Punjab: Minister of Transport seizes 20 “unauthorized” private buses including 3 from Badals

Punjab Transport Minister Amarinder Singh Raja Warring on Sunday visited Shaheed Madame Lal Dhingra ISBT, Amritsar and the city center, where several passenger buses were reportedly parked illegally.

On the instructions of the Minister of Transport, agents of the department impound 23 unauthorized buses of private operators – including three from Orbit Aviation and two from the New Deep bus service – because of incomplete documents, inside and around the ISBT premises.

The Orbit Bus Company is owned by the family of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Chairman Sukhbir Singh Badal and New Deep is owned by SAD Chief Hardeep Singh Dimpy Dhillon. Speaking to the media, Warring said, “Government tax evasion, the use of illegal buses and the bus mafia will not be tolerated. Every bus that runs on state roads would have to pay taxes. “

To “monitor the communal forces”, the SGPC will hire former soldiers to ensure the security of the Golden Temple

THE SHIROMANI Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will hire at least 200 former military personnel to strengthen security in historic gurdwaras, including the Golden Temple. The decision to hire the ex-servicemen, who are to be baptized Sikhs, is also made due to sacrilegious incidents.

SGPC chairman Bibi Jagir Kaur said the move was “an attempt to neutralize efforts to communitize the environment in Punjab.”

“We hire former military personnel because they are dedicated, on time and trained to perform security related work. We used to hire veterans as well, but today their numbers have declined. Recently we hired 22 veterans and there is a demand for more, ”Kaur said.

Recently, an incident of sacrilege was reported in Takht Kesgarh Sahib where the accused was a disciple of Dera Sacha Sauda, ​​after which the SGPC deployed newly hired veterans there.

The SGPC already has a task force, however, its members are untrained and often invite criticism of their unprofessional behavior, sources said.

“There are ongoing efforts to undermine the community harmony of the state. There have been such attempts in the past as well. We don’t want a religious place to be looked down upon. But we have seen recently that the gurdwaras are an ongoing target. We must therefore take steps to ensure that these suspicious people can be apprehended before they do anything that results in community division. It is an attempt to control the communal forces, ”Kaur said.

“Veterans are supposed to be good at keeping an eye out for these bad elements. The director of the Golden Temple called for 150 ex-soldiers. There is the “Galliara” around the Golden Temple where bad elements sometimes rob the faithful. We have lakhs of devotees every day. At night, almost every square inch of the premises of the Golden Temple is occupied. Our hostels remain full. We must therefore ensure the safety of the faithful ”, declared the president of the SGPC.

She added: “It is unfortunate that there is such an environment in the state that we have to take such steps. But we don’t want anyone to create problems. We do not want to take any risks, especially when the elections approach in Punjab.

In Majha, bandh succeeded, but SGPC keeps its offices open

The Bharat Bandh took place peacefully in the Majha region of Punjab without any untoward incident, although the closure received a good response in Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur, Pathankot.

Jamhoori Kisan Sabha and other farmers’ unions in SKM organized protests at various locations in Rayya, Jandiala, Majitha, Kathu Nangal, Attari, Ajnala of Amritsar district.

The leaders who addressed the rallies at various locations were Rattan Singh Randhawa, Balwinder Singh Dudhala, Harjit Singh Mina, Dawinder Singh, Mehtab Singh, Gurnam Singh, Dhanwant Singh Khatrai, Baba Arjan Singh, Muklitar Singh Mullawa, Socha Singh A, between others.

The Kisan Mazdoor Sangarsh (KMSC) committee in Punjab organized separate protests in different parts of Majha. They also blocked the entrance to Amritsar by organizing a dharna at the Golden Gate.

“We held separate gatherings in 30 locations in Amritsar and a total of 84 locations throughout Punjab. We have also blocked the Amritsar-Delhi railway line, ”said Satnam Singh Pannu, President of KMSC.

Students also staged protests on the Guru Nanak Dev University campus where most classes were suspended.

This time, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak committee did not close its offices in response to Bharat bandh’s appeal from the farmers’ unions.

The SGPC officially closed its offices during the call to the unions in Bharat Bandh on March 26.

This time, several SGPC employees struggled to get to the office because no transportation was available.

Although the SGPC has made no official statement, sources said the elected supreme body of the Sikhs was not satisfied with the alleged attack on SAd protesters by militant farmers at the Tikri border at the time. that they were returning after participating in the party’s dharna on agricultural issues in Delhi on September 17th. .

The SGPC has invested resources in the farmers’ protest over the past year in the form of compensation to farm families who died in the protest, langar, medical services, makeshift toilets, tents, etc.
Farmers’ unions, however, did not respond to Bibi Jagir Kaur’s demand for strict action in the Tikri border incident.

Meanwhile, SAD spokesperson Virsa Singh Valtoha said, “Akali Dal supported the farmers’ struggle and our workers participated in the protest in various places. We support the protest in principle. But it is also true that some farmers’ unions have acted irresponsibly and this is the reason for the attack on Akali workers at the Singhu and Tikri border on September 17th. Now people in general have started to question the behavior of some farmers’ unions, which have political interests. Such unions undermine the cause of farmers.

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Punja Cabinet: Despite speaking out against Sidhu, Dalit vocal face might do the trick

The vocal Dalit face of the party, Raj Kumar Verka remained vice-chairman of the National Programs Commission
Castes for two terms. He also used his position to consolidate his base among the Dalits in Amritsar.

But apart from politics, Verka is also a stage artist. He produced and starred in the film ‘Dil Pardesi Ho Geya’. While he engaged in politics, he never left the theater.

He regularly produced short films, documentaries and songs on social conscience. He had also produced a song about the Covid-19. His short film on Kashmir had created a controversy over the depiction of soldiers in the Indian army.

He was close to local Congress leader Phool Chand Gandhi, who helped Verka develop her roots in the Congress party.

Verka won her first Verka constituency election in 2002. Defeated in 2007, Verka reached the Punjabi Assembly in 2012 and 2017 from the seat of Amritsar West.

Being the Dalit face of the party, his name has remained in contention for the post of chairman of the PPCC since 2018. Captain Amarinder Singh’s government has also appointed Verka chairman of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation.

Verka expected Amarinder to give her a place in Cabinet after Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned, but that did not happen. He was however awarded the rank of Cabinet in 2019.

At one point, he introduced himself as a mediator between Sidhu and the captain. However, he was reportedly tilted towards Captain Amarinder Singh as the fight between the Captain and Sidhu intensified.