PUNJAB CM FOR A STRONGER STATE POLICE FO
PUNJAB CM FOR A STRONGER STATE POLICE FORCE
Ferozpur September 23:
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has announced that the state police would soon be given new and sophisticated weaponry to fight any instance of terrorism.
Badal, who was speaking at Gubaya village while laying the foundation stone of a primary health centre, said, “A scheme is being devised to upgrade our state police and at the same time, new recruitment in the understaffed police department will also be done soon.”
The Chief Minister added that the Centre should devise a strong policy to combat terrorism and a meeting of all chief ministers should be called for it. Stating that there is no threat to the life of Member Parliament Rahul Gandhi till the time he is in Punjab, Badal said the claims of the Congress that they had to cancel Rahul Gandhi’s visit to some parts of the state owing to security reasons are false, as “it is our duty to provide full security to any VIP visiting our state”.
Addressing another major issue concerning this part of Malwa, Badal said, “Water logging is a major cause of concern and for this the state Government has decided to remodel drains, canals and other water channels. The entire project will cost around Rs 3,243 crore. This project will result in farmers of this area getting 30 per cent more water for irrigation purposes.” The Chief Minister also added that the state government is consulting experts from the World Bank and others to find a solution to this problem.
During his tour of the area, Badal also attended a function to mark the death anniversary of Akali leader Nardam Singh Virring at Karunj village. Badal was accompanied by Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sher Singh Gobaya and Irrigation Minister Janmejah Singh Sekhon.
Baba Farid Aagman Purb would be given the status of a "heritage festival" on the lines of festivals held at Amritsar, Kapurthala and Patiala from next year, said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday. Presiding over the 23rd Baba Sheikh Farid Rural Sports and Cultural festival, Badal said the Punjab government, in its next annual plan, would make provisions for celebrating the festival on a large scale.