Punjab seeks Rs 2,500 crore particular industrial package deal to develop border districts

Punjab seeks Rs 2,500 crore particular industrial package deal to develop border districts



PTI

New Delhi, November 25

Punjab Finance Minister Harpal Cheema on Friday sought a border-area particular industrial package deal of Rs 2,500 crore for the event of the state’s border districts, in addition to the decision of the Money Credit score Restrict subject consistent with suggestions of the fifteenth Finance Fee sub-committee.

Submitting a complete memorandum of calls for for the 2023-24 Union Price range in a gathering with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Cheema sought Rs 1,125 crore in budgetary assist for help to farmers quitting stubble burning, Rs 1,000 crore particular help for modernisation of the police drive and policing infrastructure in delicate border districts, Vande Bharat trains from the ‘holy metropolis’ of Amritsar to New Delhi and Bathinda to New Delhi, and a railway hyperlink between Rajpura and Chandigarh.

Through the pre-Price range assembly at Manekshaw Centre right here, Cheema mentioned Punjab, being a border state with a excessive stake in nationwide safety, wanted to be thought of as “particular instances”, together with different such areas in India, to draw traders and industries.

“A particular package deal of Rs 2,500 crore be offered to the state of Punjab for the event of the economic sector within the border districts of Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Firozpur, and Fazilka,” he mentioned on the assembly.

Cheema mentioned the budgetary assist would assist the state authorities arrange infrastructure for industrial hubs and parks, particularly specializing in the One District, One Product, and complement the promotion of exports. It will additionally assist present particular incentives or subsidies to traders for establishing their items in these districts.

Elevating the demand to extend the Money Credit score Restrict, Cheema mentioned the sub-committee notified by the fifteenth Finance Fee underneath the chairmanship of Dr Ramesh Chand had clearly in its report verified claims of the Punjab authorities amounting to Rs 6,155 crore.

He demanded early decision of the problem, consistent with the rightful claims of Punjab as acknowledged within the report, by offering reduction of Rs 6,155 crore from “this unsustainable debt burden”.

Demanding budgetary assist of Rs 1,125 crore for help to farmers quitting stubble burning, the Punjab finance minister mentioned the state authorities had already requested the Centre to assist and collaborate by offering Rs 1,500 per acre as compensation in lieu of the extra price to be incurred on the administration of paddy stubble.

He requested the Union Finance minister to think about the proposal on a precedence within the curiosity of the welfare of farmers and the residents of the NCR and demanded a assist of Rs 1,125 crore within the Union Price range.

Looking for a Rs 1,000-crore particular help for modernisation of the police drive and policing infrastructure within the delicate border districts, saying Punjab wanted to be geared up with the most recent tools and an ample and well-trained police drive to cope with the fixed threats because it shared a 550-km-long border with a “hostile neighbour”.

Cheema additionally sought Rs 160 crore in budgetary assist to deploy two battalions of police completely within the border districts that, he mentioned, would additionally ease the stress on the Border Safety Pressure.

He mentioned this second line of defence would allow Punjab Police in destroying “nefarious designs of anti-national components” and safeguard from threats emanating from narco-terrorism.

Demanding Vande Bharat trains from Amritsar to New Delhi and Bathinda to New Delhi in addition to organising of a railway hyperlink between Rajpura and Chandigarh, he mentioned the Punjab authorities would make obtainable the required land to put the tracks. He mentioned it might fulfil a long-pending demand of the folks of this area.  


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