BADAL KICK STARTED WAVE OF DEVELOPMENT-
Majha Responds with Unprecedented Fervour
AMARKOT/JHABAL/TARN TARAN DECEMBER 22, 2008
The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today kick started
his Rs.555 crore 'development tour' of the state, amidst seams of
rousing mass response. The Chief Minister addressed massive gatherings
at Amarkot in Valtoha assembly constituency besides Jhabal and Tarn
Taran both in Tarn Taran assembly constituency.
Addressing mammoth rallies, the Chief Minister declared that the
development would be sole plank for the SAD-BJP alliance during
the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. He said that he would tour
the entire state visiting every assembly constituency in the course
of next 30 days. Mr. Badal said that it was a programme aimed at
taking development to the doorsteps of the people and addressing
their development related problems and grievances both in the rural
and urban areas besides spontaneous interaction with the masses
to elucidate their view point and suggestions for the overall progress
and prosperity in the state because 'inclusive development' was
a continuous process and could not be accomplished without their
The Chief Minister drew instant emotive response from gatherings
which independent observers described as unprecedented since the
anti-Emergency wave of 1977. The gathering at Jhabal in Tarn Taran
constituency was so large that the 9-acre site of the rally was
literally bursting at the seams with people perched at the roof
tops of the buildings that rimmed the expansive pandal. All along
the 30 KM stretch from Amarkot to Tarn Taran Akali workers and enthusiastic
supporters lined both sides of the road, raising traditional Akali
slogans, showering petals on Mr. Badal's cavalcade. Huge hoardings,
banners and cut outs of the Chief Minister, SAD President Mr. Sukhbir
Singh Badal, Information & Public Relations Minister Mr. Bikramjit
Singh Majithia in addition to the local leaders lent the atmosphere
of festive colour. Over 2000 motorcycle-borne young Akali workers
sporting kesri turbans and carrying party flags, rode in front of
almost 2 KM long convoy of Mr. Badal. There were stirring scenes
of nihangs, children and elderly admirers of the Chief Minister
brought back memories of the vintage Akali waves of the 60s and
70s. Mr. Badal halted and mingled with the crowds freely without
caring for his personal security after almost every 100 Meters through
out his tours.
Dwelling on the spectacular achievements in the field of industry,
agriculture, infrastructure, power, health, education and social
security, Mr. Badal said that the previous Congress Government had
vanished the state's economy due to its narrow and vested interests
whereas our Government had not only revived the derailed economy
but also put the state on high growth trajectory. He said that he
was confident that that the unflinching faith reposed by the people
in the policies and programmes of the government was a testimony
towards our sincerity and commitment for the welfare of all sections
of the society.
Lashing at the Congress Government which ruled over 45 years in
Centre 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 justified demands and grants.
He said that states had virtually no powers with them and were dependent
on the Center even for petty matters. He underscored the need to
conceptualize a Central plan exclusively for the welfare of the
un-privileged sections of the society besides redefining the central
state relations in the changed scenario and casting a true federal
structure to secure state's participation in the national development
The Chief Minister said that the people of Punjab especially hailing
from the border areas had already paid a heavy price for bringing
peace in the state after a long era of militancy in Punjab. He said
that it was the obligatory on the part of the Central government
to compensate the people of these border areas who had faced the
burnt of destability and insecurity while securing and safeguarding
our international borders.
Referring to the sad plight of the farming community, Mr. Badal
said: 'Had Congress serious to the core the farming community of
Punjab they had not been pushed deep into the vicious circle of
debt trap'. He said that agriculture was no more a profitable occupation
due to the negligible returns on it due to none remunerative and
stagnant minimum support price for which Centre had always adopted
an approach of 'negativism'.
Mr.Badal also pleaded that the indifferent attitude of Centre
had forced the domestic industry to shift its base from Punjab to
the neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and J&K
which had lured our industry for better incentives and concessions
being provided by GoI.
On the occasion, Mr. Badal disbursed cheques of development grants
worth Rs.19.77 crore, out of which Rs.8.02 crore, Rs.8.50 crore
and Rs.3.25 crore was meant for Valtoha, Jhabal and Tarn Taran for
the execution of various development programmes and schemes in the
urban as well as rural sector.
Speaking on the occasion, Information & Public Relations Minister
Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia said that the SAD-BJP Alliance was committed
to ensure overall development and progress in the state. He said
the remarkable progress made by the state under the leadership of
Mr. Parkash Singh Badal was not merely spectacular but also unprecedented.
To substantiate his claim, Mr. Majithia said that what congress
could not achieve in Punjab in terms of disbursement of liberal
grants we have done in a period of less than two years. He also
announced a scheme of installing reverse osmosis system for safe
drinking water in 11 villages in Valtoha constituency. He asked
the people of the Majha region to exercise their franchise in the
favour of SAD-BJP nominee and sitting Member Parliament Mr. Rattan
Singh Ajnala. He hoped that the emphatic mandate given by the people
of the Majha to SAD-BJP alliance during the last assembly elections
would be replicated in Parliamentary elections in view of Party's
performance for the sake of development in the state. He also thanked
Mr. Badal for giving Rs.165 crore development package for the holy
city of Amritsar .
Nominee of the SAD-BJP from Khadoor Sahib Parliamentary constituency
Dr.Rattan Singh Ajnala made his firm resolves that the party was
in up beat mood which was certainly gave its arch rival Congress
a crushing defeat in the polls. He profusely thanked Mr. Badal for
reposing faith in him and doling out unprecedented grants for the
development of the border areas.
Prominent amongst others who address these rallies including Animal
Husbandry Minister Mr. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Advisor to Chief Minister
Daljit Singh Cheema, Media Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Harcharan
Bains, Mr. Virsa Singh Valtoha, Mr. Harmeet Singh Sandhu, Dr.Dalbir
Singh Verka, Mr. Amarpal Singh Bonni and Mr. Inderbir Singh Bolaria
(all MLAs), Chairman Amritsar Planning Committee Mr. Vir Singh Lopoke
besides senior leaders and party workers of SAD-BJP and members
of the SGPC.
IRRIGATION PROGRAMME FOR KHARIF SEASON ANNOUNCED
CHANDIGARH, December 22, 2008
The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational
irrigation Programme for the Kharif Season through Canal water from
22 December to 30 December, 2008. The channels of Sirhind Canal
System would run on priority basis from Patiala feeder, Abohar Branch,
Sidhwan Branch, Bhatinda Branch and Bist Doab Canal respectively.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the irrigation department
said that direct distributaries of Ghaggar link and its off taking
channels i.e. Ghaggar Branch and Patiala Minor in Group 'B' being
in the Ist preference will run to their indent. Balance water supplies
available will be utilised in direct distributaries of Bhakra main
line of Group 'A'.
The spokesman further said that the Punjab channels off taking
from Harika and Ferozepur Head Works & Branches i.e. Abohar
Branch off taking from Sirhind Feeder and its distributaries of
group "B" would run on first preference to their indent.
Balance water supplies available would be utilised in direct distributaries
of Sirhind Feeder in Group "A".
The spokesman also said that the channels off taking from upper
Bari Doab Canal i.e. Sabraon Branch with its distributaries being
in first Preference would run to their indent. Balance Surplus water
available would be utilised in Kasur Branch Lower, Main Branch Lower,
Lahore Branch and with its distributaries respectively.
NOTIFICATION TO CONSTITUTE PUNJAB STATE BACKWARD
CLASSES COMMISSION ISSUED
CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 22, 2008
The Punjab Government today issued fresh notification for constitution
of Punjab State Backward Classes Commission with certain amendments.
According to official spokesman, a chairperson of the Commission
would be an eminent person belonging to the Backward Classes or
a retired IAS officer not below the rank of Principal Secretary,
belonging to the Backward Classes. He said that not more than six
non official members from amongst the members of Backward Classes
would be in the Commission. A Member Secretary of the Commission
would be an officer of the Government of Punjab not below the rank
of Joint Secretary to Government of Punjab.