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February 28, 2008



Chandigarh, February 28, 2008

A delegation of National Wage Boards for Working Journalists and Other Newspaper Employees consisting of Mr. K.M. Sahni, Member Secretary, Dr. Harcharan Singh , Dy. Director General and Mr. Harish Gaur, Director met Mr. Tikshan Sud, Labour Minister Punjab today.

The delegation in Punjab was to ascertain the status of implementation of the recommendations of last Wage Boards. The new National Wage Boards have been constituted under the Chairmanship of Justice Narayana Kurup. The visiting delegation intended to ascertain the views from the social partners i.e establishments of newspapers, employees working in them and the Government as regard the implementation of recommendation of previous Boards.

The delegation shared with the Labour Minister the views expressed by employers and employees in a meeting held by the delegation in Jalandhar yesterday. The delegation requested the Minister to activate the implementation machinery in order to enforce the recommendations of the previous Boards and initiate action to generate the awareness amongst the stake holders.

Mr. Sud assured the delegation that in order to implement the relevant Acts effectively, the State would, as per suggestions of the delegation constitute a tripartite monitoring committee, to look into the causes of non-implementation of the recommendation of previous Boards and also undertake the study of all the newspapers establishments to seek their financial health. The Minister further assured the delegation that the State would hold a one-day seminar in July to sensitize the employers and also make the employees aware of their rights so as to make the implementation of the recommendation of the newly constituted Boards effectively. The State intends to re-constitute Accreditation Committee so as to screen the genuineness of journalists.


Chandigarh, February 28, 2008

Punjab has been selected as a nodal state by Union Agriculture Ministry to implement National Bamboo Mission Programme for promoting cultivation, value addition, processing & marketing of bamboo crops.

Disclosing this here today Mr. Tikshan Sud, Forests & Wildlife Preservation Minister said that in its new initiative to promote diversification of land use, the Government of Punjab had submitted a comprehensive proposal to the Union Govt. for promoting cultivation, value addition, processing & marketing of bamboo crops.

He said that a detailed presentation in this regard was made by the State in a meeting of experts and representatives of various Ministries of Govt. of India. After considering the State's presentation the GOI has decided to provide 3.5 crore rupees for the State of Punjab for the current financial year, under the National Bamboo Mission Programme.

The Union Govt. had asked the State to furnish name of the proposed implementing agency & Account details so that the funds allocated to Punjab based on its case presented before the National Mission could be transferred to the State. Mr. Sud further informed that State has constituted Punjab Bamboo & Fiber Development Board to oversee implementation of bamboo promotion, conservation & value addition programmes, under the National Bamboo Mission Programme.

The Minister said that about 3000 people are likely to directly benefit with the promotion of this new scheme to provide more income augmentation options to farmers and the marginal sections of the society. He further stated that S. Prakash Singh Badal, Chief Minister Punjab is laying special emphasis on augmenting farmers income in Kandi area, through plantation of bamboo & medicinal trees which also help to control Lantana weed which has significantly reduced income of farmers from Private Forests, in Kandi area.

Mr.. R.C. Nayyar, Financial Commissioner Forest said that promotion of bamboo has a special importance for the State in view of need for diversification as well as promotion of sustained income sources for Kandi farmers who are owners of significant chunk of private forests in the Kandi Area.

Mr. B.C. Bala, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Mission Director of the recently constituted Punjab Bamboo & Fiber Development Board informed that the State is expected to utilize this amount in promoting plantation of bamboo, working of existing bamboo stands, community/skill building in promotion of bamboo based livelihoods, strengthening of bamboo marketing infrastructure in the State, extension activities and improving user-seller linkages.


Chandigarh, February 28: Punjab Energy Development Agency took a major step forward in its commitment to promote the co-generation projects in the State as Science, Technology & Environment Minister today formally commissioned 104.25 MW capacity eight Bagasse based co-generation projects using PLC/SCADA mode. These projects have been set up with an investment of Rs. 422 crores.

In a function organised at Solar Passive Complex, here today Mr. Majithia dedicated to the nation 8 cogeneration projects namely M/s. A.B. Sugars Ltd., Hoshiarpur, Rana Sugars Ltd., Amritsar, Abhishek Industries, Barnala, Chandigarh Distillers & Bottlers, Patiala, Nectar Life Sciences Ltd., Mohali, Setia Paper Mills, Mukatsar, Shreyans Industries, Sangrur and M/s. A.B. Grain Spirits Pvt. Ltd., Gurdaspur. These projects having facilitated by PEDA under the NRSE Policy-2006 as per which the tariff for the current financial year2007-08 is Rs. 3.59/- per Kwh.

Speaking on the occasion again the Minister said that with the inauguration of these projects, the PEDA has already achieved 50% target of cogeneration of next five years. Keeping in view the interest shown by the industrialist in the cogeneration, the target of cogeneration for next five years has been enhanced from 220 MW to 400 MW. He said that paper, fertilizer, chemical, textile and other industries having huge co-generation potential are being motivated to adopt co-generation not only to augment the state grid capacity but would also create conducive conditions for providing employment generation and utilisation of clean environment friendly resources. He further said that co-generation projects of capacity 30.80 MW have already been commissioned earlier to this and with the commissioning of these eight projects, total co-generation capacity in the State has risen to 135.5 MW. Mr. Majithia said that PEDA has already tied up with various projects to augment of 68MW power capacity in the next six months. The state government has planned to add another 150 MW capacity in next three years.

The Minister said that in addition to the above, PEDA has already planned a total capacity addition of 1681 MW through various New and Renewable Sources of Energy (NRSE). He said that during next three years Small /Micro Hydro (425MW), Co-generation power(220 MW), Biomass power(342 MW), Municipal Solid Waste power (20 MW), Solar energy (64 MW), Wind energy (110 MW) & Energy Conservation(500 MW) with a total investment of Rs. 8000 crores in the state have been put on fast track to augment traditional power capacity in the state.

Focusing on energy conservation, Mr. Majithia said that the 10 lac tubewells in the state have been asked to install CFL bulbs instead of normal high energy consuming bulbs within one month. The Minister said that brick kilns in the state are being educated regarding new energy conserving technology.

Mr. A.S. Chattwal, IAS, Secretary, Science & Technology, informed that multi national technologies are showing keen interest in solar energy and tendering for solar parks to generate 100MW power would be floated soon.

Sh. T.P.S. Sidhu, Chief Executive, PEDA informed that PEDA is providing the needed technical and facilitation services for setting up of these projects in the state under the ambit of New and Renewable Sources of Energy Policy-2006.

It may be added that cogeneration is a new concept resulting in concurrent generation of process heat and motive power in the industry by the sequential use of energy from a common fuel source and depending on the quality of process heat required, it may be based on the topping or bottoming cycle. In the topping cycle system, heat is required for the process at low temperatures and therefore, power generation is done first. All sugar, paper and distilleries employ this cycle for combined generation of power and heat.

The industrialists who participated in the function included Mr. Prominent among to those Mr. R.S. Chadha, MD & Chairman, M/s. A.B. Sugars Ltd, Mr. Santokh Singh, GM, M/s. Rana Sugars Ltd., Mr. R.S. Chandha, MD & Chairman, M/s. A.B.Grain Spirits Ltd, Mr. Kavish Dhanda, Sr. Vice President, M/s. Abhishek Industries, Mr. Sanjeev Goyal, MD, M/s. Nectar Life Sciences Ltd., Mr. Anil Kumar, Executive Director, M/s. Shreyans Ind. Ltd, Mr. Amit Modi, Managing Director, M/s. Chandigarh Distillers & Bottlers Ltd., Mr. H.R. Bhardway, GM, M/s. Setia Paper Mills Ltd.

From the officials side, Mr. V.K. Bhalla, MD, Sugarfed, Mr. Yogesh Goyal, Chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board, and representatives of PSEB also participated in the function.




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