Best in class connectivity in Punjab

Due to the rapid increment in the development, population and globalization like factors, number of vehicles or we can say vehicle population is increasing day by day. With this comes the need of better transportation mediums and connectivity such as roads, connecting highways, and air connectivity etc. Taking into consideration these important factors, Punjab Government has launched various schemes for the betterment of roads, highways, and air connectivity.

There are two main cities of Punjab, i.e. Chandigarh and Ludhiana, where people regularly travel to and fro. So, Punjab government has consistently made all the efforts required to increase the connectivity between these two cities. The better example of this would be the approval to a highway construction project worth Rs. 2,070/- Crores between Kharar and Ludhiana. The plan includes a 6/4 lane highway b/w these cities so that the travelling time can get reduced. It would be around 76 kilometers long highway which is currently a 2 lane road. As per the authorities, it would take around two and half years for the completion of this project as 145 hectares out of 383.2 hectares of land is yet to be acquired.

If we talk about railways, then the plan is to extend the travelling from Ferozepur & Jammu to Katra because high number of people travels on this route till Mata Vaishno Devi shrine. As per the promise of the Union Minister of State for Railways, a new train to Haridwar will be started soon. Already a train from Punjab to Haridwar is currently running, but only during special holiday/festive season. So, authorities have decided to include this train in regular schedule for the people who travel to this pilgrimage regularly. In addition to this, as a lot of business transaction are carried out between Punjab and U.P the mentioned train to Haridwar from Ferozepur will also benefit in generating the revenue. Also, it will act as a convenient mode of transportation for goods as well.

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Punjab needs to connect directly to USA

A state develops manifold, once they start having direct international flights. This is so because with the flights start direct trade between the two countries, also tourism definitely is one of the major factors, which brings in development. Along with the question of development, it is easy for people to go on vacations and business purposes to that particular state or country.

As mentioned above, all of this can start in Amritsar, once the direct flight between Amritsar and London is launched. As there is a lot of percentage of people from Punjab staying in London, it is important for the whole state to have some connectivity with this major destination. Air India has recently started a direct flight from Gujarat to London, which would also be covering New Jersey.

NGO Amritsar Vikas Manch has recently kept in their request to start a direct flight from the holy city to London and USA. There is a huge percentage of students of Punjab and a lot of population residing in UK, USA and Canada, therefore it is the need of the hour to gift the state a direct flight to such destinations. Firstly, this will bring the families closer and even give an opportunity to the students of both the destinations to experience different cultures. A large population of the state used to travel on the Amritsar-Birmingham and Amritsar-London-Toronto flights but unfortunately these have been discontinued. The NGO demands the Air India team to restore these two very important routes for the citizens of the state.

Amritsar is known to be one of the major tourist attractions for people internationally, who are keen on visiting India, to experience its culture, food and people. Start of such a connection of Amritsar will bring in another boost to the tourism sector. Along with this, it will also be a great opportunity for the airports and cities around Amritsar to grow along with the same.

It is great to see that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given such a great gift to the Gujarati community in US, UK and Canada. But now the people of Punjab are looking for something to come their way, so that they can also get closer to their families living abroad.

Taking a step towards educating the poor

It is not just some schemes and rules applied by the administration, which will help in educating the children in the rural areas, we have to put in personal efforts and do something for the society. Be it an educational institute or an individual, you must play your role in taking this noble cause further.

Satya Bharti Adarsh Senior Secondary School has been doing a lot in this sector. From finding students from the villages, identifying their potential to teaching them and helping them score great numbers, they have been doing it all. In the tenth standard this year, they have a number of marvelous examples of students who were picked up from their day-to-day lives, fighting to help their parents in feeding the family. All of these students have performed brilliantly and scored great position in the class tenth exams. They had 225 students appearing for the examination this year, out of which, 41 have scored a perfect 10 CGPA and 56 students have scored CGPA between 9 and 9.9. This has been possible because of the continuous efforts of the teachers of the school, administration and their motivation amongst the kids to excel in the examinations.

The schools were located in the rural areas, still the kids from different challenging backgrounds of their lives came forward and regularly attended classes along with taking care of their families and various other chores. These students were so determined to come out with flying colours in the examination that the school has had a pass percentage of 99.11 percent.

The students, who came for studying at the school, were spotted by the institute in villages or at different construction sites. The determination amongst the kids and their will to work hard and learn something new made such a brilliant result possible. Every child should at least get an opportunity to be educated and make a bright future of his own.

Bharti Foundation is the Non-Government Organization that has been working towards this noble cause and look out for students around the rural areas of the state. They then get along with the schools and fund the educations of the children. Various other organizations and educational institutions should take up this challenge of educating the poor. If this problem is solved, various other issues of the country will be sorted if the literacy rate increases at a fast pace.

Developing Adarsh Villages in the state

Punjab is known to have a number of villages in the major portion of the state, and these require a lot of development in terms of infrastructure, education, governance and more. The government has now decided to uplift this segment of the state, which holds the roots of Punjab and make it a better place for the people and the community.

The government has developed a huge plan with great ambitions and aspirations, which will help in overall development of the rural areas and create Adarsh Villages all across Punjab. Officers at the district levels have been informed about the same and given instructions to implement this plan at the earliest and in the best possible way. To help in monitoring the development of this plan and creation of Adarsh villages in the right direction, the government has decided to create Planning Units at the Gram Panchayat level.

The 14th Finance Commission had already allocated a good amount of funds for this project to be carried out smoothly and in the best of its spirits. The authorities are trying to implement public representation at the level of the villages so as to induce the Panchayat Raj in the state and make it a stronger practice for managing and developing the respective villages. Under the plan, the Gram Panchayat would be the one that would formulate the Development Plan at the Planning Units with a number of members, including, Sarpanch of that particular village, Panchayat Secretary, Gram Employment assistant, engineers, school teachers, workers and more. Once this has been well-formulated, then NGO, self-help groups and suggested retired officers and workers can also be made a part of the team to help in better suggestions and working.

The guidelines by the Centre Government has been the base of the formulation of this development plan, where the main focus and concern has been given to being transparent in giving out grants and also taking suggestions from the people wherever required. The main issues of the society and specially the villages have been the major concern while developing this plan, like sex ration, welfare of the community, malnutrition, education, increasing death rate of the mother and child, social security, issues of farmers and more.

The state government has been working hard to lift up the social as well as the financial status of the scheduled caste of the society, so that they can get an equal opportunity to develop their future in the society. Cleanliness, safe potable water, development of parks and playgrounds for the kids are a few more major concerns that the development plan will be taking care of.

Farmers’ Health Insurance Scheme launched

Health Insurance Scheme was recently launched all around the state for farmers; to maintain their health and support them with any kind of help required making them stay healthy, as they are the backbone of our country.

Farmers Health Insurance Scheme launched

Surjit Singh Rakhra, Minister for Higher Education launched the Bhagat Puran Singh Health Insurance Scheme at Bhawalpur Palace in Patiala. On the other hand, Bikram Singh Majithia, Information & Public Relation Minister offered free health treatment to farmers, small traders and registered construction workers under the Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Bima Yojna in Amritsar.

Under this scheme, the farmers and their families will be given health insurance cover of around Rs. 50, 000 every year for each family who is a part of this scheme. Along with this, Rs. 5 lakh cover is also a part of the scheme for a situation when the head of the family dies accidentally or is suffering from complete disability.

Representatives attended the ceremonies in both the cities of Punjab from the respective authorities, and all are appreciating this scheme, it has specially developed confidence amongst farmers and their families. With such schemes, Punjab has become one of the very few states around the country that have been able to effectively implement pro-people schemes. With such schemes, the government is trying to help in raising the standard of living of Below Poverty Line families.

The benefits of this scheme can be enjoyed by the Smart Card Holders, which will include the Blue Card holders of Punjab, which are around 28 lakh families, J-form holder farmers, who are around 11 lakh in number, small traders and even construction workers, who are at least 2.3 lakh each. The government has earmarked, an amount of Rs. 116 crore for this purpose.

Along with taking care of their expenses on health related finances, the government will also be providing a cover of around Rs. 5 lakh in case there is damage due to fire on their business premises. Another health insurance scheme for the farmers is the cashless health insurance scheme, which is already being operated since January 2016. An amount of Rs. 56 crore has been reserved for the same by the government.

Ludhiana, all set for a Makeover

Ludhiana is that city of Punjab, which is known to show off its swanky cars, starting from the Honda and going on till Jaguars and more. But being the Industrial Hub of Punjab, and with so many cars on the road, it is known to be one of the most polluted cities of India. The irony is that it also produces the most numbers of cycles every year; still the people riding those are the least.

Ludhiana all set for a makeover - Developing Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal,Shiromani Akali Dal

Now it has been named as one of the city to be developed as a smart city of India under the scheme launched by the Government of Punjab India, it is expected that with this happening, things will be a lot easier for the residents of Ludhiana. Currently a number of projects and plans are being worked on to develop this city and give it a fresh, new look, with better environment and roads.

Plans have been made to eradicate the diesel auto rickshaws from the streets of Ludhiana and instead place the GPS enabled e-rickshaws in the coming five years. Along with helping in improving the conditions of the environment, it will be easier for everyone to commute safely with the GPS system. Various cities in India, like Delhi has e-rickshaws going all around the city and it is a successful alternative to the diesel operated auto-rickshaws.

With so many cars going on the roads, on daily basis, it is difficult to find a space to park the car in Ludhiana. This is a problem faced by various developing cities but Ludhiana has got a tech-based solution to the same. A new mobile application has been launched in the city which tells you about the areas where parking is available. So now, you don’t have to roam around, checking for availability at different parking lots. The application has been named as ‘Finlo’ and is launched by the municipal corporation, in collaboration with Auribises Technologies. This application will also stop the cheating by the contractors at parking lots, as it contains all the information regarding the parking rates and timing too.

While looking for parking, you can easily check with the application, if there is a free parking lot in the vicinity or any government operated ones with cheaper rates. This will also eradicated the manual slips which are handed over when the car enters, as now you will just have to register at the application and the parking lot operator will scan the same to register your car.

Its time to stop social evils against women

It is disheartening to see how in today’s time also a number of crimes are happening against women all around the country. In villages and other backward areas, people still support the practice of dowry and female foticides. The conditions in which women in the rural areas of Punjab live are very disappointing in some aspects. It is our duty to stop these social evils against women. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Food Processing Minister of Punjab, encouraged the women to come forward and with their unity, fight against the social evils happening in the society.

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It is now high time to stop all such activities and make the future bright and non-discriminatory for the coming generation. She asked the women to fight a war against the evils like Dowry and female foticide, which are alarmingly rising all around the state. She said that even the Gurus of Sikhs taught that one shouldn’t suffer such evils and fight against it. Women themselves have the power in their unity to stop these evils, if they stop supporting them in any manner in the society.

Badal was addressing a number of women at the Kirtan darbar organized by the Nanhi Chaan Trust at Khalsa College. This is one of those organizations, which has worked hard to bring the sex ratio in the state to a good level, and the results of their campaign are really positive. More NGOs of these kinds should be made and they should work together to educate the people of the rural areas about the adverse effects of these social evils and how they are deteriorating the lives of the women around them and looking forward to a worse future.

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With increasing female foticide, it will be difficult to maintain a good sex ratio in the state, which is already in a bad position and thus more problems can be foreseen in the future. Also, young girls and boys should understand why dowry is one of the most evil practices in today’s society and is something, which leads to other societal discrimination against the women. Once the dowry system is stopped, people will have a positive attitude towards the idea of having a female child.

Its time to how that women and men are equal in the society and every girl should get an opportunity to prove herself, her talents as the boys, so that they can further be nurtured and taken ahead in the respective fields.

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