Punjab & Region

Punjab govt will present balanced budget in line with people’s expectations: Harpal Cheema

SAS Nagar, May 12

 “This is happening for the first time in the history of Punjab when an elected government is going to the people before presenting the general budget and asking them for their suggestions regarding the budget. The Aam Aadmi Party government will present a comprehensive budget in line with the expectations of the people which will provide balanced budgetary allocations for the holistic development of industry, education, health and rural development as well as other sectors.”

It was disclosed by Harpal Singh Cheema Finance, Planning, Programme Implementation, Excise and Taxation and Corporation Minister, Punjab while addressing a meeting held at the district administrative complex SAS Nagar to solicit suggestions from industrialists, traders and education experts for the public budget 2022-23.

Cheema said that Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann had promised the people that the budget of Punjab would be presented as per their wishes and expectations.  He said that in this regard he has visited various parts of Punjab and collected suggestions from the industrialists and traders. Cheema said that previous governments did not formulate any concrete policy for the development of Punjab due to their narrow political and personal interests due to which Punjab was constantly ruined and millions of crores of debt fell on Punjabis. He said that before 1987, Punjab had a surplus budget but due to the misguided, anti-people policies of the government since 1992, Punjab went into huge debt.  He said that presently the government has a debt of over Rs. 3 lakh crore.  The situation has become such that now the Punjab government has to take a loan to repay the loan. He said that due to the genocidal policies of previous governments Punjab’s industry was ruined and it had migrated to other neighboring states.  The youth of Punjab is suffering from unemployment and is fleeing abroad in search of employment.