CRUDE RISE IMPACT - PUNJAB PWD TO ALLOW
IMPORT OF BITUMEN TO EXPEDITE ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
Chandigarh, October 8, 2008
Chandigarh October 8: Worried over repeated hike in the price of
domestic bitumen affecting the progress of ongoing road construction
projects, the Punjab Public Works Department is contemplating to
allow road contractors to import bitumen, without compromising the
quality of road construction.
Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, PWD (B&R) Minister today constituted
a high level committee of Chief Engineers to study the whole issue
and draw terms and quality control measures for the import of bitumen
by the contractors. It was felt in the meeting that with the rising
price of crude in the International Market, bitumen price being
raised every fortnight disturbing the cost estimate of road construction
projects under execution. It was informed in the meeting that due
to rising price of bitumen cost of construction of one kilometer
road was rising at the rate of Rs. 4.00 lac every fortnight, making
most of the project unviable. The Minister pointed out that repeated
enhancement of project cost was delaying most of the road projects.
It was informed in the meeting that most of the BOT Companies
were using imported bitumen as its cost was Rs. 3000- 4000 per tonne
less than domestic bitumen. The Minister asked the Chief Engineers
to draw strict quality control measures so that quality of the road
project was not compromised.
Mr. Kulbir Singh, Secretary PWD (B&R) and all Chief Engineers
of PWD (B&R) department participated in the meeting.
IN THE EXPECTATION OF LIKELY ANNOUNCEMENT
OF BONUS, PUNJAB COMPUTERIZES PADDY SALE RECORD
Chandigarh, October 8, 2008
Expecting an early announcement of bonus on paddy the Punjab Food
Supply department has issued detailed instructions to the field
staff to keep complete computerized record regarding the sale of
paddy by the farmers in order to ensure that the rightful benefit
reaches farmers on announcement of Bonus.
According to an official spokesman Food & Supplies Minister,
Punjab Mr. Adesh Partap Singh Kairon was personally pursuing the
matter with the Union Government and had even met Mr. Sharad Pawar,
the Union Minister of Food & Agriculture, New Delhi in this
regard. He said that on the persistent request of the Punjab Government,
the Union Government was likely to announce bonus, over and above
the Minimum Support Price for the ongoing paddy procurement season
and the announcement of bonus was expected any time.
Meanwhile, the Food Supplies Department has issued a number of
relaxations in the milling policy on the persistent demand of rice
millers. The spokesman said that the norms of free paddy storage
i.e. without bank guarantee / cash security for the rice mills of
1 MT and 2 MT milling capacity have been revised.
The spokesman said that free paddy storage of 0.5MT rice mills
has been enhanced from 900 MT to 1250 MT whereas for 0.75 MT free
paddy storage has been enhanced from 1350 MT to 1875 MT. In the
case of 1 MT Rice mills free paddy storage has been enhanced from
1800 MT to 2500 MT where as the case of 1.25 MT free paddy storage
has been enhanced from 2250 to 2750 MT. In the case of 1.5 MT Rice
mills free paddy storage has been enhanced from 2700 MT to 3000
MT where as the case of 1.75 MT free paddy storage has been enhanced
from 3150 to 3250 MT. In the case of 2 MT Rice mills free paddy
storage has been enhanced from 3600 MT to 4000 MT.
The spokesman said that Cash security to be deposited by a miller
for availing additional paddy under cash security would now be charged
@ 5% instead of 10% conveyed earlier. He said that it has been decided
that Paddy from capacity deficit centers can be shifted to other
center/ districts to the interested millers. In such a case, the
State agencies would bear the transportation charges only upto the
nearest milling centre and the expenses beyond this point would
be borne by the concerned miller.
21.39 LAC TONNES OF PADDY PROCURED IN PUNJAB
Chandigarh, October 8, 2008
Paddy procurement picked up momentum in Punjab as 21.39 lac tones
of paddy was procured in the State by Tuesday.
According to an official spokesman by Tuesday PUNGRAIN procured
4,84,359 tonnes of paddy (25.9%) whereas MARKFED procured 4,43,069
tonnes of paddy (23.7%). PUNSUP procured 4,27,970 tonnes of paddy
(22.9%) whereas Punjab State Warehousing Corporation procured 2,59,071
tonnes of paddy (13.8%) besides 2,29,949 tonnes of paddy (12.3%)
procured by Punjab Agro. The Central Government Agency FCI procured
only 26,487 tonnes of paddy (1.4%). The Millers procured 2,68,369
tonnes of paddy (12.5 %) by Tuesday.
The mandis in Amritsar Division recorded 8,10,493 tonnes of paddy
with Tarn Taran recording maximum paddy by Tuesday to the tune of
2,11,909 tonnes. The mandis of Ferozepur division recorded 11,70,219
tonnes of paddy with maximum of 4,67,733 tonnes of paddy being recorded
by Ferozepur district.
The Punjab Food Supply had setup 1622 procurement centres throughout
the state to ensure smooth procurement of paddy.
The spokesman said that farmers of the state have been assured
payment of paddy procured by the government agencies within 48 hours
of lifting of paddy from the procurement centres.
BOOK AMAR SINGH FOR AIDING AND ABETTING
TERRORISM –TIKSHAN SUD
Chandigarh, October 7, 2008
Senior BJP Leader and Punjab's Medical Education Minister Mr.
Tikshan Sud today demanded that Samajvadi Party leader Mr. Amar
Singh be booked for aiding and abetting terrorism, as by questioning
the genuineness of unparalleled martyrdom of Inspector Mohan Chand
Sharma, he was playing the game of terrorists to demoralise police
In a statement issued here today Mr. Sud said that it was unfortunate
that Samajvadi Party was becoming tool to the conspiracy to deflate
sustained campaign launched by Police forces of many states by discouraging
them and raising a fear of prosecution amongst them. The BJP leader
said that it was matter of great regret that UPA government was
not coming forward to defend the family of martyr Inspector Mohan
Chand Sharma as they had been left to fend for themselves.
Mr. Sud said that on one hand police arrests terrorists after
risking their lives and UPA's HRD Minister Arjun Singh supports
Jamia Milia Vice Chancellor for providing legal aid to the terrorists,
putting a question mark on anti terrorist policy of UPA government.
Questioning the sincerity of anti terrorist campaign launched
by Union Government, the BJP minister said that confused signals
given by the top leadership was already creating doubts in the mind
of security forces. He said that UPA government was already dillydallying
the re-imposition of POTA where as hundreds of innocents were getting
killed in Bomb blast every third day. The delayed execution of Afzal
Guru was already encouraging terrorists to strike country as they
know that soft state like India under the Congress leadership would
never be tough against terrorism.
Demanding the resignation of UPA government Mr. Sud said that
this government has no right to govern the Country as it was getting
support from terrorist conspirator party.
Mr H S Grewal takes over as Chairman, Punjab
Chandigarh, October 7, 2008
Mr Harjit Singh Grewal today took over as the Chairman of the Punjab
Information and Communication Technology Corporation Limited (Punjab
Infotech). Mr Grewal is the Co-Incharge, Haryana State BJP. Several
senior BJP ministers and leaders, including Mr Avinash Rai Khanna,MP,
Chaudhary Swarna Ram, Technical Education Minister, Master Mohan
Lal, Transport Minister, Mr Sukhpal Nano, Parliamentary Secretary
, Mr Parkash Manchanda, Mr Raj Khurana, Mr Satpal Saini along with
a large number of supporters were present on the occasion.
Punjab Infotech is the nodal agency of the Punjab Government for
promotion of IT & ITES in the State. Mohali has already developed
as an important destination for IT Industry. There are more than
5000 persons working in IT Industry in different units in Mohali
like Dell Computers, IDS Infotech, Sebiz Infotech, Smart Data Enterprises,
Quark Media, Competent etc. Mohali has a notified Special Economic
Zone promoted by Quarkcity India Private Limited. A number of other
developers are setting up IT Parks and Special Economic Zones in
Mohali. Promotion of IT Industry at new locations like Kapurthala
and Ropar is also in the offing. Punjab Infotech shall be developing
IT Park on 50 acres of land in Kapurthala.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Grewal said that it will be his endeavor
to spearhead all the initiatives taken by the Corporation, lending
his full support and ensuring support of the Government for the
promotion of Information Technology in the State. He said that the
IT must benefit the common man, only then the State and the Country
will benefit. Mr Grewal extended his full support to S. Parkash
Singh Badal, Chief Minister Punjab and Sh. Manoranjan Kalia, Industries
& Commerce Minister, Punjab.
MOTIVE PEOPLE TO GROW MORE TREES AS A PART
OF MASS MOVEMENT – BADAL
SAS NAGAR (MOHALI) OCTOBER 7, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today exhorted the
people of Punjab and the Forests Department to chalk out a joint
strategy to make tree plantation 'a mass movement' to save our environment
from the onslaught of wide spread air pollution and make the state
'clean & green'.
Addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of Rs.38
crore Forest Complex over 2 acres of land here in Sector 68, Mr.
Badal emphasized the need to bring awareness amongst the masses
about the importance of trees in our daily life and we must strive
hard to conserve our forests because a forestation at a large scale
had resulted a imbalance in the eco-system. He asked the Forests
Department to motive the people to plant trees in or in front of
their houses both in urban and rural areas to cleanse the polluted
environment due to heavy emission of deadly industrial gases. He
also announced special prizes of Rs.2 lac and Rs. 5 lac for the
best green towns and villages to be selected through a statewide
competition organized by the forests department to encourage the
people to grow trees on one hand to inculcate the aesthetic sense
to nurture them with utmost care on the other.
The Chief Minister lamented that most of State's area under forests
cover had gone to Himachal Pradesh after reorganization of Punjab
way back in 1966. He said now it was the high time to go for tree
plantation on a large scale which was too the need of the hour to
strike a perfect balance in ecology besides to protect the environment
from global warming.
Speaking on the occasion Cooperation Minister Capt. Kanwaljit
Singh appreciated the efforts of the State Forests Department to
create a landmark in the history of forests with the setting up
of this eco-friendly Complex. He pointed out that the new forest
complex would be instrumental to encourage the masses to adopt the
green building technology in order to popularize the concept of
clean and green environment.
In his address Forests & Medical Minister Mr. Tikshan Sood
also underlined the significance of forests in the present scenario
and hoped that the new forest complex to be constructed on the principles
of green philosophy would prove to be a milestone in propagating
the concept of 'Green Building Design' for the preservation and
protection of environment.
Earlier in his welcome address Financial Commissioner Forests
Mr. R.C. Nayyar said that the unique concept and design of complex
based on the green philosophy would be one of the ten buildings
so far constructed in the country and probably second in the region.
Prominent among others who present on the occasion included MLA
Morinda Ujjagar Singh Badali, Chairman, Punjab State Cooperative
Bank Jasjit Singh Banni, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Mr.
B.C.Bala, Chairman Punjab State Forests Development Corporation
Mr. Satpal Saini besides Amrik Singh Mohali, Rajbir Singh Padiala
both SAD leaders and other party leaders and workers of SAD-BJP.
GIDDERBAHA STUDENTS GET EXPOSURE TO WORKING
OF PUNJAB VIDHAN SABHA- COURTESY MANPREET BADAL
Chandigarh October 6, 2008
Over 200 talented, academically brilliant students of Gidderbaha
constituency today got a rare opportunity to practically understand
the working of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, courtesy Punjab Finance Minister
Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal .
Manpreet Badal is known for introducing novel solutions to long
standing problems in his constituency. He introduced RO system to
benefit population suffering from ill effects of saline water. He
took personal interest to green his constituency by planting 50,000
saplings in Gidderbaha and now he was in the making of Gidderbaha
fully literate constituency.
This three day educational tour of the students of government
schools Gidderbaha to Chandigarh and its surrounding areas of tourist
importance starting from October 5 was sponsored by the Finance
Minister primarily to encourage the students of government schools
to give them wide exposure. Mr. Badal had promised to the students
to sponsor their three day tour if they score distinction in studies.
The students were accompanied by more than 15 teachers whose results
were 100 percent.
During interaction with the students in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha
, Mr. Badal addressed them as the "future India" and said
that the Punjab government would enhance the budget for education
from 10 percent to 50 percent in the coming years. He has explained
minute details of the working of Punjab Vidhan Sabha since its inception
and also about the assembly sessions. He regretted that due to lack
of basic facilities, infrastructure and latest trends in education,
the students especially in rural areas lag behind academically.
They were not capable of competing with other students as per the
international standards in the era of globalization and IT. Because
they did not have ample opportunities in life and the stagnation
in them often lead them astray, said the Minister. According to
Mr. Badal the transformation in the school education system was
among the top most priorities of the Punjab government. He has asked
the students to give him best of results and in return he would
give them opportunities to go in for higher studies. The minister
further said that besides regular studies the Punjab government
would also provide the students to have a technical education in
various skills or the fields of their own interests.
Earlier the students visited the DELL Mohali, IT Park Chandigarh,
Punjab Tractors Limited, Punjab University . Tomorrow they would
visit the office of local newspapers and a few more places in and
around Chandigarh .
SAD LEADERS FLAY CONGRESS FOR DIVIDING PUNJAB
ON REGIONAL LINES
CHANDIGARH OCTOBER 6, 2008
Two SAD Ministers and one Member Parliament today lambasted Congress
for trying to divide Punjab on regional lines by propagating that
one region in Punjab was getting more share than other in development
Taking serious view of the irresponsible accusation of Congress
leaders in a section of the press saying that Malwa was getting
more development projects than Majha and Doaba, SAD leaders Rattan
Singh Ajnala, Bikram Singh Majithia and Mr. Gulzar Singh Ranike
today described these news reports as a divisive policy being perpetuated
by Congress leadership to divide Punjab on regional lines. They
termed the accusation totally baseless, politically motivated, factually
incorrect and highly misleading.
Ridiculing the Congress leaders for their myopic and whimsical
approach restricted to petty politics for their personal gains,
the SAD leaders accused them for their dubious role to scuttle the
efforts of the SAD-BJP Government to ensure overall and balanced
growth of the State. The SAD leaders said that Congress leadership
was getting ruffled due to sustained development drive by Mr. Parkash
Singh Badal whereas their own leader Capt. Amarinder Singh remained
busy in pursuing the policy of leisure and pleasure. They blamed
the previous Congress regime for grossly ignoring the interests
of the state due to their political and vested motives. "Except
making tall claims and false promises, the Congress Government failed
on every front be it agriculture, industry, infrastructure, social
security and education", the SAD leaders asserted. "What
to talk of initiating new projects, Amarinder Singh tried to scuttle
Bathinda refinery to protect the interests of one private refinery
group", the SAD leaders commented.
Taking a dig at the Congress for not even adding a single unit
of power, the leaders said that our government had accorded the
top most priority to the power sector to make Punjab self-sufficient
in power generation during the next three years. "Sincere and
concerted efforts on the part of SAD during its earlier stints has
fructified into the setting up of Thein Dam, two units of Guru Hargobind
Thermal Plant, Lehra Mohabat besides the prestigious Rs.16000 crore
Bathinda Refinery that too was stalled by the Congress government
due to the reasons best known to them, said these leaders. The government
had already embarked upon an ambitious programme to generate additional
power of 12000 MW in the state within next three years. The construction
work on Talwandi Sabo Thermal plant with an installed capacity of
1980 MW had already been commissioned and the foundation stone of
another 540 MW thermal plant at Goindwal Sahib would be laid on
The SAD leaders also mentioned that the State Government had earmarked
Rs. 5500 crore to provide basic civic amenities of water supply,
sewerage, street lighting and storm water in all the towns and cities
of the state towards a major thrust to improve the quality of life
in the urban sector. They said that the SAD-BJP government was committed
to provide excellent infrastructure in the state because any state
or nation could not prosper and grow for the want of requisite infrastructure.
Referring to the massive infrastructure growth, these leaders pointed
out that the Mohali International Airport besides upgradation of
Amritsar and Sahnewal Airports and setting up of new civilian terminal
at Bathinda and Flying Academies at Faridkot and Sultanpur Lodhi
were the major projects in the field of civil aviation. The road
infra structure in the state was all set to undergo a major transformation
with Eight Lane Expressways connecting Mohali and Chandigarh with
Phagwara, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Bathinda and Ferozepur and
four-lane access to all the other major destinations in the state.
The SAD-BJP government had released Rs.165 crore for the development
of the holy city of Amritsar besides the government had expedited
the work on various infrastructure projects under Jawaharlal Nehru
Urban Renewal Mission from Amritsar city. The government had set
up special Development Authorities for both Amritsar and Jalandhar
for their planned and integrated urban development. A super expressway
linking Pathankot with Ajmer would be built at a cost of Rs. 8600
crore. The rural road network was also being strengthened with 7200
KMs of link roads being repaired and 2200 new link roads being laid.
"In the transport sector, Punjab will become the first state
in the country to introduce air-conditioned bus service at nearly
normal fares. We are on the threshold of a quantum leap on almost
every sphere of development," said these leaders.
The leaders also categorically said that the SAD-BJP government
during its last tenure executed the prestigious projects of Rajasansi
International Airport and Pushpa Gujral Science City at Kapurthala.
Asking the Congress leadership to tender a public apology, the
SAD leaders said that their government was committed to make Punjab
No.1 state in terms of development index and was committed to ensure
planned and equitable development of all sections and regions of
Punjab. They further urged the Congress leaders to play the role
of "constructive opposition" rather than restricting to
making such irresponsible and divisive statements.
PADDY PROCUREMENT TOUCH 14 LAC TONNES MARK
Chandigarh October , 2008
procurement by six official agencies and millers touched 14 lac
tonnes mark with agencies procuring 87.3%paddy in the state.
According to an official spokesman out of total 13, 60,413 tonnes
of paddy procured by Saturday PUNGRAIN procured 299852 tonnes of
paddy (25.3%) whereas MARKFED procured 288700 tonnes of paddy (24.3%)
PUNSUP procured 273960 tonnes of paddy (23.1%) whereas Punjab State
Warehousing Corporation procured 165108 tonnes of paddy (13.9%)
besides 142282 tonnes of paddy (12%) procured by Punjab Agro. The
Central Government Agency FCI procured only 17540 tonnes of paddy
(1.5%). The Millers procured 172971 tonnes of paddy (12.7%) by Saturday.
The mandis in Amritsar division recorded 553090 tonnes of paddy
with Tarn Taran recording maximum paddyby Saturday to the tune of
172529 tonnes. The mandis of Ferozepur division recorded 736422
tonnes of paddy with maximum of 1294720 tonnes of paddy being recorded
by Ferozepur district.
The Punjab Food Supply had setup 1622 procurement centres throughout
the state to ensure smooth procurement of paddy.
The spokesman said that farmers of the state have been assured
payment of paddy procured by the government agencies within 48 hours
of lifting of paddy from the procurement centres.
the first International Punjabi Newspaper "Desh Videsh Times"
Punjab Chief Minister S. Parkash Singh Badal has called upon the
Media to accord priority for the safe guard of National and social
interests of the country, while covering the controversial issues
in the print as well as electronic media.
Mr. Badal was addressing a largely attended gathering on the occasion
of launching the first International Punjabi Newspaper "Desh
Videsh Times" at Guru Nanak Bhawan, here today. The newspaper
had already been publishing from Canada for the last 8 years.
The Chief Minister said that the media should continue to focus
on constructive criticism of the working of the Governments, as
it prove to be most beneficial to the government to redress its
short comings and mistakes. He said that during his long political
carrier he had always welcomed the healthy criticism and tried his
best to implement the suggestions and guidance given by the media
coverage, as media reports commands a strong acceptably among the
people. The Chief Minister said that the media plays a crucial role
in the formulation of policies and programme of the governments
as it highlights the major problems of the people and areas for
immediate attention. He said that the media should also raise burning
social issues like female foeticide, dowry, corruption, spread of
drugs and intoxicants among the youth etc. along with coverage of
the political and other current issues relating to the society.
Mr. Badal also urged the media to educate the people about the
importance of peace and communal harmony in the country through
their writings and coverage and should refrain from giving importance
to the disruptive and communal elements who were again trying to
raise their heads time to time. Mr. Badal suggested that the ruling
and opposition parties must come on a common platform and sit together
to chalk out consensus programs to tackle the major national issues
like poverty, terrorism, illiteracy and unemployment etc. and said
that there should be no politics concerning the national interests.
He hoped that if his suggestion gets acceptance from the various
parties, it can give excellent results for the uplift of poor people
and prosperity of the state and the country.
Congratulating the management of the News paper, Mr. Badal advised
them to strongly stick to the impartiality and fearless and true
reporting in their paper to properly serve the society. Appreciating
the impartial line adopted by the newspaper in Canada , the Chief
Minister hoped that the paper would give justified coverage to all
the political parties and sections of society. He noted that this
international paper will play a vital role in highlighting the problems
of NRIs and their families.
He also advised them to accord top propriety to safeguard the
interests of Punjab and Punjabiat in the future, which he opined
was their foremost duty being a Punjabi Newspaper.
Mr. Mohinder Singh Kaypee President PPCC while congratulating
the management urged them to adopt a clear impartial line and give
due coverage to all parties. He asked the media to give more importance
to the social issues and problems of the people along with political
and other burning issues.
Mr. Avtar Singh President SGPS speakng on the occasion suggested
that the media should also focus attention on educating the people
Regarding the social problems and preservation of our traditional
Extending facilitation to the management on behalf of S. Sukhbir
Singh Badal President SAD and S. Bikram Singh Majithia Information
and Public Relations Minister, Mr. Harcharn Singh Bains Media Advisor
to Chief Minister Punjab said that the people had great expectations
from the newspaper as it was an international paper of Punjabi Language
and advised them to always put the factual position in the news.
He said that the media was rendering a great service to the society
while highlighting the crime against depressed poor people and their
S. Harjinder Singh Sidhu Chairman Desh Videsh Times Trust while
welcoming assured that the newspaper would give factual and impartial
coverage to all parties and sections and would give special attention
to raise the problems of the people.
Mr. Sewa Singh Sekhwan Ex -Minister, S. Darshan Singh Makkar on
behalf of Daily Ajit and Mr. Shingara Singh Bhullar Editor Desh
Videsh Time also addressed the function.
Prominent among other who present included Mr Hira Singh Gabria,
Minister for Jails, S. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon MP, Mr. Harish Rai
Dhanda, S. Sital Singh (both Chief Parliamentary Secretary), S.
Ajmair Singh Lakhowal Chairman Mandi Boad, S. Paramjit Singh Sidhwan
Political Secretary to S. Sukhbir Sigh Badal, S. Gurdeep Singh MD,
S. Inderjit Singh Mullanpur Chier Editor, S. Gurcharn Singh Ransian
Kalan MD, S. Pawitter Singh MD, Jath. Tota Singh, S. Mahesh Inder
Singh Grewal Ex- Minister, Sh. Sumer Singh Gurjar D C, Sh. R.K.Jaiswal
SSP, Sh. G.S. Ghuman Commissioner, S. Amarjit Singh Bhatia, Mr.
Madan Lal Bagga Vice Chairman, S. Hakam Singh Gyspura Mayor, Molana
Habib-ur-Rehman Shahi Immam, S. Harmohinder Singh Pardhan MLA, Mr.
KK Bawa, S. Jagdev Singh Jassowal. S. Gurmail Singh Sangowal. S.
Balwinder Singh Bains and S. Inder Mohan Singh Kaddian.
BADAL UNVEILS MASSIVE TRANSFORMATION PLAN
OF RS.5500 CRORE FOR URBAN DEVELOPMENT
HOSHIARPUR OCTOBER 5, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today unveiled a
massive plan of Rs.5500 crore to provide basic civic amenities of
water supply, sewerage, street lighting and storm water in all the
towns and cities of the state towards a major thrust to improve
the quality of life in the urban sector.
Addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of ultra
modern Bus Stand here, Mr. Badal said that the SAD-BJP government
was committed to provide excellent infrastructure in the state because
any state or nation could not prosper and grow for the want of requisite
infrastructure. He lashed at Congress which ruled in Centre and
States for more than five decades and remained completely insensitive
towards the development in rural and urban areas despite the fact
that more than 60 years had elapsed India being a free and sovereign
nation. He asked "let us introspect ourselves, who is at the
fault? Had Congress bit serious and concerned for the development
of nation as whole the things would not have gone bad to worst as
Taking cognizance of Congress' apathetic attitude towards common
man, Mr. Badal pointed out that our government had vowed to transform
the entire Punjab so that none of any part of the state remained
under developed and the masses need not to approach the government
for their genuine demands rather it was the bounden duty of the
government to redress their grievances which was an integral part
of the good governance and clean administration. He said: "If
any political party adopt this pro-people attitude then it need
not to go in the court of people to justify their actions and achievements
during its tenure at the time of elections, rather people will come
forward to support and vote them voluntarily for the sake of development".
Speaking on the occasion, State Transport Minister Master Mohan
Lal said that with the completion of this ultra-modern air conditioned
bus stand at a cost of Rs.7 crore over an area so 4.5 acres of land,
the long pending demand of the local residents had been fulfilled.
He said that the Punjab Roadways would bear the entire expenditure
for this project. He said that the construction work of Rajpura,
Bathinda, Rampura Phul and Anandpur Sahib bus stands was under execution.
He thanked Mr. Badal for formulating a pro-passenger transport policy
aimed at providing best public transport services at the affordable
rates. He said that the state government would launch the air-conditioned
bus service from 1st November to enable even the common man to travel
in AC buses at a nominal fare which was 10% more than the ordinary
bus fare. He said that 50 such buses each from Punjab Roadways and
PRTC would be pressed into service from November 1. He also announced
that 350 and 159 new ordinary buses would be added to the existing
fleet of Punjab Roadways and PRTC respectively.. He also stated
that the Pepsu Roadways had made a net profit of 9.82 crore during
current year after wiping out its earlier losses of Rs.3 crore,
likewise Punjab Roadways had also brought down its net loss to Rs.58
crore from Rs.162. He hoped Punjab Roadways would also soon become
a profitable organization. He also announced that for the first
time in the history of Transport department the scheme of insurance
of passengers would be launched from November 1, under this insurance
policy the next of the kin of the passenger killed in bus accident
would be entitled for a claim of Rs.2 lakh.
In his address Forest & Medical & Education Minister Mr.
Tikshan Sood highlighted the problems of the kandi area and demanded
a special package in terms of industry for this backward district.
Earlier, Mr. Badal laid the foundation stone of community centre
in Gutam Nagar at a cost of Rs.1 crore over 7 acres of land and
announced that a grant of Rs.10 lakh for this project from his discretionary
quota. Conceding the demand of the local Bar Association, he also
announced a grant of Rs.5 lakh for the purchase of books for the
Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included
Technical Education Minister Ch.Swarana Ram, Mrs. Mohinder Kaur
Josh & Mr.Des Raj Dhuga (both Chief Parliamentary Secretaries),
Principal Secretary Transport DS Jaspal and Director Mandeep Singh,
MLA Mahilpur Sohan Singh Thandal, Member Parliament Rajya Sabha
Varinder Singh Bajwa, District Presidents of SAD & BJP units
of Hoshirpur Surinder Singh and Jagtar Singh, besides the party
leaders and workers of SAD-BJP and members of SGPC.
Earlier talking to the media persons, Mr. Badal said that the state
government had approached the TATA group for setting up its Nano
Car project in Punjab, he said that the state government was ever
ready to welcome any entrepreneur or investor and would extend all
out support and cooperation to bring industry in the state. He clarified
that the state government had a well defined policy for the land
acquisition and TATAs if interested would be given all incentives
and facilities within the ambit of industrial policy on mega-projects.
CM TO TAKE UP ISSUE OF SEEKING EXEMPTION
OF PLPA IN KANDI AREAS WITH GOI
SARAI PATTAN (ROPAR) OCTOBER 4, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today announced
that he would soon take up the matter with Centre to immediately
exempt the Kandi area from the ambit of Punjab Land Preservation
Act (PLPA), 1900 that had badly hit the overall development of this
Addressing a mammoth gathering after laying the foundation stone
of 675.04 meter long high level bridge over river Satluj at a cost
of Rs.56.70 crore, Mr. Badal said that even the basic civic amenities
of drinking water, sewerage, electricity, irrigation, road network
could not be provided to the residents in the wake of PLPA.
Mr. Badal said that he had already constituted core groups comprising
the MLAs from the Kandi and Bet areas along with the Administrative
Secretaries of the respective departments to take stock of the problems
of these areas and suggest remedial measures to overcome these hardships.
On the basis of the consolidated report of these core groups, Mr.
Badal pointed that it would be finally posed to Centre for seeking
additional funds to tackle the problems in a result oriented manner
on the pattern of exclusive grants meant for the Border Area Development
Programme. The Chief Minister also stated that the GoI had agreed
in principle to grant approval for the construction of rural roads
in the kandi area under Pardhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana at par
with hilly areas.
Mr. Badal further said that the long pending demand of the people
of the area over 50 years had been today fulfilled with the laying
of foundation stone of this prestigious project. The completion
of this bridge would not only ensure overall growth and development
in the area but also shorten the distance by at least 20 KMs thereby
providing direct access to the residents of about 60 to 65 villages
of the kandi areas with Malwa, Doaba and Himachal Pradesh.
Responding to the demand raised by the MLAs and MPs representing
kandi and bet areas towards the wide spread devastation caused by
the wild animals like blue bull & wild bore in the area, Mr.
Badal said that he would asked the department of Forest and Wild
Life to take necessary measures and declare these vermin besides
allowing the inhabitants of the Kandi area to kill them with in
the prescribed norms of the wild life protection Act in order to
save their crops and life.
The Chief Minister also asked the district administration to convene
a special meeting with regard to the peculiar problems and demands
of the Kandi areas so that a special thrust for development in the
backward area could be given on the top priority which had been
blatantly ignored by the Congress government. He also blamed the
previous government for deliberately putting off the construction
work of bridge over Sarai Ka Pattan despite after laying its foundation
stone by the former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for narrow political
and vested interests. Mr. Badal said that he had announced this
bridge at a state level function at Holla Mohalla in Sri Anandpur
Sahib immediately after assuming the office as Chief Minister but
laying its foundation stone today after one and half year only after
getting this project thoroughly cleared and finally completing the
tendering process. Sufficient funds had been earmarked for the project
and the executing agency had been asked to complete this project
with in 18 months. He mentioned that the Congress Government wanted
to execute this project on BOT basis while our government would
bear the entire cost of the project to the tune of Rs.56.70 crore,
realizing the fact that the people of the region were not in a position
to bear the brunt on account of toll.
Mr. Badal assured the people of the region that he would soon
hold a series of Sangat Darshan programme to listen the grievances
of the people of the kandi area and ensure its on the spot redressal.
Earlier, local MLA Sant Baba Ajit Singh also highlighted the problems
of poor conditions of link roads, power supply and irrigation facilities
and solicited government's top priority to address these issues
without any further delay.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included
PWD (B&R) Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Member Parliament
from Hoshiarpur Avinash Rai Khanna, Jathedar Takhat Sri Keshgarh
Sahib Giani Tarlochan Singh, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Ch. Nand
Lal, MLA Morinda Ujjagar Singh Badali and District President of
SAD and BJP unit Ropar Tara Singh Ladal and Bhupinder Diwan, besides
the party workers and senior leaders of SAD-BJP.
Farmers to get adequate DAP supplies through
Cooperative Societies – Capt. Kanwaljit Singh
Chandigarh October 4, 2008
The total demand of DAP in the State is 5,50,000 MTs for sowing
of Rabi, out of which 3,10,000 MT would be supplied by Cooperative
Societies in Punjab. This was disclosed by Coop. Minister, Punjab,
Capt. Kanwaljit Singh while reviewing the arrangement of DAP fertilizer
at a high level meeting. The Minister told that out of 3,10,000
MT the major quantity i.e. 2,60,000 MT will be supplied by Markfed
and balance 50,000 MT will be supplied by IFFCO directly to the
Nodal Point Societies. The Minister further said that Markfed has
already received 1,33,000 MT of DAP up to3rd Oct., 2008 and another
75,000 MT is reaching from IPL very shortly for which all the tie-ups
& arrangements have been made by Markfed.. Out of 50,000 MT
to be supplied to IFFCO already 26877 MT has been received and the
balance 23000 MT is likely to be received by 31.10.2008. Inspite
of the extreme rise in International prices of DAP fertilizers,
there would be no shortage of DAP because the State Govt. has taken
up the issue at all the required levels with Govt. of India pro-actively
and the stocks of DAP are being supplied at their door steps of
the farmers by incurring heavy transportation costs which is being
borne by the State Govt. The position regarding supplies of DAP
at the level of districts and blocks is being monitored on daily
basis at the highest level to ensure timely availability of the
same. Minister appealed the farmers not to indulge in panic buying
as required quantities will reach before sowing of wheat crop.
UPINDERJIT KAUR APPEALS TO HARYANA TO GIVE
DUE STATUS AND RECOGNITION TO PUNJABI
Chandigarh, October, 3: Dr. Upinderjit Kaur, Education and Languages
Minister Punjab today hailed the decision of Mr. Ashwani Kumar Minna,
Chief Editor Punjab Kesari New Delhi for promoting the cause of
Punjabi Language in Haryana and to enforce the Congress led State
Government to give due status and recognition to mother tongue in
the neighbouring state.
In a statement issued here today Dr. Upinderjit Kaur said that
the Haryana Government had ever ignored the Punjabi Language being
spoken by more than half of its population at the behest of central
congress leadership for the reason best known to all the Punjabis.
The neighbouring state, carved out of Punjab, by not fulfilling
the aspirations of lacs of Punjabis, had instead honoured the Tamil
language as a second language which is being spoken by not more
than hundred people in the state, she said.
The Language Minister added that the Punjab Govt had already enacted
legislation for compulsory use of Punjabi language in all the government
offices and subordinate courts and in all the schools as a medium
of Punjabi from class 1st to Class 10th. She said that though the
Haryana state had also passed a resolution in the Vidhan Sabha for
making Punjabi as second language but the implementation was only
on the papers and have not shown a will power to give due status
to the Punjabi language in the state. There is a need of the hour
to enforce and implement the use of Punjabi as an official language
by launching a massive drive with the full cooperation of all the
people and the media has to play its due role in awaking the public
as well as the Government to honour the mother tongue, she said.
Dr. Upinderjit Kaur, appreciating the efforts of all newspapers
of Punjab and Mr. Ashwani Minna, hoped that the Punjab press would
continue to use its best efforts for the cause of Punjabi language
in Union Territory Chandigarh and neighbouring states also.
First Biotechnology Incubator of the Northern
Region becomes operational in Mohali
To provide World Class State-of-the-Art Quality Testing and Certification
Facilities to Agro processing sector
Chandigarh October 3: First Biotechnology Incubator of the Northern
Region to provide World Class State-of-the-Art Quality Testing and
Certification Facilities to Agro processing sector today became
operational at Mohali, ushering in an new era in the field of Research
Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Minister for Science, Technology &
Environment, today inaugurated Punjab Biotechnology Incubator (PBTI)
setup by the Punjab Govt. jointly with Department of Biotechnology
(DBT), Govt. of India (GOI) at the cost of Rs. 10 crores.
Speaking after inaugurating the facility, Mr. Majithia said that
it was first of its own kind comprehensive Quality Testing &
Certification setup under one roof that would benefit agro based
sectors. He said that the sectors that would benefit from incubator
include Dairy, Fresh/processed fruits & vegetables, Bakery &
Confectionary, Cereal Grains, Honey, Fertilizers, Animal Feeds &
Feeding Stuffs, Soil, Water & Waste Water and other allied sectors.
He said that not only entrepreneurs and farmers from Northern India
in general and Punjab in particular would now be able to draw benefits
from PBTI's facilities.
Listing out the benefits of PBTI facilities, Mr. Majithia said
that Agro processing units including export Oriented Units that
had to rush to New Delhi for every minor certification demanded
by the Foreign buyers would now get these facilities at Mohali itself.
He said that this facility besides giving impetus to the export
would also benefit the pharmaceutical firms of the northern India
in developing stains of new drugs being developed by them
Mr.Majithia said that India is the largest producer of milk and
third largest producer of food grains in the world and Punjab's
contribution in it is very large & significant. He said that
PBTI's facilities would be instrumental in post harvest processing
of the agri-produce for the value addition and capturing the global
market. He said that by using the facilities of PBTI ,p we would
be able to ensure the quality of product so as to meet with the
stringent quality requirements of the international market.
On this occasion Dr. S.S. Marwaha, Chief Executive Officer of PBTI
informed that the laboratories were fully equipped with latest hi-end
equipment for the analysis of Pesticide Residues, Heavy Metals,
Mycotoxins, Minerals, Vitamins, Fatty Acid Profile, Food Additives,
Adulterants, Microbial Pathogens, Rheological parameters, Texture
Analysis, Immunological assays, etc. he said that PBTI was ready
to take up the work of detection of viruses in the germ plasm especially,
the potato seed and citrus plant nursery.
It may be added that. Govt. of Punjab (GOP) and Department of Biotechnology
(DBT), Govt. of India (GOI) had approved the "Setting up of
Biotechnology Incubator in Punjab Biotechnology Park" at total
cost of Rs. 1097 lacs with two service facilities i.e. Facilities
for Quality Testing and Certification and Common Facilities for
Extraction of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants. The Incubator facilities
were sanctioned to carry out the Quality Testing and Certification,
Value addition to products and processes of agri and related sectors
especially, the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Training and Dissemination
of information on Quality and Food Safety aspects to producers,
processors, consumers and industry & Domain Specific Research
& Development and to meet the requirements Agri and Biotech
Prominent amongst those who attended the function included S. Jasjit
Singh Banni, Chairman Punjab Cooperative Bank, Dr. N.S. Tiwana,
Executive Director, Punjab State Council for Science, Technology,
Dr. Naresh Kumar, Head (R&D), CSIR, Govt. of India, Dr. N. Satyamurthi,
Director, IISER, Dr. Girish Sahni, Director, IMTECH from the State
/ Central Govt. Organizations.
The participants from the corporate sector included Sh. Naininder
Singh Dhillon, Vice President, Mahindra Shubhlabh, Dr. Sanjay Trehan,
Sr. Vice President, Panacea Biotech, Sh. Gurpreet Singh, Shivalik
Nurseries, Mr. Sartaj Brar, Director, Pagro Food Ltd. Dr. L.K. Jain,
DGM (R&D), Wockhardt Limited and Dr. Renu Dhar, General Manager
These participants appreciated the setting up of PBTI's Quality
Testing and Certification Facilities at SAS Nagar (Mohali) as this
would save their time and money for getting the samples tested from
the laboratories operational at New Delhi. Mr. Naininder Singh,
Vice President, Mahindra Shubhlabh, brought out that they are satisfied
with the level and accuracy of the reports generated by PBTI's Laboratories.
BADAL PAYS TRIBUTES TO S. GURLABH SINGH MAJITHIA
Chandigarh October 2:-
Glowing tributes were paid to Late. S. Gurlabh Singh Majithia,
paternal uncle of Information & Public Relations Minister Mr.
Bikram Singh Majithia, by Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal
and his cabinet collogues at Bhog Ceremony performed at Gurudwara
Sri Satsar Sahib here today.
Mr. Badal recounted the life and contributions of S. Gurlabh Singh
Majithia towards the society and said that vaccum created by his
death cannot be filled.
Senior political leaders, cutting across party line, including
Members of Parliament, MLAs, Ex-ministers, District Presidents,
participated in the Antim Ardas.
Besides Mr. Harcharn Bains, Chief Minister's Media Advisor, Dr.
Daljit Singh Cheema Advisor to Chief Minister, Senior Civil and
Police Officers from the State, Vice Chancellors of various Universities
and members of media also participated.
Siropas were presented to S. Gurmail Singh Majithia, elder brother
of the deceased, Chief Minister S. Parkash Singh Badal and S. Bikram
Singh Majithia (nephew of the deceased) by Nanak Sar Samprda, a
famous Sikh sect.
VIGILANCE NABBED 3 GOs & 18 NGOs-10
CONVICTED IN GRAFT CASES
Chandigarh October 2: State Vigilance Bureau, in a drive against
corruption in public life, arrested 3 Gazzetted Officers (GOs) and
18 Non-Gazzetted Officers (NGOs) in 16 different cases last month
and was able to secure the conviction of 10 accused in 11 different
Disclosing this here today Mr. Harcharn Singh Bhullar, SSP-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. In this direction, the
Vigilance officers have registered trap cases, disproportionate
assets cases and criminal cases and ensured that suspect did not
escape judicial punishment in the various courts in the State.
Mr.Bhullar added that during the last month of September the Vigilance
had nabbed nine revenue officials which includes two Tehsildars
and seven Patwaries. Similarly four Punjab State Electricity Board
(PSEB) officials and three Rural Development and Panchayats department
officials were also caught red handed accepting bribes in different
During this period VB had registered three vigilance enquiries
and two criminal cases against the suspect officials to probe into
the allegations. Besides a disproportionate assets case has also
been registered during the month of September 2008.
Giving details he added that the special courts have sentenced
5 NGOs and 5 private persons in 11 different vigilance cases. Those
convicted by special courts included Mohinder Singh ASI (No.1526/Sangrur)
for one year imprisonment and fine of Rs. 5000/- by the court of
Sh S.K Gupta, Special Judge Fathegarh Sahib, two Constables namely
Harjit Singh (No.908/Majitha) and Tarlochan Singh (No.315/Intelligence)
for one and two years with fine of Rs. 2000/- respectively in two
different cases by the court of Sh N.K Gaur, Special Judge Amritsar.
Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee
Chandigarh, October 2: The trials to select players for the Khalsa
Sports Event being organized under patronage of Shiromani Gurdwara
Prabandhak Committee at Hazoor Sahib Nanded (Maharashtra) on 31st
October & 1st November 2008, will be held at Guru Nanak Stadium,
Ludhiana and Gurur Nanak College, Moga on 5th & 16th October,
SGPC Secretary Dalmegh Singh, who is also the organizing secretary
of this Sports Event, informed, in a press release here today, that
this Sports Event will be held as a part of the programs to be organized
at Hazoor Sahib to mark the third centenary of Gurta Gadi Divas
of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. He said that Punjabi games like Kabbadi
(National Style & Punjab Style), Wrestling, Horse Riding, Gatka
and Nezabaji, will be held in this Sports Event.
He told that Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will preside
over the inaugural function and SGPC President S. Avtar Singh Makkar
will be the Chief Guest on the occasion. Maharashtra Deputy Chief
Minister R.R. Patil will come to grace the occasion on the second
day, in the morning, of the sports event. Union Sports Minister
S. Manohar Singh Gill will be the Chief Guest on the concluding
function of the Sports and Union Agriculture Minister Sh. Sharad
Pawar will give away the prizes to the winner teams and players.
Besides the teams from Punjab and other states of the country, Kabbadi
and Wrestler teams from Pakistan will also participate in the Sports
Event. Gatka teams of various sect of Nihang Singhs will perform
the martial arts and Malkhamb, a local game of Maharashtra State,
will also be held on occasion. The players of the Vanzara community
will also present their traditional games.
Dalmegh Singh told that on 5th October players for the Kabbadi
Punjab style (boys) would be selected at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana
and at Guru Nanak College, Moga plsyers for the Kabbadi National
style (girls) will be selected on 16th October at 10 AM. He said
that players with intact hairs would be preferred.