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July, 2008



Chandigarh July 2, 2008

Decks have been cleared for a major modernization and infrastructure make over of the twin holy cities of Sri Anandpur Sahib and Talwandi Sabo at a cost of nearly Rs. 200 crore. The make over would be a part of the Guru-ta-Gaddi anniversary programmes.

The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today presided over a meeting which gave a final shape to various infrastructure projects to be executed in the two cities. He impressed upon of officers of the concerned departments to ensure timely completion of these development projects besides its proper and strict monitoring.
The Chief Minister informed that the Union Home Minister Mr. Shivraj.V. Patil had already written a letter to him conveying to immediately commence work on these projects in anticipation of the release of funds so that these were completed without any delay. The communiqué also mentioned that the requisite funds of Rs. 9974.77 lakhs and Rs. 7984 lakhs approved by the Central Government for Sri Anandpur Sahib and Talwandi Sabo could not be included in the budget estimate for the year 2008-09, as the Ministry of Finance had now informed that the allocation would be taken up as a part of the first supplementary funds of grants. Mr. Patil also asked the state government to follow accounting norms for proper utilization of funds for the implementation of these projects. The expenditure incurred would be reimbursed by the Central Government as soon as the allocation was received from Ministry of Finance.

The Chief Minister specifically asked the officers to invite tenders for all the works from the executing agencies of repute positively by 15th of July and all the works must be completed by the 1st week of October, 2008. Mr. Badal also asked the Technical Advisor to the Punjab Government Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Mr. B.S. Dhaliwal to monitor the terms and references of the tenders to be floated by the concerned departments. Mr. Dhaliwal assured the Chief Minister that the quality of construction would not be compromised at any cost and the entire development projects would be completed within a time frame.

It was informed in the meeting that out of Rs. 105.14 crore to be spent on different development projects to be undertaken in Sri Anandpur Sahib included water supply, sewerage & sanitation (Rs. 15.5 crore), storm water drain (Rs. 4.44 crore), solid waste management (Rs. 6 crore) traffic and transportation (Rs. 20 crore) street lighting (Rs. 1.40 crore) Fire fighting (Rs. 1 crore) besides other infrastructure projects like construction of new bus stand, Sr. Secondary school for girls, IT college and Polytechnic college (Rs. 56.80 crore). Likewise out of Rs. 82.06 crore for Talwandi Sabo, Rs. 9.3 crore would be spent on water supply, sewerage & sanitation, Rs.
3.54 crore on storm water drain, Rs. 4 crore on solid waste management, Rs. 31 crore on traffic and transportation, Rs. 26.5 crore on education infrastructure including construction of state-of-the art Religio-Cultural center, Youth Hostel, Rural University etc, besides, Rs.7.72 crore on other miscellaneous projects. The Chief Minister also asked the concerned officers to give a aesthetic face life to both holy towns through the installation of façade lighting and white painting to enhance its serenity and aura. A brief presentation was also made by representative of an eminent lighting company for the proposed project based on the new concept of solid state lighting. Mr. Badal also directed the state Public Information Relations Department to publish literature in Punjabi, English and Hindi on the historical and religious perspective of Sri Anandpur Sahib and Talwandi Sabo in the light of the Guru-ta-Gaddi Divas.

The meeting was attended by the Chief Minister's Media Advisor Mr. Harcharn Bains, Chief Secretary Punjab Mr. Ramesh Inder Singh, Principal Secretary D.S. Guru, Principal Secretary Transport D.S. Jaspal, Principal Secretary Employment Generation N.S. Kang, Principal Secretary Cultural Affairs Dr. Swarn Singh, Principal Secretary Tejinder Kaur, Secretary Tourism D.P.Reddy, Secretary water supply and sanitation P.S. Aujla, Director Information & Public Relations Tejveer Singh, Director Transport Mandeep Singh, Director Local Government Sameer Kumar, Deputy Commissioner Ropar B. Purshartha, Chief Administrator Bathinda Development Authority Kamal Yadav, ADC Bathinda Vijay Zade and Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gagandeep Singh Brar besides, Senior Akali Leaders from Talwandi Sabo Mr. Amarjit Singh Sidhu



Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today reiterated his firm commitment to impart hi-tech quality education to the students of Punjab at par excellence with the renowned educational institutions across the globe.
Presiding over a function to launch the scholarship scheme to the meritorious students of the Continental Institute of International Studies (CIIS) here at its campus, Mr. Badal emphasized the importance of the quality education and squarely held the governments both States and Centre for the constant deterioration in the educational system and said now it was a high time to make concerted efforts to revamp the entire system according to the emerging trends worldwide in the changed scenario. He said the state government had already launched a scheme to open 'Adarsh Schools' throughout the state to provide quality education free of cost to the economically poor and bright students. He admitted the fact that there was a wide gulf between the standard of rural and urban education which was now being narrowed down through initiating certain measures aimed at strengthening the base of school education in the rural sector. He said that government Senior Secondary Schools were being provided with sound infrastructure in terms of building, laboratories and well qualified staff in the science stream at a cost of Rs.142 crore. The scheme would enable the students to get admissions in the medical and technical courses and it has yielded positive results as many students with rural background had fared better this time by securing more seats in the institutions of higher learning as compared to last year.

Dwelling on the concept of career counseling which had been launched for the first time in the state to motivate and guide the students who had passed 10th in first division to enable them to opt subjects of their choice as per their aptitude and acumen. 'This step would certainly prove to be a great success for the students who were earlier at the cross roads due to sheer ignorance and dilemma,' hoped Mr. Badal. The Chief Minister pointed out that now Punjab had one of the best networks of technical education institutions in the country but the only factor which these institutes lack was the poor quality of students at the entry level. He asked the management of the premier technical, engineering and management institutions to adopt and run few 10+2 schools with in its vicinity to impart better quality of education as these institutions had better infrastructure and highly trained staff. He said that such schools would act as a nursery to meet the demand of these technical and management institutions and obviously the out put would also be far better in terms of high profile graduates and post graduates passing out from these
institutions. He said that once such students were admitted in these institutions of excellence then their career was assured.

The Chief Minister also lauded the role of the management of CIIS and asked the President CIIS Educational Society Lt.Col. (Retd.) BS Sandhu to establish such more institutions in other parts of the state also to benefit the under privileged and economically poor students.

In his address, Member Parliament from Hoshiarpur Avinash Rai Khanna said that Punjab's youth had a tremendous academic potential, which remained untapped and could be optimally exploited through proper motivation, financial support and counseling. He said that it could be achieved through the participation of NGOs, voluntary and social organizations in state government's educational programme that could identify the students amongst the unprivileged section of the society who had not enough means to pursue basic as well as higher education.

He said the state government should encourage for setting up such educational institutes of repute to provide quality education to the students thereby enhancing their chances of employability apart from extending liberal financial support to the poor and needy students.

Speaking on the occasion, Advisor CIIS Lt. Gen. KS Mann highlighted the objectives and achievements of the campus and its future plans and projections. He also apprised about the functioning and academic activities of CIIS with the faculty members of the foreign universities associated with CIIS.

In his welcome address President CIIS Educational Society Lt.Col (Retd.) BS Sandhu assured the Chief Minister that the management would soon come out with the proposal to set up feeder institutions in the state to strengthen the educational base of the students on one hand and to provide overseas employment to them on the other.
Later, Mr.Badal gave away the scholarship award for the year 2008 to a meritorious student Ms. Harpreet Kaur to launch the scholarship scheme worth Rs.4 crore.

Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Media Advisor to Chief Minister Harcharan Bains, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Gagandeep Singh Brar besides the Director of CIIS Gurdeepak Singh.


Chandigarh 2 July, 2008

Oath to the newly elected Panchayat members will be administered on July 11, 2008 at concerned district headquarter level functions.

Disclosing this here today a spokesman of Punjab Government said that Oath would be administered to the Panchs of Ludhiana district at Ludhiana on July 11, 2008 at 11:00 AM by the Punjab Chief Minister S. Parkash Singh Badal and Oath Panchs of Fatehgargh Sahib and Barnala district would be administered by S. Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, Food and Supply Minister and S. Bikram Singh Majithia, Information and Public Relation Minister respectively at 3 PM at concerned district level functions.

Oath will be administered to Panchs of other districts by the Chairman/Minister incharge of concerned district planning boards on July 11, 2008 at 11:00 AM, in district level functions. Detail is as

Sh. Manoranjan Kalia, Local Govt., Ind. & Commerce Minister Amritsar, Smt. Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Health & Family Minister, Kapurthala; S. Manpreet Singh Badal, Finance & Planning Minister Ferozepur; Capt.
Kanwaljit Singh, Cooperative Minister Jalandhar; Sh. Tikshan Sood, Forest & Labour Minister Gurdaspur; S. Ajit Singh Kohar, Revenue Minister Mukatsar; S. Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Irrigation Minister Patiala, Dr. Upinderjit Kaur, Education & Civil Aviation Minister Sangrur; S. Sucha Singh Langah, Agriculture Minister Faridkot; S.
Bikram Singh Majithia, Information & Public Relations Minister Bhatinda; Ch. Swaran Ram, Social Welfare & Tech. Education Minister Ropar; S. Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, Food & Civil Supply Minister SAS Nagar; S. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, PWD (B&R) Minister, Nawan Shehar; S. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Schedule Caste & Back Ward Classes Welfare Minister Mansa, S. Ranjit Singh Brahampura, Rural Development Minister Hoshiarpur; Master Mohan Lal Transport Minister Moga; S. Hira Singh Gabria, Jails, Tourism Minister Tarn Taran will administer the oath newly elected members of panchayats of Punjab .




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