CAPT AMARINDER TRASHES BJP LEADERSHIP’S CRITICISM OF HOSHIARPUR RAPE-MURDER CASE AS POLITICAL PUFFERY

· SAYS NO COMPARISON WITH HATHRAS CASE, WHERE U.P. GOVT & POLICE TRIED TO COVER UP CASE TO PROTECT UPPER CASTE ACCUSED

· FLAYS SITHARAMAN’S & JAVADEKAR’S ‘PICNIC TOUR BY GANDHIS’ REMARK, SAYS IT SHOWS BJP’S ANTI-DALIT & ANTI-WOMAN MINDSET

Chandigarh, October 24: Trashing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leadership’s attack on his government as well as the Gandhis over the Hoshiarpur rape-murder case, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday termed the remarks of Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Prakash Javadekar as political puffery, with no substance or basis to support their criticism.

Contrary to what these leaders were claiming, there was no comparison between the Hoshiarpur and the Hathras cases, said Captain Amarinder, pointing out in the latter instance, the Uttar Pradesh government and police did not only fail to initiate stern action but in fact was seemingly trying to cover up the matter to benefit the upper-caste accused. This, he said, was in sharp contrast to the prompt action taken by the Punjab Police, who immediately arrested the accused and were now preparing to file the challan within a week. He himself had directed the DGP to ensure that the case is fast-tracked by the courts to ensure strict and exemplary action for the accused, said the Chief Minister.

Ridiculing the BJP leaders’ criticism of the so-called silence of the Congress leadership on the Hoshiarpur case, Captain Amarinder pointed out that his party had been forces to speak up and protest in the Hathras case because the state had failed to get justice for the Dalit girl there. “Had the BJP government in UP responded as effectively and speedily as we did in Punjab, neither the Congress and the Gandhis, nor scores of NGOs, lawyers, human rights activists would have been forced to take to the streets to fight for the victim,” he added.

The ‘selective politics and selective outrage’ charge, which Sitharaman made against Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, was, in fact, completely apt for the BJP, said the Chief Minister. No BJP leader had uttered a word in protest against the acts of omission and commission of the UP government and police in the Hathras case, when the entire nation was in angry uproar, he said, slamming the party over its politically motivated reaction to the Hoshiarpur incident.

The Chief Minister expressed shock at Sitharaman’s and Javadekar’s remark of ‘picnic tour’ by the Gandhis and other Congress MPs in Hathras, saying it reflected the grossness of the BJP’s anti-Dalit and anti-woman mindset. The Gandhis faced lathis at the hands of the brutal UP Police in Hathras, they walked miles in their attempts to reach out to the victim’s family, who cried on the shoulders of the brother-sister duo, he pointed out. If the BJP had made even an iota of this effort to pressurise the UP government into ensuring justice for the family in Hathras, the Congress would not have been forced to take on the responsibility of doing so, he added.

Captain Amarinder further pointed out that unlike the Hoshiarpur incident, the Hathras case, and the subsequent developments including the middle-of-the-night burning of the victim’s body, were a part of the chain of atrocities being committed against Dalits in UP under the BJP rule. Independent data endorses that crimes against Dalits/SCs in UP are continuously rising, with nobody to offer succour to the victims, who are living under a blanket of fear, he said. Dalits are fleeing UP, while in Punjab, which accounts for the country’s largest SC population, they feel safe and cared for, he added.

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Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu lays the foundation stone of Rs. 13.40 crore Community Health Centre

Chandigarh/ S.A.S. Nagar (Mohali), 24 October-Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab S. Balbir Singh Sidhu here today laid the foundation stone of Community Health Centre at Sector-60, SAS Nagar. Accompanying him on this occasion was Member Lok Sabha Shri Manish Tewari. S. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that under the leadership of Capt. Amarinder Singh, development works in Punjab are in full swing, as part of which the foundation stone of the Community Health Centre has been laid today. This health institution to be built at a cost of Rs. 13.40 crore shall provide better health facilities to the people of the area with modern services. This 40,000 sqft. Community Health Centre will have 24x7 emergency services as well as an OPD and diagnostic centre, blood storage room, training hall for 150 persons, state-of-the-art operation theatre, Mother-Child care ward, ladies and gents ward, private rooms, three-story hospital, CCTV security system and treatment plant and parking facility will be provided. The hospital will benefit the people of the area and facilitate them to obtain high-quality healthcare services near their homes.

S. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that Medical College is being set up in Mohali. He said, he started this project in 2013 with the help of the then Member Rajya Sabha, Mrs. Ambika Soni. As soon as he became the Health Minister, he started the work of setting up this medical college. He thanked the villages for donating 20 acres of land to which the government added another 14 acres of government land. A 500-bed hospital is in pipeline at the cost of Rs 375 crore.

Speaking on the occasion Lok Sabha member and Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari lauded the efforts of S. Balbir Singh Sidhu for his perseverance in establishing this facility for the people of the area. He praised S. Balbir Singh Sidhu and said that Sidhu is a grass-root leader, who has earned the respect and love of people owing to his hard work and devotion towards their welfare. He did not stay at home even during the COVID pandemic and did his best to improve the Government Hospitals in Punjab by visiting various health institutions. He stated that he would also provide an ambulance equipped with modern facilities for the health department.

On the occasion, Director Health Services Punjab Dr. Manjeet Singh said that the Health Department, Punjab is making consistent efforts to improve health services. A community health centre is also being set up in Mohali by upgrading the dispensary. Civil Surgeon Dr. GB Singh welcomed the dignitaries present during the event. Meanwhile, Councillor S. Kuljit Singh Bedi thanked the Health Minister, Punjab for initiating the construction work of CHC keeping in view the welfare of the people. Councillor Mrs. Taranjit Kaur Gill expressed gratitude to all the guests.

Ms. Tanu Kashyap, Managing Director, Punjab Health Systems Corporation was present on the occasion. Director Cooperative Bank Mohali Harkesh Chand Sharma, ADC (D) Rajiv Gupta, Corporation Commissioner cum SDM Sh Jagdeep Sehgal, Punjab Agro Chairman S.Ravinderpal Singh, Sh Ruby Sidhu, Sh Pawan Dhiman, S.Jaspreet Gill, S.Amarjit Singh Jiti Sidhu, Sh.Rishav Jain, S.Kuljit Singh Bedi, Mrs. Taranjit Kaur, Sh. Amrik Singh Somal, Sh Rajinder Singh Rana, Sh.Bharat Bhushan Sethi, Sh.Nachhatar Singh, Sh.Gursahib Singh, Sh.Jaspreet Singh, Advocate Sh.Narpinder Singh Rangi, Sh.GS Riar, Sh Kanwarbir Singh Sidhu, Ms.Baljit Kaur, Ms.Rupinder Kaur Reena, and Ms. Surjit Kaur Sethi were present on the occasion.

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Department of Health & Family Welfare, PunjabMedia Bulletin-COVID-19

24th October 2020 (05:00pm)

1. Details of Samples and Cases:-

1

Total Samples taken

2457574

2

Total samples collected on the day

24441

3

Total No. of patients tested positive

130640

4

No. of patients discharged

122256

5

Number of active cases

4277

6

No. of Patients on oxygen support

116

7

Patients who are critical and on ventilator support

21

8

Total Deaths reported

4107

On 24th October 2020

1.

Number of new patients on oxygen support

06

2.

Number of new patients admitted in ICU

06

(Jalandhar-06)

3.

Number of new patients put on ventilator support

08

(Amritsar-1, Faridkot-2, Hoshiarpur-1, Tarn Taran-1, Mansa-1, Ferozepur-1, Ropar-1)

4.

Number of new patients discharged

521

(Ludhiana-148, Jalandhar-33, Patiala-15, SAS-44, Amritsar-17, Gurdaspur-19, Bathinda-44, Hoshiarpur- 49, Pathankot-32, Sangrur-9, Kapurthala-5, Faridkot- 16, Muktsar-18, Fazilka-23, Moga-22, FG Sahib-2, Barnala-7, Tarn Taran-4, SBS Nagar-2, Mansa-12)

5.

Number of new deaths reported

12

(Amritsar-5, Bathinda-1, SAS Nagar-2, Pathankot-1, Patiala-2, Tarn Taran-1)

Patients reported positive on 24th October 2020- 485

District

Number of cases

Source of

Infection outside Punjab

Local Cases

Remarks

Ludhiana

77

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9 contacts of positive cases. 15 new cases (OPD). 6 new cases (ILI).

46 new cases. 1 new case (HCW).

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Jalandhar

39

---------------

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Rest cases details pending as reports received

late.

Patiala

30

---------------

8 contacts of positive cases. 22 new cases.

---------------

SAS Nagar

51

---------------

---------------

Cases details pending as reports received late.

Amritsar

36

---------------

12 contacts of positive cases. 24 new cases.

---------------

Gurdaspur

16

---------------

1 new case (ILI). 15 new cases.

---------------

Bathinda

47

1 new case (Domestic Traveler)

13 new cases (ILI). 3 contacts of positive cases.

30 new cases.

---------------

Hoshiarpur

90

---------------

2 contacts of positive cases. 3 new cases (ILI).

85 new cases.

---------------

Ferozepur

7

---------------

4 new cases. 2 contacts of positive cases. 1 new case (SARI)

---------------

Pathankot

7

---------------

7 new cases.

---------------

Sangrur

6

---------------

5 new cases. 1 contact of positive case.

---------------

Kapurthala

9

---------------

9 new cases.

---------------


Faridkot

2

---------------

1 new case (Frontline Worker). 1 new case (OPD)

---------------

Muktsar

15

---------------

9 new cases (OPD). 4 new cases (ILI). 2 contacts of positive cases.

---------------

Fazilka

11

---------------

11 new cases (OPD)

---------------

Moga

3

---------------

3 new cases.

---------------

Ropar

14

---------------

14 new cases

---------------

FG Sahib

5

---------------

3 new cases (OPD). 2 new cases (ILI)

---------------

Barnala

10

---------------

10 new cases (OPD)

---------------

Tarn Taran

3

---------------

1 contact of positive case.

2 new cases.

---------------

SBS Nagar

2

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1 new case (ILI). 1 new case.

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Mansa

5

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5 new cases.

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1 New Case source of infection out of Punjab

2. Cumulative Cases:-

S. No.

District

Total Confirmed Cases

Total Active Cases

Total Cured

Deaths

1.

Ludhiana

19967

260

18879

828

2.

Jalandhar

14710

471

13780

459

3.

Patiala

12614

298

11942

374

4.

SAS Nagar

12022

540

11251

231

5.

Amritsar

11672

278

10951

443

6.

Gurdaspur

6803

178

6429

196

7.

Bathinda

6879

334

6403

142

8.

Hoshiarpur

5944

189

5550

205

9.

Ferozepur

4148

136

3892

120

10.

Pathankot

4340

138

4097

105

11.

Sangrur

3865

93

3608

164

12.

Kapurthala

3958

140

3654

164

13.

Faridkot

3140

150

2936

54

14.

Muktsar

2932

161

2711

60

15.

Fazilka

2903

177

2679

47

16.

Moga

2444

29

2337

78

17.

Ropar

2415

216

2090

109

18.

FG Sahib

2132

57

1976

99

19.

Barnala

2046

197

1800

49

20.

Tarn Taran

1973

105

1784

84

21.

SBS Nagar

1864

45

1758

61

22.

Mansa

1869

85

1749

35

Total

130640

4277

122256

4107

From Patiala 1 death case shifted to Hoshiarpur.

From Faridkot 1 repeat case entry deleted.

From Tarn Taran 1 repeat case entry deleted.

Containment Zones:-

S.NO

District

s.no.

Containment

Total population of the area contained

1

Fazilika

1

Nai Abadi Abohar

3539

Total

3539

2

Muktsar sahib

1

District Jail, Sri Muktsar Sahib

800

total

800

3

SBS Nagar

1

Banna

180

2

Mahlon

120

Total

300

Punjab Total

4

4639

Micro Containment Zones:-

s.no

District

s.no.

Micro containments

Total population of the area contained

1

Amritsar

1

Sunder Nagar 7 B

165

2

Raj Avenue

40

TOTAL

205

2

Ludhiana

1

B-11, 1358 Ram Nagar Civil line Ldh

288

2

#57 stno 3 Bank colony Khanna

3

#4938 guru Nanak Colony Machhiwara

190

4

Stno 2 Jethi Nagar Khanna

5

87 B/ 88 B Sarabha Nagar

253

6

Vill Jandi Sidhwanbet

1503

7

Vill Narangwal

500

TOTAL

2734

3

Jalandhar

1

Guru Ram Das Nagar

341

TOTAL

341

4

Fatehgarh sahib

1

VILL KHANPUR, PHC NANDPUR KALOUR

125


TOTAL

125

5

Bathinda

1

kotha guru block bhagta

226

TOTAL

226

6

SBS Nagar

1

Partap Nagar

21

2

Taunsa

120

Total

141

7

Fazilika

1

Army cant Fazilka

136

Total

136

8

Patiala

1

Vill. Badla, Block Dudhan Sadhan, Patiala

89

Total

89

GRAND TOTAL

16

3997