Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today asked the Secretary Higher Education to begin classes in the upcoming Government Degree College at Ferozepur from the current academic session.This decision was taken by Mr. Badal while presiding over a high level meeting with the senior officers of various departments to review the development works in Ferozepur here at his official residence this evening.Responding to the issue raised by former State BJP Chief Mr. Kamal Sharma to start academic session at the new Degree College being set up at Mohkam Khan Wala in Ferozepur, the Chief Minister asked the Secretary Higher Education to ensure that classes must begin from the coming session and appointment of Principal, teaching faculty and non-teaching staff must be completed well in advance prior to the commencement of new session.Likewise, the Chief Minister also asked the Principal Secretary School Education to start classes in the upcoming meritorious school at Hakumat Singh Wala near Ferozepur from August 1. Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Mr. KAS Bhullar, Chief of Punjab Meritorious Schools Society apprised the Chief Minister that most of construction work in the school had already been completed and we were in a position to begin the classes on schedule for the new academic session.
The Chief Minister also assured Mr. Kamal Sharma that he would personally take up the matter with the Union Minister of Railways Mr. Suresh Prabhu for expeditious completion of 25 Km rail stretch connecting Village Ghariala in Patti and Mallanwala in Ferozepur. He asked the Deputy Commissioner to immediately initiate the process for requisite acquisition of land for this prestigious rail project.The Chief Minister also directed the Chief Administrator PUDA to immediately release the balance funds to the tune of Rs.5.74 crore for the completion of C-PYTE building so as to ensure proper training to the youth aspiring to join Armed forces or state police. It may be recalled that Rs. 1.91 crore had already been released by the PUDA for the said purpose.Conceding to another demand raised by Mr. Sharma, the Chief Minister asked the PWD department to complete the construction work of Bandala Bridge over river Sutlej without any further delay and must be completed positively by October 30, 2016.Referring to the PGI Satellite project at Ferozepur, Secretary Medical Education & Research informed the Chief Minister that the State government had already transferred 22 acres of land to the Ministry of Health, Government of India for the setting up of this prestigious medical institute in the border district. Mr. Sharma sought Chief Minister’s personal intervention to take up this matter with the Government of India for expeditious completion of this Health Care & Medical Research Institution so as to cater the need of health care facilities of people residing in remote villages of border areas.
The Chief Minister also told Mr. Sharma that he would personally take up the issue with Ministry of Tourism & Cultural Affairs, Government of India for funding the light & sound project at Hussainiwala Indo-Pak border under their scheme to apprise the people about the unprecedented contribution of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev in the nation’s freedom struggle. Meanwhile, the Principal Secretary Tourism & Cultural Affairs apprised Mr. Badal that requisite formalities for the script (narration) of light & sound program were being done at the level of the department.The Chief Minister also assured Mr. Kamal Sharma that he would soon take up the issue for the construction of 20.40 Km Ferozepur bypass from National Highway-95 to State Highway-20 via Kunde Attari besides its widening to 7 meter with the Ministry of Surface Transport, Government of India. This bypass would help in the de-congestion of vehicular traffic in the city besides providing an alternate route to the commuters for saving lot of time and fuel.Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included; former State BJP Chief Mr. Kamal Sharma, Special Principal Secretaries to Chief Minister Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar and Dr. S Karunaraju, Principal Secretary Local Government Mr. Satish Chandra, Director Local Government Mr. Vikas Partap, Principal Secretary Higher Education Mr. Roshan Sunkaria, Principal Secretary School Education Mr. G. Vijralingam, Principal Secretary Tourism & Cultural Affairs Mrs. Anjali Bhawra, Secretary Sports Mr. Vivek Partap Singh, Secretary Medical Education & Research Mr. Husan Lal, Chief Administrator PUDA Mr. Manvesh Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner Ferozepur Mr. DPS Kharbanda and DPI (Colleges) Mr. TK Goel.