New Delhi – Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to constitute a committee of the Union Government and some Chief Ministers to formulate a blueprint of a national debt waiver scheme for farmers in consultation with states. While underlining the importance of the Swaminathan Committee report to be accepted in totality, the Chief Minister, who was addressing a meeting of the NITI Aayog here, said the Governing Council should consider the issue of agricultural loan waiver at the national level, on priority.Stressing the need for greater empowerment of the states by the central government, in the spirit of cooperative federalism, the Chief Minister reiterated his government’s request for central assistance to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev and the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar next year, in a befitting manner. Pointing out that the nation was also observing the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Captain Amarinder said 2019 was a historic year for the entire nation, and called for collective efforts to ensure that the various commemorative events are celebrated in the spirit they deserve.The Chief Minister pushed for special one-time infrastructure development package for Border Areas for Punjab, which has an active International Border with thickly populated border districts. Lamenting that the criteria for allocation of funds under Border Areas Development Programme remained unfavourable to Punjab, he also called for acquisition of lands that lie beyond the border fence by the Government of India, along with incentives for industry in the border area.
For more news updates Follow and Like us on Facebook