This was informed by senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly Sunil Jakhar today. In an effort to further multiply the measures to get establish such an important railway network in the region, Mr Jakhar had personally taken up the issue with Mr Gandhi, who in response assured all help. He said the railway link would not only serve to connect people of Malwa with Majha but also natives of Rajasthan and Gujarat to the holy town of Amritsar. Moreover, from national security point of view, it would beef up security logistics of armed forces in the north western front of India, he added.
It would also facilitate an opportunity for the tourists often visiting Amritsar from far flung area to also ‘witness’ enriched historical places at Ferozepur like Anglo-India Sikh War Memorial, Memorial of martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev at Hussainaiwala, Saragarhi memorial besides others, Mr Jakhar suggested. The Congress leader said he had met Union Railway Minister Pawan Bansal at Rail Bhawan yesterday when latter was busy in the preparation for coming rail budget.
Mr Jakhar also submitted a letter on the issue and sought his attention on above, a very important and strategic railway link that had till date escaped railway ministry’s consideration. He said in the interest of national security, to promote religious tourism and development of Malwa, he requested to incorporate Ferozepur to Amritsar via Tarantaran and Patti railway link in the upcoming railway budget.
CVC asks for report on VVIP chopper deal
Agencies, New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission(CVC) has asked for a report from the Defence Ministry on alleged misappropriation in the controversial Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal with an Italian firm.
The CVC has asked the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Defence Ministry to furnish the report on charges of alleged corruption raised in a complaint sent to the CVC, sources in the anti-corruption watchdog said.
They said the complaint alleging corruption in the chopper deal was received by the Commission and it was sent to the CVO, who acts as a distant arm of the CVC, of the Defence Ministry as per standard practice.
The Commission has not received a probe report in the matter as yet, the sources said. A CVO gets a maximum of four months to finalise its report or take necessary action on references of corruption complaints forwarded to it by the probity watchdog.