Chandigarh, July 24, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today asked the Congress government not to run away from discussing the burning issues of the State and asked Vidhan Sabha Speaker Rana K P Singh to hold a three week operative session so that peoples issues including increase in farm suicides, new phenomenon of suicides by educated youth, unbearable increase in power tariffs, discrimination against the poor by deletion of blue cards and denial of SC scholarship could be discussed threadbare to the satisfaction of Punjabis.
In a statement here, former ministers Bikram Singh Majithia and Parminder Singh Dhindsa said the announcement of a two day operative session by the State cabinet was akin to making a mockery of democracy.
“Though the assembly session has been announced officially from August 2 to 6, there are two holidays in between and the first day is reserved for obituaries. This means the effective session will be for two days only. We will protest against this in the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee and demand that the session be extended for a three week spell”, the Akali leaders said.
Both Mr Majithia and Mr Dhindsa said by announcing a two day session the State cabinet was riding roughshod over the aspirations of the common man who wanted all public issues to be discussed in the august house. “It seems the government is afraid that it will be exposed and will be held accountable for cheating the people by making promises which it did not fulfill.
The people want to know when the complete loan waiver scheme will be implemented. They are also keen to know the fate of the ‘ghar ghar naukari’ scheme as well as the Rs 2,500 per month unemployment allowance promised to the youth. This has already resulted in suicides by youth including the recent suicide by a highly educated UGC NET scholar”, they leaders said.
Stating that farm suicides had crossed the 1200 mark, the Akali leaders said suicide victims were also not getting the promised Rs 10 lakh compensation and government job promised to them. “Urgent steps also need to be taken to stop the new trend of suicides by youth and farm labourers”.
Mr Majithia said the common man had been burdened with an unbearable 25 per cent hike in power tariff in the last more than two years of Congress rule. “Besides this power supply is also erratic and farmers have suffered greatly on this account during the current paddy season”.
He said the party also wanted to discuss the mismanagement and failure of take advance steps to prevent breaches in the Ghaggar River which had caused widespread damage to standing crop and property.
Mr Dhindsa said the party also wanted to raise issue of discrimination against the poorer sections with blue cards being deleted at the whims and fancies of Congress leaders to deny ‘aata –daal’ facility to the poor.
“Similarly Congress leaders are misusing the MNREGA scheme and a scam in this regard has already been unearthed in Faridkot district”.
He said the SAD also wanted to raise the issue of denial of arrears to State employees, denial of power to landing cost of Rs 5 per unit to industrial units and discrimination against 27,000 contractual employees who were still not getting regularized despite the fact that the erstwhile SAD-BJP government had even moved a bill in this regard during its tenure.
The Akali leaders said all these issues needed time for discussion. “It is in the interest of Punjab and Punjabis that the Congress government extends the assembly session to three weeks”, they added.