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May 04, 2008



INDEFINITELY Chandigarh May 4, 2008

Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Information & Public Relations Minister and Patron, Youth Akali Dal today thanked the Punjab Chief Minister S. Parkash Singh in getting the death sentence of Mr.
Sarabjit suspended indefinitely.

Thanking on behalf of people of in general and residents of Amritsar in particular, Mr. Majithia said that citizens of this country would remember the role played by S.Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister Punjab in getting Sarabjit back from gallows. He said that it was S. Badal who mooted the idea of unanimous resolution requesting the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Union External Affair Ministry to plead the case of Sarabjit Singh effectively with the neighboring country. He said that S. Badal met many Members of Parliament and Ministers to exert moral pressure on the Pakistan Government to reconsider the case of Sarabjit.

Effectively launching a campaign on Sarabjit, S. Badal also invited Mr. Burney former Union Human Rights Minister of Pakistan to Punjab so that he could meet the family of Sarabjit and know the realty at ground level. He said that unstinted effort of S. Badal and our President S. Sukhbir Singh Badal have started showing result as Pakistan government has now decided to suspend the death sentence of Sarbjit indefinitely.

S. Majithia said that SAD-BJP government under the leadership of S. Parkash Singh Badal had taken many measures to normalize 'people to people' contact with Pakistan and enhance trade activity with them. He said that S. Badal is taking all measure to make Amritsar "trading hub of South East Asia". He said that S. Badal has started the road route for trade and resultantly import of cement by Attari Border helped the country in stabilizing cement prices in the country.

Mr. Majithia said that SAD-BJP government under the dynamic leadership of S. Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister Punjab and visionary guidance of President SAD Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal would continue to work for honorable release of all prisoners languishing in the jails of neighboring country.



Chandigarh May 04, 2008

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today greeted the people of Punjab on the eve of 285th birth anniversary of great Sikh warrior of 18th century S. Jassa Singh Ramgarhia.

In a message Mr. Badal called upon the people of Punjab in general and youth in particular to perpetuate the glorious legacy of S. Ramgarhia who fought the Mougals valiantly to safe guard the moral and ethical values of humanity based on the tenets of Sikh Panth. Mr. Badal said that the real tribute to this brave soldier who avenged the barbaric acts of mougals to restore the glory of Sikh Panth would be to follow the path of righteousness and self scarifies preached by him for the uplift and betterment of the society.

He appealed the people to celebrate this pious occasion in unison rising above the petty consideration of cast, colour, creed and religion.


Chandigarh May 4, 2008

The Minimum Wages Board constituted by the Punjab Government is in process of revising minimum wages and it would be revised soon.

Mr. Tikshan Sood, Labour Minister Punjab said that news reports suggesting that minimum wages in Punjab have been revised to Rs. 3300 per month were incorrect as Minimum Wages Board has not taken any decision in this regard. The Labour Minister said that government on advice of Minimum Wages Board was in way to revise minimum wages shortly but has not fixed any amount uptill now as Revised Minimum Wages.

The Minister added that Minimum Wages Act required the appropriate government to fix minimum rates of wages in scheduled employment and to review the same and revise, if necessary, at such intervals as it may think fit, but not exceeding five years. The Minister said that it was unfortunate that revision of minimum wages that became due in the year 2006 and Congress Government failed to revise the same. The SAD-BJP Government has now reconstituted Minimum Wages Board on December 19, 2007 giving top priority to the revision of minimum wages.

The Minister said that three tripartite meetings consisting of representatives of employers and workers were held in February, March and April and minimum wages would be shortly revised by the State on the recommendation of the Board.

Giving the details of the present wage structure the Minister said that the minimum wages fixed for an unskilled worker w.e.f. 1.1.2001 were Rs. 2000 per month or Rs. 76.95 per day. Similarly wages for agricultural labour were fixed at Rs. 71.05 (with meals) or 80.75 (without meals) per day and Rs. 15363.95 were fixed for an attached labour (consolidated per annum) with meals or food grains equivalent there of. Consumer price index number is prepared by Economic and Statistical Organization, Punjab (state series 1987 =100). As a result of this linkage, the minimum wages of unskilled industrial worker have risen from 2570 per month as on 1.9.2007 to Rs. 2620 per month or Rs. 100.51 per day. w.e.f. 1.3.2008. The minimum wages of an unskilled agriculture labour have also risen to Rs. 94.61 (with meals) or Rs. 104.31 (without meals) per day and the attached labourer is now entitled to get Rs. 19083.95 w.e.f. 01-03-08(per annum).

The Minister said that last revision of minimum wages was done on 01.01.2001. The rates of wages are linked with Consumer Price Index numbers. The rate of neutralization being provided is @ Rs. 5 per point for monthly rated workers and Rs. 0.19 paisa per point for daily rated workers. The Minister said that adjustment in wages is done on six monthly basis i.e. 1st March and 1st September of every year.


Chandigarh, May 4, 2008

Wheat procurement in Punjab touched 92 lac tonnes mark and state contributed over 87.65 lac tonnes to the central pool till date.

The spokesman said that six government agencies and private millers have procured more than 92.12lac tonnes of wheat in Punjab out of which 87.65 lac tonne (95.1%) has been procured for the central pool and 2,11,522 tonnes (2.3%) has been procured for the State pool.

According to an official spokesman till Saturday evening out of total procurement of 92,12,702 tonnes of wheat in all the procurement centers of Punjab, millers have lifted 2,35,509 tonnes (2.6%) of wheat. Till May 3, PUNGRAIN had procured 16, 32,990 tonnes (18.6%) whereas MARKFED procured 20, 73,669 tonnes (23.7%). PUNSUP procured 20, 00, 372 tonnes (22.8%), PSWC procured 11, 08,661 tonnes (12.6%) whereas PAIC was able to procure10, 04,286 tonnes (11.5 %) of wheat for the central pool. The Central Government agency FCI had been able to procure 9, 45,693 tonnes (10.8%) for the central pool.

The spokesman said that in addition MARKFED procured 67932 tonnes (32.1%), PUNSUP procured 75,408 tonnes (35.7%) and PAIC procured 41460 tonnes(0.4%) for the State pool.

He added that Ferozepur District with 10,49,084 tonnes of procurement was leading in procurement operations whereas Sangrur District with 9,19,793 tonnes of procurement was at second slot and Ludhiana district with 8,07,235 tonnes of procurement ranked at third position.

The Punjab Government has made a payment of more than Rs. 8500 crores to the farmers of the State for wheat procured upto May 2, 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.

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



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