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Punjabis stuck up in Iraq are safe, External Affairs Minister confirmed CM on phone
Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal today said that all the Punjabis stuck in the strife torn Iraq were safe adding that the state government was constantly in touch with the Government of India (GoI) to ensure the safe and prompt return of these sons of the soil.
Talking to the media persons during Sangat Darshan Program of the Lambi assembly segment here today, the Chief Minister said that the Union External Affairs Minister Mrs. Sushma Swaraj had telephonically informed him today morning that all the Punjabis, who were struck in Iraq were totally safe. 

He said that the state government was keeping a close liaison with Centre government regarding the well being of these Punjabis.  Badal said that this was a very serious issue due to which every Punjabi was concerned about their brethren trapped in Iraq. ?All the people, the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, social and Religious organizations and Panchayats across the state should pray before the Almighty God for the well-being and safe return of Punjabi youth, who were trapped in Iraq? he added.

Replying to another question, the Chief Minister said that the SAD-BJP alliance was very firm and both the parties were enjoying cordial relationship adding that no one should have any doubt regarding it. He said that as a head of the state, every Chief Minister could meet the Prime Minister and Union Ministers at any time, as the sole motive of these meetings was to ensure the welfare and development of the state. However, Badal said that he has no objection if any leader accompanies him to such meetings in New Delhi.

Slamming the Congress government in Haryana for its proposal to constitute separate body for the management of Gurudwara affairs in the state, the Chief Minister said that this move was in accordance to age long policy of the Congress party to divide and rule. He said that by initiating this step Congress was again trying to divide the Sikh community, which would not be tolerated at any cost. Badal said that the SGPC was the supreme body of the Sikhs, which came into existence after countless sacrifices and none would be allowed to bifurcate it. ?The countrymen have rejected the divisive policies of the Congress party but its leadership has not learnt any lesson from it? he added.

Reiterating the firm commitment of the state government to make Punjab a drug free state, the Chief Minister sought the proactive support of people for this noble cause. He said that the village Panchayats should also play a pivotal role in eradicating this menace from the state, so that a healthy and drug free Punjab could be constituted. Mr. Badal said that the state government has declared a war against drugs by setting up drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centers across the state where the drug addicts were given treatment free of cost.

Replying to a query regarding power supply in the state, the Chief Minister said that requisite arrangements have been made to supply uninterrupted powers to the farmers during the ongoing paddy season. However, he further said that due to scorching heat if there was some major difference between the demand and supply of power then immediate arrangements would be made for coping up with the situation.

Earlier addressing the public gatherings during Sangat Darshan in Midda, Mohlaan, Ratta Tibba, Karam Patti, Raniwala, Kattian wali, Pakki Tibbi and Kabar wala villages, the Chief Minister thanked the people for supporting the SAD-BJP candidate in the recently concluded general elections. He also exhorted the people to plant a tree and ensure its proper upkeep.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Chairman Punjab Agro Food grains Corporation Jathedar Dyal Singh Kolianwali, his Special Principal Secretary Mr. KJS Cheema, Director SC BC Welfare Mr. Paramjeet Singh and Deputy Commissioner Mr. Jaskiran Singh.   

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