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Social indices shatter myth of progress, Akali Dal-BJP government has failed on main indicators: Bajwa

Pathankot: The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Mr. Partap Singh Bajwa, today said the myth of so called development in Punjab under the Akali Dal-BJP government stood shattered by the social indices which are barometer of progress made by a state. Mr. Bajwa, the Congress candidate from Gurdaspur seeking re-election to the Lok Sabha, questioned his opponent from the Akali Dal supported BJP candidate Mr. Vinod Khanna, who earlier represented this constituency for three consecutive terms saying he must explain poor performance of his government on such issues like school dropout rate, closure of industries and unemployment, especially with reference to Gurdaspur district. He said as per the information obtained under the RTI Act by Dr. Jasdeepak Singh, the number of unemployed on the live register of Gurdaspur employment exchange was 8425 in 2005 which rose to 8741 the next year. The figure in 2012 was 5789. He said Pathankot district was carved out of Gurdaspur district. Similarly, only 36 persons got employment in 2004 as per the record of the Gurdaspur employment exchange. This figure was a dismal 26 for the year 2012 and 29 for 2013. It was only in 2011 that 151 unemployed persons on the live register of employment exchange were provided jobs. He said the situation was just the worst. The incidence of unemployment was many times more than what was on the record of the employment exchanges in the state. He referred to the school dropout rate saying the figures in some of the districts were shocking. It was 8.49 per cent in 2010-11, 8.6 per cent in 2011-12 and 5.19 per cent in 2012-13 in case of Gurdaspur district. He said the situation in the Muktsar district, to which the Chief Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal belonged, was the worst with the highest dropout rate of13.97 in 2010-11 and 9.75 per in 2013-14. Similarly in Bathinda represented by the all power MP Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, it was 13.02 per cent in 2010-11. He said Mr. Khanna should also explain as to why such a large number of industrial units were shutting down in the state adding to the army of unemployed. He said in Batala alone, once a flourishing industrial town, a total of 1864 units had closed down since 2007. The situation was alarming as the figure for the entire state crossed 18,000 units. He said Amritsar represented the worst scenario in the state where the number of such units was the highest at 8053. He said after having been defeated in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Mr. Khanna never cared to remain connected to the people whom he had represented and got even one project sanctioned despite the fact that the Akali Dal-BJP government had been in in the state since 2007. “People have a right to ask as to where he was all these years and had now appeared again only after having been fielded by the party which could not find a suitable local candidate”, he added. The PPCC chief ridiculed Mr. Khanna for paying only flying visits, literally, to the constituency when he was the MP as he had nothing in common with this area. He said the voters would once again reject him as the mood of the people was strongly against the Akali Dal-BJP government in the state. Bajwa toured Nangal Bhoor in Pathankot, held roadshow in Sujjanpur, campaigned in Ranipur and Shahpur kandi. Raman Bhalla Ex Minister,Anil Vij DCC President, Viney Mahajan, Naresh Puri,Ashok Sharma, Anil Dara, Rana Randhawa, D.R. Passi Ex Block President, Ravi, Dr. Palli, Kapil Sharma President, Tirlok Raj Bawa, Bharat Bhusan, Raj Kumar Sharma, Ladi, Tarsem Singh Pathan, Rajinder, Des Raj, Dr. tek Chand, Asha Sharma, Parkash Chand Pardhan, Ram Saroop, Joginder pal, Randhir Bitta, Naresh Kumar, Sarpanch Rajinder Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Kamalpreet Kaur Ex Sarpanch.
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