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December, 2008




The Council of Ministers today approved to revive 2000 posts of constables which had been abolished earlier and the recruitment process to fill these vacant posts would be initiated soon.

A decision to this effect was taken here at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal this evening.

Giving the details Chief Minister's Media Advisor Mr. Harcharan Bains said that of these existing 2000 posts of constables, 1000 posts would be utilized by absorption of an equal number of SPO's in the armed battalions. Apart from this, 500 male constables and 500 female constables would be directly recruited in armed battalions and general cadre respectively.

The Cabinet strongly condemned the recent inhuman terrorist strikes in Mumbai and described these as an attempt to outrage the unity and integrity of the country.

The Cabinet conveyed its heart felt sympathies and condolences to the members of the bereaved family. A resolution passed at the meeting saluted the exceptional gallantry displayed by members of the various wings of security forces. The resolution called upon all sections of society to close ranks to put up a united fight against those out to destabilize the country.

The meeting also condoled the death of former Prime Minister Mr. VP Singh and described him as a great statesman, seasoned politician, nationalist and a great human being. The Cabinet termed Mr.VP Singh's demise as a great loss to the nation in general and Punjab in particular and recalled his great concern for Punjab when the State was going through a tragic phase as he took the Punjab problem with utmost gravity and sincerity.

The Cabinet also mourned the sad demise of Mr. Jagdish Ram Sud father of Forest and Medical & Research Minister Tikshan Sud who passed away on November 27 and expressed heart felt sympathies with the members of the bereaved family and prayed to Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul.

The Cabinet also gave approval for revival and filling up of 69 posts of PCS (EB), of which 38 through direct recruitment and 31 by nominations which would be 12 from register A-I, 8 each from register A-II and A-III, 38 from register B and 3 from register C.

Keeping in view the exceptional contribution of Shaheed Sewa Singh Thikriwala to the cause of Punjab state, the Cabinet also approved to increase the Swatantrata Sainik Sanman pension of her daughter Smt. Gurcharan Kaur from Rs.3000 to Rs.5000 per month.

The Cabinet also gave nod to provide the indoor medical treatment facility to the widows and unemployed/unmarried daughters of freedom fighters as per freedom fighters after their death.

The Cabinet also gave approval to execute agreement as 'service providers' with the agencies viz. National Securities and Depository Ltd. (NSDL), SBI, Pension Funds Private Ltd., UTI Retirement Solutions Ltd., LIC Pension Fund Ltd, Bank of India and New Pension System Trust as approved or to be approved in future by Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA) of Central government and to declare Principal Secretary Finance as 'Authorized Signatory' to sign agreements on behalf of the state of Punjab and also Director Treasuries & Accounts in the department of finance as 'Designated Authority' under the 'New-Restructured Defined Pension Contribution Scheme (NPS) which had been made and introduced to all the employees of central government inducted into service on or after 1st January 2004 except armed force to interface into CRA system and for control and implementation of the scheme.

The Cabinet also gave approval for amending Punjab Land Revenue Rules, 1909 for paving a way to the appointment of honorary Nambardars (headmen) amongst the NRIs. He would be required to perform duty to authenticate the pedigree table of NRIs along with their addresses abroad, assist the Patwari in preparation, maintenance and up-dation of record of rights including the harvest inspection in respect of NRI right holders besides any other duty assigned by the state government by a specific order.

The Cabinet also gave approval for the restoration of non practicing allowance to 39 senior PCMS officers of Deputy Director and above ranks which included Civil Surgeons, Medical Superintendents, Joint & Additional Directors and Director Health Services.

The Cabinet also approved to amend section 19 (1) and 20 (1) of the Punjab Advocates Welfare Fund Act 2002 to enhance the Vakaltnama fee from Rs.6 to Rs.8.


Chandigarh December 1, 2008

The Punjab Information and Public Relations Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia said here today that the former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh was clearly 'talking with his sanity hanging in mid-air' while indulging in a fresh bout of allegations about the Badals buying a Rs. 24 crore plane.

"We have not one but four planes, three of these since 1970. But these all belong to companies of which my father Mr. Satyajit Singh Majithia and my brother Mr. Gurmehar Singh are the directors. We have been in aviation business for nearly 40 years now and Amarinder knows it because he has several times flown in our planes as a passenger," said Mr. Majithia in a strongly worded response to what he described as "a resumption of Amarinder's desperate resort to shooting arrows in the dark."

"He wants the people to believe that a full fledged passenger aircraft is a toy plane that can be bought in a fun market with black money. And he thinks that one can inscribe one's name on an aircraft like one does on a tractor trolley. This only speaks of the level of self-deception to which his political desperation and complete isolation had driven him," said the minister.

It may be recalled that Captain Amarinder Singh had given the inscription of the letters PSB on the plane as proof that it belonged to Mr. Parkash Singh Badal. The initials in fact refer to an aviation code given by the DGCA.

Mr. Majithia said that the plane in question had been bought by the Orbit Aviation Private limited which is promoted by my father and brother and which is an off-shoot of the Saraya Aviation Company. The plane was purchased by taking a valid term loan amounting to Rs. 19 crore 25 lakhs from the Punjab National Bank, New ²Delhi.The Orbit Resorts has also subscribed share application in it. These are companies duly recognized by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, and have valid certification for engaging in non-scheduled air transport service. The Ministry of Home Affairs, government of India have also approved these. In fact, the Saraya Aviation also has been approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) as a maintenance company which provides maintenance service to various aviation companies.

Mr. Majithia said that unlike Amarinder, the Majithias and the Badals were dutiful, tax-paying citizens of this country and all their assets, liabilities a²nd sources of income are listed in their valid income tax returns. "Maharaja Amarinder Singh had declared his total annual income for the year ending 31.3.2006 as just Rs. Five lakhs 29,000, which comes to less than Rs. 50,000 per month. The source of this income was declared to be selling milk. Moving in a fleet of Mercedes and other expensive cars, he wants the Punjabis to believe this to be true. But this poor dairyman stays in hotels costing more than Rs. 1 lakh 50,000 per night, not to count the other activities of leisure and pleasure that Amarinder is famous for and proud of. Can this money cover the expenses of the maintenance of his palaces and the salaries of hundreds of servants. This is the man to level allegations against a family against whom he could not prove a single²² penny's worth of ill-gotten money, " said Mr. Majithia

Capt. Kanwaljit Singh to represent India at ICA conference in Vietnam

Chandigarh, December 1, 2008

Punjab Cooperation Minister Capt. Kanwaljit Singh would represent India at International Cooperative Allaince conference scheduled to be held at Hanoi, Vietnam this week. He will be leave for a four day tour of the Vietnam on Wednesday.

The conference is being held on ''Role of cooperation in development of economy particularly in the context of current economic meltdown". It would be attended by representative of more than 25 countries.

International Cooperative Alliance Asia-Pacific has more than 25 nations as its member which include India, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Burma, Fiji, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UAE and Vietnam.

Capt. Kanwaljit Singh has been specially invited for this international event. He will represent India at the conference.

World leaders would deliberate the present economic crisis and role of cooperative sector in providing fundamental base for socio-economic development.


Chandigarh, December 1, 2008

Punjab Government has decided to make fresh recruitments and regularize the Safai Sewaks working in " Mohlla Sanitation Committees' as on 1-4-2008. While intimating this fact Mr. Manoranjan Kalia, Local Government Minister, Punjab, revealed that those Safai Sewaks who were working in the '' Mohalla Sanitation Committees as on 1-4-2008 should be recruited and their services should be regularized. For this purpose a Selection Committee has been constituted at the respective Municipal Corporation/Municipal Council level, which would interview the candidates who were working in Mohalla Sanitation Committees.

Mr. Kalia further said the Committee would regularize the services of those Safai Sewaks who qualify the recruitment criteria. This Committee shall prepare the merit list on the basis of seniority. Age limit for candidates of general category would be between 18 to 35 years and for scheduled castes candidates upper age limit would be 40 years. The work of the recruitment/regularization process shall be completed within a period of three months.


CHANDIGARH, 1 December, 2008

The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational irrigation Programme for the Rabi Season through Canal water from 1 December to 6 December 2008. The channels of Sirhind Canal System would run on priority basis from Bist Doab Canal, Sidhwan Branch, Bhatinda Branch, Patiala feeder and Abohar Branch respectively.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the Irrigation department said that direct distributaries of Bhakra Main Line, in Group 'A' being in the first preference would run to their indent. Balance water supplies would be utilised in Ghaggar link and its off taking channels i.e. Ghaggar Branch and Patiala Minor in Group 'B' respectively.

The spokesman further said that the Punjab channels off taking from Harike and Ferozepur Head Works & Branches i.e. all the direct distributaries of Sirhind Feeder in-group "A" being in the first preference would run to their indent. Balance water supplies would be utilised in Abohar Branch off taking from Sirhind Feeder and its distributaries/minors in-group "B".

The spokesman also said that the channels off taking from upper Bari Doab Canal i.e. Kasur Branch Lower with its distributaries being in first Preference would run to their indent. Balance Surplus water available would be utilised in Sabraon Branch, Lahore Branch , Main Branch Lower and with its distributaries.

Transformation from within is required says Harsimrat Badal

Chandigarh November 30, 2008

St. Soldier's Public School, Mohali with Punjab IAS Officers' Wives Association presented "The Pied Piper" of Hamelin, a Musical Extravaganza here today. The presentation aimed at generating funds which would be donated to Vatika High School, an institution set up exclusively for hearing & speech impaired being run by the Punjab IAS Officers' Wives Association headed by Mrs. R.I. Singh.

Presiding over the theatrical presentation, Mrs. Harsimrat Badal, a social activist called upon the society for a transformation from within rather than seek it from ouside. Expressing concern over the rise in the atrocities on woman, Mrs. Badal emphasized the need for changing the mindset of all particularly the women. Refering to the evils in the society she pinpointed the attention of all to the female foeticide which was and abuse of nature's dispensation. This in turn, she said led to the widespread evil of atrocities against women. She urged the society to take necessary initiatives to do away with the outdated system of dowry and other accompanying evils.

Appreciating the laudable objective before the Punjab IAS Officers' Wives Association in setting up a school for the disabled children. She donated Rs.2 lacs for this noble cause.

Mrs. R.I. Singh, President of Punjab IAS Officers' Wives Association expressed her gratitude to the Chief Guest for extending financial support to the school. She said that Vatika had been providing equal opportunities to the disable to make them an integral part of the main stream society.



Daily Punjab press release