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‘Foreigners will look for jobs here,’ says Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann amid criticism

Rs 15 lakh is also leaving the country per person, Bhagwant Mann said of youngsters going abroad.

New Delhi:

Even foreigners will come to Punjab in search of employment, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said today when speaking of the state’s ‘brain drain’. The remark caught the attention of the opposition and young people who said Mr Mann should focus on the problems of the state rather than fantasizing about ‘white people’ coming to Punjab.

“Even this year, there is a possibility that 3 lakh children will go abroad. Not only our children, Rs 15 lakh also leave the country per person. Give us time, we will create an environment such that foreigners will come look for jobs in Punjab,” Mr Mann said in a video clip shared on his Twitter account. Highlighting the cost of leaving, he called on young people not to go abroad and to serve the country by staying at home. This “brain drain” must stop, he added and assured that no one will need to move in search of opportunities.

Punjab Congressman Sukhpal Singh Khaira was quick to respond. He tweeted a list of issues the chief minister needs to focus on to “get our house in order” before strangers approach the state.

“I really hope that foreigners will approach PB for jobs, but before that, we must get our house in order! Ensure job opportunities for young people, maintain law and order, end corruption, depoliticizing the police and civil machinery, preventing indebted farmers and workers from committing suicide and just rule,” he said.

Speaking to NDTV, several young people also scoffed at Mr Mann’s claim and asked him to focus on the state’s youth issues instead of fantasizing about ‘white people’ coming to the Punjab. “Young people have fallen victim to drug addiction and been led down a dark path. Please focus on jobs and their well-being,” they said.


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