BJP cites PM Modis Punjab outreach to laud spirit of cooperative federalism – Hindustan Times

Posted: June 23, 2021 at 6:38 am

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri said PM Modi has done a lot for Punjab and Sikhs over the 7 years. He cited exemption of community kitchens of gurdwaras from GST, and the opening of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor for visa-free travel

By Malavika PM

UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 06:10 PM IST

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday held a press conference to showcase Prime Minister Narendra Modis outreach to poll-bound Punjab in the true spirit of cooperative federalism and to farmers. He said Modi on Thursday sanctioned 41 oxygen plants for Punjab under the PM Cares Fund. He added the Centre earlier allocated 13 oxygen plants for the state and added some of them would be operational by the end of this month and the rest by August 15.

Puri said PM Modi has done a lot for Punjab and Sikhs over the seven years he has been the Prime Minister. He cited exemption of community kitchens of gurdwaras from GST, the opening of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor for visa-free travel to Guru Nanaks final resting place as measures of goodwill towards Punjab and the Sikhs in particular.

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Puri hit out at critics who have accused the Centre of denying the state its fair share of Covid-19 drugs. He said Punjab received 632 remdesivir doses per 100,000 people while Uttar Pradesh, which has a much larger population, 364. This might not be an indicator as many states also procure the drugs themselves. But for anyone to suggest that they have been short-changed or denied the legitimate share is a falsification.

He said Modi and the government have made it repeatedly clear that they were ready to sit and talk to the farmers, who have been protesting against three farm laws passed in September. And I reiterate that. There are several commentators on this issue. I call them up individually and ask them to clear all residual doubts. We are open to all suggestions. But the template has to be to benefit farmers. The hard-working farmer is the primary beneficiary and has to be rewarded. Anything else can be discussed.

Puri underlined it has been a year since the farm laws, which first triggered protests in Punjab, were promulgated as ordinances and none of their expected repercussions has come true.

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