Sukhpal Singh Khaira
Punjab Govt. has not a penny to invest in these projects
yet the ads issued are at the cost of Govt.
Congress party strongly condemns these unethical
adopted by the Badal family to promote self before the impending
Lok Sabha elections.
Chandigarh, Feb. 23, 2009
Sukhpal Singh Khaira, MLA Bholath
How a govt. can stoop so low for cheap political gains, can be
gauged from a flurry of slanderous, misleading and bogus advertisements
at the cost of public exchequer. I am quoting from a leading national
English newspaper today where three full coloured pages have been
misutilized by the SAD – BJP Govt. at the cost of pubic exchequer
to highlight projects which are to be undertaken by private mega
corporate houses to earn commercial profit. The State Govt. has
not a penny to invest in these projects yet the ads issued are at
the cost of Govt. money for twin purposes either to promote the
private investors or to project the father son duo of the Badal’s.
A) Full page coloured Advertisement pertains to Rs. 300 Cr.
Ultra modern air conditioned bus terminal and commercial complex
at Mohali to be undertaken by C&C Constructions Ltd.
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B) Full page coloured Advertisement pertains to Rs 10,000 Cr.
Central Business District at Mohali to be undertaken by M/s Jurong
C) Full page coloured advertisement pertains to Super Speciality
Hospital at Mohali to be built by Max Group of Companies.
The congress party questions the State Govt. as to what is the
interest of Govt. in these projects, other than formal clearance
(for which huge consideration may have been paid by these corporate
houses)? Why the Govt. is paying public money to promote business
activities of companies such as Ms/ Jurong International Singapore?
Are these companies not indulging in profitable commercial ventures
through these above stated projects?
Are not the above stated projects based on Public Private participation
meaning thereby that the consumers would have to pay heavily for
each service provided?
Can an ordinary citizen of Punjab avail such luxurious services
offered at high costs by these corporate houses?
What is the State Govt. going to gain by projecting business ventures
of the already rich?
By spending unlimited funds in crores daily for such above stated
advertisements the Govt. is hell bent on letting loose the coffers
of people’s money for illegitimate purposes. Congress party
strongly condemns these unethical measures adopted by the Badal
family to promote self before the impending Lok Sabha elections.
Instead of wasting public money on such frivolous ad campaign the
govt. could spend these crores for education and health in Punjab,
it could have also saved the lives of 5 infants who died for want
of appropriate health services at Patiala’s Medical College
The congress party warns the helpless bureaucrats and other officials
of the public relations department not to succumb to these illegal
and unconstitutional orders of their political bosses since the
next elected govt. would probe all these irregularities and fix
responsibility which is likely to fall on officials. Criminal proceedings
would be launched against those allowing the loot of public exchequer.
(Sukhpal Singh Khaira)