Almost 24 hours after the CM spoke on Saturday, it was not clear till Sunday evening how the quarantine would be made operational for several travellers who would not want to be in the state for more than a day or a few hours.
Manpreet stands ground, wants issue to be taken up in Cabinet again.
Sources in the department said about 20,000 crates of liquor bearing stickers - For Sale in Chhattisgarh - were found during the inspection.
"I cannot put Punjabis in the harms-way by letting the infection spread due to casual approach. Those asymptomatic will go for home quarantine and those showing symptoms would go for institutional quarantine,” the CM said.
Sources said the action followed reports that many distilleries had been brewing liquor during curfew and lockdown under the garb of manufacturing hand sanitisers.
Punjab are already engaged in a battle against Covid-19 and if locust attack takes place, it would be another challenge considering that the state is in the process of sowing paddy and has already completed 50 per cent sowing of cotton.
Jakhar was among five Congress leaders, who were hosted by the CM on Wednesday. The ministers and several MLAs have been demanding Karan Avtar Singh’s removal from the top office of state government for his “impudence”.
On shortfall in excise collection target, the CM is learnt to have told them that he was “aware of the smuggling and the participation of several party leaders in the whole process” and said he would take action, one of the leaders told The Indian Express.
A comparative analysis of recovery rate by the state government said that Punjab’s recovery rate was maximum in the country.
Channi, who had walked out of the meeting along with Manpreet Badal and protested against the alleged “impudence” of the Chief Secretary did not issue any statement on Monday.
All schools, colleges, training institutions, coaching centres will remain closed till May 31.
In a video uploaded on his You Tube channel Jittega Punjab, Sidhu, said, “A bureaucrat is like a third finger in the hand. If this finger is cut off, the hand becomes useless.”
The meeting is about ramping up testing facility, healthcare, curfew relaxations and distribution of ration to poor.
“From May 18, there will be no curfew in the state. But the lockdown will be there till May 31. Most of the shops and businesses will be allowed to open," CM Amarinder Singh said.
A team of 13 healthcare and ASHA workers from ICMR, and Rajindra Hospital in Patiala started collecting samples from Rajpura, a red zone in the district.
'Hoped people would make a beeline to vends, but nothing of this sort happened'
As the Epidemic Act is in place in the state, the government can force any shopkeeper to open in state’s interest.
The government has not only returned the dal to the Centre but also ordered an inquiry against the officials of Food Department, who received the delivery without checking the quality and also sent it further to be distributed.
In October 2018, Channi was caught in a row after a woman IAS officer had accused him of sending her an “inappropriate text” and complained to the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
The CM had on Tuesday even divested the CS of his additional charge of Excise and Taxation Department after several partymen had levelled allegations of conflict of interest against the top bureaucrat by pointing out his son’s alleged links to the liquor business.