The Punjab government on Tuesday mourned the demise of Ludhiana-based principal correspondent of The Indian Express,Amrita Chaudhry,who passed away following a fatal road accident on Monday.
The Punjab Cabinet,which met here and was chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,also approved an ex-gratia grant of Rs 5 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased and will also waive off the expenditure that her family incurred on her treatment. As the meeting began,the Cabinet members recalled the outstanding journalistic services rendered by Amrita during her professional career spanning over 15 years. They described her as a fearless and upright journalist who discharged her duties with utmost dedication,sincerity and professional commitment to pursue the ultimate goal of freedom of press in true spirit.
The cabinet members also observed two minutes of silence in the memory of the departed soul and prayed to give strength to the bereaved family to bear the loss.
The Cabinet also expressed grief over the death of former Kerala Governor Sukhdev Singh Kang,who recently passed away after a prolonged illness. An official spokesman said that the Cabinet recalled the outstanding services rendered by Kang as Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir and later as the Kerala Governor.