Villagers say no to drugs

Pulkanjari , Amritsar 29.03.2008
A Police Public meet was organized at Pulkanjari(Attari) today evening. The meeting was attended by the villagers of Dhanoya Kalan, Dhanoya Khurd, Mode and Attalgarh. In the meeting, the problems of the people were personally heard by SSP Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh. Most of the problems were sorted out on the spot. At this occasion, the villagers vowed to eradicate the menace of narcotics drugs with the help of local police.
The area around Pulkanjari is one of the most backward areas in the border district of Amritsar. Lack of educational facilities and unemployment are the main problems of the area as reported by the villagers. It is pertinent to mention here that 40 youths of this area have been selected under Prakash Scheme with the help of local police. Special interview sessions were organized by the police to help the youths of this backward area. All the selected candidates will be imparted three months training in vocational courses and will be inducted in private sector under the Prakash employment scheme. The basic idea is to employ the youths in constructive activities so that they could not indulge in drug trafficking and other antisocial activities.

Three months back in the December 2007, the heritage site of Pulkanjari was renovated with Police-Public co-operation. Now the site is being developed as a tourist spot by the Punjab Tourism Department and Archeological survey of India.

Pulkanjari was
a famous township which was founded by Maharaja Ranjit Singh and he also established a baradari here. He used to stay at this place on the way to Amritsar from Lahore and back. However this site was neglected after the partition and this area lost its charm. Due to stoppage of trade between Amritsar and Lahore it became economically backward. However the ongoing project at this site has raised new hopes for the people of the area and the old glory can return if the site is developed as a tourism spot. The local Police is extending all support to the villagers in the development of the area.

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