Chandigarh/New Delhi: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday called on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought his personal intervention for early resolution of issues pertaining to procurement of grains, especially the Cash Credit Limit (CCL). The Chief Minister, who met Modi at his official residence in the evening, apprised the latter about the problems being faced by the states who carry on the gigantic procurement operations on behalf of the Government of India (GoI), thereby contributing immensely to the national food security.
Badal apprised the Prime Minister that the states were facing large number of problems due to huge gap between the cost incurred by states in this regard and reimbursement made by the central agencies. Acceding to demand made by the Chief Minister, Modi, as learnt, constituted a high-level committee comprising officers of both the state and centre government to resolve these issues at the earliest. Earlier in the afternoon, Badal met the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and urged him to put in place a permanent mechanism for reimbursing the entire expenditure meted out by a state in procuring the food grains for the country.
Interacting with the mediapersons after having a meeting with the Union Finance Minister at his office, the Chief Minister reiterated the demand of state government to effectively seal the borders of state for checking infiltration in the state. He said that Punjab being a border state was on high risk due to porous borders adding that vigilance on border should be intensified to avoid incidents like Pathankot and Dina Nagar terror attacks. Badal also said that Government of India (GoI) must generously allocate funds for modernization of state police force.
Taking strong exception on branding of Punjabis as drug addicts, the Chief Minister said that though not even a single ounce of drug was produced in the state but still then some forces inimical to the state were hell bent upon labelling Punjabis as drug addicts. He said that as Punjab was on transit route of drug-smuggling so it was fighting nation’s war against drugs.
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