Accusing the SAD-BJP government of degrading the education system in Punjab, state Congress chief and Amritsar MP Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said providing quality education would be his top priority and he would revamp the education system once the Congress came to power in the state.
The Congress leader, who was at Hindu College here as chief guest for the convocation, said, “Today, education and health are in a pitiful state. The government has failed to provide quality education and the situation is such that even if students are passing out with degrees, they are not in a position to compete with the youth from other states. Then, there are no jobs for them and that’s because the government has not tried to create any industry in Punjab, which could have given employment to the youth.”
Amarinder said Punjabis should be given a chance to work hard so that they are preferred over those from other states; in case their party came to power he would revive industry and give a boost to agriculture, which would benefit the economy.
He said the primary sector in the state was being neglected and people were suffering from bad governance, so this time people should make the right choice.
He said, “It is the responsibility of the state government to create employment for the youth and for that there should be a vision. Today, if people are not happy because of unemployment, and salary and pension issues, it shows bad governance. Given the chance, I assure to make Punjab a happy state. I would aim that there is smile on every face.”
Amarinder said, “Today, more than 80% students in Punjab study in government schools and colleges but no one is taking their responsibility. It is disheartening to see that where India is growing rapidly, the Punjab youth is struggling to clear competitive exams and is unable to find the right job. Around 29 million people live in Punjab and of them nine million fall in the age group of 18 to 40; among them a few are without jobs while a few are underpaid. It is a shame that the current government has failed to provide the right environment.”
Amarinder said, “In Punjab, a government gardener earns more than a teacher; and a teacher has to handle more than 200 students in a school as majority of the posts are vacant and the infrastructure is in a miserable condition.”
He said if the Congress came to power they would improve the infrastructure and provide quality education.
The heritage colleges and other government-aided colleges would not have to beg for the aid promised by the government. He announced Rs 20 lakh for the college from the MP local area development fund.