Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann regrets breach, warms up to PM Narendra Modi | Chandigarh News – Times of India

MOHALI: Extending a warm welcome to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday described the January 5 breach in the PM’s security in Ferozepur as “unfortunate”.
The incident had taken place during the previous Congress government. Speaking at the inauguration of the Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Mann accused the previous governments of Punjab of allowing law and order to deteriorate. “We have now brought law and order under control. Unfortunately, you too had to face it when your programme was cancelled on January 5. It was a sad thing. Today, the same Punjab is according you a warm welcome. You are the Prime Minister of the country and it is our duty to welcome you. Punjabis are known for their hospitality, sir.”
Seven months on, there is no clarity on what happened to the SC-ordered probe into the incident. Describing the cancer insitute as a gift by the PM to the state, Mann said it will help the region combat the fatal disease better. “In common parlance, Punjabis are even afraid of taking the name of cancer as its treatment is too costly. But this centre will go a long way in ensuring accessible and affordable cancer treatment to region,” said Mann.
He said excessive use of pesticides and insecticides had led led to growing cases of cancer in the state.
Mann expressed satisfaction that another 100-bedded cancer hospital in Sangrur had been imparting quality treatment. He said around 37,000 patients had been successfully treated so far in that hospital. He said the new institute would help provide quality cancer treatment to patients from Punjab, and neighbouring states Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan.
Going back to the state’s security situation, Mann said Punjab Police, with the support of central paramilitary forces, was keeping a strict vigil to foil forces inimical to peace of Punjab. He solicited support from the Centre for checking cross-border smuggling of drugs and arms through drones. He said Punjab was fighting the nation’s war and the Centre must extend support. He added the state government was according priority to health and education and there was major thrust to checking brain drain. “Youth have started considering IELTS a degree,” he said.