SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI


THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
M A I L B A G

Agenda for the Badal government

I would like to offer the following agenda for the new Punjab government headed by Sardar Parkash Singh Badal. It must fix a time limit for clearance of every file. Give no free power to those owning five acres of agricultural land. Ensure good roads, potable water and regular power supply. Set up an overseas employment corporation as in Maharashtra to save youth from falling into the hands of fraudulent immigration agents. It must save our unborn daughters by enforcing the PNDT Act and setting up women’s cells.

Create industrial food processing zones in all the districts. Enhance the availability of quality education at reasonable cost by checking the donation menace and fix accountability on education providers. Check the mad rush to cities by providing basic infrastructure in all towns and villages.

Encourage self-employment schemes, small-scale cottage and home industry by liberal loans and effective monitoring. The Punjab Financial Corporation is virtually non-existent compared with its counterpart in Haryana. Raise the limit of daughter’s marriage shagun to Rs 10,000 (for below poverty line only) and make the Anti-dowry Act effective to check dowry deaths.


 

Sports should be a compulsory subject in schools with achievers as teachers/guides so that it will guarantee employment for good sportsmen.

Make single window system effective in all districts. The public distribution system should be practical and reasonable. Ministers and MLAs must be accessible to the people. Raise revenue through luxury sector goods, toll barriers, contracting out public market places, road commercial publicity and development cess on medium and higher income groups.

KOMAL JASWANT SANDHU, Ludhiana

II

Now the onus is on Parkash Singh Badal to live up to people’s expectations. He must provide good governance unlike his predecessor and his own previous regime, which had become infamous for corruption. Badal should implement promises he made in the election manifesto. Otherwise, the people of Punjab will teach the government lesson in the next elections.

Bringing down price rise, promoting education of dalits and women, checking the unemployment problem and providing a corruption-free administration should be the priority areas of the new government.

BANSI RAM, Samundra (Hoshiarpur)

III

This unexpected defeat must be too shocking to the Congress as well as the UPA government at the Centre. People hope that the new government will deliver the goods. It should increase fertile lands with no sale of farmers’ lands to companies. Boost the prevailing industry and maximise power generation. Create jobs exclusively for Punjabis. Open new ITIs, IT, non-medical, medical colleges etc. by imparting international standard courses so that students can get jobs worldwide.

Make VAT procedures easy and smooth. Fill up vacancies in all the departments. Price rise must be checked. Stop liquor vends as also new PUDA/urban estate colonies. The government must check population growth. Ban migrants coming to Punjab from UP, Bihar and other states. Provide employment to jobless youths who have registered themselves in employment offices with merit as the sole criterion. Stop police excesses.

JAI GOPAL KUSLA, Ludhiana

IV

It is good that a new government has taken over in Punjab. We wish Badal and his team good luck. It is a challenge for the government to keep its promises. The people have started watching it.

The Badal government has many things to learn from its past and from the earlier Congress government. Good policies and programmes need to be continued. The Amarinder Singh government tried to make the recruitment of teachers transparent. Hope this will be followed in the entire system of governance by the new government.

TEJA SINGH, Sahnewal (Ludhiana)

V

The people of Punjab are very wise, bold and sensitive. They have rightly sent the anti-people rulers packing which they deserved. I feel pity for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He is the most honest leader. The Congress is using him as a rubber stamp.

MULTAN SINGH PARIHAR, Jalari-Hamirpur (HP)

 

How Sena won Mumbai polls

The Congress lost elections in Punjab and Uttarakhand to the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine and the BJP respectively. This comes close on the heels of the Congress’ defeat in the Mumbai Municipal Corporation elections.

A resurgent Shiv Sena captured the Mumbai Corporation, defeating both the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party. The two parties thought that the Shiv Sena was a “sinking ship” in Maharashtra, but the election results proved otherwise.

Uddhav Thackeray’s team of shivsainiks launched a door-to-door campaign and educated the people on inflation, price rise, the state government’s policy on reservation for the OBCs in addition to the SC/STs, closing down of dance bars and so on. The UPA government’s policy of appeasement of Muslims also worked against the Congress.

ATUL SUBBARWAL, Navi Mumbai


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