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(Rptg, with correction in para two, line one)

Written by: Staff

Amritsar, Mar 24 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today called for a ''new wave of industrialisation'' in Punjab along with a second 'Green Revolution,' to bring the state back on the rails of development and prosperity.

Addressing a public gathering before rpt before flaging off the Amritsar-Nankana Sahib bus service here, he reminded the people of Punjab's glorious history of industrial growth and the first green revolution which had made the state the granary of India. Each town and city has been renowned for specific industrial products - bicycles, hosierty, machine tools, sports goods and so on but over the last two decades, however, Punjab has lost its leading role in many areas, he added.

''We need a new wave of industrialisation in the state. We need large industries which will generate demand for ancillary products,'' Dr Singh said, also laying stress on the need to provide technology and marketing support to small industries and to create a skilled pool of people, who can drive this growth.

'' We need to have better roads, transport facilities and power supply'', he added in his speech made in Punjabi.


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