Khadkaan (Hoshiarpur) : Batting for putting an end to undue harassment of the dairy farmers in the name of 'Gau Raksha' (Cow protection), Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said stern action would be taken against those who violate law on this pretext. Interacting with the mediapersons on the sidelines of sangat darshan program in Hoshiarpur assembly segment here, Mr Badal said dairy farming was an allied agriculture activity, which was supplementing the income of farmers in a big way. He said this allied farming activity which involves cattle rearing and trading should not be discouraged at any cost. He said all should exercise restraint and permit the trade of cattle with valid documentation. Replying to another query, the Chief Minister said attack on RSS leader Brigadier (Retired) Rakesh Gagneja was not an ordinary law and order problem. He said the state police force was enquiring this attack and the forces behind this attack would be exposed soon.
He said that it was a deep rooted conspiracy and as the probe was going on so it was not fair to comment on it. Answering another question, he said the Shiromani Akali Dal would announce its candidates at an appropriate time. He said too early and too late announcement of candidates was not beneficial during polls so the party would announce its candidate at proper time. Mr Badal said the state government has taken several pro - people initiatives for ensuring welfare of people. He said he personally reviews these schemes regularly for ensuring that maximum people were benefitted from it. However, he said that almost all the beneficiaries of these schemes were satisfied by the performance of state government. Earlier, Mr Badal highlighted the significance of sangat darshan program during his address in Khadkaan, Naara and Chohal villages. Mourning the death of pilgrims going to Mata Chintapurni Shrine during a road mishap near Chohal a few days back, the Chief Minister announced to double the ex-gratia grant to the next of kin of departed souls from Rs one lakh to Rs two lakh. Sharing heartfelt sympathies with the members of the bereaved families, Mr Badal prayed to the Almighty to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and give strength to them to bear this huge loss in this hour of crisis.