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Opinion Punjab To Conduct Special Survey For Villages Affected By Uranium: Sukhbir Singh


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
MOGA: The Punjab Government has decided to conduct a special statewide survey to identify villages/tracts affected by the problem of Uranium.Talking to media persons Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister at village Rajeana after holding Sangat Darshan for 53 Panchayats and dedicating to the state two water works and one 66KV Power Sub-Station with a combined cost of Rs 5.25 crore.

Water supply and sanitation department was engaging the services of BARC to engage one agency to conduct the survey and Punjab government is installing RO systems in all affected villages to provide problem free potable water to the residents. He said that 100 ROs have already been installed in Moga district and more 2600 ROs would be operational by the end of September.

Reacting to the opposition of congress to laying of sewage pipelines in urban areas and mandis, Badal said that all sewerage lines are being laid as technically certified by the carrying capacity of that area. Describing congress as seasonal party that hibernates for four years and starts creating voices at the time of election, Badal said that party that has never focused on development agenda was feeling perplexed by accelerated development of the state. He said that no opposition for the sake of political opportunism was acceptable to the people of Punjab.

When asked about the Corporation status for Moga, Badal said that it was under active process of the state government. He said that the issue of diversion of river Ravi by the Pakistan, washing away thousands of acres of fertile land of Gurdaspur districts, has been reffered to Union government and it was for them to pressurize Pakistan on this issue. He rubbished the reports of vendetta politics against congress leadership and challenged them to come out with a list, who have suffered due to alleged vendetta politics of SAD-BJP government.

He said that yesterday’s order for constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe stashing of Black Money in Swiss and other foreign banks, was reflection of lack of faith of Apex Court in the sincerity of Congress led UPA Government in tackling this issue. Badal said that Congress led UPA government was dragging its feet to make public the names of account holders of Swiss Banks and now the Apex Court was forced to constitute a SIT to probe this whole nexus.

He said that this government after multi lakh crores scams was paranoid to make public the names of Indians having accounts abroad as most of the Congress leaders have stashed their ill-gotten money from these scams in these accounts. He said that National Democratic Alliance (NDA) from day one had been seeking declaration of Black Money stashed in foreign banks as government money but Congress Party to save the skin of its top leadership was resisting this issue.

He said that this ruling of Apex Court was clear indictment of Congress led UPA government that has looted the nation in series of scams. When asked about the list of 51 projects claimed by Captain Amarinder Singh, Badal said that Captain Amarinder Singh’s press statement though started with claim of 51 projects but exhausted after listing 19 fictitious claims. Perhaps Captain does not know counting beyond the figure 19, Badal quipped. The Deputy Chief Minister said that he was happy that Captain as himself exposed his zero performance by listing out fictitious projects.

On asking about wall being constructed by Haryana Government on the left bank of Hansi-Butana, Badal said that Congress party was out to finish Punjab. He said that it was the Congress Party that constructed SYL Canal to rob its precious water and now it was Haryana Congress Government at the behest of Congress High Command that was constructing this artificial barrier to drawn Punjab in the floods.

He said that Shiromani Akali Dal had been struggling to protect the water rights of Punjab from the day one and would not allow the nefarious design of Congress party to succeed again. He said that SAD-BJP government was availing legal as well as political avenues available to it to stall work on this wall. He said that Captain Amarinder Singh instead of issuing public statements on this issue should pressurize Prime Minister and Haryana chief minister to stop this anti-Punjab wall.

When asked about bandh called by SAD-BJP against hike in petroleum prices, Badal said that the massive response to the bandh has shown to the country that people of the nation would not take this repeated hikes in petroleum prices lying down. He said that SAD-BJP government had been demanding a transparent price fixation formula, linking of MSP with price index but Congress party was out to help multi-national oil companies, robbing the pockets of ordinary citizens.

He said that there was no justification of 11 price hikes of petroleum products during last 9 months whereas crude in the international market was touching record low of $90. He questioned the rationale of Union Government in asking the states to reduce tax on oil products at the time when center government was taking lion share of 70% from taxes collected from the state, leaving Punjab with meager share of 1.31%.

When asked about Captain Amarinder Singh’s statement on ’84 riots, Badal said that Amarinder by shading crocodile tears cannot get justice to over 7000 Sikh families, who were slaughtered by Congress goons on the streets of National Capital. He said that if Amarinder was sincere he should depose against Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar in the Court and asked Sonia Gandhi to expel these leaders from the party. He said that every Sikh was clear about one fact that till congress party was controlling the strings of power, no Sikh can get justice.

Prominent amongst those who were present on the occasion included Faridkot MP Paramjit Kaur Gulshan, Former Education Minister Jathedar Tota Singh, SAD leader Jagtar Singh Rajeana, Mahesh Inder Singh Nihal Singh Wala, District Planning Committee Chairman T{censored}m Singh Ratia and District SAD President Tirath Singh Mahla.

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