After a decade of loot, ensured holistic development: Minister

Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 12 

With its development-oriented policies, the Punjab Government has brought the state on the path of holistic development, whereas the previous SAD-BJP government had always looted it. 

This was stated by Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Minister for Forests and Social Welfare, while speaking at a district-level programme held to administer the oath to elected panchayat representatives at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Sector 78, Mohali, today.

Dharamsot added that during its 10-year tenure, the SAD-BJP government had done nothing for the welfare of the state rather many industrial units were shut down. “On the other hand, in the past two years, around 300 new industrial units have been set up in the state. Defunct and closed units in Mandi Gobindgarh have also been restarted by the government,” he said. 

Speaking about the achievements of the Congress government in the state, Dharamsot claimed that the government had already waived debt of the farmers who owned up to two acres. He said the debt of the farmers who owned up to five acres would also be waived.

Speaking on the occasion, Balbir Singh Sidhu, Minister for Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development, said the credit for fair panchayat election in the district should be given to people and newly elected panchayat representatives. 

The minister said said panchayats should work in a tandem with villagers and development grants would be provided time to time. Sudhu added that it was the responsibility of the newly elected representatives to spend these grants in a planned manner for the development of their villages. 

Preneet Kaur, former Union Minister of State for External Affairs, who was also present at the function, said the present state government reserved 50 per cent of the seats in the recetly held panchayat elections to women. 

Closure of sports complex irks players 

Mohali: Frequent closing of the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Sector 78 for government functions has irked budding sportspersons and their parents. 

  • “The indifferent approach of the authorities adversely impacts practice sessions of our children,” said  parents of some young sportspersons while staging a dharna at the entrance to the sports complex. 
  • “Is it a joke,” asked the  miffed parents and some of the young sportspersons, who were stopped from entering the sports complex by security guards this morning. 
  • Evidently upset over the development, JP Singh, whose two children come daily to the sports complex  for basketball practice, said he, along with his children, reached the stadium at 5 am. “After reaching here, we came to know that the stadium was closed due to a state-level function. This is the third or fourth time when the complex has been closed for sportspersons,” rued JP Singh, along with other parents. 
  • Last month, the stadium was closed for around five days for a function, in which All-India Congress Committee president Rahul Gandhi, along with India’s former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, had participated. 
  • “It was closed for three days when preparations for the recently-held state games were on,” said Samar, a basketball player. 
  • “We don’t want to miss our practice sessions even for a single day. We turn up here even during extreme weather conditions. Why don’t the authorities hold such functions somewhere else,” asked young sportspersons. — Report by Akash Ghai