In letters to the chief ministers of Haryana and Punjab, Kejriwal said the governments in the neighbouring states had failed to provide farmers with viable alternatives to stubble burning, a process that leads to air pollution in Delhi.
"With the writing on the wall clear for the BJP, the prime minister is making frantic rounds of Himachal," he said, adding that his own rallies had been delayed due to Modi's "frenzied movement" in the hill state.
The decision is in line with the central government's directive to ensure greater social justice and inclusion of members of the Other Backward Classes (OBC) and Backward Classes in the matter of reservation, said an official spokesperson.
The plan has been drawn up by the Department of Science, Technology and Environment, on the direction of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh -- who has also appealed to farmers to abstain from burning the agricultural residue.
Following the conviction of the sect head yesterday, at least 30 people were killed and 250 injured in widespread violence, arson and police firing in Haryana.
The Punjab government wants the Centre to increase the state's borrowing limit by Rs 10,000 crore to fund the debt waiver scheme
Speaking at the Independence Day celebrations here after unfurling the national flag, the chief minister also announced the launch of a recruitment campaign for the government sector to fill all critical vacant posts.
Mahindra & Mahindra Managing Director Pawan Goenka during his meeting with the chief minister said that his group was keenly interested in promoting electric vehicles in Punjab. He suggested a scheme to bring in electric taxis to propagate green energy and generate employment in the state.
The education sector got a huge boost in the state budget this year with Rs 21 crore earmarked for reforming the infrastructure of primary schools.
Addressing the state Assembly here this evening, the chief minister said he had asked the State Excise and Taxation Department not to pursue provisions of the act requiring arrest for defaults in implementation of the GST Act.
Speaking at the Assembly, the chief minister noted the move would benefit 10.25 lakh farmers, including 8.75 lakh farmers up to 5 acres.
The Chief Minister, at a meeting with Prime Minister at New Delhi, also sought the Centre's support in making agriculture more sustainable for the farmers in the state by putting in place a 'Deficiency Price Payment Mechanism' to encourage a shift to non-paddy cultivation.
According to sources, Amarinder is in the national capital and will apprise the Prime Minister tomorrow on Punjab's stand on the issue and is likely seek the Centre's intervention in the matter.
Singh met Chandrasekaran on the first day of his three-day visit to the country's financial capital to woo investors, as part of 'Invest Punjab' initiative, and urged him to invest in the state.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that even if they fail to get any support from the Centre, they would ensure that farmers are freed of their mounting debts.
In a relief to Punjab government, the Centre today released Rs 17,994.21 crore towards Cash Credit Limit (CCL) for Rabi procurement subject to certain conditions laid down by the Reserve Bank of India.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will chair the new government’s first cabinet meeting on Tuesday amid heightened expectations that a farm loan waiver scheme will be approved, signalling the government’s intent to walk the talk on a key poll promise.
Watch Vir Sanghvi in conversation with Captain Amarinder Singh where he spoke on Congress party's win in Punjab Assembly elections.
The party‘s win in Punjab is even more significant because of two things â€” the party won totally on its own and in a three-cornered contest for the first time ever in the state â€” both achievements rarely associated with the Congress in the past couple of years.
The Congress seems headed for a big win in the state of the Punjab, and is likely to take the state back from the Badal-led Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which was supported by the BJP.
On Friday, Congress VP Rahul Gandhi named Amarinder Singh as Congress's CM face in Punjab. Now AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal has claimed that the Congress was forced to make the announcement as it fears a defeat in Punjab. Talking to CNN-NEWS18's Rupashree Nanda, Delhi CM also attacked the EC saying the poll panel is ignoring its responsibilities.
PM Narendra Modi, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address poll rallies in different constituencies in teh poll bound state.
Accusing the Badals of bringing Punjab to the brink of collapse during their 10-year "misrule", state Congress president Amarinder Singh today launched a nine-point action plan to bring the state back on track.
They had planned to burn them on Dussehra, along with photos of the chief minister and his son (Deputy Chief Minister) Sukhbir Singh Badal, which led to a clash between them and Akali Dal supporters in Ludhiana that left at least 35 people injured.
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