Punjab chief minister (CM) Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday sought Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi’s support in promoting the state’s industrial development to revive its economy and enable job creation for the unemployed youth.
At a meeting with the PM in New Delhi, Captain Amarinder also sought the Centre’s support for resolution of the agrarian crisis in Punjab.
He further requested the PM's intervention to settle the Rs.31000 Crore debt, resulting from the CCL legacy gap of Rs.12,500 Crore and the exorbitant interest of Rs.18,000 Crore imposed on it by the Centre.
The said debt would require Rs.3240 Crore to be spent every year on debt servicing for the next 20 years at the cost of the welfare schemes of the state, the CM said, urging that the entire matter be re-looked into and the burden be proportionately shared by all concerned agencies in a just and fair manner.
On the CBI investigation into cases of sacrilege and targeted killings of RSS, Hindu and Shiv Sena leaders, taking place in Punjab since January 2016, Capt Amarinder noted that despite their best efforts, the Central and state police and intelligence agencies had failed to make a breakthrough.
He requested that Central intelligence and investigation agencies be instructed to augment their efforts to trace these cases, especially in view of recent inputs indicating plans of militant and radical organisations and individuals to launch more such targeted attacks in Punjab.
Punjab was particularly vulnerable to proxy war and trans-border terrorism, narco-terrorism, and cross-border smuggling of drugs, weapons, explosives, as well as influx of fake Indian currency notes from across the border, Captain Amarinder warned, seeking central support for augmenting security measures in Punjab.