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WILL WEAN YOUTH AWAY FROM FALSE KHALISTANI PROPAGANDA
Captain launches ‘connect with your roots’ for youth abroad
14.09.17 - TEAM PT
Captain launches ‘connect with your roots’ for youth abroad



London: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday announced the global launch of his government’s unique `Connect with your roots’ (CYR) programme from London (UK), which he said would apprise Indian origin youth in other countries of the ground realities in Punjab and wean them away from false Khalistani propaganda.

Third and fourth generation youngsters born and brought up in other countries were being misled and influenced by false propaganda, especially that which endorsed the Khalistani movement, said Amarinder, adding that the initiative was aimed at creating awareness among these youth about the true situation in Punjab.

He called upon these youth to join the campaign to rediscover their identity and understand the ground realities of Punjab in a free environment, unshackled by preconceived ideas. He exhorted young boys and girls, between 16 and 22 years of age, especially those who had never visited India, to participate in the two-week programme which will provide them a platform to strengthen their roots.

The programme, said the Chief Minister, was inspired by his party’s and government’s thinking, as well as the desire of the Government of India, that such young people should come to Punjab and interact with various sources, including students, to find out the strengths and failures of the state. It would provide them with a platform to connect with their history and culture, and know their ancestral roots better.

Assuring them that it was not his government’s intention to take them for a political ride, Captain urged the youngsters to come and interact freely with any democratic party in India and arrive at their own conclusions about the country, and then go back and apprise others of the reality. This little partnership would be of mutual benefit, he said, adding that `you can help India prosper and we will, in turn, help you prosper in your adopted countries.’

He said he personally wanted these youth to visit Punjab and tell the government what they felt about the state and what could be done to further improve things. They should see everything for themselves, he said, lamenting that there appeared to be many misconceptions in their minds about the true state of affairs in Punjab.

The Chief Minister said while he and his colleagues would be personally there to welcome such youngsters in Punjab, the visitors would not be shadowed or prevented from moving around freely wherever they wanted.

He said he wanted the youth to become the true voice of Punjab, adding that while his government was doing as much as it could for the development of the state, particularly the nine million odd unemployed youth, it wanted the diaspora to come and see for itself how far the new dispensation had been successful in putting Punjab back on the path to progress.

The programme, said the Chief Minister, will provide the youngsters with an opportunity to visit their native place or the town where their parents or grandparents were born or the place where spent their early years. It will give them a chance to learn and speak their native language.

There will be a batch of 15 youth coming every two months under the programme, with each covering a different country. Since the state government had already made a budgetary provision for the programme for this year, it could consider taking the first three batches from UK itself, before extending it to other countries.

In the first phase, it is proposed to cover Canada, US, Australia and EU, besides UK, as part of the programme, which requires the applicant to bear expenses for to and fro travel from India, while boarding, lodging, local travel and sightseeing expenses will be borne by the Government of Punjab. Publicity material will be supplied to the Embassies/High Commissions in countries/regions selected. The Secretary, NRI Affairs, may be entrusted with the task of taking the scheme forward.

Besides a home-stay programme in a village for three days, the initiative would include visits to old monuments and the chance to savour traditional delicacies famous food joints in Patiala, Amritsar, Ludhiana and other places of their interest. It would also encompass visits to historic, cultural and tourist places, such as Sri Harmandir Sahib: Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh (Amritsar), Indo-Pak Border at Wagha (Amritsar), Bhagat Singh Memorial at Banga, Khalsa Heritage Memorial (Anandpur Sahib) etc.

To promote awareness about the programme, a Facebook page has been created. Interested youth can reach out for more information through e-mail –connect_with_your_roots@punjab.gov.in and cyr@punjab.gov.in.

CYR complements another government programme `Friends of Punjab – Chief Minister’s Garima Gram Yojna’, seeking to connect with the millions of NRI Punjabis who have made foreign soils their homes and contributed to the progress of countries around the world with their hard work and dedicated commitment. This programme seeks to encourage them to connect with their routes and invites them to support the government’s rural development initiatives through matching financial assistance.




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Amarinder flays BJP for misrepresenting Rahul’s remarks on dynastic rule
14.09.17 - TEAM PT
Amarinder flays BJP for misrepresenting Rahul’s remarks on dynastic rule



London: Even as he welcomed the NSUI victory in DUSU elections as a sign of a swing in the Congress favour, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday lashed out at the critics of party vice president Rahul Gandhi for misconstruing his statement on dynastic rule and spreading false propaganda against him.

In interviews to some TV channels here, the Chief Minister came out strongly against what he described as politicians (BJP) letting off steam and deliberately misinterpreting Rahul’s remarks. The remarks, said Amarinder, had been made in the context of the fact that his great grandfather, grandmother, and father had led the Congress and ruled India.

In a democracy likes ours, everyone has the freedom to choose who they like or not like, said the Chief Minister, adding that voting for any person was an individual choice in this country. The Congress has not been arm-twisting the voters, they are free to vote for whosoever they like, said Captain, adding that "if people are voting for us then where is the dynastic rule?”

The voters are free to change their minds, which they have been seen to do on a periodic basis, he said, and expressed the hope that the trend would continue.

On the NSUI comeback in the DUSU polls, Amarinder said it was an encouraging sign. The recent Congress victories, first in Punjab assembly and then Punjab University and now in Delhi University, was a sign of a swing back in the Congress favour, he said, adding that these victories had proven right his belief that such things are part of a democratic system. These ups and downs happen in elections so there was no need for people to overreact in such matters, he added.

On the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) criticism of his UK tour, the Chief Minister flayed their negative mindset, saying the party had no other business but to indulge in negative politics. His absence from Punjab had not led to any problems in the state, he said, adding that everything was fine there except AAP. They are used to creating ruckus every now and then for no rhyme or reason, he said, adding that he had come to London for the launch of his book on the Saragarhi Battle, as well as the global launch of his government’s global Connect with Your Roots (CYR) programme.




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Model Code Of Conduct Enforced
Suspense Over: EC announces date for Gurdaspur Lok Sabha poll
12.09.17 - TEAM PT
Suspense Over: EC announces date for Gurdaspur Lok Sabha poll



Election to the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat will be held on October 11, the Election Commission (EC) announced on Tuesday. The seat had fallen vacant following the death of BJP MP Vinod Khanna.
 
According to the poll schedule, nominations would start from September 15. The last date for nomination would be September 22. With the dates for scrutiny and withdrawal of candidature would be September 25 and 27 respectively, the poll panel has fixed the date for counting on October 15. 
 
Model Code of Conduct has been enforced in Gurdaspur District immediately.
 
The BJP is considering the name of Kavita Khanna widow of Vinod Khanna. The Congress is learnt to have zeroed in on state party chief Sunil Jakhar. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has already been authorised by the party high command to finalise the candidate.
 
The detailed poll schcedule is as under : 




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DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO WRIGGLE OUT OF OWN RESPONSIBILITY
Khattar’s charges against Punjab in dera violence ludicrous: Capt Amarinder
11.09.17 - TEAM PT
Khattar’s charges against Punjab in dera violence ludicrous: Capt Amarinder



Chandigarh: Terming it a desperate and futile bid to wriggle out of his own responsibility in the matter, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has flayed his Haryana counterpart ML Khattar for blaming Punjab for the violence that followed the indictment of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief.

Dubbing Khattar’s charges against the Punjab government as ludicrous, Captain Amarinder said the Haryana chief minister was trying desperately to cover up his own government’s failure in preventing the carnage in the wake of the verdict against Ram Rahim. 

Khattar’s despair was evident from the fact that even after suspending five of their own police personnel over the alleged conspiracy to whisk Ram Rahim away post the judgement, he was now trying to fix responsibility for the entire affair on Punjab police, adding that nothing could be more ridiculous than this. "Why did his government suspend the five Haryana cops in the matter if they were not guilty,” Amarinder asked the chief minister of the BJP-ruled neighbouring state.

He also lashed out at Khattar for blaming Punjab over the accumulation of over one lakh Dera followers in Panchkula ahead of the judicial verdict in the rape case against Ram Rahim. The death count, and the number of people injured in the violence that erupted in Panchkula after the verdict, clearly shows that the bulk of the followers gathered there were from Haryana, he pointed out, asking how could the Punjab government have been expected to controlled entry into Haryana. 

Haryana alone was responsible for maintaining law and order in Panchkula and failed to prevent aggregation of people in the area despite intelligence reports warning of an adverse fallout of the court judgement, Captain Amarinder noted, assailing Khattar’s attempt to divert public attention from his government’s catastrophic failure in the matter. 

Khattar seems to have either forgotten or has conveniently chosen to ignore the fact that not only did Punjab witness only a few sporadic and minor incidents but reported no loss of life in the fallout of the Panchkula bloodshed, said Captain.  If the majority of the followers gathered in the town had been from Punjab the situation in this state would have been much worse, he added.

Even the judiciary has blamed the Haryana government for allowing the situation to escalate out of control, he noted, urging Khattar to refrain from playing dirty politics over the issue which had led to huge loss of life and property.




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Blames Akali's For The Fiscal Mess In The State
Amarinder lambasts Sukhbir Badal for unleashing anti-people agenda
08.09.17 - TEAM PT
Amarinder lambasts Sukhbir Badal for unleashing anti-people agenda



Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has flayed Sukhbir Singh Badal and his Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for unleashing a negative, anti-people agenda with their misleading statements and baseless charges against the Congress government.

Categorically rejecting the Akali charges of the Congress government backtracking from its promises, the Chief Minister blamed the Akali's squarely for the fiscal mess in the state.

The financial crisis prevailing in the state was a result of the ill-conceived and corrupt policies of the erstwhile SAD-BJP government, he said, adding that this, coupled with the delay in GST contribution from Centre, had led to the delay in salary disbursement of government employees this month.
           
The Badal's and their associates were engaged in brazen loot during the decade of their rule, leaving the government exchequer reeling under an unprecedented debt and had the audacity now to blame the Congress government for the crisis prevailing in the state, said Amarinder, hitting out at Sukhbir’s reported media statement alleging non-performance on the part of the government over the past six months.

In a statement, the Chief Minister said not only had his government implemented most of the promises made by the Congress in its manifesto but had done so in the face of severe financial problems. Notwithstanding the economic crisis in the state, his government had fulfilled all its major promises, from social welfare schemes to drugs elimination to industrial development and waiver of farm loans, he added.

Captain lambasted Sukhbir for continuously misguiding the farmers over the issues of debt waiver and kurki abolition, accusing him of playing with their lives to further his own political agenda. By negating the hard facts and figures on employment, the SAD president was also trying to undermine the confidence of the youth, who were suffering the consequences of the Badal government’s total failure to protect them from the menace of drugs and unemployment, he added.

Bereft of any serious issue to criticize the Congress government, the Akali['s had adopted a destructive approach and were resorting to unfounded allegations in a desperate bid to malign his government and its excellent performance since taking over in March this year, he said. The Badals were trying to rake up non-issues to create a platform to take their political ambitions forward, said Amarinder, adding that their entire focus was on misleading the people of Punjab and on diverting public attention from their own misdeeds of the past 10 years.
 
That, he said, was the reason for the Akalis to resort to street politics instead of playing the role of a constructive opposition in the interest of the people of Punjab.

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