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August, 2008


Akalis hold historic Rally in Delhi
Akalis role decisive in forming next govt: Sukhbir

Chandigarh, August 2, 2008

The Shiromani Akali Dal today called for re-casting the country's constitutional and political framework along genuinely federal lines, with greater fiscal autonomy and more political powers to the States, in order to fight poverty, illiteracy and economic inequalities in the country.

Prominent Akali leaders like Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, former Union Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Prem Singh Chandumajra, Delhi Akali Dal president, Manjit Singh GK, former Delhi Akali Chief Avtar Singh Hit and General Secretary Onkar Singh Thapar addressed the rally at New Delhi that lasted nearly three hours.

The turn out at the rally saw lacs converge on the Jail Road and is believed to be the largest gathering of Punjabis in living history. The massive show of strength enthused the party leaders and rank and file and the tone and tenor of the gathering was reflected in the politically significant declarations made from the stage which portend the emergence of new political trends on the national scene in the days to come. The rally assumes significance in view of the forthcoming elections to the Delhi state assembly as well as the Lok Sabha poll.

Addressing the mammoth Rally, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal and the SAD President Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal declared that regional parties including SAD would play a decisive role in the formation of the next Government at the center. The Chief Minister declared that his party would contest the forthcoming assembly poll in Delhi as well as the Lok Sabha elections on the party symbol. "Punjabis constitute over sixty per cent of the population in the capital and have a legitimate democratic right to hold he reigns of administration here. Although our alliance with the N.D.A. is solid and inviolable, the party would like to strengthen this alliance through a direct mobilization of Punjabis all over the country."

The Chief Minister warned that the all prevalent poverty, unemployment and economic inequalities could destabilize the Indian polity, resulting in grave law and order problems. He said that there mounting frustration among youth and quick and effective measures were necessary to meet the aspirations of the new generation. Unfortunately, the policy makers in Delhi were woefully out of touch with ground realties in the country. "You can not govern such a vast country from air-conditioned chambers in New Delhi. The polcies of the present rulers are totally out of sync with the needs of the common man. This has resulted serious economic crises symbolized by prices and inflation hitting record levels," he said.

Speaking on the occasion, the SAD president, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal said that his party would spearhead the campaign for mobilization of regional parties on a national plane. He said that regional imbalances, especially in matters of development and devolution of economic powers, had seen the emergence of two Indias : one that that sleeps on an empty stomach and the other which does not know what to do with its wealth. "These are alarming trends for stability and security of the country and these issues must be addresse4d on an urgent basis." Winds of federal impulse are blowing throughout the country in favour of a just dispensation for regional forces in the country. The days of totalitarian centrist regimes, as symbolized by the Congress Party, are over. The future of India lies in the hands of patriotic regional parties like Shiromani Akali Dal," declared Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal at the rally. He said that highly centralized planning and development processes have resulted in total financial mis-management in the Country, resulting in unprecedented price- rise and inflation He said that political trends in the country strongly pointed towards decentralization of political and economic structure.

Mr. Sukhbir Singh came down heavily against the Congress Party for consistently doing injustice in Punjab and Punjabis in General and the Sikhs in particular. He said that the Punjabis and the Sikhs had made the highest sacrifices as more than 85 percent of the martyrs and over 90% of those who went to jails during the freedom struggle were Punjabis. In spite of this the Congress Governments meted out a step-motherly treatment to them, in religious political, economic and other spheres.

The SAD President called upon Delhi-its Punjabis to guard and preserve their Punjabi identity and to remain rooted in their cultural and religious moorings. He bemoaned that even more than two decades after Punjabis suffered an unspeakable tragedy in November 1984, the Delhi as well as the Union governments have refused to address their basic concerns about punishing the guilty and providing relief and compensation to the hapless victims. He said that Punjabi language and culture also continued to be subjected to utter neglect by the powers that be. "However, we are determined to change things and for this, we have decided to mobilize all Punjabis on a common platform."


Chandigarh August 2, 2008

The Adarsh School dream took a solid stride towards realization with the Punjab Government finalizing 17 locations across the state for opening 10+2 Schools under the scheme.

A decision to this effect was taken at the 2nd meeting of the Punjab Education Development Board presided over by the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal which he had with the various leading corporate houses in country including the Bhatri and Ranbaxy groups.

Disclosing this today at Delhi Chief Minister's Media Advisor Mr. Harcharan Bains said that 17 sites had been approved by the Board out of which six sites had been allotted to the Bharti Foundation- the educational arm of the Bharti group at Chogawan, Fatubilla in Amritsar district, Jhorran, Sherpur Kalan and Rauni in Ludhina district and Jhaneri in Sangrur district. Like wise the Ranbaxy Foundation- the educational arm of Ranbaxy group had been allotted five locations at Khilchian, Bundala and Loharka Kalan in Amrtisar district, Johlan Kalan and Cholta Khurd in SAS Nagar (Mohali) district. The board also allotted one site to the Educomp Solution Ltd. New Delhi two for Career Launcher India Ltd. New Delhi and three for Chief Khalsa Dewan Amritsar. These sites would be selected by these groups from the options given by them at the time of application.

The Chief Minister also asked the board to invite expression of interest by issuing a fresh open ended advertisement in the leading newspapers to allot the remaining sites to the eligible corporate houses out of total 108 Adarsh Schools on the 'first come first basis' keeping in view the overwhelming response to this scheme as several industrial houses had evinced keen interest in the promotion of educational sector in the state.

Mr. Badal mentioned that the academic session in three schools which were being set up by the state government at Chogawan in Amritsar, Bukan wala in Ferozepur and Bukhariwal in Gurdaspur districts would begin from April 1, 2009.

The construction of other schools would commence from October this year and the academic session was likely to commence from mid of 2009. It was also informed in the meeting that the two instalments of Rs.4crore each for the month of April and May 2008 had been deposited as an education cess with the Board and the State Finance Department would soon release a sum of Rs 50 crore for the functioning of these schools. The Chief Minister reiterated that the basic theme of the Adarsh School should not be diluted in any case because the focus of this scheme was to impart free and quality education to the poor and meritorious students with rural background. Mr. Badal also underscored the need to open such more schools in the border and bet areas which were lacking the basic educational facilities and infrastructure.

Prominent amongst others who attended the meeting included Education Minister Dr. Upinderjit Kaur, Member Parliament Mr. Naresh Gujral, Chief Secretary Mr. R.I. Singh, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr D.S. Guru, Financial Commissioner Excise and Taxation Mr. S.S. Brar, Secretary Education Mr.K.B.S. Sidhu, Principal Resident Commission, Mrs Anjuly Chib Duggal, Special Secretary Education Mr. Ashok Gupta and Vice Chancellor Punjabi University Mr.Jaspal Singh.The meeting was also attended by CEO of Bharti Enterprises Mr. Rakesh Bharti Mittal, CEO Ranbaxy Group Mr. Harpal Singh and the Ludhiana based eminent educationist Mr. Madan Mohan Vyas.



Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal accompanied by his Media Advisor Mr. Harcharan Bains today visited the residence to Late Veteran Marxist Leader Mr. Harkrishan Surjeet to express his condolences with the members of the bereaved family on the demise of great Marxist Leader.

Mr Badal described Mr. Surjeet as 'a great son of Punjab and heroic figure in Indian politics with an uncanny ability to resolve seemingly impossible political crisis.' "Throughout his life, Mr.
Sureet remained an icon of uncompromising simplicity, honesty and easy accessibility. His personal warmth embraced people from the entire spectrum of political and social life. Indian politics greatly is poorer for his absence", said the Chief Minister. Adding that the pride of every Punjabi in this unmatched son of the soil transcends political affiliations, said Mr. Badal.

The Chief Minister stayed there with Mr. Surjeet's family for about half an hour and shared heartfelt sympathies with his wife Smt.
Pritam Kaur, son Mr. Gurchetan Singh and grand son Mr. Sandeep Singh.

Meanwhile, Member Parliament and Secretary General Shiromani Akali Dal Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa also visited here at the residence of the Marxist leader to share his grief and sorrow with his family members.





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