Captain Amarinder Singh is the current chief minister of Punjab. A prominent and popular leader of the Congress, he took over the role on March 16, 2017. Singh is the son of the last king of the erstwhile state of Patiala. Having completed his schooling from Doon school, Singh completed his military training from the National Defense Academy and the Indian Military Academy. He joined the Indian Army in 1963 and was part of the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965, as part of the Sikh regiment. Singh entered politics in 1980 under Rajiv Gandhi who was his friend from school. He later left Congress as a mark of protest against Operation Blue Star in the Golden Temple. He joined the Shiromani Akali Dal, and later broke away from it to form a splinter party, Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthic) that went on to merge with the Congress in 1997. Singh served as Punjab Congress chief from 1999 to 2002. In 2002 he became the state's chief minister and remained in power till 2007. In 2014, Singh had won the Lok Sabha elections but had later resigned when the Supreme Court ruled the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal agreement as unconstitutional. Singh was appointed president of Punjab Congress on November 27, 2015, in the run up to the 2017 Assembly elections. Apart from a strong political contender, he is also well known for his literary bend. He has penned several books on war and Sikh history, including his memoir of the 1965 Indo-Pak war.
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh suggested setting up of societies of unemployed youth and encourage them to set up the proposed units with the support of the state government, and the IOC taking up the end product sales.
“Amarinder’s government is following in the footsteps of the Badals whose government also filed frivolous criminal charges against SFJ campaigners in 2016. The Punjab CM will not have a smooth participation in Harvard conference, we can assure that,” said Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Legal Advisor of SFJ.
Government servants should work diligently to ensure that benefits under various state and Centre-sponsored schemes reach the intended beneficiaries only, Welfare, Printing and Stationery and Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot said.
Khaira while talking to the Media persons in Jalandhar on Thursday said that a person occupying the office of Chief Minister is supposed to lead by example in public life and is a role model for the people of his state.