Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Man speaks during the ongoing Legislative Assembly session in Punjab, in Chandigarh. (Photo: PTI)
Chandigarh, August 6 (PTI)Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Man said he would raise several issues, including statutory minimum support price (MSP) guarantee for crops and farm debt, at the NITI Aayog board meeting in Delhi on Sunday. Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, Man criticized his predecessors Charanjit Singh Chani and Amarinder Singh for not attending such meetings earlier.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the seventh meeting of the Board of Directors of NITI Aayog, a major political think tank in the government. “I will attend the NITI Aayog meeting. I have done my homework on Punjab issues that will be brought up during the meeting,” Mann said.
Three years later, he said, any representative from Punjab would have attended the NITI Aayog meeting. “I will bring up water issues, farmers’ debts, statutory guarantees to the MSP, the canal system, ‘Buddha nallah’ clean-up (in Ludhiana), BBMB (Bhakra Beas Management Board) and health related matters,” Mann said.
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The prime minister said he would also try to meet Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia in Delhi and raise the issue of direct international flights from Amritsar and Mohali airports to London, Chicago, San Francisco and Vancouver. Asked about the MSP committee set up by the center, Mann said the government should include farmers’ representatives rather than those who support the now-defunct farming laws.