Punjab CM Amarinder seeks one-time development package for state’s border areas from Centre
Punjab CM Amarinder made the request to Rajnath Singh while accompanying him on a visit to Hussainiwala in Ferozepur, where the two leaders paid floral tributes to martyrs Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru at the National Martyrs Memorial.punjab Updated: Oct 17, 2017 22:23 IST
Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh urged Union home minister Rajnath Singh to provide a special one-time infrastructure development package for improving the state’s border areas.
Rajnath was here to inaugurate the newly constructed viewers’ gallery at the Indo-Pakistan joint check post at Hussainiwala. The new gallery will be able to accommodate over 5,000 visitors. Built at the cost of Rs 16.39 crore, the foundation stone of this gallery was laid down by then home minister, P Chidambaram, on October 22, 2010.
Everyday, a large number of people come to witness the retreat drill here where the BSF sentinels and Pakistani Rangers exchange hostile gestures.
Amarinder, who was present at the inauguration ceremony, urged the Union government to acquire land beyond the border fence as it could never be optimally used for agriculture due to security restrictions. Till the land is not acquired, the farmers should be compensated for loss, he added.
The CM also requested the home minister to consider establishment of a railway linked inland container depot near the Attari railway station to boost cross-border trade. The CM also announced a grant of ₹2 lakh for providing quality food to the BSF personnel.
Earlier, Rajnath and Amarinder paid floral tributes at the ‘samadhi’ of freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev.
Later, they drove to the joint check post where they addressed BSF jawans and visited the BSF museum where the original pistol belonging to Bhagat Singh — which was used in killing of British police officer John P Saunders — has been kept.