Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday announced that for promoting sports culture in the state, the SAD-BJP combine government is coming up with a job policy where the players performing well in their respective disciplines at international level, would automatically become eligible for a government job.
He said that a new sports job policy has been prepared and would be taken up for approval during the next Cabinet meeting scheduled for December 16. The deputy chief minister said that this would not only promote sports culture in the state, but would also save the sportspersons from getting harassed. “Besides, we are also in the process of hiring national and international expert coaches, who would train the budding sportspersons as my main aim is that the Indian contingent for 2016 Olympics should have maximum participation of Punjabi players,” said Sukhbir, while addressing the gathering at Chohla Sahib in Tarn Taran. He said that Punjab has already achieved the status of power surplus state and from next year, there would not even be any shortage of coal.
“Thermal plant at Goindwal Sahib is complete and it would start getting power supply shortly as the Centre is already formulating a national policy for coal supply to the states,” said the deputy chief minister.
Sukhbir stated that it was only the SAD-BJP combine government that had sanctioned one lakh tubewell connections to the farmers.
“But some people from the Opposition have managed to take stay on the power connections from National Green Tribunal. We have asked our battery of lawyers to pursue the case properly so that the stay is vacated at the earliest,” said the deputy chief minister. He said that Punjab had registered revolutionary initiatives in education, sports, infrastructure, power sectors and the government was all set to lay four and six lane road network at the cost of Rs 11,000 crore. For provisioning of potable water, he said that waterworks in the villages would be set up at the request of village panchayats.