A day before the hearing on the SYL case in the Supreme Court, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said the state government had transferred land in the names of original owners and they could take possession anytime. Sukhbir, who was in Mohali on Sunday to give appointment letters to newly joined constables in Punjab Police, said since the state government was committed to protecting the interests of the state, it would not give a single drop of water to Haryana.
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He added that the entire process of transferring the land was completed on Saturday and farmers can now take possession whenever they want as they were the owners now.
Asked about the declaration of new candidates, Sukhbir said the party would soon release the next list of SAD candidates.
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After distributing appointment letters to newly recruited police constables, Sukhbir claimed that they have given a fitting reply to their opponents who had alleged that Punjab’s youth was taking drugs. He further said that before recruiting the constables, they decided to conduct a dope test of the candidates which most of them cleared. Accusing the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party of defaming the youth of Punjab, he said, “Recruitment was transparent and negligible number of candidates failed the test. It is an answer to the people who were saying that Punjab’s youth is taking drugs.”
Earlier, the deputy CM handed over appointment letters to 5,581 constables, including women, who were inducted in the force.
Sukhbir said in the past six months, 1 lakh people have been given jobs and the SAD-BJP government had effected more than 25,000 recruitment in the police department during its present tenure thereby accounting for 40 per cent of the force.
He added that of the nearly 550 sub-inspectors being recruited, more than 200 would be women.