The workers of the ruling SAD would soon be issued identity cards, announced Punjab’s senior Cabinet Minister and SAD general secretary Capt Kanwaljit Singh in Kharar on Tuesday.
He said the move was aimed at restoring the honour of the ruling party’s activists in the public offices. "Unlike previous regime, we would not tolerate indifferent attitude of the public servants towards the public, especially our party workers and leaders," the senior Akali leader categorically stated.
Addressing an impressive gathering at a thanksgiving function, Capt Kanwaljit announced that a special women empowerment scheme in Punjab was on the anvil with an aim to improve the condition of women, empower them and make them self-reliant. Under this scheme, the women societies would be formed to impart education and guidance for starting their own business. The state government would provide requisite financial assistance for the project. "If I succeeded to empower the Punjabi women, it would be my biggest achievement," said he.
In another major initiative, the SAD would form labourer wing of the party to unite the labourers and make them aware about their rights in the state, disclosed the SAD general secretary.
Capt Kanwaljit, who also holds the portfolio of Cooperation Ministry, declared that in order to bring it out from the present crisis, the Cooperation Department would soon be totally revamped and overhauled to ensure its direct link with even the small village farmer and labourer.
Accusing the previous Congress regime for "all ills" prevailing in the society, the Minister revealed that the Congress had distributed Rs 4,000 crore under Punjab Nirman Fund after taking loan, the amount of which has swelled up to Rs 54,000 crore. He castigated the Capt Amarinder Singh government for not even increasing a single unit power generation in Punjab during the past five years.
Capt Kanwaljit and his son Jasjit Singh Bunny, who had unsuccessfully contested February 13 Punjab Assembly elections from Kharar, while thanking Kharar residents for their support, assured them to fulfill the pre-poll promises besides always remaining available for public cause.