Badal slams UPA govt

Coming down heavily on the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal alleged it had always betrayed the state on every front.

Last Updated: Mar 19, 2011, 22:18 PM IST

Sri Anandpur Sahib: Coming down heavily
on the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, Punjab Chief
Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday alleged it had always
betrayed the state on every front.

"It has adopted an apathetic and discriminatory
attitude towards Punjab," he told a religious congregation on
the occasion of Holla Mohalla festival here, some 85-km from
Chandigarh.
Be it agriculture, industry, infrastructure
development and any other front, the UPA government had always
"betrayed" the state, Badal said.
Policies of the Union government were inimical to the
interest of Punjab, he said alleging it had devised stringent
parameters for eligibility of centrally-sponsored schemes and
grants.

Referring to farmers, he said the Centre was paying
only lip sympathy to them and had never bothered to make a
substantial hike in the Minimum Support Price in view of
increasing cost of agricultural inputs including diesel,
fertilisers and pesticides.

The Chief Minister favoured financial autonomy for
states for their overall development.

"There is need to establish a true federal structure
with more powers and financial automony for the states," he
said.

Badal said the existing system provided meagre
resources at the disposal of state governments.

This had virtually reduced the states to the level of
"dignified municipalities which had led to poverty, economic
backwardness and illiteracy in the country".

PTI