Chandigarh, October 5: Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has lambasted his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar for questioning the role of the Punjab police in the Honeypreet Insaan case.

Reacting strongly to the Haryana chief minister’s reported statements alleging Punjab police complicity in the matter, Captain Amarinder asked Khattar to refrain from such fabrications to shield his own government’s failure in the Dera Sacha Sauda case.

After trying unsuccessfully to pin the blame for the Panchkula violence on the Punjab government, Khattar was now trying, once again, to divert public attention from the total collapse of the law and order that had gripped Haryana since the day Dera chief Ram Rahim was found guilty on rape charges, said Captain Amarinder.

Categorically rejecting any involvement of the Punjab government or any of its institutions in the entire episode, leading up to the arrest of Honeypreet, the Punjab Chief Minister said if the state police had any information about Honeypreet they would definitely have shared the same with the Haryana police.

Captain Amarinder pointed out that reports, in fact, suggested that some senior Haryana police officer/(s) had known of Honeypreet’s whereabouts for several days but had failed to arrest her. Instead of probing his own officials’ role in the entire affair, Khattar was simply trying to shift focus to Punjab, as he had done in the wake of the Panchkula violence, said Captain Amarinder.

The Punjab chief minister trashed Khattar’s charges that the Punjab police failed to give intelligence inputs on Honeypreet to the police in the neighbouring state. The Punjab police had been giving regular inputs to their counterparts in Haryana even before the Panchkula court hearing in the Ram Rahim case, said Captain Amarinder, adding that the Haryana government and police had failed to take cognizance or act on the information.

The chief minister made it clear that while the Punjab police had not been pursuing Honeypreet since she was not wanted in any case in the state, there was no question of shielding the `adopted daughter’ of rape convict Ram Rahim. He urged Khattar to focus on taking the case to its logical conclusion and on maintaining law and order in Haryana instead of wasting his time and energy in concocting false charges against the Punjab government and police.

It may be recalled that Punjab Police has even earlier ruled out any knowledge about Honeypreet, scotching all reports suggesting otherwise.



 Chandigarh, October 5: Responding to Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s persistent efforts, the central government on Thursday sanctioned Cash Credit Limit (CCL) amount of Rs. 28,262.84 crore for procurement of paddy in the Kharif marketing season 2017-18.

Disclosing this here, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that the chief minister’s personal intervention in the matter facilitated the release of the CCL, required to ensure timely payment to farmers against their crop. Captain Amarinder has been taking up the issue with union agriculture and finance ministers on a regular basis and had met both the ministers again this week in New Delhi to press for Punjab’s case, in the interest of the farmers.

The amount has been sanctioned for procurement of paddy in the current marketing season, which will last till the end of October, said the spokesperson.

Captain Amarinder Singh has directed all the state procurement agencies to take immediate steps to ensure timely payment to the farmers for their produce. The chief minister has reiterated his government’s commitment to ensure smooth and hassle-free procurement from the farmers at the mandis.




 Chandigarh, October 5: Acceding to Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh’s request, the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) has assured the state government that it will start procurement of the cotton crop in the state, for the year 2017-18, within a week.

The assurance was given by CCI officials to the Additional Chief Secretary (Development) during a joint meeting held here on Wednesday between officials of CCI, Agriculture Department and Mandi Board, according to an official spokesperson.

The spokesperson disclosed that the officials also discussed the issue of sale of cotton below the Minimum Support Price (MSP), in addition to the purchase to be made by CCI, at the meeting chaired by ACS (Development) MP Singh.

The chief minister is personally monitoring the cotton procurement process and has directed the Deputy Commissioners of the cotton-producing districts to ensure that the farmers get remunerative prices of their produce. He has instructed senior officials of the concerned departments to regularly monitor the progress of ongoing procurement of the cotton crop. The chief minister has also directed the Punjab Mandi Board officials to ensure that the farmers get price of cotton as per its quality and gradation.

The directives followed a review meeting chaired by the chief minister a few days ago to assess the progress with respect to cotton procurement. The review meeting had been attended by senior officers of the state government, besides officials of the Agriculture Department as well as the Mandi Board. The chief minister has reiterated his government’s commitment to purchase the entire cotton crop in the state at the MSP fixed for it.