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Punjab Govt
April 05, 2008



Naginder Singh

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today called upon the advocates and jurists to play a pro-active role in the society for the dispensation of affordable and speedy justice for the poor and needy.

Addressing the students on the 2nd Annual Convocation of the Army Institute of Law (AIL) here, Mr. Badal said the lawyers could play a vital role in getting justice and protection of one's fundamental rights because access to justice was the Constitutional obligation. He also exhorted the legal fraternity to discharge their duties with professional commitment, dedication and sincerity in the larger public interest.

Mr.Badal said that judiciary and executive were the pillars of the democracy and had an obligation both to our Constitution and our people to work in harmony. He urged the passed out law graduates to be considerate while taking up the cases of poor clients because nobody should be denied justice for the want of money. The Chief Minister rued that now a days advocate were charging fee at exorbitant rate which was beyond one’s paying capacity. He said; ‘as a young lawyers you should at least take up 10% of the total cases free of cost especially of poor but charge according to the financial position of the affluent, now it is up to you to differentiate between the rich and poor.

Punjab Chief Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal awarding Airawat trophy to Ms Divya Katoch for securing first position in the five year B.A.L L.B course for the year 2006 during 2nd Convocation Ceremony at Army Institute of Law, Mohali on April 05,08.

The Chief Minister further urged that our judiciary, legislature, executive, members of the bar, legal academia and scholars must therefore, be actively engaged in finding meaningful and widely acceptable solutions to the social challenges of our times in the light of ever widening gulf between have and have nots.

While congratulating the students, Mr.Badal urged the students to strive towards excellence and wished them success for their new life. He motivated the students to contribute constructively towards national development and certainly not to forget their ethics and principles.

On the occasion the Chief Minister announced to allot an adjoining plot of 1.25 acre to the AlL at the earlier reserve price for which the institute had already deposited 25% of the total price of the plot with PUDA. He also assured the faculty of AIL to refer the case for upgrading its status as a deemed university to the sub committee headed by Chief Secretary. He said if the institute conforms all the requisite conditions for the deemed university then the state government would bring legislation in the Assembly to establish it as a law university.

Speaking on the occasion, the Guest of Honour Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Cooperation Minister encouraged the students to be dedicated and determined in order to achieve their goals. He also asked the students to respect the dignity and rights of the individuals which was the basic essence of human rights. He impressed upon the young graduates to uphold the values of judiciary in right earnest to keep the spirit of democracy alive because democracy and rule of law were synonymous.

Dean Academic Affairs Punjabi University Patiala Prof.Sucha Singh Gill conferred B.A.LL.B.degrees on the students of the batches of 2006 and 2007.

Earlier, Principal of AIL Dr Anjana Kakar welcomed the chief guest and gave a brief account about the academic activities and achievements of the institute.

Other dignitaries who graced the occasion were Lt Gen A N Aul, AVSM UYSM, Chief of Staff, HQ Western Command, Chandimandir, Patron, AIL & Maj Gen Nirmolak Singh, MG EME, Chairman, AIL. The occasion was also graced by Chairman Human Right Commission Justice RS Mongia, Justice SD Anand, eminent jurists and other senior officers of the Indian Army.

A number of rolling trophies were awarded for excellence in academics. The Batra Silver Sterling trophy won by Sarvesh Singh and Narmata Bedi (2006) and Neeru Kamboj; the Dhruv trophy by Seema Sharma (2006) & Neeru Kamboj (2007); and the trophy for topping in Military Law won by Harleen Kaur Duggal (2006) & Neeru Kamboj (2007) were some such trophies in recognition of their hard work, perseverance and brilliance.


Badal presenting a memento to the Former Federal Minister of Pakistan


Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal presenting a memento to the Former Federal Minister of Pakistan

Mr. Ansar Burney along with his wife Shaheen and son Fahid after a dinner hosted by the Chief Minister at Hotal Taj, Chandigarh on Friday. Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Information and Public Relations Minister, Punjab is also seen in the picture.



Chandigarh, April 05, 2008
Naginder Singh

Keeping in view to provide better irrigation facility to farmers of the State, the Punjab Government has decided to enhance the rate of subsidy from 50 percent to 75 percent on Drip/Sprinkler Scheme for Irrigation.

Giving this information Mr. Sucha Singh Langah Agriculture Minister Punjab said that this system of Irrigation was more economical and also useful for all the crops including fruits and vegetables except paddy plantation. Drip Irrigation was modern technique which consumes less water, proving helpful in checking the depleting water table. Under Drip Irrigation Scheme subsidy on farm water storage tanks would also be given to the tune of 50 percent or maximum Rs. One lakh.

Giving more details the Minister said that this modern technique benefits farmers in many ways. It consumes less fertilizer, Labour and Power and gives more and high quality yield to farmers.

The Minister appealed to the farming community to adopt Drip/Sprinkler modern technique of irrigation and get this scheme fitted in your farms only from reputed and registered firms as recommended by the soil and water conservation department.




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