Monday, 7 March 2016

Steps forward towards a better Punjab

To keep the country safe, one must first of all take care of its soldiers and their families, as they are the ones living away from their homes in no-man’s land and fighting for their country. Punjab Government has recently taken a very positive step in this direction. They have announced to revise and raise the ex-gratia amount granted for the soldiers either martyred or who have been disabled during their tenure of operations in the country.

Steps forward towards a better Punjab

This instills a feeling of respect amongst the soldiers and their families and makes them feel secure. The soldiers who die during the counter-revolution were earlier given an ex-gratia amount of Rs. 2 lakhs, but now the government has revised it to Rs. 5 lakhs. On the other hand, the amount granted for soldiers with disability of 75 percent, 51 percent to 75 percent, and 25 to 50 percent has also been revised in a similar manner and will be given Rs. 4 lakh, Rs. 2 lakh and Rs. 1 lakh respectively.

Till now, cities likes Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Amritsar have had local city bus services which covered their municipal limits and 10 kms ahead of it, but now the government is planning to take this forward to other parts of Punjab as well. The recently laid down city bus scheme notification says that stage-carriage buses will now operate in many more cities of Punjab along with the present three. This is an initiative, which will offer commuters a chance to use public transport and will further reduce pollution in the city. It is a step towards saving the environment and offering a better living to the general public.

Another initiative that the Punjab Government has taken for a better and friendly environment is to curb the use of plastic carry bags. They have issued an ordinance saying that from 1st April, plastic bags shouldn’t be manufactured, sold or used in the market. The material used in these plastic bags is non-recyclable which further makes it a huge hazard for the environment. It is advisable for people to carry jute bags or paper bags with them, rather than taking plastic bags. The shopkeepers should also make arrangements for any kind of environment-friendly bags, either made of jute or paper or more such kinds. If effectively followed, significant reduction in manufacture and use of plastic bags can wonderfully change the environment we live in.

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