The Punjab unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has extended its full support to the Captain Amarinder Singh government on the critical SYL issue, as well as other matters of vital interest to the state.A delegation of the BJP state unit, led by Union Minister for Social Justice and BJP Punjab State President, Vijay Sampla, State Vice President Harjit Grewal and State Secretary Vineet Joshi met Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh here on Thursday morning to discuss a wide range of issues regarding state welfare.The Chief Minister thanked the BJP leaders for their support, saying it was important for political parties of all hues to come together in order to bring the state’s growth and development back on track.The BJP leaders raised several issues, including setting up of a Cancer Hospital in Hoshiarpur, for which land had already been allocated and the central government had released the necessary funds. Acknowledging the importance of the project, the Chief Minister immediately directed the Health Department to expedite work on the hospital. With cancer a major problem in the state, it was important not to delay the matter any longer, he stressed.
The BJP delegation suggested introduction of telemedicine services in Talwara (Hoshiarpur) government hospital to overcome the shortfall of doctors in the region. Captain Amarinder welcomed the suggestion and instructed the concerned officials to look into the feasibility of starting such services.Responding to the BJP’s plea in this regard, Captain Amarinder also directed the concerned department to expedite the civil works at Adampur Airport to make it functional as soon as possible in order to facilitate travel to and from this important district of the state.The Chief Minister promised to look into the BJP leaders’ suggestion to set up an auto industry in Hoshiarpur, reiterating his commitment to promote the much-needed industrial development across the state. The new industrial policy, which his government was in the process of formulating, will address key concerns of the industries to revive industrial development in the state, he told the delegation.Another issue raised by the BJP delegation related to disbursement of central government funded SC scholarships post the matric scholarship scheme. The Chief Minister instructed the concerned officials to ensure that the funds allocated for the purpose reach the intended beneficiaries at the earliest.