Punjab Govt to approach Supreme Court against ‘Centre’s step-motherly treatment’

December 10th, 2007 - 9:28 pm ICT by admin  

By Ravinder Singh Robin
Amritsar, Dec 10 (ANI): The Punjab government has decided to approach the Supreme Court against the “discriminatory policies of the UPA Government at the Centre and the step-motherly treatment meted out to the State”.
State Information and Broadcasting Minister Bikram Singh Majithia announced this today on the sidelines of an interaction programme with industrialists of Amritsar.
Majithia said that his government was compelled to approach the Supreme Court after the Centre did not heed to their demands of providing incentive to the entire Punjab, or at least in the areas adjoining to Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir.
He said that during the last five years, Punjab’s economy has moved down, and the agriculture sector has recorded a growth of 2 percent with the manufacturing sector only growing at 2.8 percent.
Punjab share in the Foreign Direct Investment FDI stood at 1.25 percent, while neighbouring Haryana recorded 5 percent, which he blamed to Centre’s ‘preferential policy’. There has been a slow down in the Industrial development in Punjab over few years. Contribution of manufacturing sector to state GDP, which was 16.22 percent in the year 2000 - 2001, has come down to 13.68 percent in the years 2005-06, he said.
The delegates attending the interaction unanimously agreed that the militancy of 15 years has adversely affected the total investment in the Punjab.
He said that in spite of Punjab being declared as a number one State, it has failed to attract investment, and added that however, it would not deter the State Government from accelerating the pace of Industrial development. (ANI)

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