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MP Ravneet Bittu thanked Hon’ble Union Minister for Railways Mr. Bansal for sanctioning new trains

          February 26      

   Member of Parliament S. Ravneet Singh Bittu today thanked Hon’ble Union Minister for Railways Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal Jee for joining important Takhts of Sikh religion and helping the devotees pay obeisance at Mata Vaishnu Devi shrine by sanctioning new trains in this years Railway budget.

It is pertinent to mention here that a weekly Hazur Saheb Nanded Express train will connect Takht Keshgarh Sahib in the holy town of Sri Anandpur Sahib with Sach Khand Takht Sri Hazur Saheb has been announced in this year’s Railway budget.

Similarly, a daily Intercity Express train for the convenience of the devotees who wish to pay their obeisance at Darbar Sahib and Durgiana Mandir in the holy town of Sri Amritsar has also been annouced. The devotees who wish to join prayers in Dera Beas will also be benefited with this train, he said.

S. Ravneet Singh Bittu said, a Kalka-Katra train with halt at Morinda will help us and the people residing in District S.A.S. Nagar and District Ropar pay obeisance at Mata Vaishnu Devi shrine.

Apart from the above, he said a survey of the new rail line to connect Sri Anandpur Sahib with Ludhiana has also proposed in this railway budget.


So much for Punjab to cheer about rail budget: Capt Amarinder Singh

CHANDIGARH, February 26: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh today hailed a series of measures announced by the Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal for Punjab, particularly bringing the Takhat Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo on the railway map of the country.

In a statement issued here today, Capt Amarinder congratulated the Railway Minister Mr Bansal for bringing in a people friendly budget besides introducing new trains and commitment to improve the facilities in the railways. He said, it was for the first time there was so much for Punjab to cheer about the railway budget.
The PCC president specially thanked the Railway Minister for bringing the Takhat Damdama Sahib, one of the five sacred Takhats, on the railway map of the country. He said, of the five Takhats, Takhat Damdama Sahib was the only Takhat that was not connected by the railways.
He said, after the setting up of the rail link between Rama Mandi and Maur Mandi via Talwandi Sabo as has been proposed in the railway budget, all the Takhats will be connected with each other by railway line.
Capt Amarinder also thanked the railway minister for announcing to upgrade various railway stations in Punjab, Linking Patti and Ferozepur which will shorten the distance between Amritsar and Ferozepur, skill development institute at Pathankot and an additional weekly train between Chandigarh and Amritsar.


   Capt Amarinder thanks people of Moga

CHANDIGARH, February 23: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh today thanked and congratulated the people of Moga assembly constituency for facilitating a fair and peaceful election and for coming out to cast their votes in the inclement weather.
In a statement issued here today, Capt Amarinder said, it was a matter of immense satisfaction that the polling went off peacefully and over seventy percent people cast their votes.
He also congratulated the election officials and the security personnel who ensure free and fair polling today despite so many attempts by the Akali leaders to influence the polling.
The PCC President had a special word of thanks for all the party cadres and leaders who came from across Punjab and worked hard in Moga. He said, each and every party worker and leader had contributed in this election which will ensure a comfortable victory of the Congress candidate.


Capt Amarinder, Perneet Kaur condemn Parampreet Kaur’s murder

CHADIGARH, February 23:

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh and the Minister of State for External Affairs Ms Perneet Kaur today condemned the brutal and shameful murder of the young woman Parampreet Kaur by her father in law Jaspal Pardhan, who happens to be the Patiala city Mayor, his son and his wife.

Capt Amarinder and Ms Kaur expressed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and assured them of full support. They said, the entire Congress party stood with the family in this hour of grief. They maintained that this was such a great tragedy for the family and it will take them time to coup up with this grief.

Condemning the incident, they hoped that the culprits will be brought to the book and the young woman whose life was nipped in the prime of her youth and her parents got the justice. They said, they will ensure that the Mayor did not use his influence to get away with the murder of his own daughter in law.
Capt Amarinder said, this was also a test case for the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal as to show how he dispensed justice in this case.


  • IN MOGA BY ELECTION-- Moga by election today concluded peacefully with approximately 71.18 poll


Punjab Vidhan Sabha summoned on March 11

Chandigarh, February 23:
The 14th Punjab Vidhan Sabha has been summoned by the Punjab Governor to meet for its Fourth Session on Monday, the 11th March, 2013 at 2 PM in Punjab Vidhan Sabha Hall, Vidhan Sabha, Chandigarh.
          This was disclosed by Mr. Ved Parkash, Secretary Punjab Vidhan Sabha.



Birth Anniversary of S. Beant Singh celebrated as Shanti Divas

FEB 19, 2013:

On the occasion of the 89th Birth Day of Sardar Beant Singh Jee, Late Chief Minister, Punjab large number of people from all walks of life paid their flowering tributes to the late leader and recalled his supreme sacrifice, at the altar of peace and for restoring stability in trouble torn Punjab.

In an impressive and solemn function a Sarv Dharam Prarthna Sabha, all religious prayer was organized at the Samadhi of Late leader.
A galaxy of senior leaders & senior functionaries of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee including leaders of frontal organizations of the Punjab Congress, District Presidents of Congress, Youth Congress besides family members of the Late Chief Minister led by his son S. Tej Parkash Singh, were present on the occasion.

Prominent among those present on the occasion were former President of Indian Youth Congress and Ex-Minister, Punjab S. Maninderjit Singh Bitta, Ex-Minister S. Malkiat Singh Dakha, S. Lakhvir Singh Payal, S. Ujagar Singh, former D.P.R.O., Patiala, paid their heart felt tributes.

Among the office bearers of P.P.C.C., S. Gurinder Pal Singh, Chairman, OBC Cell, S. Harpreet Singh Gharuan, Chairman, Legal Cell, S. Bhupinder Singh Bhinda, Secretary, P.P.C.C., Shri Harkesh Chand Sharma, Secretary, P.P.C.C., S. Najar Singh Lapran, Secretary, P.P.C.C., Chairman S. Ranjit Singh Tarkhan Majra, President of the Nagar Council Payal, S. Malkit Singh Goga along with senior congress leaders S. Darshan Singh Virk, S. Harish Chander Nona, Avocate J.P.S. Dher, S. Gurdeep Singh, Sarpanch, Chak Sarbannath, Advocate Rajesh Attri, Mohd. Iqbal, S. Gurmukh Singh Chahal, President, Youth Congress, Khanna, Shri Rakesh Kalia, City President, Kurali, also paid rich tributes to Late leader. 

Amongst the family Members of Late S. Beant Singh, his sons S.Tej Parkash Singh, Former Minister Punjab, S. Sukhwant Singh Former Chairman, Zila Parishad, Ludhiana, Grandsons M.L.A. S. Gurkirat Singh, Member of Parliament S. Ravneet Singh Bittu, pledged to work for the implementation of the programmes initiated by Late Chief Minister and also strive to keep aloft his vision for Punjab.
Later S. Tej Parkash Singh, S. Gurkirat Singh & S. Ravneet Singh Bittu MP, thanked the political leaders and the people for coming in large numbers to pay their tributes to the late leader.


89th Birth Day of Sardar Beant Singh

The 89th Birth Day of my revered grand father Sardar Beant Singh Jee, Late Chief Minister, Punjab, falls tomorrow, dated 19th February, 2013.
The day is being commemorated as Shanti Divas.
On the occasion, a Sarv Dharam Prarthna Sabha, will be held between 09.00 AM and 11.00 AM, tomorrow at the Samadhi Sthal / Memorial of the Late Leader, Sector-42, Chandigarh.
Your goodself is requested to kindly make it convenient to join the occasion, for Press and Media Coverage.
With warm regards,
Ravneet Singh Bittu
M.P., Sri Anandpur Sahib

Congress writes to EC over misuse of official machinery by Akalis

MOGA, February 15: Punjab Congress today accused the ruling Akali Dal of misusing the government machinery and intimidating the Congress workers. The party has written to Election Commission giving details of various violations being committed by the ruling Akali Dal particularly by its ministers and the Chief Parliamentary Secretaries.
The Punjab Congress general secretary and the overall incharge of the party’s campaign for Moga byelection, Rana Gurjeet Singh said here today that the Akali ministers were moving around with all the security paraphernalia and staff in a clear attempt to intimidate the voters. He said, some of their leaders were also using the beacon lights and hooters on their vehicles.
Rana Gurjeet said, the party has urged the Election Commission to keep a close vigil on the activities of the Akali leaders particularly the ministers and the Chief Parliamentary Secretaries since they were misusing their position and authority for threatening people. He said, some of the ministers and CPSs have even warned people of “consequences” after February 23 since they will continue to be in power if they did not support the Akali Dal.


Ex-Akali MLA Gurdev Singh Gill joins Congress

MOGA, February 13:

In a major setback to the ruling Akali Dal former party MLA from Dharamkot Gurdev Singh Gill today joined he Congress in presence of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh and other senior leaders at village Landike near here. Another senior Akali leader Mehtab Singh also joined the Congress on the occasion.
Talking to reporters Gill said, the entire rank and file of the Akali Dal was feeling alienated with the party leadership since the traditional leaders who had put in their blood and sweat were sidelined and marginalised. He said, inducting Joginderpal Jain from the Congress and then giving him the party ticket was the last straw on the camel’s back. He said, more leaders were waiting to leave the party and join the Congress.
Welcoming him in the party Capt Amarinder said that several prominent party leaders had expressed their desire to leave the party and join the Congress as they were being humiliated by the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and his brother in law Bikram Singh Majithia. He said, there was a widespread feeling prevailing among the Akali workers that the party had been hijacked and there was no respect for the workers.
Among others present on the occasion included the party candidate Vijay Sathi, Darshan Singh Brar, Jeet Mohinder Sidhu, Harminder Gill, Major Amardeep, Karanpal Sekhon, Sonu Dhesi, Jagdeep Sidhu, Pawan Dewan and others.  

Who’s pocketing the jathedar jazia imposed in mandis? asks Capt Amarinder

MOGA, February 13: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh today urged the people to ask the Akali leadership as who was pocketing the ‘jathedar jazia’ from farmers in the mandis (the grain markets). He said, after the Akalis came to power the farmers had to pay special jathedar tax ranging between Rs 10 and Rs 15 per bag for being lifted in the mandis.
Addressing a largely attended public meeting in support of the party candidate Vijay Sathi at village Landike near here today, Capt Amarinder appealed to the people to themselves compare the Akalis rule with the previous Congress rule. Giving an example he said, the farmers were never made to wait in the mandis for more than 24 hours during the Congress rule between 2002 and 2007, while now they have to wait for days and also bribe the officials with Akali jathedars as conduits and brokers.
But, he added, after the Akalis came they had to wait for days together and their crops were lifted only after they paid special jathedar tax. He wondered, whether the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, the self proclaimed well wisher of the farmers had no knowledge about this jazia (punitive tax imposed during medieval ages) imposed by his jathedars on the farmers. He said, he will not be surprised if the share of this jazia was not going to the Badals.
The former Chief Minister urged people that Moga byelection was a godsend opportunity with them to voice their protest against this government. He expressed confidence once the Akalis get defeated they will realise that arrogance is not tolerated and they may start thinking in terms of the welfare of the people. “Otherwise they have one point agenda to loot and rob the state and its people”, he remarked, while pointing out as how the Badal family and Bikram Majithia had pocketed all the sand, transport and liquor business besides grabbing land.
On this occasion Gurdev Singh Gill, an ex-Akali MLA from Dharamkot joined the Congress with several of his supporters.

With Akalis in power sand will soon be sold in packets: Jakhar

MOGA, February 13:

Congress Legislative Party leader Sunil Jakhar today said that with Akalis in power the day will not be too far when sand and gravel will be sold in packets in Punjab. He was addressing a public meeting at Partap Road here today in support of the party candidate Vijay Sathi.
On this occasion Vijay Sathi’s brother Ashok Sathi also announced his support for him (Vijay Sathi).
Mr Jakhar was presented the small packets of sand and gravel by the party workers to highlight the rising cost of sand and gravel in Punjab. He said, it was primarily because of the monopolised control over sand mining by the Badals and Bikram Singh Majithia. He said, the sand was becoming an essential commodity and it had affected all the development works in the state.
The CLP leader pointed out that the state was bankrupt and they were now imposing punitive taxes on the people. Moreover, he added, it was depending on the central doles only and still the Akalis were crying wolf that they were being discriminated against.
He appealed the people not to waste the golden chance of setting a good precedent that the turncoats and those who betray the trust of people are not rewarded. He appealed to them to make the right choice themselves between a candidate like Vijay Sathi who had a spotless and clean image and on the other hand there was a person who had betrayed his party and people for his own vested interests.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Vijay Sathi, Ashok Sathi, Punjab Mahila Congress president, Dr Malti Thapar, Darshan Brar, Sukhminder Danny, Jagdarshan Kaur, Pandit Sham Lal, Ravi Pandit, Arun Shukla, Pawan Dewan, Atma Singh, GP Sood, Jaswinder Singh, Raju Bajaj, Naresh Bajaj, Ram Kumar, and others. 

Punjab is heading towards anarchy: Capt Amarinder

MOGA, February 13: Condemning the brutal rape of a four year girl in Rama Mandi in Bathinda, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh today warned that Punjab was heading towards anarchy as the Akalis, particularly the Badals had given up governance as they were engrossed in other things.
“Every day there are reports of rape and murder in Punjab and the government claims that it was the safest state in the country”, he said, while addressing a series of public meetings in villages Landike, Duneke, Sadasinghwala and Thammanwala in support of the party candidate for the ensuing byelection Vijay Sathi.
Blaming the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Deputy Chief Minister son Sukhbir Badal for the lawlessness and anarchy, he said, while the senior Badal had virtually given up, Sukhbir had left it entirely to his brother in law Bikram Singh Majithia who had unleashed goonda-raj in Punjab. “With the result”, he added, “not only the common people even policemen were feeling insecure”.
He pointed out as how a police official was brutally killed in Amritsar by an Akali leader just because he objected to the attempts of eve teasing of his daughter and how those who killed him were shouting slogans in support of Bikram Majithia. He said, in another shameful incident a close aide of Bikram Majithia beat up an AIG in Ludhiana. Besides, he added, another Akali leader again with Majithia’s patronage abducted a young girl from her house in Faridkot.
As if that was enough, Capt Amarinder added, there were daily reports of rape and murder and today everybody woke up to the shocking and shameful news of a four year old being raped in Bathinda. He said, this was because the Badals were interested more in enriching themselves by way of grabbing transport, sand, liquor and cable business than governance.
The former Chief Minister warned people against getting misled once again. He pointed out the Akalis had cheated them earlier also and now they had joined hands with Joginderpal Jain to cheat them again. “Beware you don’t allow yourself to be cheated again”, he warned while urging them to vote for Vijay Sathi who was a scrupulously honest person with a neat and clean image.
Others present on the occasion included Vijay Sathi, Rana Gurjeet Singh, Milkiat Singh Birmi, Darshan Singh Brar, Jeet Mohinder Sidhu, Karanpal Sekhon, Major Amardeep, Sonu Dhesi, Jagdeep Sidhu, Jaspal Dhillon, Pawan Dewan and others.


‘Where have all the Akalis gone?’ asks Capt Amarinder

MOGA, February 12: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh today asked the Akali Dal president and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal as where had all his Akalis gone as he has started for digging diamonds in the Congress.
Addressing a series of well attended public meetings in villages Kalianwala, Kahnsinghwala and Jagewala, Capt Amarinder pointed out, with the Akalis either having retreated or refused to support or campaign for Joginderpal Jain, Sukhbir was finding it difficult to find workers from within his own party and was now searching for people in the Congress.
“No matter how many diamonds he steals from Congress nothing can save Jain from an imminent defeat”, he said amidst thundering applause from the crowds, while adding, the Akalis have started fearing defeat much earlier than expected.
The Punjab Congress president said, Sukhbir was desperate and frustrated as his workers were not coming out to support a turncoat like Jain and now he was trying to use the blackmailing tactics against his own workers by threatening them with bringing people from outside.
The former Chief Minister said, the people of Moga were certain to send a strong message to the Akalis that no matter if they were in power, as long as they did not understand the public sentiment they were set to get defeated come what may.
Addressing the meeting, Congress Legislative Party leader Sunil Jakhar exhorted upon the people to make a history. “People of Punjab are looking forward to you as they have great expectation from you that you will teach this government a lesson so that better sense starts prevailing among them’, he said.
Among others present on the occasion included party candidate Vijay Sathi, Rana Gurjeet, Rana Sodhi, Jeet Mohinder Sidhu, Darshan Brar, Kikki Dhillon, Joginder Singh Panjgraian, Gurdarshan Kaur and others.


Choose between an honest candidate and a turncoat: Capt Amarinder

MOGA, February 12: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh today asked the people of Moga to choose between an honest candidate like Vijay Sathi and a turncoat like Joginderpal Jain who has openly said that he had stuck a business deal with the Akalis as he had suffered losses in business and that was the reason for his joining the Akali Dal.
Addressing a series of public meetings at villages including Chhotian Khurd and Darapur Capt Amarinder pointed out, the people of Moga had elected Jain twice on a Congress ticket but he betrayed their trust for the personal interests. “Jain has cheated and betrayed you for his own business interests”, he reminded the people while warning them that not to allow him another chance to cheat them again.
The PCC President pointed out, the Congress candidate Vijay Sathi had neat and clean image and who had never compromised his principles for the monetary interests as Jain did. “Choice is yours, whether you want an honest candidate like Vijay Sathi or a turncoat who cannot be called a businessman as it will amount to insulting the business community”, he said amidst shouts of Congress Zindabad and Capt Amarinder Singh Zindabad.
Capt Amarinder urged people to ask Akalis if they come to seek their vote as why of all the people they had given ticket to Jain. “Was there  any dearth of leaders within the Akali Dal?” he asked, while maintaining that even the Akali workers were angry with the party leadership as they feel that while Jain betrayed the Congress Sukhbir Badal betrayed the Akali workers.
The PCC President was accompanied among others by the party candidate Vijay Sathi, Rana Gurjeet, Rana Sodhi, Jeet Mohinder Sidhu, Darshan Brar, Kikki Dhillon, Joginder Singh Panjgraian, Gurdarshan Kaur and others.


Moga will set for political change in Punjab: Capt Amarinder

MOGA, February 11: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today said that Moga will play a decisive role in ushering in political change in Punjab. He said, people of Moga had got a golden chance to set the trend by defeating the Akalis in the ensuing byelection scheduled to be held on February 23.

Addressing a series of public meetings in different villages including Charrike and Malian, falling under the Moga assembly segment, he said, once the Akalis get defeated in Moga, it will set the trend for the decimation of the Akali Dal and the outcome will be seen in the parliamentary elections.

“Let the Akalis not take it for granted that they are going to be there for four years”, Capt  Amarinder said, while addressing a well attended public meeting in village Charrike, while adding, the government can fall and given the track record of the Akalis during the last six years there were all the reasons for them to go.
Appealing to people to vote for the Congress he told them that they must not think that by voting for the Congress they may not get any benefits since it was the Akali government in the state. “Byelections have usually been trendsetters and I am sure Moga is going to be one such trend setter in Punjab”, he said and added that the Congress was going to repeat the history the way it defeated the ruling Akalis in Adampur byelection in 1998.
Asserting that he had felt the pulse of the people, Capt Amarinder said, it was because of the state of affairs people were fed up and frustrated with the government. He pointed out, the way a young girl was abducted from her house from Faridkot, or a police official was killed just because he objected to the eve teasing of his daughter and the merciless beating up of a police officer all by the Akali workers has created a sense of anger among the people and they want to teach this government a lesson and the Moga byelection has given them a golden chance for the same.
Capt Amarinder was accompanied by the party candidate Vijay Sathi, senior leaders Rana Gurjeet Singh, Rana Gurmeet Sodhi, Rana KP Singh, Darshan Singh Brar, Mohammad Sadiq, Milkiat Singh Dakha, Inderjeet Singh Birchak, Raman Bhalla and others.


Punjab Con hails Guru's hanging

CHANDIGARH, February 9: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today welcomed the hanging of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant Afzal Guru for his role in the attack on Indian parliament in December 2001.

In a statement issued here today Capt Amarinder asserted that it was highly provocative act which needed to be dealt with iron fist. "An attack on the Indian parliament is an attack on all the people of the country, which is unacceptable", he said, while justifying the hanging.

He said, india is a sovereign nation and the symbols of sovereignity are sacred and precious and their sanctity if attacked must be met in same measure.

"People of Punjab and the Punjab Congress welcome the hanging which should send a message loud and clear to everyone that such acts of assault on the country will be deemed as acts of war and dealt with accordingly", he said in a strongly worded statement.


Capt Amarinder expresses concern over alienation of youth

MOGA, February 9: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh today expressed grave concern over the growing frustration and alienation among the youth in Punjab that was primarily because they were not able to get jobs after completing their studies. He warned against overlooking the aspirations of the youth which could have dangerous ramifications.
Addressing the youth Congress workers’ meeting, organised by the Punjab Youth Congress president Vikarmjit Singh Chaudhary here today, Capt Amarinder said, he understood their sentiments that after getting high education they are not able to get the right jobs. He blamed the lack of vision and foresight among the Akali rulers who have not been able to invite any investment or industry in the state so that jobs could be generated.
Exhorting upon the youth Congress workers to actively participate in the campaigning for the Moga byelection, he said, this was going to be an important election as it will set the tone for the beginning of the end of the Akali regime. “Don’t think that this is just a byelection for a single constituency”, he asked the cheering youth Congress workers, while adding, this election was going to be the mood indicator of the people of Punjab who feel cheated and betrayed by this government.
The PCC President maintained that the Congress under the leadership of Ms Sonia Gandhi was encouraging the youth to participate more and more in the party programmes as she believed that the youth were not only the future of the country, but its present as well. He pointed out, over sixty per cent of the country’s population was less than 40 years of age. He said, this laid added responsibility on their shoulders and expressed confidence they will fulfil it with full dedication, sincerity and commitment.
Speaking on the occasion PYC president Vikramjit Singh assured the PCC president that the youth  Congress workers will leave no stone unturned in Moga to ensure the victory of the party candidate in Moga byelection.

Punjab government in suspended animation: Congress


Punjab Congress today lashed out at the ruling Akali Dal for shifting its total base from Chandigarh to Delhi for the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee (DGMC) elections virtually rendering the government dysfunctional and Punjab Civil Secretariat closed.
“The government should better have declared official holiday in the Civil Secretariat as that would have saved  harassment to the people who come from across Punjab for various things but have to return disappointed as they can’t find anyone in the office”, Punjab Congress general secretary and Dhuri MLA Arvind Khanna said, while referring to the deserted corridors of power in the Punjab Civil Secretariat and other offices in Chandigarh, while remarking, “the government has virtually been placed under suspended animation”.
The Congress general secretary pointed out, not only were the ministers unavailable as they were busy campaigning in Delhi for the DSGMC elections, even most of the senior officers from the police and bureaucracy had been moved along. The entire Durbar has moved to Delhi alongwith all the Durbaris”, he remarked.
Khanna said, he did not see any functioning by the government for another month or so as now the Akali ministers and the bureaucracy will get busy in the Moga byelection, hence leaving everything blank. He disclosed that people who visit the secretariat for different purposes have to return disappointed as they cannot find anyone sitting in the office.
“While most of the ministers and officers are out in Delhi, those left back are not bothered to visit the offices”, he said, while suggesting that the Punjab government should have declared official holiday in the Civil Secretariat as at least people will not get harassed.
Khanna appealed the government to realise its responsibility towards people so that they have not to suffer. “Your job does not end in contesting or winning the elections only, you owe it to the people and you must be sensitive towards their needs also”, he told the government.