The Fact News Service
Patiala, April 25
In order to make youth an active partner in the decision-making process of the state, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Monday kicked off first of its kind program to have direct interface with the youth.
Interacting with the girls students here at Government College for Girls during the maiden program, the Chief Minister said that India is a young nation with sizeable population below 40. He said that this population can play an active role in nation-building provided that their unbounded energy is utilised in a positive manner. Bhagwant Mann said that this program is a step forward in this direction as it will make youngsters an equal partner in social and economic progress of state.
The Chief Minister further said that the state government will soon launch an exclusive electric vehicle-based shuttle service for the girls. He said that this service will be launched in the major cities of the state Patiala, Ludhiana, Amritsar and others. Bhagwant Mann said that this is a step forward towards ensuring best public transport for the girls in these major cities.
The Chief Minister, while exhorting the girls to come forward and play a decisive role in the field of active politics, said that it is need of hour for ensuring effective decision and law-making process in the state. He said that politics has impact on every field of life and if the girls come forward in this field then they will definitely play a key role in the progress and prosperity of the country. Bhagwant Mann said that girls are an asset for society and they can also prove to be efficient lawmakers too adding that during the 2022 assembly polls 11 women MLAs had registered massive victories from their party.
The Chief Minister said that out of these 11, two lawmakers have been elevated as Ministers in his cabinet also. He said that apart from it for the first time in the history of the state five women SSPs and seven women DCs have been appointed in different districts. Bhagwant Mann said that six exclusive women Police stations have been established in the state adding that very soon all the districts will have such Police stations.
Expressing satisfaction over girls outshinining boys in every arena, the Chief Minister said that this reflects the wave of empowerment of women. He said that it is a moment of great pride that girls are clearing these competitive exams with hard work and dedication. Bhagwant Mann envisioned that it will bring a qualitative change in the society.
The Chief Minister also batted for equal opportunities for the girls in every field. He said that the results of academics and even jobs reflect that girls are outnumbering the boys in every field. Bhagwant Mann said that this momentum must be continued by encouraging the girls to excel in every field.
Appealing to the parents to give wings to ideas and innovations of the youth, the Chief Minister said that it will help them to scale new heights in their life. He said that every new invention faces hostility and is opposed by the world. However, he said that later on these inventions become a routine part of our lives and pave the way for development of society. Bhagwant Mann said that parents must encourage their wards for new initiatives so that they can achieve success in life.
The Chief Minister said that attaining marks or high percentage should not be the only goal of the students. But, he said that the aim of education must be to ensure holistic development of the students. Bhagwant Mann said that the students should also be thankful to their parents and especially teachers for grooming them for further competitions.
The Chief Minister said that Punjabis are blessed with an indomitable spirit to work hard and excel due to which they had carved a niche for themselves in the world. He unequivocally said that a person does not rise overnight as hard work and sincerity is the only key to success. Bhagwant Mann said that every individual must discharge their responsibility with utmost professional commitment, dedication and sincerity.
The Chief Minister said that a number of reforms need to be introduced in the education sector so as to benefit the youth. He said that the government is already working tirelessly to ensure that the curriculum of education is fixed in such a manner that it helps the youth in getting jobs. Bhagwant Mann said that the ultimate aim is to ensure that youth become active partners in the socio-economic progress of the state.
The Chief Minister said that urged the youth not to feel proud of their victory but to stay humble and work hard for more success. He said that confidence and a positive approach should be basic traits of everyone’s personality but there should be no pride in it. Bhagwant Mann said that this is the key to success for charting the success in every field adding that this should be implemented in right earnest.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister also interacted with the students and answered their queries besides announcing a grant worth Rs 1 crore for library block, Rs 51 lakh for state of the art auditorium cum multipurpose hall and others.