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Moga Molestation Case: Punjab’s education minister’s insensitive statement; says everything happens by God’s will

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Punjab’s education minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, gave birth to a new controversy by making an insensitive remark over the death of a 13-year old girl, who along with her mother was pushed out of a bus after confronting an alleged molestation in Moga district of Punjab.

He said, “Nobody can stop accidents; whatever happens, happens by God’s will.”

The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government of the state is also facing some despised criticism over the handling of the case. The bus in which such a brutal incident happened belongs to the Orbit Company, which is owned by the Badals, the family that governs Shiromani Akali Dal.

On the other hand, the girl’s family has refused to cremate her or to allow a post-mortem. The family is aiming to file a case against Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. The family has also rejected a compensation of Rs 20 lakh and a government job for the mother.

Meanwhile, Congress leader, Randeep Singh Surjewala, tagged Rakhra’s statement as a crude form of disrespect towards women reflecting the ‘arrogance of power.’

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Centre Sanctions Rs 1,040 Crore for Greening Punjab

Javadekar also appreciated the state's effort to turn afforestation into a mass-movement with schemes, like 'Ghar Ghar Hariyali'

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Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot received the sanction letter from the Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar. Pixabay

Accepting Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s request, the Centre on Thursday sanctioned Rs 1,040 crore for the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) for greening Punjab.

Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot received the sanction letter from the Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar.

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Accepting Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s request, the Centre on Thursday sanctioned Rs 1,040 crore for the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management. Pixabay

Javadekar also appreciated the state’s effort to turn afforestation into a mass-movement with schemes, like ‘Ghar Ghar Hariyali’, and planting of 550 trees in each village during the 550th Prakash Purb celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev.

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The state plans to use the money in a phased manner to realise its five-year perspective plan to increase green cover. (IANS)