UT administrator and governor of Punjab Kaptan Singh Solanki said Chandigarh is the pride of India and it would turn out to be an ideal Smart City while hoisting the National Flag at Sector 17 parade ground on Republic Day.
He said efforts were being put in to ensure 24 hour water and power supply, better transportation and environment protection. He said Chandigarh had been provided 40 million gallon of water from Punjab and Haryana, besides city also got an industrial policy.
Solanki said, “A metro-link for Chandigarh-Mohali-Panchkula will come up and airport like facilities at Chandigarh railway station based on the pattern of developed countries would be provided soon.”
He further said that Chandigarh had “already taken the lead” in the area of e-governance through e-sampark, e-jan sampark, m-sampark, mobile RLAM directory, e-stamping, e-education, e-campus, e-saksham, e-payment and gram sampark.
Steps have been taken by the administration to promote “Digital India” programme, and Chandigarh has been conferred with “Golden Icon Award” for its e-sampark programme.
Highlighting the steps taken to make Chandigarh Police into Smart Police, he said that Chandigarh had been initiated through I-click kiosks, Mobile Safety App, Women and Child helpline, Women PCR, pick and drop facility and Operation Muskaan.
To make Chandigarh slum-free, the housing board constructed and allotted 12, 736 one room flats between 2010- 2015. With this, housing board has constructed 64,000 houses.
Listing out the various projects, the administrator said Chandigarh as well as Punjab and Haryana are implementing Digital India, Make in India, Start-up India, Skill Development, Smart City, Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojna, Suraksha Beema and Jeevan Jyoti Yojana, Atal Pension Yojna, Swachh Haryana-Swachh Bharat, Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, Beti Bachao- Beti Padhao Yojana and many others schemes.
Credits Punjab and Haryana for their contributions
Kaptan Singh Solanki highlighted the contribution of both Punjab and Haryana in making India sufficient in the supply of food-grains and said that is why this region is termed as the “Granary of India”. He said, “India is facing challenges in the shape of terrorism, regionalism, communalism, corruption, female foeticide, crime against women, consumerism and materialism. These challenges can only be met by strong character- building which will then result in a strong democracy. Punjab has contributed a lot in the defence and economic development of India.”
Highlighting about Haryana, Solanki said, “With its fertile land, Haryana is a major contributor to the country’s granaries. It is a state that takes pride in its Murrah buffaloes and Sahiwal cows for its ongoing revolution in cattle-rearing. Haryana is known for contributing one in every ten soldiers joining the defence services, producing olympic and internationally acclaimed sports persons and not to forget Kaplana Chawla, astronaut and the great daughter of Haryana. “
He said, “Geeta festival is celebrated in the entire state and efforts are also being made to revive River Saraswati again. E-governance initiatives have been taken. Programmes like CM-Window, CM Web Portal, State Portal, e-disha Kendra for land registration, disbursal of pensions from Banks and Post offices through “Thaari Pension Thaare Paas” have proved very successful. In the field of sports, “Haryana Physical Acitivity and Sports Policy” aims to promote Yoga at the district level.”
Vijay Dev promotes cycling
UT Adviser Vijay Dev gave a message of promoting cycling in the city by himself leading a group of cyclists during the Republic Day parade. Accompanied by DIG AS Cheema and a group of cyclists, the adviser cycled to highlight the importance of cycling.