Punjab''s textile parks to be power cut free zones

Doda (Gidderbaha), Feb 13 (PTI) Punjab Deputy ChiefMinister Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the state was givingfinal touches to setting up a ''Textile Park'' in Bathinda toprovide value addition to cotton farmers and Mansa belt.

He said he was happy that cotton farmers of Punjab havegot record procurement prices and would like to make thempartner in the value addition of cotton by setting upcotton fabric industry in the Textile Park.

Separately IT park was being set up in Rajpura and HandTool Industry park in Kapurthala and all these three parkswould be marketed as power cut free zones for which POWERCOMcould be signatory to the agreement assuring 24 hour powerwith a penal clause, he added.

He said that with farm output reaching the plateau,diversification in the industrial sector especially in thesoft skill industry for IT enables services and agroprocessing industries, including cotton-based industries werethe only answer to provide value addition to farmers, besidesopening new vistas of employment for our youth.

When asked about PPSC recruitment scam, Badal said thatmatter was being looked after by Punjab and Haryana High Courtand he would not like to comment on this issue.

When asked about the controversy in the Educationdepartment between a senior officer and Education Minister,the Deputy Chief Minister said that Chief Minister was seizedof this matter.

Badal said that Congress has no development road map forthe state and was trying to distract the public by raisingnon-issues everyday.

He said he believes in focussing on development and doesnot want to join issues with any leader.

Badal said that it was a matter of great satisfactionthat over 100 sub tehsils have been put on net with record ofmore than 7,000 villages fully computerised.

He said though computerisation of land record was a timeconsuming process but district authorities were taking totalcare in checking, cross checking every record besides givingpublic also a chance to authenticate the record about theirland holdings before putting the record on the net.

When asked about the progress of Governance Reforms,Badal said that every government official/officer would haveto cooperate in accomplishment of this state''s mission and noone would be allowed to derail the process of reforms.

He said that reforms process was going on in alldepartments and over 70 recommendations of Punjab GovernanceReforms Commission would be implemented by June 2011,facilitating the interaction of public with the governmentauthorities.

He said that besides 155 Computerised Fard Kendras, 85Polic Sanjh Kendras, 135 Police Outreach Centres and 3031 EGram Seva Kendres would be operational by June this year. PTIVJ

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