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Business News/ Politics / News/  Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann meets PM Modi, demands 1 lakh crore financial package

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann meets PM Modi, demands ₹1 lakh crore financial package

The Punjab CM is expected to call on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal post his meeting with PM Modi

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann met PM Narendra Modi today.Premium
Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann met PM Narendra Modi today.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. Mann sought special financial package worth one lakh crore from the Centre for the revival of state's economy besides ensuring holistic development in the state.

The Punjab CM called on Modi in his office at Parliament House this afternoon.

Post meeting PM Modi, Maan said, “We need the support of the Centre to maintain national security."

An official statement from the Punjab government said Mann sought immediate financial package of 50,000 crore each for two years to put the derailed economy back on the rails.

“Punjab's financial condition is in doldrums. We've demanded 50,000 crores package per year for 2 years to improve state's financial situation," the Punjab CM said.

He apprised the prime minister about the poor fiscal health of the state and said the previous governments have left a whopping burden of 3 lakh crore.

He hoped that with this financial help, the state's economy would become self-sustainable and economically viable during the third year.

Mann said his government on its own would also strive hard to fill the empty coffers by completely wiping out the mafia from the state, the statement said.

Notably, this is Mann's maiden visit to Delhi as Punjab's Chief Minister.

Mann took the oath of office and secrecy at Khatkar Kalan village in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district on March 16.

PM Modi had extended greetings to Bhagwant Mann for taking oath as Punjab Chief Minister.

"Congratulations to Bhagwant Mann on taking oath as Punjab CM. Will work together for the growth of Punjab and welfare of the state's people," PM Modi had tweeted.

Among Bhagwant Mann's key announcements as the Chief Minister is the launch of anti-corruption action helpline number-- 9501200200.

In the recently-concluded Punjab Assembly elections, the AAP registered a landslide victory, winning 92 seats, pushing the Congress party to distant second at 18 seats.

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Updated: 24 Mar 2022, 08:07 PM IST
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