Chandigarh, November 27: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday welcomed the Centre’s decision to allow the agitating farmers to enter Delhi, but slammed the ML Khattar government in Haryana for its continued use of brute force to stop farmers even after the Union Government’s conciliatory move.

Though the central government has allowed the farmers to enter the national capital to exercise their democratic right to protest, the Haryana government is engaged in a confrontationist approach against the farmers moving towards Delhi, said the Chief Minister, condemning the Khattar government’s actions.

“What's the need for such harsh measures? This barbarism needs to stop right now @mlkhattar ji,” said the Chief Minister, flaying the vicious manner in which the Haryana government was treating the innocent and peaceful farmers. He expressed shock at the methods used by the Khattar government in their desperate bid to stop the farmers, including destruction of public property by digging up the national highway. “The farmers did not inflict even an iota of damage to any public property over the past three months of their protest, and here is a state government that is brazenly and shamelessly digging up roads made of public money,” he quipped.

Captain Amarinder also reiterated his appeal to the central government to initiate immediate talks to address farmers' concerns on the Farm Laws and resolve the simmering issue. Having taken the first step towards finding a peaceful and amicable solution to the problem, the Centre should now move quickly towards holding further talks with the Kisan Unions to thrash out the problem triggered by the agricultural legislations which have threatened the lives and livelihoods of the farmers.

The Chief Minister, meanwhile, expressed appreciation for the remarkable restraint shown by farmers in face of the Khattar government’s and Haryana police’s brutality. “Their exemplary behaviour shows that farmers are not interested in confrontation, they only want to be heard, which is their constitutional right," he added.

Pointing out that the farmers had refused to be provoked and had not created any law & order problem even after being subjected to teargassing and powerful sprays of water in this cold weather, Captain Amarinder said this showed that all the farmers desired was to take their voice to Delhi. The farmers were neither misguided nor out to indulge in creating any problems for the people of India, he asserted, urging the Government of India to take cognizance of the miseries of the nation’s ‘annadatas’ and accede to their demand for a legal provision to assure continuation of MSP.


Preneet Kaur urges PM to address farmers’ concerns

CHANDIGARH, November 27: Patiala MP and former Minister of State for External Affairs, Ms Preneet Kaur today urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the concerns of farmers who are protesting against the new farm laws all along the Grand Trunk Road and around the national capital.

Ms Kaur condemned the high handedness and use of brutal force by the Haryana government against the farmers who were marching towards Delhi to stage a peaceful protest there.

In a statement issued here today, Ms Kaur regretted that the union government remained unmoved even though the farmers have been protesting against the central farm laws for the last two months. “Ideally it should have been the union government which should have reached out to them”, she observed, while adding, “when the farmers were trying to knock at the doors of the central government they were showered with lathis, teargas shells and water canons”.

The former External Affairs Minister hoped that the central government will now listen to the farmers’ apprehensions and address these without letting itself be misguided by vested interests. “The farmers have genuine concern and apprehension against the discontinuance of the Minimum Support Price”, she said, while observing that there should not be any problem in the central government allaying these fears with legal measures and safeguards.

Ms Kaur congratulated the farmers of Punjab for their courage and determination to continue with their peaceful protests, who despite facing brute police force and strong resistance managed to reach Delhi and forced the central government to allow them stage peaceful protest there.



Chandigarh, November 27: The Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday announced an ex-gratia of Rs.50 lakh, along with a government job to a family member of Sepoy Sukhbir Singh of 18 JAK RIF who was martyred in the unprovoked firing by Pakistan Army along LoC in the Sunderbani sector (J&K) on Friday.

Paying homage to the martyr and extending his sympathy to the bereaved family, the Chief Minister said that the 22 year old Sepoy Sukhbir Singh was a brave and highly motivated soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty.

Sepoy Sukhbir Singh, hailed from Village Khuvaspur in Tehsil Khadoor Sahib of Tarn Taran district and is survived by his father Kulwant Singh, mother Jasbir Kaur besides a married brother Kuldip Singh and two sisters Davinder Kaur (Married) and Kulwinder Kaur (Unmarried).


Health Minister flags off 22 IEC awareness vans under Mission Fateh

Chandigarh, 27 November:Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu flagged off 22 IEC awareness vans under the Mission Fateh.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr Sidhu said that these vans would visit in the urban and high-risk areas of Punjab to aware the public about Coronavirus and other diseases. COVID-19 tests will also be conducted during this campaign. These vans are equipped with Print material and Audio-Visual material.

Mr Sidhu said that there will be 1 van per District and a micro plan for the same has been prepared.

The Health Minister said that so far more than 31 lakh samples have been taken in Punjab out of which 149278 positive cases reported and at present about 7479 active cases in Punab.

Punjab has a positive rate of 4.9 percent while the national positive rate is 6.9 percent. In Punjab, 7 laboratories were being conducted the corona testing. 1500 ICU beds for critical patient care, 855 ventilators and more than 8000 oxygen beds have been arranged to provide quality services to corona patients.

He informed that 25000 to 30000 corona tests were being conducted daily in Punjab out of which 75 percent are RT-PCR tests. Corona Fateh Kits were also being provided to the patients in home isolation, these kits include Thermometer, Pulse Oximeter, Steamer, Essential medicines, and awareness material. Similarly, post COVID-19 care kits are being provided to the recovered patients in hospitals.

Every effort was being made to spread awareness regarding the coronavirus and the government has also taken various decisions during the corona pandemic and the government was fully prepared to deal with any situation.

He also appealed to the public to follow the norms like wearing a mask, social distancing, and hand washing.

Mr. Hussan Lal, Principal Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare said that the staff of the Health Department has worked tirelessly to control the virus. Life insurance of Rs. 50 lakhs has been provided to the health workers and frontline workers. PPE kits, masks and other items have been provided to the frontline workers at a cost of about Rs.185 crores. More than Rs. 5.5 crore worth of medicines has been provided free of cost for the treatment of positive patients.

On the occasion, Director Health Services Dr. Manjit Singh, OSD-Health Minister Dr.Balwinder Singh, Director NHM Dr.Parvinderpal Singh Sidhu, State Nodal Officer-COVID-19 Dr. Rajesh Bhaskar, State Program Officer IEC / BCC Mr. Shivinder Sehdev, and other officials of Health Department were present.



• Appreciating their glorious services, office bearers of Punjab IAS Officers Association wished them healthy post retirement life
Chandigarh, November 27:-Three Punjab cadre senior IAS officers, who are retiring on November 30, were given warm send off by the Punjab IAS Officers Association on Friday evening here at Punjab Civil Secretariat-2.

During a brief ceremony, office-bearers of Punjab IAS Officers Association wished the Special Chief Secretary Mrs. Kalpna Mittal Baruah, IAS of 1985 batch, who was looking after the Cooperation department, Additional Chief Secretary Mr. R.Venkat Ratnam, IAS of 1990 Batch, was posted with the Jails department and 2005 Batch IAS officer Mr. Jaskiran Singh, who was working as a Special Secretary Jails and MD PRTC, a healthy and prosperous post retirement life.

While remembering meritorious and outstanding services rendered by these officers, Additional Chief Secretary (Development) Mr. Anirudh Tewari, Additional Chief Secretary (Power, New & Renewable Energy Sources) Mr. Anurag Agarwal, Principal Secretary (Water Supply & Sanitation) Mrs. Jaspreet Talwar, Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) Mr. Hussan Lal, Chief Executive Officer, Punjab State Water Supply and Sewerage Board Mr. Ajoy Sharma shared their cordial relations with them and their experiences learned from the friendly working style of these officers. They also said that their vast administrative experience would always be a guiding light for them and future generations of civil servants and they would always be remembered for their valuable services in various important positions in different departments. All the officers wished them a bright and healthy future in their second inning of life.

Special Secretary Expenditure Mr. Abhinav Trikha, Special Secretary Finance Mrs. Gurpreet Kaur Sapra, Director Water Supply & Sanitation Mr. Amit Talwar were also present on the occasion.