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Amid slow economic pace, govt on ‘course correction’

Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 17 Punjab has managed to earn just 66 per cent of the target income in the ongoing financial year. As the state’s income was low, so was the expenditure. The state has spent just 51 per cent of its target. As state Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal gets ready to present his Budget proposals for 2018-19, he will not have a good report card to table in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha. Almost all sectors of the economy — agriculture, manufacturing and services — have seen a slowdown. The rollout of the Goods and Services Tax has taken its toll on the state’s finances as well as the economy, with sales not picking up as expected, thus giving much less than the expected State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) collections. L...

Govt releases Rs 690 cr for welfare schemes

Chandigarh, March 17 Acting on the directives of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, the state government has released Rs 690.96 crore under various welfare schemes, including pension payments, compensation to farmers against crop damage, retirement benefits and medical reimbursement. Capt Amarinder had directed all departments to create resources for welfare schemes through prudent fiscal management so that the beneficiaries, constituting the most deprived sections of the society, do not face any hardships. The CM was of the view that these people had suffered enough for 10 years under the SAD-BJP rule, and it was the Congress government’s responsibility to provide them some succor, said an official spokesperson, giving details of the disbursements. The spokesperson said retirem...

Govt has failed on all fronts: BJP ‘report card’

Ravi S Singh Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 16 The Punjab BJP today released a “report card” of one-year tenure of the Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in the state saying it has been a complete failure. It announced to launch a statewide campaign against it from Jalandhar on March 18 with the slogan “Bajao dhol, kholo pol”. Releasing the report card, state party president Vijay Sampla said the government had failed on three vital parameters — “governance, fulfilment of promises and new initiatives for social welfare”. He said corruption had become rampant and none of the electoral promises was fulfilled. The government had been apathetic to the farmers, whom it had promised of waiving all loans. As many as 430 farmers committed suicide in the past one year. He said the

Hours before split, AAP-LIP ‘chargesheet’ against govt

Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 16 Leader of the Opposition Sukhpal Khaira said here today that at least 374 farmers and farm labourers had committed suicide since the Capt Amarinder Singh government took over a year ago. This fact belies the Congress’ pre-poll promise of writing off debt of all affected farmers, Khaira said at a press conference jointly organised by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) leaders. The two parties released a ‘chargesheet’ against the Congress government, hours before the LIP decided to withdraw support to AAP. The government has waived only 0.33 per cent (Rs 332.16 crore) of the debt of Rs 1 lakh crore, Khaira added. On the drug menace, Khaira said the situation was the same as during the SAD-BJP rule despite Capt Amarind...

Now, Cong MP takes on govt over ‘failed’ promises

Tribune News Service Ropar, March 15 After facing criticism from the Opposition over its alleged failures, the Congress government today came under fire from its own veteran leader and party’s Rajya Sabha member Shamsher Singh Dullo. The leader was here to pay tributes to Dalit leader and BSP founder Kanshi Ram. He alleged that land, sand and transport mafias had been flourishing in the state as was the case during the SAD-BJP regime. He said the party failed to check the plunder of state’s resources by the mafia. It would be difficult for the party to satisfy its voters over these issues during the forthcoming parliamentary elections, he said. He said the Congress had promised to put the mafia men behind bars after forming the government, but nothing was done to expose these ...

Teachers to protest govt proposal on pay cut

Sangrur: The Punjab Joint Front of Teachers organised a rally at the local Naina Devi temple and then staged a protest in front of the DC’s office. They announced to organise a state-level rally on March 25 at Ludhiana against the state government’s direction to them to work on basic pay for three years if they want their services regularised. They submitted a memorandum to DC Sangrur -- to be forwarded to the CM -- and said they would not join work on basic pay. TNS The Tribune