Manawala(Amritsar): Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday urged the Government of India to constitute a high level panel with representation of progressive farmers, agriculture experts and policy makers to revamp the sagging agrarian economy in the country and suggest ways and means to put it on the strong pedestal, which was the need of the hour otherwise the national economy on the whole would be in tatters.
Addressing the gathering here on the foundation laying ceremony of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM), the Chief Minister said that there was utter disappointment amongst the peasantry due to unviable agriculture policies of the successive Congress governments at centre, which forced them to give away this profession leaving them in lurch. He sought Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s immediate intervention to come out with a concrete policy to bring an end to the agrarian crisis forever. Badal hoped that the IIM would also prove to be a mentor for the state to rechristen its agriculture policies for the betterment of the farmers.
Lambasting the Congress for apathetic attitude towards Punjab, Badal said that Congress was ever inimical for the all round development of the state and prosperity of its people. He blamed the UPA led Congress government to ruin our state socially, economically and politically through its anti state policies. The Chief Minister enumerated the major initiatives taken by the state government for bringing Punjab at the new heights of glory in every sector. In his address, Jaitley termed the academic institutes like IIM, IIT and others as the engines of growth and prosperity in the country.
He said that Punjab was fortunate that during the two years span of Modi government holy city was given IIM and Ropar was allotted IIT, which would give major boost to the ongoing development of the state. Jaitley further said that such institutes provide much needed eco-system for the economic development of any region. He expressed concern over the dwindling farm income and its share in national GDP, with a mention that the need of the hour was to impart quality education and increase the share of industry in the national economy along with boosting agriculture.
In her address Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani lauded the stellar role of state government in imparting quality education to the students. She hoped that IIM Amritsar would be instrumental in giving impetus to education sector in the state. She also announced the scheme of consolidation of schools thereby attaching schools with deficit staff with those having full strength of faculty to impart proper education to pupils.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of state and state BJP chief Vijay Sampla said that during two years of NDA rule the country has witnessed revolutionary progress in every field. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal at Manawala in Amritsar district on Sunday.DP
A concrete policy to bring an end to the agrarian crisis forever
Industrial package exclusively for border districts if not possible for the entire state
A special financial package for the people of border districts
Special funds for the rejuvenation of Upper Bari Doab Canal (UBDC)
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