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We inherited a Rs 2.08 lakh crore debt: Amarinder

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Chandigarh, June 19 : Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Monday that his government had inherited a debt burden of over Rs 2.08 lakh crore from the decade-long rule of the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP rule in the state.

“My government had inherited a shocking Rs. 2,08,051.96 crore debt, as per the White Paper tabled in the House, and the crisis was worse than anyone had anticipated or imagine,” he told the Punjab assembly.

Earlier, Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal tabled a ‘White Paper’ in the house giving details of the finances and total debt of Punjab.

Amarinder said that despite the state’s poor financial condition, he had announced the waiver of loans for small and marginal farmers to take forward several of his pre-poll promises to the people.

Based on the interim report of an experts group under economist Dr. T Haque, the Chief Minister on Monday announced waiver of crop loans Afor small, marginal farmers up to 5 acres, with Rs 2 lakh relief for other marginal farmers, irrespective of their loan amount.

He also announced hike in ex-gratia for families of the farmers who suicide families to Rs. 5 lakh from the existing Rs 3 lakh. While announcing continuation of free power subsidy for farmers, he appealed to the big farmers to give up the same voluntarily and immediately announced that he was doing so for his own farms.

Coming down heavily on the erstwhile Akali Dal government for “the total mess it had left the state in”, the Chief Minister said: “The ‘White Paper’ clearly brings out the financial mis-management, imprudence and bankruptcy of thoughts and skills of the previous regime, and shows that the Congress government has inherited an empty treasury.

“The fiscal deficit of the State as on March 31, 2017 stood at Rs. 26,801 crore, which is likely to increase after actual figures of 2016-17 are available.”

Amarinder also announced a new Lok Pal bill, which would bring the Chief Minister, ministers and all bureaucrats in its ambit.

Even as the Akali Dal legislators walked out, Amarinder lashed out at the opposition “for raising unfounded issues out of restlessness”.

He demanded that the the opposition leaders y should come clean with the names of those involved in sand mine auctions during their regime.

Amarinder reiterated his government’s stand on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, saying they would not allow the canal to be constructed at any cost as the state had no surplus water to share with others.

Citing facts and figures to show the success of the government’s war on drugs, the Chief Minister appealed to the opposition to join hands in the effort. He warned all those involved in drugs to quit or face stringent action.

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Prisoner escaped from Delhi’s LNJP hospital after throwing chilli powder into eyes of Police

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New Delhi, Feb 19: A prisoner on Monday escaped from Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital after throwing chilli powder into eyes of Delhi Police personnel who had brought him there.

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Rs 1 cr heist at Shiva temple in Haryana

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Saketri Shiva Temple. (File Photo0

Chandigarh, Feb 19: Thieves took away jewellery and valuables worth nearly Rs 1 crore from a historic Shiva Temple in Haryana’s Panchkula district, police said on Monday.

The theft took place in Saketri on the intervening night of February 18-19. The entire theft was caught on CCTV.

“The thieves broke open locks of the temple and took away gold and silver jewellery and valuables,” a priest at the temple said.

The Haryana Police is investigating the matter.

The temple, located around 10 km from here, attracts hundreds of devotees daily. Thousands of people offered prayers at the temple on the occasion of Mahashivratri on February 13-14.

The temple had received lakhs of rupees in cash as offering which had been deposited in the bank only two days back, the priests told the police.

However, the valuables of the temple and offerings made after had remained in the temple complex.

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Bihar: Two bombs found in front of Gaya’s government school

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Patna, Feb 19: Two bombs were found in front of the main gate of a Government school in Gaya’s Paraiya on Monday. 

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