come to a complete standstill since the formation of the Congress government in the State. Badal said that he has been particularly stunned and deeply anguished to learn that the Congress government in Punjab had virtually shelved the Shagun scheme, the old age and disability pensions as well as pensions for the widows as not a single penny has been paid to the intended beneficiaries since the formation of the Congress government in the state.“In nearly nine months of utter non-performances of this government, people of the state have received nothing except slogans, speeches, accusations and excuses. This govt has brought rural development to a screeching halt, withdrawing even the funds sanctioned for the purpose. Nor have they started any other development project in the state. They are not honoring even routine commitments of any government to its citizens including their own employees. And they are backing out of honoring even the existing commitments to the farmers, the Dalit and other poor, needy and deserving sections of society, including old age and disability and widow pensioners, backing out on even scholarships to SC students.On top of it, they have lost grip on the law and order situation, which is the most “E’s aspect of their non-performance so far,” said the former chief minister. Referring to the government not honoring even its routine commitments to different sections of society, Badal said, “The Congress has stabbed 20 lakh pensioners in Punjab in the back as all old age and disability pensions as well as pension for widows have been stopped. They have not paid even a single penny to pensioners since the formation of the new govt nearly nine months ago,” he added.
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