Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday said that it was unfortunate that Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh was impervious to the suffering of Punjabis and was refusing to give them any relief be it waiving off power and water bills for a six months period or offering a comprehensive package to skilled workers, small shopkeepers, and taxi, auto and rickshaw operators.
Sukhbir, who was in Ropar to inaugurate a 25-bed COVID Care Centre established by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) equipped with oxygen concentrators, said: “Congress party is busy in their infighting for the top chair instead of fighting COVID.”
“SAD has been appealing to the Chief Minister to provide some relief to the people who have suffered immensely due to prolonged lockdowns but it seems as if we are talking to stones,” said Sukhbir.
He said that the Government had also failed to get its act together on the healthcare front despite recording the highest mortality rate in the country with 13,000 persons succumbing to the disease including 3,000 in the last one month alone.
“The Government has refused to encourage people to come forward and get treated by offering free medical treatment in private hospitals as the facilities available in the government sector are not adequate. Similarly, our plea to establish COVID Care Centres at the block level, on the pattern done by SGPC at seven places, has also fallen on deaf ears,” he said.
TALK TO AGITATING FARMERS DIRECTLY: SUKHBIR TO PM
Responding to a media query, Sukhbir Badal said that the Central Government should not impose conditions to talk with the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha which was leading the Kisan Andolan as had been done by the Union Agriculture Minister.
“It has been four months since the Centre had broken off talks with the farmers…Such kind of attitude to break the will of protesters instead of engaging them in a serious dialogue and resolving their grievances does not bode well for a healthy democracy,” said Sukhbir while appealing to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resume talks with the agitating farmers directly to resolve the issues of the farmers immediately.