After colleagues’ assurance, CM decides to visit Israel
KS Diwan/ royalpatiala.in/ Chandigarh
After feeling completely satisfied with the relief and rehabilitation measures being carried out for the victims of the Amritsar train tragedy and following assurances by his ministerial colleagues that everything will be taken due care of, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh decided to visit Israel and hold the scheduled meetings there tomorrow, an official spokesman said here today.
Earlier, he was scheduled to visit Israel on Friday evening, but had cancelled it at the last moment, following the train accident in Amritsar around the same time.
While the Chief Minister spent complete day in Amritsar on Saturday, on Sunday he remained busy and closeted with his ministerial colleagues and senior officers to take stock of the situation. He issued instructions to the officials and ministerial crisis management group to take all the measures required for relief to the victims.
The spokesperson added, while the Chief Minister had earlier decided to postpone the visit indefinitely following the Amritsar tragedy, he was however advised to go ahead as he was supposed to sign three important memoranda of understanding in Israel on Agriculture, preserving of water resources and dairy development.
All these proposals hold lot of significance for Punjab, particularly in terms of agricultural diversification and saving the depleting water resources in the state, the spokesman said, while adding, Israel recycles 90 percent of its water using modern technology, which Punjab can also adopt.
Moreover, the Chief Minister is also scheduled to meet the Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin on October 23. Besides, he has separate meetings scheduled with the Israeli minister for Agriculture Uri Ariel and the Minister for Energy and Water Resources, Dr Yuval Steinitz for signing the memoranda of understanding on agriculture and water resources.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister will be in regular touch with the crisis management group of the ministers headed by the Heath Minister Brahm Mohindra as also senior functionaries in the government and the district administration at Amritsar.