Reiterating the firm commitment of the state government to maintain peace and communal harmony in the state, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today said that no one would be allowed to disturb the hard earned peace in the state.Interacting with the media persons on the sidelines of Sangat Darshan program in Fatehgarh Sahib Assembly segment here today, the Chief Minister, while replying to a query regarding Sarbat Khalsa, said that it was the bounden duty of the state government to maintain peace, communal harmony and brotherhood in the state at every cost. He said that the state government was keeping a strict vigil over the entire situation and none would be allowed to take law in their own hands.The Chief Minister said that unprecedented development has taken place in the state during the current tenure of SAD-BJP regime. He said that the state government has entirely focused on development adding that with unstinted support and cooperation of people if our alliance was again voted to power, it would usher a new era of development of the state and prosperity of its people. Mr. Badal said that the state government has taken massive steps to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Punjab.
On another query, the Chief Minister refuted the allegations regarding the environment pollution in Delhi due to Punjab. He said that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi has miserably failed on all fronts and now they were trying to shift the onus of their non performance on others. Seeking resignation of Delhi counterpart Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, Mr. Badal categorically said that any Chief Minister who fails to discharge his duties has no moral right to remain in office.Earlier listing the path breaking initiatives taken by the state government, the Chief Minister, while addressing the public gatherings in village Mullepur, Jakhwali, Chanaarthal Kalan, Sangatpur Sodhian and others, said that the SAD-BJP alliance government has supplied free power to the farmers of the state at a cost of Rs 50000 crore in last ten years to bail them out from agrarian crisis. He further said that Punjab was the only state in the country to provide Atta-Dal scheme to the weaker sections adding that it was also the only state to ensure free treatment for fatal diseases like Cancer and Hepatitis C. Mr. Badal said that the state government has started first of its kind scheme to provide interest free crop loans worth Rs 50,000 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 categorically said that the SAD-BJP government has started a flagship program of Sangat Darshan to redress the grievances of the people in a time bound manner. Mr. Badal said it was a unique program that was being carried only in the state with the sole motive of ensuring the overall development of the state and welfare of its people. Mr. Badal said that it was on record that besides giving a major fillip to the overall development of the state, the Sangat Darshan programs have also been instrumental in mitigating the woes of common people. He further said that the concept of Sangat Darshan was an integral part of state’s governance as it virtually brought the government at the doorsteps of people thereby bridging the communication gap between the masses and the administration, which normally hindered the process of progress. Meanwhile, the MLA from Fatehgarh Sahib Mr. Kuljit Singh Nagra also called on the Chief Minister during his Sangat Darshan program to apprise him about the local issues and sought their immediate redressal.
Prominent amongst other present on the occasion included Akali leaders Mr. Deedar Singh Bhatti, Mr. Gurpreet Singh Raju Khanna, Jathedar Karnail Singh Panjoli, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr S Karunraju, Deputy Commissioner Mr. Kamaldeep Singh Sangha and Senior Superintendent of Police Mr. Harcharan Singh Bhullar.