HOW IS INCLUSIVE CAA ANTI-SIKH?, CAPT AMARINDER ASKS SUKHBIR, SAYS LAKHS OF ANTI-CAA PROTESTORS CAN’T BE ‘SUBSERVIENT TO GANDHI FAMILY’

· QUIPS HIS CHAIR IS ‘SECURE’ BUT SUKHBIR EVIDENTLY TRYING TO SAVE WIFE’S CHAIR IN UNION CABINET BY NOT QUITTING NDA

· SENDS SAD CHIEF ‘MEIN KAMPF’ TO READ & LEARN FROM HISTORY, THEN DECIDE ‘WHETHER COUNTRY FIRST OR POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY’

Chandigarh, January 22: Even as he questioned Sukhbir Singh Badal’s logic in interpreting his criticism of SAD’s stand on CAA as being ‘anti-Sikh’, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday sent the Akali chief a copy of ‘Mein Kampf’, advising him to read Adolf Hitler’s autobiography to understand the dangerous implications of the unconstitutional legislation passed by the central government, of which the Akalis are a part.

Given the current attempts by the Centre to replicate Hitler’s agenda is India, it was important for the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders to read the former German Chancellor’s autobiography before coming out with irrational reactions on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), said the Chief Minister. The recent statements of various Akali leaders, including Sukhbir, clearly exposed their ignorance on this sensitive issue, with grave repercussions for the nation, said Captain Amarinder, urging Sukhbir to read the book and decide “whether it’s country first or political expediency”. “Supporting the bill in both houses of Parliament and in the Vidhan Sabha and opposing it on other platforms is unbecoming of a political leader,” the Chief Minister said in a letter sent to Sukhbir along the book.

In the letter, Captain Amarinder recalled that, during the last Vidhan Sabha session, he had promised to send the Shiromani Akali Dal copies of Hitler’s Mein Kampf, which in English translates to 'My Struggles.’ “These were his (Hitler’s) beliefs which he sold to the German people In his rise to power, which later became his governments policy, when his Nazi party assumed office,” wrote the Chief Minister, adding that “Apart from destroying Germany in World War 2, to fulfil his territorial ambition, from the time he assumed office in 1933 to the end of the war in 1945, his purification of the German race by his ethnic cleansing, led initially to the removal of his main opposition, the communist parties, followed by persecution of the intellectuals, and finally to the extermination of the Jews.”

“Read the book, as one always learns from history. The world has changed and our television and other media are powerful, and certainly different to that of Germany in the thirties under Joseph Goebbels. Nevertheless, the talk of camps and a national register to eliminate the Muslim and Jewish communities is ominous,” Captain Amarinder further wrote, adding that while some of the political parties, including the Congress, were protesting everyday along with universities across the country, “it is time now that others, too, join this movement.”

Meanwhile, taking the SAD president head-on over yesterday’s remarks, the Chief Minister, in a statement here, also asked him to explain how his (Captain Amarinder’s) demand for the Akalis to quit NDA over CAA amounted to "subservience" to the Gandhi family. “Or are you trying to say that the lakhs of people out on the streets to protest against CAA are doing so simply out of subservience to the Gandhi family,” he asked Sukhbir.

Retorting to Sukhbir’s ‘saving his chair’ jab, the Chief Minister said his chair was quite secure. “But apparently, you are worried about your wife Harsimrat’s chair in the union cabinet and do not want her to lose that at any cost,” quipped Captain Amarinder, adding that this could be the reason for SAD refusing to walk out of NDA despite claiming to take a stand against CAA.

Dubbing Sukhbir’s remarks as a blatant case of double standards, the Chief Minister pointed out that the SAD chief was deliberately twisting his (Captain Amarinder’s) statements in a bid to fool the people on the government’s stand on CAA. “Or is he so ignorant that he does not understand the difference between seeking an inclusive legislation, which allows citizenship for all communities, including Muslims and Sikhs, and a law that excludes certain sections such as the Muslims and Jews etc?” asked the Chief Minister.

“I fail to understand what clarification Sukhbir wants from me on this count? Can he point out a single instance or statement where I have opposed giving relief to persecuted Sikhs or, for that matter, to persecuted Hindus or Buddhists? ”asked Captain Amarinder. Not only had he personally always stood for the rights and interests of Sikhs, at no point had he asked for Sikhs to be excluded from the ambit of CAA, pointed out the Chief Minister, asking the SAD president to stop indulging in such brazen fabrications to mislead the people.

In fact, said the Chief Minister, it was Sukhbir who needed to clarify his and his party’s stand on CAA, considering their outrageously contradictory statements on the issue over the past several days. “First they support CAA wholeheartedly in Parliament, then some of them (Akali leaders) say they want Muslims in CAA (why they did not say so in Parliament is beyond comprehension), then one of their leaders says they won’t fight Delhi polls because they are not ready to review their stand on CAA. But nobody knows what their stand on CAA really is,” quipped the Chief Minister, asking Sukhbir to give clarity, once and for all, on the controversial issue.

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Our duty to ensure every girl could get education’

  • Punjab Education Minister calls upon United Kingdom MP and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson
  • Discussed UNICEF report on girls in length and width

Chandigarh, January 22:Punjab Education Minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla called upon United Kingdom Secretary of State for Education and South Staffordshire Member Parliament Mr. Gavin Williamson on the sidelines of the plenary session of six days long conference organized by World Education Forum. Both the leaders discussed education and job-oriented training opportunities in South-East Asia and European countries in length and width.

Discussing new report UNICEF, which reads that a third of adolescent girls from the poorest households have never been to school, and spending on education is heavily skewed towards wealthier households, Mr. Singla stressed upon the need of free education to the girls globally on the pattern on the state of Punjab. He apprised Mr. Williamson that developed countries should show their commitment to ensure every girl could get quality education, which creates and shows the path for the developing countries. He emphatically said it is our duty to ensure that every girl could get education.

He also said that education and training opportunities must be accessible to all, particularly for low-skilled. “Disadvantaged individual and lack of accessibility creates gaps in education and skills, which is leading to economic disparities”, he added.

During the consultations with UK Education Secretary, Mr. Singla also stressed on the role of the teachers and said that their role is to make sure every child learns & understands. The Education Minister said that teachers need to be put in the center of any reform so that reforms will go in desired direction. He disclosed that in today’s world, only few children can able to distinguish between fact & opinion, so it is important to teach critical thinking skills in school. Mr. Singla said that bold education reforms such as cooperation, collaboration and community engagements, is the need of the hour.

Drawing attention on Youth Cultural and Education Programs, he said that these programs aims at providing an opportunity to youths of different parts of the world, to visit different countries to understand their culture, language, lifestyles, educational avenues and development activities.

Apprising about Britain’s success on the global education stage, Mr. Gavin Williamson said, we are extremely determined to keep the status after leave the EU. He said that children must learn to read in the first decade of life and we must accelerate these efforts.

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PUNJAB GOVT TO PROVIDE SUGAR & TEA LEAVES AT SUBSIDISED RATES SHORTLY: BHARAT BHUSHAN ASHU

  • SAYS PUNJAB GOVT COMMITTED TO FULFIL ITS PROMISE
  • SAYS THE PLAN HAS ALREADY BEEN FINALISED BY THE DEPARTMENT & WOULD BE TAKEN UP WITH FINANCE DEPARTMENT SOON
  • DISTRIBUTION OF PDS WHEAT THROUGH ePOS MACHINES START IN STATE FROM TODAY ONWARDS
  • CABINET MINISTER BHARAT BHUSHAN ASHU INAUGURATES IT BY DISTRIBUTING WHEAT FROM LUDHIANA TODAY

Chandigarh/Ludhiana, January 22:Punjab Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Mr Bharat Bhushan Ashu today said that the Capt Amarinder Singh led Punjab government would be providing sugar and tea leaves at subsidised rates to the smart ration card scheme beneficiaries shortly. He said that the plan in this regard has already been finalised by the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department and the file would be put up with the finance department soon.

Mr Ashu said this while inaugurating the distribution of PDS wheat through ePOS machines to smart ration card scheme beneficiaries, at a function held at village Barewal, near here today.

While addressing the gathering, Mr Ashu said that under the Smart Ration Card scheme, around 1.37 crore residents from around 35 lakh families of the state are getting subsidised wheat. In district Ludhiana alone, wheat is being distributed to 3.89 lakh families in a transparent manner with the help of ePOS (electronic point of sale) machines.

He said that the distribution of subsidised wheat and pulses was a brainchild of former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh, who in the year 2013, introduced the Food Security Act. He said that ever since the Capt Amarinder Singh led government was formed in the state, a thorough survey to weed out ineligible beneficiaries was carried out and distribution of wheat and pulses was started through ePOS machines.

Mr Ashu further informed that around 48,000 new families have been added under this scheme in district Ludhiana alone. He informed that even weighing scales have been kept at all places where wheat is being distributed so that no person is exploited by anyone. He assured that the Punjab government is committed to fulfil all its promises made with the people at any cost.

Mr Bharat Bhushan Ashu informed that the beneficiaries get wheat in 30 kg sealed bags at Rs 2 per kilogram twice a year. Also, 500 gram of pulses are being distributed per person per month to eligible individuals at Rs 20 per kilogram. The leakages have been plugged by the government and it is committed to ensure delivery of food grains to all genuine beneficiaries, he said.

Prominent among those present on the occasion included Mayor Mr Balkar Singh Sandhu, Ludhiana Improvement Trust Chairman Mr Raman Balasubramaniam, MC Councillors Mr Pankaj Kaka, Mr Dilraj Singh, Mr Baljinder Singh Bunty, DFSCs Mrs Geeta Bishambu and Mr Sukhwinder Singh Gill, besides several others.