Atal Bhujal Yojana: SAD miffed over non-inclusion of Punjab, to meet PM
A day after chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh expressed concern over non-inclusion of Punjab in the Atal Bhujal Yojana, the Shiromani Akali Dal on Friday echoed his views and said a party delegation will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue.
SAD is a partner in the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. Earlier, the party has sought amendment in the Citizenship Amendment Act to include Muslims in it.
Talking to mediapersons at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib during the Saheehdi Jor Mela, SAD leader and former MP Prem Singh Chandumajra said, “It is wrong to keep Punjab out of this water conservation scheme. Punjab has contributed maximum to secure food security of the country. To meet the national need of rice and wheat, the state even depleted its natural resources. It should be included on the list of the states where the scheme will be launched. Punjab’s is fittest case for inclusion in the groundwater conservation scheme for which ₹6,000 crore are earmarked.”
He said a party delegation will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the inclusion of Punjab in the scheme.
On chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s letter to the PM on the issue, Chandumajra said he should have taken it up the issue in the NITI Ayog meetings. “Now, he is writing letters, which makes no sense.”
Scores of Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, students urged college authorities to reconsider the decision mandating students to wear college ID cards while attending the class. Students wrote to the college principal, demanding the rollback of the decision and threatened to go on strike. College authorities, however, maintained that the move was aimed at ensuring students' own safety on the college campus.
In a case of road rage, around 15 people allegedly pelted stones at a motorist's house and vandalised four cars in Dugri on Sunday night. The main accused are Guri of CRPF Colony and Samby of Ishwar Colony. Their 13 aides are yet to be identified. The complainant, Kirpal Singh, 30, of Dugri said the incident took place around 10.30pm. Dugri station house officer, Sub-inspector Neeraj Chaudhary, said the complainant and the accused were friends-turned-rivals.
Medical experts, during an interactive webinar organised by Citizens for Inclusive Living and Pushpanjali Trust on the eve of World Schizophrenia Day, spoke about the lack of government treatment and consultation facilities as well as social support for schizophrenia patients on Monday. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that affects a person's conception of reality and is characterised by recurrent episodes of psychosis and hallucinations including hearing voices, delusions and paranoia.
The Students For Society on Monday submitted a memorandum to Panjab University's dean student welfare urging the varsity to implement the rate list for the shops at the student centre. The student body, in a meeting after the conclusion of the protest against the mess rate hike, said it was promised that DSW will release and implement the food rate list for the Student Centre.
The Akal Takht acting jathedar's message to the Sikhs to arm themselves has kicked up a political storm with the Congress questioning the move and the chief minister asking the head of the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs to spread message of peace, brotherhood instead of glorifying weapons.