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TWO YEARS OF CAPTAINCY ‘Efforts to better Punjab’s fiscal health paying off’

March 15, 2019 06:34 AM


‘Efforts to better Punjab’s fiscal health paying off’


As he completes two years in office on Saturday, chief minister Amarinder Singh exuded confidence ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. He, however, admitted that the state still wasn’t out of the fiscal crisis, which he termed a legacy of the previous government, and it was coming in the way of fulfilling the demands of protesting employees.

In an interview with TOI, Amarinder claiming that after 10 years of SAD-BJP rule, things were looking up in Punjab and voters will pick Congress for its work in the state. He added that more than the employees’ protests, it was the fiscal health of the state that needed to the improved and the efforts made by his government after taking over were paying off.

On the recent controversies, including the one about Punjab new DGP, Amarinder reiterated the demand that selecting of state police chief should be in the purview of the state government. Reacting to the opposition taking pot-shots at cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, Amarinder said the latter’s utterances about Pakistan were not out of any sense of anti-nationalism but because he is a sportsperson and now the leader on the other side of the border also happens to be an excricketer and his friend.

Listing his government’s initiatives like checking drug trade and providing 802 jobs a day, besides taking steps to break the political nexus in various businesses, he also cleared the air on reports of MLAs being miffed at the power wielded by the bureaucracy in the state, pointing out that he had told the bureaucrats that MLAs needed to be listened to.

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