Bathinda: Punjab`s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Saturday promised to continue the crusade against drug addiction and exhorted the parents to play pro-active role in saving their children from the drug menace.
He also underlined the need for bringing more sensitivity towards the core issue of gender equality by empowering the women.
Sukhbir was speaking after unfurling the National Flag at Bathinda`s Multi-purpose stadium to mark the Republic Day function here today.
He pointed out that Punjab being on the transit route of international drug trafficking always remained vulnerable, "but due to the concerted efforts of state police the drug recoveries have increased manifold in last 5-6 years".
He said that this crusade would continue and nobody would be allowed to ruin the youth power of the state.
He also urged the parents to take special care of their teenage children to save them from drugs menace.
Sukhbir also said that the unfortunate incidents of criminal assault on women in various parts of the country, "serve as a grim reminder that during last 65 years of independence we have faltered in inculcating gender sensitisation amongst our masses."
"The society had also lagged behind in educating girl child besides checking the menace of female foeticide. It was high time that the country should launch a sustained programme for empowerment of women; ensure strict legal provisions to give deterrent punishment to the culprits of crime against women besides setting up of fast track courts for time bound adjudication of such cases," he added.
Deputy Chief Minister said that the State Government has dedicated the year 2013 for empowerment of women.
He also informed that the state will become power surplus by the end of this year.
The construction of four laning of Bathinda-Chandigarh road, a Rs 2500 crore project would start next month, he said.
"By spending Rs 1313 crore on Atta-Daal scheme, Rs 2240 crore on old age pension scheme, Rs 297 crore on the Shagun Scheme and Rs 455 crore on setting up of rural toilets in last five years", SAD-BJP government has showed that it had always taken care of poor, Sukhbir Badal added.