PUNJAB CABINET EXPANSION POST-GUJARAT POLL RESULTS, FARMER LOAN WAIVER &SMART PHONE DISTRIBUTION TOO

The Hush Post: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said he would go in for cabinet expansion after the declaration of the Gujarat poll results, on December 18. However, he ruled out appointment of a deputy chief minister. Speaking at a press conference at the launch of the Congress Vision Document for the state’s urban development, Captain Amarinder rejected the suggestion that his government had failed to implement many of its poll promises. The process of farm loan waiver would begin after the elections and distribution of smart phones would also begin soon. The influx of industry would help boost the resource generation for the state, he said, disclosing that his government had signed MoUs to the tune of Rs 50000 crore since taking over in March this year. The Chief Minister disclosed that his government was mulling a change in the Excise Policy to make it more lucrative for the state. The policies in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan were being examined, he added.

On the issue of cable rights in the state, the Chief Minister reiterated that his government would not be selective and would ensure level playing ground for all in the interest of the freedom of the press. Those who were present on the occasion were Gurjeet Singh Aujla Member Parliament, Sukhbinder Singh Sukh Sarkaria, OP Soni, Raj Kumar Verka, Tarsem Singh Attari, Sunil Datti, Harpratap Singh Ajnala, Inderbeer Singh Bolaria, Santokh Singh Baba Bakala, Sukhwinder Singh Danny Wadala (All MLAs) and Congress District President Amritsar (Urban) Jugal Kishore.

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