New Delhi: Bhatinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal has demanded Rs 3,000 crore from the Centre to upgrade the irrigation system of the state. While taking part in the complimentary debate for the year 2011-12 in the Parliament, Badal demanded that the government should first secure water resources of the country before laying thrust on food security.

She said the irrigation system of Punjab is 150-year-old and the state needs Rs 150 crore on its upgradation.

Due to old irrigation system in the state, 33 percent water goes down the drains. She pointed out that the underground water level in the state too has gone down considerably.

Badal said that in a state like Punjab which is credited with storing 65 percent of food products of the country, guarantee to food security is not possible till the time proper arrangements are made for the irrigation.

During discussion in the House, Badal stressed upon creating new food storage centres in Punjab.

While expressing concern over the increasing number of cancer patients in her parliamentary constituency, she also demanded Central aid for their treatment.

She deplored over the increasing black marketing of gas cylinders and asked for appointing new suppliers in her constituency.

Criticizing the increasing black marketing of LPG cylinders, she raised the demand for appointment of more gas distributors to check the foul practice.

JPN/Bureau