Opposing the Centre's decision to extend special incentives to the hill states, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today said he would pursue Punjab's demand for extending similar incentives to the border areas and 'Kandi' (sub mountainous) belt.
Talking to mediapersons after inaugurating an exhibition organised by the Photo Journalists Welfare Association in Chandigarh, the CM said the Kandi belt and the border areas also have special problems and deserve to be put at par with hill states in terms of the incentives given by the Centre.
Capt said his government had taken up the issue with the Centre earlier also and will pursue the case more aggressively now that the decision on the hill states had been taken.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said on Wednesday that industries in the north eastern and Himalayan states will continue to get tax exemption till March 2027, albeit as refund, under the current GST regime which was rolled out on July 1.
In response to a question on the upcoming verdict on Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Ram Rahim, the Chief Minister made it clear that nobody would be allowed to disturb the state’s law and order. He said he had directed the police department to remain alert against any attempt to disrupt peace in Punjab. Peace had to be maintained at all costs in order to ensure the state’s progress, he added.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister also condoled veteran photographer S Paul, who passed away in New Delhi on Wednesday. A two-minute silence was observed in memory of the award-winning photo journalist.
Captain Amarinder also announced a Running Trophy for the Best Photographer of the Year, to be presented in December every year.
The 3-day exhibition has 109 photographs of 59 photographers on display. In addition, the exhibition has photographs clicked by Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore and Amarinder.
Referring to his photographs, the chief minister said he had clicked them in South Africa a long time ago.