Muktsar Sahib/November 22
Punjab’s Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday riled out the possibility of judicial probe into drug haul case and said that Congress leaders including former Chief Captain Amarinder Singh should desist from making such demands which hampers the ongoing investigations conducted by the state police.
Badal said that the Punjab police had unearthed this racket and they are carrying out entire investigations meticulously from all angles with due diligence and deliberation. “The state government reposes complete faith in the functioning of Police and thus the Congress leaders should refrain from interfering with its day-to-day working thereby allowing the investigating agency to work independently so as to reach the bottom of the case,” Badal said, adding that that he would not make any further comment on the ongoing probe as it will affect its proceedings and assured the law of the land would take its own course and all the guilty involved in the recent drug seizure would be dealt with severely.
Badal also expressed deep concern over the extensive damage caused to crops and especially the house property due to floods during last monsoon and said that the state government was committed for lending a helping hand to the sufferers of this grave natural tragedy.
He asked the officers to ensure that the survey regarding the damaged houses in the area was completed within a fortnight so that adequate compensation could be given to the aggrieved families. Mr. Badal cautioned the officers that any laxity in this work on their part would not be tolerated at any cost.
Squarely blaming the Congress led UPA government at the centre for breaking the backbone of the farmers, the Chief Minister said that due to the anti farmer’s stance of the Union government the agriculture was no longer a profitable venture. Exhorting the farmers to adopt allied agriculture activities, Badal said that it would not only help in supplementing their income but also be instrumental in bailing them out from the current agrarian crisis. He said that the state government had already taken path breaking initiatives to undertake crop diversification and allied agriculture activities for saving the beleaguered peasantry of the state.
The Chief Minister also underscored the need for making use of agriculture implement and machinery on custom hire basis from the village based agriculture cooperative societies instead of incurring heavy expenditure on its purchase, which would further squeeze their margins of profitability. He said that the state government was already granting huge subsidies to the Agriculture Cooperative societies to promote the utilization of latest agriculture equipment at nominal charges amongst the farmers.
Striking an emotional chord with the people, the Chief Minister said that the land of Gidderbaha was sacred to him as he had started his political career from this place. Badal said that he was personally indebted to every person from each village of this assembly segment as they have supported him enormously throughout his political career. “Thus it is incumbent on my part to leave no stone unturned for ensuring the overall development of this place,” he added.
On the occasion the Chief Minister also honored the Akali workers village Shekh, Mania wala, Smagh, Gilzewala, Khuanan Kkurad, Kothe Surgapuri, Chak Gilzewal, Duhe wala and Doda, who were lodged in jails with him during various Akali agitations.
Muktsar Sahib/November 22