Keeping with his promise made to 12-year-old Satnam Singh who had lost both his arms due to electric shock while flying a kite five years ago, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal handed over a cheque Rs 1,00,000 as compensation to the boy at Harchandpura village on Thursday.
The CM, during his last ‘Sangat Darshan’ before the Dhuri bypoll earlier this year, had promised compensation to Satnam, who belongs to Palsora village, but travels 10 km everyday to Harchandpura to attend the school. The CM also asked health director Dr Jatinder Kaur to get the boy artificial limbs.
Boy, father thank CM
Thanking Badal, Satnam’s father Harpreet Singh, who is a small time farmer, said, “We had lost all hopes, but today I’m thankful to Badal sahib for helping us.”
Satnam, who too thanked the CM, recalled, “I was flying a kite when the thread accidentally touched the high tension wires and I suffered a fatal electric shock.”
Praising Satnam for his efforts, his teacher informed, “Satnam is good in studies and writes with his foot.”
Sangat darshan important
Meanwhile, Badal, who was in Dhuri constituency as part of his three-day visit, held a ‘sangat darshan’ to thank the people for electing Gobind Singh Longowal with a huge margin in the bypoll. He said, “I promised you that I will come again. So, here I am. On behalf of the Shiromani Akali Dal, I personally thank you for electing Gobind Singh Longowal from this constituency.”
He said for him ‘sangat darshan’ was very important. “During ‘sangat darshan’, we all sit like a family and discuss our problems. We mutually find solutions to it. ‘Sangat darshan’ gives me first-hand account of the problems the villagers face everyday. It is not possible to know your needs and problems and the ground realities while sitting in Chandigarh,” said Badal.
Power cuts were a temporary phase
Speaking about compensation for crops damaged due to bad weather, Badal said, “There are few things which only the Union government can solve. We can only remind the Centre about it time and again. States don’t have funds to compensate the farmers.”
On the setting of new toll plaza barrier at Bathinda-Dhuri-Sangrur road at Dhuri, the CM said he would look into the matter. He also claimed that Punjab was ‘power surplus’ state and the power cuts were just a temporary phase.
Badal visited nine villages on the second day of his visit to the constituency and was accompanied by MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, MLAs Gobind Singh Longowal and Surinder Singh Bullewalratthan.