Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday said despite being a border state, Punjab is one of the most peaceful state in the country today. Addressing a religious congregation to mark the 90th birth anniversary of Jain saint, Sri Hem Kunwar Ji Maharaj, Badal said the topmost priority of his government from Day One of assuming office had been to maintain communal harmony, peace and amity in the state at every cost.
He added that the state government has remained successful in this endeavour with the active support of the people, as not a single incident of communal violence has been registered during the SAD-BJP regime despite the fact that most other states of the country were facing this problem.
Reiterating the firm commitment of the state government to maintain peace and amity in Punjab, Badal said no one would be ever allowed to disturb the hard-earned peace in the state.
Terming the promotion of communal harmony, peace, amity and brotherhood as the biggest achievements of the state government, he said it has further helped ushering in a new era of unprecedented development in the state.
He added that due to all these factors, Punjab has today figured among the top three most preferred investment destinations of the country, as per a report of the Reserve Bank of India.
The state was today leading the country in health and education, Badal said, adding that the SAD-BJP government would continue to make its concerted efforts to ensure the holistic development of Punjab.
Lashing out at the Centre, the chief minister said the Congress-led UPA government has ruined the country, which was once known as the 'Golden Sparrow' in the world. He said due to wrong policies of the union government, the country was confronting a large number of social maladies like corruption, unemployment, illiteracy and starvation.
Later, addressing a gathering at the residence of Malout MLA Harpreet Singh, Badal impressed upon the youth to play a pivotal role in the smooth functioning of the Panchayti Raj Institutions.
Expressing his happiness over the fact that a large number of youth have been elected as sarpanches, members of block samiti and zila parishad, he hoped that they would work hard with utmost dedication and commitment for ensuring comprehensive development of the villages.
He said the state government was making stupendous efforts to provide world-class civic amenities to villages on par with the urban areas so that people of the rural areas could be benefitted from it.