Tribune press service

Chandigarh, September 19

Hours before he officially submitted his resignation to the governor, the outgoing chief minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, wrote on Saturday to the president of the Congress, Sonia Gandhi, to inform her of his decision while expressing his anguish at the political events of the past five months or so.

The events, he said, were clearly “not based on a full understanding of the Punjab’s national imperatives and its main concerns”.

“Despite my personal anguish, I hope this will not cause any damage to the hard-won peace and development in the state, and that the efforts that I have focused over the past few years will continue unabated, ensuring justice. to all. “Captain Amarinder wrote in his letter, indicating his fear of instability in the Punjab due to political developments within the state unit of Congress.

At the same time, Captain Amarinder expressed his personal satisfaction for doing his best for the people as Chief Minister of Punjab, which as a border state “has many geopolitical and security issues. interior, which I have tried to manage effectively. without any compromise. He said he was happy that the state had remained fully peaceful and that there was complete community harmony without any ill will towards anyone.

Although she (Sonia) herself is personally aware of some of the things that have been accomplished over the past four and a half years, “the people of Punjab admire the Congress for its mature and effective public policies, which not only reflect good policy. , but also address the concerns of the common man that are specific to this border state, ”wrote Captain Amarinder, while informing the President of Congress of his decision to remove the office of the Chief Minister of Punjab after nine years. and half. as such from 2002 to 2007 and from 2017 to September 2021.

During those nine and a half years, Captain Amarinder said he has worked with all his heart for the well-being of the people of Punjab – the state he loves from the bottom of his heart. “This has been extremely satisfying for me because not only have I established the rule of law and ensured transparent governance, but I have maintained ethical conduct even in the management of political affairs, winning 8 of the 13 seats in parliamentary elections. in 2019 and at PRI and ULB. Decisive elections.

Referring to the many challenges he has faced over the past four and a half years to deliver on the promises made by the Punjab Congress in the 2017 Punjab elections, he pointed out that despite this, out of the total pledges made, his government had kept 89.2 percent, while work was underway on the remaining commitments.

Citing the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, he said his government was dealing with them in an efficient and well-coordinated manner, ensuring minimal loss of public life. “The state is now almost free from the pandemic, and persistent efforts continue not only to improve health infrastructure, but also to provide appropriate care free of charge to deserving people to prevent the long-awaited third wave.” , he said, adding that Punjab was fully prepared for future challenges. “It gives me great satisfaction that the Punjab is the only state that has decided to provide universal health insurance coverage at its own expense, in accordance with our clear commitment. Almost 55 Lakh families are now eligible for free cashless treatment in the state, ”he said.

On the issue of cases of sacrilege and the police action that followed in 2015, Captain Amarinder said his government, which was committed to ensuring justice in this case, had set up a commission of inquiry. judicial process headed by (retired) Judge Ranjit Singh, whose report was received on August 16, 2018. The report was accepted and full legal action has been taken on it, he said, sharing the details of it.

He pointed out that despite legal obstacles and the CBI’s refusal to return the files, which were transferred to them by the SAD-BJP government, his government had succeeded in depositing 10 challans, while 24 people had been indicted, 15 police suspended, and 10 civilians arrested. “

Speaking of the farmers, whom he described as the backbone of the Punjab’s economy, Captain Amarinder wrote that in accordance with his commitment to provide debt relief and repeal the statutory provisions attaching them to their properties, his government had granted debt relief of 4,624 crore to 5.64 rupees. lakh farmers and Rs. 526 crore at 2.68 lakh farm workers. “In addition, we repealed Section 67-A of the Punjab State Cooperative Societies Act 1961 and also amended the Civil Procedure Code, prohibiting the seizure of agricultural land up to 2.5 acres, ”he added.

Referring to his personal pledge to the people of Punjab to break the backs of drug traffickers and smugglers in the state, he said he did so relentlessly by creating a special task force (STF) for this respect. Highlighting his government’s three-pronged strategy called EDP – Enforcement, De-addiction and Prevention, he said that as a result, 62,744 people had been arrested, 202 OOAT clinics created, 6,28,083 abuse prevention officers of drugs (DAPO) registered and 9,51,202 buddy groups formed.

He noted that with the overhaul of the state’s mining policy in 2017, state revenues had increased from Rs 35 crore per year to Rs 300 crore per year.

Captain Amarinder also shared details of the success of the Ghar Ghar Rozgar program, for which his government had established 22 district employment and enterprise offices, which facilitated the employment of 19.29 lakh people. These include 62,748 government jobs, 7,37,963 private sector jobs and 1093,000 freelance jobs, he said, adding that rozgar melas have been detained regularly since 2017 and the last of them them was due to end on September 23 in Kapurthala.

Captain Amarinder drew Sonia’s attention to the fact that Punjab has been ranked number one by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in school education as a result of constant efforts and investments in this sector. Out of 19,000 schools in the state, 14,000 had been developed as smart schools, while work was underway in the remaining 5,000 schools. “We also launched 8 new universities in the private and public sectors, created 19 new government colleges and 25 new ITIs,” he added.

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