Rana Sodhi hands over memorandum to Union Defence Minister for redressing grievances of cantonment area residents

Ferozepur/Chandigarh, August 13:The Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Punjab, Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi handed over a memorandum regarding the redressal of the grievances of the people living in border area to the Union Defence Minister Mrs. Nirmala Sitaraman during her visit to the Hussainiwala.

Disclosing this, Rana Sodhi said that in the memorandum handed over to the Union Defence Minister, he had demanded that the compensation amount to the farmers having land outside the barbed wire fence in border area should be increased to Rs. 20000. Besides this, the army should issue 'No-Objection' certificate to farmers to provide electricity connections to them who spend money on diesel in order to operate the tubewells for better maintenance of their crops. The ownership rights should be given to the poor farmers who cultivate the land outside barbed wire fence.

Divulging more, Rana Sodhi said that he also apprised the Union Minister regarding the problems being faced by the people of the cantonment area. The permission should be granted to repair the buildings in cantonment area which are in dilapidated condition. The transfer of property should be allowed so as to make the people avail benefits such as house loans. The old law of the erstwhile british era should be abolished as per which a foreigner can buy property but the Indian has to take permission in case the value of the property is exceeding Rs. 5000. The Cantonment Act, 2006 must be suitably amended so as to ensure that there is no interference of the army in the civil area. The lease of the properties which have expired must be renewed and the policy for making these freehold should be made. The public representatives must be involved while making the land policy.

Rana Sodhi said that the Union Defence Minister has given positive response to the demands raised by him. The Defence Minister while on one hand agreed in principle to issue 'No Objection' certificates for providing electricity connection and on the other also assured to consider other demands.



Chandigarh, August 13: The no-show SFJ rally in London has exposed the total lack of ground support for the Referendum 2020 even outside India, according to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who has dismissed the entire affair as a futile exercise by a sham organisation to create trouble in India, particularly Punjab.

The Sikhs for Justice (SJF) are just a group of fringe elements that are playing into the hands of Pakistan’s ISI to divide India, but they have failed, and will continue to fail in their nefarious designs, said the Chief Minister. The presence of Pakistani politicians at the rally confirms that it was out and out an ISI plot, which fell through, just as their attempts to create trouble in India have been failing all these years, he added.

Reacting to the UK rally, the Chief Minister said that, as expected, it turned out to be a damp squib, participated by a handful of elements. He, however, felt the UK government should have put its foot down and not allowed its soil to be used to propagate anti-India campaign.

Further castigating the UK government, Captain Amarinder Singh said that by allowing the protestors to use Trafalgar Square, instead of the usual Hyde Park that’s generally used for such purposes, it had shown its total complacency in the issue.

The entire referendum business is nothing but a money making racket of SFJ, with no takers for the so-called campaign either in India, or even outside, as is evident from the poor show at the rally, he added. There was virtually nil local support for the rally and whatever little support they had managed to garner was of similar fringe elements from various countries, said the Chief Minister.

The presence of Pakistani leaders, including Nazir Ahmed who openly spoke of dividing India and splitting Kashmir, Punjab and Nagaland from it, made it clear that the rally was a game plan of the ISI - a fact further endorsed by the presence of separatist Kashmiris living in UK, said the Chief Minister.

Some of these Kashmiris were forced to wear turbans to make them look like Sikhs, said the Chief Minister, citing ground reports. And the handful of Sikhs around had evidently been forced to come, he added.

Describing the SFJ fringe elements as mere social media tigers, who are trying to create a hype even when they have no support, both in India and abroad, the Chief Minister said the Sikhs were a patriotic community who have always stood for the unity and integrity of the country. As many as 90,000 Sikhs are serving in the Indian army, defending the country’s borders, he pointed out, adding that SFJ could never succeed in misleading the community into falling for their selfish designs.

The Chief Minister warned the SFJ and all other such anti-India forces to stay out of the country and refrain from any attempt to foment trouble in Punjab, or any other part of India. Their efforts will backfire on them, he said, adding that his government would deal with such elements with an iron hand. Nobody would be allowed to disturb the peace and the communal harmony in the state, he declared.


Amount worth Rs. 27.10 crore distributed to over one lakh beneficiaries till 31st July under PMMVY: Aruna Chaudhary

Social Security & Women & Child Development department wages awareness campaign to connect more beneficiaries with scheme

Chandigarh, August 13:"The Social Security and Women & Child Development Department, Punjab, provides the financial assistance of Rs. 5000 in three installments to the pregnant women and the breast feeding women on the birth of their first child under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojna (PMMVY). Owing to the awareness campaign being run by the Punjab Government, desirous results have started trickling in. Till 31st July, 2018 a total of 1,06,709 eligible beneficiaries have availed the benefit under the scheme and an amount of Rs. 27.10 crore has been credited directly into their bank accounts through online mode." This was disclosed here today in a press communiqué by the Social Security and Women & Child Development Minister, Punjab, Mrs. Aruna Chaudhary.

Mrs. Chaudhary said that the PMMVY has been implemented in the state from 1st July, 2017 under which the department provides an assistance of Rs. 1000, Rs. 2000 and Rs. 2000 in 3 installments to the pregnant women as well as the breast feeding women. The assistance per beneficiary is Rs. 5000. There is no condition relating to the income to avail the benefits under the scheme. Any woman who is not a government employee can avail the benefit of the scheme.

The minister further said that the department is waging an awareness campaign to ensure that maximum beneficiaries avail the benefits entailed under the scheme. The minister exhorted the common masses to contact the anganwadi worker at their nearest anganwadi centre in order to derive maximum benefit. Apart from this, the helpline numbers of the department 0172-2608746 and 70872-23325 can also be contacted