Punjab seeks Rs.400 crore central assistance

July 16th, 2011 - 4:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, July 16 (IANS) Punjab has urged the Planning Commission to expedite the release of additional central assistance (ACA) of Rs.400 crore to the state, the government said here Saturday.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal met Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia in New Delhi Saturday, a government spokesman here said.

Badal urged Ahluwalia to advise the finance ministry to immediately release the ACA approved by the commission for the annual plan 2011-12, he added.

He also raised the issue of giving an economic package to Punjab along with the states of West Bengal, Assam and Kerala, the spokesman said.

Ahluwalia assured the chief minister that he would take up the matter with the finance ministry to get the additional assistance released by September, the spokesman said.

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