Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday called upon representatives of all political parties to strictly maintain decorum, discipline and refrain from creating ruckus through hooting and other unsavoury acts of distraction during public functions.
Interacting with mediapersons here at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on the sidelines of a function to mark the launch of a welfare scheme for widows, the CM said this unhealthy practice was not only undemocratic but also ethically and morally deplorable.
On the jeering during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent function in Haryana, where chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was targeted, Badal said he could not comment specifically as he did not know whether the incident was spontaneous or planned.
Replying to a query regarding Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement on Hindutva, the CM said all religions must be respected and one should abstain from hurting sentiments of people from different religions.
Earlier, addressing the gathering, Badal lauded Raj Loomba, founder-chairman of the Loomba Foundation, for launching the project to offer self-employment opportunities to widows by imparting them training in tailoring, stitching, embroidery and dress designing. He called upon the leading industrialists and entrepreneurs to come forward for setting up such welfare projects in partnership with the government, adding that the state government would extend all possible help in this regard.
Badal impressed upon trustee Aruna Oswal to come up with a detailed proposal for establishing such a project in collaboration with the state government.
The CM said the Loomba foundation and the state government had invested Rs 1 crore each as part of this ambitious scheme.
Badal also gave the nod for setting up a state-of-the art multi skill centre at the vacant premises of the knitwear facility, managed and run by the Punjab State Hosiery and Knitwear Development Corporation here at the local industrial focal point. A decision to this effect was taken by the CM during a high-level meeting with the captains of the local industry.
On the occasion, the CM also constituted a committee of key industrialists headed by Pankaj Munjal to look into the affairs of the multi-skill centre. Other members of the committee are Sandeep Minni Riat, SP Oswal, Upkar Singh, SC Ralhan, Avtar Singh and the Ludhiana deputy commissioner. Badal also directed the DC to get this committee/society registered at the earliest for the smooth management of its affairs.
The CM asked the committee to implement this project within three months and assured to provide lump sum amount requisite for repair and renovation, besides machinery/infrastructure required for skill training as part of the capital cost.
Badal also asked the committee members, especially the deputy commissioner, to work out the modalities for the renovation of the premises of the knitwear facility, according to the requirement to impart training to at least 2,000 unemployed youths every year.