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Press release for Punjab Govt
Jan 12, 2008




Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today announced to dedicate year 2008 to the education and employment generation in the state.

While inaugurating an international conference on investment opportunities for global competitiveness & Employability of Punjab youth organized by International Punjabi Chamber for Service Industry (IPCSI) on 6th annual Parvasi Punjabi Divas 2008 here at Hotel Mountview, Mr.Badal said that our government had decided to undertake an extensive survey of the educated unemployed youth with rural background to enable them to get appropriate jobs according to their educational qualifications and experiences. He said that the department of employment generation set up by our government would directly supervise this gigantic task and the compilation of data therefore, would act as a reservoir to provide relevant jobs to the eligible candidates. Besides our government had also focused its intention to generate tremendous potential for job opportunities for the unemployed youth by opening skill development centers to upgrade their skills so that they could be gainfully employed in the country as well as abroad. He said that the state government had already tied up with an eminent multi-national company Larsen & Toubro to set up a skill development center to impart training to the youth in the field of construction and building. He said that there was an ample scope for the youth to be absorbed in the avenues of electrical, mechanical, auto engineering, plumbing and marble fixing. He said that the government had also set up a private security training institute at Jehankhelan in Hoshiarpur district to impart training to the unemployed youth in the field of private security. He said that with the up coming malls, shopping plazas, multiplexes, industry and clubs there would be a considerable scope of their absorption.

Outlining the vision of his government to impart quality education to the students, Mr.Badal said that the state government was fully seized of its inherent weaknesses in the system of education. He said that with the opening of Adarsh Schools in the state, the government had made concerted efforts to provide quality education to the intelligent and poor students at free of cost. He said that the government has initially planed to set up 100 such schools out of which 70 had been finalized. He urged the NRIs to come forward and adopt these schools as government was ready to bear 75% of the cost component and the remaining 25% was to be borne out by the NRIs. The Chief Minister also asked the NRIs to take initiatives for development projects and schemes in their native villages in the same ratio of 75:25. He also impressed upon the NRIs to share their experiences with the state government in the diverse fields of medicine, healthcare, education and public sanitation to provide basic civic amenities especially to the disadvantaged sections of the society in an effective and meaningful manner.

Dwelling on the concept of human resource development, Mr.Badal said that it was a sorry state of affairs that none of any government, Centre or States had paid any attention to this one of the most crucial aspect rather completely ignored it. He said that our government had made concerted efforts to concentrate on this issue and the positive results were forthcoming.

In his theme address patron of IPCSI, Mr.AR Kohli said that with half the population under the age of 25% India has already the youngest labour force in the world. "India is not expected to pass china in total population until 2030. But India will have more young workers aged 20 to 24 by 2013. The international labour predicts that by 2020, India will have 116 million workers in this age group bracket to China's 94 million, if these workers are adequately trained and skilled, they will give the country a huge competitive advantage in terms of raising per capita incomes and reducing dependency ratios", observed Mr.Kohli.

In his welcome address President of Honour IPCSI Dr.AS Marwaha from USA emphasized the need to impart skill training to the youth so that they could further create job opportunities for the unemployed. He said that it was a high time to shift the focus from job seekers to job creators.

On the occasion, Dr.Gulshan Sharma, Secretary General, IPCSI highlighted the concept of the conference and introduced the dignitaries to the Chief Minister.

Earlier, the Chief Minister formally inaugurated the conference by lighting a lamp and released a book 'Knowledge Reservoir' – a roadmap for the skill development. He also honoured some eminent personalities including Prof.Satinder Dhiman, Inder Singh, Darshan Singh Bagga, Jasbir Singh Sachar, Ms. Anu Peshawaria Bobby Rekhi (all from USA), UNITECH Executive Vice President VK Chadha, SS Chawla from Thailand, Protector General of Immigrants J Panda, Mr.Gaipov Sunnatulla of Uzbekistan Airways, Regional Head ICICI Bank Vishal Batra and Amandeep Walia from Standard Chartered.



Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal would now hold Sangat Darshan at his residence ( K.No.45, Sector 2, Chandigarh) on every Tuesday from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm instead of earlier timings of 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm with effect from January 15.

Disclosing this here today Advisor to Chief Minister Dr.Daljit Singh Cheema said that the change in the timing scheduled had been effected keeping in view the convenience of the general public.




A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Punjab Government and the Loomba Trust (UK) was signed here in the presence of Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal at his residence late last evening. Mrs.Cherie Blair President of Loomba Trust and Principal Secretary School Education KBS Sidhu signed on behalf of the Loomba Trust and Punjab Government.

The MoU had been signed to substantially upgrade the infrastructural facilities in the Govt. Senior Secondary School, Dhilwan in Kapurthala district on the basis of sharing of 50:50. The trust would contribute Rs.50 lakh for this project and the same amount would be contributed by the Punjab government. Mr.Raj Loomba an NRI from Dhilwan and architect of this project would work on the finer details and it was mutually agreed to rename the school as Shri Jagiri Lal Loomba Memorial Government Senior Secondary School Dhilwan.

Taking part in the deliberations, Mr.Badal said that it was a matter of great honour for all of us that first such project had fructified after the detailed interaction with NRIs during the recently concluded Punjabi NRI Sammelan at Chandigarh and Jalandhar. 'During the Sammelan our government motivated the NRIs to adopt schools in their native villages with an objective to provide quality education to the students and it is an endeavour of the state government to upgrade all the senior secondary schools in the state in a phased manner and NRIs could play a pivotal role in this direction', said Mr.Badal. He urged the other NRIs also to follow the footsteps of Loomba Trust to strengthen the educational scenario in the state.

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Cherie Blair said that education was a base of any healthy society or a nation. She said that government alone could not undertake this social task due to limited resources especially in developing and under develop countries. She impressed upon the non government organizations, voluntary, social and religious organizations to come forward to generate generously for such causes. It may be recalled the Loomba Trust had been working extensively in the field of education for the children of poor widows all over India and other under developed countries.

Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Chief Secretary RI Singh, Mr.Raj Loomba and his wife.


Chandigarh January 12: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today asked the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to intervene with the French Government to ensure that there are no violations of human rights against the Indians especially Punjabis and the Sikhs in that country.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh said that cases of racial discrimination against the Indians in general and Punjabis and the Sikhs in particular have been on the rise. Mr. Badal had been receiving complaints from almost all over the world about such cases.

In his letter Mr. Badal spoke about several recent incidents of racial discrimination in France pointing out especially case of ban on turban in educational institutions in that country. He urged Dr. Manmohan Singh to take up the issue with the President of France, Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy who would be visiting India on January 26.

S. Badal said that the Government and the people of France firmly believe in sharing the liberal ethos incarnated in the values for which people all over the world, the French in particular have fought. Mr. Badal hoped that Dr. Singh would certainly bring to the notice of the visiting dignitary, the issues of violation of basic religious liberties against the Sikhs in that country. And he hoped that the French President would not only appreciate their concern in the matter but also take concrete steps to make certain the image of the French Nation in respecting fundamental right to religious freedom is safeguarded.