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Punjab must be developed as special industrial zone: Jakhar

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Pardesh Committee today said that in wake of immense social, economic and geographical importance of Punjab, the state must be developed as a special industrial zone.

In a statement here, Jakhar said the will raise the issue to give a special economic package to the state in the Monsoon Session of Parliament, starting July 18.

The member from Gurdaspar said that being a border state was sword arm of the country.

He said that apart from facing invaders in the past it has also suffered due to black days of terrorism.

Jakhar said that unemployment is a big threat to the socio-economic structure of state as earlier due to it the militancy badly disturbed the state and now menace of drug is a big danger to young generation.

He said that the industrial growth of this state can create employment opportunities for youth.

"Therefore, to attract new entrepreneurs in the state, the central government must give special industrial zone status to state for the industrial growth," he added.

Jakhar said that the hard working farmers of have made the country self-reliant in the food grains, and for that they even depleted the natural resources like water and soil of their provinces.

In doing so, the farmers became debtors and it is now difficult for them to get out of debt without the help of government, he said.

Therefore, the has launched a debt waiver scheme for farmers from its limited financial resources, he said.

But because the farmers of the state had grown for the entire nation, therefore the also has the responsibility to help the for the debt waiver, because if the farming sector of Punjab collapses, can be restored in the country, he said.

He said that six districts of Punjab are sharing their boundaries with and thousands of hectare of agricultural land of farmers is on the other side of the fencing at the international border.

He said that farmers can not cultivate their fields due to restriction enabled on them due to security reasons and hence these farmers should be compensated by the union government.

will raise all these issues during the Monsoon session of the Parliament, he added.

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First Published: Mon, July 16 2018. 17:05 IST