Congress leader and Leader of Opposition (LOP) Partap Singh Bajwa on Sunday slammed the Bhagwant Mann-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Punjab for failing to meet the genuine demands of both retired army personnel and farmers.
On the 118th birth anniversary of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, who gave the slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’, Bajwa said these two sections – army personnel and farmers – helped in nation building more than any other section. . “However, the AAP government has failed to acknowledge their problems. “Instead of extending a helping hand to ex-servicemen, it scrapped the Guardian of Government (GoG) scheme launched by the previous Congress regime to provide employment to retired army personnel,” he said, accusing the state government of abandoning around 4,300 ex-servicemen. out of work.
The Congress leader also accused the AAP government of showing a sheer reckless approach towards the agriculture sector which is already reeling under crisis. “Cotton growers of the Malwa region of Punjab have had their crops damaged due to Pink bollworm (Gulabi Sundi) attack and the government is yet to conduct a jirdavari (survey) to assess the damage. Similarly, about 20% of the paddy crop in Majha and Doaba region has been damaged by dwarf virus infestation, nothing has been done to assess the damage,” he added in a statement.
He further said that thousands of dairy farmers have suffered losses due to lumpy skin diseases in cows and have not been compensated. “Punjab farmers also felt cheated by the central and state governments for non-payment of low wheat yield,” he added.