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Growth rate of Punjab falsifies Amarinder's accusations on development: Sukhbir Badal

Growth rate of Punjab falsifies Amarinder's accusations on development: Sukhbir Badal

Punjab Newsline Network

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

THIKRIWALA(Barnala): Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab Wednesday said that 8.8% growth of Punjab against the national average of 7.4% as calculated by Central Statistical Organization (CSO) has falsified the questions raised by former Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh regarding tempo of development in Punjab.

Badal was speaking to the media persons before paying tributes to Shaheed Sewa Singh Thikriwala, a proponent of Prajamandal movement who died due to torture in the prison of Maharaja Patiala, 77 years ago while demanding democratic rights for the citizens. Mr. Badal said that after the release of growth figures by CSO, a central government organization, Amarinder must apologize to the Punjabis for deliberately misleading them. He said that it was noteworthy that Punjab has registered 17.9%

Sukhbir Badal pays homage to Sewa Singh Thikriwala


Sukhbir Badal pays homage to Sewa Singh Thikriwalarate in industrial sector,

despite being surrounded by hill states enjoying tax holidays and sops. When asked about Amarinder's comment regarding "government running on debt", Badal said that Amarinder does not know economics and he was trying to distract public attention from record revenue growth of SAD BJP Government that is about to clock Rs. 14000 crore mark by March 2012 against Rs.5100 crore meager collection left by Amarinder.

Describing Amarinder and Congress leaders as poll season leaders Badal said that these leaders show their face only during election year and go into four year hibernation immediately after elections. Asked about NRI summit, Mr. Badal said that the basic purpose of meeting NRIs was to solve their problems besides to educate them regarding new governance reforms, about to change the working of administration of Punjab. He said that State Government through a new cell was about to tighten the noose around the neck of those NRI bridegrooms who have deserted their wives besides also against those travel agents who were fleecing the Punjabi youths by sending them abroad without any proper documents.

Addressing the people on this occasion Badal said that Sewa Singh Thikriwala was the first proponent of democracy who raised the voice against the dictatorial practices of Maharaja of Patiala who got terrified from the Prajamandal movement and jailed him on petty theft charge. He said that Maharaja of Patiala was so afraid of Thikriwala's influence that he tortured him to death in the prison. Mr. Badal said that flame of democracy lit by Sewa Singh Thikriwala became into full fledged revolution and India got independence 12 years later and 'Royal Kingdom of Patiala' was consigned to the pages of history only. He said that Sewa Singh Thikriwala fought for the rights of common man and Shiromani Akali Dal was moving on his footsteps whereas Congress party in collaboration with multinational companies was all set to crush common man. He said that it was Akali Dal that had started all pro poor schemes including Shagun Scheme, Free Power to farmers, and Free 200 unit's power to poor, besides setting up of focal points. Badal said that Punjab Government would soon recruit 10000 teachers after getting clearance from High Court.

Announcing a slew of projects for village Thikriwala Mr. Badal said that cheque of Rs. 1 crore announced by Chief Minister would reach Deputy Commissioner within 10 days for the development of this village. He also announced setting up of a Degree College in village Thikriwala and said that Government would try that this College should start functioning from this academic year.

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