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May 05, 2008


Principal Secretary Reviews Wheat Procurement in Hoshiarpur

Chandigarh: May 5, 2008
N. Singh

Principal Secretary Transport and Public Relations, Mr. D.S. Jaspal, today visited Mandis in Hoshiarpur district and accessed the pace of procurement, lifting and payment to the farmers.

Mr. Jaspal said that 1,92,701 MT of wheat was arrived in the mandis of Hoshiarpur district which was 20 percent more than the previous year. He said the FCI and State agencies have lifted only 55 % of the wheat stocks, so far.

Mr. Jaspal directed the procurement agencies to expedite the lifting of wheat by augumenting labour force. The FCI was asked to allow State agencies to utilize their godown space to increase the speed of lifting operations. Mr. Jaspal also interected with farmers who expressed satisfaction with the timely payments.

Mr. Jaspal however asked the Deputy Commissioner to inquire into the cause of fires which destroyed wheat crop in nearly 600 acres and submit report to the Government for further necessary action.

Mr. Jaspal was accompanied by D.C. Hoshiarpur, Mr. N.K Wadhawan, Senior FCI and other officials of procurement agencies.


Chandigarh May 05

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today greeted Justice Anoop Singh Chowdary for his elevation as High Court Judge in Uganda.

In a congratulatory message, Mr. Badal said that it was a great honour and elation for Punjabis that a Sikh had been sworn in as a Judge of High Court for the first time in any East African Country.

Meanwhile, Mr. Badal also congratulated Mr. Karpal Singh and his son Mr. Gobind Singh Deo for being elected as members of the Parliament of Malaysia and said, " It is a matter of great pride and honour for each one of us back at home in Punjab".

Mr. Badal said that the Punjabis were known for their unique qualities of hard work, entrepreneurship and adaptability all over the world. "Wherever they go, they contribute immensely for the development & prosperity of the place of their adoption, besides carving out a niche for themselves due to sheer sincerity, devotion and zeal" said Mr. Badal.



MOHALI MAY 5, 2008

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today blamed the Centre for its arbitrary economic policies that had led an unprecedented price rise of the essential commodities over a past six months.

Addressing a mammoth gathering after paying floral tributes to great Sikh Warrior of 18th Century Sardar Jassa Singh Ramgarhia at a state level function to mark his 285th birth day. He called the upon the like minded people cutting across the political affiliations to wage a war thereby seeking inspiration from Sardar Jassa Singh Ramgarhia against the ill conceived policies of Centre which was bent to bring the state's industry to a grinding halt due to sky rocketing prices of steel and cement which had almost registered an increase of 50%. He said that Centre could not shun its responsibility in keeping the inflation in control because it was solely responsible for the steep hike in the prices of steel and cement because the GoI heavily exported them resulting in its acute shortage. "Had the Centre viewed the situation seriously it would had not adversely affected the economy as now, because any country could indulge in heavy exports only in a situation of surplus production" said Mr.Badal.

Mr. Badal said that the spiraling prices of essential commodities had also virtually crushed the common man due to the wrong and anti-people policies of the UPA government on contrary to its tall claims of the government aimed at welfare of the general masses. He said the Congress party was toeing the line of capitalism thereby blatantly ignoring the basic needs of a people.

Mr.Badal said; 'had Congress serious to the core in mitigating the sufferings of a common man it would have certainly initiated measures to check inflation'. The Chief Minister held UPA government responsible entirely for the price rise due to its self centered policies just to benefit few industrial houses that could later on help the Congress party during the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.

Showing deep concern over the highest ever rate of inflation registered in the recent past, Chief Minister urged the Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh and Union Finance Minister Mr.P.Chidambaram to take immediate remedial measures to check inflation which was playing havoc with the lives of the people rather in dillydallying the issue on one pretext or the other.

On the procurement front, Mr.Badal shared his happiness and satisfaction over the achievement of the target of the procurement of 90 lakh MT of wheat and said; "it is expected to cross the mark of 100 lakh MT as the yield has registered an increase of 40% over the last year". He categorically said that Punjab had kept its promise in meeting the target of procurement fixed by GoI whereas it never bothered to watch our genuine interests by giving us a fair deal in terms of remunerative MSP to our farmers.

Mr. Badal exhorted the people of Punjab in general and youth in particular to propagate the glorious legacy of Sardar Ramgarhia who fought the Mughals valiantly to safe guard the moral and ethical values of humanity based on the tenets of Sikh Panth. He said that Jassa Singh was a born leader of unprecedented qualities. Jassa Singh was honored as Ramgarhia and his name would always remain alive as the founder of the Great Ramgarhia Misl, who played a major role in the battles of the Khalsa Panth. Mr. Badal said that the real tribute to this brave soldier who avenged the barbaric acts of mughals 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 mankind.

In a welcome address Tourism & Jails Minister Hira Singh Gabhria said that Ramgarhia community was committed for the development and progress of the state. He said that this community was bestowed with the qualities of skilled craftsmanship and had tremendous accumen and enterprising skill which should be optimally exploited. He urged the Chief Minister to name the Punjab Technical University Jalandarh and the proposed four lanneing road connecting Kharar-Mohali-Zirakpur to International Airport Mohali after Sardar Jassa Singh Ramgarhia for his heroic deeds.

Responding to the demands Mr.Badal expressed his inability to announce the acceptance of these demands in view of the model code of conducts being enforced for the ensuing Amritsar South bye-election and Panchayat elections in the state. He assured the representatives of the Ramgarhia community that after the elections he would not only concede their demands but also implement them in true spirit.

Prominent amongst others who spoke on the occasion included Cooperation Minister Capt. Kanwaljit Singh, Information & Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, MLA Morinda Ujjagar Singh Wadali, Chairman Punjab State Cooperative Bank Jasjit Singh Banni and senior vice President SAD Jathedar Tota Singh.


PWRMD holds it's first Board meeting

Chandigarh May 05

The first meeting of the Board of Directors of Punjab Water Resources Management and Development Corporation Limited (PWRMDC) held here today under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal.

It was informed in the meeting that the Government of India (GoI) , Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Registrar of Companies had also approved the change of name of the corporation and had issued new certificate of incorporation i.e. Punjab Water resources Management and Development Corporation Limited with its corporate identity number.

The progress of three Command Areas Development & Water Management Programmes for lining of watercourses was also monitored in the meeting. It may be mentioned here that the projects of Kotla Branch Command and Eastern Branch Command had already been completed, whereas the project Upper Bari Doab Canal (UBDC) Command at a cost of Rs. 243.05 Crore would be completed by the 31st March 2012. The Board has also reviewed the details of the Sirhind Feeder Part-II (Rs. 407.03 crore) and Bathinda Branch Part-II (Rs. 242.72 crore) projects to be executed during 2008-09. It was also mentioned in the meeting that total 274 Tubewells were being installed under various Tubewell Schemes and 161 has been energized so far.

Prominent amongst those who attended the meeting included Chief Secretary Punjab RI Singh, Financial Commissioner Development RS Sandhu, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister DS Guru, Secretary Irrigation & Power Suresh Kumar, Managing Director PIDB, SS Sandhu, Managing Director (PWRMDC) Behari Lal, Director Agriculture BS Sidhu, Chief Engineer Canals RK Goel, beside officers of Finance and Irrigation departments.



Chandigarh, May 5, 2008

District Ferozepur led in wheat procurement with10.74 lac tonnes as wheat procurement in Punjab touched 94 lac tonnes. The spokesman said that six government agencies and private millers have procured more than 93.70lac tonnes of wheat in Punjab out of which 89.04 lac tonne (95.0%) has been procured for the central pool and 2,22,823 tonnes (2.4%) has been procured for the State pool. According to an official spokesman till Sunday evening out of total procurement of 93,70,396 tonnes of wheat in all the procurement centers of Punjab, millers have lifted 2,43,247 tonnes (2.6%) of wheat. Till May 4, PUNGRAIN had procured 16, 63,388 tonnes (18.7%) whereas MARKFED procured 21, 12,746 tonnes (23.7%). PUNSUP procured 20, 37, 565 tonnes (22.9%), PSWC procured 11, 20,706 tonnes (12.6%) whereas PAIC was able to procure10, 16,036 tonnes (11.4 %) of wheat for the central pool. The Central Government agency FCI had been able to procure 9, 53,885tonnes (10.7%) for the central pool.

The spokesman said that in addition MARKFED procured 69413 tonnes (31.2%), PUNSUP procured 76238 tonnes (34.2%) and PAIC procured 46541 tonnes(0.5%) for the State pool. He added that Ferozepur District with 10,74,879 tonnes of procurement was leading in procurement operations whereas Sangrur District with 9,20,642 tonnes of procurement was at second slot and Ludhiana district with 8,13,055 tonnes of procurement ranked at third position. The Punjab Government and FCI have made a payment of more than Rs. 8916 crores to the farmers of the State for wheat procured upto May 3, 2008 ensuring payment to the farmers within 48 hours of lifting of their wheat. The spokesman said that Punjab Government has already allocated Rs. 11116 crores for to six government agencies for ensuring 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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