Capt Amarinder takes salute at 71st Republic Day celebration with vow to protect secular foundations of constitution

He asserts that secular foundations of Constitution of India would continue to stand firm

Capt Amarinder takes salute at 71st Republic Day celebration with vow to protect secular foundations of constitution
Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh along with other dignitaries at the Republic Day celebrations held at SAS Nagar (Mohali) on Sunday.

Mohali (SAS Nagar): Asserting that the secular foundations of India’s Constitution would continue to stand firm, with the blessings of the Akal Purkh, for all time to come, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday vowed to protect one and all, irrespective of caste, creed or religion.
The Chief Minister declared that the nation’s unity was inviolable, notwithstanding the discordant voices being raised in the current scenario. Pointing out that the resolution passed by the Punjab Assembly (on CAA) was there for all to see, the Chief Minister made it clear that the state would not allow the country’s secular fabric to be destroyed at any cost.
Greeting the people of Punjab on the 71st Republic Day, the Chief Minister said “secularism was the message of our Guru, whose philosophy of ‘Na koyi Hindu, Na koyi Musalaman, Sab Rab ke bande’ is imbued in our consciousness.”
On the occasion, Captain Amarinder unfurled the tricolor, and also took the salute at a colourful parade, followed by a cultural extravaganza by school children. For the first time this year, the Republic Day celebration in the state witnessed an inspiring display by the Special Operations Group (SOG), constituted by the Chief Minister as an elite, specially trained force to combat terrorism, infiltration, hijacking and other sensitive threat situations.
Punjab, Captain Amarinder said in his speech, was blessed by the historic opening of Kartarpur Corridor to facilitate ‘Khule Darshan Didar’ of the revered gurdwara that was touched by the first Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji’s presence. The state was also honoured to be celebrating the 550th Birth Anniversary Year of Guru Nanak Dev ji, the 399th Birth Anniversary of Guru Teg Bahadur ji, the 100th Birth Anniversary of Acharya Shri Mahapragya - the 10th head of Svetambar Terapanth order of Jainism, the 750th Birth Anniversary of Bhagat Namdev ji and the 350th Birth Anniversary of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, he said.
At the same time, his government would continue to work dedicatedly for the progress of Punjab, which had attracted unprecedented investment over the last two plus years, said the Chief Minister, pointing to the Rs. 57,735 Crore investment secured on the ground. He said the efforts to bring in industry would continue, in order to tackle unemployment, which he termed as the biggest challenge faced by the state. Under the ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar te Karobaar Scheme’, 11 lakh jobs had been given to unemployed youth in the state by his government, he said, adding that these efforts would be further strengthened in the coming months.
Emphasising the need for quality and more relevant education Captain Amarinder announced that 19 new IITs would be established in the state, along with new medical colleges in Mohali, Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur.
The Chief Minister reiterated his government’s commitment to farmer welfare, even as he pointed out that the average yield of wheat had increased from 42 Quintal/hectare in the year 2006-07 to all time high of about 52 Quintal/hectare in the year 2018-19, with last year reporting record production of 183 Lakh Metric Tons of wheat. “Farmers have earned Rs. 44,000 crore more in the last six seasons of our Government as compared to the corresponding period of the previous government, as a result of steps to ensure smooth procurement, check on exploitation of farmers and streamlining of transport and labour operations,” he said.
Underlining the importance of environmental protection in the face of the global warming, which was adversely impacting weather patterns, Captain Amarinder disclosed that so far, 76 lakh saplings had been planted across all villages and towns in the state. He appealed to every citizen to contribute to the care of these saplings.
The Chief Minister also underscored the importance given by his government to promoting healthcare and ensuring access to affordable healthcare to the people through the Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana, covering 48 Lakh families (2.2 Crore persons), as against the 14 lakh families covered by the Government of India under scheme. More than one Lakh persons have already availed free cashless treatment under the Yojana, he added. The new AIIMS at Bathinda had also become functional, he noted.
Terming the drug menace as an issue of grave concern, Captain Amarinder said his government remained committed to the total elimination of the problem. The STF set up to tackle the menace had shown excellent results, with as many as 34,373 cases registered so far under the NDPS Act and 42,571 persons having been arrested with recovery of 974 kg heroin. More than 1 lakh addicts are being treated at the 193 OOAT Centres established by the government.
The Chief Minister also expressed satisfaction at the fact that 10.7 lakh beneficiaries had so far been assisted under the Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojna, which aims to ensure that the welfare schemes of the government reach the eligible beneficiaries.
His government, going forward, would further strengthen Mission Tandarust Punjab, and would continue to strengthen its e-service network, which had recently received a major fillip with the launch of Mobile Application – ‘m-Sewa’ – to provide Government services through smart phones, said the Chief Minister.
Disclosing that his government had earmarked Rs. 6200 Crore for Scheduled Caste Sub Plan this year, which was more than 35% of the Budget Estimates, Captain Amarinder reiterated his commitment to the welfare of the weaker sections of the society.
Expressing concern on the issue of safety of women, the Chief Minister said apart from the free Pick and Drop facility by the State Police, One Stop Sakhi Centres had been established in all Districts for the “protection of our daughters.”
On the critical issue of the depleting water table, the Chief Minister stressed upon the need to conserve water, whose level had come down to less than 13 MAF, as a result of 73% of it being used for irrigation purposes. He hoped the Punjab Water Resources (Management & Regulation) Act would help address the problem in a big way. Additionally, his government had engaged the services of Mekorot, the National Water Company of Israel, for formulating a Water Conservation & Management Master Plan (WCMMP), he added.

Mohali (SAS Nagar)
: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday announced a series of welfare and development initiatives to boost progress in the Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar (SAS Nagar) district of the state.
The Chief Minister was here for the state-level 71st Republic Day function, which witnessed a colourful parade and cultural extravaganza to mark the occasion.
Waste and sewage management being a top priority for his government, the Chief Minister announced an Integrated Waste Management System for disposal of the waste in the region. Land had been identified and possession already handed over to Department of Local Government for this purpose, he said.
Captain Amarinder told the massive gathering that a new Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) would be set up at Kharar as part of his government’s commitment to build a Swachch (Clean) Punjab. His government, said Captain Amarinder, would continue to work towards ensure sustainable development by creating the necessary infrastructure for a clean and green Punjab.
With skill development another priority agenda of the government, the Chief Minister also announced a new Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Village Tripari, Block Kharar, to be constructed on the land gifted by the Gram Panchayat. The Rs.5 crore project will further promote vocational training and create an employable youth force to power the state’s progress in the coming years, he said.
A new market committee will also be established in Mohali, to facilitate smooth and hassle-free procurement and marketing of produce for the farmers, whose welfare his government was totally committed to, announced the Chief Minister. The market committee will help in maintaining the mandis and providing farmers with pure seeds and other material to help them boost their income, he added.
Captain Amarinder also announced construction of Police Line to ensure the welfare of the police force and their families in the district.

SAS Nagar (Mohali)
: Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday honoured 11 state police officers with the Chief Minister’s Police Medals in recognition of their outstanding performance and discharge of duty with utmost sincerity, dedication and commitment. As many as 43 prominent personalities were also honoured for their exemplary services in different fields.
On the occasion of the 71st Republic Day, the Chief Minister also paid glowing tributes to Major Harminder Pal Singh, Shaurya Chakra by placing a wreath in the memory of the son of the soil who displayed inspiring leadership, exceptional courage and unparalleled bravery while fighting the militants in J&K and made supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Army.
Meanwhile, Captain Amarinder Singh also honoured SP Headquarter Ropar Jagjit Singh, ACP Industrial Area, Ludhiana Sandeep Kumar and DSP Headquarter Ropar Chand Singh with Chief Minister Rakshak Padak. Likewise, he also presented Chief Minister Medal for Outstanding Devotion to Duty to ACP (Traffic-1) Ludhiana City Gurdev Singh, DSP Intelligence Wing PAP Kamaljeet Kumar, Inspector Vigilance Bureau Patiala Range Pritpal Singh, Inspector Special Cell Intelligence Punjab Sukhjit Singh, Sub Inspector Harshjot Kaur from Barnala, Sub Inspector Bhupinder Singh of PPA Phillaur, Sub Inspector Harjit Singh from Fatehgarh Sahib, ASI Headquarter Vigilance Bureau SAS Nagar Kulbhushan Bagga, ASI Intelligence Wing Punjab Manpreet Singh, ASI Intelligence Wing Punjab Narinder Kumar and Constable Intelligence Wing Punjab Bikramjit Singh.
Amongst freedom fighters Swaran Singh and Gurdeep Singh were honoured. Similarly, four social workers including President Rotary Club Mohali Harjit Singh, Social Worker Paramdeep Singh Bhabat, Sarpanch Jaspreet Singh from Village Barsaalpur and Progressive floriculturist Guneet Kaur were honoured for their distinguished services.
Apart from these, an eminent theatre personality Harbaksh Singh Lata, Road Safety Engineer Charanjit, Math Mistress Jagjit Kaur, Senior Assistant Kuldeep Chand, Executive Engineer Water Supply and Sanitation Sahil Sharma, Khushpreet Singh, Senior Assistant Ritu Kapoor, District Forest Officer Guraman Preet Singh, Executive Engineer Public Health Kamal Kishore, Block Development and Panchayat Officer Derabassi Sukhchain Singh, Tehsildar Mohali Sukhpinder Kaur, Epidemiologist Dr. Harmandeep Kaur, Junior Assistant Ramandeep Singh, Patwari Bachitar Singh, Sub Inspector Satpal Singh, ASI Narpinder Pal Singh, ASI Sukhpal Singh, Constable Varinder Singh, Probationer Sub Inspector Ajitesh Kaushal, ASI Gurmeet Singh, Head Constable Karandeep Singh, Junior Assistant Sanjiv Kumar, Election Kanungo Surinder Kumar, Sunita Sharma, Executive Engineer PWD (B&R) Arshdeep Singh, Secretary Zila Parishad Ravinder Singh, DSM Anish Garg, SDO Mohit Nagpal, Deputy CEO District Employment and Business Bureau Manjesh Kumar, Raghbir Singh Sandhu and Madan Mittal were also honoured in recognition with their outstanding services in different walks of life.
Similarly, the Chief Minister also honoured Chahat Arora, Baljinder Singh and Jasnoor Kaur for their excellent performance in the field of sports besides Drug Abuse Prevention Officers (DAPO) Daljit Kaur, Rajinder Singh and Colonel Sajjan Parkash were honoured for their commendable services to check the menace of drug abuse.
The Chief Minister also presented mementos to Parade Commander DSP Gursher Singh Sandhu, Inspector CID PRTC Jahan Khelan Charanjit Singh besides Inspector Baaj Singh for preparation of the march past. Amongst various contingents of schools, which participated in the march past, the Mai Bhago preparatory institute for Girls bagged the best contingent award. As many as, 10 tableaus from different departments/agencies depicted the overall development and various welfare schemes of the state government, amongst which the tableau of Employment Generation Department was adjudged as the best.

: The 71st “Republic Day” was celebrated in the premises of the Punjab and Haryana High Court with great zeal and gaiety. Mr. Justice Ravi Shanker Jha, the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court unfurled the National Flag on this occasion.
Disclosing this the spokesperson of the Punjab and Haryana High Court said that sitting and former judges of Punjab and Haryana High court, Senior Officials, Members of High Court Bar Association and senior advocates also participated in the Republic Day Celebration function.
After the unfurling of National Flag students from various schools performed the traditional folk dances in colourful attire. (January 26, 2020)