Govt. must release pending dues under various schemes before code of conduct comes into force: AAP

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Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA and Punjab SC/ST wing chief Manjit Singh Bilaspur and MLA Kulwant Singh Pandori, have expressed their surprise over the way the state government was going overboard on ‘inauguration’ spree of hundreds of public projects to woo voters ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. They have described the exercise as preposterous propaganda merely to garner political mileage.

In a statement issued from the party quarters in Chandigarh here Monday, the AAP leaders said the government in the state was holding ‘inauguration of new projects’ by throwing a surfeit of projects/schemes to entice voters, which, they said, was nothing but a ploy to gain public blah-blah.

Taking a pot-shot at the government wasteful exercise, they said that the government, instead of peddling false dreams to ensure winnabilty in the ensuing polls, was required to focus more on the core issues and concerns the people of the state were wrestling with. It should immediately release the long-pending arrears/ dues of the people under various schemes launched by the government, before the enforcement of the code of conduct in the state.

The leaders further said that the government must show a speck of seriousness in releasing the long-pending arrears of cane growers, DA installments to Punjab Government employees, MANREGA beneficiaries and initiate immediate steps to address agrarian crisis and show its  sensitivity towards the beleaguered consumers who were being hounded by the hefty power bills against their normal consumption.

He said the government should not indulge in peddling false hopes to the people of the state, stating they had had enough of it during the 10-year ‘misrule’ of the erstwhile SAD-BJP and now under the ruling Captain Amarinder Singh government, which had also taken a U-turn on the promises it made to the farming community, daily wage earners, unemployed youth, power consumers, pensioners, teachers, etc.