Amarinder assures jobs on regular basis

Staff Correspondent

Congress-Akali duel colours Maghi festival; Government decisions shocking, says Badal

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh on Friday announced that State Government would soon launch a massive recruitment drive in all the departments to fill the vacant posts on regular basis. He has assured that the procedures adopted shall be strictly transparent and in accordance with merit. Addressing a gathering, which the ruling Congress claimed to be larger than the one organised by its rival, Akalis, on the auspicious Maghi festival at Muktsar, Capt. Singh said that the process of recruitment would be made through the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs). He said that the State had generated enough resources to carry out recruitment to ensure efficient functioning of its various departments. To begin with, recruitment would commence in the education and police departments.

Capt. Singh said that the decisions taken by the Government coupled with fiscal management had rejuvenated the confidence of foreign investors and potential entrepreneurs to invest in Punjab. This was evident from the fact that investments to the tune of Rs.43265.17 crores had been granted approval through 95 mega projects. Lashing it out at the Akali Dal president, Parkash Singh Badal, and his son Sukhbir Singh, the Chief Minister advised them some soul- searching. He said that Mr. Badal as the Chief Minister did nothing tangible for the growth of the State. Amid cheers, Capt, Singh challenged that the Akali-BJP alliance would face a crushing defeat at the hands of Congress which, according to him, would retain the power exclusively on its performance and policies.

On the occasion, Sukhdarshan Singh Mrar, an independent but pro-Akali MLA from Muktsar joined the Congress.

Addressing a parallel political conference, Mr. Badal described the Chief Minister's much-hyped announcements on real estate projects as "shocking, unprecedented and thinly disguised loot'' of the common investor in the State where a blanket license had been granted to land-sharks to fleece the people of Rs 16000 crores in the name of mega projects.

Mr Badal said that while there was no provision either for governmental outlay or for Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) for these projects, the announcements merely gave a green signal to land mafia to continue with the murky deals. There is nothing for the critical sectors like agriculture, trade, industry, education and health. No mention of roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, drinking water or sewerage in towns and villages was made in the Capt Singh's announcements.

The Akali leader emphasised that all these projects and their promoters would be subjected to the strictest legal scrutiny once the Akalis returned to power. He said that while his party was not opposed to multiplexes and hotels, these were clearly not the priority sectors for the people of the State.

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