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CM misled Assembly by claiming 57,000 govt jobs given to youth: SAD

Chandigarh, Feb 26 (UNI) Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Wednesday said Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had misled the Vidhan Sabha by claiming that the Congress government had given 57,000 government jobs to youth, when the actual number of jobs given in the last three years was only 33,000.

Addressing media persons in the Vidhan Sabha media gallery SAD legislative party leader Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia said the government tabled an answer in the house stating it had given a total of 57,000 jobs, out of which only 33,000 were regular jobs and the remaining 24,000 were contractual jobs. “This is the truth of the much hyped 12 lakh job claim of the chief minister which has fizzled down to only 33,000 jobs being given under the ghar ghar naukari yojna. The chief minister has also clarified that 7.30 lakh jobs were given by private companies and that the government did not have any role in it except for claiming credit for the same”.

Terming this as a gross betrayal of the promise of ghar ghar naukari given to the youth of Punjab, Mr Dhillon and Mr Majithia said the CM had even washed his hands of the responsibility to provide smart phones to youth by raising the bogey of Carona virus. “The government has been postponing distribution of mobile phones on one pretext or another but the latest excuse makes it clear that Punjabi youth are not going to get mobile phones at all”.

Speaking about the chief minister’s reply on the debate on the Governor’s address, the SAD leaders said Capt Amarinder had inflated his government’s supposed achievements to such an extent that even Congress legislators did not believe him. They said the very fact that the CM was talking about things which existed only on paper like the Buddy and DAPO schemes made it clear that Capt Amarinder was an Idle CM and nowhere near the Ideal CM he wanted to project himself as by getting such an award from Delhi instead of the people of Punjab.

The SAD also condemned the delay in coming out with the report of the Sixth Pay Commission saying the chief minister had announced to put off a meeting of the Commission for another year. “This will delay the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission by three years”, they said adding employees were also not being given Dearness Allowance arrears and not being regularized as promised.

Mr Dhillon and Mr Majithia said the chief minister had pulled the figure of Rs 50,000 crore investment done in the State in the last three years from thin air. “If there was a single investment done in the State the CM would have inaugurated the project. We have not seen the CM inaugurating even one project which fructified due to the Congress government’s efforts”, he added.

The SAD leaders said the decision to given importance to English by introducing it in 6,000 schools was not in the interest of the mother tongue – Punjabi. They said this would marginalize Punjabi and said it should be put on hold. They said it was unfortunate that the CM did not speak about agriculture, crop diversification or efforts made to conserve ground water. The leaders said it was unfortunate that no road map had been drawn to release crop compensation due to farmers since one year besides Rs 700 to Rs 800 crore dues of sugarcane growers.
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