Emphasizing national security especially in the six border districts of the state, Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Saturday stressed full coordination between central and state security agencies in order to guarantee the maintenance of the unity and integrity of the country. all costs.
Speaking to reporters after briefing on the security scenario in the six border districts with Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, the Governor said the main agenda of the meeting was to work out a robust mechanism for strengthen the security of these districts, especially when neighboring countries find ways to foment unrest in Punjab through the trafficking of drugs and weapons through drones. He said there should be no room for negligence in this regard.
Expressing concern that drugs across the border are even falling into the hands of school children, Purohit sought people’s cooperation and urged them to be vigilant and notify the police and other security agencies every time such nefarious activity takes place.
The Governor further pointed out that in order to channel the energy of young people, especially those who come from border areas in a constructive manner, a program called AGNEEPATH would soon be unveiled in which young people would receive adequate training in addition to employment. in the army. for four to six years.
Speaking on the occasion, CM Bhagwant Mann said that Punjab is the land of martyrs having produced legendary revolutionaries such as Shaheed e Azam Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Udham Singh and Lala Lajpat Rai who sacrificed their lives in the freedom movement.
“Now the brave young people of the state are carrying on their legacy by serving in the military to defend the nation,” the CM said, adding that the state government‘s goal was to bring industry into the border areas outside of schools, colleges, and skills development institutions to provide job opportunities for young people who have talents in abundance but no way to tap them.
“The state government spares no effort to bring Sainik schools to Punjab to train future officers for the country’s armed forces,” Mann added.
Stating that there must be no compromise on the issue of national security, the CM said he would meet the Union Home Secretary on April 12 to address the issue of the supply of technological devices tip to the Punjab police to nip the threat of cross border smuggling in the bud.