While advocating the need for an economic package, Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia today said the Centre should grant special economic package to Punjab on the pattern of North-Eastern states as it was its legitimate right.
Distributing grants for development works in different villages here, Majithia said the Centre should consider Punjab on the lines of Jammu and Kashmir. Bikram Singh Majithia said there were various similarities in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir as both were facing severe problems due to infiltration, cross-border terrorism so there should be single parameter of packages for both the border states. The Revenue Minister urged the Union government to extend special economic package for Punjab so that impetus could be given to the ongoing development, besides creating new job avenues.
Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for awarding Amritsar the status of heritage city, Indian Institute of Management, besides AIIMS along with Central University, Bikram Singh Majithia said the NDA had ended the decade-long discrimination being meted out to the state by the Congress.
Ridiculing the prediction of Amritsar MP Captain Amarinder Singh regarding 2017 polls, Majithia said, “Captain should understand the fact that development is one and only preference of the electorate of Punjab. Development has been foremost mission of SAD-BJP combine.” He said after Partap Singh Bajwa, now Rajinder Kaur Bhattal had opened a front against him. Terming Captain as a “absentee from Amritsar”, Majithia said he backstabbed the residents of the city by remaining absent not only from the constituency but also from Lok Sabha. He alleged that he was running away from his responsibilities by ignoring the aspirations of the people of his constituency.