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Share UT’s revenue with Punjab, demands Sukhbir


Share UT’s revenue with Punjab, demands Sukhbir

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 8

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief and Ferozepur MP Sukhbir Singh Badal today demanded that the Centre should share with Punjab the revenue generated from Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana.

Chandigarh is a Union Territory and all revenue is deposited in the consolidated fund of India.

Speaking on the discussion on Union Budget in the Lok Sabha, Sukhbir reminded the Central government of its “unfulfilled” promise. He said Punjab did not have state capital of its own. “All resources and revenues that the Centre collected from Chandigarh all these years should be remitted back to the state,” he suggested.

He cited the case of Mumbai, which was generating huge revenue for its state and without Mumbai and Maharashtra would face imminent financial crisis. “Punjab has been deprived of its due capital and the amount of revenue and resources that a state capital generates is phenomenal,” he said.

He termed the Budget as “bold, revolutionary and futuristic”. He demanded special funds for rejuvenating groundwater and upgrading canals in Punjab. “There is an impending water crisis in the state with 80 per cent of the water blocks being are overexploited. In the last 10 years, Punjab faced six deficient monsoons, still its farmers increased the production of paddy and wheat,” he said.

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