PM Modi returning with out attending Ferozepur occasion in January unlucky: Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann : The Tribune India


Mohali, August 24

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday prolonged a heat welcome to Prime Minister Narendra Modi right here and described as “unlucky” the January 5 incident when the PM needed to return with out attending an occasion in Ferozepur.

Modi on Wednesday inaugurated 300-bed Homi Bhabha Most cancers Hospital and Analysis Centre at Mohali’s Mullanpur on the outskirts of Chandigarh. 

On January 5 this 12 months, the prime minister’s convoy was stranded on a flyover resulting from a blockade by protesters in Ferozepur. After that Modi returned with out attending any occasion, together with a rally. Later, the Supreme Courtroom had even appointed a five-member committee to probe the alleged safety breach.

Addressing the gathering on Wednesday, Mann described the most cancers hospital as an enormous present by PM Modi to the state.

Terming Punjab because the “best gem within the ring of nation”, the chief minister mentioned strenuous efforts are being made to revive the pristine glory of the state.

He mentioned as a result of failure of earlier governments, some legislation and order points had been initially confronted by the state authorities however now issues are fully underneath management.

“Sadly, it’s unhappy to say that once you got here right here on January 5, your programme needed to be cancelled. However Punjab is welcoming you immediately. You’re the nation’s prime minister and it’s our duty to welcome you. Punjabis are identified for his or her hospitality,” mentioned Mann throughout his tackle. 

Mann additionally sought from PM Modi to announce “presents” for Punjab.

“I welcome you from the state authorities aspect. I count on you got here to Punjab after a very long time and you’ll announce some presents for Punjab,” he mentioned. 

The CM additionally felicitated the prime minister with a scarf and a reproduction of the Golden Temple.

When Mann began his speech, some BJP supporters raised slogans in favour of PM Modi. They once more raised slogans when Mann was addressing the gathering. 

Mann whereas referring to the hospital mentioned it’ll assist the cancer-affected state, particularly Malwa area, in combating the deadly illness successfully.

This can be a historic initiative which is able to assist the state in its campaign towards most cancers, he added. 

“In widespread parlance, the Punjabis are even afraid of taking the title of most cancers as its therapy is just too pricey. However this centre will go a good distance in guaranteeing accessible and inexpensive most cancers therapy to area” mentioned the CM whereas thanking Modi for this venture.

He asserted that although Punjab has performed a key position in making the nation self-reliant in meals manufacturing however resulting from extreme use of pesticides and pesticides Punjabis have fallen prey to most cancers illness.

He expressed satisfaction that 100-bed Homi Bhabha Most cancers Hospital at Sangrur has been imparting high quality most cancers therapy to individuals. Round 37,000 sufferers have been efficiently handled thus far on this premier hospital, he mentioned.  Mann mentioned the newly arrange centre at Mullanpur shall be a milestone in offering high quality most cancers therapy not solely to sufferers from Punjab however to neighbouring states like Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan.

Mann mentioned when he was an MP, he used to refer three needy sufferers to massive hospitals each month for therapy underneath the Prime Minister’s Reduction Fund.

He additionally mentioned the state authorities has thus far spent Rs 888 crore for the therapy of almost 69,000 most cancers sufferers underneath the Chief Minister’s Reduction Fund since 2013.

Recalling the immense contribution of Punjabis within the nationwide freedom battle, Mann mentioned greater than 90 per cent of individuals, who sacrificed their lives through the freedom battle, had been from Punjab. 

Equally, ace sportspersons from Punjab like Milkha Singh, Dara Singh, Balbir Singh and others have additionally introduced laurels to the nation within the area of sports activities, he added.

Mann mentioned the Punjab Police with the assist of central para navy power is maintaining strict vigil to foil the nefarious designs of forces inimical to peace, progress and prosperity of Punjab.

He additionally solicited fulsome assist and cooperation from the Union authorities for successfully checking cross border smuggling of medicine and arms via drones.  


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