Appreciating the successful efforts of Punjab government and security agencies in swiftly tackling the terrorist attack at Pathankot air force base, Union minister for food processing industries and Bathinda MP, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, on Sunday said the anti-peace forces were behind the attempt to disturb peace in the state.
Talking to media on the sidelines her sangat darshan programme in Bathinda district, the Union minister said the terrorist organisations were perturbed over the Indo-Pak relations, which were getting better.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore gave strong indications of the improved Indo-Pak relations. But anti-peace forces in both the countries could not bear the improving equation between the two countries and committed the cowardly terror attack on the nation,” Harsimrat said.
Meanwhile, Harsimrat also paid tributes to the martyred security personnel who laid down their lives for the nation during the terror attack.
“Coordination between the Punjab Police and central agencies as well as timely intelligence reports helped security forces to combat infiltrators inside the premises of the airbase,” said Harsimrat.
Earlier, while addressing the gathering during the sangat darshan programme, she said Punjab was the only state to disburse compensation to cotton belt farmers affected by white fly attack.
The state government has distributed compensation of Rs 8,000 per acre to farmers of the cotton belt while they are still agitating for compensation to the tune of Rs 40,000 per acre.
“The government is also going to distribute total compensation amounting to Rs 64-crore to farm labourers of the cotton belt soon, whereas other cotton-producing states like Haryana, Rajasthan and Maharashtra have no such compensation policy for white fly affected cotton farmers,” Harsimrat said.
Responding to a question, she said the Mukh Mantri Tirath Darshan Yatra scheme had no political motive behind its launch and was aimed at helping people in paying obeisance at religious places free of cost.
“When the Congress was in power in the state, it failed to do anything worthwhile for the people. Now, as the SAD-BJP government has taken this initiative, the Congress is devising tactics to belittle it,” she said.
Talking about the development works initiated in the state, she called upon people to monitor the ongoing projects in their villages as only community participation can improve basic infrastructure to fuel development.
The Union minister, accompanied by a battery of district administration and police officials, visited Bahadargarh Jandian, Bandi, Jassi Bagh Wali, Baho Sivian and Multania villages here.