Claiming that Punjab Police and various other agencies were alert against elements that can scuttle peace, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday assured people that his government would not allow militancy to return in the state.
Badal was here with his wife, Bathinda parliamentarian Harsimrat Kaur Badal, to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple. Responding to a media query about people receiving letters supposedly from militants, he said that in the past five years, police had busted three major militant modules and prevented major strikes.
He accused the union government of not helping Punjab raise money for police modernization, even though Punjab is border state and first to protect citizens from external threat. On a question regarding development projects for Amritsar district, Sukhbir said he had approved a comprehensive plan for the holy city already and it would put Amritsar on international tourist map.
Reviewing the progress of Golden Temple Underground Plaza, Sukhbir said he had reviewed the project and felt sure it could be inaugurated on schedule, by the end of this year. He said the project would help thousands of daily tourists to the shrine get information about its history through audio-visual technology and screenings at a world-class auditorium.
About the proposed welfare schemes of state government, Sukhbir said chief minister Parkash Singh Badal would inaugurate the cashless insurance scheme for atta-dal programme beneficiaries. Families will get cashless treatment worth up to Rs 30,000 in top private hospitals by producing a unique card. The state government would try to double the number of atta-dal scheme beneficiaries from 15 lakh to 30 lakh, the deputy CM said.
Besides, he said, Punjab would introduce Rs 30,000 post-marticulation scholarship for meritorious students of poor families and provide all natives with an insurance cover of up to Rs 1 lakh each. Chief parliamentary secretary Inderbir Singh Bolaria, deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal and police commissioner Ram Singh were present.