Jalandhar, Aug 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 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 members of the Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies. Under the debt relief scheme till date, 5.62 lakh marginal and small farmers had been benefited 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 per cent ever since the Government took over,he added.(UNI)