In order to motivate farmers for not burning paddy straw and crop residues in their fields, the Punjab Assembly would honour the farmers who have stayed away or shunned this practice in larger public interest and environmental concerns.
The Punjab government has sent more than 259 tonnes of food items for the flood-hit people of Kerala. To ensure proper distribution of the relief material, the state government has also sent a three member team of the Revenue Department led by Land Records Director, Basant Garg.
Giving this information, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria said the special team was sent along with the relief material on the directive of the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who had also announced Rs 10 crore as relief for Kerala flood victims.
He said out of thus, Rs Five crore had been transferred to the CM Relief Fund of Kerala and the remaining amount was dispatched along with the food material. The minister said biscuits, juices, rusk, sugar, tea, milk powder and water bottles had already been sent through nine aircrafts.
According to reports as the food items were being unloaded there were loud shouts of ‘thanks for Punjab’. This video has gone viral on the social media.
The CM Amarinder Singh has given an assurance that if required more relief material would be sent to Kerala. The minister appealed to the people of Punjab to come forward to help in the relief work.
The Additional Chief Secretary- cum-Financial Commissioner Revenue, MP Singh said the three-member team sent to Kerala also included Tehsildar of Phillaur Tapan Bhanot and Tehsildar of Fatehgarh Sahib Gurjinder Singh.
He said the team is deputed at Thiruvananthapuram, and is working in coordination with the Kerala government.