New Delhi, Jan 7: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday stated that the centre had not sanctioned any funds for the construction work to start on the Indian side of the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara corridor.
Speaking to media, Singh said “While Pakistan has already started work on the construction of the road on their side, development work had yet to start in the Indian Punjab as the state government had not got any funds from the Centre for acquiring land for building the infrastructure”.
The Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara is situated around 4 km from Dera Baba Nanak town in Gurdaspur district of Punjab.. Most of the work of the project has to be carried out inside Pakistan.
On the controversy surrounding the visit of Punjab cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to Pakistan in November last year, Amarinder Singh stated he (Amarinder) had given the permission to Sidhu to visit Pakistan for their ground-breaking ceremony for the Kartarpur corridor.
“No Minister can leave without the Chief Minister’s approval. Sidhu wanted to go there in his personal capacity and hence I had given permission to the Minister. However, I had advised him not to go, as I myself had turned down the invite in view of the unprovoked killings of Indian soldiers by Pakistan in Kashmir and ISI’s persistent attempts to create trouble in Punjab,” he asserted.
Regarding the farmer loan waiver scheme in Punjab, Singh said that his government had already waived off crop loans worth Rs 3,417 crores of 414,275 farmers in just one year.
“My government is committed to covering all the 10.25 lakh small and marginal farmers targeted in the farm loan waiver scheme announced by it, with others also to be covered in subsequent phases, as the fiscal situation of the state improves further,” he added.
The Chief Minister said loans of the remaining about three lakh out of the 10.25 lakh farmers would be waived off soon.