Pind bachao, Punjab bachao campaign from November 1

Awareness drive: People will be sensitised to their rights, mother tongue

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 28

To create awareness among residents regarding their rights, mother tongue, conservation of natural resources and culture, a group of activists today declared to launch ‘Pind Bachao, Punjab Bachao’ campaign from November 1 in the state.

The activists include former Jathedar Giani Kewal Singh, Pyare Lal Garg, Dr Sham Sunder, Advocate Jaswinder Singh and Prof Manjit Singh. They said after conducting ardas at the Golden Temple, they would pay tributes to martyrs at the Jallianwala Bagh.

The activists would first visit villages in Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Tarn Taran. In the second phase, the group would visit Malwa region. The main objective of this 90-day programme is to interact with residents and create awareness among them to strengthen the federal structure.

An open invitation has been given to all organisations, clubs and prominent personalities to join them and actively participate in this campaign and work tirelessly for Punjab. The activists said they would stay put for four days in every district and hold direct dialogue with the masses.

Giani Kewal Singh said this initiative would bridge communal harmony, make residents aware of their rights and prevent them from moving away from each other.

“People will be briefed about their rights, gram sabha, issues related to Punjab, agrarian model, minimum wage, education, health and social security, among others. Similar exercise will be conducted in other states as well. We are in talks with intellectuals in this regard,” he said.

At a time when farming community has hit the roads against the newly enacted farm laws, Jaswinder Singh said their aim would be to transform the ‘Kisan Andolan’ into ‘Jan Andolan’ as people from every quarter had been standing shoulder to shoulder with farmers.

“The Centre is hell-bent on incorporating corporate culture by depriving the states of their rights. It is necessary to sensitise every resident of the state,” he said.

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