Chandigarh, Punjab: Former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today claimed that the state government had indulged in corruption by giving the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences on lease to an NRI consortium headed by former Samana legislator Surjit Singh Rakhra. He alleged that he was a frontman for Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his family.
Addressing the media here, Amarinder demanded that the lease granted to the society should be terminated immediately or else the party would move court to demand justice for the state.
He claimed the SAD-BJP government had gifted the institute to the society.
He said the institute was situated on 54 acres of land and Rs 150 crore was spent on buildings. “As of today in a depressed market, the land is worth Rs 40 crore an acre which adds up to a value of Rs 2,160 crore”.
He said despite this, the state government had given the project on a 99-year lease to the society for Rs 133 crore only. He said the entire deal was dubious with promoters unknown with Rakhra himself becoming the Chairman at the last moment.
“I feel the Badals have rerouted their money into the project,” he added.
Speaking on the Bathinda refinery, he claimed the SAD-BJP government was bending over backwards to extend benefits to Hindustan Petroleum Mittal Energy Limited.
He said his government had renegotiated the contract for the refinery and given an interest-free loan of Rs 250 crore per annum till five years amounting to Rs 1,250 crore in all.
He said the present government had now agreed to give a loan of Rs 400 crore per annum for 15 years, which meant a burden of Rs 6,000 crore.
“How can a state that is selling securities worth Rs 400 crore per month to meet its salary expenses extend such facilities”, Amarinder said.
He further said the CM was falsely claiming that the Congress had done nothing to increase power generation.
Refusing to give clear answer on his stand on the issue of free power, he said his government had given this facility after two years in office when it had arranged funds for the same.