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Chandigarh: In a landmark initiative aimed at enhancing the representation of state in coveted central services like IAS/IPS/IRS and others, the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Saturday said that state government will soon open eight ultra modern training centres in the state for imparting coaching for exams conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Chairing a high level meeting today, the Chief Minister expressed concern over the declining ratio of the state in central services especially in the exams conducted by the UPSC. He said despite having enormous talent the youth of state are not able to crack these exams firstly due to their inclination towards going abroad and secondly in the dearth of quality coaching in the state. Bhagwant Mann said that the state government is committed to reverse this trend for which these eight coaching centres are being opened across Punjab.

The Chief Minister said that these centres will provide quality training to youth, free of cost, for clearing the UPSC exams and serve the country by notching coveted positions in both the state and union government. He said that the state has a glorious legacy of producing ace bureaucrats who have made huge contributions in socio-economic development of the country by discharging services in various capacities. Bhagwant Mann said that this rich tradition has to be upheld in future too, for which these centres will play a pivotal role.

The Chief Minister said that the sole aim of opening these centres in the state is to ensure that Punjabi youth sit in high offices and serve the country. He said that the training will be imparted free of cost to all the desirous students from the cross sections of the society. Bhagwant Mann asked the officers to fine tune the modalities of entry in the coaching centres and hiring of the professional, dedicated and capable staff in them.

The Chief Minister said that apart from ensuring regular training in these centres, the state government is also mulling to start online training for the UPSC aspirants in the state. He said that along with the training the aspirants enrolling in these centres will also be given financial assistance by the state government. Bhagwant Mann said that the day is not far away when Punjab will produce leading bureaucrats from the state.

Prominent amongst others present on the occasion included Cabinet Ministers Aman Arora and Harjot Bains, Additional Chief Secretary to CM A Venuprasad, Special Principal Secretary to CM Ravi Bhagat and others.


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