August 27, 2013 admin


 Midda (Sri Muktsar Sahib), August 27

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today asked the Planning

Commission of India (PCI) to send a team for assessing the loss caused

in the state due to the floods besides suggesting measures to avert

such natural tragedies in future.

Talking to the media persons after visiting nine flood affected

villages of Sri Muktsar Sahib district here today on the last leg of

his four days tour in flooded parts of state, the Chief Minister said

that the disaster caused by the floods was a national disaster and it

was the responsibility of entire nation to bail the people out in this

hour of crisis. He said that the Centre must dispatch a high level

team of PCI to tour the flood ravaged regions of the state and suggest

about the precautionary measures to avoid such situation in the

future. Mr. Badal said that he would soon take up this matter with the

top brass of the PCI so that a timely action could be taken on the


Likewise the Chief Minister also said that the state government would

also raise the issue of enhancing the amount of relief to the flood

victims with the Finance Commission of India, to assure adequate

compensation to the flood victims. He pointed out that the relief

given to the flood victims was too inadequate to help them in this

critical situation so the need of the hour was to revise it rationally

so that the losses of the people could be minimized. Mr. Badal said

that the state government would take every possible step to ensure

that maximum compensation was awarded to the farmers and the people so

that a helping hand could be extended to them.

The Chief Minister reiterated that on its part the state government

had already ordered to defer the recovery of crop loans of the

Co-operative societies thereby converting the short term crop loans of

farmers into medium term crop loans in order to ease out pressure of

repayment on them.  Mr. Badal said that he had even asked the officers

to recover the loans in easy installments to relieve the farmers of

enormous financial burden on account of repayment.

Replying to another query, the Chief Minister categorically said that

there was no plan of the government to mortgage the property of the

state for fetching the funds to manage its day-to-day affairs.

Describing the media reports to this effect by our opponents as

absolute canards and baseless, he said that nothing in this regard has

been so far initiated. Mr. Badal categorically said that the financial

position of the state was sound enough to meet its fiscal obligations

and the malicious propaganda made by Congress regarding it was


Later on the Chief Minister accompanied by Lok Sabha MP Mr. Sher Singh

Ghubaya, MLA Malout Mr. Harpreet Singh, Financial Commissioner Revenue

Mr. NS Kang, his Principal Secretary Mr. SK Sandhu and Principal

Secretary Irrigation Mr. Sarvesh Kaushal visited the flood relief camp

at Bamm village. During his interaction with the victims of the flood

affected areas, he assured that no stone would be left unturned by the

state government to help them in this peculiar situation. Mr. Badal

said that the state government was duty bound to help the victims of

this natural tragedy adding that efforts for their relief and

rehabilitation were being made on war footing.

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