“We are committed to fulfilling our promise to PU by providing them support for student welfare. The pending funds will also be released soon,” said Youth Akali Dal president and Punjab cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia while speaking about the pending budget of Rs 42 crore that the Punjab government has to pay to the varsity.
At PU to launch an anti-drug awareness initiative of SOI, Majithia said he was unperturbed by the protest in PU which preceded his visit.
“It was not the students, but supporters of Congress who carried out these protests. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed all petitions against me,” said Majithia.
He added that it was the Punjab police which was successful in nabbing the prime accused in the drug racket.
Talking to Newsline, Majithia said the role of students in politics was important and the ban on student elections in colleges of Punjab should be removed. “The ban was imposed when the state was going through a turbulence, but now the situation is better. I am positive about the revival of student elections,” he said.
Highlighting that Punjab had launched a crusade against smuggling of narcotics to save the young generation from falling prey to drug addiction, Majithia said, “Punjab being on the transit route of drug trafficking has always suffered as central government agencies have failed to check flow of drugs across the border.”
Meanwhile, welcoming the SOPU and PUSU leaders to SOI, he assured SAD would give priority to the youth and significant representation not only in local bodies or Panchayat elections but also in Parliament or Vidhan Sabha elections.