Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday held a lengthy brainstorming session in Delhi with global industrial giants to give final touches to a blueprint aimed at holistic development of the state with focus on education, health, industrial development and infrastructure.
According to a state government spokesperson, in this third meeting of Punjab Advisory Council, industrialists like SK Munjal of Hero Group; Malvinder Singh, Fortis Health Care; Mohit Gujral, vice-president DLF India; Rakesh Bharti Mittal of Airtel Bharti Group; Kamal Oswal of Nahar Industries; Neeraj Saluja of SEL Ltd; Rajinder Gupta of Trident Group; Naresh Gujral, member of Parliament; Dr Pramod Kumar, chairman governance reforms commission; besides chief secretary Rakesh Singh participated.
The deputy CM held six-hour intensive discussion to finalise a model of development for Punjab that would prepare Punjab for challenges of next 50 years, the state government claimed.
Sukhbir Badal said that as per the decision in the last meeting, the Punjab industry department has already finalised a plan to set up industrial clusters and work on acquisition of land for Derabassi cluster has already started and another clusters were being planned in under developed area of Ropar, Hoshiarpur, Pathankot and Gurdaspur districts. He said that the Punjab government had already promulgated an ordinance to create a special purpose vehicle for handing over the maintenance of industrial areas to industrialists themselves.
Visit to Pakistan
Sukhbir Badal said that the chief secretary had recently visited Pakistan and they have already agreed to allow export of 6,000 items equivalent to Karachi port through Wagah border and India and Pakistan both have agreed to upgrade infrastructure on the border to meet the requirement of expected fivefold increase in export.
He said that export from Wagah border that was presently Rs 2 billion would rise to Rs 10 billion in next three years. He said that he would visit Pakistan next month along with industry delegation to work out the modalities.
The deputy CM constituted sub-committees on skill development, IT and IT-enabled services, industry, healthcare, infrastructure and education. He said that these sub-committees would deliberate every week to finalise their plans up to November and based on the reports of the sub-committees the Punjab government would tweak its policies, firm up legislative business and draw a comprehensive holistic development policy for the state and the Punjab government would organise road shows in various states and countries to attract investment in infrastructure, industry and trade sector showcasing the policy framework.
In the education sector, the deputy CM said that Punjab was planning edu-cities in Mullanpur, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar. Sukhbir Badal said that he has already invited top universities of the world to set up their campuses on the pattern of Oxford in the proposed edu-cities. He said that he has already called a meeting of the education department to revamp the primary and secondary education system making every teacher accountable.
90% citizens under Aadhar scheme by March
Chief secretary Rakesh Singh informed that the Punjab government has already tied up with RBI that was instructing all nationalised banks for online disbursal of various subsidies to the citizens through banks. He said that by March 31 Punjab plans to cover 90% citizens under Aadhar scheme and by integrating Aadhar with bank accounts, subsidy payment would be facilitated. He said that Punjab was also working on multi-model travel plan for big cities of the state.