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April 03, 2008



Allow free purchase of wheat in Punjab: Give wheat bonus of Rs 400 p.q.
Sukhbir writes to PM


Chandigarh April 3, 2008

Member of Parliament and Shiromani Akali Dal President Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today asked the Union Government to immediately announce a bonus of Rs. 400 per quintal on wheat and to lift the ban imposed on private traders for purchasing crop from the Punjab farmers.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh today, the SAD president said that there was no rationale behind Government refusing this bonus to the farmers while the country was importing wheat at a price ranging between Rs.1600 and Rs. 1700 per quintal. Reiterating his party's earlier demand for raising the Minimum Support Price of wheat to a minimum of Rs. 1500 per quintal, Mr. Badal said that this had become necessary in view of the steep increase in the prices of agricultural inputs. He said that this was the way not only to save the farm sector from deep crisis but also to ensure food security in view of the grave shortages of food grain in the global market. "Encouraging domestic production rather than going in for huge and expensive imports is the way out of the present mess created by the old and ill-advised approach of the policy makers on the issue," said the SAD chief. He held the Union government's pricing policy chiefly responsible for the burgeoning farm crisis in the country and said that it was amazing that the centre was willing to pay exorbitant rates to farmers from other countries for import of wheat while denying the same to our own. This, he said, was also the main reason for the menace of farm indebtedness which had been plaguing the country, resulting in the phenomenon of farmers' suicides.

The Akali leader came down heavily against the centre's decision not to allow private traders to enter the Punjab markets for procurement of wheat and said that this decision was aimed at denying the peasantry of the state their natural right to sell their produce in an open and competitive market. Describing the centre's decision as "totally arbitrary and anti-farmer", Mr. Badal said that it was hard to see how this decision could be justified in a country that advocated liberal and free economy. "It is doubly unreasonably and unfair as it comes at a time when the government itself was denying legitimate and remunerative prices to farmers for their produce. Why should the farmers be forced to sell their produce at a price lower than they can get in the private market?" He said that the government was unable to control inflation on all other fronts and wanted to punish the already beleaguered farmers while doing nothing to control the prices of agricultural inputs.

Mr. Badal demanded that the prices of agricultural produce, especially food grain, should either be linked to the international prices or be determined according to the recommendations of Dr. Swaminathan under which the farmers must be paid the total cumulative cost of production plus fifty percent of the same. He said that the centre had repeatedly turned a deaf ear even to the legitimate demand for linking MSP with the overall consumer price index and this had resulted in the wide gap between the market realities and the government's policies on agriculture.


Chandigarh. April 4, 2008

Prof. Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, Health and Family Welfare Minister Punjab today extended her greetings and best wishes to the Indians particularly Punjabis on the occasion of the New Year in the traditional Hindu calendars followed in North India –on Chaitra Shukala Pratipadha Nav Samvat 2065 begins on April 6. Extending her good wishes she made a fervent appeal to all the Indians to celebrate the event with enthusiasm and spread the message of good will amongst all. She also said that let it be the year of triumph and victory over the divisive forces. The traditional Hindu calendar, she said is symbolic of true Indian values and ethos. She however said that Western way of celebrating the New Year even after attaining freedom long ago shows a mindset which should have changed with the attainment of independence.


Chandigarh, April 3, 2008

To make punitive portion of proposed ordinance on Punjabi language implementation in the state legally water tight act the Punjab Government will seek the legal opinion of Advocate General, Legal Remembrance and other legal luminaries.

Discussing the proposed draft of ordinance to amend the Punjabi Language Act in the meeting of Punjabi Consultative Committee, Dr. Upinderjit Kuar, Education and Languages Minister Punjab asked the Secretary Education to get the draft ready within seven days for its early implementation.

The meeting focused in making Punjabi language user friendly and flexible adaptable to changing needs of modern society, the Minister suggested that Punjabi language should adopt day to day words of English words and focus should be to make the language IT enabled.

Describing this ordinance as a major challange for SAD-BJP Govt. under the leadership of S.s Parkash Singh Badal Chief Minister Punjab the Minister said that our future generations would be indebted to Mr. Badal for this historic and bold step.

The Minister asked the Language department to convene a meeting with Punjabi University Patiala and IT department to finalize the proposal for Punjabipedia and for launching Punjabi browser. The university was asked to indicate the time frame for its implementation. The Minister would also constitute a legal committee that would study the implementation of Punjabi language in court work in the State.

The proposed draft of ordinance is slated to be finanlized in the next meeting of Punjabi Consultative Committee scheduled on 10th April. Among others Mr. K.B.S.Sidhu, Secretary Education, Mrs. Anjali Bhawra Secretary Higher Education, Mrs. Balbir Kaur Director Languages Department, Mr. Jaswant Singh Kanwal, Dr. Jaspal Singh Vice Chancellor Punjabi University Patiala, Mr. Baljit Balli Ajit, Dr. Satinder Singh, Mr. Gulzar Singh Sandhu, Mr. Sidhu Damdami Punjabi Tribune were also present in the meeting.


Chandigarh, April 3, 2008

: Keeping in view to impart technical know-how to farmers of the state, Special campaign has been launched by Agriculture Department Punjab, under which Training Camps at district level were being organised at district level in first phase and after this camps would be organised at Block and village Levels in the second phase.

Disclosing this here today, Mr. Sucha Singh Langah, Agriculture Minister Punjab said farmers would be educated regarding diversification and how to redress the problem of marketing. Besides this farming community would be trained for timely plantation of Paddy, use of fertilizers and pesticides judiciously.

Mr. Langah further said that farmers would also be motivated to adopt Agro Forestry and vermin compost. One camp in each district would be organised to make this campaign successful.

'East India Company policies' of UPA Government pushing up inflation- Tikshan Sud

Chandigarh, April 3, 2008

:Senior BJP leader and Punjab's Medical Education Minister Mr. Tikshan Sud today charged UPA Government for adopting the policies of erstwhile East India Company that was pushing up inflation in the Country and robbing the pocket of ordinary consumers.

In a statement issued here today, Mr. Sud said that rootless leaders bereft of any knowledge of ground level reality were ruling country and pushing the economy in to debt trap. He said that it was ironical repeat of policies of East India Company i e encouraging export of natural ores and raw farm products at lower rates to Western Countries and importing the finished product at much higher rates. He said that these self-defeating policies of Union Government were pushing up inflation in the country besides ruining the domestic small and medium industry. He said that UPA Government was pressuring the ore rich states to lease out mines of ores to western countries forcing the small and medium industry to import finished steel from them at exorbitant rates. Similarly farmers were suffering because of steep rise in the prices of farm inputs where as MSP raise was just meager pushing them in debt trap.

Mr. Sud said that cosmetic steps like farm loan waiver would only benefit defaulters where as honest borrowers would suffer a double whammy and would be punished for their honesty.

The BJP leader said that the Left parties were doing lip service by warning the government but not withdrawing the support as they were sharing the spoils of government without any responsibility.

Mr. Sud said that NDA government under the leadership Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee kept the price line under control though out five years by keeping strict watch on hoarders. He said that it was paradoxical that Union Agriculture Minister was encouraging speculation and hoarding of farm products by supporting their future trade.

The BJP leader said that UPA Chairperson and her Yuvraj who are on tourist Visa in this Country, are out to destroy the self-reliance of indian economy and pushing India in the trap of multinational companies, that our freedom fighters struggled for centuries to break.

Mr. Sud said that ensuing Karnataka elections would expose the hollowness of farm loan waiver scheme and also reflect the anger of electorate on price rise issue, as BJP was out to sweep the elections routing Congress from the electoral scene.


Chandigarh APRIL 2, 2008

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today called upon the people to follow the footsteps of the saints and seer because their teachings were universally accepted and could not be restricted to any particular religion, faith or sect.

Addressing a mammoth gathering at Rama Mandi (Bathinda) on the first barsi of Sadvi Tapacharya Hem Kunwar ji Maharaj of Jain sect after laying the foundation stone on the Hem Tirath Memorial, Mr.Badal said that saints always preached the gospels of love, compassion and universal brotherhood for the welfare of the mankind and it is our pious duty to tread on the path shown by them with dedication and devotion. On the occasion, the Chief Minister conferred the title of 'Tapadhish Naika' on Sadvi Tapacharya Hem Kunwar ji Maharaj and 'Upp Parvartni' on Dr.Ravi Risham ji Maharaj.

The Chief Minister mentioned that SAD-BJP government was fully committed for the development of Rama Mandi and the mega projects including Rs.16000 crore Bathinda Refinery and a thermal plant likely to be set up in the vicinity of Talwandi Sabo would certainly boost the prospects of prosperity and progress in the region.

Mr. Badal also informed that education was an other concerned sector for the government about which many landmark decisions had been taken by the state government that included the up-gradation and modernization of University campus at Talwandi Sabo at a cost of Rs.20 crore, likewise to facilitate our young players Talwandi Sabo would be developed as a Sports Hub by setting up a state-of-the-art Sports Academy with an ultra modern Hockey Stadium and a Youth Hostel. He said that a Cultural & Religious Center at a cost of Rs. 5 crore would also be set up at Talwandi Sabo.

On this occasion the Chief Minister announced a grant of Rs.15 lac from his discretionary fund for the strengthening of road network in the town Rama Mandi, likewise a grant of Rs.5 lac each was also announced by the member Parliament from Bathinda Paramjit Kaur Gulshan and Local Government Minister Manoranjan Kalia. Besides, the Chief Minister also announced a grant of Rs. 3 lac for the construction of cremation ground and Rs.10 lac for starting the computer courses at local Jain Girls College. He also promised to take up the matter of affiliation of this college with the Punjabi University Patiala.

On the request of the management of the college, the Local Government Minister Manoranjan Kalia agreed to slash the price of lease to Rs.100 per annum.

Prominent amongst those who were present on this occasion included Member Parliament Mrs. Paramjit Kaur Gulshan, Senior Akali leader and former Minister S. Sikander Singh Maluka, S. Amarjit Singh Sidhu, S. Darshan Singh Kotfatta, B.J.P leaders Kamal Sharma and Dyal Singh Sodhi along with many other SAD-BJP Leaders and workers.





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