Bathinda, May 1: Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal on Friday reiterated that the state has received only Rs 71 crore from the Central Government for fighting against COVID19. He also said that other funds received were due with Centre even before the Covid outbreak. Replying to the queries of the media, he alleged that ever since the crisis of COVID-19 has started, the Central Government has been showing apathy towards Punjab which is very hard to accept.
He stressed that in the federal democratic structure it was the duty of the central government to help the states in case of any internal or external crisis. It is the constitutional responsibility of the union government. The Finance Minister categorically said that all precautionary measures have been followed for taking care of the pilgrims, students, labourers coming from other states in Punjab and samples are being taken and all are being quarantined.(UNI)