No takers for Pakistani agenda to mislead Punjabi youth

November 25th, 2007 - 9:53 pm ICT by admin  

Chandigarh, Nov 25 (ANI): Pakistan Radio’s repetitive attempts to mislead the youth living in Punjab, especially those who are living along the Indo-Pak border of the state, has evoked unhappiness among them.
The credentials of Pakistan Radio are now being questioned as it persistently tries to spread strident anti-India disinformmation through its “punjabi Durbar” programme.
The Punjabi Darbar bulletin has once again alleged that New Delhi is responsible for a decade of terrorism in Punjab.
Rejecting this notion, people of the state instead blame Pakistan for spreading terror in India and giving safe sanctuary to those who have left no stone unturned to terrorise Indian society.
“Pakistan has created terror in India. And now they are trapped in their own net. It is Pakistan that pushed terror here,” Gurmit Singh Bablu, the Chairman, Shahi-e-Azam Bhagat Singh Youth Front, said.
He also feels that Pakistan always tries to infuse communal strife in Punjab to derail the state from the path of development and prosperity.
“It is the people of Punjab who have foiled their (Pakistani) plan of ruining the cordial atmosphere here. The Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims and people from every other religion are having good relations,” Bablu said.
Leaders of ruling Akali Dal in Punjab are of the opinion that the terror that the state witnessed a few decades ago was Pakistan’s sponsored.
Mandeep Singh Manna, an Akali Dal youth leader, says: “It is an open fact that terror in Punjab was the brainchild of Pakistan. In actual, Pakistan is the father of terrorism and the world knows this.”
The broadcasts aired from Lahore are directed at Sikhs living in the border areas.
It would be pertinent to mention here that the Punjab Government, be it the Akali Dal or the Congress Governments, has time and again launched various schemes, programmes to generate employment, spread awareness, and make its youth self dependent.
Not only government instrumentalities, but also several non-governmental organisations have always been active in these programmes.
On November 24, the students of Government College, Karmsar, Rara Sahib, were educated about various career guidance schemes, vocational training programmes, self-help and placement services by ‘Sukrit’, an organisation which focuses on youth activities.
On the same day, Punjab Technical Education and Social Security Minister Chaudhary Swarna Ram announced that two driving training centres-one each in Bathinda and Jalandhar districts-will be opened to train nearly 50,000 youth in driving skills to enable them secure good jobs in foreign countries.
The Minister further said that in order to promote vocational education in the state, five more centres with an intake capacity of 600 students, would be opened shortly.
Apart from this a polytechnic college between Rahon and Nawanshahr will be opened to provide engineering diploma courses to nearly 1200 youth.
In addition to all schemes and programmes, the Punjab Government’s Centre for Training and Employment of Punjab Youth (C-PYTE) trains unemployed youth to help them in their absorption in Army, Para Military Forces, Semi-Government and Industrial houses besides imbibing amongst them self-discipline, spirit of national integration and dignity of labour.
It also provide them coaching for joining technical training in various ITI’s of the State thus providing them the where-withal for taking up self employment ventures
The Scheme has achieved commendable results in channelising their energies and thinking towards creative work apart from involving them in skill creation, discipline, and creation of work culture and dignity of labour among the youth thus bringing them in the national mainstream.
Till March 31, 2006, 1,05,582 youth have undergone training in various camps out of which 65946 youth have been provided with wage employment
It seems that despite of these conspicuous facts, Pakistan keeps on propagating such malicious facts just to hide the turmoil in its own country.
This is not the first time that this programme has received such a harsh response from the Punjabi youth and society. In the past too it had tried to infuse some sort of separatist ideas, but received hard-hitting replies.
Punjab has earned the epithet “Granary India” for its enterprising spirit, and the untiring toil of its people and has, now, become a land of boundless opportunities, offering distinct advantages for investment and industry, and it seems that Pakistan cannot digest this fact and cannot see a prosperous and developed Punjab.
People of Punjab, who are dynamic, have worked hard to enrich the soil, develop the water resources, and adapt agricultural technology to usher the “Green Revolution” in the country.
It is hard to believe Pakistan Radio when it says that the youth in India, and especially in Punjab, is faced with a grim future. (ANI)

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