While addressing a gathering in the multipurpose sports stadium to mark the 67th Republic Day celebrations in Bathinda, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said the government and security agencies have been working in tandem to curb drug menace in the state.
“No drug is produced in Punjab, in fact the state police has been in the forefront of waging a war against the drug menace and has nabbed several big fish among the smugglers,” he said.
Badal announced the state will soon have 100 per cent sewerage, water supply and other basic amenities in all towns at an estimated cost of Rs 4000 crore in the next two years.
He said that Punjab would witness to an unprecedented developmental phase in the next 2 years with special focus on economic and infrastructural progress to make Punjab a leading state.
He said, “During the previous nine years rule, SAD-BJP government has undertaken several measures to improve upon the flaws at various levels and as a result, Punjab is now a power surplus state. Every major city of the state will be connected with 4 lane and 6 lane highways in the next one and a half years at a cost of Rs. 20,000 crore.”
The deputy CM said as part of the plans for inclusive development of villages and providing basic amenities to the rural areas, Rs 6,000 crore would be spent over the next two years.
Sukhbir said the state government has established Punjab Institute of Sports to attract budding players towards the sports arena and expressed that government’s aim is to contribute maximum number of players to the Indian contingent in next Olympics.
He said that as government’s commitment to work for the welfare of studious children belonging to poor families, meritorious schools have been opened across the state where the expenses of imparting education, accommodation and food to such students are borne by the government.
Against the backdrop of terror attacks, Badal said, “The brave men of our force have demonstrated their steely resolve and determination by combating and neutralizing the terrorists at Dinanagar (Gurdaspur) and Pathankot.”
He also bestowed 18 state awards to people having made contributions in different fields.
Sukhbir announced grants of Rs 5 lakh each to Mahant Gurbanta Das School for Deaf and Dumb, Bathinda and Police DAV Public School Bathinda. He also gave away 25 tricycles and 25 sewing machines to the needy and honoured freedom fighters.
(With Agency inputs)