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August, 2008


Special Girdwari and immediate relief to displaced persons ordered

Chandigarh, August 13, 2008

The Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today issued directions to all Deputy Commissioners and Senior Superintendents of Police to remain fully prepared to meet any eventuality arising on account of heavy rains in the State in the last 48 hours.

A spokesperson for the Government stated that the Chief Minister issued the directions in a meeting held today to review the situation in the State. Romila Dubey Financial Commissioner Revenue, DS Guru Principal Secretary to CM, Suresh Kumar Principal Secretary Irrigation and Power, Jaspreet Talwar Special Secretary Finance and other senior State Government officials attended the meeting.

He further stated that, in addition to the funds for flood protection works available with the Irrigation Department, the Chief Minister ordered the Revenue Department to immediately release funds from the Calamity Relief Fund to all districts in order to provide prompt relief to any displaced persons. He also directed the Deputy Commissioners to undertake a Special Girdawari in order to assess the damage caused to crops in the State on this account. The Irrigation Department was directed to immediately plug any breaches that may have occurred due to heavy rains in any drains or canals of the State, he added.

The spokesperson stated that the Chief Minister telephonically spoke to the Deputy Commissioners to personally take stock of the situation and asked the entire team of district administration to proactively work towards tackling local problems and to immediately attend to affected people's grievances. Later during the evening, the Revenue Department released Rs. 10.71 crore from the Calamity Relief Fund to all Deputy Commissioners, he added.


Chandigarh August 13, 2008
Shikha Nehra

In a slight modification in the existing National Flag hoisting schedule in the state on the occasion of Independence Day, Mrs. Mohinder Kaur Josh Chief Parliamentary Secretary Health would now unfurl the National Flag at Moga in place of Mr. Sat Pal Gosain Dy. Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha who has expressed his inability to attend the celebrations due to urgent and unavoidable circumstances.Acoording to a spokesman of the Punjab Government, national flag at Dasuya in place of Mrs. Josh would be unfurled by the SDM Dasuya.


Chandigarh August 13, 2008

Prof. Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, Health and Family Welfare Minister Punjab would formally flag off fully equipped mobile vans on the occasion of 62nd Independence Day from District Fatehgarh Sahib where she would be hoisting the national flag on 15th of August.

Stating this here today a spokesman of the government said that to initiate this scheme one such van has already been sent to District Mansa while remaining districts would be given the Mobile Medical vans on the Independence Day. This scheme had been launched in the state to enable the people of Punjab to have an access to healthcare facilities at their door steps and equitable distribution of heath services in the state. Besides this the Health department would hold medical camps for the slum dwellers and poor people living in other colonies at various places on 15th of August. On August 14 camps would be held for the school students' at all 140 community health centres in the state. Every student turning up for the medical examination would be offered refreshments, fruit and sweets free of cost. The prime objective of holding such camps would be to evolve a healthy, disease free society, said the Spokesman.


New Industrial Policy to be operative from January 1, 2009


Chandigarh August 13, 2008

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today constituted a core group under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Mr. RI Singh to study the report on 'Punjab Industrial Review' submitted by the 3-member team led by Consultant United Nation Industry Development Organization (UNIDO) Dr. (Mrs.) Isher Judge Ahluwalia to evolve consensus as to what should be the New Industrial Policy of the state that was likely to be come in force from 1st January, 2009.

Taking part in the deliberations during a presentation made by the UNIDO team leader Mrs. Ahluwalia on the Punjab Industrial Review, Mr. Badal asked the core group to submit its report by 15th October, 2008. The document of the core group would be thoroughly deliberated upon by the members of infrastructure Council, large industrial board, medium industrial board and small industrial board and thus it would be referred to Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Local Govt., Industries & Commerce Minister Manoranjan Kalia with other members being Finance & Planning Minister, Agriculture Minister (Agro-industries) and Housing & Urban Development Minister or their representatives. The final recommendations of the GoM on the new industrial policy would be brought to the consideration of Council of Ministers latest by 31st December, 2008 so that the new industrial policy is operative from 1st January, 2009.

The Chief Minister mentioned that the industry in Punjab had been passing through a difficult time due to locational disadvantage, discriminatory policies of Government of India providing concessions to neighbouring states and global competition. "We intend to revive the sick industry, existing industry to grow and invite fresh investments in the state" said Mr. Badal. To achieve this end we had sought the services of UNIDO that has the exposure to global scenario in the process of industrial policy formulation.

Mr. Badal reiterated his firm commitment for the infrastructure development in the light of the recommendations made by the UNIDO's team and added that the role of the state government in the process of industrial development would be that of a facilitator.

Mrs. Ahluwalia briefly outlined the proposed industrial strategy identifying new thrust areas, bidding skills, industrializing border district areas, building Special Economic Zones and assuring power availability at competitive price. The document also carried SWOT analysis i.e. Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunity and Threat. She prioritized the setting up of industry in agro-based, cotton & textiles, petro-chemical, automotive & bicycles components, light engineering, machine tools & Hand tools, leather & Sports good, pharmaceuticals, information technology and bio-technology to put the state on the high growth trajectory in the field of industrialization.

Interacting with the members of the UNIDO team, Industries & Commerce Minister Manoranjan Kalia said that the state government was committed to strengthen the 'Udyog Shahak' as an effective single window system for industrial approval under the Industrial Facilitation Act. He said that it was a high time to formulate a new industrial policy as the previous policy of 2003 had become almost redundant with the radical economic changes on the national and global scenario in view of the globalization and liberalization. He said that the state government would introduce a system of deemed approvals after a specified lapse of time to minimize the hardships faced by the prospective investors and entrepreneurs. He was also of the view for setting up of high empowered administrative reforms commission to suggest radical reforms in administration so as to make significant improvement in the investment climate. The Industries department would soon introduce online information and the composite forms for seeking approvals from different departments for setting up industrial units to the advantage of the prospective entrepreneurs.

Specifying his observations, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said that land was a major constraint in Punjab and therefore, we would ensure proper utilization of available land for industrial development. He said that as recommended in the report we would focus on developing the potential of dairy industry and textile industry in the state. He hoped that UNIDO would continue to support the initiatives of state government in industrial development in future too.

Prominent amongst others who attended the meeting included Media Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Harcharan Bains, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr.DS Guru, Secretary Industries SS Channy, Additional Principal Secretary AK Mahajan besides the senior functionaries of the state government. The other two members of the UNIDO team Mr. Saumitra Chaudhuri and Mr.Samrat Sidhu also participated in the discussions.


Upinderjit Kaur would unfurl the National Flag at Mohali
and Sarwan Singh Phillaur at Ferozepur


Chandigarh August 13, 2008

The Punjab Government today made minor change in the programme for unfurling the National Flag on the eve of Independence Day the 15th August, 2008.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the State government said that Dr. Upinderjit Kaur, Education, Civil Aviation, Vigilance and Justice Minister, Punjab would now unfurl the National Flag at SAS Nagar Mohali instead of Ferozepur and S. Sarwan Singh Phillaur Chief Parliamentary Secretary Housing & Urban Development & Panchayats would now unfurl the National Flag at Ferozepur instead of Phillour.

He added that the SDM Phillour would unfurl the National Flag at Phillour on that day.


Chandigarh August 13, 2008

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today released a book on 'Punjab VAT Act' co-authored by Taxation & Business Consultants Vinod Vashisht and WC Vashisht here at Chief Minister's Office.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Badal appreciated the concerted efforts of the authors in bringing out this book for the benefit of Tax Authorities, Legal & Account Professionals and Business & Industry. He said: "This book would surely prove to be a milestone in bringing much needed awareness amongst the tax payers and consultants to ensure a transparent tax system in the society". Mr. Badal emphasized the need to make the provisions of law which the citizens of society were expected to abide and control their day-to-day life and activities must be made easily accessible to them through such publications.

Briefing the Chief Minister, Mr. Vinod Vashisht said that this book featured section-wise commentary along with notifications and case laws. Contained in the book are VAT Rules, VAT Forms, Incentive Conditions for Industries, VAT in Chandigarh, Constitutional Provisions and Central Sales Tax Act. In its 'Chronological Perspective' chapter, author has given the transition of VAT from the earlier Sales Tax regime and advent of VAT in India and its implementation in Punjab with a historical perspective. This book offers some useful side information too such as how is the VAT environment in neighboring States of Punjab and levy provisions of other allied taxation acts applicable in Punjab.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by his Media Advisor Mr. Harcharan Bains and Principal Secretary DS Guru.



Chandigarh august 13, 2008

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today strongly condemned the coercive action by the UT Police of Chandigarh administration against the peacefully protesting BJP leaders and workers from Punjab in the city.

In a statement here, Mr. Badal said that the Chandigarh Administration ran against the basic norms of democratic functioning. He called upon the Administrator of UT Administration General (Retd.) S.F.Rodrigues to immediately convene a meeting of civil and police officers to direct them to exercise restraint while dealing such peaceful demonstrations. Mr. Badal reiterated that to lodge a peaceful protest was the right of every citizen in a democratic setup and law enforcing agencies should aptly handle the situation.



Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today gave a financial assistance of Rs.50,000/- to Mr. Bhag Singh, the celebrated dramatist and Punjabi film artist.

Director Information & Public Relations Mr. Tejveer Singh presented a cheque to his wife Mrs. Kamla Bhag Singh on behalf of the Punjab Chief Minister. Mr. Bhag Singh has not been keeping good health over last few years and Mr. Badal's gesture was in recognisition of the excellent services rendered by Mr. Bhag Singh in the field of Punjabi theatre and films.

It may be recalled that the Chief Minister's Media Advisor Mr. Harcharan Bains personally presented a cheque of Rs.1 lakh on behalf of the Chief Minister to Mr. Bhag Singh in March last for his medical treatment



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