‘Security concerns derail health walk of British Columbia finance minister

Dec 04 2012, 04:36 IST
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SummarySecurity concerns reportedly derailed the plans of British Columbia Finance Minister Michael de Jong to walk on Punjab roads on Monday to spread awareness about health problems like diabetes and hypertension.

Security concerns reportedly derailed the plans of British Columbia Finance Minister Michael de Jong to walk on Punjab roads on Monday to spread awareness about health problems like diabetes and hypertension.

Jong, who had planned the walk about nine months ago — when he held the health portfolio in British Columbia province of Canada — said he had been told by Indian government not to go on such an exercise, but was not offered any reasons for it. Avtar Gill, a person accompanying him, however, said that security concerns were behind the incident. “He was supposed to walk from Golden Temple to the outskirts. Some stretches had also been finalised where he would walk spreading awareness about diabetes and hypertension, as these are common among Punjabis living here and in Canada,” Canada resident Gill said.

“But now, the minister only walked from the Golden Temple up to Jallianwala Bagh and short distances on way to Hoshiarpur,” Gill said.

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