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Press release for Punjab Govt
Jan 21, 2008


Chandigarh, January 21:

The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational Programme for irrigation for the current Rabi Season through Canal water from 22 January to 29 January, 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 Bhakra Main Line, Ghaggar link and its off taking channels i.e. Ghaggar Branch and Patiala Minor being the channels of first preference would run to their indent. Balance surplus water available would be utilised in direct distributaries of Bhakra main line on second preference.

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. Lahore Branch Lower with its distributories being in first Preference would run to their indent, Balance Surplus water available would be utilised in Main Branch lower, Kasur Branch Lower, Sabraon Branch and with its distributaries.

The Reserve Bank of India has proposed to float a state loan of Rs. 456.101 crore

Chandigarh, January 21:

The Punjab Government in line with the Reserve Bank of India has proposed to float a state loan of Rs. 456.101 crore to raise part of the barrowings through auction system.

Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the government said that the consent of the Central Government has already been obtained to the floatation of this loan required under Article 293 (3) of the constitution of India. The stocks would be of 10 years tenure and the tenure of the stock would commence on January 25, 2008. The loan would be repaid at par on January 25, 2018, he added. The interest however, would be paid every half yearly on July 25 and January 25.

Completion of important, flagship projects of the Government

Chandigarh, January 21, 2008 - The Chief Secretary, Punjab, Sh. Ramesh Inder Singh today exhorted administrative secretaries to ensure timely completion of important, flagship projects of the Government.

Presiding over a meeting of Administrative Secretaries, the Chief Secretary emphasized that the Government was committed to deliver on its promises. He pointed out that work on several projects could be expedited merely by greater coordination and enforcement of good governance practices.

The Chief Secretary desired that priority should be given to the projects and schemes which are tied up with Government of India funding and Administrative Secretaries should ensure that these funds do not lapse.

The Chief Secretary also urged the administrative secretaries to personally monitor cases pending in the judicial courts since delay adversely affected Government efficiency and, at times, also resulted in adverse financial implications.

In the discussions, several administrative secretaries gave feed back and suggestions. While highlighting the financial constraints facing the Government, Principal Secretary Finance requested the concerned Departments to identify the areas where resources can be saved or mobilized.

It was also decided that concerned administrative Departments will send proposals immediately for taking maximum benefit of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme of Government of India. The NREG had tremendous employment potential and substantial funds were available with the GOI which could be tapped by the State Govt. for various labour intensive projects.

The Chief Secretary also highlighted the concern of the Hon'ble Chief Minister, Punjab to make the administration more transparent, corruption free and accessible to the public and requested the cooperation and personal involvement of the officers towards achieving this objective.


Chandigarh, January 21:-

Punjab Chief Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today sanctioned a grant of Rs. 5.00 lacs for the treatment of Punjab's ailing writer Ajmer Singh Aulakh. He stated that he was pained to learn that Sardar Aulakh was suffering from cancer and presently undergoing treatment in Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute in Delhi. Mr. Badal wished him a speedy recovery and stated that further assistance, if required, would also be provided by the State Government.

In another significant decision, the Chief Minister announced the increase of the monthly pension allowance of Smt. Gurcharan Kaur daughter of Punjab's famous freedom fighter Late Sardar Sewa Singh Thikriwala from Rs. 2500 to Rs. 5000 per month.