GLOBAL LINKING FOR THE KHALSA BIRTH PLACE DIRECT
BETWEEN MOHALI AIRPORT AND SRI ANANDPUR SAHIB
ANANDPUR SAHIB MARCH 21:
Holy city of Sri Anandpur Sahib and the surrounding region would
now access the Mohali International Airport through a direct express
highway from Chandigarh to Sri Anadpur Sahib via Siswana which
would shorten the distance by approximately 30 KMs .
Addressing an unprecedented gathering of the devotees, on the
historic occasion of annual Hola Mohalla festival on the 'birth
place of Khalsa' here after paying obeisance at Gurdwara Takhat
Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Punjab Chief Minister and Shiormani Akali
Dal patron Mr.Parkash Singh Badal declared that Ropar would be
given divisional Head Quarter status without any further delay.
He clarified that the Cabinet had already cleared the proposal
in this regard and the only issue to be decided was the demarcation
of the areas to be included in the newly created division would
also be sorted out soon.
The Chief Minister's announcement came in response to a fervent
plea made to this fact by the Member Parliament and the Shiromani
Akali Dal President Mr.Sukhbir Singh Badal. The Chief Minister
also conceded another major demand of the residents of Ropar for
constructing a new high level bridge to replace 125 years old
and narrow bridge over Sirhind Canal in Ropar city at a cost of
Rs.8 crore, which had already out lived its life. The construction
work would begin within next 45 days and be completed positively
by November 2009. He also announced to construct another high
level bridge at a cost of Rs.45 crore over river Satluj at Sarai
Pattan thereby fulfilling the long pending demand of the area.
Mr.Badal also promised to construct the proposed by-pass at Ropar
to decongest the vehicular traffic in the city and pave an alternate
smooth passage to the commuters. He said that a skill development
centre would also be set up Sri Anadpur Sahib to impart training
to the youth in vocational and specialized trades to improve their
chances of employability.
The Chief Minister also mentioned that the concerted efforts
of the SAD-BJP Government had resulted in securing a grant of
Rs.97 crore for the overall development of the holy city of Sri
Anandpur Sahib besides the GoI had also approved the state government's
proposal to extend the existing Sri Guru Singh Marg from Sri Anandpur
Sahib to Talwandi Sabo to Sach Khand Takhat Sri Hazoor Sahib,
Nanded in view of year long celebrations of Gurta-Gaddi Diwas.
On the religious agenda, Mr.Badal said that the prestigious
Khalsa Heritage Complex which was initiated by him during the
Tercentenary Khalsa Birth Celebrations in 1999 on the pattern
of a religious monument in Israel which was conceptualized and
designed by a world class architect would be completed within
a year and dedicated to the people on Baisakhi, 2009.. He also
said that the Dasmesh Martial Arts Academy which was established
by his Government as a part of Khalsa Tercentenary Celebrations
had been completed.
Blaming the Congress for 1984 riots, Mr.Badal said that none
on this earth could forget this in human incident which exposed
the much hyped 'secular image' of the party besides leaving a
blot permanently. He also held Congress responsible for the meddling
in the religious affairs of Sikhs and even criticized its role
in the attack on Sri Harimandir Sahib and now a deliberate attempt
to have a separate Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee in Haryana. He
said, "None could suppress the indomitable spirit of the
Sikhs as this community had been blessed with unique quality of
valour and courage by our great Gurus and is a part of our precious
Mr.Badal said that now it was the high time to alert Centre
to shun its indifferent and apathetic attitude towards Punjab's
farming community and industry which had been badly hit due to
its step motherly treatment. Mr.Badal rued that government of
India had recently announced the loan waiver package for the small
and marginal farmers of the country which was nothing but a 'farce
and misnomer of the millennium' as most of the farmers of Punjab
would not be benefited due to the said loan waiver. He described
it as an election stunt just to woo the voters. He however said
that the Centre could not befool the people anymore because they
were wise enough to comprehend the reality. 'Had Congress serious
to the core the farming community of Punjab they had not been
pushed deep into the vicious circle of debt trap', said Mr.Badal.
He said that agriculture was no more a profitable occupation due
to the negligible returns on it due to none remunerative and stagnant
minimum support price for which Centre had always adopted an approach
of 'negativism'. Our Government had been demanding the linking
of MSP with consumer price index since long but Centre always
turned down our plea without any rhyme or reason. He said that
our farmer after exhausting even all its natural resources in
terms of ground water and soil texture had contributed significantly
towards the national food pool but what he got in return except
penury, humiliation and depression which forced him into end his
life by committing suicides.
Mr.Badal also pleaded that the indifferent attitude of Centre
had forced the domestic industry to shift its base from Punjab
to the neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and
J&K which had lured our industry for better incentives and
concessions being provided by GoI.
In his address Member Parliament and President of the Shiromani
Akali Dal Mr.Sukhbir Singh Badal said that the battle for seeking
justice from Centre would continue till our demands were not accepted
in toto. He promised to wage another battle for dissuading Centre
to implement its arbitrary decision to ban the private companies
to buy wheat from the farmers of Punjab. He also promised to secure
an attractive MSP before the sowing of paddy in line with GoI's
earlier decision taken in regard to an increase in the MSP of
wheat to Rs.1000 per quintal. He said that we would continue our
struggle to get further hike in the MSP of wheat to Rs.1400 per
quintal as the Centre was exporting wheat from Australia higher
than the fixed MSP to the tune of Rs.1600 per quintal.
Unfolding the plans for over all development and progress in
the state, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal said that Punjab would be transformed
from a power deficit to power surplus state within next three
years. He hoped that the day was not very far off when Punjab
would be selling extra Power to the other states. He said that
the state Irrigation and Drainage Department had undertaken a
massive programme at a cost of Rs.3200 crore for the de-silting
and lining of the canals and water courses to enhance the intake
capacity of water for irrigation purposes by atleast 30% especially
at the tail ends in the Malwa region.
Keeping in view of the historical importance of the holy city
of Sri Anandpur Sahib, Mr.Sukhbir Singh Badal urged the Chief
Minister to take up the matter with Ministry of Civil Aviation
GoI for setting up of an Airport and flying school at Sri Anandpur
Speaking on the occasion, SGPC President Mr.Avtar Singh complimented
Mr.Badal for securing a special package of Rs.200 crore from Centre
for the overall development of Sri Anandpur Sahib and Talwandi
Sabo. He requested Mr.Badal to develop Sri Anadpur Sahib as a
world class religious tourist destination by creating an excellent
infrastructure in the historic town.
Prominent amongst others who spoke on the occasion included
Member Parliament from Hoshiarpur Mr.Avinash Rai Khanna, Finance
Minister Capt. Kanwaljit Singh, MLA Anadpur Sahib Sant Ajit Singh,
Mr.Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Prof.Prem Singh Chandumajra, Mr.Balwinder
Singh Bhunder (all General Secretaries of SAD), Vice President
Gurdev Singh Badal and ex-Minister & Distt President SAD Ropar
Tara Singh Ladal. Media Advisor to Chief Minister Mr.Harcharan
Bains, Smt.Satwant Kaur Sandhu, Ex-Minister, former MP Satwinder
Kaur Dhaliwal besides the senior leaders and party workers of
SAD-BJP were also present on the occasion
BADAL ANNOUNCES THE SETTING UP OF COUNTRY'S FIRST
Phillaur(Jalandhar) March 21:
The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today announced
the setting up the country's first Police University in the State.
The University would be set up at the site of Punjab Police Academy
, Phillaur and would be named after Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Mr. Badal was addressing the galaxy of Punjab Police personnel
and their families during Annual Passing out Parade at Punjab
Police Academy here. Mr. Badal said that modalities regarding
the setting up of this University would be charted out within
next two months. While congratulating all the officers and the
Police Jawans for passing out their Academy Training Courses,
Mr. Badal called upon them to perform their duties with utmost
dedication, respecting the rule of law and be a symbol of security
to the people. He further said that police should command the
people's respect rather then creating fear in their minds.
Lauding the role of Police Academy Phillaur in running various
training courses and organizing state level seminars, Chief Minister
said that this academy had distinction of being the first police
training institution in Asia to impart the study of MA, M.Phil
and PhD levels in the discipline of Police Administration. Considering
the demands put forth by Mr. Rajdeep Singh Gill, DGP-cum-Director,
Punjab Police Academy Phillaur Mr. Badal announced that as many
as 21 law officer would be appointed soon in the Academy to strengthen
the Faculty of Law and special incentives would also be provided
to the officers of the Punjab Police Academy Phillaur on the pattern
of Vallabh Bhai Patel Police Academy Hyderabad.
The Chief Minister further announced that Rs.2 Crore would be
provided for the infrastructural development of the police academy,
beside a grant of Rs. 25 lac from his discretionary fund for the
development of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Police Public School , Phillaur.
Mr. Badal also authorised the Director, Police Academy to arrange
subject experts from the country as well as from abroad to impart
high quality training to our police personnel as it was the need
of the hour today.
In his report DGP-cum-Director Punjab Police Academy Mr. R. S.
Gill emphasized the need to sensitize police personnel about issues
related to Human Rights, Cyber Crime, Economic offences, Crimes
against women, children and other vulnerable sections of the society.
He said that Academy was regularly organizing State level Debates
on Human Rights and now had approached the National Human Rights
Commission for hosting the first ever National level Debate Competition
on 'Human Rights and Police' in the Academy. Mr. Gill further
informed that another State level Training Programme on 'Copy
Right Act' had also been organized in which Sessions Judges and
District Attorneys participated.
Later, talking with media persons Mr. Badal said that Punjab
was the most peaceful state in the country.
Earlier Mr. Badal took salute from an impressive march-past of
1483 trainees of various basic and promotional courses who were
passing out this year under the parade commander Probationary
Lt. Yeshay T. Phuntsho of Bhutan . It may be mentioned here that
these trainees belong to different states of India as well as
other countries like Bhutan and Maldives . The Chief Minister
also gave away prizes to those trainees who got distinction in
different activities during the training. Besides, the Chief Minister
also presented four President's Police Medals for Distinguished
Service to Mr. Anil Kaushik ADGP, Security, Punjab, Mr. Shashi
Kant, ADGP Intelligence, Punjab , Mr. Paramjit Singh Gill, DIG-Patiala
Range; Mr. Jagdish Singh Kahlon, SP-Detective, Ferozepur, and
twenty eight Police Medals for Meritorious Service to Mr. Gurdev
Singh Sahota, IGP/PAP Jalandhar; Mr. Parampal Singh Sidhu, DIG/Border
Range, Amritsar, Mr. H.S. Sidhu, DIG/Admn., Punjab, Mr. Gaurav
Yadav, DIG/Intelligence, Punjab, Mr. Kuldeep Singh, DIG/Training,
PAP Jalandhar, Mr. Lashkar Singh, SP, Detective, Moga, Lady Inspr.
Ms. Mohinder Kaur, Inspr. Gurdeep Singh, Inspr. Gurjit Singh,
SI Brahma Nand, SI Kulwant Singh, SI Sarabjit Paul, SI Lal Mohammad,
SI Inder Paul, SI Gian Singh, SI Bachittar Singh, SI Dharam Singh
SI Sewak Singh, SI Sukhwinder Singh, ASI Major Singh, ASI Vijay
Paul, ASI Daljit Singh, ASI Rajwinder Kaur, ASI Sukhwinder Singh,
HC Joginder Ram, HC Karaj Singh, HC Buta Singh and HC(ORP) Joginder
Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included
Media Advisor to the Chief Minister Punjab Mr. Harcharan Bains,
Senior Akali Leader Mr. Balwinder Singh Bhundar and Director General
of Police NPS Aulakh, besides many senior police and civil officers.