Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said that exit of veteran Congress leader Mr. Kamal Nath as General Secretary incharge of Congress in the state has vindicated stand of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) that 1984 Sikh carnage was a deep rooted conspiracy of Congress party to butcher innocent Sikhs.Interacting with the media persons on the sidelines of Sangat Darshan program in Malout assembly segment here today, the Chief Minister said that Mr. Kamal Nath was reluctant to accept this post because of his ‘guilty consciousness’ owing to his role in massacre of thousands of innocent Sikhs. He said that Mr. Kamal Nath could not muster the courage to face people of state who were well aware of his role in this barbaric holocaust of Sikhs. However, Mr. Badal said that the people of state in general and Sikhs in particular would never forgive Mr. Kamal Nath and other leaders of his party who had planned and executed this heinous carnage, which was a dark spot in the entire history of Indian polity.
Terming that national Civil Aviation policy 2016 would prove to be a big boon for state, the Chief Minister expressed hoped that Airport at Adampur near Jalandhar would soon get operational. He said that the state government has been constantly taking up this issue with Government of India (GoI) adding that the NDA Government has finally given a big gift to state in shape of newly unveiled policy. “The day is not far away when this Airport in Doaba region will be operational thereby cherishing the aspirations of our NRI brethren” added Mr. Badal.Replying to query regarding press conference by state Congress Chief Captain Amarinder Singh in New Delhi, the Chief Minister said that these were tactics of Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar to run away from his much hyped announcement of holding ‘Darbars’. He said that Captain could not bear the scorching heat in the state so he was indulging in such sort of tantrums to escape from his earlier announced ‘Darbars’.
However, the Chief Minister said that there was no law and order problem in the state as SAD-BJP government was committed to promote the ethos of communal harmony, peace and brotherhood in the state. He said that stray incidents of violence were global phenomena but that could not be described as a serious problem. Mr. Badal said that sporadic incidents of violence were even reported in even advanced countries like US but it was totally wrong to politicize such sensitive matter.Replying to another query, the Chief Minister said that the state government has made elaborate arrangements to ensure continuous power supply to the farmers during ongoing paddy season. He said that Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) have been given detailed instructions to ensure uninterrupted power supply to farmers and domestic consumers during the paddy season.Earlier addressing huge public gatherings in village Rupaana, Mehrajwala and Khaane Ki Dhaab, the Chief Minister, while listing the major initiatives taken by the state government, said that due to concerted efforts of alliance government, Punjab was the today only power surplus state in the country. He further said that under various pro-poor and pro-people social security schemes the alliance government has decided to double the pensions given to people. Mr. Badal said that the state government has started first of its kind scheme to provide interest free crop loans worth Rs 50000 to the farmers. He further said that in another historic decision it has been decided that all the farmers would be provided a health insurance cover of Rs.50,000 and an insurance of Rs.5 lac in case of accidental death or incapacitation of head of family.
The Chief Minister also expressed satisfaction over the overwhelming success of Mukh Mantri Tirath Yatra scheme. He said that people were availing benefits of this first of its kind scheme in the country enthusiastically and with full religious fervor. Mr. Badal said that under this scheme free pilgrimage was provide to devotees to sacred cities of Sri Nanded Sahib, Varanasi, Katra (Mata Vaishno Devi), Ajmer Sharif and other holy places. He said that state government was organizing free trains/ bus service to these cities for the pilgrims along with other logistic facilities.The Chief Minister was accompanied by MLA Mr. Harpreet Singh Malout, Chairman Punjab Agro Jathedar Dyal Singh Kolianwali, Lok Sabha MP Mr. Sher Singh Ghubaya, President SOI Malwa Zone I Mr. Robin Brar, his Special Principal Secretary Mr. KJS Cheema and Deputy Commissioner Mr. Sumit Jaranghal.