Captain Amarinder Singh (file photo)
CAPT AMARINDER LASHES OUT AT SAD FOR MISLEADING FARMERS ON LOAN WAIVER ISSUE
- QUESTIONS BADAL’S FAILURE TO EVEN ATTEND VIDHAN SABHA SESSION DURING SCHEME ANNOUNCEMENT
- WARNS AKALIS AGAINST PURSUING NEGATIVE AGENDA, SAYS PEOPLE WON’T TOLERATE IT
Chandigarh, October 22, 2017: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singhstrongly criticised Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for misleading the people over the government’s Rs. 9500 crore farm loan waiver scheme, which would benefit 10.25 lakh farmers in the state.
Lambasting SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal for playing with the sentiments of the people with fraudulent and baseless charges against the government, Captain Amarinder questioned the former chief minister over his failure to take any initiatives for the farmers and other sections of the society during his 10-year tenure, and now criticizing the steps being taken by his government for the welfare of the people.
Pointing out that his government had announced the loan waiver scheme in the Vidhan Sabha in June this year, Captain Amarinder noted that Badal failed to even turn up for the session. In fact, the Akalis did not have the patience to hear the government then on the issue, said the Chief Minister, adding that it was evident that they did not have a positive programme and were merely indulging in political gimmickry to boost their political interests.
Captain Amarinder warned the Akalis against pursuing a negative agenda, saying the people of Punjab were not willing to give them a long rope now and would not tolerate such ploys as they only wanted to live and progress in peace.
The Akalis were concerned only about promoting their own political and personal interests, as they had been doing all these years, at the cost of the development and progress of Punjab and its people, Captain Amarinder said.
Reacting strongly to the SAD core committee’s rejection of the government’s notification on farmers’ debt, the Chief Minister challenged Parkash Singh Badal and party president Sukhbir Singh Badal to prove even a single allegation made by them on the loan waiver issue. Having failed to take any step whatsoever for the welfare of the farmers during the decade of their rule, the Badals now had the audacity to demean the initiatives being taken by the Congress government despite the financial crisis inherited by the state from the erstwhile SAD-BJP government, said Captain Amarinder.
On the SAD allegation regarding closure of certain government schools, the Chief Minister noted that, once again, the party was misguiding the people by mutilating the truth. The fact was that the government had merely decided to merge 800 government schools with less than 20 students with adjoining schools situated within a kilometre of its radius.
Like on all other counts, the education system of the state had also been destroyed by the Akali-BJP combine during its tenure, with most institutions lying in shreds, the Chief Minister observed. From schools to colleges to technical institutions, everything was in a total mess, Captain Amarinder said, adding that his government was trying to bring the state’s education system back on the track.
The decision to merge certain schools would lead to better utilization of the teaching staff, which was in critical shortage, thanks to the ill-conceived policies of the Badals, he added, ruling out any possibility of the move affecting the lives of the students, said Captain Amarinder while hloding Badals responsible for damaging all institutions in the state for which they have been duly punished by the people.