DGP INAUGURATES COOPERATIVE CONSUMER GOOD STORE FOR POLICE PERSONNEL
Mr. P.S. Gill, Director General of Police today formally inaugurated
a Police Cooperative consumer good store and self help centre at
82 Battalion Headquarter behind Punjab Civil Secretariat. This store
has been equipped to provide domestic goods at subsidized rates
to the Police personnel.
Speaking on the occasion the DGP said that immediately after assuming
charge as the Chief of the State Police, he has awarded top priority
to the welfare of the Police personnel. He said that he had ordered
establishment of Police Personnel Welfare Cooperatives Directorate
under the leadership of Mr. Rajinder Singh, Additional Director
General of Police, Rules. The DGP said that he was happy that the
said Directorate has started its functioning and the Cooperative
Societies were being formed and registered with Registrar, Cooperative
Department, Punjab for all major Police establishments and Districts
in order to cover all the Police personnel in the State.
Mr. Rajinder Singh informed the DGP that all necessary formalities
with regard to supply of goods from direct source, payment of Value
Added Tax and arrangements for fixing of rates of the goods on regular
and constant basis keeping in view the market prices, has been completed.
He said that attempts were afoot to offer goods at the subsidized
rates, 25%-30% lesser than the market rate. He said that all districts
and other Police units have been asked to organize their own cooperative
societies for provision of such services on cooperative and no profit
no loss basis. A state-level mechanism has also been evolved for
monitoring, supervision and guidance of such cooperatives all over
the State, he added.
Elaborating on the scope of Cooperative movement, he informed
that these Cooperatives have been formed with the broad objectives
including establishment of Cooperative Goods Store, namely ‘Self
Help Centre’ for the provision of domestic use goods including
electronic items, small and medium vehicles, motor bikes etc., at
considerably lesser price than that of the market. It would also
provide thrift and credit services for the urgent necessities of
the Police personnel making provision of small loans at a nominal
rate of interest. The cooperative would also provide facilities
for academic and vocational education to the wards of Police personnel.
Mr. Singh said that cooperative would also augment and galvanize
the existing Police Public Schools in all the districts. Giving
the broad scope of cooperatives, it would also provide health services
by way of creating health establishments or availing services from
private existing health establishments.
Mr. Singh informed that the department was also organizing Group
Housing Schemes for making available residential units at affordable
rates and attempts were being made for providing insurance cover
for serving police personnel.
He said that such venture was being pursued on experimental basis.
On achieving reasonable success, even other sets of employees of
the government can also be considered for inclusion in the list
PUNJAB SECURITY GUARDS TO PROVIDE SECURITY IN COMMONWEALTH GAMES
PUNJAB TO SET UP SECOND GUARDS TRAINING INSTITUTE TO MEET GROWING
Hoshiarpur, November 13: With Commonwealth games on the horizon,
33 Managing Directors of National and International Security Agencies
today descended in the sleepy town of Hoshiarpur to pick up Punjab
Police trained Security Guards from Punjab Security Training Institute
located at Jahankhelan five kilometers from here.
As Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal was taking
the salute from 312 newly trained security guards in the passing
out parade, the prying and eagles’ eyes of private security
managers were short listing the prospective candidates for ensuing
mega event of commonwealth games. With security agencies facing
the shortage of quality trained security guards and Jahankhelan
institute being the only institute in the country providing training
to the security guards at par with Punjab Police Commandos, each
passing out candidate was carrying minimum four offer letters from
Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Chief Minister said that
in the post 26/11 scenario, the importance of employing skilled
and weapon trained security guards have been understood by every
employer. With state police having limited resources, unable to
handle the security of every building, the security agencies’
task to scout for trained security guards becoming increasingly
tiring. Mr. Badal expressed happiness that dream of his father Parkash
Singh Badal Chief Minister, Punjab to set up training institute
for private security guards has materialized with small investment
of Rs. 10 crore and dedication of committed team of Punjab Police.
Emphasizing on expanding and upgrading the training infrastructure
at Jahankhelan institute, Mr. Badal announced that besides expanding
the training capacity of this institute to 10000 for 2010 and 15000
for 2011, Punjab Police would soon set up another institute in the
state with same capacity. He said that with demand of five lac trained
guards in the country every year and equivalent demand in US, UK
and South Asian Countries, Punjab was all set to become major training
ground for security guards. Mr. Badal said that these institutes
would also start specialized courses for security managers, armed
guards, private commandos and a special course for girl guards to
meet the demand of various sections of society.
Stressing the need for focusing on training our youths as security
guards for other countries, Mr. Badal said that our youth would
be made proficient in English, Arabic, Spanish and French languages
besides providing them security training to make them employable
in other countries. He expressed satisfaction over the fact that
the newly trained security guards were fully capable to perform
arduous security guards related duties.
Mr. Badal said that quality youth was not getting attracted towards
the job of security guards in the agencies as their wages were too
low being treated equivalent to unskilled labour. Mr. Badal said
that he has requested the labour department to consider them as
a special category while fixing their minimum wages as physical
hazards of this job should also be taken into account.
Speaking about good placement record of Jahankhelan Institute,
Mr. Badal said that the institute successfully arranged placement
of all the trained youths in good reputed companies i.e. Group-4
Security Services(India) Pvt.Ltd.New Delhi, Terra Force Security
Services Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon, Checkmate Industrial Services Pvt.Ltd.
Pune, Pyrex Integrated Security Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Mohali, Sledge
Hammer Security Agency, Mohali, Walsons Building Faith Securities,
Gurgaon, Lion Detective & Security (P) Ltd., Checkmate Security
Services (Broda), 24 Secure Security Services, Group 7 Securities,
D Security & Detective Pvt. Ltd., Rajindra Security Services
(Regd.), A.P. Security Services (P) Ltd., and Group One Five Security
Earlier the candidates gave practical demonstration of Access
control/frisking, Anti sabotage checking, Cordoning and sealing,
Evacuation, Surveillance, Chasing, overpowering and immobilization
of mobster/suspect, Identification of I.E.Ds. and explosive/narcotic
material, Body search, premises search and area search, Defensive
driving, Working of anti sabotage checking gadgetry, First aid,
Handling a mob-attack, Handling and operation of Wireless and Musketry
handling of personal weapons.
On this occasion Mr. Badal presented awards to the best performing
security guards. Parade Commander Khushleen Singh was adjudged all
over first and Sandeep Singh all over second. Similarly Hazar Singh
and Khushleen Singh were selected first in Indoor and Outdoor subjects
Later Mr. Badal inaugurated the newly constructed complex of Punjab
Security Training Institute consisting of eight new buildings which
include one boys’ and one girls’ hostel, indoor training
block, multi-media hall, out-door training block, multi-purpose
training laboratory, administrative block and a faculty guest house.
Earlier Mr. Kuwar Vikram Singh, Chairman CAPSI appreciated the
initiative of young visionary Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir
Singh Badal for organizing world class training for security guards
in Punjab. He said that 33 Security Agencies from Punjab , Haryana,
Himachal, NCR, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerla, Uttrakhand, UP , Madhya
Pradesh and Rajasthan came to attend this function to select quality
security guards for their companies.
Prominent amongst those who were present on the occasion included
Mr. Tikshan Sood, Cabinet Minister, Punjab,Mr Harcharan Bains,Media
Advisor to Chief Minister, Mr. Des Raj Dhugga, Smt. Mohinder Kaur
Josh, Mr. Harish Rai Dhanda and Mr. Sohan Singh Thandal (All Chief
Parliamentary Secretaries), Mr. S.S. Makkar MLA and Mr. Swaran Salaria.
TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY COMMITTEES SET UP IN
Chandigarh, 13th November, 2009 :
With a view to implement road safety measures at the district level,
the Punjab Government today issued a notification establishing District
Road Safety Committees at the District Level.
The Chief Minister Punjab, who has expressed concern at the increasing
fatality rate of road accidents in Punjab, issued directions for
the constitution of the road safety committees at the district level.
Nearly 3300 people die in road accidents every year. Apart from
the mental trauma suffered by the families of the victims, it is
estimated that each death costs Rs 1 crore in economic terms.
Transport Minister, Master Mohan Lal stated that Punjab is the
first State in the country which has taken the step with a view
to check the road accidents in the State.
The District Road Safety Committees, which will be headed by the
Deputy Commissioner, will include the Senior Superintendent of Police,
Additional Deputy Commissioner (G), Chief Medical Officer, Superintending
Engineer, PWD (B&R), District Education Officer, One Principal
of Local College to be nominated by DC.
Two representatives of two NGOs and five eminent persons having
interest in Road Safety will also be nominated by the Government.
The District Transport Officer will be the Member Secretary of
The District Road Safety Committee will prepare Annual District
Plan for Road Safety, Implement Special Schemes pertaining to Road
Safety and coordinate departmental efforts in this regard.
The Committee will also identify accident prone areas and involve
citizens to draw up specific programmes for Road Safety for Schools,
Colleges and Universities, apart from organizing special workshops,
Principal Secretary Transport, D.S. Jaspal stated that the District
Road Safety Committees will meet once in a quarter to prepare action
plan for Road Safety and review their implementation.
The Punjab State Road Safety Council will monitor the functioning
of the District Road Safety Committees.
CM DIRECTS IMPROVEMENT TRUST LUDHIANA TO TRANSFER LAND FOR ISHMEET
Chandigarh, November 13: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh
Badal today directed the Chairman Improvement Trust Ludhiana to
immediately transfer the land to the State Cultural Affairs department
for setting up of Ishmeet Sangeet Academy at Ludhiana in the memory
of legendary Punjabi singer Ishmeet Singh who died in prime his
Presiding over a high level meeting here Mr. Badal said that the
state government was fully committed to establish the State- of-the-art
Ishmeet Sangeet Academy at Ludhiana and Harpal Tiwana Centre of
performing Arts at Patiala. He further said that it was the bounden
duty of the state government to build such memorial to perpetuate
the legacy of great Punjabi artists He also directed to include
two members from the families of Ishmeet Singh and Harpal Tiwana
as lifetime members in the Management Committees of both Institutes
It may be recalled here that the state government had already
allotted 1.5 acres of land in Patiala for Harpal Tiwana Centre for
performing Arts, besides earmarked a sum of Rs. 20 crore for the
completion of these two prestigious projects.
Prominent amongst those who were present in the meeting included
Local Government and Industry Minister Mr.Manoranjan Kalia, Chief
Secretary Mr. S.C. Aggrawal, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister
Mr. D.S. Guru, Principal Secretary Tourism and Cultural Affairs
Mrs. Geetika Kalha, Principal Secretary Housing Mr. Arun Goel, Additional
Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. K.J.S. Cheema, Mr.
Manpal Tiwana son of late Mr. Harpal Tiwana and Dr. CharanKanwal
Singh uncle of late Ishmeet Singh.
CM ASKS MOSHE SAFDI TO SUGGEST PLANS FOR UP COMING SIKH MEMORIALS
CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 13:
The Punjab Government would soon set up memorials in the memory
of martyrs of ‘Chota Ghalugara’ at village Khanuwan
in district Gurdaspur, ‘Wadha Ghalugara’ in village
Kuppa Raheera in district Sangrur to propagate the rich legacy of
Sikhism especially amongst our future generations.
Disclosing this here today the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash
Singh Badal asked world-renowned Architect Mr. Moshe Safdi to visit
the sites and prepare a plan in this regard. Mr. Safdi, who had
successfully accomplished the most prestigious project of Punjab
the 'Khalsa Heritage Centre' (KHC), called on Punjab Chief Minister
today along with his wife Mrs. Michal and son Mr. Oren.
While reviewing the progress of Khalsa Heritage Centre, Mr. Badal
asked Mr. Safdi also to suggest a development plan for the surrounding
areas of the Khalsa Heritage Complex at Sri Anandpur Sahib to add
ambience and scenic beauty to the Center. Mr. Badal also directed
the Tourist and Cultural Affair department to complete whole project
till November 2010 to open it for the general public. It was informed
in the meeting that 98% construction work of KHC is completed at
a cost of Rs. 150.11 crore.
Prominent amongst those who were present in the meeting included
Finance Minister Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal, Chief Secretary Mr. S.C.
Aggrawal, Principal Secretary Tourism and Cultural Affairs Mrs.
Geetika Kalha, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister
Mr. K.J.S. Cheema, Executive Director PIDB Mr. S.S. Sandhu, Chief
Engineer Project Mr. T.S. Gill, Associate Architect Mr. Ashok Dhawan
and Executive Engineer Jagmohan Singh.
INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT, PUNJAB
PUNJAB GOVERNOR ADMINISTERS OATH OF OFFICE TO MS JASPAL KAUR AS
A MEMBER OF THE STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION
CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 13: The Punjab Governor, General (Retd.)
Dr. S.F. Rodrigues, PVSM VSM administered the oath of office to
Ms Jaspal Kaur as a member of the State Information Commission,
Punjab, at a brief but impressive ceremony at Punjab Raj Bhavan,
Earlier, the Chief Secretary, Mr. S.C. Agrawal sought the permission
of the Governor to start the swearing in ceremony. Soon after being
sworn in Ms Jaspal Kaur, signed the oath, counter signed by the
Chief Minister of Punjab, Sardar Parkash Singh Badal, Mrs. Surinder
Kaur Badal, wife of Chief Minister, Mr. Adesh Partap Singh Kairon,
Cabinet Minister, Shri Surinder Singla, former Finance Minister,
Punjab, Shri Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, former Union Minister, Shri
Ramesh Inder Singh, Chief Information Commissioner and State Information
Commissioners including Mrs. Rupan Deol Bajaj, Lt. Gen. Promod Kumar
Grover (Retd.), Mr. PPS Gill and Mrs Ravi Singh, Principal Secretary
to Chief Minister, Mr. D.S. Guru, Financial Commissioner Excise
and Taxation, Mr. Shivinder Singh Brar, Secretary to Governor, Mr.
M.P. Singh, Secretary Information Technology, Mr. Narinderjit Singh,
Shri Balwinder Singh Bhunder, former Minister, Punjab were present
on the occasion. The family members, friends and well wishers of
Ms Jaspal Kaur also attended the ceremony.
FACILITY OF TREATMENT FROM JANUARY 2010 UNDER BHAI GHANHYA SEHAT
CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 13:
To ensure better medical treatment and health facilities at affordable
rates, the Punjab Government had decided to re-launch Bhai Ghanya
Sehat Scheme under the aegis of Co-operative Department from January,
Giving the details of the scheme Chief Parliamentary Secretary,
Cooperation Mr. Jagdish Singh Nakai said that under the scheme cashless
and quality treatment would be provided to the members/employees
of the Cooperative Societies/Organizations/Co-operative Department/
office of Registrar Co-operative Societies, officials of Bhai Ghanya
Trust and their dependents. This treatment would be cashless in
private recognized hospitals where as reimbursement of expenses
of treatment of government hospitals.
Mr. Nakai said that under the scheme the limit of treatment would
be Rs.1.50 lakh per family. New born child upto 6 months of female
beneficiary would be automatically become the beneficiary under
this scheme. Besides a sum of Rs.2100 would also be given to every
new born female child.
He said that every beneficiary would have to pay Rs.1999 per + service
tax for this service. The scheme would be run under the agreement
with ICICI Lombard. He appealed the members of the Cooperatives/societies/
organizations to come forward for its membership to avail this facility.
NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR MINORITIES VISIT PUNJAB ON NOVEMBER 16
CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 13:
The National Commission for Minorities team consists of Shri H.S.Hanspal
and Smt. Splazes Angmo are visiting Punjab and Union Territory on
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of Punjab Government said
that team of the National Commission for Minorities would meet the
representatives of Sikh, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian and Parsi communities
at Punjab Bhavan, Sector:3, Chandigarh at 12.30 AM to 2.00 PM. They
will also meet the H.E.the Governor of Punjab and Chief Minister
Punjab. Members of Commission will also address the media persons
at 6.30 pm on November 16, the spokesman added.
134.32 LAKH TONNES PADDY PROCURED IN PUNJAB
Chandigarh, November 13:
Government agencies and private millers procured more than 134.32
lakh tonnes of Paddy till last evening as compared to 129.32 lakh
tones upto November 12,2008.
Out of total procurement of 134.32 lakh tonnes of paddy in all
the procurement centers of Punjab, Government agencies procured
131.59 lakh tonnes of paddy (98.0%) till date whereas private traders
procured 2.72 lakh tonnes (2.0%) of paddy. Till November 12, PUNGRAIN
had procured 38.92 lakh tonnes (29.6%) whereas MARKFED procured
27.17 lakh tonnes (20.6%). PUNSUP procured 30.34 lakh tonnes (23.1%),
PSWC procured 16.12 lakh tonnes (12.3%) whereas PAIC was able to
procure 12.56 lakh tonnes (9.6 %) of paddy whereas the Central Government
agency FCI had procured 6.47 lakh tonnes (4.9%).
The spokesman added that District Ludhiana with 15.83 lakh tonnes
of procurement was leading in procurement operations whereas district
Sangrur with 15.69 lakh tonnes of procurement was at second slot
and District Patiala 13.09 lakh tonnes of procurement ranked at
The State Government has set up 1600 procurement centres and activated
its total machinery to ensure smooth procurement of paddy, the spokesman
PUNJAB VIDHAN SABHA WINTER SESSION FROM DECEMBER 7
Chandigarh November 13:
13th Punjab Vidhan Sabha Winter Session would commence from December
7, 2009 in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Hall, Vidhan Bhavan, Chandigarh
and will continue till December 11, 2009.
This was disclosed here today by S. Nirmal Singh Kalhon, Speaker,
Punjab Vidhan Sabha.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO FARMERS FOR NET HOUSES
Chandigarh, November 12:
Punjab Government was committed to uplift the economic standard
of the farmers of the state. For this purpose, a special scheme
has been launched to provide financial assistance to farming community
to erect net houses for the cultivation of vegetables.
Giving this information Director, Horticulture, Mr. Baldev Singh
said that Punjab Government has decided to provide financial assistance
of Rs.40,000 to each farmer for erecting Net House in one kanal
(500 square meter) land, to sow vegetables. He said vegetables sown
in these net houses were safe in large extend from fungicide etc.
Therefore, they need to use minimum pesticides. Farmers would get
more yields with less cost, which would help in raising their income.
He said farming should sow late or advance varieties of vegetables
in these net houses.
He said, farmers who were interested in getting financial assistance
could contact Deputy Director or Assistant Director of their respective
districts immediately. To get more information they could call on
0172-2707806, 2706534, he added.
ZONAL LIVESTOCK FAIRS IN PUNJAB
FROM NOVEMBER 15 TO DECEMBER 16
Chandigarh, November 12:
With a view to encourage the dairy farmers of the state, Animal
Husbandry Department Punjab in collaboration with Rural Development
and Panchayats Department is going to organize Zonal Livestock Fairs
and Milk Yield Competitions from November 15 to December 16, 2009.
Disclosing this here today Animal Husbandry Minister Punjab Mr.
Gulzar Singh Ranike said that these fairs were being organized at
TaranTarn, Fatehgarh Sahib, Bathinda and Cattle Market Chirrik in
district Moga. He said that competition of different racial of horses,
Cows, Buffalos, Goats, Sheep and Hens would be held in these fairs.
Besides competition of Milk yield of Buffalos, Cows and Goats would
also be organized. Race Competition of Dogs and Horses would be
an added feature of these fairs.
Mr. Ranike further said that free health service, boarding and loading
would also be provided to the participants as well as to the animals.
Prizes to the tune of 60 Lac would also be given to the best livestock
owners, he added.