Center is providing 2000 additional paramilitary personnel to Punjab: CM Mann

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Around 2,000 additional paramilitary personnel will be deployed to further strengthen the security in Punjab as there are regular reports that some elements are trying to create unrest in the state. Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann gave this information on Wednesday.

Mann said this after a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah here, who assured him of all possible help from the central government.

He told reporters, “There are regular reports that some miscreants are trying to create trouble in Punjab. That’s why I have requested the Home Minister to sanction additional forces for the security of the state.”

The Chief Minister said that 10 companies of paramilitary forces have already reached Punjab, while the other 10 companies will be approved by the Union Home Ministry soon.

There are about 100 personnel in a company of paramilitary forces.

Mann said the Home Minister told him that there was no compromise on national security, it was above party politics and the central government would provide all possible help to the Punjab government.

The Chief Minister said that he has apprised the Home Minister about the supply of arms from across the border through drones and sought the help of the Central Government to deal with it. Mann said that to protect the security and integrity of the country, security at the border will have to be tightened.

He expressed deep concern over increasing smuggling of narcotics and weapons from across the border through drones and asked Shah to immediately provide anti-drone technology to the state to thwart such efforts.

The Punjab Chief Minister also requested Shah to issue notification for procurement of Basmati at Minimum Support Price (MSP), saying the need of the hour was to promote Basmati to bring farmers out of the wheat-paddy cycle.

Mann said that this would help in saving valuable resource in the form of water in the state and would encourage crop diversification. The Chief Minister also demanded a compensation of Rs 500 per quintal for the low yield of wheat in the state.

Ahead of the 38th anniversary of Operation Blue Star, security agencies have been put on alert and security has been beefed up in Amritsar, sources said.

It is noteworthy that in 1984, Operation Blue Star was launched by the army to expel the terrorists hiding in the Golden Temple complex from June 1 to 8.


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