UPA’s irrational agro-policies led Punjab to great loss: Badal

Badal said his priority was that every person in Punjab should get food and keeping the in view in mind, the SAD-BJP government had launched ‘Atta-Dal’ scheme a few years back under which the beneficiaries were given flour and pulses at subsidised rates.

To ensure that maximum possible people were covered under the scheme, the government has now decided to double the beneficiaries from existing 16 lakh to 32 lakh and even the rate of flour would be slashed to Re 1 from Rs 4 per kg, he said during ‘Sangat Darshan’ programme here.

The 86-year-old CM slammed the Congress led UPA government at the Centre, claiming that due to its wrong and irrational policies the agriculture has been ruined.

‘The exorbitant hike in cost of agricultural inputs coupled with the non remunerative MSP of crops has broken the backbone of the farmers,’ he said. Badal also claimed that the Congress has always meted out step motherly treatment to the state due to which it has lagged behind in the process of development.

‘The need of the hour is to constitute the NDA government at the Centre (after the next Lok Sabha polls) with Narendra Modi as the PM of the country. The state will witness an era of unprecedented development and prosperity if Modi becomes the Prime Minister,’ he said.

Later interacting with mediapersons, Badal said that the problems of the Lambi assembly segment were different from the others parts of the state due to which the government was laying special focus on it.

Punjab shows improvement, sex ratio rises from 876 to 895

Chandigarh: Punjab, known for its adverse sex ratio, has shown improvement while the state’s agrarian economy has shown shift to non-agricultural sector, a Census officer said here on Thursday. During 2001-2011, sex ratio of the State has improved from 876 to 895 and child sex ratio from 798 to 846, Punjab Director Census, Seema Jain said. She was speaking at a workshop organized by the Directorate of Census Operations in collaboration with Department of Centre for Census Studies and Research (CCSR), Punjabi University, Patiala.

During the period of 2001-2011, she said that there is perceptible shift from agricultural sector to non-agricultural sector of economy. The percentage of agricultural workers (cultivators plus agricultural workers) has decreased to 35.5 per cent from 38.9 per cent in 2001 and non-agricultural workers increased to 64.4 per cent from 61.1 per cent.
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