A day after spelling out his vision for Amritsar, BJP candidate and senior party leader Arun Jaitley stressed that there was serious need to channelise the youth’s energies in different avenues to fight the growing drug menace in the border belt of Punjab.
Putting up his thoughts on his Facebook page, Jaitley wrote, “In the areas bordering Pakistan, drug trafficking is rampant. A large number of youth start with the thrill of experimentation and eventually become drug addicts. Wherever I travelled during campaigning, many people expressed concern on the issue.”
Though it was the responsibility of every family to inculcate such values in children that kept them away from the forbidden path, nonetheless, governments could not abdicate their responsibility in the matter, he said.
“Both Central and state governments have a responsibility to discharge. A tight vigil along the border which prevents availability of narcotics is the prime responsibility of the governments. Strict and deterrent punishment for those who trade in and supply prohibited drugs is the state’s responsibility.
Creation of six polytechnic institutes, 6 ITIs
Suggesting his agenda to fight the menace, Jaitley said, “There is need to create new avenues for gainful employment. Amritsar has six polytechnic institutes and six industrial training institutes. These need upgrade. Besides, I will seek the creation of six new polytechnic institutes and six new ITIs.
Broadband link in rural areas
He said he would seek robust broadband connectivity and penetration of information technology both for Amritsar and its surrounding rural areas and expedite the establishment of the proposed software technology park of India centre in Amritsar.
He said he would incentivise setting up additional 25,000 small and medium industries (SMEs) based on the comparative factor advantage of Amritsar in textiles, woollen fabrics, textile machinery, agro-processing and leather products. “Many of the existing 12,418 SMEs that give jobs to 55,429 people; along with 24 medium and large units which employ 6,176 people, need financial restructuring. We will commission a detailed study to help the rejuvenation of the SMEs.”
He said he would work towards setting up an entrepreneurial development centre for training of potential entrepreneurs, which would create the basis for new SMEs.
Sports development centres
“Punjab has great tradition of producing outstanding sportsmen. There should be multiple sports centres with facilities of all outdoor sports in the state. There have to be two to three sports centres in every district,” The BJP candidate said.