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July, 2008


Regupathy assures Badal for developing infrastructure at Hemkunt Sahib


New Delhi July 25, 2008

In a land mark development the Government of India gave its "in principle" clearance to the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Sing Badal's proposal for setting up a helipad close to the holy and historic Gurdwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib.

It may be recalled that the Hemkunt Sahib in Garhwal Himalayas is one of the holiest Sikh Shrines, and is visited by lacs of pilgrims every year.The 10th Master of Sikhs Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji worshiped here for a long time.

The path of about 19 kms from Gobind Ghat to Hemkunt Sahib mainly passes through Reserve /Proctcted forests. Only a small portion of about 3.5 kms passes through non-forest areas. The area around the holy shrine of Hemkunt Sahib is legally a Reserved Forest.

Divulging the details of the meeting, Chief Minister's Media Advisor Mr Harcharan Bains said that Mr.Badal had a detailed interaction with the, the Union Minister of State for Forest and Wild Life Mr.S.Regupathy who asked the Punjab Government route the case through the Government of Uttrakhand, the Centre's clearance is needed in view of the fact that the command area falls in a forest zone.

Mr Badal also sought the Center's permission for setting up an expansive and well equipped concrete edifice to accommodate and house thousands of devotees who visit the shrine every year the means of commuting at this moment are limited as know mechanical conveyance can reach the shrine because of excessively steep climb up to the snow- peaked terrain. Present make shift, rickety and unstable structure at Gurudwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib needed to be replaced with the concrete structure capable of with standing the tough whether conditions prevailing there to provide safe and comfortable shelter to the visiting pilgrims who have to experience unspeakable hardships there. At least the devotees walking brave all these challenges yet it is the sacred duty of the State Government to minimize their hardships.

Mr.Badal demanded that the development of infrastructure and facilities for pilgrims around the Shrine in a radius of about 200 metres would require diversion of about 12 hectares forest land for non-forestry purposes and permission from Ministry of Environment and Forest , GoI was required under Forest Conservation Act,1980. He emphasized the need to improve the path from Gobind Ghat to Gobind dham and up to Hemkunt Sahib Gurudwara and provision of facilities like lights, toilets, shelters etc also required permission under Forest Conservation Act,1980 at some places, whereas at other places, such facilities could be developed in non forest areas.

The Forest Minister assured Mr.Badal that he would soon get the entire proposal examined from the Minsitry of Environment and Forest under the forest laws for the development of infrastructreu and facilities for pilgrims around the holy shrine of Shri Hemkunt Sahib.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by his Media Advisor,Mr.Harcharan Bains and Principal Secretary Mr D.S.Guru, besides Principal Secretary Forest Mr.R.C.Nayyar, Principal Chief Forest Conservator,Mr.B.C.Bala.and Principal Resident Commissioner Punjab Bhawan Mrs Anjuly Chib Duggal,Mr.Vijay Sharma,Secretary Forests and Wild Life GoI also attended the meeting.

Punjab Govt. provide skill and job work to the jail inmates

Chandigarh July 25, 2008

As desired by Chief Minister Punjab a high powered committee led by Sh B.C.Gupta,Principal Secretary Home,Sh S.S.Channy, Principal Secretary Industry& Commerce & Sh Ijhar Alam DGP jails visited Ludhiana today. The Committee had a detailed discussion with leading Industrial houses including Sh S.P.Oswal from Vardhman and Sh.Deepak Doomra from Greatway to take care of providing skill and job work to the jail inmates both for men & women.

There was good response from Industrial houses and they informed the committee that there is a scope for providing job work in the fields of tailoring, hand flat knitting and embroidery work to the jail inmates provided they are suitably trained for the same. They are even willing to donate Machinery for required training.

The entire team visited central jail, women jail and Boston jail and found that good no. of jail inmates are willing to take up the job work as per the requirement of Industry. The committee inspected the work produced by women jail inmates and appreciated the same. It was also decided that jail authorities shall prepare the profile of jail inmates willing to take job works and similarly Industrial houses shall inform their requirement of manpower for a particular activity.

A sub committee was also formed under the chairman ship of ADC (D) and members as Jail Supdtt, GM DIC, Principal ITI, Principal ATI, and Industrial houses to look into the minute details of starting skill development programme as well set setting up of job work facilities in the jail as per the requirement of industry.

The other prominent persons who attended the meeting are Sh V.K Janjua Director Industries & Commerce, S.C. Ralhan Chairman EEPC, Sh Dinesh Lakra Member Medium Industry Board & Sh Vinod Thapar President Knitwearr Club.



:The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today urged the Centre to issue a commemorative coin and to launch a vigorous media campaign to promote the tercentenary celebrations of Guru-Ta-Gaddi Divas on a global scale and bring awareness amongst the people about the message of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

These views were expressed by Mr. Badal during the fourth meeting of the National Committee for commemoration of Ter-Centenary of Guru-Ta-Gaddi of Sri Guru Granth Sahib held here under the Chairmanship of Union Home Minister, Mr. Shivraj V.Patil.

Giving the details of the meeting, Chief Minister's Media Advisor Mr. Harcharan Bains said that the Union Home Minister accepted Mr. Badal's proposal and promised to issue adequate funds for the said campaign.

Describing this significant event, as a 'spiritual journey' Mr. Badal said: "Sri Guru Granth Sahib is an eternal Guru that preaches the message of one ness and universal brotherhood representing the very essence of secularism." He said it was not merely an event but a unique platform to demonstrate the ethos of our age old character of unity in diversity".

Mr. Patil announced a grant of Rs.1 crore for the translation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in English and Hindi to be distributed in the public libraries and other educational institutions to spread the message of the great Holy Scripture. He also constituted a committee of Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Speaker Lok Sabha Mr. Charanjit Singh Atwal and Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mrs. Ambika Soni, to finalize the design and inscription pattern of the commemorative coin to be released on the occasion which would finally be sent to the Department of Ministry of Economic Affairs Ministry of Finance Government of India. Mr. Patil also asked Mrs. Soni to involve the representatives of Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandak Committee and Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee to seek their expert advice on the subject.

The Union Home Minister also agreed to the State Government's proposal to sanction an additional 5% percent funds over and above the already sanctioned amount of Rs.179 crore for the over all development of two important holy towns of Sri Anandpur Sahib and Talwandi Sabo connected with the life and philosophy of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

In a touching tribute to the message of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Mr Patil said that the All India Radio, Doordarshan would prefix all news items with thematic citations from the holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib. He said prominent private Channels would also be requested to do the like wise. Mr Patil also mentioned that the flims, documentaries, T.V serials, opinion pieces in the magazine and Newspapers, Seminar and Symposiums, would be held to disseminate the teaching of Sri Guru Gobind Sahib.

The Chief Minister said that at least four millions devotees would converge in the holy Sach Khand Sri Hazoor Sahib,Nanded during the Tercentenary programmes and impressed upon the committee to pay special attention to the issues related to the accommodation, traveling and security arrangements to enable them to pay obeisance at one of the most historic occasions of the millennium. To avoid any unexpected situation like stampede, he cautioned the committee to take all sort of preventive measures.

In her address Mrs.Ambika Soni sought cooperation from the States of Maharashtra and Punjab to make these programmes as a memorable event.

Chief Minister Maharshtra Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh assured both Mr.Patil and Mrs. Soni that all the on going development works in an around Nanded would be completed well within the time frame as he was personally monitoring the day to day progress.

Prominent among others who attended the meeting included:, Deputy Speaker Lok Sabha Mr. Charanjit Singh Atwal, Union Minister of State for Rural Development and Parliamentary Affairs Mrs. Suryakanta Patil, Chairperson Central Social Welfare Board, Mrs. Rajni Patil, Media Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Harcharan Bains, Leader of Opposition Punjab Assembly Mrs. Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Ex-Director General of Police, and Chairman Takhat Shri Hazoor Sahib Sach Sachkhand Gurudwara Administrative Committee, Nanded, Maharashtra Mr. P.S.Pasricha, Chief Executive Officer, Prasar Bharti Mr. B.S.Lalli, Editor in chief Punjab Kesari, and Mr. Vijay Chopra.

Punjab to effectively implement tobacco control measures

Chandigarh July 25, 2008

The Punjab Government today constituted a high level State Committee and also District Committees in all the districts to effectively implement Tobacco Control Act 2003.

According to an official spokesman State Level Committee would headed by Principal Secretary Health as Chairman with Managing Director NHRM as vice Chairman and Directors of Health, Police Local Body, Tourism, Prosecution & Litigation, Public Relations and Factories as its members. State level Nodal officer would be its members Secretary

District Level Committee would be headed by Deputy Commissioner with Civil Surgeon, District Drug Inspector, District Education Officer, Senior Superintendent of Police, District Attorney, District Local Bodies Officer, District Public Relations Officer, District Labour Officer as its members. The District Committees would have three youth leaders, three social activists and three members of religious bodies as its Non Official members.

The committee would ensure implementation of Anti Tobacco Laws and educate the public about ill effects of tobacco and tobacco products.


Chandigarh July 25, 2008
Naginder Singh

Punjab Agriculture Minister S. Sucha Singh Langah wants to provide paddy plantation machines to Punjab farmers to avoid labour problems faced by them this year. Keeping this in view Mr. Langah today met a four member delegation from Japan headed by Mr. Satoshi Nishioka, Senior Manager Yanmar Agricultural Equipment Company Japan, who gave presentation and explained to Minister that they would provide 8 row paddy plantation machines, which would sow paddy nursery and also transplant paddy.

Mr. Langah said that a high level team in which tractor manufactures would also be included would visit to Japan so that from next year paddy transplant machines would be manufactured in Punjab,

Other members of delegation were Mr. Shinichi Yoshida, Mr. Yash Wadhwa, and Mr. Takashi Ono from Yanmar Co. and prominent among other, who attended meeting included Mr. Rajesh Thakur General Manager International Tractors Sonalika and Mr. Dr. Kataria, joint Director Agriculture, Engineering wing Punjab.


Chandigarh July 25, 2008

The Punjab Government has launched a special scheme to provide text books free of cost to the scheduled caste girls studying at school/college level in class 10+1 and 10+2 SC girls living below poverty line.

Disclosing this here today S. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Welfare of SC/BC Minister Punjab said that this scheme has been started keeping in view to give relief to the parents guardian of these students from the financial burden, which they could not afford due to poverty.

The Minister said that the scheduled caste girl students studying in government as well as private recognized schools/colleges were eligible to get text books free of costs during the academic session. The students would be assisted by providing assistance at the rate of Rs. 1300 to medical and non-medical and Rs. 800 to Commerce and Arts per scheduled caste girl students for purchase of books for class 10+1 and 10+2.

The department of welfare would purchase the books of compulsory subjects from Punjab School Education Board Mohali and of optional subjects from Punjab NCERT or private publishers for supplying to the girl students. An amount of Rs. 80 lac has been provided for annual plan 2008-2009 to cover 9000 girl students.


Chandigarh July 25, 2008

Keeping in view to stop pollution of various rivers in the state and to provide cleaner environment to the public the government has commissioned 13sewage treatment plants in various towns of Punjab which would have capacity to treat 497 (MLD) million Liter sewage daily.

Giving this information while presiding over high level meeting of Municipal Commissioners Ludhiana and Amritsar districts, Mr. Manoranjan Kalia Local Government Minister Punjab said that 17 more sewage treatment plants in various towns of Punjab with a total treatment capacity of 174.30 mld would be constructed in near future.

Giving more information Mr. Kalia said that 3 sewage treatment plants in Amritsar town with a capacity of 200 mld should be set up under the project (Amritsar Sewage project) being completed with financial assistance from Japan Bank of International Cooperation and these plants would be completed by March 2012.

Prominent among other who attend the meeting included Mr. D.S. Bains Principal Secretary Local Government and Mr. Samir Kumar Local Government




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