In a bid to impart skill training to the economically weaker and underprivileged sections of the society, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal today announced to open skill training centres in the Valmiki Dharmshalas across the state.
A decision to this effect was taken in a high level meeting by Mr. Badal with a delegation of the Valmiki community led by Chairman of Dalit Bhalai Board Mr. Vijay Danav, here at Punjab Bhawan this evening.
The Chief Minister, while underscoring the need for imparting skill training to the weaker sections of the state, said that it would enable this stratum of society to lead their life with dignity and pride. He said that centres would provide free of cost training in varied fields including computer science so as to empower them especially the youth to be gainfully employed. Mr Badal said that the state government was committed for the upliftment of this unprivileged section of society and this step to upskill them as a catalyst for ensuring their overall development and progress besides helping them to earn handsome livelihood by even opening their own self employed ventures.
In another significant decision, the Chief Minister also gave nod for the four laning of road from Amritsar to Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Ashram. He said that the state government was fully committed for the development of this historic place where the work for construction of state of the art panorama center cum temple was going on in full swing. Mr. Badal said that no stone would be left unturned for the holistic development of this place and categorically mentioned that there was no paucity of funds and the timely completion of this historic project was the top priority of the state government.
The Chief Minister also asked the officers to earmark the sites for construction of Bhagwan Valmiki Bhawan in Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Bathinda and Ferozepur. Mr Badal also asked the officers to expedite the process for completion of the under construction Dr BR Ambedkar Bhawan at Ludhiana. He also assured the delegation that the community would be given adequate representation in the Shiromani Akali Dal and state government. Mr. Badal asked his Principal Secretary Mr. SK Sandhu to take up the issue of giving representation to the members of community in the district level grievances committees with the Deputy Commissioners. Referring to the pay anomalies and other issues related to pension, health insurance and regularisation of employees in various cadres of Municipal Committees/ Municipal Councils/ Municipal Corporations under local government, the Chief Minister asked the Director Local Government to examine these cases sympathetically for early resolution of these demands to the satisfaction of various categories of employees.
In another meeting with the delegation of the Punjab State Vimukt Jaatis Sangathan led by its President Dr. Tarsem Singh Maahla, the Chief Minister gave in principle approval for the reconstitution of the Advisory Board under his chairmanship for their welfare and redressal of grievances. Mr. Badal also asked the Secretary Welfare to again take up the issue for including Vimukt Jaatis in the list of Schedule Tribes with the Government of India (GoI) as it was the only competent authority to take a call on this issue. He also conceded another demand to give representation to one member of representing their community in the Punjab State Schedule Caste Commission, so as to safeguard their rights and protect the interests of the community. The Chief Minister also directed the welfare department to examine their demand of giving 2% special reservation to the community within the ambit of the state government’s reservation policy.
Prominent amongst other present on the occasion included Cabinet Minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries Mr Pawan Teenu and Mr Som Parkash, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. SK Sandhu, Principal Secretary Health Mrs. Vinnie Mahajan, Principal Secretary Urban Development Mr. Vishwajeet Khanna, Secretary Welfare Mrs. Seema Jain, Director Local Government Mr. Priyank Bharti, Director Welfare Mrs. Alknanda Dayal and Inspector General of Police Mr. Arpit Shukla.