BADAL DECLARES MALWA BELT TO BE FREE FROM
WATER LOGGING BY JANUARY NEXT
MUKTSAR JANUARY 13, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, today announced
that the entire water logged areas in the Malwa Belt, especially
in the Muktsar district would be cleared off positively within
Addressing a political conference on the auspious occasion of
Maghi, Mr. Badal paid rich tributes to the 40 Muktas (liberated
ones), who sacrificed their lives for the cause of righteouness
and asked the people to follow the rich legacy of Sikhism by raising
a voice against the oppression and tyrincal forces. He said this
pious festival of Maghi always reminds us of our glourious heritage
to follow the gosples of tolerance, love and self esteem as preached
by our great Gurus.
Mr Badal categorically said that the state government had drawn
up a comprehensive plan to eracdicate the problem of water logging
in a time bound manner. He said that the engineers from State
irrigtion Departrment and the Center would jointly launch a operation
to remove the meance of water logging that had resulted in substantial
loss to the property and crops in the region. He said that our
government was fully seized of the problems faced by our people,
but we had limited resources to address them altogether. He, however
said that the state government was committed to solve these problems
one by one by fixing priorities. He reiterated that the government
would provide quality education to the students, especially from
the under previliged sections of the society free of cost and
opening up 100 Adarsh Schools at an investment of Rs 400 cores
was a step in this direction. " This revolounatory decision
would impart quality education to atleast one lac rural students
every year to enable them to compete with the urban students of
Convent and Public Schools", said Mr. Badal.
Blaming the Center for step motherly treatment metted out to
the farmers, the Chief Minister said that it could not throttle
the farming states and deprive them of their justified rights.
He said that the state like Punjab which contributed 60% towards
the national food grain could not be ignored in the issues related
to the farmers like fixation of MSP and the supply of agricultural
inputs in terms of fertilizers besides the subsidies announced
by the Centre from time to time. He said that the the fixatation
of MSP of wheat to Rs.1000 from Rs 750 per quintal was an outcome
of the persistent efforts of the SAD-BJP government to persuade
the Centre for upward revision of MSP. Mr.Badal said he pleaded
the state's case before Centre that the constant frustration mounting
on the peasantry would ultimately push the country in deep food
crises if the farmers of Punjab abstain from growing wheat due
to the diminishing returns on their produce. He reiterated that
SAD-BJP government was pro-farmer and would always fight for their
cause to ensure justice to them. "We would further demand
from Center to enhance the MSP of wheat to atleast Rs 1300 per
quintal and Rs 1000 for paddy", said Mr. Badal.
Accusing 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. 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 legacy".
Coming down heavily on the Congress Government which pushed
the state into deep debt of Rs.53000 crore due to its wrong economic
and financial policies, Mr.Badal said that the our government
was committed to revive the state's derailed economy. He however
hoped that the State Government through its prudent and visionary
approach would put back the State on the path of high growth trajectory.
In his address Member Parliament and working President of the
Shiromani Akali Dal Mr.Sukhbir Singh Badal paid homage to the
40 Muktas on this historic day and said that Sikh Panth was replete
with the saga of supreme sacrifices and always remained on the
forefront in safeguarding the rights of the people before and
after the independence. He said that SAD-BJP government was a
true votary of the common man and always committed for their welfare
and prosperity besides safeguarding their rights. He delcared
that the Punjab government would dedicate year's 2008 to the over
all development in the state with a special thrust on education,
power, revamping of canal iurrigation system and providing the
facilities of drinking water and sewerage in the rural areas.
Lashing at the previous government led by Capt.Amarinder, Mr.
Sukhbir Badal said that the Congress through its autocratic style
of functioning was far away from the hearts of the people because
it never bothered for the welfare of the people at the grass root
levels whereas SAD-BJP government was sensitize to their basic
problems and could feel their pulse. He said that the SAD-BJP
government had embarked upon an ambitious plan to augment the
power supply from 6000 MW, which had been generated in 60 years
to 11000 MW by 2012. An amount of Rs 3000 crores would be spent
for remodeling of the 150 years old canal system to enhance its
intake capacity by 25 to 30% for the development of agriculture
Speaking on the occasion Canadian Member of Parliament, Mr.
Gurbax Singh Malhi, who was a special invitee at the conference
urged the youth to adopt the tenets of Sikhism in true spirits.
He asked the youth to wear turban with reverance because it bestowed
a special identity and honour upon the Sikhs all over the world.
Mr. Malhi said that he being a five times MP to Canadian Government,
was the first sikh allowed to enter the Canadian Parliament with
Prominent amongst others who spoke on the occasion included
SGPC President Jathedar Avtar Singh Makkar, Local Government &
Industry Minister, Mr.Manoranjan Kalia, Cooperation Minister Capt.
Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal, Mr.Balwinder
Singh Bhunder & Prof.Prem Singh Chandumajra (both General
Secretaries of SAD ), Jathedear Tota Singh & Gurdev Singh
Badal ( both Senior Akali leaders and Ex- Ministers) and Sukhdarshan
Singh Marar Ex- MLA from Muktsar. Besides the senior leaders and
party workers of the SAD-BJP who attended the conference.