Tewari seeks white paper on Punjab economy

Demanding a white paper on the financial situation in the state, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari on Monday said the Punjab government so far had been in a denial mode, making everybody believe that all was well.

"This government either appears to have given up, or is blissfully ignorant about the economic crisis that is staring the state in its face," he said.

Quoting news reports based on RTI information provided by the state government itself, Tewari said it was official that the state government had either sold its properties or mortgaged these to get money for its day-to-day needs. "No government can be run this way," he added.

The minister, who represents Ludhiana parliamentary constituency, said it was not a matter of political posturing, but a fact that the Punjab economy was progressively declining. "The state government needs to act before it is too late," he said.

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