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March 19, 2008


Tampering with Punjab's claim on Chandigarh will cause unrest : Badal warns PM
Moves fast on Chandigarh move to fill posts from UT cadre

Chandigarh March 19, 2008

The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today asked Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to intervene and stop the Chandigarh Administration "from tampering with the existing system for filling the top civil posts in the Union Territory on deputation from Punjab and Haryana on a 60:40 ratio till Chandigarh is transferred to the State of Punjab."

In a written communication to the P.M., the Chief Minister warned that "the people of Punjab will not permit any change in the administrative structure of the City of Chandigarh to the detriment of the interests and claims of the State of Punjab and Punjabis. Any such effort will cause unrest in the minds of Punjabis within and outside the State and will deeply hurt their sentiments" said Mr. Badal, adding that the reported move of the UT Administration violated not only the "specific position taken by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on the issue but also the related provisions in the Punjab Re-organisation Act, 1966."

"I am amazed and shocked to learn that efforts are afoot to turn Chandigarh into a perpetual Union Territory," said Mr. Badal.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister's Media Advisor, Mr. Harcharan Bains, disclosed today that Mr. Badal would take up the matter with the Prime Minister at their next meeting. "He is seeking a meeting with the P.M. to discuss what he feels "is a matter of utmost importance and serious concern to Punjab. The UT's move has deeply hurt Mr. Badal and he views it as an unreasonable, unjustified and eminently avoidable step. The Chief Minister would impress upon the Prime Minister the need to stop the Chandigarh Administration from doing anything that had the potential to cause unrest in the region," said Mr. Bains.

The Chief Minister's 'firm and unequivocal stand' came amidst reports that the Union Territory was seeking to change the present process of filling the " the posts of Principal Medical Officer-cum-Director, Health Services and Joint Principal Medical Officer-cum-Medical Superintendent in Chandigarh by transfer on deputation from amongst the officers from the Punjab or Haryana State Governments. The UT Administration reportedly was initiating a move to fill these posts by promotion from the UT cadre officers. Ever since the Re-organization of Punjab in 1966, these posts have been filled from amongst the officers of Punjab and Haryana who can remain on deputation up to a period of four years.

Mr. Badal used strong words to voice the state's position on the issue. "The People of Punjab have never compromised on the denial of their legitimate right and claim to the city of Chandigarh. In order to get Chandigarh transferred to the State, they were forced to launch mass agitations, as a result of which thousands of Punjabis had to court arrests. The aspirations and sentiments of all Punjabis are deeply attached to the issue of the city right from the day the City was conceived," he wrote in his communication to the PM.

The Chief Minister emphasized that 'the State of Punjab is absolutely clear that Chandigarh belongs to the State of Punjab to which it needs to be transferred immediately.' He added that the people of Punjab expected the Prime Minister to use his good offices to resolve the long-outstanding issue regarding the transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab."

As per the Chandigarh Administration Medical Posts (Group 'A') Recruitment Rules, 1983, the posts of Principal Medical Officer-cum-Director, Health Services and Joint Principal Medical Officer-cum-Medical Superintendent, U.T. Chandigarh are to be filled by transfer on deputation from amongst the officers from the Punjab or Haryana State Governments. Ever since the re-organization of Punjab in 1966, the post of Principal Medical Officer-cum-Director, Health Services has been filled form amongst the officers of Punjab Civil Medical Services cadre on deputation and that of the Joint Principal Medical Officer-cum-Medical Superintendent has been filled from amongst the officers of Haryana State Medical Services cadre. Further, as per these rules, the Principal Medical Officer-cum-Director Health Services can remain on deputation up to a period of four years.

'Though, U.T. of Chandigarh was carved out in the year 1966, the Recruitment Rules were framed by the competent authority in the year 1983. After having experience of 17 years, the competent authority i.e. Government of India considered it expedient to prescribe the mode of recruitment to both these posts by way of transfer on deputation/transfer so as to avail services of experienced persons keeping in view that it is a solitary post in each of the cadre. The official respondents as well as private respondents through their written statements have submitted that the framers of the Rules were aware of the existence of the U.T. cadre but keeping in view the number of posts and with a view to have experienced person and keeping in view the periodical change in the post, said method of recruitment has been prescribed. The Recruitment Rules have stood the test of time since 1983 and were challenged only in the year 1995. The CAT specifically observed that there was no dispute that the posts of Medical Superintendent as well as that of Principal Medical Officer were solitary posts and that the Competent Authority by taking into consideration the relevant factors, framed the said Rules. The existing Rules have stood the test of time since 1983 and balance has also been struck between the States of Punjab and Haryana as the post of PMO-cum-DHS is filled from Punjab cadre doctors and that of Medical Superintendent is filled from Haryana Cadre doctors,' said Mr. Badal.

"There is no rationale or requirement for amendments, to the existing rules," he said.

Further, as per the decisions taken under the Punjab Reorganization Act, 1966, the posts of various services in the Union Territory of Chandigarh are required to be filled up by taking officers/officials on deputation from the State of Punjab and Haryana in the ratio 60:40 as per the policy guidelines contained in MHA's letter No. 14/1/66-CHD dated 4th November, 1966. The Supreme Court of India has not only upheld these Government policy guidelines in the case of Swarn Lata Versus Union of India (1980 Lab IC (NDC) 8 1979 1 Lab LJ C.A. No. 628 of 1978 dated 16th January, 1979) but has held that these instructions issued by the Government of India that the civil posts in the Chandigarh Administration shall be manned by the employees by the State Governments of Punjab and Haryana on deputation basis are supplemental, incidental and consequential provisions for the reorganization of the States under the Reorganization Act and are binding on all the parties covered under the reorganization, Mr. Badal pointed out.

Ammended Version of Press Note No. 84 (CMO) on Panchayat Elections



The Punjab Assembly today unanimously passed the resolution seeking postponement of elections to the Panchyati Raj Institutions scheduled to be held on April 07, 2008.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the Punjab Government said that the resolution was moved by the Leader of the House & Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal seeking postponement of the elections in view of the forthcoming wheat harvesting season and annual examinations of the colleges and universities. The Leader of Opposition Mrs. Rajinder Kaur Bhattal also supported the resolution. The spokesman further said that the Chief Secretary of the State Government had forwarded this resolution to the State Election Commission through the Chief Secretary by the State Government. The elections are now likely to be held around mid of May, 2008.



Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today gave a financial assistance of Rs.1 lac to Mr. Bhag Singh, the celebrated PR specialist who retired from the Information & Public Relations Department as Deputy Director (Song & Drama).

Mr. Harcharan Bains, Media Advisor to Mr.Badal presented a cheque of Rs.1 lac on behalf of the Chief Minister. Mr.Bhag Singh has not been keeping good health over last three years and Mr. Badal's gesture was in recognisition of the excellent services rendered by Mr. Bhag Singh in the field of song and drama besides Punjabi films.

Mr. Bains said that the state government was seriously considering honouring Mr.Bhag Singh for his outstanding role particularly in mobilizing popular artist in support of public causes. Mr.Bains was accompanied by Director Information & Public Relations Mr.Tejveer Singh.

Mrs.Kamla Bhag Singh wife of Mr.Bhag Singh and his maternal grand son Paramveer was also present on the occasion.


Chandigarh March 19, 2008

With a sole objective of promoting Ayurvedic systems of medicines and generate awareness amongst the people of the state of Punjab about this ancient system, a four-day long 'AROGYA MELA' organized in unison by the health department Punjab and FICCI ,was concluded late last evening at Amritsar. This first ever comprehensive health fair in the state evoked extensive response not only from the people of Punjab but also from the neighboring states.
Various new researches and on-going projects of Ayurveda were discussed on one platform.

Speaking at the concluding day of the health fair, Prof.Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, Health and Family Welfare Minister Punjab said that concerted efforts were being made to create awareness among the people about the efficacy of the AYUSH systems, its cost effectiveness
and the availability of herbs used for prevention of and treatment of common ailments at peoples' doorsteps through various channels including the production of audio-visual educational material to achieve the objective of "health for all".

The Minister also said that more than 6 thousand patients have been examined by a team of qualified and competent doctors from both Delhi and Punjab during this four-day long health fair. Ayurvedic and Homeopathy medicines worth Rs.60, 000 have also been distributed amongst the patients, she said. A disciple and representative of Swami Ramdev, Acharya Balkrishan explained at length the importance of yogic exercises to keep human body free from any kinds of diseases. Adding further, she said that the Punjab Health department has started in-house manufacturing facility of Ayurvedic drugs at Patiala Pharmacy to provide genuine and unadulterated drugs to the patients manufactured from medicinal plants and herbs under scientific supervision. Raw material worth Rs. 1 crore has already been purchased for manufacturing of drugs.

She also said that an unique herbal garden was being set up in 7 acres of land in Zirakpur where all kinds of herbs and medicinal trees would be grown. First Ayurveda University was also coming up in Hoshiarpur, she said. Besides the Vigilance wing of the Department has been strengthened to check the production and sale of spurious Ayurvedic drugs in the State. Seeking the cooperation of general public, the Minister said that they should in confidence give information about any units manufacturing spurious drugs in their vicinity.



The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Gen. (Retd.) S.F. Rodrigues, PVSM VSM, while presiding over the 29th meeting of Punjab Rajya Sainik Board, here today, strongly pleaded for strengthening the institutional mechanism, supported by a monitoring system, for creating more avenues of employment for our ex-servicemen in public and private sectors, to utilize their capacities and capabilities more effectively. He said that the Ex-servicemen constitute committed body and can play an unique role in building the new Resurgent India.

Emphasizing the need for expanding opportunities to utilize their potential, experience and expertise, General Rodrigues said that they can be instruments of change for the transformation of society. He said that in the changing socio-economic scenario in the world, our ex-servicemen must be utilized in different fields of endeavour by imparting them skill training in different vocations to channelise their energies for productive purposes.

Advocating the need for forging unity among the different ranks of Ex-servicemen, General Rodrigues reiterated that an apex body must be established, to act as a single window and an effective cooperative mechanism, with chapters throughout the State to ensure all round welfare of the Ex-servicemen. He said that this single platform must act as a facilitator and be responsive to their needs. He emphasized that Punjab should take the lead in this respect and should be a model for the rest of the Country to emulate.

General Rodrigues, while exhorting retired senior officers from different forces to lead a life of dignity, self–respect and honour, said that they should utilize their potential for productive purposes and contribute their might for bringing about social change. He said that our Ex-servicemen have vast experience in tackling difficult situations and that should be utilized for the welfare of the common man. He made it clear to the ex-servicemen that they should be the masters of their own destiny and work together for raising the quality of life of ex-servicemen and their families.

Sharing his concern for the declining number of people joining the Indian Defence Forces, General Rodrigues said that there is a need of generating awareness among our people and to encourage our boys and girls for opting for these challenging assignments. He said that Punjab has a history of sending brave people to the Armed Forces who have made sacrifices for the nation. There is a need of reviving that tradition and the Ex-servicemen must play a pivotal role in guiding this endeavour.

Lauding the efforts of Punjab Government in enhancing financial assistance to the war veterans and widows who were above the age of 65 years from Rs. 500/- to Rs. 1000/- per month and also increasing the monthly maintenance grants for some other categories of Defence personnel, General Rodrigues emphasized the need for launching training programmes for their rehabilitation to improve their chances of gainful employability after retirement.

Capt. Kanwaljit Singh, Minister Cooperation and Defence Services Welfare, Punjab, while taking part in the discussion said that Punjab Government has set up three training centers to train our boys and girls and to encourage them to join defence services. He promised more steps by the State Government in promoting the cause of Ex-servicemen and their families.

It was informed that Sainik Sadans at Mansa, Moga, Mohali and Nawanshehar are being constructed and a proposal to establish Ex-servicemen, old age home is under active consideration. It was also resolved to institute a responsive mechanism for sorting out the property disputes of serving, personnel and ex-servicemen. The meeting also decided to enhance the tenure of the Vice President of Zila Sainik Board from three years to four years.

General Rodrigues also presented trophies to district Mansa, Jalandhar and Gurdaspur for their outstanding work in collection of Flag Day Fund for the year 2006-07.

Senior officers from Punjab Government including Mr. A.R. Talwar, Principal Secretary Defence Welfare, Mr. M.P. Singh, Secretary to Governor, Brig. I.S. Gakhal, Director Sainik Welfare Punjab attended the meeting.


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