Slamming the successive Congress governments at the Centre,Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said on Sunday that the party had done grave injustice by fixing the quota of recruitment in the Army from the state,which has adversely affected prospects of a large number of youth desiring to join the armed forces.
He said that the need of the hour was to abolish the quota so that more youth from the state could join the armed forces.
While addressing a sangat darshan programme in Dasuya,where a large number of people are suffering from cholera and diarrhoea,Badal said that he had directed the director (Health and Family Welfare) to immediately take steps to check the spread of diarrhoea and submit a report regarding it. He also announced a relief of Rs 1.5 lakh to one Geeta Rani,whose husband had died of diarrhoea in Dasuya.
The chief minister also sanctioned grant of Rs 5 crore for the development of 74 villages in the constituency. Earlier addressing a gathering,Badal said that to strengthen the Dhussi Dam on river Beas,the state government has released Rs 46 crore to the irrigation department.
While blaming the erstwhile Congress government for creating regional imbalance by ignoring border and Kandi areas of the state,Badal said: The border and Kandi areas of the state have lagged far behind than the other areas in terms of overall development and prosperity.
Due to their vested interests,the Congress leadership has totally neglected border and Kandi areas during their long regime. Hardly any initiative was taken by the Congress leaders to set up industrial units,which could have played a pivotal role in developing these areas,besides generating employment opportunities for youth, he added.
Asked about the power situation in the state,Badal said efforts have been made to increase power generation by setting up three more plants in the state. These under-construction plants will start generating power in the coming years. The problem of power shortage has been accentuated due to scanty rainfall and non-melting of snow, he said.
with pti inputs