The state government, according to Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, will help those arrested by the Delhi Police for the Repubic Day violence earlier this year.
“Reiterating my government’s support for the continuing #FarmersProtest against three black farm laws,” he tweeted. We have decided to compensate 83 persons who were arrested by Delhi Police on January 26, 2021 for holding a tractor rally in the national capital.”
Reiterating My Govt’s stand to support the ongoing #FarmersProtest against three black farm laws, We have decided to give Rs 2 lakh compensation to 83 people arrested by Delhi Police for carrying out a tractor rally in the national capital on 26th January, 2021.
— Charanjit S Channi (@CHARANJITCHANNI) November 12, 2021
In recent months, Channi has made several bold decisions with the upcoming assembly elections in mind.
After former President Minister Amarinder Singh got into a heated public disagreement with state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, he was named Chief Minister by the Congress top office. Channi benefited from the squabble, but based on his subsequent moves, he appears to be ahead of his party competitors in the race.
He has also declared Punjabi a compulsory language of education in all state schools, with fines of up to Rs 2 lakh if they do not comply.
Channi made the declaration one day after the Punjab Assembly passed the Punjab Learning of Punjabi and Other Languages (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which aims to make Punjabi a mandatory subject for all students in the state from grades 1 to 10.
“In Punjab, Punjabi has been designated a compulsory subject for all students in grades I through X in order to promote the mother tongue. Infractions will result in fines of up to 2 lakh for schools,” Channi stated in a tweet.