The Fact News Service
Ballowal Saunkhri, September 13
The Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh laid the foundation stone of PAU Agricultural College at Ballowal Saunkhri, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, today. Spread over an area of 300 acres, PAU Agricultural College will offer B.Sc. 4-year programme, having 120 seats, to boy and girls students with hostel facility.
Budget allocation of Rs 49.36 crore has been made for the establishment of this College.
In his address, Captain Amarinder Singh said that this was the first PAU Agricultural College at Ballowal Saunkhri which would enable research on crops requiring minimum water and students to learn agriculture in the Kandi area. “In the entire country, there was a shortage of water,” he said, while disclosing that there was 27 ft less water in Bhakra Dam as compared to last year.
Rain deficit and inadequate snowfall were other reasons for the water crisis, he observed, while wishing for good rain for rising water levels in Bhakra and other dams.
The subsidy for the management of stray animals in the Kandi region has been enhanced to 90 per cent, he said. Calling upon the Central government to resume talks with agitating farmers for three contentious farm laws, he announced that the Punjab government has given Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the families of the farmers who have died at Tikri, Singhu and other borders during protests and will also be providing jobs to their wards. With the investment of Rs 97,000 crore, Punjab has secured the future of its youths by creating 20 lakh jobs.
Sports facilities in terms of construction of stadiums would be created in this region to motivate youths to participate in hockey and other games and make a mark in the national and international arena, he stated. Earlier, the Punjab CM distributed cheques to the farm labourers.
Vijay Inder Singla, Cabinet Minister (Public Works and Education Departments), Punjab, lauded the State government for establishing the PAU Agricultural College and said the government has and would continue to serve the Punjabis dedicatedly in future also.
Manish Tiwari, Member of Parliament, Shri Anandpur Sahib, suggested the State government develop Horticultural Estate, establish Wood Park and enhance subsidies for small farmers for the management of stray animals in Kandi area. He said the Central government has not treated Punjab well in terms of GST compensation and agitating farmers but the Punjab government has left no stone unturned in working for the welfare of Punjabis, especially, during COVID-19, he stated.
Chaudhary Darshan Lal Mangupur, MLA, Balachaur, expressed his gratitude to the Punjab CM for establishing ITI institutions, smart schools, agricultural college, and constructing and cementing roads of Kandi region.
He called upon the State government to establish a stadium and veterinary hospital in the Kandi region in order to calibrate the skills of youths to enable them to participate in the international field and contribute to animal husbandry, respectively.
In his welcome remarks, Anirudh Tewari, Additional Chief Secretary (Development), Punjab and Vice Chancellor, PAU, said the PAU’s Regional Research Station at Ballowal Saunkhri was established in 1982 and has been instrumental in the varietal development of maize, wheat, oilseeds, pulses, fodder crops and fruits, such as amla, lemon, guava, peach, galgal, etc. for Kandi region, he informed. Special emphasis is being laid on apple cultivation research, in-situ and ex-situ water harvesting, promotion of medicinal plants cultivation and integrated farming model among farmers, he added. Sixty students have already been admitted to the first batch of B.Sc. 4-year programme at PAU Agricultural College and next year the number of students will be increased to 120, he informed. The classes are all set to commence from October 1, 2021, he added.
Dr RS Sidhu, Registrar, PAU, proposed a vote of thanks. On the occasion, PAU VC Tewari honoured the dignitaries with mementos. Dr TS Riar, Additional Director Communication, PAU, conducted the programme.