BADAL ANNOUNCES ANALYSIS OF WATER SAMPLE OF ALL VILLAGES TO CHECK QUALITY OF DRINKING WATER
UCHHI RABBO (LUDHIANA) JULY 04: In a bid to check the quality of drinking water, the Punjab government has decided to take sample of water from all the villages for analysis within next three months and appropriate steps would be taken to ensure supply of safe drinking water after the comprehensive report based on the analysis.
This was disclosed here today Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal while interacting to the media persons during the martyrdom day of first martyr of the national freedom struggle Baba Maharaj Singh at a state level function. He said that the state government was committed to provide the best quality potable water because the inferior water resulted in several fatal diseases for which the government has taken a cautious decision to undertake the quality analysis of the drinking water through taking out its samples from the villages across the state.
The Chief Minister further said that the underground water in most of the parts of the state was saline for which even the team of Planning Commission led by Mr. Mihir Shah also expressed their concern in this regard. The team observed if the saline water moved in others parts of the state it could pose an acute problem for the state. The team also apprehended that the salinity content in the underground water could also severally jeopardize the chances of bumper food production thereby economically affecting the peasantry enormously.
On the issue of power shortage in the state, Mr. Badal said that the delayed monsoons had further aggravated this situation in the state even then the state government was making elaborate arrangements to ensure uninterrupted power supply in the state. He said that the civil works in all the ongoing thermal power plants was in full swing and there would no shortage of power within next two years. He said the state government was purchasing 350 MW power from Central pool this year also like previous years.
Paying glorious tributes to the first martyr of the national freedom struggle Baba Maharaj Singh, the Chief Minister said that his unprecedented and supreme sacrifice would ever remain a source of inspiration for inculcating the spirit of patriotism and self sacrifices amongst our youth. He said Baba Maharaj Singh’s spirit of nationalism unnerved the regime of British and thus paved a way to free our motherland from the yoke of British imperialism. He said that the state government would soon build a state-of-the-art Jang-e-Azadi memorial at Kartarpur over an area of 25 acre dedicated to the unparalleled sacrifices made by our several valiant warriors and patriots including Baba Maharaj Singh in the national freedom struggle. He said that this memorial would also be a beacon for our future generations to apprise them with our rich legacy of patriotism. He announced a life sized statue of Baba Maharaj Singh to be installed at some appropriate site in Ludhiana city and name the local government school at village Uchhi Rabo after Baba Maharaj Singh.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister called upon the panchayats to plant saplings of good species trees on the vacant places and nurture them like their own child so that our future generations could lead a happy life in a clean and green environment. He said no doubt the state government had already launched a vigorous campaign for massive plantation drive but such campaigns could only be successful with the huge participation of the people. Showing concern over the problem of unemployment, Mr. Badal asked the youth to go for vocational and skill development training programs so that they could stand on their feet. He asked the young ones to start their self employment ventures as they had tremendous potential and zeal to learn and work in the prime of their youth.
Speaking on the occasion, Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Mr. Charanjit Singh Atwal said that a comprehensive report relating to the problems of this village and adjoining areas be prepared on the priority so that these could be addressed on the priority