SGT Times Reporter
Chandigarh, November 25
Outrightly rejecting any sort of Delhi Model, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi today said state is witnessing Channi Model which stands for equal opportunities for all.
Addressing a gathering during a function to unveil the statue of Maharaja Agarsen at old grain market in Moga, the Chief Minister said that this model is in unison with the teachings of the Great Sikh Gurus who have shown us the way of equality and brotherhood. He said that this model is being implemented in the state for progress of state and prosperity of its people adding that this model will be there till he is in this office. CM Channi said that this model aims at well being of the people and holistic growth of the state.
The Chief Minister said that this model does not allow any one person or family to plunder the resources of state. However, he said that Channi model is based on giving equal access to all for resources and opportunities in the state. CM Channi asked the people to support this model so that pristine glory of the state can be restored again.
Training his guns against AAP supremo, the Chief Minister said that the Delhi Model of Arvind Kejriwal is nothing more than a ‘bundle of lies’. He said that the Punjab governing has already taken several path breaking initiatives to benefit the masses whereas Kejriwal and his company are just making promises for them. CM Channi said that I can never be duplicate Kejriwal as I can’t be treacherous and cunning as he is.
Quipping on those who question about the financial condition of state, the Chief Minister said that state government is committed for well being of state and its people adding that there is no dearth of funds for it. He said that these funds are of the people and will be utilised for people by the government of the people. CM Channi said that he is plugging the loopholes in functioning of government and the money currently being usurped by the middlemen will be used judiciously for well being of general public.
The Chief Minister said that the open loot of public by the Cable operator under patronisation of Badal family will be stopped by all means. He said that this looting of Tax payer’s money will not be tolerated at any cost. CM Channi said that exorbitant rates being charged by Cable operators will have to go by all means.
Recalling his long association with the Aggarwal community, the Chief Minister said that his childhood friend also hails from the same community. He hailed the community as the most patriotic community in the country. CM Channi also lauded role of community in social economic growth of the country as well as the state.
The Chief Minister said that his government had already scrapped 40,000 pending cases of VAT, out of total 48,000 cases related to Financial Year 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17, against traders and industrialists across the state. He said that, likewise, several other initiatives have been taken to safeguard interests of the traders. CM Channi also announced to constitute Traders welfare board (Wapaar Kalyan board) in the state.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also announced to rename Chowk in old grain market on name of Maharaja Agarsen. He also announced a grant of RS 2 crore for already existing chair on name of Maharaja Agarsen at Punjabi university.
In his address, MLA Dr Harjot Kamal said that enthusiasm is being witnessed amongst the masses ever since CM Channi has assumed the charge of office. He thanked CM Channi for sparing his valuable time to unveil the statue of Maharaja Agarsen ji here today. Dr Kamal also lauded CM Channi for taking several pro-people initiatives for well being of people.
Earlier, the Chief Minister also dedicated statue of legendary warrior Jassa Singh Ramgarhia to masses on Kotakpura bye-pass.
On the occasion, Lok Sabha Member Mohammed Sadiq, MLA Dr Harjot Kanwal and Sukhjit Singh Lohgarh, former Minister Dr Malti Thapar and others were also present.