Press Esc to close
Friday 31 October 2014
News updated at 3:14 PM IST
Weather
Max: 28.4°C
Min : 18°C
In Bangalore
Partially cloudy

Badal calls for recasting of constitution

Chandigarh, Jan 26, 2014, (IANS)
Accusing the central government of usurping the power of the states, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Sunday sought a recasting of the constitution to ensure a genuine federal spirit. PTI File Photo.

Accusing the central government of usurping the power of the states, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Sunday sought a recasting of the constitution to ensure a genuine federal spirit.

In his address after hoisting the national flag on the Republic Day in the industrial city of Ludhiana, Badal said the authority of the state governments had been eroded by the central government over the years. 

He pointed out that state governments could not take enough decisions even in fields like education, agriculture, health and others.

"State governments are unable to take decisions for the welfare of the people as the centre has usurped the powers of states. There is an  immediate need to give these powers back to the states," Badal said.


Seeking a truly federal structure as envisioned in the constitution by its founding fathers led by B.R. Ambedkar, Badal said: "With the passage of time, the centre was gradually encroaching upon the rights of states as enshrined in the state list.

"It is a pitiable condition of the states which are merely relegated to the position of subordinates to discharge trivial functions."

He cited, for instance, the transfer of a district agriculture officer from Ludhiana to Jalandhar and vice versa.

States also have no control over the significant issues related to the welfare of farmers such as fixation of the rates of agriculture inputs and  the corresponding minimum support price of the crops, he said.

"The very soul and spirit of the Indian constitution ... has been taken out deliberately by the centre to weaken the states on the one hand and dilute its federal character on the other."

Badal added that the central government adopted a discriminatory  attitude while doling out grants to states.

He pointed out that despite huge sacrifices during the freedom struggle and in various wars, Punjab was always discriminated by successive Congress governments in New Delhi.

"The centre's discriminatory attitude has again deprived Punjab of its due share of industrial concessions being extended for another five years to the neighbouring states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. 

"We are not against concessions to our neighbours. At the same time, we are equally concerned about sanctioning these incentives to Punjab where industry is now a lifeline, especially when our mainstay agriculture has reached a plateau," Badal said.

Green Revolution state Punjab contributes nearly 60 percent of all foodgrain to the national kitty despite having just 1.54 percent area of the country.

Punjab was recently assured of a Rs.65,000 crore investment by industrial and business houses.

But the central government's recent announcement of extending tax holiday in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand has derailed the state's plans.

Earlier, Badal took the salute from marching contingents and watched colourful cultural performances.

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal hoisted the national flag at Bathinda.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Security personnel patrol a street after a protest by the supporters of Jammu and Kashmir...

Security personnel patrol a street after a protest by the supporters of Jammu and Kashmir...

India A players Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey during a practice match against Sri Lanka...

India A players Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey during a practice match against Sri Lanka...

Indian Air Force officers arrive at the Gateway of India after swimming for a distance...

Indian Air Force officers arrive at the Gateway of India after swimming for a distance...

The Navy hovercraft carrying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Sagar Island...

The Navy hovercraft carrying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Sagar Island...

A Rajasthani herder with his cows in Gurgaon...

A Rajasthani herder with his cows in Gurgaon...

Devotees wait for the Sun to offer prayers, during Chhath Puja festival in Agra...

Devotees wait for the Sun to offer prayers, during Chhath Puja festival in Agra...

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture on Black Money with a message...

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture on Black Money with a message...

BJP workers arrange the cut-outs of party symbol (lotus) to decorate the boats at the Marine...

BJP workers arrange the cut-outs of party symbol (lotus) to decorate the boats at the Marine...

A police man investigates the tunnel dug up by the robbers in Gohana bank heist, in Sonipat...

A police man investigates the tunnel dug up by the robbers in Gohana bank heist, in Sonipat...

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan sweeps in a stree during a cleanliness drive as a part...

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan sweeps in a stree during a cleanliness drive as a part...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523