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Talwandi Bhai is a city and a municipal council in Firozpur district of punJab
Monday, 29 December 2008 FEROZEPUR: Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday asked the union government to build an unconditional consensus against terrorism and not to walk into Pakistan's trap of creating war hysteria.
"Punjabis will fully back any move including war, to foil the nefarious designs of enemies of the country against our unity and integrity. But we must not allow Pakistan to paint us as the aggressors especially when the whole world knows that the Mumbai terror strikes were an act of aggression against our country. Winning on the diplomatic fronts is as important as winning on the war front", said Badal, while addressing a series of massive public rallies at Talwandi Bhai Ferozepur Cantt. and Ferozepur City as a part of his development tour to project state's unabated wave of development – "Tarraki De Lehar - Pind Pind Shehar Shehar".
The Chief Minister further said: "Punjabis have always remained and will remain in the fore front of our mutual efforts to defend the country. We have made maximum sacrifices for the cause of the nation and so long as Punjabis are leading from the front, no enemy can hope to attack our country and get away it.We know how to give a befitting reply to the enemy but we never believe being the first to start the war".
The Chief minister called upon the centre to evolve a special package for the development of border areas of the state to compensate the people which had been badly affected due to Indo-Pak war since 1947. He also pointed out that the Centre should enhance financial grant for the cities and towns of the state under Border Area Development Project.
Badal categorically said that the people of the border areas be it Ferozepur, Armitsar and Gurdaspur districts, had suffered the brunt of external aggression immensely across the Indo-Pak border as compared to the other parts of the country. He said that we the Punjabis had suffered both in extreme situations of peace as well as war. He said: "Had there been peace along the Indo-Pak border belt touching our state probably Ferozepur and other two districts of Amritsar and Gurdaspur had been the most prosperous districts in the state".Likewise, we the Punjabis had been constantly subjected to the discrimination at the hands of Congress in every economic matter relating to agriculture, industry and even centrally sponsored schemes during its long tenure of 45 years out of 60 years since Independence. He pointed out that the Central policies and programmes were always aimed at divesting state of its justified share due to Centre's anti-Punjab stance. He urged the people in view of this long saga of discrimination and injustice towards the genuine demands of the Punjab we must show the door to the Congress led UPA government and strengthened the hands of SAD-BJP alliance in the state to support its candidates to pave a way for the installation of NDA government at Centre so that the long pending demands of the state could be accepted in order to cherish the aspirations of the people.
Dwelling on the concept of overall development and prosperity in the state, Badal said that the sole objective of his development tour was to disburse grants in the presence of people in a transparent manner so that the local residents could feel that the funds had been actually received by the concerned authorities and they could held them accountable for any delay in the completion of these projects. He however, said that during the previous government these grants were disbursed in a hush hush manner.
On the occasion, Badal disbursed a cheque of Rs.2 crore each for the Municipal Council of Talwandi Bhai and Ferozepur Cantt, Rs.3 crore for Ferozepur City. Besides he also announced a grant of Rs.1 crore for Mudhki Municipal Council and Rs.25 lakh for the construction of sub-tehsil complex at Talwandi Bhai and Rs.3 crore for the various development projects and schemes in the villages of Talwandi Bhai. Besides this he also announced grant of Rs.42.05 crore for the construction of 21 KM of new roads and repair of 139 KM roads within Ferozepur Cantt. Assembly constituency. He also announced to upgrade the mini Primary Health Centre to 25 bedded hospital at Mudhki. Apart from this the Chief Minister also gave a cheque of Rs.1 crore to Commissioner Ferozepur Division-cum-Chairman Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial Committee Hussainiwala for the beautification of the memorial site.
Badal acceded to the long pending demand of the people of this area to extend the facility of bestowing property ownership rights to the inhabitants of Talwandi Bhai who had been earlier left out under this scheme and a Government College at Ferozepur Cantt. which would be constructed by the end of next fiscal.The Chief Minister also announced to confer ownership rights to the occupants who had already constructed houses on the panchayat land as per the state government policy and the abolition of Ferozepur Cantt. area.
In his address, Irrigation Minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon said that the visionary approach of Badal to focus on the key areas of power and irrigation network would certainly prove to be a boon in the field of agriculture as 70% of our population was engaged in this vocation. He added that huge investment made by the SAD-BJP government in the power and irrigation sectors would certainly emerge Punjab as the front runner state in the country.Sekhon urged the Chief Minister to allow the process of registration of immoveable property transacted within the jurisdiction of Ferozepur Cantt. Board and to do a way with the practice of seeking NOC from Board for registration purposes.
Speaking on the occasion President of the State BJP unit Prof. Rajinder Bhandari said that SAD-BJP alliance was the true votary of the rights of the people of Punjab whereas Congress due to its self centric policies not only exploited every sections of the society but also brought state at the brink of the economic disaster. He hoped that the spectacular achievements made by the state government on the economic and development fronts would enable the SAD-BJP alliance to capture all the 13 parliamentary seats in the state.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sukhpal Singh Nannu who represented the Ferozepur City assembly constituency highlighted the demands of this area and urged the Chief Minister to allow few mega projects in this border belt so that the youth of this region could be gainfully employed and a bridge over the river Satluj to link Ferozepur with Amritsar via Khemkaran.
Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Local Government Minister Manoranjan Kalia, President Municipal Council Talwandi Bhai Tarsem Singh Malla, Members SGPC Sat Pal Singh and Darshan Singh, MLA Baluana Gurtej Singh, former Minister Hari Singh Zira, Ex-MLA Guruharshai Parmjit Singh, besides the senior leaders and party workers of the SAD-BJP, members of SGPC and senior officers of civil and police administration