As results of assembly elections in the state of Punjab draw near, take a look at the key issues faced by the population. From the current corrupt government to the abuse of drugs by the youth
An AIIMS report said drugs worth Rs 7,500 crore are traded every year in the state and 1.23 crore people who live in 10 districts use hard drugs like heroin. 30% being addicted to higher drugs primarily because of unemployment, lack of higher education.
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Farmer suicides is a very important issue in Punjab Debt-ridden farmers are ending their lives after a series of crop failures. Land degradation as well as land consolidation is also a major issue faced after Green Revolution. Small or marginal farmers have found it difficult to benefit from HYVs, machinery and fertilizers in their fields due to which the wealth disparities have widened further than before.
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The law and order situation has moved from bad to worse during the Akali Dal-BJP regime. Punjab has become a gangland. There are multiple dreaded criminal gangs in the state.
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Management of solid waste is a major problem as there are very few number of solid waste management plants in the state. This is due to the fact that people do not agree for the plant to be set up near their vicinity. In terms of air pollution, Ludhiana is one of the worst affected states in our country.
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Farmers have to struggle on a daily basis as their interests are neglected by the ruling party. They are not provided with the required infrastructure and facilities. Electricity shortage is also a big problem for the farmers as, without power, tube wells will not function.
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Punjab has the highest number of Dalit voters in the country. Nearly 32 percent of the electorate comprises Dalits. Atrocities on Dalits, besides jobs and land, are the three areas of concern for the community.
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Majority of the people are moving or planning to move out due very less opportunities for young generation, especially educated one, are either flying to western nations or working out of Punjab in India.
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One of the major concerns of the this decade is depleting water level of Punjab and presence of toxic chemicals namely Uranium in Punjab's waters. Once land of 5 rivers, most fertile land of the world, is losing its water. Water table is going down every year. Today, it is below 100 ft.
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The power lies in the hand of one family, which is considered the most corrupt government. Chief Minister's son is deputy Chief Minister of the State and his wife is MP for Bathinda, and then wife's brother is the minister of Punjab. This family owns most of the businesses in Punjab (be it mining, transportation or any other industries/businesses).
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