New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sought his intervention to stop the further construction of a boundary wall along the Hansi-Butana canal by Haryana government.

According to Badal, the wall could block the natural flow of water and cause immense damage during floods.

Badal said that Haryana was paying no heed to the suggestions from technical experts and Engineers and was constructing the wall. He said this could affect inter-State relations as well.

Meanwhile, Punjab was honoured with the Krishi Karman Award for highest foodgrain production during 2010-11 at the ICAR function.

Prime Minister handed over the award to Badal. Speaking to reporters, Badal said the state had achieved the highest foodgrain production owing to policies of the State government.

Later on, Badal also met Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh and demanded to raise minimum wages of labourers from Rs 123 per day to Rs 178 per day under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS).

Badal also asked Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia to release an additional Rs 400 crore as immediate aid to Punjab.

JPN/Bureau