PUNJAB CM KICK-STARTS PATIALA DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS WORTH RS.213.37 CR, INCLUDING BADI & CHHOTI NADI REJUVENATION

Patiala, January 26: Augmenting his government’s efforts to ensure the holistic development of the state and to harness its optimum tourism potential, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday digitally kicked-off a slew of development projects, worth Rs.213.37 crore, as a gift to the residents of Patiala heritage city on the 72nd Republic Day.

These projects include project for rejuvenation of Badi Nadi & Chhoti Nadi, being implemented by Patiala Urban Planning and Development Authority, at a cost of Rs. 208.33 crore, besides revival of historic Rajindra Lake at Rs.5.04 crore.

According to a spokesperson of Chief Minister’s Office, the rejuvenation project of Badi & Chotti Nadi, which commenced on October 22, 2020, would be completed within 24 months. The work has been allotted to PSSC-GECPL (JV), with allotment amount of Rs.165 crore. The project is being jointly executed by Patiala Urban Planning and Development Authority, Water Resources Department and Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board. The total length of Badi Nadi stretch is 8.65 km, starting from Daulatpura Bridge near focal point. Two STPs (Sewerage Treatment Plant) of 15 MLD and 26 MLD & CETP (Common Effluent Treatment Plant) of 2.5 MLD will be constructed on Badi Nadi to treat the sewer.

The total length of Chotti Nadi is 4.50 km, originating near Patiala railway station with outfall in Badi Nadi near Deer Park. Concrete lining will be done and walkways & cycle tracks will be constructed within the right of way of the Nadi. The campus lighting will be done through a stretch of the Nadi. Work has already started near Tafazalpura drain.

The re-sectioning of both Badi and Chotti Nadi would be done by developing them as a twin trapezoidal section to increase their discharge carrying capacity with a return period of 1 in 50 years. S lines would be laid along the banks of both Badi and Chotti Nadi to capture sewer outfalls for carrying sewage to STP and then discharging clean treated water back into the Badi and Chotti Nadi for recharging of underground water. A permanent water body will be created by constructing weirs at suitable intervals. This will remove un-hygienic conditions prevalent along the Nadis and prevent spread of , thus promoting an eco-friendly environment.

Later, the Chief Minister, accompanied by Member Parliament from Patiala, Preneet Kaur, dedicated to the people of Patiala the newly rejuvenated historic lake, built in 1885 by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh in the memory of his father, Maharaja Rajinder Singh. The Chief Minister took personal initiative in releasing funds under OUVGL to the tune of Rs.5.04 crore through Housing & Urban Development department. The project has been executed by PWD (B&R), Electrical and Drainage department.

Meanwhile, Patiala Deputy Commissioner Kumar Amit apprised the Chief Minister about the works undertaken during rejuvenation, including beautification. He further said supply of clean water has been ensured from the Bhakra main line by installing regulation gate near railway crossing no. 21, on the underground pipe that was earlier laid to supply water for the sacred sarovers of Gurdwara Sri Dukh Niwaran Sahib and Sri Moti Bagh Sahib.

Earlier, the Chief Minister, in his address, highlighted his government’s major achievements and initiatives to propel Punjab into the orbit of higher growth trajectory.
He said that his government has decided to install statues of Bhagwan Parshuram Ji in Ludhiana, Maharaja Agarsain Ji in Bathinda, pioneer of Gadhar movement Baba Sohan Singh Bakhna in Amritsar and legendary freedom fighter Baba Maharaj Singh in his native village.

Under the Ghar Ghar Rozgar te Karobaar Mission, nearly 17 lakh youth have been facilitated since March 2017 and now the state government has fixed a target of 10 lakh more youth to be facilitated for jobs during the current year including one lakh Government Jobs and three lakh Private Jobs besides five lakh to be assisted in various Self Employment ventures.

On the welfare of all sections of the society, the Chief Minister said that Government of India’s apathy to stop the SC scholarship scheme, thereby putting the future of SC students in jeopardy, led the state government to start its own SC scholarship scheme which further forced the Centre to revise its decision. To empower women, the state government has granted 30% reservation to them in government jobs. Apart from this, the government is also supplying subsidized ration to 1.41 crore persons across the state under National Food Security Act, and now an additional 9 lakh persons are also being provided with ration from state government funds. Under BASERA, over 1 lakh slum dwellers would be conferred upon the proprietary rights in the state.

Nearly 4200 Guardians of Governance are keeping a close watch on the development activities in the state to enhance transparency and accountability so as to ensure the fruits of the development schemes reach genuine beneficiaries.

On the school education front, the Chief Minister said that Punjab’s Government Schools have outperformed Private Schools in the Class 10 and Class 12 Board results consecutively for 2 years. He also referred to the two world class institutions of higher learning viz. PLAKSHA University and Amity University, which are coming up at Mohali. Apart from this, Nursery classes have commenced in 12,921 government schools across the State and 2.50 lakh children have already been enrolled. More than 7842 Smart Schools have been opened and English has been introduced as a medium of instruction introduced in over 6000 Govt Schools, with more than 1.46 Lakh students opting for the same.

Highlighting the initiatives for conservation of environment, the Chief Minister said that 77 lakh saplings were planted during the 550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji, with 550 saplings planted in each village/Municipal committee. Likewise, 60 lakh saplings have been planted across the state as a part of 400th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur ji, with 400 saplings being planted in each village/municipal committee. The state's Forest cover has also been increased by 11,363 Hectares since April 2017 and Mission “Tandrust Punjab” is being revamped to make it far more effective, he added.
==============================MY HEART IS WITH FARMERS ON THIS R-DAY,’ SAYS CAPT AMARINDER, APPEALING TO PM TO ACCEPT THEIR DEMAND
SAYS CENTRE INITIALLY KEPT PUNJAB OUT OF COMMITTEE AS THEY KNEW VOICES WOULD RISE FROM HERE

MAKES IT CLEAR NEITHER HE NOR HIS GOVT WERE EVER CONSULTED ON FARM LAWS, DUBS THE LAWS `COMPLETELY WRONG’

Patiala, January 26-Asserting that his heart was with the farmers today amid the Republic Day celebrations, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the Centre had deliberately kept Punjab out of the high-powered committee initially as they knew that the voices of protest would rise from here, and declared that “these voices will continue to rise” till the farmers’ interests are secured.

Punjab was included in the committee only after he personally wrote to the Centre on the issue, said the Chief Minister, making it clear that neither he nor his government were ever asked or consulted about the black Farm Laws.

Appealing to the Prime Minister to fulfil the demands of the agitating farmers, who are sitting at Delhi’s borders for the past two months, the Chief Minister said the Farm Laws are “completely wrong as they are against federalism, since Agriculture is a State subject under Schedule 7 of the Indian Constitution.” Unfurling the national tricolour here at Raja Bhalindra Singh sports complex, the Chief Minister recalled the contribution of Baba Saheb BR Ambedkar, who had drafted the Constitution which remains the bedrock of the nation’s governance till date.

Hoping that the Tractor March of the farmers today passes off as peacefully as their agitation so far has been, the Chief Minister said “old farmers are sitting at the borders of the national capital not for themselves but for their children and the future generations.” Declaring that his government was with the farmers, he said, “Be peaceful, and the country is with you.” He noted that 122 MPs in UK had spoken in favour of the farmers and other countries had also supported the protests as the farmers had been peaceful all along.

Captain Amarinder lamented that he never thought he would see a day when Punjab’s farmers, who had made the nation self-sufficient in food by ushering in the green revolution and ensured that India never needed to beg for food under America’s PL 480, would be forgotten in this manner. At one time, Punjab farmers were contributing 50% to the food basket, and even now contribute 40% of the total foodgrain, the Chief Minister said, adding that “we can never forget what they have done for our country.”

With production now being carried out also in Ganga, Narmada and Kaveri basins, the farmers of Punjab were being sidelined, said the Chief Minister, adding, “God forbid a day will come that Punjab would be needed by the nation again.” Not once did the Congress, which had been providing MSP since, indicated that it would ever be withdrawn or talked about winding up FCI, he said, pointing out that with the PDS system depending on government procurement, the poor would also suffer if the new Farm Laws are not repealed.

Pointing out that 20% of India’s Army comprised Punjabis, the Chief Minister slammed the BJP-led government at the Centre for not bothering about the families of Punjab’s jawans fighting on the fronts to protect the country. Punjab’s soldiers are posted at all fronts, safeguarding the borders, he said, adding that the nation needs to be prepared to meet the multiple threats posed by the collective power of China and Pakistan.

Despite Punjab’s size being reduced drastically in the Partition and then the state’s reorganisation, it had stood for the nation always, and will continue to do so, he added.

Lauding the state’s farmers for the record wheat and paddy production amid the pandemic, Captain Amarinder listed out various measures taken by his government for their welfare, notably the loan waiver and abolition of `kurki’. While 5.62 lakh farmers had already been provided debt relief of Rs 4700 crore, 2.82 lakh landless farm labourers will be given relief this year, he announced.

The Chief Minister also thanked all those, especially the healthcare and frontline workers, who helped the state fight the Covid pandemic and played a vital role in managing the lockdown seamlessly without inconvenience to the people. He made special mention of the Punjab Police, who, for the first time, arranged for distribution of food to ensure that nobody went hungry. He also complimented the expert team under Dr KK Talwar, Raj Bahadur and Dr Rajesh for their guidance and help.

Thanking all those who helped the migrant labourers, whose contribution to the state’s economy is immense, the Chief Minister pointed out that his government had arranged for 500 trains for them to go back home amid the pandemic. He also expressed his gratitude to the people of Punjab for following the rules with discipline, enabling the state to climb down from 3700 cases a day to less than 200.

Captain Amarinder appealed to one and all not to let their guard down but to keep fighting with the same spirit and continue to wear the mask while maintaining social distance. “We have to strive to make Punjab #1,” he said, pointing out that things were now back to normal within the industry, which was completely shut down during the lockdown.

The Chief Minister, on the occasion, saluted the martyrs of the freedom struggle, including those of the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy, and also remembered the great Gurus whose Prakash Parv he has been fortunate in celebrating as chief minister, both in his first and current tenures. He said his government was geared up to celebrate the 400th Prakash Utsav of Guru Teg Bahadur ji in a befitting manner, and pointed out that the Republic Day Tableau of the Punjab Government displayed on Rajpath today was also dedicated to the historic occasion.
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VIOLENCE BY CERTAIN ELEMENTS IN DELHI UNACCEPTABLE, SAYS PUNJAB CM, URGES FARMERS TO RETURN TO BORDERS

ORDERS HIGH ALERT IN PUNJAB AMID DELHI TENSIONS, DIRECTS DGP TO ENSURE LAW & ORDER NOT DISTURBED

Chandigarh, January 26:-Terming as unacceptable the violence perpetrated by certain elements during today’s Tractor Rally in the national capital, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday urged all genuine farmers to immediate vacate Delhi and return to the borders, where they had been protesting peacefully for the past two months.

The Chief Minister also ordered a high alert in Punjab amid the tension and violence in Delhi, and directed DGP Dinkar Gupta to ensure that law and order in the state is not disturbed at any cost.

Expressing grave concern over the situation, the Chief Minister said the violence was apparently triggered by some people who violated the rules laid down for the Tractor March through mutual agreement between the Delhi Police and the Kisan Unions. It was unfortunate that these elements disturbed the peaceful agitation of the farmers, he said, condemning the incidents that took place at the historic Red Fort and some other key points of the national capital.

Pointing out that the major Kisan leaders had already and categorically dissociated themselves from the violence, Captain Amarinder said the agitating farmers should immediately vacate the national capital and get back to their camps at the borders, and continue to engage with the Centre to resolve the crisis over the Farm Laws.

“Shocking scenes in Delhi. The violence by some elements is unacceptable. It'll negate goodwill generated by peacefully protesting farmers. Kisan leaders have disassociated themselves & suspended #TractorRally. I urge all genuine farmers to vacate Delhi & return to borders,” the Chief Minister tweeted.

Captain Amarinder called upon the farmers to continue to exercise the remarkable restraint with which they had conducted their peaceful protests for the past two months at the Delhi borders, and in Punjab prior to that. Pointing out that peace had been the hallmark of their agitation, and the reason for the support they had received from across India and the world, he stressed the need for law and order to be maintained at all costs during the democratic protests by the farmers.


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