Mohali: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today appealed to the people to th wart the “nefarious designs of anti-social elements”, which he said were bent upon to “jeopardise peace, communal harmony and brotherhood”.
Addressing a gathering at Sports Stadium in Government College here after unfurling the National Flag during a state-level function on the occasion of 70th Independence Day, Badal said a few “inimical forces” were always envious of peaceful and development-oriented congenial atmosphere in the state and thus constantly “stoking fire” to derail the process of growth and prosperity.
“Let us re-dedicate ourselves to work collectively to build a strong and prosperous Punjab besides cementing the bond of love, peace and communal harmony, thus fulfilling the vision of our great freedom fighters and national heroes,” he said.
The Chief Minister said it was matter of sheer pride and honour that despite the fact that we were just 2.5 per cent of country’s entire population, we have made more than 80 per cent sacrifices in getting our motherland free from the yoke of British imperialism.
“Our brave Punjabi patriots and great warriors, who spearheaded various movements like Babbar Akali, Gadar, Namdhari and Kamagata Maru during the independence struggle were either exiled or executed.
“Several national heroes who laid down their lives like Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Lala Lajpat Rai, Shaheed Udham Singh and Kartar Singh Sarabha would ever be remembered for their supreme sacrifices till eternity and act as a beacon to kindle the spirit of patriotism and nationalism amongst our future generations to come,” he said.
The Chief Minister bemoaned that we have not yet been able to fulfill the dreams of our national heroes and freedom fighters, who made supreme sacrifices to enable us breathe freely in the air of freedom even after 69 years of independence.
Sharing the agony of Indo-Pak partition after independence, the Chief Minister said that when rest of the country was celebrating independence, Punjab was engaged in another life and death struggle in wake of the partition of the country.
As many as five lakh people were killed and nearly 1.5 crore were uprooted and rendered homeless.
Highlighting the importance of education and health as core sectors responsible for any country’s or state’s development, the Chief Minister said that our government has laid special emphasis on this count.
Due to our consistent efforts, we added 13 new universities and 30 more colleges to impart quality higher education to our youth. PTI
Developmental wave unleashed during SAD-BJP rule: Sukhbir
Amritsar: Punjab is just two-and-a-half percent of the country’s size but the state has been a major contributor to the granary hence earning the sobriquet “food bowl” of the nation, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said today.
Punjabis especially the Sikhs were always in the forefront of freedom movement and suffered untold hardships in the form of life imprisonments and hangings, Sukhbir said this while presiding over the Independence Day function at Guru Nanak stadium here.
After freedom also the Punjabis continued to do their best for making the country and state move forward in social, economical and political sphere, he said.
Listing out the achievements of the SAD-BJP government during the past 9 years, Sukhbir said coalition has acted as the real benefactor of all the sections and fulfilled its promise of making Punjab a power surplus state.
He said the state government is carrying out modernisation of road infrastructure by making all the major roads 4 and 6 laned by spending more than Rs 20,000 crore besides providing sewerage, clean drinking water and LED street lights in 160 cities and towns of the state.
He said the SAD-BJP government has constructed airports of international standard at SAS Nagar and Bathinda apart from opening up 12 universities, IIT at Ropar and initiating work on IIM Amritsar to bolster educational sector.
The Deputy Chief Minister said Rs 2500 crore have been spent to give fillip to irrigation sector, free power worth Rs 6500 crore to farmers being provided, a new pro farmer law enacted as per which interest of one lakh would be payable on availing loan of same amount, no interest is to be levied on Rs 50,000 agri limit loan, health insurance scheme for farmers, traders & poor sections and ‘shagan’ scheme to poor strata.
He said 300 skill centers would be opened soon so as to impart latest professional skills to youth besides 389 sewa kendars in urban areas have been operationalised with another 1758 to start functioning soon in rural areas which would change the economic and developmental landscape of the state.
He informed that Rs 2,500 crore have been spent on the all round development of holy city Amritsar with several projects like beautification of area around Sri Durbar Sahib and Durgiana mandir which would be completed in 2 months.
Coming to the Industrial sector, he claimed the number of industrial units have increased from 5000 in 2007 to 11,000, a perfect rebuttal to the misleading opposition campaign.
Warning rowdy forces out to disturb the peaceful atmosphere of state, he said such elements would be strictly dealt with.
On the occasion, the Deputy CM took salute from the parade after unfurling the national tricolour. The cultural programme held added colour to the occasion.
Sukhbir also honoured kin of freedom fighters and handed over awards to police personnel and participants in the parade. He also distributed tricycles to the differently abled people. PTI
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