Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in the settlement of Rs 31,000 crore food accounts for procurement of wheat and paddy, which he said was wrongly taken over by the erstwhile state government instead of being adjusted between state and central governments.
The Rs 31,000 crore included Rs 12000 crore principal and Rs 19000 crore interest, the Chief Minister said, pointing out that the sum was on account of non-adjustment of accounts for procurement done by state agencies for FCI from 2003-2004 onwards.
The Chief Minister also reiterated his demand for a special package for development of the border areas of Punjab, which he had been pushing in view of the state having an active international border with several thickly populated areas located close to it.
Taking up the issue of problems of farmers, the Chief Minister reiterated his request for a National Debt Waiver Scheme, besides making the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna 100% centrally funded, it said.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister also demanded procurement of alternate crops such as Maize, Pulses, and Oilseeds by central agencies.
Seeking early clearance of Shahpur Kandi Project on Ravi river which was being taken up as a project of National Importance on 90:10 funding pattern, the Chief Minister said it would help utilise waters of the river more effectively and improve the efficiency of Ranjit Sagar Dam.
The Punjab Government has signed an agreement with Jammu & Kashmir but the revised estimate was pending with Government of India for approval, he informed the Prime Minister, the release said.
Source: Money Control