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Punjab Govt
April 16, 2008




Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today reviewed the arrangements of the wheat procurement in the State during the current Rabi Marketing season (RMS) to ensure smooth, efficient and quick procurement and directed the Deputy Commissioners to personally oversee the procurement operations in unison with the functionaries of the Food and Civil Supplies department and the heads of the procurement agencies to undertake the procurement as per their allotted share so that every grain of the farmer is lifted.

Presiding over a high-level meeting to monitor the arrangements for the wheat procurement, Mr.Badal asked the Principal Secretary Food and Civil Supplies to depute Administrative Secretaries to supervise procurement in the districts allotted to them. He also directed the Senior Regional Manager FCI Punjab region to issue guide lines to the field officers of the FCI for timely procurement of wheat keeping in view the inclement weather. He asked the FCI to reschedule its proposal to put special rice in the mandis which was hampering the procurement of wheat. He also asked the food and supplies department that no laxity on their part would be tolerated.

Mr. Badal was apprised in the meeting that the production of wheat was likely to touch 145.96 lac MTs during the RMS 2008-09 as compared to last year production target of 145 lac MTs. As on today Market arrival of wheat in the state was around 12.43 lac MTs of the estimated production. Likely arrival of wheat would be approximately 105 lac MTs out of which the procurement by State Government agencies was likely to be 93.45 lac MTs and 11.55 lac MTs by FCI. It was informed in the meeting that during last year 72.07 lac MTs of wheat was procured by Government agencies and 7.04 lac MTs by traders. Approximately 1600 purchase centers had been set up for the procurement.

The Chief Minister directed his Principal Secretary DS Guru to issue guidelines to all the Deputy Commissioners to regularly hold meetings of the concerned officials of the procurement agencies of their respective districts to monitor the progress on day to day basis.

The meeting was attended by Food & Civil Supplies Minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, Chairman Mandi Board Ajmer Singh Lakhowal Principal Secretary Food & Civil Supplies RPS Pawar, Financial Commissioner Development RS Sandhu, Director Food & Civil Supplies S.P.Singh and Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Gagandeep Singh Brar besides all the commissioners and Deputy commissioners of the state.



Chandigarh April 17, 2008

Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia Minister for Information and Public Relations, Water Supply and Sanitation, Science Technology and Environment Punjab questioned the mysterious silence maintained by Bibi Rajinder Kaur Bhattal president PPCC and Capt. Amarinder Singh former Chief Minister on inflation issue. He said that the Punjab Congress silence has casted serious doubts over party's so called poor friendly claims. He sought immediate clarification from the duo on the wrong policies of UPA Govt. that has, resulted in fast rising prices of essential commodities.

The Minister was interacting with the media men after participating in Jain Bhagwati Diksha Samaroh organized to mark Bhagwan Mahavir Jayanti Samaroh by SS Jain here, today.

Mr. Majithia said that failure of the UPA govt. to check steel prices has proved to be a death knell for the small and medium industry of Punjab who is being forced to skip the orders.

The Minister said that the public was crying from the rising prices and would give a befitting defeat to Congress and allies in the coming elections. Mr. Majithia said that congress leaders had also been making exaggerated assertions about the loan waiver scheme of UPA Govt. for farmers that had proved a complete flop show, as only a negligible number of farmers in Punjab were falling under the fixed parameters of the scheme. Mr. Majithia, on a question about he allegations by congress leaders on SAD government of reversing development process said that these leaders should remember about what they did during their tenure, when they had completely ruined the economy of the state with wrong policies. He said that both senior leaders had been blaming each other for rampant corruption and ruining the development process of state. He said that they should first put their own house in order and speak for the people. Mr. Majithia said that SAD- BJP government had implemented a comprehensive development program of more than Rs 10000 crore in the state. The Minister said that the ambitious World Bank Assisted, Punjab Renewal Water Supply and Sanitation Project of Rs. 1280.30 crore to provide potable drinking water in all water scarcity hit villages in Punjab has been launched, under which water supply will be provided to 3662 villages i.e. 2124 not covered, 920 partially covered and 1618 villages where service level has reduced from prescribed norms. He said that 1000 ponds in the villages were also being renovated under this program . The Engineers of the department would provide technical assistance and Superintending Engineers would also periodically monitor the quality of water being supplied in the villages.

Mr. Majithia who is newly appointed Pattern of Youth Akali Dal said all our efforts would be made to mobilize youth for the development process of the state and youth leaders would be assigned important responsibilities in organization.Mr. Majithia said that that the youth would also be mobilized to launch an effective drive to eradicate social evils including drugs and intoxicants, female feticide, dowry etc. from the society. He said that youth Akali Dal leaders would keep a constant monitoring of the development projects launched by SAD- BJP government in the state to ensure the fast utilization of funds.

Addressing the Diksha samaroha the Minister said that Jain Saints and Munis had preached tolerance, service to the suffering humanity and non-violence in the society. Congratulating the Jain Samaj for its continuous contribution in strengthening the peace and communal brotherhood among different sections of society . He said that Jain Samaj had been propagating the ancient philosophy of Saints and Gurus by adopting practically in their day to day life. Extending his respect to the three new Vairagans, Puja Jain, Divya Jain and Rimpi Jain for receiving "Diksha" (Sanyas from Social Life"), Mr. Majithia said that these newly turned Sadhwis had opted to follow the spiritual life and to preach the philosophy of Jain Samaj propounded by Bhagwan Maharvir and other Jain Saints. He announced a grant of Rs 11 lakh for the completion of a Hall being constructed by S S Jain Sabha Sunder Nagar.

Addressing the function, Mr. Sat Pal Gosian Deputy Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha said that the Jain Samaj had always adopted the principles of non- violence and service to the suffering humanity preached by the great saints. He announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the propagation of Jain philosophy by the three newly joined Vairagans in the function.

Mr. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Mr. Harish Rai Bedi MLA and Mr. Hira Lal Jain Chief Advisor S S Jain maha Sabha were also addressed the function.

Mr. Manpreet Singh Ayali, Mr. Rakesh Jain President S S Jain Maha Sabha Punjab, Mr. Sanjay Jain Sr. Vice President, Mr. Mukhesh Jain Navkar Chairman Amar Jain Hostel, Mr. Kala Jain Navkar Chairman S S Jain Sabha Sunder Nagar, Mr. Parfool Jain Cashier, Mr. Kimti Lal Jain Secretary were also attended the function.




Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Smt.Raj Rani Sharma, the mother of Haryana MLA Mr.Venod Sharma.

Mr. Badal expressed his heartfelt sympathies with the members of the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and give strength and courage to them to bear this irreparable loss.

Meanwhile, Mr.Badal also attended the cremation and paid last respects to the deceased. Mr.Badal was accompanied by his Principal Secretary DS Guru.

Member Parliament and President Shiromani Akali Dal Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal also condoled the death of Mrs. Raj Rani Sharma.

Information & Public Relations Minister Mr.Bikram Singh Majithia also shared his condolences with the bereaved family.




Chandigarh, April 17

State Vigilance Bureau, during its ongoing campaign against rampant corruption today nabbed a Clerk and Steno posted at civil Surgeon Tarn Taran red handed accepting bribe in a trap case.

Disclosing this here today a spokesman of Vigilance Bureau Punjab said that Mr. Harsimrat Singh, Steno, posted at Civil Surgeon, Tarn Taran and Sandeep Nanda, clerk posted at District Health Officer Tarntaran were nabbed red handed by a Vigilance team led by Mr. Ashok Kumar, DSP/VB Tarn Taran while he was accepting bribe of Rs. 2000/- from Balraj Singh, a complainant of village Dubali, Distt Tarn Taran for verifying date of Birth certificate of his daughter..

The complainant approached the VB and alleged that the above named accused were demanding bribe from him. After this VB laid a trap and the accused was caught red handed and tainted money was recovered from him in the presence of two official witnesses. In this regard a case under Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) at Police Station /VB Amritsar has been registered against both of them and further investigation was under progress.




Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today felicitated to the people of the State on the auspicious occasion of Mahavir Jayanti.

In a message Mr.Badal called upon the different sections of the society to follow the philosophy and teachings of Lord Mahavir, who propagated the principles of simple living and high thinking to achieve the ultimate goal of salvation. Mr.Badal said that the message of Lord Mahavir for universal brotherhood, communal harmony and peace was even far more relevant in the present materialistic society.

The Chief Minister appealed the people to follow the path shown by Lord Mahavir ji to celebrate this auspicious occasion in unison and with religious fervour to further strengthen the secular and social bonds of our society.




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