SEPARATE CADRE OF TEACHERS FOR BORDER AND KANDI REGIONS TO PROVIDE IMPETUS TO EDUCATION IN THESE AREAS-CM
CHUNG (TARN TARAN) – Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today lashed out at Congress led UPA government at the centre for hurting the sentiments of Sikhs by deliberately delaying the permission for holding co-opted session of newly elected Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC).
Talking to the media persons after inaugurating the building of newly constructed University College at the cost of Rs. 10.47 Crore here, Mr. Badal said that the Congress was again doing undue interference in the religious matters of the Sikhs which was not at all tolerable. He said that earlier the Congress had delayed the process of election of SGPC by around two years and now it is not co-opting the newly elected members of SGPC which is ultimately resulting into the delay in election of new executive of the ‘Parliament of the Sikhs’. “We vehemently oppose these cheap tactics of the Congress and will not allow them to interfere in the religious matters of the Sikhs” he added.
Slamming the Sanjha Morcha formed by former finance minister Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal and former Chief Minister Mr. Surjit Singh Barnala along with the left parties, the Chief Minister said that the Morcha has no standing amongst the people of Punjab and it would be routed out from the state in coming assembly elections by the people. Mr. Badal said that the fate of Congress and its entire leadership of the state which is supporting this morcha in covert manner would also be the same. “The Sanjha Morcha is infact a pack of power starved opportunists and I have full faith that the wise voters of Punjab would teach these people a lesson similar to the one taught to Panthic Morcha in recently concluded SGPC general election” he added.
Commenting on the probability of alliance of SAD with some other party along with that of BJP, the chief minister reiterated that SAD would welcome any such alliance which aims to defeat the Congress. However he asserted that SAD-BJP alliance was firm and would contest the elections jointly to form the first ever second consecutive government in the state. “During the regime of SAD-BJP government unprecedented development has taken place in the state due to which the voters will vote for bringing us back in power” he added.
Listing the revolutionary steps taken by the SAD-BJP government in over hauling the education system of state, the Chief Minister said that they were committed to emerge Punjab as front runner state in the field of education. He said that for this special emphasis has been laid to impart quality education to the students in the far flung areas of Border and Kandi regions of the state. Mr. Badal said that for the first time in the history of state the SAD-BJP government has constituted a separate cadre of teachers for both the regions so that the meritious students of these areas could contribute in the spreading of quality education.
He said that when the SAD-BJP alliance assumed the office after coming to power in the state, Punjab was ranked on 14th slot which was now at third position exclusively due to path breaking initiatives taken by them in all field of education be it school, college and university. Mr Badal said that as Punjab was already number one in terms of the recruitment in Defence services and in the food production too, so the state government was committed to make it number one in education also.
The Chief Minister also laid down th foundation stone of Baba Farid University Regional Centre at Sri Goindwal Sahib. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Badal said that in order to widen the scope of medical education in border region this regional centre which would be known as state institute of public health and paramedical sciences is being constructed at the cost of Rs. 16.50 crore on 19.28 acres of land. Earlier the Chief Minister also inaugurated a Government Adarsh Secondary School at village Baler Khurd and a Model School at Valtoha.He also inaugurated a Power Station at village Algon which has been upgraded from 66 KW to 220 KW.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included MLA Mr. Virsa Singh Valtoha, Vice Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University Mr. Ajaib Singh Brar and Registrar of Guru Nanak Dev University Mr. Inderjit Singh.