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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Sukhchain (Fazilka), December 24, 2012
Expressing sympathy with the Delhi gangrape victim, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday urged the union government to ensure exemplary punishment to the accused so as to check such heinous crime in the future.
Those indulging in such inhuman activities should not be spared at any cost, stated Badal while advocating more stringent laws to curb crime against women, especially eve-teasing.

"We have already started the process of exploring the possibility of making required amendments in the law to check crime against women besides initiating steps to set up of special fast track courts for dealing with such cases," said the chief minister.

He said it was high time the Centre took necessary action for making law more stringent by declaring eve-teasing a non-bailable offence.

Talking about ruckus during the recent assembly session, Badal said the Opposition never wanted to attend the session. The CM added that he had apprehended that the Congress would not listen to reply of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal regarding law and order situation in the state and his reply regarding utilisation of funds in Lambi assembly segment.

Rs 1,700 crore would be spent for upgrading rural link roads of the state, Badal said, adding that directions had been issued to prepare a list of all rural roads and to start the work at the earliest to ensure better road connectivity in the state.

Badal announced that the Abohar-Dabwali road would be named after religious leader Guru Jambeshwar as a mark of respect to the great Guru of the Bishnoi community.

The state government was also laying thrust on cleaning rivers in Punjab for which an ambitious project of Rs. 3,000 crore had been started for the next three years, the CM said.

Making a scathing attack on the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, the chief minister said due to the wrong policies of the union government, agriculture, which was once considered a lucrative profession, was no longer a profitable venture.

He said the ill-conceived policies of the Centre had led to a sharp increase in the input costs of agriculture whereas the non-remunerative MSP fixed by its officers without analysing the ground realities had squeezed the profit of farmers thereby further aggravating the situation. Badal said he would soon meet the Prime Minister over the issue and would seek his intervention for protecting the interests of farmers to ensure food security in the country.

Exhorting farmers to adopt crop diversification and equip their younger generation with technical training, the chief minister said both these steps would supplement the income of the beleaguered peasantry besides opening new avenues for them.

Badal who was in the town to lay foundation stone of a 'gaushala' and a Hanuman Mandir also announced a grant of Rs. 21 lakh for the under-construction 'gaushala'.

He reiterated the solemn pledge of the state government to protect cows in the state. Badal said with this motive, they had upgraded the already existing Gau Sewa Board in the state into a full-fledged commission so that protection of cows could be ensured.