PUNJAB CM GREETS PEOPLE ON THE EVE OF DIWALI
CHANDIGARH OCTOBER 27, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today extended his
warm greetings to the people of Punjab on the auspicious occasion
of Diwali- the festival of lights.
In a message on this occasion, Mr. Badal said that Diwali was one
of the most colorful and captivating festivals of India that provided
us an occasion for rejoicing and merriment. The Chief Minister said
that sparkling lights of Diwali symbolized ushering in an era of
peace, prosperity and bounty. "May this Diwali also further
strengthen our resolve to serve our people with selfless commitment
and a missionary zeal", said Mr.Badal.
Mr. Badal appealed to the people to celebrate this festival with
traditional fervour and gaiety rising above the petty considerations
of caste, creed and colour thereby cementing the bonds of communal
harmony, national integration and universal brotherhood.
PUNJAB CM GREETS PEOPLE ON PARKASH UTSAV
OF LORD VISHWAKARMA
CHANDIGARH OCTOBER 27, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today greeted the
people of Punjab on the eve of Vishwakarma day.
In his message, the Chief Minister said that Lord Vishwakarama
- presiding deity of all craftsmen and architects and the divine
architect of the whole universe is believed to be the architect
and the master of all machinery and equipments of Gods. The creations
of Lord Vishwakarma that inspired India's craftsmen, artisans and
workers and propagated the concept of dignity of labour amongst
them for centuries and continues to give them strength and a sense
of pride in their work and craftsmanship.
Mr. Badal appealed the artisans and craftsmen to imbibe the spirit
of dignity of labour as propagated by Lord Vishwakarma to enhance
their vocational artistic skills and accumen to secure better job
opportunities created with the induction of modern technology, which
he described would be a real tribute to great deity.
MAJOR RELIEF TO THE GOVERNMENT AIDED SCHOOL'S
Chandigarh, 27 October, 2008
Giving a major relief to the Government Aided School's staff,
the Education Department has decided to release 95 % grant-in-aid
to the aided schools without any pre audit for the first three quarters
to avoid delay in disbursing their pays timely. Besides the grant-in-aid
release would now be regulated at the level of Circle Education
Officers instead of by the Directorate.
This was announced by Dr. Upinderjit Kaur Education and Languages
Minister Punjab in a meeting with delegations of Aided Schools Staff
Associations here today. The Minister asked the officers that the
delay in disbursement of pays to the aided schools would not be
tolerated. She announced that the grant for the first three quarters
would now be released without any pre audit to avoid this delay
and the fourth quarter grant during a financial year, would only
be released after auditing the grants of first three quarters.
To regulate the grant-in-aid schemes efficiently and to avoid
unnecessary delays in the release of grants, the Minister ordered
to decentralise the work at the level of Circle Education Officers
instead of at the Directorate level. Dr. Upinderjit Kaur directed
the District and Block Education Officers (DEOs and BEOs) to inspect
the Govt. Aided Schools periodically and submit the report to the
Government so that functioning of these privately managed schools
could be streamlined.
The Minister assured the delegation that the matter regarding
withdrawal of cases registered by the Chandigarh Police on the aided
school teachers during their agitation, would be discussed with
the U.T Administration and Police. She told the delegations that
their demands regarding pensions and other allowances including
interim relief would be considered sympathetically in a meeting
with the Finance Minister at the earliest.
The Education Minister assured the associations that the ban on
the recruitment in these schools including conversion of posts would
also be considered by the department. The decision regarding step
up promotional scales would also be taken up after careful consultation
on the award of Court, she added.
In this meeting among others Mr. K.B.S Sidhu Principal Secreatary
Education, Mr. Ashok Gupta Secretary Education, Mrs. H.K. Brar D.P.I
(S) and leaders of Punjab State Aided Schools and other Employees
Unions and Aided Schools Progressive Front Punjab were also present.
Rs 5500 crore, to spend
for sewerage, water supply, roads, street lights
Ludhiana October 26, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal has asserted that
Govt. had prepared a detailed plan of more than 10000 crores for
the urban and rural development in the state, out of which funds
amounting to Rs 5500 crore, were being spent to provide the basic
amenities including sewerage, water supply, roads, street lights
etc. in all the cities of the state.
Mr. Badal was addressing the well attended gatherings at Sangat
Darshan Programs at five places covering eleven Municipal Wards
in Ludhiana North constituency here today.
Mr. Badal said that the govt. will ensure the basic amenities
to whole urban population during a period of three years of time.
He said that Sangat darshan Programs were proving very effective
forum for on the spot redress of the problems of people at the grass
root level. The Chief Minister said that Sangat Darshan Programs
had already been conducted in other three constituencies of Ludhiana
The Chief Minister while presiding over Sangat Darshan Programs
at five places i.e. Pindi Dayal Dharamshala, Chanan Devi Govt. High
School Salem Tabri, SAN Jain School Daresi, Sekhewal and Sunder
Nagar covering 11 wards of Municipal Corporation had announced to
sanction develop projects in the tune of 40.22 crore including roads
projects of Rs. 23.78 crore , Sewerage and water supply projects
of Rs. 14.49 crore and Street lights projects of Rs. 1.93 crore
in the eleven wards.
Presiding over Sangat darshan at Pindi dayal Dharamshalla the
Chief Minister, on the request of Mr. Harish Bedi MLA sanctioned
development projects of Rs 1.95 crore for development projects for
ward number 29, of Rs 3.99 crore for ward number 30 and of Rs 3.73
crore for ward number 32. Listening to the problems of the people,
the Chief Minister announced grants of Rs 25 lakh for six Dharamshalas
and Community Centers in three wards and also asked the Commissioner
MC to immediately commissioned required numbers of new tube wells,
wherever, the shortage of drinking water prevails. In the next SD
Program at Channan Devi School, the Chief Minister sanctioned development
projects of Rs 2.27 crore in ward number 24 and Rs 2.52 crroe in
ward number 25. On this occasion, the Chief Minister sanctioned
financial assistance ranging from Rs 2000 to Rs 5000 to around two
dozen poor students/ needy people.
In the third SD program held at S A N Jain School Daresi Ground,
t he Chief Minister sanctioned development projects of Rs 3.32 crore
in ward number 33, of Rs 3.19 crore in ward number 34 and of Rs
3.53 crore in ward number 35.
Reacting on the demand of the management of the school, the Chief
Minister announced a further extend the lease deed of the government
land allotted to the school. He also announced that a beautiful
public park will be developed at the site of old fort near Daresi
Ground. The Chief Minster also sanctioned grants of Rs 40 lakhs
for one dozen Dharamshalas in these wards and announced to pay the
fee of a poor BCA student for three years, who prayed before the
Chief Minister for financial assistance for study. The Chief Minister
also sanctioned financial assistance to around three dozen needy
At an other SD Program held Sekhewal , the Chief Minister sanctioned
grants of Rs 3.41 crore for ward number 22 and of Rs 3.37 crore
for ward number 23. Mr. Badal also assured the fast repair of the
roads and streets in these wards. In his fifth SD Program held at
Sunder Nagar, Mr. Badal sanctioned development projects of Rs 4.34
crore in Ward Number 19, of Rs 1.42 crore for ward number 20 and
of Rs 4.16 crore for ward number 21. Mr. Badal also listened to
the individual problems of the people and issued on the spot directions
to the concerned Officers for immediate redress. The Chief Minister
also directed the departments of Food and Supply and Social Security
to organize special camps to issue yellow cards and fill the pensions
applications of the beneficiaries.
The Chief Minister called upon the people to extend full cooperation
to the government machinery for ensuring cleanliness in all parts
of the city to check the spread of seasonal diseases. He said that
the government will release sufficient funds for other development
projects of different departments to ensure the fast development
Mr. Harish Bedi MLA, while welcoming the Chief Minister apprised
him of the urgently required development projects in these wards.
Prominent among others who accompanied the Chief Minister in SD
Programs included Professor Rajinder Bhandari Prsident BJP, Mr.
Hira Singh Gabria Jails Minster, Mr. Harish Rai Dhanda CPS, Mr.
Madan Lal Bagga Chairman Punjab Traders Board, Mr. Sumer Singh Gurjar
Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Hakam Singh Gyaspura Mayor MC, Mr. G S
Ghuman Commissioner MC, Mr. Priyank Bharti ADC (D), Mr. R K Jaiswal
SSP, Sr. Dy. Mayor Parveen Bansal, Mr. O P Bhardwaj District president
BJP, Mr. Sanjay Kapoor District President Yuva Morcha and around
two dozen Councilors
FRIENDS, NEAR & DEARS PAYS GLOWING TRIBUTES
TO A.S. CHHATWAL
Chandigarh October 26:-
People from different walks of life today attended the Bhog and
Antim Ardas ceremony held here at Gurudwara Sant Sar Sector- 38
west Chandigarh in the memory of late S. Avinash Singh Chhatwal
IAS, Secretary Science Technology and Environment and Commissioner
NRI Affairs who left for his heavenly abode on October 20, 2008.
Thousands of Dr. Chhatwal's friends, relatives, near & dears
besides senior functionaries of state civil and police administration
and members of judiciary, a legal fraternity, media persons besides
eminent political personalities attended the bhog ceremony to pay
homage to the departed soul.
Prominent amongst others who attended the Bhog and Antim Ardas
ceremony included Information & Public Relations Minister Mr.
Bikram Singh Majithia, Finance Minister Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal,
PWD Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Member Parliament and Secretary
General SAD S. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister of State for
Finance Mr. Pawan Bansal, Chief Secretary R. I. Singh, DGP Mr. N.P.S.
Aulakh, Principal Secretary to CM Mr. D.S. Guru, Principal Secretary
Information & Public Relations D.S Jaspal and Director Information
& Public Relations Mr. Tejveer Singh. .