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June, 2008



Amritsar, June 13, 2008

Reiterating his firm resole to develop holy city of Amritsar as a World class tourist destination, Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal today announced a grant of Rs. 65 crore, in addition to Rs. 100 crore already given by the State Government for the integrated development of the historic city.

Addressing a massive gathering here today in a jam packed Guru Nanak Auditorium after the presentation made by the technical experts of the US based Tetra Tech India Limited on Rs. 100 crore development project of Amritsar, the Chief Minister said that out of Rs. 65 crore, a sum of Rs. 20 crore each would be spent on the development of outer wards, solid waste management, lying of sewer lines and Rs. 5 crore for the plantation of Neem trees in the city as a part of beautification and clean environment project.

It may be recalled that the project is likely to be executed by the reputed firms for which the global tenders had already been floated.

The Chief Minister also announced that the Government of India had already cleared the State Government's proposal to set up a World class University at Amritsar over 700 acres of land, which was being identified by the district administration for this purpose. He also mentioned that recently he called on the Union Sports & Youth Affairs Minister Mr. Manohar Singh Gill at New Delhi, who agreed to sanction Rs. 3 crore for lying Astroturf in the Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar and to hold the 14th National Youth Festival-2009 at Amritsar.

Mr. Badal lamented that even after 60 years of Independence, the Centre had not been able to provide the basic civic amenities to our people. He said any society or nation could not progress without education and health facilities. He said his Government had embarked and ambitious plan to modernize the Government Guru Nanak Hospital and Medical College at a cost of 130 crore and probably it would the one of the best hospitals in the World.

"We owe a moral duty to develop Amritsar as one of the finest cities across the globe in view its historical and religious importance. The development of this city can not the quantified in terms of money rather it is the sheer devotion and faith to bring spectacular all round development here as lacs of devotees daily visit Sri Darbar Shaib to pay their obeisance in order to seek the blessings of Almighty"said Mr. Badal. The Chief Minister also highlighted significance of over all development and growth of Amritsar in the context of the improved Indo-Pak relations which would further give a fillip to the bilateral trade between two countries in general and Punjab in particular.

The Chief Minister said that the State Government had initiated concerted efforts towards an integrated development of the Corporate cities of Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Mohali and Bathinda for which the services of renowned planners and architects were being taken to prepare the master plans of the cities.

Speaking on the occasion SAD President Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal said that the SAD-BJP Government was committed to develop Punjab as a front runner State not only on the National but at International level too. He said that the bold initiatives taken by the Government in strengthening the sectors like power, infrastructure, education and health was a step in the right direction to achieve its objective of ensuring all round development and prosperity in the State. "Unlike Congress, the SAD-BJP does not believe in tall claims and hollow slogans but is firmly committed to translate its actions into reality to cherish the aspirations of the people" said Mr. Sukhbir Badal.

He further said that it was his and his father's (Mr. Badal) commitment to develop Amritsar as one of the best cities in the World even before coming to power and now since the people had given us a chance to serve we would spare no efforts to full fill our promise and people's dream.

Local Government and Industry Minister Mr Manoranjan Kalia said that the Government of India had already approved six out of 13 Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) submitted by the State Government and the first installment of Rs. 125 crore had already been released by the Centre for the implementation of these projects. He asked the Municipal Councillor and Corporater to fully involve themselves for the timely implementation of various on going projects and overseeing the quality as per the specifications with their jurisdiction.

Information & Public Relations Minister Mr Bikram Singh Majithia urged Mr. Badal to formulate a policy for the development of Amritsar in such a manner to ensure balanced growth of the city without ignoring the outer wards. He impressed upon Mr. Badal to allot additional funds for the development of these wards.

In his address local Member Parliament Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu said that he would keep his word given to the people of Amritsar at all costs to develop this historic city on the ultra modern lines. He said that the development of Amritsar was a pointer towards the development of not only India but of entire World as it reflected the cosmopolitan culture and rich heritage binding the humanity.

President Punjab BJP Mr. Rajinder Bhandari and National Secretary BJP and Incharge Punjab State Affairs Mr. Balbir Punj also spoke on the occasion.

Prominent amongst other who were also present on the occasion included Prof. Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Minister for Health, Mayor Er. Shwet Malik, Mr. Anil Joshi, Mr. Amarpal Singh Boni, Mr. Inderbir Singh Bularia (all MLAs) and Mr. D.S. Bains, Secretary Local Government.



Chandigarh, June 13, 2008

the Punjab Government had invited application from physically handicapped employees, sports person and institution who contributed for the welfare of handicapped to honour then with state awards.

Disclosing this here today Ch. Swarna Ram Social Security & Welfare of Woman & Child Development Minister said that applications should reach to the Director Social Security Department duly recommended by the Deputy Commissioner on prescribed Performa along with full biodata on or before 15-7-08.

Minister also said that these awards were given every year on December 3rd on world Disabled Day. The applications received after 15-7-08 would not be entertained.


Chandigarh, June 13, 2008

Keeping in view bring awareness among masses regarding Disaster Management Practices in the State and for disseminating the same grass root level, Mrs. Romila Dubey, Financial Commissioner (Revenue) Punjab hold a meeting of Senior Officers of concerned departments and discussed at length various aspects to implement campaign effectively.

She said that through this awareness campaign general public would be educated to how to protect themselves from floods, fire incidents and earthquakes. For this seminars would be organised in 10 colleges and – competitions, mock drills and safety programmes would be organised in twenty schools, one in each districts.

Mrs. Dubey said that necessary material would be made available by Dr. R.K.Sharma, Associate Fellow Disaster Management Cell, for the preparation of booklets and posters. She asked Public Relations Department Punjab to make short documentary film in consultation with Dr. R.K. Sharma who was also a Nodal Officer.

Mrs. Dubey said to launch campaign effectively short documentary films would also be shown in cinema halls and on local T.V. channels in each district and booklets, posters and literature would be distributed at grass root level. All the concerned departments were asked to send their proposal this department by or before 17-6-2008. So that this could be discussed in video conference going to be held 19-6-2008 with the National Disaster Management.

Prominent amongst other include Mr. S.K. Ahluwalia, Commissioner Patiala Division, Mr. Khushi Ram, Spl. Secy. Revenue, Mr. Jaspal Singh, Special Secretary Higher Education and Languages, representatives of Secondary Education, Additional Secretary Home and Director, Public Relations Punjab.



Chandigarh, June 13, 2008

Mr. P.Ram, Principal Secretary, Labour today reviewed the implementation of "Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna" in Punjab.

It was decided in the meeting that every concerned department of Punjab Government should make all efforts to make implementation of this National Scheme a grand success. It was decided to include more Public Hospitals under the preview of the scheme.

It was decided to launch campaign to educate the workers regarding benefits of this scheme.

Prominent amongst those who participated in the meeting included Secretary Health Mr. T.R.Sarangal; Special Secretary Finance, Mr. D.K. Tiwari; Special Secretary Social Security Mr. V.K.Sharma; Administrative Officer, Information & Public Relations Mr. Puneet Goyal & representatives of Cooperation, Rural Development & Panchayats Departments and also of Punjab Health System Corporation.



Chandigarh June 13, 2008

Member of Parliament and Shiromani Akali Dal President Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today came down heavily against the Union government for its whimsical decision to raise the paddy minimum support price to just Rs.850 as against Rs.1000 recommended by Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP). Mr. Badal would seek an appointment with the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to put

forward a case for raising MSP to Rs.1400 per quintal for Common variety Rs.1500 for Grade 'A' variety. He said that even this would be hardly enough to absorb the shock of the unprecedented price rise, inflationary pressure and the demand and supply scenario in the county.

In a statement here, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal further said that the hike announced by the government of India in the prices of petroleum product, apart from the escalation in the prices of farms inputs, have already broken the back of the peasantry. The need of the hour was to come up with some incentives for the farming sector in the interest of ensuring food security for the nation. The farmers were looking forward to the government announcing an MSP conformity with market realities, keeping in view the need for preventing a dependents on foreign countries for our food requirements.

Mr. Badal said that the Union Finance Minister's statement about the states demanding a lower MSP is misleading and incorrect. "No paddy producing state has demanded a price lower than Rs.1000", said Mr. Badal.


Chandigarh, June 13, 2008

Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Patron, Youth Akali Dal & Public Relations Minister today threatened that Youth Akali Dal would gherao UPA Chairperson, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, if the Union Government failed to raise the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Paddy to Rs. 1300/-.
In a statement issued here today the Youth Akali Dal Patron said
that by announcing MSP of Paddy much lower than the recommendations of Rs. 1000/- of Central Commission of Agricultural Prices (CCAP), anti-Punjab face of UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi has got unmasked. He wondered that on one hand Mr. P. Chidambram, Finance Minister had conceded last week at Rajpura that Nation could save Rs.
10,000 Crore because of bumper crop of wheat produced by Punjabi Farmers on other hand he was trying to push them deeper into debt trap by cosmetically revising MSP. Mr. Majithia said that Sonia has ridiculed Punjabi farmers by lowering MSP who were already suffering from double-digit inflation.
The Minister said that the Akali Dal had been pleading to link MSP with Wholesale Price Index (WPI) so that farmers should not made to suffer because of ever increasing prices of Agricultural inputs. He said that it was matter of great regret that Union Government even chose to ignore recommendations of its own body CCAP that had recommended MSP of Rs. 1000/- for paddy.
Mr. Majithia said that Congress had always adopted anti Punjab Policies to ensure stagnation of growth of this enterprising, prosperous State and this lowering of MSP was to discourage hard working Punjabi farmers. He said that Mrs. Sonia Gandhi was working with a set agenda of Gandhi family to crush Punjab and make it a pauper state and this was one of such steps initiated at her instance. He said that so called debt waiver announced by the Union Government would hardly benefit any Punjabi farmer.
Mr. Majithia said that Youth Akali Dal was determined to you expose anti-Punjab and anti-national face of Sonia Gandhi and would gherao the 10-Janpath, where all anti- Punjab Policies are given final shape.





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