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Punjab CM Capt Amarinder warns cable firms against any kind of censorship

Right on track: Says more farm loan waiver will be provided, drug menace will be ended

punjab Updated: Aug 16, 2017 13:45 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
Punjab CM,Capt Amarinder,cable firms
CM Capt Amarinder Singh and local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu at a conference in Amritsar on Monday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT )

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, on Monday, warned against any kind of censorship by the cable distribution companies. He said strict action will be taken against Fastway or other organisations indulging in such activities.

The CM said, ”While our government will not indulge in political vendetta, it will take strict action against any media or cable organisation, found engaged in censorship of any channel or information.” The CM lashed out at Akali leader and Union food processing minister Harsmirat Kaur Badal over her statement, accusing the government of misleading people over debt waiver. “She had no clue as to what she was talking about. She should restrict herself to food processing, which is what she had been entrusted with,” he said.

On the issue of whitefly attack, he said, “I visited Mansa and met the farmers. The affected fields have been isolated and strict monitoring is being done by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).”

Hits out at Akalis on farmer suicide

Hitting out at the Akalis and alleging them of ruining the farmers’ life during the 10 years of their misrule, the CM said around 7,000 farmers having committed suicide in the SAD regime, while 90 have committed suicides in our time.

It was unfortunate that the farmers are still committing suicide, he said, reassuring the farmers that their loans up to ₹2 lakh had been waived off by his government. Captain dismissed the Opposition’s charges that he is not visiting the state, saying one has to go with a purpose, especially considering the amount of work his government needs to do to bring the state’s economy back on track.

He said that his government’s campaign against drugs had been successful, with over 6,900 dealers and suppliers in police net. “Big players in the trade are being chased by the police and will be arrested soon,” he said.

He said 20 major industrial houses, of countries including China and Russia, had shown interest in investing in the state. He said that it is for the first time that government is organising a job mela in Mohali to provide employment opportunities to the youth. Showing concern over the depleting water table, he said, “I will discuss the matter during my visit to Israel next month. Besides drip irrigation, we are studying the hydroponics and aeroponics as ways to conserve water.”

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 13:45 IST