Ludhiana, August 13, 2019: Young people from England will visit the industrial city of Ludhiana on August 16, under the 'Connect your roots' program launched by the Punjab Government.
The second batch of 16 Punjab-origin youths is visiting the state from August 10 to 22. The group comprises eight boys and eight girls aged 13-25. While four members are delegating as coordinators.
According to Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana Pradeep Kumar Agrawal the important moments of these young people's visits included visiting Hero Cycles and Monte Carlo, two important industries of Ludhiana city. It is pertinent to mention here that the first delegation under this scheme also visited Ludhiana last year and attended the state-level function on Independence Day, which was presided by Honourable Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt. Amarinder Singh.
Agrawal said that the youngsters will arrive at Hero Cycles directly from Police Academy Phillaur on August 16, after which they will visit the Monte Carlo hosiery factory. In the evening, the delegation will return to Jalandhar. The Punjab Government is also providing transportation facilities for these youth to visit their motherland, in addition to their living arrangements. They also have the program to visit different places of religious, cultural and historical significance in the state.
Apart from Ludhiana, the youths are visiting the important places of Chandigarh, Districts Shri Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Amritsar Sahib and the places of their ancestors. While visiting the ancestral sites, they will meet family members, friends, parents and relatives of the elderly, allowing them to connect with their ancestors' roots.
It is also worth mentioning that Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh launched the 'Connect to your roots' program from London on September 2017. Under this scheme, efforts have been made to give young people of Indian origin who have never visited the country an opportunity to connect with their ancestral roots. The tour is being arranged by the Tourism and Cultural Department, Punjab.
Agrawal said that during their visit to Ludhiana, efforts would be made to make them aware of the industrial development of Ludhiana city, especially Punjab. So that they can talk about the industrial development of Punjab to their present country.