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August, 2008


Badal to honour Olympian Mr. Abhinav Bindra

A function is being organised by the Sports Department Government of Punjab on August 18, 2008 at Hotel Taj in Sector 17, Chandigarh at 7 P.M to honour Olympian Mr. Abhinav Bindra. Punjab Chief Minister S. Parkash Singh Badal will preside over the function.

Grants Rs. 101 crore to Municipal Corporation

Jalandhar August 17, 2008

Making rapid strides towards the overall urban development in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal here today launched first City Bus Service as he travelled in a Blue Line Bus from BMC chowk to Namdev Chowk along with Local Government Minister Mr. Manoranjan Kalia and other prominent dignitaries .

Addressing a function on this occasion here at Red Cross Bhawan, Mr. Badal also presented a cheque of Rs. 101 crore to the Local Municipal Corporation to undertake various development works in the city. He reiterated that Jalandhar would be soon developed as an ultra modern city as the state government had already conceptualized a master plan for its growth and modernization in consultation with an internationally acclaimed architects and planners. He also mentioned about the vision of SAD-BJP government to accord the highest priority to the planned growth of the urban sector to check unplanned and haphazard development. He said the formation of development authorities for the corporation cities of Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali and Bathinda was a right step in this direction. He said all the on going development works in Jalandhar would be completed within a stipulated time frame. He also announced that the Punjab Institute of Medical Science Jalandhar would be made functional within next three months and assured it would provide medical facilities to the people at the rates prescribed by PGI Chandigarh.
He also mentioned that the State Government was already in touch with Sulab International-a NGO engaged in the construction of low cost public toilets for the provision of the facilities like public conveniences at all the public places in both rural and urban areas.

Referring to an issue for the grant of special incentives by Govt. of India to the neighboring states of J & K, Uttrakhand and Himachal Pradesh, Mr. Badal assured that he had already impressed upon the Centre not to extend these concessions any more as these were detrimental to the interests of Punjab's Industry. Mr. Badal also cautioned the people to be wary of dubious and malafide intentions of the UPA government for flaring up communal tension in the country. He however said that India was burning due to communalism and naxalism because of widespread unemployment, poverty and illiteracy and the Central Government was completely insensitive to this issue of utmost national concern. He also bemoaned that India after 61 years of Independence had yet not been able to provide basic civic amenities to its citizens. He said it was the foremost duty of any government to satiate their basic needs.

Earlier, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of Rs. 42.60 crore Railway over Bridge (ROB) near Layalpur Khalsa College which would be completed within a period of 18 months.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion Local Govt. Minister Mr. Manoranjan Kalia said that Centre should give special concessions to Agro Industry in Punjab rather giving these incentives irrespective any laid down criteria as done in the case J&K, Uttrakhand and Himachal Pradesh. He said these incentives should be given on the basis of excellence potential of particular state that would not only result in the increase of Gross National Product (GDP) but also give an impetus to the growth and prosperity of the states.

Mr. Kalia informed that the State Government had started this service initially in Jalandhar and subsequently, the other corporation cities of Ludhian and Amritsar would be covered soon to provide efficient and quality local bus service to common the people. He hoped these ultra modern Buses would usher in an era of public transport in the city to mitigate the hardships of lacs of daily commuters who could now easily travel from one part of the city to another not only comfortably but economically too.

In his address National General Secretary of BJP and Incharge Punjab Affairs of State Unit , Mr. Balbir Punj also assured that if the National Damocratic Alliance (NDA) was voted to power in the forth coming Lok Sabha polls, then Punjab would be the first state to be eligible for a special economic package as its industry had suffered miserably over the past few years.

President State BJP Unit Prof. Rajinder Bhandari in his address said that SAD-BJP alliance would make all out efforts to emerge Punjab as the No. one state in the country. He said our alliance was committed to develop Punjab's economy on all fronts be it agriculture, Industry, IT and infrastructure.
In his welcome address local mayor Mr. Rakesh Rathore briefly highlighted the ongoing development projects being executed by the Local Corporation. He assured that the Damoria Bridgel would be completed by 31st March 2009.

Prominent among other who spoke on the occasion included BJP MP Mr.
Navjot Sidhu, MLA Mr. Jagbir Singh Brar besides Managing Editor of Ajit Dr. Barjinder Singh, Editor Uttam Hindu Mr. Irvin Khanna and Editor Vir Pratap Chander Mohan. of Mayor Rakesh Rathore.


Chandigarh August 17, 2008

The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal toady asked the Union Government to provide liberal assistance to help the states in providing immediate relief to the affected population due to torrential rains in the state so that the people could be compensated for the loss of their livelihood due to damages to their houses and standing crops. Besides Mr. Badal has also urged the Centre Government to revise the norms of compensation to provide adequate relief from the Calamity Relief Fund (CRF). He said that relief must not be confused with compensation.

In separate letters to the Sh. Sharad Pawar, Union Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Shivraj Patil Union Home Minister and Prof. Saif-u-Din Soz, Minister for Water Resources, the Punjab Chief Minister stated that the torrential rains in Punjab and heavy inflow of water from neighbouring hills have caused substantial damages in 8 districts of the State namely, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur, Kapurthala, Moga, Jalandhar, Ferozepur and Ropar. "A large number of villages of these districts are completely marooned. The standing crops, houses, school buildings, hospital buildings and other community infrastructure had been badly affected, uprooting a substantial rural population of the State from their respective homes. The Army is assisting Civil Administration in evacuating the affected persons" he added.

In his letters to the Union Ministers Mr. Badal said, "One of the major reasons for the floods has also been inadequate rehabilitation and strengthening of Water Resources Infrastructure of the State namely, dhussi's/bands, canals, minors, distributaries, river embankments, etc. Most of this infrastructure is maintained by the State Government though a substantial quantum of water goes to the neighhbouring State, leaving Punjab to suffer for being a riparian State. We have, time and again, written to the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India, to provide us requisite funds for rehabilitation and strengthening of Water Resources Infrastructure and some of our major projects including the project for rehabilitation of major canals in the State, Relining of Rajasthan Canal, Relining of Sirhind Feeder Canal and Construction of Shahpur Kandi Dam, are pending with the Ministry of Water Resources for a long time. Had these projects been cleared, these would, among other things, have helped to attenuate floods as well".

Mr. Badal said that in the present situation, the state needs to provide not only the immediate relief to the affected population till such time they are fully rehabilitated, but we also need to compensate them for the loss of their livelihood as a result of damage to their standing crops.

In his letter to Mr. Sharad Pawar, Mr. Badal said "For the present situation, we need to provide not only the immediate relief to the affected population till such time they are fully rehabilitated, but we also need to compensate them for the loss of their livelihood as a result of damage to their standing crops. I may mention here that the present norms of Government of India to provide relief from the Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) neither provide sufficient relief nor do these fully compensate the affected persons. These norms need to be reworked to ensure that the affected persons not only get immediate relief but they are also fully compensated for the loss they suffer".

In a telephonic conversation with Mr. Shivraj Patil Union Home Minister, the Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal urged him to revise the norms of CRF and announce a comprehensive relief and rehabilitation package for the affected population of Punjab. He has also requested to send a team of senior officers of the Ministry for an on-the-spot study of the grim situation. However, such study should not preclude or delay announcement of a financial package for immediate relief to the affected population, he added.


Chandigarh August 17, 2008

The water in the Punjab rivers has begun to show signs of receding, giving hope for an early end to the flood menace in the state. The level of water in most Punjab rivers is slowly declining and if there is no major renewed rainfall in the region, the situation could be brought under control very soon.

Stating this, Mr. Harcharan Bains, Media Advisor to Chief Minster Punjab, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal said here this evening that army and civil authorities had already made head way in plugging the breaches in water courses in Jalandhar and Moga districts. "Although we are faced with a problem of rehabilitation and rescue, there is no cause for panic," he said.

The Chief Minister, said Mr. Bains, had had ordered fresh girdwaris to assess the loss caused by floods. These girdawaris would be completed as soon as flood water recedes. Mr. Badal has issued strict instructions for a round the rehabilitation work. Officials from areas adjoining the flood affected districts have also been mobilized so that there is no let up in relief and rehabilitation activity. Mr. Badal spoke to the Union Home Minister Mr. Shiv Raj Patil asking to expedite central relief for the state for flood fighting measures.

Mr. Badal also urged Mr. Patil to send a central team to make an on the spot assessment of the damage done by flood waters in the state, said Mr. Bains.



Chandigarh August 17, 2008

The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Mr. Bhag Singh, the celebrated dramatist, Punjabi film actor-director and writer, who died here today after a brief illness.

He was 82 and is survived by his wife and two daughters, one of whom is with All India Radio.

In a condolence message, Mr. Badal said that Mr. Bhag Singh was Punjabi film actor-director who performed his professional duties with utmost dedication, commitment and sincerity. In his death the state has lost a gem and a vacuum has been created which was difficult to be filled.

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, Member Parliament and President Shiromani Akali Dal Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal also condoled the death of Mr. Bhag Singh.

Information & Public Relations Minister Punjab Mr.Bikram Singh Majithia also shared his condolences with the family of Mr. Bhag Singh and described him a multi faceted personality dedicated to the cause of Punjabi films and drama.

Media Advisor to Chief Minister Mr.Harcharan Bains also mourned the death of Mr. Bhag Singh. He said; Mr. Bhag Singh was a celebrated dramatist and Punjabi film artist to the core and a social activist who sincerely propagated the ethics of drama.


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