Vastavam web: Main opposition party AAP today urged the Punjab government to order a vigilance probe into illegal mining in the state and demanded that the government should take over the business of sand and gravel mining to curb the illegal practice.After the Question Hour on the second day of the Budget Session of the Assembly, AAP MLA and Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira raised the issue of illegal mining in the state while describing it as a burning matter.But the practice of illegal mining had stopped for the time being after Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered a crackdown against it, he said.
Citing media reports, Khaira claimed that names of a cabinet minister and a former minister had cropped up with regard to illegal mining.You should hold a vigilance probe into the illegal mining, Khaira told the government.Claiming that the auction of sand mining had turned out to be a flop as a majority of the contractors had run away, Khaira said mining in the state should be nationalised. The government can take over the mining business, he said.
AAP MLA Kanwar Sandhu asked the government to reveal any agreement or MoU signed with Canada when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had met the chief minister recently.They took on the government on the issues of farm debt waiver, job scheme for youths and alleged that the government failed to work for the welfare of Dalits, farmers, youths etc.
Later, Akali MLA N K Sharma and Congress legislator Balbir Sidhu also had a verbal spat when Sharma was pointing out the achievements of the previous SAD-BJP regime.During the discussion on the governor’s address, Aam Aadmi Party MLA Kultar Singh Sandhwan urged the state government to instruct the bureaucrats to behave properly with the legislators.I was told you are just an MLA, Sandhwan said while pointing out that he kept standing when he met the IAS officer during the meeting. Sandhwan and an IAS officer in Faridkot got involved in a verbal spat this month.