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Punjab Govt
March 07, 2008




In an extraordinary gesture, Mr.Harcharan Bains, Media Advisor to the Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today decided to donate one kanal plot from his ancestral property at Mahilpur (Hoshiarpur) to the patriotic national hero Mr.Kashmir Singh to help him have a house of his own.

Mr. Kashmir Singh who called on the Chief Minister this morning, told Mr.Badal that he was having difficulty in finding a personal accommodation for him and his family as his old house in Nangal Khilarian was too small and was in a dilapidated condition. Mr.Badal immediately enquired from the Chief Secretary over the telephone as to the procedure for allotment of government land in Mahilpur.

At this point Mr.Bains intervened to say that he and his family owned ancestral land some of which fell in quality residential areas, and said that he would be more than happy to give one kanal free of cost to Mr.Kashmir Singh and his family for building a house. A beaming Mr.Badal lauded his media advisor's gesture and promptly offered government assistance to meet full expenses on the construction of a decent house on the piece of land to given for Mr.Kashmir Singh by Mr. Bains.

Later, Mr.Bains said that since the country lived only because heroes like Mr.Kashmir Singh were willing to die for it, this is the minimum that he could think of doing in this case. He said that since he belonged to Mahilpur, he would be available to Mr.Kashmir Singh for any further possible help that he could lend him.

Mr. Bains has asked Mr. Kashmir Singh to get the formalities for the transfer of the plot immediately.




Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today announced a pension of Rs.5000 per month each to Mr.Kashmir Singh and his wife Parmajit Kaur in recognisition of Mr.Kashmir Singh's outstanding services towards the nation. Mr. Kashmir Singh was in death row in Pakistan and had been recently released by the Pakistan government after 35 years of imprisonment. The pension announced by Mr. Badal will be for life.

Mr.Badal also promised to grant government job to one eligible dependent of Mr. Kashmir Singh. The National hero has a physically challenged son, Mr. Shishpal Singh who is a graduate in Arts.

Mr. Badal said that, if necessary, the Punjab Government would go beyond the existing policy for such cases and take the matter to Cabinet as a "one off" case, because, in the Chief Minister's view, Government rules were not above the sacrifice of patriots.

To overcome his hardships being physically handicapped, Mr.Badal promised him to post in Mahilpur or nearby. The Chief Minister also announced to bear the entire expenditure for the construction of a house for Mr.Kashmir Singh and his family over one kanal plot donated by his Media Advisor Mr.Harcharan Bains in Mahilpur to the national hero.

On the occasion, Mr.Badal and his wife Mrs.Surinder Kaur Badal honoured the couple with a shawl and a garland and assured fulsome support and cooperation to them on behalf of the Punjab government.

STATE ELECTION COMMISSION, PUNJAB-S.C.O. No. 54-55, Sector 34-A, Chandigarh.

Panchayat Elections to be held on April 7

Chandigarh, March 7: Pursuant to the notification of Government of Punjab for holding General Elections to Gram Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishads, the State Election Commission, Punjab has decided that general elections to all these three rural local bodies shall be held simultaneously and the date of poll shall be 07.04.2008. The detailed programme in this behalf shall be issued separately. Model Code of Conduct comes into force with immediate effect.



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