Jalandhar: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Monday gave a big gift to the people of Jalandhar by inaugurating development projects worth Rs 100 crore and laying the foundation stone of several projects for the rejuvenation of the city. Verka was inaugurated for the citizens of the city. Similarly, he also inaugurated smart school in Basti Danishmand at a cost of Rs 4.83 crore through virtual medium. He also laid the foundation stone of the project to install street lights on the roads in the Leather Complex of the city.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister said that Jalandhar would be developed as a model city in the days to come and would leave no stone unturned for this noble cause. He also announced to give impetus to the sports industry in the city. The Chief Minister said that giving a big relief to the farmers of Punjab, the state government has announced an increase of 25 percent in crop damage compensation. He said that the farmers whose crops have suffered more than 75 percent damage, will be given a compensation of Rs 15,000 per acre by the state government. He said that earlier this compensation was Rs 12 thousand per acre but our government has decided to increase it.
He said that earlier the entire process of compensation was cumbersome as governments were used to giving meager compensation to farmers. Mann said that instead of providing relief to the farmers, the previous governments were rubbing salt on the wounds of the farmers. The Chief Minister said that a fully automatic fermented milk production plant with a capacity of 1.25 lakh liters per day has been built at Verka at a cost of Rs 84 crore. He said the project includes an automated curd plant with a capacity of 1.5 lakh liters per day and a lassi processing and packaging plant with a capacity of 1.5 lakh liters per day.
He hoped that with this step the milk producers of Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar districts would get good price for milk. Apart from this, direct and indirect employment opportunities are being provided to the youth and entrepreneurs of the surrounding areas. The Chief Minister said that a year ago people had EVMs and used to vote by pressing the button. Mann said that within a year, he is dedicating new schemes to the people of the area by pressing four to five buttons daily. He said that the day was not far when Punjab would emerge as a leading state in the country with the efforts of the state government.
He said that our government is making constant efforts to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor to create an equal society. Mann said that the State Government has taken several exemplary initiatives in this regard. He said that along with providing employment opportunities to the youth, special attention is being paid to strengthen the health and penal sectors. He said that the Punjab government has so far given government jobs to 26,797 youth across the state and the entire recruitment process was done in a transparent manner and merit was the only basis. He said that now these youth have become an integral part of the socio-economic progress of the State.
The Chief Minister said that giving employment to such a large number of youth in a year shows the commitment of the state government to ensure the welfare of the youth and create employment horizon for them. He said that 117 excellence schools have been established in 23 districts to provide quality education to the children. In these schools, students will be prepared for NDA by combining Engineering, Law, Commerce, UPSC and five professional and competitive exams.
He said that the Punjab Government has dedicated more than 500 Aam Aadmi Clinics to the people of the State to provide quality health services to the people. He said that through these clinics, world class treatment and investigation facilities are being made available free of cost. So far more than 15 lakh people have been benefited from these Aam Aadmi clinics and 1.75 lakh patients have been screened free of cost in just a few months.
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