Sukhbir Badal regretted that the UPA government was deliberately keeping Punjab backward and not honouring the state for its contribution in making the country self reliant on food security front. He said that despite record wheat procurement, Punjab was not being allowed to export wheat to Pakistanand other Middle East countries that could provide remunerative price to the farming community for their produce.
Lashing out at Union Government for proposed hike in the price of diesel, petrol and LPG, he said that it was the only government in the globe that raises the price of fuel products when crude prices are falling in international market. He said the proposal of hiking the fuel price was went to crush ordinary citizens already reeling under the impact of unprecedented inflation.
Reply to a query on district status to Fazilka, Sukhbir Badal, who along with Manoranjan Kalia head the Sukhbir-Kalia committee on the restructuring of the districts in the state, said the committee was already going into this issue and would submit its report to the state government shortly.