Chandigarh, Apr 12 : Former Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani is the new target for the "Punjabi Durbar" programme of Radio Pakistan. Advani is being accused for relations between India and Pakistan turning acrimonious during the NDA regime.
Pakistan Radio in one of its "Punjabi Durbar" programme alleged that his fundamentalist approach and policies were responsible for relationship between the two countries becoming bitter.
Advani, whose praise for M.A. Jinnah got him into trouble with a section of the Bharatiya Janata Party four years ago, is also being held responsible for the ruling BJP-Akali Dal alliance not working for the betterment of the people of Punjab.
Turning down the allegations, Tarun Chugh, President of the Punjab unit of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha said: "The Pakistan Radio's programme Punjabi Durbar always tries to create bitterness."
"They will never succeed in their attempt to infuse hatred and separatist values among us. People in Punjab know that India is progressing ahead very fast, and the future belongs to it. Pakistan Radio is just trying to ruin the image of Advani," he added. Talking about allegation that the Punjab Government was not taking care of its people, Mandeep Singh Manna, Akali Dal youth leader said: "The government is providing adequate number of jobs to youth here. Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal is doing a lot for the state's development."
While the propaganda programme of Pakistan Radio has been generally ignored in the past, the latest allegations against the BJP-Akali Dal government have provoked harsh response from Punjabi youth.
It has been pointed out that the Punjab Government has been regularly launching various programmes to generate employment and make youth self-reliant. Several non-governmental organisations have also been encouraged to support these programmes.
In addition to all schemes and programmes, the Punjab Government's Centre for Training and Employment of Punjab Youth (C-PYTE) trains unemployed youth to help them to get jobs in the Army, para-military forces and industrial establishments. The Centre has made efforts to instil in them discipline, spirit of national integration and dignity of labour.
The Training and Employment Centre of the Punjab Government has also been coaching the youth to help them joining technical training in various Industrial Training Institutes to help them undertake self-employment.
The schemes of the State Government has achieved commendable results in helping the young people develop skills, instilling in them discipline and work culture.