Punjab budget 2017-18 Manpreet badal budget defence welfare. We are launching a scheme “Guardians of Governance”, aimed at ensuring efficient and effective implementation of government schemes at the grassroots. We propose to harness the available pool of distinguished Ex-Servicemen who are spread across the state and have proven track record of rendering yeoman service.This scheme will increase the transparency, community participation and stake-holders ownership of the various initiatives of the government ensuring that the benefits reach the distressed and downtrodden sections of the society.Sainik School, Kapurthala was set up with the objective of preparing boys to join the National Defence Academy and the Indian Armed Forces. I propose to make an allocation of `10 crore as grant for the school as our endeavor to build institutions that prepare Punjabi youths for joining the Armed Forces.Privilege to share the happy news that 25 cadets from Maharaja Ranjit Singh armed Forces Preparatory Institute have cleared the NDA entrance exam this year and are joining National Defence Academy in a few days. Out of these, one cadet (Shashank Sharma) is at All India Rank 1 and one cadet (Armaandeep Singh) is at All India Rank 8. 12 cadets of the institute are in the top 100 in the merit list.Punjab has had the privilege of guarding India’s fine and ancient civilisation for thousands of years. It is with searing pain and sorrow that we find young people do not want to serve the military any longer.To arrest this trend, the government has decided to set up another new Institute General Sham Singh Attariwala Armed Forces Preparatory Institute at Amritsar this year, for preparing youth to join the Armed Forces so that Punjab regain its title of “The Sword Arm of India”. An initial budget provision of 5 crore has been made for this purpose, this year.I am also proposing a new scheme that will provide a grant of 1 Lac to every school and college whose students qualify for joining the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy. The scheme is also open to Sainik School Kapurthala & Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute.
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