Chandigarh, August 5, 2022 (Yes Punjab News)
Leader of Opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha Partap Singh Bajwa on Friday met with the families of seven youngsters who had drowned in the Gobind Sagar lake in Una district of Himachal Pradesh.
Accompanied by Phillaur MLA Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary and congress leaders Deepinder Singh Dhillon and Harinder Pal Singh Harry Mann, CLP leader Partap Bajwa visited the houses of bereaved families in Meera Shah Colony of Banur and offered heartfelt condolences.
Speaking on the occasion, Bajwa said it was a grave tragedy that had befallen the poor families and there were no words to console them. Six of the seven people were teenagers and all belonged to poor, Scheduled Caste families, he said, adding that four of the deceased were from only one family.
Stressing the need to provide adequate financial compensation to the families, the senior Congress leader said that Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s government had announced only one lakh rupees as compensation, which was meagre and a cruel joke on the distressed families.
“These are very poor families and are in dire need of financial support. Even the Himachal Pradesh government has announced a compensation of ₹4 lakh for each victim’s family. The Punjab government should provide a minimum of ₹10 lakh as financial compensation and a suitable job to a member of every family as per their qualifications,” he said.
Bajwa further stated that the unfortunate incident should serve as a wake-up call for the Himachal Pradesh government and it should increase vigil on the dangerous spots.
“It is not the first time such an incident of accidental drowning has happened in the state. As per available information, 156 people drowned in 2020, 145 in 2021, and 70 people this year. The government and local officials should enhance the vigil and install more warning signs at the hazardous spots,” he said, adding that he would also write to HP Chief Minister to provide police check posts at such tourist places.