Punjab CM promises safe and stable environment to investors

CM warns Pak: Any attempt to destabilise state won’t be tolerated

TPE Correspondent

Mohali, December 5

Providing industry with a safe and stable environment for growth and investment, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday sent out a stern warning to Pakistan, as well as to anti-social elements within the state, against any attempt to destabilise Punjab.

“Behave, or else be prepared for the consequences,” the Chief Minister warned the neighbouring country, as well as any gangsters or goondas trying to disturb the peaceful environment of the state, which offers industry a highly congenial environment for development.

During an interactive discussion during the keynote session on the first day of the Progressive Punjab Investors Summit (PPIS) 2019, Captain Amarinder said he had issued clear directions to the Punjab Police to handle any internal or external threat with an iron hand. On Pakistan’s recent attempts to create trouble in Punjab, he said they had been successfully pushed back by the police, which had neutralised the various groups infiltrated into the state by the Pak Army backed ISI.

“Pakistan has its own problems, but I won’t let them make their problems my problem,” asserted the Chief Minister, pointing out that 28 terror modules had been busted and more than 100 ISI-backed terrorists had been arrested by the Punjab Police in the last two years. “We will not let them mess around with us,” he declared.

Amarinder said he believed that while Imran Khan wanted peace, the Pak Army, in its desperation to remain relevant, was calling the shots and obstructing any efforts for peace. But they have to understand that they, and their country, are doomed if they do not change their ways, he said, adding that the Pak Army will have to “play ball” if they have to feed their people and save their country.

CM stressed on the need to provide continuity to industry to encourage them to invest and expand in Punjab. For this, it is essential not to indulge in political vendetta with the opposition and ensure that any party coming to power maintains the same policy approach to industry, he added. Stability was a key component of providing an enabling environment for industrial growth, he said, hoping that the next government that takes over in Punjab also adopts this philosophy.

On the concerns expressed about the large number of cancer cases in the state, Amarinder said statistics showed that the figure was actually lower than in other states. Punjab’s cancer cases had hit the limelight due to the notorious Cancer Train, he said, adding that his government was providing cancer treatment to patients within the state to prevent them from going to Rajasthan or other places for the same.

The interactive session ended with NDTV Co-Chairman Prannoy Roy, who steered the session, congratulating the Chief Minister for his hands-on knowledge of the state and its problems.

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