Setting up the state government's agenda for the New Year, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has said that the SAD-BJP coalition would continue its relentless efforts to ensuring the well being of the weaker and under-privileged sections of the state.
Addressing a gathering at a religious function organised by Aadi Dharam Samaj (AADHAS) here at Mandi Bhagatanwali on the New Year eve, the Chief Minister said that whenever the people of Punjab have bestowed upon him the responsibility of serving the state, his government has accorded top priority to ensure the welfare of weaker sections of the society.
He said that the pro-poor programmes like the shagun scheme, atta-dal scheme and Mai Bhago Istri Vidya scheme have been launched by his government for safeguarding the interests of the lower strata of the society.
Badal vowed that his government would continue to make endeavors for the benefit of under-privileged sections of the society, which have played a key role in the overall development of the country in general and Punjab in particular.
The chief minister further said that apart from upgrading the infrastructure in all government schools, six new schools have been opened for the bright students of the weaker sections, who secure 80% or more marks in Class 10 in the government schools.
Badal said that the state government was providing free education to these students along with boarding and lodging facilities.
The chief minister said that one of the biggest achievements of his political career was that a project worth `250 crore has been launched by the state government for the construction of a state-of-the-art temple-cum-panorama centre at Sri Valmiki Tirath in Amritsar.
He exhorted the Valmiki community to become an integral part of the ongoing development of the state by extending fulsome support to the SAD-BJP alliance.
Prominent among others present on the occasion included AADHAS chief Darshan Rattan Raavan and Safai Karamchari Welfare Board chairman Raj Kumar Atikay.