SPEECH OF MANPREET SINGH BADAL FINANCE MINISTER, PUNJAB ON TOURISM AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS,FREEDOM FIGHTERS AND WOMEN SAFETY

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TOURISM AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS
134. Punjab is the land of Gurus, saints and seers. The cosmopolitan spirit of Punjab
is symbolized by the rich diversity of faiths, which people of the State profess. It has a
rich heritage which needs to be preserved at all costs.
135. Our Government has chalked out a plan to conserve/preserve the rich heritage of
Punjab. Department of Cultural Affairs has prepared a detailed project report of Quila
Mubarak Patiala and Fort at Bathinda in which all world-class tourist facilities, up-
gradation of museum etc. would be carried out. I propose to allocate `26 crore for this
purpose in 2017-18.
136.  To inspire the new generation about its heritage, Heritage Festivals would be
organized and a sum of `7 crore has been earmarked for this purpose during the year
2017-18.
137.  The Government foresees a great opportunity in creating employment in this
sector. This will be based on the theme “Sabhyachar ton Rozgaar te Karobar”. The
investment proposed to be made for the promotion and conservation of culture will
directly and indirectly benefit the State. This will also increase the tourist footfalls
thereby increasing the revenue of the State and also boost its economy.
138.  A Multi-Disciplinary Project would be set up on the River Holy Bein. This project
would embrace not only the environmental aspect but also take into account the
religious, cultural as well as tourist potential of the areas. In this regard, an amount of
`3 crore has been provided in this year.

BRAND IMAGE AND PUBLICITY PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGNS OF TOURIST
PLACES
139. There is a great potential for tourism in the State. Unfortunately, the same has
not been harnessed optimally particularly when Punjab has such a huge Punjabi NRI
diaspora. Tourism provides clear and eco-friendly employment. To boost tourism in the
State, marketing and promotional activities are to be undertaken globally in a big way so
that tourism potential of Punjab, is highlighted in the quarters where it matters and for
this, an amount of `5 crore has been proposed during the financial year 2017-18.

FREEDOM FIGHTERS
Mr. Speaker Sir,
140. In the 70th year of India’s independence, Government of Punjab wishes to pay
tribute to thousands of young men who fought for India’s freedom, who must have left
their beautiful wives, smiling children, green fields and happy homes, so that people of
India could live a life of honour and dignity, a cultured life and a prosperous life. I
humbly announce that Government of Punjab has decided to provide 300 units free of
cost electricity to every freedom fighter’s home.

HOME AFFAIRS AND JUSTICE
141. This Government continues to give high priority to maintaining communal
harmony, peace, law and order. The state has long hostile international border, we are
aware of the threats posed by cross border terrorism and shall continue to maintain vigil
and strengthen our resolve to fight the forces that threaten peace, unity and integrity of
our nation.
142. We shall continue our support to the modernisation of the police forces and the
strengthening of the justice system. Despite the immense resource constraint, I am
proposing the following for some of the schemes during 2017-18.
 `75.00 crore: Infrastructure Facilities for Judiciary.
 `15.00 core: Prevention of crime and improvement of Police Public Relations.
 `34.77 crore: Crime and criminal Tracking Networking System.

POLICE STATIONS
143. There are number of Police Stations which are either in dilapidated condition or
are functioning from buildings which have not been designed or built as Police Stations.
Some of the Police Stations buildings are also incomplete. Construction of 70 police
stations shall be taken up as also completion of 23 incomplete buildings this year. This
shall be carried out by the Punjab Police Housing Corporation with the support of
HUDCO. I am sure that this shall go a long way in creating basic administrative set up
for effective and efficient policing.

WOMEN SAFETY
144. Today, women safety has become an area of concern for the society. Day by day
crime against women is increasing. It is unfortunate that 50{8c6d3f6704cdb4d22004dc79684d70f0271dd82fcfbe654786cb18f09b659ded} of our population still
does not consider itself safe. To ensure that the young girls and women are not stalked
by unscrupulous elements, the police shall create a robust mechanism, I have provided
suitable allocation in the budget for installing CCTV cameras at suitable locations
namely at High Schools, Senior Secondary Schools and Colleges, as part of this
mechanism.

INTEGRATION OF VARIOUS HELP LINES- Dial 100
145. There is need to integrate the various help lines, 100 (police), 1091 (Women help
line), 1097 (disaster relief), 1091/1098 (children help line), 101 (fire) and 108/104
(medical and health related help lines). Some of the State has already integrated these
services. There is a definite advantage in integrating the emergency response
systems. This will reduce resource constraints of the local police. We propose to set up
a centralised, rapid response system under the scheme ‘Dial 100’ by converging the
existing resources. I have also provided an initial additional allocation of `10 crore for
the implementation of this scheme.

FORENSIC INFRASTRUCTURE
146. One of the important elements of the justice system is effective investigation of
crime that leads to bringing the guilty to justice. For strengthening and up-gradation of
Forensic infrastructure with the objective to improve the conviction rate, a budget
provision of `7.85 crore is being made this year.

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