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BARGARI SACRILEGE CASE
'Its a contemptuous breach of privilege of the House, with the flagrant consent of Amarinder'
29.08.19 - Bir Devinder Singh*
'Its a contemptuous breach of privilege of the House, with the flagrant consent of Amarinder'



The entire Congress Legislature Party need to explain to the Sikh community as to how the sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, probe is being buried in an opprobrious manner, befooling the entire Sikh community.
 
The recent missive of Prabodh Kumar, Special DGP-cum -Director Bureau of Investigation, Punjab, to the CBI, in contravention of the explicit resolution of the ‘House’, seems to be a malicious attempt, which has  left nobody in doubt that Capt. Amarinder Singh is audaciously working on various mechanisms, having tandem arrangement with the Badal family with an intent to absolve Dera Sirsa of the iniquitous crime, committed against the pious magnificence of Guru Granth Sahib. 
 
Otherwise why would a top-ranking police officer of the State Government venture an audacity to write to the CBI, violating the unambiguous direction of the State Legislature to withdraw all cases from the CBI, that pertain to the sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

I wonder why the entire state legislature,   including all members of the opposition are in slumber over such a brazen breach of the privilege of the House, committed by Prabodh Kumar with the palpable consent of the Home Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh, who incidentally also happens to be the leader of the House. 
 
Credible media reports suggests that Sukhjinder Singh Randawa  a cabinet minister has sought clarification from the Chief Minister on the baleful communication of the Punjab police to the CBI, besmirching  the defining impact of the unanimous motion passed by the State legislature in August last year. As a matter of fact, the motion was moved on the floor of the House by none else but a Senior Cabinet Minister Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, that was unanimously. 

In view of the dignity of the House (The State Legislature) and in deference to the collective wisdom of the ‘House’; probity demands that an upright member of the council of Ministers, Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa must resign forthwith not only as a minister but also as a member of the august House, for his colossal failure in not ensuring the faithful implementation of the motion of the House that he himself moved, on the floor of the House.

The clandestine maneuvers of the Punjab Police, under directions of the Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh to derail the sacrilege probe with mischievous intent, would not be allowed to go uncensored under any circumstances. Both, Amarinder Singh and Parkash Singh Badal will have to bear a heavy price for their sinful conduct by playing hide and seek game, in mutually betraying the spirit of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
 
 
 
(*Bir Devinder Singh is Former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha)
 

 


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KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

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

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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 
A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION
BAD, BAD WOMAN! 

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL

 

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Punjab CM writes to PM for Rs 1000 Cr special flood relief package
21.08.19 - Team PT
Punjab CM writes to PM for Rs 1000 Cr special flood relief package



Even as the state government scaled up its flood rescue and relief operations, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday wrote to the Prime Minister seeking a Rs 1000 crore special package to address the losses resulting from the flooding.

The Chief Minister has also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to instruct the concerned authorities to waive off crop loans of banks/ financial institutions availed by the affected farmers in the affected villages during the current cropping season. 

The flooding in river Sutlej due to the discharge of water from Bhakra Dam, the heaviest since 1958, had caused extensive damage to the standing crops and inundation of residential areas in the villages, the Chief Minister, adding that an early estimated suggested the damage to be to the extent of Rs 1700 crore.

Realising the gravity of the situation, the State Government had declared it a Natural Calamity in the affected areas, said the Chief Minister, adding that though necessary assistance was given by the Army authorities, the floods in river Sutlej had severely damaged standing crops, houses and other rural and urban infrastructure at many places, especially in the districts of Ropar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Kapurthala covering over 100 villages. 

The Chief Minister said he had instructed the concerned officers of the State Government to prepare the required memorandum for Special Package for consideration of Government of India in due course. 

The request from the Chief Minister came amid reports that 326 villages across the state had been adversely impacted, with loss of standing crops on nearly 1.20 lakh acres of area submerged under water.

Services of the Army, the NDRF and the SDRF had been pressed, especially in the worst affected areas of Jalandhar and Ferozepur district, on the directives of Captain Amarinder, who was personally monitoring the situation. He has also instructed the state Chief Secretary to stay in constant touch with Special Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary Water Resources, said an official spokesperson.

According to the spokesperson, with rescue and relief operations on war footing, 5023 people had so far been rescued from the affected villages.

More than 36,000 paranthas and 18,000 packets of dry ration along with water bottles had been air dropped for the residents of all the 18 affected villages of Jalandhar with the help of the Indian Army.  The relief packets were transported to Jalandhar Cantonment earlier in the day and were then loaded on to six Army Helicopters under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police.

In Ludhiana, the administration successfully averted a possible breach in Mattewada complex around village Ghadi Fazil, while more than 60 persons had been evacuated from the five affected villages of the district.
 
In Ferozepur alone, 368 persons were rescued by the jawans of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Indian Army during a special rescue operation.

In Kapurthala district, more than 200 persons had been rescued in 62 villages in the Sultanpur Lodhi area.  In Ropar, 86 multi-purpose health workers, 111 ANM nurses along with 40 fully equipped medical vans had been pressed into service to conduct special health camps for flood affected persons and provide them necessary medical care. As many as 10 relief centres had also been set up to rehabilitate the displaced families.


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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 
A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION
BAD, BAD WOMAN! 

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL

 

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ON RAJIV GANDHI'S 75TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY
Punjab CM launches Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojna
20.08.19 - Team PT
Punjab CM launches Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojna



In a tribute to late former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday launched his government’s flagship universal health insurance scheme ‘Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana’, benefitting nearly 46 lakh families.

E-cards were handed over to the first 11 beneficiaries from Mohali district to kick off the scheme, which would entitle beneficiaries to avail annual cashless treatment up to Rs. 5 Lakh per family per year, including pre-existing diseases, was aimed at ensuring the best possible treatment to the beneficiaries free of cost.

With this scheme, covering 76% of the its population, Punjab has become the first state in the country to offer medical insurance cover to the maximum number of its people, the Chief Minister announced, dedicating the welfare initiative to Rajiv Gandhi. His government was committed to fulfilling the aspirations of the people with the vision of the country’s youngest prime minister, he added.

It may be recalled that the state government had decided, a few months ago, to extend the PMJAY to provide cashless health insurance cover of Rs. 5 Lakh per family per year to more 31 Lakh families. While the cost of the premium for 14.86 lac families originally covered under PMJAY, as per SECC data, is being borne by the Centre and State in 60:40 ratio, for the rest of the beneficiaries the state will bear the entire cost of the premium.

Speaking on the occasion, Captain Amarinder said it had taken his government several months to draw the roadmap for the implementation of the cashless treatment scheme to cover 76% of its population, in sharp contrast to the 12% that would have been covered otherwise under the Central Government’s PMJAY scheme. Similar schemes in other states had covered up to a mere 30% of their population, he pointed out.

The Chief Minister recalled Rajiv’s proactive role in sanctioning approval for setting the first multi-national project in Punjab in the form of Pepsi. "I was then the Punjab Agriculture Minister and had submitted a proposal to PMO for setting up this plant, which was vital for state's diversification plans. I still remember how, exactly on the eighth day, I got a message that PM wanted to meet me and the project was approved,” the Chief Minister said nostalgically.

Giving details of the Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana, the Chief Minister revealed it would cover a total of 20.43 Lac smart ration card holder families, in addition to 14.86 lac families enrolled as per Socio Economic Caste Census Data, 4.94 lac J form holder farmer families, 2.8 lac small farmers, and more than 2.38 lac construction workers registered with the state construction welfare board, besides 46,000 small traders. The scheme has also been extended to around 4500 journalists accredited to the state or holding yellow cards.

Equipped with specially designed 1396 treatment packages, the scheme will be implemented through more than 450 empaneled hospitals, including 200 government hospitals. Of the total premium of Rs. 333 Crores under the Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana, the state's share is 83%, which amounts to Rs. 276 Crores, while the Government of India would be paying the remaining Rs. 57 Crores. Surgical packages under the scheme also include the cost of pre-hospitalization for 3 days and post-hospitalization for 15 days.

Earlier in his welcome address, Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu lauded the Chief Minister for taking this historic decision, which would revolutionise the health services in the state. He further said that in case a patient is not carrying e-card, he can go to any empaneled hospital and can meet Aarogya Mitra, who will generate his e-card on the spot and facilitate cashless payment.
 
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Punjab Mandi Board Lal Singh Chairman also thanked the Chief Minister for this unique step.

Chairman Punjab Health Systems Corporation Chairman Amardeep Singh Cheema, MLAs Balwinder Singh Laddi and Santokh Singh Bhalaipur, Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare Anurag Aggarwal, Special Principal Secretary to CM Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, MD NRHM Amit Kumar, Special Secretary Health Puneet Goyal were also present on the occasion.

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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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 
A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION
BAD, BAD WOMAN! 

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL

 

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Amarinder announces 100 Cr for flood hit areas in Punjab
19.08.19 - Team PT
Amarinder announces 100 Cr for flood hit areas in Punjab



Rupnagar, August 19: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday announced Rs 100 Crore for emergency relief and rehabilitation measures in the flood-hit regions of the state and said a special Girdawari will be conducted as soon as the water level recedes to ensure adequate compensation for the affected farmers. 

The Chief Minister made these announcements during a tour of the flood-affected areas of Rupnagar, where he evaluated the damage caused by the torrential rains of the past 72 hours and met the people who had suffered damage as a result of the flooding. Captain Amarinder expressed grief over the death of three persons due to roof collapse in Ludhiana district.
 
The Chief Minister later reviewed the overall flood situation in the state with senior officials. He was informed by the Chief Engineer Drainage that the overall situation in the rivers Beas and Ravi was under control though danger continued to lurk in areas adjacent to the Satluj river and further downstream, at Harike Headworks in Ferozepur. The flood releases from the Bakhra dam was above its maintainable level, flowing currently at 1681.23 feet, the meeting was informed.

The Chief Minister, who earlier travelled by road from Chandigarh to Rupnagar, described the situation as unprecedented, and assured of all possible assistance from his government to the local residents. He was briefed by the local officials on the damaged caused to the standing crops, houses, public installations and livestock due to heavy discharge of water from the catchment area of Bhakra dam.

Interacting with IIT students displaced due to heavy flooding on their campus, Captain Amarinder Singh directed the state administration to ensure their boarding and lodging arrangements in the Punjab Bhawan and Kissan Bhawan at Chandigarh till their return. Acceding to a request from the IIT Director, he asked his Chief Principal Secretary to work out a strategy to ensure foolproof and efficient drainage system to avert recurrence of flooding incidents in the campus. 

Reviewing the ground situation at village Shampura after visiting Rupnagar Head Works, the Chief Minister met slum dwellers in the area and directed the district administration to extend all necessary help to the affected families. He also asked the deputy commissioner to keep a tab over the situation till the situation normalises. 

The Chief Minister instructed the district officials to organize health camps in cooperation with the Health Department to prevent outbreak of any water borne diseases in the wake of the floods. He also asked the Animal Husbandry Department to provide veterinary health services to the needy, and to make necessary arrangements to ensure supply of feed and fodder. 

Wading through a flooded road at village Khairabad, the Chief Minister freely intermingled with the people and patiently listened to their grievances and assured them of prompt redressal. 

Earlier, on his arrival, the Deputy Commissioner apprised the Chief Minister that due to heavy downpour yesterday the total release at Ropar Head Works was 2,50,000 cusecs, in addition to unprecedented increase in flow in many rivulets like Swan Nadi (90,000 cusecs), Sirsa Nadi (60,000 cusecs), Budhki Nadi (20,000 cusecs). The DC said the district administration, with the help of Police, NDRF and NGOs, was able to rescue more than 600 families from 45 villages. There had been no reports of human life but there was significant loss of crops and cattle which was being assessed, he added.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Speaker Vidhan Sabha Rana KP Singh, Technical Education & Tourism Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, MP from Anandpur Sahib Manish Tewari, and MLA Rupnagar Amarjit Singh Sandoa, besides Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, Special Principal Secretary to CM Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, DC Rupnagar Sumit Jarangal, and SSP Rupnagar Swapan Sharma. 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Most shared Punjab Today articles:
 

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 
A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION
BAD, BAD WOMAN! 

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL

 

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73rd Independence Day
CM Amarinder warns anti-national forces against attempt to destroy peace
15.08.19 - Team PT
CM Amarinder warns anti-national forces against attempt to destroy peace



JALANDHAR, AUGUST 15: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday warned inimical forces against any attempt to destroy the peace and harmony of the country, while calling upon the people to join hands in fighting such forces.

Addressing a gathering here at the Guru Gobind Singh Stadium after unfurling the National Flag during a state level function on the 73rd Independence Day, the Chief Minister said that there were anti national forces that were envious of the peaceful atmosphere and development in the state.  "Let us rededicate ourselves to work collectively to build a strong and prosperous Punjab, and to cement the bonds of love, peace and amity,” he said. 

Highlighting the immense contribution of Punjabis in the national freedom struggle, the Chief Minister said it was now our collective duty to preserve the hard earned freedom attained through countless sacrifices.

Recalling his visit to Jung-E-Azadi Memorial to inaugurate its third phase yesterday, Captain Amarinder Singh said that the memorial would be instrumental in spreading awareness amongst the youngsters about various facets of the legendary Indian freedom struggle.

The Chief Minister said that 2019 was a historic year in view of the 550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Jallianwala Bagh centenary being commemorated with great enthusiasm and fervour. He recalled the various development and infrastructural projects worth Rs 145 crore in Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts and laying of foundation stones of different projects at a cost of Rs. 132 crore kickstarted by him yesterday for the holistic development of both districts. The Chief Minister also referred to development projects inaugurated by his Cabinet colleagues on August 14 across the state.

Referring to the crusade against the drug abuse, Captain Amarinder Singh pointed out that 27,744 cases had been registered under NDPS Act with the arrest of 33,622 persons besides recovery of 767 kg heroine and huge quantity of other contraband substances. As many as 87,000 addicts were being treated in 178 OOAT centres in the state.

On the farmer friendly initiatives, the Chief Minister said that the State Government was contemplating to disburse Rs. 520 crore to 2.85 lakh farm labourers and landless farmers who are the members of the Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies. Under the debt relief scheme till date, 5.62 lakh marginal and small farmers had been benefitted by settling their standing crop loans of Rs. 47,00 crores. He also stated that the total annual remuneration of farmers on account of Government procurement of foodgrain had increased to Rs. 1.24 lakh crore since 2017, thereby registering a hike of about Rs. 30,000 crore over the earnings in the corresponding seasons of the previous Government. Thus, farmers’ income through sale of food grains had increased by over 32 % ever since the Government took over.

On the education front, the Chief Minister said for the first time in several years, Government Schools had outperformed private schools thereby registering an increase of 8.7 percent in overall pass percentage of class X and 4.45 percent in class XII board results. 261 smart schools had been set up, covering all 217 educationally backward blocks at a cost of Rs. 30 crore and nearly 4,000 primary, middle and high schools had been transformed into smart schools with the support of CSR/NGOs/NRIs/Charitable institutions and individual donations.

Announcing that the State Government would organise the 5th Mega Job Fair at different venues across the state from September 9 to 30, Captain Amarinder Singh said about two lakh jobs in private sectors would be offered to the unemployed youth besides and one lakh applicants were likely to be assisted for self-employment. Under the State Government’s flagship ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar Scheme’ more than 9 lakh youth had been facilitated in getting employment in private/government sectors or self-employment since March 2017. Nearly six lakh youth had been assisted in self-employment, 2.60 lakh in private sectors and 40,000 in government jobs.

The Chief Minister also announced that the youth would be provided free smart mobile phones shortly, under the Digital Punjab initiative in fulfilment of the poll promise. 

Captain Amarinder Singh also appealed to the people to plant 550 saplings each in all 12,700 villages in the state as part of 550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. He said 40 lakh saplings had already been planted so far in 3500 villages to make the state clean, green and pollution-free.

On the revival of industry, the Chief Minister said that the new industrial policy had given a big boost with over Rs. 50,000 crore in investments being firmed up.

To give a further push to rural development, the Chief Minister pointed out that an outlay of Rs. 680 crore had been kept under the Smart Village Campaign - an umbrella programme to ensure all-round development of villages, of which Rs. 198 crore had been released as the first instalment.

Prioritising the welfare of SC/BC, the Chief Minister said that 200 free units of power were being provided to SC, BPL and BC households. Similarly, his Government had already enhanced the monthly social security pension from Rs. 500 to Rs. 750 for 20 lakh beneficiaries with an annual expenditure of Rs. 1600 crore, besides enhancing the financial assistance under Ashirwad Scheme from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 21,000. Under the Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojana, 9.28 lakh persons had been provided requisite relief/benefit out of 12.17 lakh distressed persons identified under the Yojana. 

Earlier, the Chief Minister took the salute during an impressive march past by the contingents of ITBP, Punjab Police (men and women), Rajasthan Police, Chandigarh Police, Guardians of Governance, Punjab Home Guards, NCC and PAP Pipe and Brass Band, Pipe Band of 6 Sikh Li and CRPF led by the parade Commander DSP Gursher Singh.

On the occasion, 10 tableaus displaying the plantation drive of 550 saplings in all villages in commemoration of the 550th Parkash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Ghar Ghar Haryali by the Forest Department, Padho Punjab Padhao Punjab of Education Department, Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana of Health Department, Ghar Ghar Rozgar Scheme and Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojana by ADC (Development) and District Bureau of Employment and Entreprises, Anti Drug Campaign by SSP Rural, MGNREGS and Smart Village Campaign by ADC (Development) and DDPO, Save Water, Earn Money and Debt Relief Scheme of PSPCL and Cooperation Department, Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry Department, Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao by District Programme Officer, Smart City and Urban Environment Improvement Program by CEO Smart City and Commissioner Municipal Corporation. 

Earlier, a colourful variety programme comprising tent pegging by Punjab Police besides mass PT show, Giddha, Bhangra and other traditional folk dances performed by the school and college students enthralled the audience.

The Chief Minister also honoured three freedom fighters namely Prem Sagar, Dev Brat Sharma and Jawahar lal besides distributing sewing machines to the needy women and tricycles to physically challenged persons.

In a symbolic gesture, Captain Amarinder Singh also handed over appointment letters to five newly recruited youngsters Charanpreet Kaur, Gurpreet Pal Singh, Jasmine Singh, Mandeep and Amarjit, who got employment in private sectors under Ghar Ghar Rozgar Scheme. 


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