Amritsar: Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on Sunday met a deputation of Punjab Unemployed Veterinary Pharmacists Association and expressed shock over the alleged suicide committed by a veterinary pharmacist.
Bajwa extended support to the Association`s cause and said "Sacrifice of pharmacist Jaswinder Singh will not go waste."
"There are many other qualified professionals in Punjab who are facing unemployment. The SAD-BJP government has ruined the life of educated youth. There are many colleges but no jobs," he said, according to a party release here.
Ironically, neither Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal nor SAD`s Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal took note of the pharmacist`s suicide and none of them visited the family of the deceased, Bajwa said.
The 35-year-old pharmacist of Bathinda district committed suicide two days back and blamed the state government in his suicide note.
Pharmacists have been waiting for salaries for the past four months and were sitting on dharna at zilla parishad office for 18 days.
Singh was working as pharmacist for over two years and like other pharmacists was getting a consolidated amount of Rs 7,000 per month.
The Congress leader said that unemployed veterinary pharmacists and those getting meagre salaries were agitating since long but the SAD-BJP government has not listened to their demands.
Bajwa demanded compensation of Rs 25 lakh for Singh`s family and a job for the wife of the deceased.
Meanwhile, Bajwa today paid tributes to veteran CPI leader Satyapal Dang who died on June 18 last.
The ritual ceremony of the departed leader was held today at his native place in Chhehrata, near Amritsar.
Recalling Dang`s contribution in bringing social justice, Bajwa said "Dang was himself a movement within the Left movement," and described him as a relentless fighter for the poor and downtrodden.
The Congress leader said Dang and his late wife Vimla Dang had fought hard against communal forces during the peak days of terrorism in Punjab.
Bajwa appealed to all secular forces to come together to defeat "communal forces" ruling the state.
"It is the duty of secular parties to protect the nation from falling in the hands of communal elements. Punjab must take lead in it and that will be a true tribute to Dang," he added.