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August, 2008


( Chief Minister's Press Conference )


Ludhiana August 15 – The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today pulling all stops in an all-out attack against the Congress-led UPA government at the centre, asking it to either "control or quit." In a scathing broadside, Mr. Badal said that the present government at the centre had brought the country to an "explosively dangerous" stage. "India is burning and the UPA government is sleeping smugly," said the Chief Minister.

Mr. Badal was addressing media persons after presiding over the state level Independence Day function here this afternoon.

Mr. Badal also demanded that the entire Punjab state be treated as a "Special Econmic Zone" (SEZ) for agriculture and asked the centre to bear the cost of free electricity to farmers and of canal rejuvenation in Punjab as the country was meeting almost seventy percent of its food requirements from the food grain produced by Punjabi farmers.

The Chief Minister said that things were really spiraling out of centre control and the country was faced with the specter of being at war with itself. "There is virtually a siege within and India is being apart with communal and class conflicts and the centre was busy dishing out figures on its achievements. "Every nook and corner of the country is in flames. The centre has failed to address itself to a solution to even one of the communally troubled spots, with Jammu and Kashmir standing out as a crying testimony to the failure of the UPA government to operationalise political processes to resolve the tangle which was the creation of its own opportunistic approach in the first place," said Mr. Badal.

The Chief Minister warned against what he described as "the ominous drift of the country towards Naxalite violence. He said that the government was not even trying to get to the roots of he problem, let alone removing those. The roots, he said, lay in economic disparities, burgeoning unemployment and utter poverty among the overwhelming segment of the population and the failure of he system to put in place avenues for constructive release of youth energy.'

Taking a strong exception to the amazing utterances of Union Finance Minister Mr.P.Chidambaram related to the soaring inflation which had already crossed 13% mark, Mr. Badal said that it was amazing that the Finance Minister was still talking of inflation and price rise going even higher. Mr. Badal said that the spiraling inflation is the direct out come of the Centre's failure to evolve and implement people oriented policies.

Asked to comment on the implementation of the fifth Punjab Pay Commission Report in the wake of the acceptation of 6th Central Pay Commission's recommendations by the GoI, Mr. Badal said that whenever our commission's report was ready we would also implement the same with in no time. He reiterated that the interests of the employees would be safeguarded on the top priority as they all were loved ones to us. He pointed out that it was always during the tenure of SAD-BJP government as for as the implementation of the new scales to its employees was concerned. He also mentioned that if the need be the state government could ask the commission to submit its report earlier.

Referring to the unprecedented rains in the state over past few days, Mr. Badal said that all the Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners besides the drainage wing of the irrigation department had been directed to make all out efforts to effectively to fight out the situation like floods. He ridiculed Centre for its policy on the compensation for natural calamities as its stringent norms did not encompass the beneficiaries who had suffered substantial damage to their shops in the Hoshiarpur city where furniture and grocery items worth Rs.lacs had been vanished but they were eligible merely for Rs.2000 as relief according to GoI's norms.




Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today announced to confer ownership rights on the members of the 'Vimukat Jatis' (scheduled tribes) who had constructed houses on the village common land (Shamlat land) on or before 15th August 2008. This decision would benefit 30,000 beneficiaries belonging to Vimukat Jatis including Bazigar, Sansi, Barare, Gandhilay, Natt, Bangale and Bauria.

Addressing the state level 62nd Independence Day function after unfurling the national tri-color and taking a salute during an impressive march past by 25 contingents including Punjab Armed Police, Bharat Scouts & Guides, NCC cadets and Ex-servicemen. Mr. Badal also announced another significant decision of his government to increase the minimum monthly wages of unskilled workers to Rs.3200 from Rs.2620 (with a daily wage up from Rs.100 to Rs.123) thereby benefiting as many as 15 lakh unskilled workers in the state. Besides the Chief Minister also announced to transfer 42000 acre of cultivable land across the banks of the rivers in the state to the tillers who had been tilling over past several years on nominal charges of Rs.1200 per acre.

Paying rich tributes to the freedom fighters and patriots who made supreme sacrifices during the Indian freedom struggle, Mr. Badal said "It is a sad plight that the aspirations of our freedom fighters had not yet been cherished because they dreamt of an Independent India free from the maladies of illiteracy, unemployment and starvation and still after 61 years of freedom we have not been able to provide them with the basic amenities of safe drinking water and electricity what to talk of tall claims like high growth rate in terms of infrastructure, power, telecommunications and civil aviation".

Mr.Badal asked the Centre and State governments to take pledge on this solemn occasion to undertake programmes and schemes exclusively for the development and welfare of a common man at the grass root levels. "It will be a real tribute to our national heroes and great martyrs who made supreme sacrifices for the independence of our country", said Mr.Badal. He however, said that martyrs were not merely restricted to any region, religion and faith rather they belonged to one and all irrespective of caste, colour and creed. He highlighted the immense contribution of Punjabis in the freedom struggle and recalled that nearly 80 per cent of the warriors who made great sacrifices during country's freedom struggle belonged to Punjab. Not only this, Punjab being the border state suffered the brunt of Partition in which lakhs of families faced the wrath of marauders while others lost their dear ones. Mr. Badal pointed out that the unique sacrifices made by our great martyrs like Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Udham Singh, Lala Lajpat Rai, Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha could not be over looked rather these were a source of inspiration for the future generations. He exhorted the youth to emulate the noble life and philosophy of these great freedom fighters and patriots so that the dignity and honour of the motherland could remain intact.

Lashing at the Centre for delaying the installation of the statue of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh in the Parliament, Mr. Badal asked our leaders: "where were they till today and were they not aware of Bhagat Singh's unparalleled sacrifice for his motherland even after 61 years of Independence.

Blaming the Central Government for meting out a step motherly treatment to the state governments, Mr. Badal said that the remote control was with Delhi and states had always to look upon them even for their legitimate petty demands and grants. He said that states had virtually no powers with them and were dependent on the Center even for trivial matters. He underscored the need for redefining the central state relations in the changed scenario and casting a true federal structure to secure state's participation in the national development process as now the prevalent system had been virtually become a unitary one.

Mr. Badal outlined the major initiatives in the overall development of the state and said that to make Punjab self reliant in the power sector, the SAD-BJP Government had chalked out an ambitious programme to generate additional power of more than 7500 MWs by setting up four new thermal plants at Rajpura, Talwandi Sabo, Gidderbaha and Goindwal Sahib.

On this occasion, Mr. Badal presented State Level Awards comprising of a gold medal, a certificate, a shawl and a cheque of Rs.11000 to 33 prominent personalities for their outstanding contribution in different fields. As a befitting tributes to the legendary budding singer late Ishmeet Singh, Mr. Badal presented a state award to him posthumously. The award consisted of a citation, a special cash award of Rs.11 lakh as announced earlier and a shawl that was received by his parents. The other awardees included Pritam Singh Kumedan, Sardar Anjum, Dr.RC Sobti, Dr.Amarjit Aggarwal, Dr.Manmohan Singh, Dr.KVS Sidhu, Dr.Randeep Singh, Bhupinder Singh, Dr.Sanjiv Goyal, Vaid Jagjit Singh, Nachatar Singh, Hari Singh, Dr.Harjit Singh Nerwal Singh, Dr.Parmpal Singh, Gurdarshan Singh, Vejinder Singh, Bhag Singh, Sham Sunder Juneja, Surinder Kumar Goyal, RP Luthra, Amarjit Kaur Dhillon, Dr.Dulcha Singh Brar, Dr.Milkha Singh Aulkh, Harchand Singh, Dr.Darshan Singh Ashat, Dr.Jaswinder Singh, Vinod Sharma, Dr.Kulwant Kaur, Rubina Shabnam, Manjit Singh Jaggi, Jagwinder Singh and Agam Shingari.

The Chief Minister also presented 15 sewing machines to the needy widows and 15 Tricycles to the physically challenged persons and honored 25 freedom fighters and their family members. During the function, the school children from 60 schools presented an impressive cultural program and mass PT show.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by his Media Advisor Mr. Harcharn Bains.

Among others who were present on this occasion included Prof. Rajinder Bhandari, President Punjab Unit, Jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi former President SGPC, Mr.Mehesh Inder Singh Grewal, Ex-Minister, Mr.NPS Aulkh, DGP Punjab Police, Mr. Inderjit Singh Pardhan Chairman Punjab Small Industry Board, Mr.Satish Dhanda Vice Chairman Medium Industry Board, Mr. Madan Lal Bagga Vice Chairman Punjab Beopar Board, Mr. Sumer Singh Gurjar Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Chander Shekhar, ADGP, Mr. Ishwar Singh DIG Ludhiana Range, Mr. R K Jaiswal SSP Ludhiana, Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura and Mr. GS Ghuman, Commissioner MC .


Chandigarh August 15, 2008

Hon'ble Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court Justice Mr. Tirath Singh Thakur today unfurled the National Flag on the occasion of 62nd Independence Day function organized at Punjab & Haryana High Court premises.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Justice said that this historic day, apart from being a day of celebrations was also an occasion for introspection and making assessment of our achievements of last more than six decades. It was also a day to ponder over our duties and responsibilities towards our Nation, he added.

Prominent amongst others who were present on this occasion included Judges of Punjab & Haryana High Court, Advocate Generals & Members of Punjab & Haryana High Court Bar Association.


Isru, Ludhiana , August 15, 2008

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today called upon the all the political parties to play a pro active role in maintaining peace and communal harmony in the country.

Addressing the gathering at a State Level function organized to commemorate the Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Master Karnail Singh Isru who laid down his life in the in Goa Liberation Movement, Mr. Badal said that Punjab had always remained in the front for the protection and honor of the country. Referring to 80% sacrifices made by the Punjabi in the National Independence struggle, Mr. Badal said that even doing so the Central government had never recognized the patriotic spirit of Punjab and always ignored its legitimate rights.

Mr. Badal regretted that even after 61 years of the Independence , the dreams of the martyrs could not be fulfilled and many social problems like poverty, over population, unemployment, illiteracy, poor health conditions remained unsolved. He said that for all these ills, the wrong policies adopted by the Congress Government at Center, which ruled country for the maximum duration and said that his Govt. had chalked out a comprehensive plan to improve the quality of these services. Presently Country was facing the highest inflation @ 13% due to ill conceived policies of the congress government at center, said Mr. Badal. He further added that SAD- BJP government was fully committed to bring economic prosperity to ensure welfare of all the sections of the society.

Paying tributes to great martyr, Cooperation Minister, Capt. Kanwaljit Singh said that center had betrayed the Punjab 's farmers on the issue of farm loan waiver, in fact it was a deliberate attempt to settle the non performing assets of the banks .

Prominent amongst who spoke on this occasion included Mr. Balwinder Singh Bhunder General Secretary SAD, Mr. Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal former Minister Punjab and Mr. Bikram Jit Singh Khalsa CPSand Santa Singh Umedpuri President District SAD.

On this occasion Mr. Badal Bibi Charanjit Kaur widow of Shaheed Karnail Singh.

Earlier, Mr. Badal along with other leaders paid floral tributes on the statue of shaheed Karnail Singh




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