Ruchika M. Khanna
Chandigarh, Might 16
Harnek Kaur and her granddaughter-in-law, Hardeep Kaur, got here to Chandigarh with hope of their eyes. Having misplaced the only grownup male member of their household — Hardeep’s husband — to the rampant drug abuse right here, these two girls together with many different girls of their village Bhal Majra in Fatehgarh Sahib, had been complaining to the workplace of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, because the new authorities was fashioned, to examine the rampant sale of medicine within the village.
“Yesterday, we received a name asking us to come back and meet the CM. We left all that was scheduled for immediately to come back right here and air our grievance. Solely the CM can put an finish to what’s occurring in our village. We don’t need extra lives misplaced to drug abuse. Hardeep would usually go after her husband, to get him again from the place these drug sellers would take him. However she could be overwhelmed up by them,” remembers an inconsolable Harnek Kaur. Hardeep, who alongside along with her younger son was summoned by the CM inside Punjab Bhawan, the place he held his first Lok Milni, informed The Tribune after the assembly that the police has been issued express instructions to arrest all accused.
At this time was the primary Lok Milni — a folks’s join initiative began by the CM to succeed in out to folks, hearken to their grievances and resolve them. The Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had invited these folks from throughout the state, who had lodged their complaints and grievances with the workplace of Chief minister over the previous two months. Officers of all departments had been additionally known as and had been questioned by Mann on the standing of complaints acquired by his workplace and act instantly. The officers, heads of all departments together with Chief Secretary Anirudh Tiwari and DGP V Ok Bhawra, had been held accountable for the standing of those complaints. Although the assembly was scheduled for simply two hours, it lasted for practically 4 hours. As many as 61 complaints had been heard in the course of the assembly.
Nevertheless, a whole lot of individuals from throughout the state, who received to know that the CM could be redressing public grievances immediately, too, reached Punjab Bhawan. Manjit Singh, a small farmer from village Machchiwara in Ferozepur, mentioned his father learnt of this and despatched him and his mom to satisfy the CM to expedite the discharge of a tubewell connection for his or her farm, whose demand discover got here two months in the past.
There have been many others like Avtar Singh, who was chosen as a driver by Punjab Subordinate Companies Choice Board and Karan Sharma and Gurjant Singh — each chosen as Patwaris final yr, who got here to induce the CM to expedite the formalities for his or her recruitment. “Nawein bharti tan vadhiya gal hai, par puraneiyan nu vi pucca kare sarkar,” they mentioned as they jostled with the cops on the venue to allow them to in to satisfy the CM.
Later, a number of the contractual academics, who’ve been demanding regularisation of their companies, additionally raised slogans towards the federal government for not listening to them out. Another individuals, who declare that their appointment letters in police division weren’t being issued to them, additionally objected to not being allowed to satisfy the CM. The officers of ruling occasion — AAP related to organising the occasion, nonetheless, mentioned that the time for the occasion was restricted and there was a restrict to what number of grievances might be heard immediately. “We’ve got requested them to ship their complaints in writing,” they mentioned.
Nevertheless, some real circumstances, amongst those that weren’t known as by the CMO for the event- had been taken up instantly, after assessing their urgency.
A septuagenarian Baldev Singh of Samana, broke down when he realised that he couldn’t meet the CM as he had not lodged a criticism with the CMO first. Speaking to The Tribune, he mentioned that after he objected to some drug addicts hovering round his home, they barged into his home and attacked his spouse. “She is now utterly mattress ridden, however the police refuse to behave. CM informed the police to behave instantly, kindling my hope for justice,” he mentioned.