A knowledge sharing agreement was signed between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Punjabi counterpart Bhagwant Singh Mann on Tuesday, who said 117 mohalla schools and clinics will be developed in his state.
Mr Mann said education, health and electricity were a priority for his government and that Punjab can learn from Delhi where a lot of work has been done in these areas.
Delhi can also learn from Punjab on agriculture, he said.
Mr. Kejriwal said India would progress if each state started learning from the good work done by the others.
“It will be wrong to say that we alone did a good job. There were several pockets of excellence across the country but there were party and state divisions, and nothing was learned from them,” he declared during a press conference held jointly with Mr. Mann.
On opposition allegations that the Punjab AAP government was run from Delhi, Mr Kejriwal said: “Manish Sisodia has been to Europe and Finland to find out about their education system. That would be stupid if someone said that the Delhi government was run by Finland.
“Recently, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Stalin visited Delhi. It cannot be said that the government of Tamil Nadu is run from Delhi.” When asked about the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal issue, Mr. Kejriwal said that all stakeholders including the Centre, Punjab, Haryana and the courts must come together to resolve it.
The Punjab Chief Minister said he had visited Mohalla schools, hospitals and clinics in Delhi during a two-day visit and that his government would take these facilities to the next level in Punjab.
“We will work for a golden future for Punjab. Many NRIs, from Sidney, Melbourne, Vancouver, Toronto, London and California, call me to adopt schools and villages as they are now confident that their money will be spent for a good cause,” Mr. Mann said.
He said his government will also promote Punjab industries and come up with a roadmap for job creation.
Citing depleted water levels in Punjab, Mr Mann said his government would also work on crop diversification.
“Knowledgeable people say good things should be picked up wherever they are. We will even go to Italy if good things are to be learned from there,” he said.
Mr. Kejriwal also emphasized mutual learning and sharing of good practices between States.
Citing Indore as India’s cleanest city, Mr Kejriwal said he would visit it with his officers if the AAP wins the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).
The BJP, which led the MCD, should have learned from Indore, which is led by their party, to keep Delhi clean, he said.
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