Punjab reported 14 more COVID-19 deaths and 488 new cases on Wednesday, taking the death toll to 5,243 and the infection count to 1,64,145.
Addressing a Facebook Live telecast, the chief minister pointed out that several of his colleagues and officers have tested positive for the disease. He urged everybody to wear masks and maintain social distance in order to save themselves, their families and Punjab.
The chief minister informed that the state was testing over 30,000 samples every day.
Even as he extended all help to families of protesting farmers, Singh asked the Akalis and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to stop indulging in petty politics over the farm laws as the issue was "not political but concerned the future of the state and its children".
"The issue is not political, it concerns the future of Punjab, our agriculture and the future of our children. If we don't oppose the black farm laws, we will endanger the future of our children," the chief minister said during the 19th Facebook Live #AskCaptain edition.
He said he did not go to visit protest site at the borders of the national capital out of respect for the feelings of the farmers, who have clearly stated that they don't want any political parties to be involved.
Urging the farmers to take care of themselves amid the severe cold, Singh asked them to call 1091 helpline or 112 police helpline for any emergency help for their families back in Punjab.
The chief minister flayed the central government for allegedly trying to destroy the established system of Arhtiyas(commission agents) with the new farm laws. "Why are you trying to break the relationship between the farmers and the Arhtiyas," he asked, adding that this is what has upset the farmers.
(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.
As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.
Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.