LUDHIANA: Irrespective of the fact that we live in times when political differences are creating bitterness in our polity, the challenges facing Punjab and the whole of India are so huge that the only way out for the political leadership will be to work in tandem with the government and vanquish common threats like pollution.
"As of this time in history, the coming generations will judge us by whether we joined hands with each other and with the government to deal with a threat that is killing our citizens, making our children sick, increasing the suffering of our elderly. What is happening around us, from Punjab to Delhi and elsewhere, must bring us all together to work with a solutions-oriented approach," Brahm Mohindra, Punjab's Health and Family Welfare Minister, told an august gathering at the Nehru Sidhant Kendra here, where he also gave away the Satpal Mittal National Awards.
Speaking at the awards function held in conjunction with the birth anniversary of India's first prime minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Mohindra said just as our leaders from the national freedom movement worked together despite strong disagreements on many issues, today's political leadership must come together and join hands with the government to resolve certain intractable issues like the pollution problem.
"We need to learn from our history, since we will be judged by what kind of history we made. We read about men like Nehru because they rose to the challenge. We need to rise to the challenges of the current age when the pace of development is bringing us face to face with new problems," Mohindra said.
Pollution does not have ideology, it does not understand political symbols. The smog on the road will not spread on the basis of who you voted for.
Referring to the clouds of smog in northern and north-west India, and the spate of accidents happening due to foggy conditions, Mohindra exhorted the citizenry to play an active part. He also had some harsh truths to say about the political leadership across party lines.
"Pollution does not have ideology, it does not understand political symbols. The smog on the road will not spread on the basis of who you voted for. We need to understand the view point of farmers who are burning stubble, and we need to guide and bring them along to new, innovative ways of dealing with the problem," the minister said.
He said India needs a new system of confabulations where politicians can cut across party lines and join heads on some common platform for policy formulation about issues like pollution.
India needs a new system of confabulations where politicians can cut across party lines and join heads on some common platform for policy formulation about issues like pollution — Minister Brahm Mohindra
Conceding the challenges that any state faces in view of the given demand-supply gaps and resource limitations, Brahm Mohindra nevertheless reiterated the resolve of the government to provide quality healthcare services to the citizens of the state.
Brahm Mohindra was in city to participate in the function organised to distribute Sat Pal Mittal National awards on the occasion of Nehru's 128th birth anniversary.
Expressing satisfaction that the pollution index has hinted that the pollution is down in the state as compared to the other states, the minister quoted the latest figures of the Punjab Pollution Control Board as per which pollution level in the state has decreased by 44%.
He, however, minced no words in underlining that despite all the efforts, pollution has been posing serious problems to the citizens.
"This is hardly the time for politicians to score brownie points. Referring to Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, he said one should desist from playing politics on the issue of stubble burning and instead look for out of the box solutions.
Arvind Kejriwal should desist from playing politics on the issue of stubble burning and instead look for out of the box solutions. Every crisis is not designed to sell AAP’s political agenda.
He also referred to the series of steps being taken to check the menace of Dengue virus and ensure that the citizens are sensitized regularly.
Mohindra paid rich tributes to Nehru, saying but for the first Prime Minister, we would not have had Bhakra Dam. "It was due to the visionary approach of Nehru that India became self reliant on food security front," he said.
He applauded the efforts of the Nehru Sidhant Kendra Trust for distributing scholarships to the poor and meritorious students. The minister conferred the Sat Pal Mittal National Awards upon Mr. Ravindernath, Mr. Mangu Singh, Mr. Nitin Kumar Nand and Mr. Ashok Chitley for their commendable social service.
Besides, the minister distributed scholarships to poor but meritorious students under the annual scholarship scheme.
Speaking on this occasion, Rakesh Bharti Mittal, the chairman of the Trust, elaborated upon the various endeavours undertaken by the Trust in the field of education, health and other sectors. MLAs Surinder Dabar and Sanjeev Talwar were among those present on the occasion.
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