Punjab government to concentrate on infrastructural development: Deputy CM Sukhbir

Punjab government on Tuesday said it will go ahead with its ‘governance reforms’ to bring all 149 citizen centric services to the people at their door steps by 2015 and focus on development of rural and urban infrastructure in the state.

“The government has already constituted a high powered committee under the chairmanship of state Chief Secretary to ensure timely implementation of governance reforms and provisioning of citizen centric services so that people could derive full benefit out of it,” Punjab Deputy Chief Minster Sukhbir Singh Badal said while addressing the media in .

He said Punjab has become the first ever state in the country to implement such services in the entire state. Referring to the rural and urban infrastructure development, he said the Punjab government has launched an action plan to improve the existing infrastructure in the state and was committed to provide basic amenities like better road connectivity, rural and urban drinking water system, street lights, sanitation, garbage disposal plants not only in urban areas but also in rural areas.

He said that all the promises would be fulfilled during the next two years. The state has already become power surplus except for a coal supply snag which would be conquered at the earliest, he said.

Referring to the SAD winning Talwandi Sabo assembly seat after 29 long years, he said that it was evident from the winning margin with Congress candidate of more than 45,000 votes that people have expressed their full confidence in the programmes and policies of the SAD-BJP combine under the able stewardship of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Badal said at the same time the SAD has increased its vote share at Patiala assembly seat by 10 per cent on the whole vis-a-vis 2012 elections. “No incumbency factor was seen during the by-elections and SAD-BJP combine will surely win the Patiala assembly seat in the general elections of 2017,” the Deputy Chief Minister claimed.

Commenting on the defeat of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), he said political scenario has been crystal clear for the AAP that it has no base in Punjab. “AAP bubble has burst on its own very fast and has met the same fate as that of Manpreet Badal’s Peoples Party of Punjab,” he said.

Badal reiterated that AAP and PPP have been non performers in the state, while speaking about the performance of Congress President Partap Singh Bajwa, he said, he has been rejected and isolated from the rank and file of the party cadres. Replying to a question on SAD-INLD relations in Haryana, the Deputy Chief Minister made it clear that it was a generation old political relation since former Deputy Prime Minister Choudhary Devi Lal which would remain intact in the years to come.

BJP has also been briefed about these ties and at the same time SAD-BJP combine was also sharing a closest ever bonding, he said. He also announced that SAD would contest Ambala and Kallianwali assembly constituencies in Haryana.