Chandigarh: Shiromani Akali Dal (A) president and Sangrur MP Simranjit Singh Mann has demanded the state government to set up a committee to assess the condition of people dying due to non-communicable diseases like cancer due to polluted groundwater.

Addressing a press conference here, he said Wagah and Hussainiwala, he said that trade with Pakistan should be encouraged by opening the border, which will benefit every section. Expressing concern over the human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, the MP said he was not allowed to enter Jammu and would raise the issue in Parliament if Rahul Gandhi was now allowed to go there along with the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’.

He alleged that the Centre and the state government were deliberately not conducting the elections to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee( SGPC). He said that the issue of 328 holy saroops being mutilated has also become a mystery.

The MP said that contrary to the claims of health facilities to the people, hundreds of posts are lying vacant in government hospitals in the state. As many as 127 posts of specialist (MD medicine) doctors and medical officers are lying vacant in Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s home district.

Simranjit Singh Mann alleged that NRIs money was being used in NRI Sammelan events. He said that drug addiction remains the biggest problem for the state, for which everyone needs to pay special attention to it, leaving aside the government’s vision.

“If the convicts of the Bilkis Bano rape case and the killers of Rajiv Gandhi can be released, then why not the Sikh prisoners who have completed their sentence,” he said.

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