After remaining confined to bed for over three weeks following a fall,which left him injured at his official residence in Chandigarh on October 7,Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was back in action on Saturday.
The first tour of the octogenarian Akali stalwart was to Mohali. He first went to the district judicial courts complex in Phase 3B1 and then made a surprise visit to Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute in Sector 77.
At 10 am,Badal appeared before a Mohali Special Court to furnish surety bond in the sum of Rs 50,000,bringing to end the proceedings in over seven-year-old high-profile case of corruption,disproportionate assets,misuse of official position and several criminal charges,in which he along with his wife Surinder Badal,son Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and their seven close relatives and associates were acquitted on October 1.
While rest of the acquitted persons had already furnished surety bonds,the CM could not make up to the court yet following his injuries.
Since Special Judge Rajinder Aggarwal had asked all the acquitted persons to furnish surety bonds as undertaking to appear before the higher court in case their acquittal was challenged,Badal complied with the court order to pave his way for his Italy visit slated for November 8 to 12.
Taking the district officials by surprise,the CM later went to Sector 77,where he reviewed the ongoing work on Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute coming up on eight acres of land at an estimated expenditure of around Rs 8 crore.
Badal took first-hand account of the progress of the project aimed at encouraging Punjabi youth for a career in the defence forces.
Since defence forces continue to have a huge shortage of middle-rank officers,we have not only decided to set up Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute in Mohali but also announced an incentive scheme for those selected for the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy, the CM told mediapersons.
He said those selected for the NDA and the IMA would be given incentive money of Rs 1 lakh per year for the duration of their stay in the academies. Besides,those aspiring to join the defence forces would be given training at the upcoming institute.
Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) had been assigned the construction work.