PUNJAB WANTS TO KNOW!
Mystified Cabinet truce, potential albatross around the neck of the entire Punjab cabinet
29.05.20 - Bir Devinder Singh
Mystified Cabinet truce, potential albatross around the neck of the entire Punjab cabinet




All sordid and unsubstantiated affairs raised by Ministers and Congress MLAs in the public domain for the last two-three weeks are perceived to be buried under the carpet to befool the public, with a mere  apology of the Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh. The Ministers may have buried their hatchets vis a vis the Chief Secretary but many significant questions which causes deep sense of disquiet to general public in Punjab, remained unanswered.

Charanjit Singh Channi needs to explain as to how he settled down his score on categorical objection to the liquor policy which Chief Secretary emphatically promoted and argued in the pre-cabinet meeting on 9th May as Secretary Excise & Taxation, which infuriated Channi and amid heated exchange between Channi and the Chief Secretary, the entire Cabinet staged an unprecedented walk out.
 
Could Mr Channi explains as to how the accumulated losses of 600 Crores by the default of the liquor policy and the anticipated losses of 2000 crores to the State exchequer were drawn out by him, which later got settled between him and the Chief Minister. People of Punjab are entitle to know what transpired in the luncheon meeting at Mohindra Farm and what was the ultimate bargain between them and the CM.

Simple polite and sugar-quoted statement by Manpreet Singh Badal, Finance Minister that the Chief Secretary has apologized thrice for his inappropriate behavior with the Ministers and they have accepted his apologies and the high profile standoff stands resolved and the drama of the absurd is over. As if the inflated egos of certain Ministers were the only problematic issue which Punjab is facing at the moment, during the most trying times of Covid-19 pandemic?
 
Manpreet Singh Badal as Minister for the State Treasury is expected to explain the whole muck that was raised in the past two weeks in the media with reference to the sagging economy of Punjab due to the gigantic pilferage of the State revenue. He is otherwise expected to place before the people of the State his up-to-date appraisal assessment of the State finances in terms of expenditure and receipt.
 
Chief Minister may have bought fragile peace for the time being for him but the bonafide issues pertaining to state finances, massive smuggling of spurious liquor, illegal mining by mining mafia across the state during curfew and lockdown and detection of illicit distilleries in the state yet remain unanswered. In democratic governance Chief Minister and his Cabinet is certainly accountable to the people of Punjab.

People wish to know the fate of the demand for CBI probe, monitored by the High Court to investigate 600 crore losses to the state exchequer which was so loudly raised by Congress MLA from Gidderbaha Amarinder Singh Raja Warring and also that of the sinister role of Chief Secretary’s son Harman Singh in the murky liquor trade as alleged by Raja Warring. 
 
People of the State are entitle to know that at what cost and under which bargain the Chief Minister has finally negotiated Raja Warring's silence. Where are the other Congress MLAs hiding now, who all Tweeted supporting the demand for CBI probe against the Chief Secretary and his son? Are they all still in touch with their conscious after the cabinet truce?

Whether Pargat Singh a forthright MLA still nurses the same sense of grievance against massive corruption in the liquor trade and his demand for constituting a Liquor Corporation in the State still stands, which he made public on a public platform  quite unequivocally and that too very recently?

The silence that prevails after the truce in the cabinet meeting sounds literally fascinating. The mystified Cabinet truce has the potential to become albatross at the end of the day, around the neck of the entire Punjab cabinet. The SAD (Badal) has also very interestingly given up their demand for court monitored CBI Probe in to the charges leveled by the Ministers and the Congress MLAs. 
 
The positioning of Sukhbir Singh Badal was quite baffling when he was seen batting for the Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh at crescendo in order to  please the Chief Minister, in return of his many suspicious and unscrupulous obligations.

Whether all those Ministers and MLA’s who took principled stand in unison against the CS and massive corruption in excise department, are comfortable now with their own conscience by turning a blind eye to  brazen plundering of the state wealth and the huge revenue losses to the State?
 
The mystified truce has removed a lid on the harsh reality, how certain people in Punjab are getting richer by every passing day at the cost of the State. Oh God, What a unique case of fallen morality!!

 

(The author is a former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, and a politician celebrated for his grasp on legislative affairs.) 




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AN OPEN LETTER
CM Vs MLAs - New Salvo Claims 'Punjab Strange Case Where CM Has Been "Sacked" by Cabinet'
22.05.20 - Bir Devinder Singh
CM Vs MLAs - New Salvo Claims 'Punjab Strange Case Where CM Has Been




Dear Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh,

I am writing this because given the state of democratic space within the Punjab Congress; others might not point out to you the 800 pound gorilla in the room where you hold your cabinet meetings.

As you know the law too well, in our electoral democracy, a Chief Minister has every right to sack a minister, or two ministers, or all the ministers. A Chief Minister can sack his entire cabinet. But a minister or two ministers or all the ministers put together cannot sack the Chief Minister.

That, Mr Chief Minister, is the law. And that is the only reason that you are still a Chief Minister.

Otherwise, for all practical purposes, your Cabinet has sacked you. All your ministers walked out of a pre-Cabinet meeting and holding a Cabinet meeting at a time when Punjab is struggling with a pandemic have become a near impossibility for you because you have lost the faith of the entire Cabinet.

It is a remarkable feat for a Chief Minister as not a single chief minister in 73 years of India’s post-Independence contemporary political and electoral history has any chief minister suffered the ignominy of his entire Council of Ministers publicly displaying its lack of faith in their leader.

Mr Chief Minister, you are the minister of Punjab Excise Department that regulates the licensing, manufacture, auction, sale and distribution of liquor and liquor vends. You handpicked a Chief Secretary. You handpicked your ministers. Your ministers and your Chief Secretary cannot work together.
 
Your Finance Minister has made public statements to say that he cannot be part of a Cabinet Meeting attended by your Chief Secretary. Your ministers have publicly demanded the sacking of Chief Secretary. Your ugly tamasha is competing with the Coronavirus Pandemic in television ratings, and so far, your TRP is far higher than the deadly virus.

Your ministers are talking of major scam in the liquor. Everybody in Punjab knows how illicit liquor is being manufactured, distilled and sold and how the state exchequer is being looted. Everybody knows that it cannot happen without full support from the top. Everybody knows that the coterie around you is hand in glove with dirty elements. Now, even your ministers are talking about it from the rooftops.

Your reputation, which was already in dire need for Oxygen, had to be wheeled into an ICU and put on a ventilator, but your ministers have now confirmed that it is dead and gone. Such is the fear of your image contaminating anyone it touches that no minister appears in public standing by you. Your ministers have made public announcements that not only have they lost all faith in you but also that they will maintain follow complete social distancing if you called a Cabinet Meeting with your indispensable Chief Secretary.

You tried to invite your MLAs to lunch but your MLAs faithfully followed social distancing. They have made it clear that the issue is far from resolved. You are trying to mask the truth but the truth has gone viral. The ugly truth of the liquor sector in Punjab has been widely exposed while you remain drunk in your power and well known vices spread far and wide from Patiala to Chail to Saragarhi Farms to Pakistan in the company of your male and female friends.

Can you explain to the people of Punjab why you continue to be the Chief Minister? 

Can you explain to your party leadership why you continue to bring shame to it?

Can you explain why your own party leadership never gives any example of your governance while Congress president Rahul Gandhi often cites his other chief ministers?

Can you give one reason why you could not start the same Nyaya Scheme that Rahul Gandhi launched with fanfare in Chhatisgarh?

The fact is that you are a big failure. Except of course on the Pakistan foreign policy front where you maintain deep contacts and carry on a cosy relationship right underneath the nose of India’s intelligence agencies.

BUT SIR, YOU CAN PROVE ME WRONG. IN FACT, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO PROVE ME COMPLETELY WRONG. I DARE YOU TO TRY AND DO THAT. 

All you need to do is to issue a full report card of any one single department under you. 
 
You are currently the Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture, Civil Aviation, Excise & Taxation, General Administration, Home Affairs, Power, Investment Promotion, Information & Public Relations, Legal & Legislative Affairs, Personnel, Environment, Vigilance, Wildlife, Science & Technology, Government Reforms, Information Technology, Renewable Energy and, please suppress your own laughter, Administrative Reforms. (I am sure the last department is something that you never knew existed.)

Just pick up one department, any one department, and issue a complete report card of the functioning, your achievements, your targets and your future plans for that department. 

IF YOU FIND THIS TASK TOO ARDUOUS, TOO ONEROUS, OR TOO BENEATH YOUR ROYAL DIGNITY, ALLOW ME TO MAKE IT EVEN MORE EASY FOR YOU. (See, I told you I am a very kind man. After all, I have been your old colleague. What are old friends for, my dear?)

Just stand in public, behind a microphone, and without looking at a piece of paper or your media advisor constantly looking over shoulder and whispering stuff you’re your ears, simply announce the names of all your departments, all the ministries of which you are a minister. 

BUT THAT WILL BE TOO DIFFICULT FOR YOU, AND I FULLY UNDERSTAND.

So here is your golden chance, just like universities give a golden chance to all the students who cannot get even bare pass marks after repeated attempts. 

Stand in public, and read from a piece of paper the names of all your ministries. Even have your media advisor and your indispensable bureaucrats and police officers extend all help to you. I have no objection.

I am sure the sheer shame at the fact of your non-performance in so many domains and aspects will be enough to make the people of Punjab realise what a travesty of a Chief Minister they are saddled with in these challenging times.

Mr. Chief Minister, there is a reason people across the world need a mask these days. But there is an entirely separate reason that you need a mask on your face these days. It is not worth showing.

You are contagious and contaminating material. Your closest ministers do not want to be near you. They do not want to work with you. They do not want to be in the same room with you. THEY WANT YOU OUT.

SIMPLE.

Your only competitor is Corona Virus. Some days Crona wins, but days you win. There are more headlines about ministers wanting to get rid of you than of people wanting to be rid of Corona.

My dear Amarinder Singh Ji, this is no way to remain as Chief Minister. I suggest you defeat the virus and get out before people come after you to unmask you.

As a friend, I can always suggest that you can claim that you were also a Minister of Hospitality, and you have proven your worth by being a great host to a guest from an inimical problem-creator neighbouring Pakistan, but before making that claim, I also suggest that you discuss the matter with your family, that is, your wife and children, for whom I have great regards.

Your well-wisher and old friend,

Bir Devinder Singh


 

(The author is a former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, and a politician celebrated for his grasp on legislative affairs.) 




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ILLICIT LIQUOR TRADE IN PUNJAB
And now, Amarinder orders police to crackdown on liquor smuggling, bootlegging and illicit distillation
16.05.20 - Team PT
And now, Amarinder orders police to crackdown on liquor smuggling, bootlegging and illicit distillation



Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday directed the Police department to crack down on all kinds of liquor smuggling, bootlegging and illicit distillation of liquor to protect the cash-strapped state from incurring any revenue losses due to such activities.
 
Earlier in the day, Punjab Today published an article by Bir Devinder Singh demanding the resignation of Punjab CM in which he termed the ‘spurious liquor trade’ as Royal Watergate.

Now, the Chief Minister has ordered immediate action to be initiated against DSPs of Sub-Divisions and the SHOs in whose areas such activity is seen taking place, and strict proceedings against any government officer/official found negligent or supporting any illegal activity in any manner relating to distillation/smuggling/distribution of liquor etc.
On the directives of the Chief Minister, DGP Dinkar Gupta has issued necessary directives to all CPs and SSPs in the state to identify liquor smugglers/suppliers/bootleggers, district-wise and police station wise, by May 23. The officers have been asked to take all possible legal action against all such persons, including under the relevant provisions of the Disaster Management and Epidemics Act etc. 

The DGP said that the Chief Minister has made it clear that due to acute economic and financial stress all over the world and India, arising out of the curfew/lockdown to contain the spread of Covid, the state government needs to mobilize all possible revenue. Thus it cannot afford any loss of revenue on account of smuggling of liquor from outside the State, or on account of illicit distillation of liquor or bootlegging, he said.
In pursuance of the Chief Minister’s orders, the CPs and SSPs have been asked to put the SHOs of all Police Stations, especially the bordering Police Stations on notice, and direct them to ensure that no smuggling of liquor into Punjab takes place. The DGP warned that in case of failure to do so, the concerned SHO will be shifted out, and necessary departmental action taken against him as well as the defaulters. Any government officer/official found supporting any illegal activity relating to distillation/smuggling/distribution of liquor etc. shall be proceeded against very strongly, as directed by the Chief Minister, he added.

The DGP has directed the CPs and SSPs to have a VC meeting with their DSPs of Sub-divisions and SHOs to make it absolutely clear that if any illegal liquor factory is found operational in his area of jurisdiction, as in Khanna and Rajpura recently, he will be liable to be shifted out and legal/departmental action initiated against him. He will also become ineligible for SHO and public dealing postings in the future.
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All CPs and SSPs have further been asked to monitor inter-state smuggling of liquor on a daily basis. All CPs and IGP/DIG Ranges will send a Monthly Report, along with a DO letter, on the achievements of the districts falling in their jurisdiction in this regard, to ADGP Law & Order by 5th of every month, without fail, said the DGP.

All CPs and SSPs have also been directed to remain in touch with the Excise Department officers and also the contractors for feedback, and to ensure sustained and focused efforts against drug smugglers/suppliers/distillers etc. Any failure in this regard would be viewed very seriously, warned the DGP.

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Amarinder govt’s nefarious plan to steal Shamlat Lands will spell death knell of Punjab

KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties  

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

 OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION         

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL       

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

BAD, BAD WOMAN!

 


 

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ILLICIT LIQUOR TRADE IN PUNJAB
A ‘Royal Watergate’ and a grim reminder of an undercover operation
16.05.20 - Bir Devinder Singh
A ‘Royal Watergate’ and a grim reminder of an undercover operation




I wonder why the excise department of Punjab portrays fudged figures in the media to be-fool people of Punjab that State exchequer did not suffer any loss on account of poor receipt of the excise duty meaning thereby that all the cabinet ministers of the Punjab are lying who in unison refuse to approve the excise police that was placed before the Cabinet.
 
It’s all the more appalling that the Congress MLAs and Punjab Ministers are seeking CBI probe in to the huge revenue losses for the last three years and selectively targeting the Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, who held the charge of Secretary Excise for three months.
 
Why Congress MLAs and Punjab Ministers exclude and do not target the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for his colossal failure in handling the portfolio of excise & taxation and home?
 
Chief Minister is likewise responsible and squarely to be blamed for the gigantic revenue losses to the tunes of thousands of Crores to the State exchequer as quoted by his own Ministers?

The illegitimate operation of the ‘spurious Liquor Trade’ is being carried out in Punjab in full swing with the active support of the Excise & Taxation Minister of Punjab, Capt. Amarinder Singh.
 
Just watch the intriguing scenario in Punjab. While all over India there were long queues on the opening of the liquor shops but in Punjab neither there is any crowed or serpentine queue on the liquor shops to get the liquor stock which is otherwise known for its high consumption of booze.
 
Ironically, the credit for no queues and no crowed on liquor Shops ostensibly goes to our Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh, who never allowed the habitual drinkers and the debauchees of Punjab to starve of liquor.

His Government ensured that the sale of liquor must continue unabated despite Lockdown and curfew though clandestinely under the protected umbrella and consent of the excise department. That is the another glaringly bright scenario of Punjab thanks to the ‘No Nonsense and radiant administration’ of Capt. Amarinder Singh.
  
There used to be times in Punjab when excise department with the help of the Police department used to detect improvised hearths from the Sugarcane fields of the farmers prepared for distilling illicit liquor and there used to be a shocking tremors in the media all over the spectrum.
 
But now, in complete contrast and shocking to my ethics, illicit distilleries are found in the State one after another and quite reprehensibly not even a ripple moves in the Government circles.
 
Just because the covert lucrative business of distilling spurious liquor is being carried out by the Congressmen with the support of MLAs and Ministers. The spurious liquor is sold and purchased blatantly without any bill particularly when Capt. Amarinder Singh is at the helm of Excise & Home portfolio besides being the Chief Minister of the State.

The way events are unfolding after the discoveries of illicit distilleries in Punjab, I have no hesitation in saying that the gigantic illicit liquor trade in Punjab should be termed as a ‘Royal Watergate’ and it’s a grim reminder of an undercover operation with the blessings of the Chief Minister.
 
Therefore the Government led by Capt. Amarinder Singh must be dismissed forthwith for the brazen and contemptuous violation of the each word of the solemn oath he took as Chief Minister, swearing by the God and the Constitution of India.


 

(The author is a former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, and a politician celebrated for his grasp on legislative affairs.)

 

 


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Amarinder govt’s nefarious plan to steal Shamlat Lands will spell death knell of Punjab

KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties  

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

 OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION         

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL       

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

BAD, BAD WOMAN!

 


 

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Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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AT VC WITH PM, AMARINDER SEEKS ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
Punjab CM pitches for continued lockdown
11.05.20 - Team PT
Punjab CM pitches for continued lockdown



Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday pitched for extension of the lockdown, but with a carefully crafted strategy, backed by fiscal and economic empowerment of the states, to save lives and secure livehood.

Clearly favouring continuation of a strict lockdown, in view of the escalating cases of Covid nationwide, the Chief Minister said at the Video Conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi that states needed to be given greater flexibility in micro-planning as part of a carefully planned exit strategy, encompassing both Covid containment and a defined path of economic revival.

The Exit Strategy should consider and focus on fiscal and economic empowerment of the States, which are responsible for the real action directly impinging upon the livelihood and social health of the common man, said the Chief Minister, suggesting that States should be allowed great flexibility in micro-planning, with MSMEs to be allowed to function in Red Zone districts with proper safeguards. The decision on designating the red, orange/yellow and green zones should be left to the states, which were more cognizant of the ground realities, he said.

Captain Amarinder demanded urgent financial assistance to States to meet at least 33% of their committed liabilities, along with revenue grants to the states for 3 months to meet shortfall in revenue and to fund expenditure on Covid-19.

The Punjab Chief Minister also called for a National Strategy on  Covid Testing for making the battle against Covid more effective, pointing out that he had also written to the Prime Minister to direct Central Government institutions in Chandigarh and Punjab to increase testing capacity. Punjab had so far done 40,962 tests done so far, with current testing rate at 2500 per day, which the state government planned to scale up to 6000 by end of the month.

Pointing out that Punjab had procured 115 Lakh MT of Wheat, with proper social distancing and hygiene protocols in place, the Chief Minister also requested for early declaration of MSP on Paddy and a bonus on non-burning of paddy stubble.

The Chief Minister informed the Prime Minister that Punjab was losing Rs 3000 crore per month in revenue (totally 88% of the estimated revenue loss recorded in April), along with Rs 30 crore daily loss for Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (a decline of 30%). He also reiterated his demand for immediate release of the Punjab’s GST arrears of Rs. 4365.37 crore.

Further, said the Chief Minister, in view of the complete change in the situation due to the pandemic, the 15th Finance Commission should review its report for the current year, and recommend devolution of funds for 5-years beginning from 1.4.2021 (instead of 2020) onwards after factoring in the impact of COVID-19, for which the term of the Commission should be extended by another year.

Captain Amarinder also urged the Prime Minister to increase the borrowing limit under the Financial Responsibility and Budget Management Act 2005 (FRBM Act) from 3% to 4% of SGDP to enable states to meet their fiscal liabilities.

The Punjab Government had been fighting the Covid battle from the front, and had successfully brought down the mortality rate in the state to 1.8%, while containing the doubling rate at  around 7 days against national average of 11 days, the Chief Minister pointed out during the meeting. The rate of increase was falling after having risen sharply in the last 10 days came due to the  large number of persons who tested positive from returnees from other States, he said, expressing the confidence that the situation should improve further in the coming week.

With four containment zones, Punjab currently has 1823 positive cases (2.75% of All-India cases), with 31 deaths (1.40% of All-India deaths), translating into Mortality Rate of 1.70%.

In terms of inbound movement of stranded people, the Chief Minister disclosed that around 56,000 persons from Punjab stranded in other states had registered with his government, with around 20,000 Indian nationals returning from other countries. The State Government had made elaborate arrangements made for quarantine and testing.

For outbound transportation,  11.50 lakh migrants had registered (mainly in Ludhiana, Jalandhar, & Amritsar) and largely bound for UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, said Captain Amarinder, adding that 50 trains with such migrants had already left, and on average, 13-14 trains were leaving daily.


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