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Cong has gone back on its loan waiver promise to farmers: Sukhbir Badal
23.03.17 - TEAM PT
Cong has gone back on its loan waiver promise to farmers: Sukhbir Badal



Sukhbir Singh Badal today said it was unfortunate that the Congress had gone back on its promise for a complete loan waiver for Punjab farmers within one week of government formation. 
 
Talking to newsmen after paying homage to the great martyr Bhagat Singh on his death anniversary here after addressing a public meeting, the SAD president said the Punjab Congress should not have got forms filled from farmers if it did not have any intention of waiving off their loans. "Now we are learning that new chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh has met the Prime Minister and requested for a loan waiver. This is exactly what we were striving for also. If the Punjab Congress had to request the PM for a loan waiver why did it deceive the people and lead them on to believe that the waiver would be done by the party if it was returned to power?". 
 
Badal said it was also unfortunate that all development works had halted after the Congress government took over the reins of the State. He said even sewerage work in towns, which was utmost needed, had been stopped. "This is not a good start. They should have increased the scope of development instead of putting a halt on all ongoing development works", he added. 
 
Badal said there was no chance of replication of the development done during SAD rule during the tenure of the Congress government. He said the same Captain was chief minister earlier during 2002-07. "Do you remember a single work done by him then. I asked this in the Vidhan Sabha also. Former legislature party leader Charanjit Chhanni, who is a minister now, had stated that the single most important achievement of the Congress government was laying of patchwork on roads". 
 
He said in direct contrast what was done by the SAD- BJP government was before the people. "You have witnessed an end to power cuts during our government. The state became power surplus. Road projects worth Rs 23,000 crore were initiated". 
 
Stating that everything would come out before the people, he said it was unfortunate that development had lost out to propaganda in the assembly elections. Urging the party cadre to remain united, he said they should keep working for people's issues and causes.




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How Does One Live Without Adequate Income? Asks Captain
23.03.17 - team pt
How Does One Live Without Adequate Income? Asks Captain



Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has quashed repots of any controversy over the issue of Navjot Singh Sidhu’s participation in TV shows after taking over as Minister in his cabinet.
 
Captain Amarinder Singh said in a TV interview that he personally felt Sidhu should be allowed to make his living by continuing to earn through TV shows, if that was his main source of income.
 
"How does one live without adequate income?” asked Captain Amarinder Singh, adding, "Do they (those opposing his TV shows) want to make Ministers corrupt (by stopping them from earning their livelihood)?”
 
While he did not know the legal position in the matter, and would wait for the state Advocate General’s report, the Chief Minister said he did not personally think there was any conflict of interest, as stated by the Attorney General of India in a TV interview.
 
Captain Amarinder Singh had earlier said he had no objection to Sidhu continuing to appear on television but would change his Culture portfolio if that was in conflict with his TV shows.




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Punjab cabinet to be expanded before Budget session
23.03.17 - team pt
Punjab cabinet to be expanded before Budget session



Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday indicated the first expansion of his cabinet before the state’s budget session, slated to be held in June.
 
In a TV interview to a TV channel, Captain Amarinder said Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had given him full freedom in choosing the council of ministers, and he had identified seniority, experience and regional parity as the main criteria in the selection process.
 
The Chief Minister said he would ensure that all regions are given due representation in the state cabinet to enable the holistic progress of the state, with no region left out from the development process.
 
The Cabinet expansion will be undertaken before the presentation of the budget for fiscal 2017-18, said Captain Amarinder Singh, pointing out that the government would only be going in for vote-on-account later this week. The maiden session of the newly constituted state assembly is scheduled to commence on Friday.
 
The Chief Minister said experience and professionalism would be given due importance in all government appointments, including the appointment of bureaucrats and other officials.
 
He said his government had decided to continue with DGP Suresh Arora as he was a professional man, and the Chief Secretary was changed because of his close proximity to the previous regime.




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CM to ask Aruna to check husband’s interference
23.03.17 - TEAM PT
CM to ask Aruna to check husband’s interference



PUNJAB CHIEF Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has said he would talk to Minister of State Aruna Chaudhary on the reported interference of her husband in her official functioning.
 
In response to a question during a television interview, the Chief Minister agreed that such behavior was not proper and could not be condoned.
 
Captain Amarinder said he would personally speak with Aruna, who handles Higher Education and School Education in the newly constituted council of ministers. He said he was sure the Minister would be able to control any such interference in the future.
 
The question related to media reports indicating that Aruna’s husband had chaired meetings and had been handling other office work along with her since she took over the education portfolio in the Punjab Secretariat.
 
Pic: Ashok Chaudhary, husband of Aruna Chaudhary (seen with cellphone in her hand) seated on a chair next to his minister wife at the civil secretariat Wednesday.




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Capt. Amarinder meets President Mukherjee
22.03.17 - TEAM PT
Capt. Amarinder meets President Mukherjee



Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh called upon President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Wednesday evening. An official spokesperson described it as a courtesy call.
 
Captain Amarinder met the President for the first time on Wednesday after being elected Chief Minister following the decisive victory of the Congress in the Punjab assembly elections.

 

It was a brief meeting during which the President congratulated Captain Amarinder for being elected with an impressive mandate.




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