Punjab & Region

Punjab be considered as security state, not just economic case for allocation of funds: Manpreet Badal

Manpreet Singh Badal
The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, November 16

Punjab, the sword-arm of India, has always been stood against external intrusions thus the border state must be considered as a security case, not just as an economic case at the time of budgetary allocation, besides giving special packages as given to its immediate neighboring states, urged the Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal during a virtual discussion with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to step up investment, infrastructure, and growth in the country.

While strongly recommending the case of Punjab for considering special packages to wean away from the agrarian state to industries, the Finance Minister apprised the union minister, the landlocked state also deserves special packages at par with its immediate neighboring states such as Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, and Uttarakhand, saying that biological chain of Punjab is very strong and its people are very hard working.

“Let not the geography of Punjab define its future as the state fought for the nation in 1947, 1962, 1965 and 1971, besides the ten years war against terrorism which sponsored by “our friends” across the border, added Badal. Punjab needs some nourishment from the Government of India as the state is facing new age challenges in the transition of agriculture, said the Finance Minister, while urging the Union Finance Minister to come out with some schemes like PLI which was given to industry so that Punjab can successfully migrate to other crops or animal husbandry from two crop pattern.