Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday claimed that under the SAD-BJP regime Punjab flourished more than any other state of India.
While addressing a gathering at the Government College Sports Stadium, here, Sukhbir said the facilities given by the government to various sections of the society in Punjab were not given to the people of any other state in the country.
Sukhbir told that in Punjab farmers were getting free power for their tubewells. “Besides, interest free loan upto Rs 1 lakh is being given to the needy farmers and they are also getting free medical treatment worth Rs 50,000 under the health insurance scheme. Rs 5 lakh ex-gracia grant is being given to the family of a covered farmer after his death and sufficient grant under shagun scheme, old age pension and other welfare pensions, etc are being also given to them,” he said.
Sukhbir remarked that in future old age pensions would be sanctioned on the recommendations of sarpanches, panches, block samiti members and zila parishad members.
Sukhbir asserted that the people would get all the government works done at the ‘sewa kendras’ at their villages and they wouldn’t have to go to the government offices for their works. He asserted that 1.20 lakh jobs would be given to the youths in various departments in the coming days in Punjab.
Sukhbir expressed that skill training centres would be set up for providing training in various trades across the state shortly to enable the youths earn their living.
Sukhbir claimed that the state government had spent Rs 20-25 crore to set up thermal power plants in Punjab to provide power round the clock to the people and now power cuts were out of question in Punjab.
Sukhbir said now Punjab had roads which were better than even the foreign country roads. Sukhbir claimed that Parkash Singh Badal-led SAD-BJP government had done innumerable developmental works under its present over nine years of regime, whereas the developmental works done by the previous Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress government could be counted on tips of the fingers.
Lashing out at the arrival of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab, Sukhbir said ‘topiwala’s’ (Arvind Kejriwal’s) government had failed in Delhi. Sukhbir said in Delhi the people were getting power at higher rates than in Punjab.
Sukhbir claimed that AAP could not stand before the Shiromani Akali Dal, a party with a long history of sacrifices and deep rooted one.
Earlier, Sukhbir inaugurated an automated driving test centre in Gurdaspur where the applicant would be able to get driving licence within 15 minutes after passing the driving test.