With parliamentary elections around the corner, the Punjab government seems to be in a hurry to lay foundation stones for promised projects and inauguration of completed development projects across the state.
The hurry of the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata party government can be judged from the fact that working on this agenda, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday laid foundation stones for six development projects related to irrigation and power departments and inaugurated two major projects, including 400kv grid ring system project worth ` 1700 crore at Bhalwan village in Sangrur district.
However, besides addressing a public rally at Bhalwan and Dirba in Sangrur district, Sukhbir hardly spent less than 10 minutes at each site, keeping the district and the police administration on toes. Party in-charges of Nabha, Amargarh, Malerkotla and Sunam constituency units arranged small gatherings of people near venues to witness the foundation-laying ceremonies. "With the completion of these projects, especially the modernisation and upgradation of grid sub stations, farmers and residents of Sangrur district will get better facilities of irrigation and power supply", Sukhbir said.
Inaugurating the grid ring station at Bhalwan, Sukhbir said the project will help to modernise power distribution system that would help to reduce losses to 15 per cent by 2015. "We have linked the grid with help of around 1620 km of power lines to connect it with power supply stations across the state. With purpose to sell power to other states, we have connected the newly inaugurated station with Amritsar and Moga power station", Sukhbir said.
Over the ongoing war of words between Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and former CM Captain Amarinder Singh, Sukhbir said despite confession of Rahul Gandhi regarding involvement of some Congress leaders in 1984 killing of innocent Sikhs, Punjab Congress leaders have been telling a lie and presenting distorted facts. "With only motive to score points before Rahul Gandhi, Captain and the Punjab Pradesh Congress committee president are passing illogical statements", he said.
"The chapter of 1984 killings will not end until culprits are put behind the bars and given severe punishments for killing innocent Sikhs", he said. Meanwhile, commenting on the implementation of the lokpal bill by New Delhi government, Sukhbir said the lokpal is not the solution to end corruption as stringent governance reforms were required to do away with this menace.
Citing the example of Punjab, he said in order to provide clean and transparent governance, all services in the government departments would be made online within six months. Replying to a query on the forthcoming parliament elections, Mr Badal said that the SAD-BJP combine was all set to face elections anytime and the party would announce its candidates shortly.
"Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government should work on the lines of the Punjab government which concentrated on providing better governance by connecting all government departments with online system to provide transparent services to people", he said.