Punjab CM assures all help to relocated villagers

Barth Sahib (Punjab): Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday assured all help to residents of border villages who have been moved to relief camps.
He said despite the tension in the Indo-Pak border region, farmers will be allowed to carry on with their agricultural activities. Addressing a gathering during his tour of relief camps in Pathankot district here, Badal said the crops were as dear to the farmers as their children.
He said he had spoken to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in this regard, who had immediately directed the Border Security Force (BSF) to allow the farmers of the border region to harvest the crop. He said that the central government had also permitted farmers who had land across the fence to reap and lift their crop.
Describing the border residents of the state as “true patriots”, the chief minister said that braving all the odds, these hardworking sons of the soil contributed immensely towards the development of the state and the country.
Badal said his government was “duty-bound” to extend a helping hand to these people who had to leave their homes after escalation of tension between India and Pakistan.
The chief minister said the villages in the border regions were evacuated as per an advisory of the Centre.