Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, January 25
Ahead of Republic Day, Punjab Cooperation and Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa today laid the foundation stone of development works worth over Rs 100 crore in the Jalandhar Central, Jalandhar Cantt, Jalandhar West and Jalandhar North constituencies.
The minister will hoist the national flag during the district-level Republic Day celebrations in the city tomorrow.
He laid the foundation stone of works in various wards of the Municipal Corporation — at a cost of Rs 33.09 crore) on Ladowali Road, development of green areas worth Rs 12.74 crore under the Jalandhar Smart City at Urban Estate Phase I, construction of Trunk Storm Water Drainage and Allied Works in area-based development zone of the city at a cost of Rs 20.37 crore at 120-ft road and development of smart roads in the area-based development zone of Jalandhar at a cost of Rs 36.16 crore under the DAV College flyover.
He said projects worth over Rs 100 crore would give much needed impetus to development of the city.
The minister said the proposal for further beefing up security in jails across the state was already under the consideration of the state government. He said the proposals for installing body scanners, jammers and other hi-end machinery was already in the pipeline. Randhawa said every single seizure in jails from inmates or their kin was being now brought on record and an FIR was being lodged for the same.
The minister said Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had decided to commemorate the 400th birth anniversary of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur, ?on April 18, 2021, with year-long celebrations ?beginning April 12 this year.
He said committees had been constituted to coordinate and chalk out several programmes to be organised by various departments throughout the year.
The minister said the BJP-led Central Government was pursuing the divisive policy through the CAA and the NRC. He said the aim was to divide people on communal lines. Randhawa also questioned the silence of Shiromani Akali Dal leaders Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal on vital issues affecting the minorities.
MLAs Pargat Singh, Rajinder Beri, Sushil Kumar Rinku and Avtar Singh Bawa Henry and Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, MC Commissioner Diprava Lakra, Mayor Jagdish Raj Raja, Senior Deputy Mayor Kulwinder Kaur, Deputy Mayor Harsimran Singh Bunty and councillors were among those who were present.
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