Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 16

Presenting the report on the seven-month performance of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Punjab, Cabinet Minister Aman Arora said the state government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann ushered in a new era of politics in the state by eliminating corruption and mafia culture patronized by the previous government. power in the past 7 decades.

Addressing a press conference here at the party headquarters, Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister Arora slammed the previous Congress and ESAD-BJP governments for plunging Punjab into colossal debt and said most of their leaders had indulged in malpractices and filled their own coffers, but in contrast, the AAP Government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy against corruption to restore the lost glory of the state.

Enumerating the achievements of the AAP government, the Information and Public Relations Minister said that the Mann government has taken historic decisions in seven months which previous governments failed to take in the past 70 years of their regime.

He said that the AAP government is generating employment as promised during the election campaigns. The services of 9000 teachers have been regularized and the process for regularization of the services of the remaining 28000 contract employees has started. The government has also started a process for filling 26,000 vacant positions in various government departments in boards, as well as filling 2500 positions from various cadres in the Police Department.

He said that a helpline has also been opened to fight corruption. “One of the biggest achievements of the Mann government is the crackdown on corrupt leaders. In the past seven months, the state government has arrested over 220 influential people, senior politicians and bureaucrats who looted Punjab and were patronized by successive governments,” the minister said.

Responding to a media question regarding the ongoing investigations against opposition leaders, Arora said that unlike previous governments, AAP does not follow a policy of revenge and action will be taken against them only after investigation teams find them guilty.

Arora said that under the dynamic leadership of CM Mann, the state government has also taken a huge number of pro-farmer decisions, including giving moonshine MSP as a third crop. The area under the summer moon has increased from 54,363 hectares to 1,28,495 hectares.

He said that for the first time, pipe load improvement charges have been reduced from Rs 4750 to Rs 2500 per hp as a one-time measure for farmers. The subsidy of Rs 1500 per hectare is given for direct sowing of paddy to save ground water from depletion.

Also, the price of sugarcane has been increased by Rs 20 per quintal from Rs 360 to Rs 380. The government has also sanctioned pending compensation to farmers affected by bad weather and floods. All outstanding debts of cane growers have been cleared.

Arora said to provide free and best healthcare services at the doorstep of the common man, 100 Aam Aadmi clinics were dedicated to the people of the state while 16 new medical colleges were announced to be constructed. The government has also opened the Dr. Homi Baba Cancer Hospital, Mulanpur, to offer the best quality treatment to cancer patients. Besides, the government has launched a crackdown on illegal encroachments and released panchayat land worth crores and these funds will be spent on the welfare of the common people.

Taking note of the SAD party, Arora said that Kabaddi tournaments were held in the Badal government but they spent money on Bollywood heroines. However, the Mann government has organized ‘Kheda Vattan Punjab Diya’ and will award prizes worth Rs 6 crore to sports players to encourage them to stay away from the menace of drugs and actively participate in sports. The government also honored the stars of the Commonwealth Games.

Attacking former chief minister Charanjit Singh Chani, the cabinet minister said that earlier only large storages were installed in the state and electricity benefits were given only to a certain section, but the AAP government is now giving 600 units of electricity free of cost per billing cycle to every household irrespective of their caste. Not only this, all the pending accounts of people were dismissed and disconnected connections were restored by the AAP government in this short period of time.

Breaking the monopoly of private operators in Punjab, AAP started government Volvo buses to Delhi airport and also revised the timetable. Due to this, the state transport is now in profit, he added.

He said that an Anti-Gangster Task Force has also been formed to wipe out gangsters and many notorious criminals have been arrested.

Reiterating his government’s commitment to bring reforms in the state, Arora said AAP is a pro-people and pro-farmer government. CM Mann is working hard to recreate ‘Rangla Punjab’ and the work done in the past seven months is proof of that.

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