Punjab Chief MinisterParkash Singh Badal called on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought his personal intervention for early resolution of issues pertaining to procurement of grains especially the Cash Credit Limit (CCL).
The Chief Minister, who recently met Narendra Modi in New Delh, apprised the latter about the problems being faced by the states who carry on the gigantic procurement operations on behalf of the Government of India (GoI) thereby contributing immensely in the national food security. However Badal apprised the Prime Minister that the states were facing large number of problems due to huge gap between the cost incurred by states in this regard and reimbursement made by the central agencies.
Acceding to demand made by the Chief Minister, the Centre has constituted a high level committee comprising officers of both the state and Centre government to resolve these issues at the earliest.
Earlier, the Chief Minister met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and urged him to put in place a permanent mechanism for reimbursing the entire expenditure meted out by state in procuring the food grains for the country.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Badal said that the state government procured the food grains from Punjab for the national pool. However, he said that there was a vast difference between the expenses incurred by the state and price given by the central agencies. Badal urged the Union Minister to find a permanent solution for this matter so that states do not face any sort of problem.
The Chief Minister also batted for settlement of all the previous issues regarding the Cash Credit Limit (CCL) for ever so that hard working and resilient farmers of state do not face any sort of problem. Badal expressed hope that all the issues related to the CCL would be solved soon.
About drug issue, Badal said that the state government has launched a vigorous campaign to check drug peddling in the state but certain political parties, with vested political interests, were labeling the entire state as drug addicts.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Cabinet Ministers Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon and Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal along with other senior officials.