Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore flagged off a para-cycling expedition from Wagha Border, Attari in Amritsar district on Thursday.
Around 34 cyclists participated in expedition which will cover about 500km in nine days before reaching Border Security Force (BSF) camp in New Delhi on December 1. They will be received by Union home minister Raj Nath Singh there.
Speaking on the occasion, Badnore appreciated the BSF for providing an opportunity to ‘Divyang Youdhas’ (physically challenged) to live a dignified life.
As the name suggests, many physically-challenged cyclists also participated in it. The governor also said that during these nine days, entire nation will witness the courage and dedication of the ‘divyangs’ and it will be a moment of pride for them to show that they are not less than anyone.
Launching a training programme for the youth of border areas under civic action plan, Badnore announced that Punjab government has released an amount of Rs 48 lakh to the BSF for imparting skilled training to about 480 youths of the border area villages in four batches at four different locations.
The governor also asked the BSF officers present there to identify eligible girls from the same region for the next training schedule so that these girls can also benefit from the specialised training in different fields.
Adding further Badnore said, “Skill generation mission launched by the Centre aims at creating more job opportunities, space and scope for the development of the talent in the Indian youth. By 2020, about 500 million youth of our country will be imparted training covering each and every village of the country.”
Arun Kumar, director general, BSF; Anil Paliwal, inspector general, BSF; Gulzar Singh Ranike, minister of animal husbandry; Basant Garg, deputy commissioner (DC), Amritsar; DPS Kharbanda, DC, Tarn Taran; Harkanwal Preet Singh Khak, senior superintendent of police (rural) and Aditya Mehta from Mehta foundation were also present on the occasion.