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May 01, 2008


General elections to Gram Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishads postponed

Chandigarh May 2, 2008

Earlier General elections to Gram Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishads scheduled to be held on 07.04.2008, were postponed pursuant to unanimous resolution of Punjab Vidhan Sabha. General elections to Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishad are being now held with date of poll as 12.05.2008.

Department of Rural Development and Panchayats has also conveyed that the general elections to Gram Panchayats be held by 31st May 2008. Accordingly, it is announced that the poll for general elections to Gram Panchayats shall be held on 26.05.2008. Detailed schedule for this purpose shall be issued separately. Since the Model Code of Conduct is already in force on account of Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad general elections, the same shall continue to remain in force till the completion of Gram Panchayat elections.



Chandigarh, May 2, 2008

The Punjab government would establish a state-of-the-art State Institute of Automotive and Driving Skills (SIADS) in the state as a joint venture between TATA Motors and the Transport Department Punjab.

A spokesman of Punjab Government today said that this institute would be set up at village Mahuana District Mukatsar at a cost of Rs. 13 crore approximately. The institute would come up on an area of nearly 14 acres which would be provided by the Punjab Government. It would be run by a registered society which would have equal representatives from TATA Motors and the State Government.

He added that a high level team of TATA Motors today held discussions with senior officers of the Punjab Transport Department to give final touches for operationalising the institute. The TATA Motors team, which was headed by Mr. A.S. Puri, Sr. Gen. Manager, gave a detailed presentation for the set up of the Institute, its by laws and also the proposed syllabus and funding pattern. Besides this discussions were also held on business plan of the institute, course contents for various courses and constitution of the society.

The Transport department was headed by Sh. D.S.Jaspal, Principal Secretary Transport-cum-Chairman PEPSU Road Transport Corporation, Mr. Manvesh Singh Sidhu, MD, PRTC, Patiala, Mr. R.S. Bal, GM, PRTC and other officers of the department.


Chandigarh May 2, 2008

State Vigilance Bureau in a drive against corruption in public life arrested 8 Non-Gazzetted Officers (NGOs) in 7 different trap cases last month. The Bureau was able to secure the conviction of two Gazzetted Officers (GOs) and 21 NGOs in 8 corruption cases in the state.

Disclosing this here today Mr. Harcharn Singh Bhullar, SP-cum-Joint Director (Admn.) Vigilance Bureau Punjab, said that Bureau has put up its best efforts to eradicate corruption amongst public servants and others in every sphere in the State.

He added that the special courts have sentenced 2 GOs and 21 NGOs in 8 different corruption cases during this month. The VB had also registered 8 Vigilance Enquiries and four criminal cases. Two more cases under disproportionate assets have also been registered by the VB during this month, he added.


Chandigarh May 2, 2008

State Election Commission Punjab has appointed 21 IAS and 7 PCS officers as observers to conduct free and fair general elections of Zila Parishads and Panchayat Samities going to be held on 12.5.2008, for which appointment letters have been issued on 30.4.2008. Appointed observers would immediately took charge of their duty as observer in their respective districts.

Giving details an official spokesman of State Election Commission said that for district Amritsar Mr.P.S. Aujla IAS and Sh. Deepinder Singh PCS for Bathinda, Sh. S.K. Sandhu IAS for District Barnala, Sh. Ashok Kumar Gupta IAS for Ferozepur, Sh. D.K. Tiwari IAS and Dr. Arvinder Singh IAS, for Faridkot, Sh. Arun Goel IAS for Fatehgarh Sahib, Sh. I.S. Sandhu IAS for Gurdaspur, Sh. Jagjit Puri IAS and Sh. AS Bains PCS for for Hoshiarpur, Sh. Mandeep Singh IAS and Sh. K.S. Sra PCS for Jalandhar, Sh. Bhagwant Singh IAS and Sh. Bhupinder Singh PCS for Kapurthala, Sh. K.B. S, Sidhu IAS and Sh. T.P.S Sidhu PCS for Ludhiana, Dr. A.S. Chattwal IAS and Sh. A.S. Miglani PCS for Mansa, Sh. G Vajralingam IAS for Mukatsar, Sh. R. Venkatratanam for Moga, Sh. Kulbir Singh IAS for Mohali, Sh. Jaspal Singh IAS for Nawanshahar, Sh. Narinderjit Singh IAS for Patiala, Sh. N.S. Kang IAS and Sh. V.K. Janjua IAS for Ropar, Sh. G.S. Grewal IAS for Sangrur, Sh. T.R. Sarangal IAS and Sh. S.S. Bains PCS for Tarn Taran, Sh. S S Dhillon IAS were appointed as observers in the state. Instructions have been issued to district administrations to publish residence address, telephone nos and mobile nos of appointed observers in news papers and also broadcast on radio and TV Media for the information of general public.



Chandigarh, May 2, 2008

The Punjab today took a giant step to bring Country out of food crises as its contribution to central pool of Wheat Stock exceeded far more than the target of 80 Lac tonnes fixed by the Union Government. The granary of the Country with less than 1.3 % geographical area has contributed 82.94 Lac tonnes to the Central Pool on 1st May as against 55.06 Lac tonnes contributed on this date last year.

A spokesman of Punjab Government today said that with the pace of procurement being witnessed in the Mandis of Punjab, the State hopes to contribute 90 lac plus tonnes to the Central pool this Rabi Season.

The spokesman said that six government agencies and private millers have procured more than 86.59 lac tonnes of wheat in Punjab out of which 82.94 lac tonne (95.80%) has been procured for the central pool and 1,52,793 tonnes (1.8%) has been procured for the State pool.

According to an official spokesman Government agencies and private millers procured more than 86.59lac tonnes of wheat till Thursday evening. Out of total procurement of 86,59,700 tonnes of wheat in all the procurement centers of Punjab, Government agencies procured 84, 46,830 tonnes of wheat (97.5%) till date whereas millers have lifted 2,12,870 tonnes (2.5%) of wheat. Till May 1, PUNGRAIN had procured 15, 30,140 tonnes (18.4%) whereas MARKFED procured 19, 64,270 tonnes (23.7%). PUNSUP procured 18, 86, 783 tonnes (22.7%), PSWC procured 10, 62,814 tonnes (12.8%) whereas PAIC was able to procure9, 58,648 tonnes (11.5 %) of wheat for the central pool. The Central Government agency FCI had been able to procure 8, 93,482 tonnes (10.8%) for the central pool.

The spokesman said that in addition MARKFED procured 55294 tonnes (36.2%), PUNSUP procured 68,249 tonnes (44.7%) and PAIC procured 27925 tonnes(0.3%) for the State pool.

He added that Ferozepur District with 10,09,435 tonnes of procurement was leading in procurement operations whereas Sangrur District with 9,09,796 tonnes of procurement was at second slot and Ludhiana district with 7,82,971 tonnes of procurement ranked at third position.

The Punjab Government has made a payment of more than Rs. 7954 crores to the farmers of the State for wheat procured upto April 30, 2008 ensuring payment to the farmers within 48 hours of lifting of their wheat.

The spokesman said that Punjab Government has already set aside Rs. 11176 crores for total procurement season to ensure hassle free payment to the farmers. He said that Rs. 1462.50 crore has been allocated to PUNGRAIN where as MARKFED has been allocated Rs. 1580.60 crores for wheat procurement. Similarly PUNSUP has been allocated Rs. 1977.70 crores and an amount of Rs.840.66 crores has been placed at the disposal of PSWC. Similarly PAFC and FCI have been allocated Rs. 900.26 crores and Rs. 843.22 crore respectively.

The State Government has set up over 1615 procurement centres and activated its total machinery to ensure smooth procurement of wheat, the spokesman added.



The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational irrigation Programme for the Kharif Season through Canal water from 5th May to 12th May, 2008. The channels of Sirhind Canal System would run on priority basis from Sidhwan Branch, Bhatinda Branch, Bist Doab Canal, Abohar Branch and Patiala feeder respectively.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the Irrigation department said that direct distributaries of Bhakra Main Line, in Group 'A' being in the first preference would run to their indent. Balance water supplies would be utilised in Ghaggar link and its off taking channels i.e. Ghaggar Branch and Patiala Minor in Group 'B' respectively.

The spokesman further said that the Punjab channels off taking from Harika and Ferozepur Head Works & Branches i.e. all the direct distributaries of Sirhind Feeder in-group "A" being in the first preference would run to their indent. Balance water supplies would be utilised in Abohar Branch off taking from Sirhind Feeder and its distributaries/minors in-group "B".

The spokesman also said that the channels off taking from upper Bari Doab Canal i.e. Main Branch Lower with its distributaries being in first Preference would run to their indent. Balance Surplus water available would be utilised in, Lahore Branch, Sabraon Branch and Kasur Branch Lower with its distributaries.




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