On the first day of its budget session, the Punjab assembly on Tuesday paid rich tributes to over 70 labourers killed in Jalandhar factory collapse along with others who died during the inter-session period.
Through the obituary references, moved by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, the House also condemned the illegal slaying of cows in a slaughter house at Joga in Mansa district
Reading out the obituary references, Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal paid tributes to late chief parlimaentary secretary Amarjit Shahi, ex-MLA Joginder Singh Randhawa, Punjabi journalist Ramesh Singh Sodhi, freedom fighters Bhajan Singh, Balwant Rai Uppal, Ujagar Singh, Saudagar Singh, Karam Singh, Jarnail Singh, Prabhav Singh, Vassan Singh, Sulakhan Singh, Harsh Singh and Jagbir Singh.
The obituary references about the death of 70 labourers in Sheetal Fabrics factory in Jalandhar was included at the behest of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar.
The motion was passed unanimously with both the treasury benches and the opposition MLAs endorsing it. Later, two-minute silence was observed by all the members in the House to pay their respects to the departed souls.