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May 15, 2008


Results of the civic elections in Punjab as a victory for constructive politics..Sukhbir Singh Badal

Chandigarh 15 May

The Shiromani Akali Dal President Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today described the results of the civic elections in Punjab as a victory for constructive politics and rejection of the confrontationist policies of the previous congress regime. In a statement here, Mr. Sukhbir Singh said that after the corporation elections, this is the second large scale endorsement of the policies and programmes of the SAD-BJP Government in Punjab.

He said that he was grateful to the people of the State in general and the workers of SAD-BJP in particular for ensuring a mandate in Government favour.

He said that the victory had only filled him with humility and a desire to serve the people with a commitment even greater than before.


Chandigarh, May 15, 2008

Taking Cognizance of the media reports published in a section of press regarding quarrel among CRPF personnel deployed at Punjab Chief Minister's residence, Deputy Inspector General of Police CRPF, Chandigarh (U.T) Mr. A.S. Sidhu said that all three constables have been placed under suspension with immediate effect and a Court of Enquiry had been ordered and Security at CM's residence had been also been beefed up.

Clarifying the position about the unfortunate incident, Mr. Sidhu mentioned that on May 14 at about 11.00 hours two personnel, Constable Narinder and Constabale Arun Kumar had a tussle over a minor issue in CRPF lines and not CM's residence. Constable Surajbhan who was standing nearby intervened to stop them from quarrelling in this process Constable Surajbhan sustained injury on his left ear and constable Arun Kumar on his upper lip. Both were sent to PGI and have since been discharged after treatment. In this connection, preliminary enquiry has been done and no such thing as use of Rifle butts, sharp edged weapon or dagger etc. as reported in the press reports had been found. Both personnel had received minor injuries and they have been discharged from hospital after administering first aid. The DIG CRPF Chandigarh and commandant 134 Bn, CRF have visited the coy and reviewed security arrangement at CM's residence.



Chandigarh May 15, 2008

Taking serious review of the incident of clash between BJP and Akali Dal workers at village Daburji in District. Tarn Taran on May 11, the Director General of Punjab Police Mr. N.P.S Aulakh today directed the Inspector General of Police (Border) Mr. R. P. Meena to conduct a detailed fact finding enquiry into the said incident.
The enquiry would also take into account the role of various district officials in handling the situation and submit the report within a week positively to the DGP for onward submission to Govt.


Chandigarh May 15, 2008

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today urged the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to take effective measures immediately to restore the norms of deputation policy, under which all posts in Chandigarh Administration are to be filled by deputation from Punjab and Haryana in the ratio of 60:40, besides checking the systematic erosion of Punjab's share over past few years.
In letter to the Prime Minister, Mr. Badal lamented that lot of erosion had taken place to dilute the role of Punjab in the Chandigarh Administration. He said even the distribution of Departments was to be such so as to reflect the ratio of 60:40 - 60% departments to be handled by the officers of Punjab cadre and 40% by Haryana cadre officers.
Citing the background of entire case, Mr. Badal mentioned that the first Chief Commissioner of Union Territory, Chandigarh was a Punjab cadre officer. Subsequently, the Chief Commissioners and now the Advisors to the Administrator are UT cadre officers. Earlier, the post of Advisor to the Administrator was an ex-cadre post which had now been converted into cadre post of IAS of Assam, Goa, Meghalya & other Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre. Even with above arrangement, only the post of Chief Commissioner/ Advisor to the Administrator was supposed to be handled by an IAS officer of AGMUT cadre. Today, atleast 4 IAS officers of AGMUT cadre were working in Chandigarh Administration.
Similarly, earlier only the post of IGP was occupied by an IPS officer of AGMUT cadre. Now, apart from the IGP, two posts of DIGs were also being manned by IPS officers of AGMUT cadre.
The Chief Minister also pointed out that the Departments like Vigilance, Education, Health, Transport, Housing, Local Government, Social Welfare etc. had always been held by the Finance Secretary who was a Punjab cadre officer. Over a period of time, these departments have been transferred to the Home Secretary who was now a Haryana cadre officer. Today, Finance Secretary, a Punjab cadre officer, was only handling 11 departments whereas the Home Secretary was handling more than 25 departments. Earlier, some of the posts like DPI (Schools), Joint Secretary Home, Assistant Estate Officer, Divisional Forest Officer were normally filled from Punjab cadre officers.
However, all these posts were now being manned by Haryana cadre officers.
The Chief Minister further stated that employees working in the Union Territory were to be taken on deputation from the States of Punjab and Haryana in the ratio 60:40. However, as on today 20261 employees working in the Union Territory, Chandigarh, only 1580 employees were deputationists. Thus, only were very small size of officials was on deputation and mostly, employees are from UT Administration.

Seeking personal intervention of the Prime Minister, Mr. Badal asked him to restore the share and role of Punjab in the Chandigarh Administration by issuing suitable instructions in this regard to concerned authorities at the earliest possible. He impressed upon Dr.
Manmohan Singh to fill all the posts of IAS and IPS Officers in the Union Territory, Chandigarh from Punjab and Haryana in the ratio of 60:40. In future, all the posts of employees in the Chandigarh Administration should only be filled on deputation from Punjab and Haryana in the same ratio. Of the departmental officers, all those posts which were earlier manned by Punjab cadre officers needed to be restored to Punjab cadre officers and all those departments which were earlier with the Finance Secretary should immediately be restored to him.


Chandigarh, May 15:

To enable employees working in the shop and commercial establishments situated in 19-Amritsar South Assembly Constituency, in the State of Punjab and all other persons connected with the shops and commercial establishment to exercise their franchise in the Bye-election from 19-Amritsar South Assembly Constituency, 2008 to be held on 22nd May, 2008, the Punjab Government has declared that 22nd May, 2008
(Thursday) shall be 'closed day' for all shops and commercial establishment in 19 Amritsar South Assembly constituency where "Thursday is not a close day, in lieu of close day falling on any day between 25-5-2008 and 1-6-2008.


Chandigarh, May 15, 2008

To enable the workmen working in the factories situated within the bye-election from the 19-Amritsar South Assembly Constituency to exercise their franchise in the jurisdiction of the poll for election
from the 19-Amritsar South Assembly Constituency, 2008 to be held on 22nd May, 2008, the Punjab Government has declared that 22nd May, 2008 (Thursday) shall be the weekly paid holiday for all factories where 'Thursday' is not close day within the jurisdiction of the 19-Amritsar South Assembly Constituency in lieu of their normal weekly holiday.


Chandigarh May 17, 2008
Naginder Singh

Hon'ble Punjab and Haryana High Court is hosting North Zone Mediation and Conciliation Programme on 17th and 18th May 2008 at Inder Dhannush Auditorium, Sector 5, Panchkula.
Giving this information an official spokesman said that Hon'ble Mr. Justice S.B. Sinha Judge, Supreme Court of India would be the Chief Guest. Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana and Hon'ble the Chief Justices of Uttaranchal, Allahabad, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi High Courts alongwith two Hon'ble Judges of their courts were likely to participate in the aforesaid meet.

The Judicial Officers of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh above the rank of Additional Civil Judges (Senior Division) and the trainee Judicial Officers at Chandigarh Judicial Academy were also to attend the programme.
Besides, the lawyers were also to take part in the meet.



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