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Panchayats to return awards conferred by Union Govt

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Sameer Singh

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, December 6

Gram panchayat authorities of Tamkot village in Mansa district have decided to return the Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar presented to the village by the Ministry of Rural Development for welfare projects.

A former Sarpanch of Badrukhan village in Sangrur district also decided to return the Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar given to the village in 2016.

Tamkot village won the Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar in 2016 and 2017, Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar in 2014 and MGNREGA Puraskar in 2015. Ranjit Singh Tamkot, former Sarpanch of the village, said, "We felt proud that our work was acknowledged and appreciated by the Ministry of Rural Development. We had the honour of receiving the award from the Prime Minister, but now, residents are miffed with the Centre for implementing the farm laws. The farming community cannot be taken for granted and we will stand firm on our stance. To protest against the farm laws, we have decided to return all awards conferred upon us by the Centre."

These awards are given to villages for implementing various welfare schemes, providing wages to workers under MGNREGA, carrying out developmental works, taking steps to reduce illiteracy, preventing and treating diseases such as AIDS and cancer, ensuring participation of women in different spheres and carrying out vaccination programmes effectively to uplift the standard of living of residents.

Harbans Kaur, former Sarpanch, Badrukhan village, said, "The honour conferred upon us for work done in the village does not hold much importance for us now."

Former inspector to return medals

  • Harpal Singh, a former police inspector from Mansa district, has decided to return the Vishisht Seva Medal conferred upon him for distinguished service in the police department by former President Pranab Mukherjee in 2014
  • Earlier, in 2002, he was also presented Meritorious Service Medal by the then President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Harpal has decided to return both these awards
  • "Being from a family of farmers, it is a personal and conscious decision to return these awards given by the Presidents," he said

from The Tribune

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