1.6 lakh given jobs in one year: CM
Ludhiana: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today distributed appointment letters to 9,592 youths under the government’s flagship “Ghar Ghar Rozgar” scheme. The Congress government completed one year in office today.The CM claimed that 1,61,522 jobs were generated during this period. Though the mega job fest was held on the PAU campus today, Congress leaders did not leave any opportunity to blame the previous SAD-BJP government for all ills afflicting the state.Addressing a gathering, comprising mostly students, the Chief Minister, who turned 76 today, congratulated the youths who got appointment letters and thanked corporate houses for being part of the job fairs.Amarinder said with his government now fully settled, the process of giving employment to all jobless youth would pick up pace. He urged the youth to not just look for government jobs under the misconception that they were better paying, as private companies were offering “lucrative packages”. He said the government planned to set up various universities for skill development, sports and horticulture, which would further pave the way to boost employment.Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi reiterated the government’s commitment to fulfil its promise of one job per household. Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu blamed the previous government for the messy situation in Punjab. He said both Bikram Singh Majithia and Sukhbir Badal would be behind bars for their wrongdoings.PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar, too, blamed SAD-BJP leaders for watching “their own interests” in every trade. He alleged that many industries moved out of Punjab only because the Akalis wanted their own share in each business.Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal also underlined the government’s commitment to generate employment. He said 13.24 lakh applicants had been asked to register on the portal of “Ghar Ghar Rozgar”. The recently launched portal already had 90,413 jobseekers and 2,090 employers registered with it. There were 58,853 job posts, he added.
Amarinder turns 76, yajna in Ludhiana Chandigarh: Ministers and other Congress leaders vied with each other to wish a happy birthday to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who turned 76 on Sunday. Some party leaders performed a ‘yajna’ in Ludhiana to mark the occasion and prayed for his well-being. In the evening, the CM hosted a get-together for his close associates and friends at his Sector 2 residence here. Last year, his birthday had coincided with the Congress victory in the Assembly elections.