Lack of basic amenities remained the main concern of residents during Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh’s Halke Vich Captain campaign at Jagraon on Wednesday.
Majority of the 2,120-odd grievances received by Captain related to water supply, roads, sewerage, health infrastructure, education and unemployment, said the organisers. While 15 complaints were on drug menace, a few also related to land grab cases and fake FIRs, said sources.
The event at Jagraon was the second in the series that kicked off from Jalalabad, the constituency of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, on June 20. Over 3,000 people from Jagraon and surrounding villages attended the event. While some got a chance to share their grievances with the former chief minister in person, others filled in forms provided to them.
Captain, who has promised to look into the complaints if the Congress is voted to power during the upcoming assembly elections, interacted with the gathering for around three hours.
Inderjit Singh, a Jagraon resident, told Amarinder that chocked sewers were leading to flooding of streets and houses in his locality, raising the concern of disease outbreak. The Punjab Congress chief said the problem was prevalent in most cities of the state and would be looked into once the Congress comes to power.
Sharanjit Singh, a resident of Mallah village in Jagraon, complained about absence of roads in most parts of the village. “The state government claims to have connected villages with roads, but come to our village to see the reality,” he said.
Manjeet Kaur, a cancer patient from Kaunke Kalan near here, said she had been deprived of health benefits under government schemes, to which Captain replied: “A super-specialised cancer treatment hospital will be set up in the state to provide free treatment to patients.”
Congress workers were not allowed to highlight party issues during the event. Captain held a separate meeting with them at Manuke village in the afternoon.
Cong leader suspended
Parshotam Lal Khalifa, a senior party leader from Jagraon, has been suspended from the party for indiscipline. Khalifa had misbehaved with a block president in Jagraon on Tuesday. After preliminary inquiry, the party decided to suspend him, said sources.