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June, 2008



Chandigarh June 25, 2008

The protests in several parts of Punjab against the killing of an innocent Sikh youth in Mumbai by Dera Sirsa chief's private gunman passed off peacefully today.

A statement issued by Mr. Harcharan Bains, Media Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal said that although road and rail traffic was affected at about 19 places, no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the state. "Government agencies had made elaborate arrangements to maintain peace and communal harmony in the state. Keeping in view the highly emotive nature of the issue, they used a combination of restraint, tact and firmness to ensure that the situation remained peaceful and totally under control. The state remained normal and free from any kind of tension.," said Mr. Bains in his statement.

The Media Advisor who is also the Punjab government's principal spokesperson, said that the Indian Railways plies more than 225 daily routes in the state. Reports reaching Chandigarh said that of these, eleven had been either partially affected or rescheduled. At some places, rail traffic was held up for about two hours by peaceful agitators. The railways authorities cancelled two goods trains and five others while rescheduling seven other trains in the state. At several places the administration and local volunteers served water, cold drinks and snacks to commuters who had been held up in the protests. Some agitators in Fatehgarh Sahib district, who were still staging a dharna on the railways line were likely to end their protest in the evening.

Similarly, agitators blocked road traffic at 11 places in the state during the day. However, no untoward incident was reported from any of these places.


Narinder Singh

Department of Local Government, Punjab under the aegis of Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA), Government of India was going to organizing a Regional Review meeting to be taken by the Dr. H.S.Anand, Secretary, (HUPA) on 26th June, 2008 at Chandigarh with respect to review the progress on implementation of Basic Services to Urban Poor (BSUP) and Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme (IHSDP) under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for the States of Punjab, Chandigarh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and J & K.

Disclosing this here today Mr. Samir Kumar Director Local Government Punjab said that Sh. D.S. Bains, Principal Secretary, Department of Local Government would welcome the Chief Guest, Dr. H.S.Anand, Secretary, HUPA and also gave presentation regarding the achievement of Punjab under BSUP & IHSDP schemes.

Giving more details Mr. Samir Kumar said that Ms. Naseema Lankar, Secretary, J & K, Housing and Urban Development; Dr. Manjit Singh, Secretary, Government of Rajasthan, Local Self Government; Sh. S.K.Sharma, Secretary Government of Himachal Pradesh and Sh. Mohanjit Singh, Chairman, Chandigarh Housing Board alongwith Commissioners and other officers from the above State would also participate in the review meeting.

He further said that the State of Punjab had made tremendous achievements under the BSUP & IHSDP scheme. The Detailed Project Report amounting to Rs.114.83 crore of construction of flats for slum dwellers in Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana has already been approved and 1st installment of Rs.22.00 crore has been released by Government of India under these schemes.




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