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Punjab News: 2010




Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today reviewed the arrangements for the commemoration of tercentenary celebrations of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur’s ‘Sirhind-Fateh Divas’ at Sirhind in district Fatehgarh Sahib on May 14.
Mr. Badal chaired the meeting here at Punjab Bhawan this morning to chalk out the detailed programme for the commemoration of this mega event in a befitting manner. 

It may be recalled that the Prime Minister Office had already confirmed the programme of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to take part in these celebrations on May 14 at Sirhind (Fatehgarh Sahib) in view of the historical significance of this event in the annals of the Sikh history. 

Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab government said that the Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal would receive the Sirhind-Fateh Divas march on the entry point from Haryana to Punjab on May 12 and the Chief Minister would flag off the march on its final leg from village Chapparchiri in district Mohali to Sirhind (Fatehgarh Sahib).

A national seminar on the life and philosophy of the great warrior Baba Banda Singh Bahadur would be organized at New Delhi on May 8 in which eminent national leaders of different political parties, historians, academicians and intellectuals would throw light on the enormous contribution of brave warrior Baba Banda Singh Bahadur for his heroic deeds in the culmination of Mughal Empire thereby establishing the Sikh rule.  

Another seminar would also be organized at Fatehgarh Sahib on April 28 to highlight the various aspects of life and philosophy of Baba Band Singh Bahadur.  The Chief Minster would also lay the foundation stone of the state-of-the-art Baba Banda Singh Bahadur museum at Fatehgarh Sahib. 
It was also decided in the meeting to name the road from Banur to Kharar as Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Marg and another road from village Chapparchiri in district Mohali to Fatehgarh Sahib as Sirhind-Fateh Divas Marg, besides two commemorative gates would also be erected one at Banur and another at Samana in the memory of the great warrior.

The SGPC would issue commemorative coins of Gold and Silver to mark the occasion. A series of Light & Sound programmes would also be organized at the various district headquarters to apprise the people about the unprecedented sacrifice of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur for the establishment of ‘Sikh Raj’.  Apart from this, a religious procession from Rajouri in J&K, the birth place of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and village Gurdas Nangal in Gurdaspur district from where Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was arrested would also reach at Sirhind. 

The meeting was attended by President SGPC Jathedar Avtar Singh, Secretary SGPC Mr. Dalmegh Singh, Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra, Smt. Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwal and Mr. Charanjit Singh Attwal (all Ex-MPs), Advisor to Chief Minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema, MLA Sirhind Didar Singh Bhatti, SAD President Fatehgarh Sahib and Patiala Mr. Jagdeep Singh Cheema and Mr. Ajaib Singh Mukhmelpur and former Minister Mr. Hamir Singh Ghagga, besides the Deputy Commissioner Fatehgarh Sahib Mr. Yashvir Mahajan and State Transport Commissioner R.Venkat Ratnam.  


Chandigarh, April 19:

 Member Parliament from Bathinda Parliamentary constituency Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal today requested Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to immediately sanction Rs. 500 bonus besides asking RBI to stop recovery of farm loans in view of 23% average loss of production being suffered by them due to intense heat wave in north India.

Demanding to declare this unprecedented crisis in agriculture sector as ‘national calamity’ Mrs. Badal said that Prime Minister understanding the gravity of the situation should come to the aid of farmers who were reeling under huge loss being suffered by them due to intense heat wave, with month of March recording highest temperature in last 52 years.

In a letter written to Prime Minister, Member Parliament said that according to the agricultural experts, this year production of wheat in Punjab that was expected to cross 160 lac tonnes would hardly touch 150 lac tonnes due to shrinkage of wheat grain with temperature shooting up to 44 º C. She said that though Punjab government came to the aid of farmers by supplying them free power to their pump sets so that light irrigation could check the damage but farmers were getting 12 quintal per acre yield against 20 quintal per acre yield of last year.

She in the communiqué demanded immediate announcement of Rs. 500 bonus on wheat, over and above MSP of Rs. 1100 in view of average 23 percent shortfall in wheat production due to unexpected intense heat wave in the month of March. She said that due to low production farmers would not be able to repay their loans and RBI should issue directions to the public sector and cooperative Banks to immediately stop the recovery of farm loans besides rescheduling them.

Mrs. Badal explained in the letter that when the Punjab farmers were hoping for record crop, this unexpected twist in the climate has put the farming community in quandary. She said that immediate announcement of Rs. 500 bonus was also imperative to partially compensate farmers due to 23 percent loss in production besides enhanced rate of diesel and fertilizers.

She explained that Punjab, the granary of India has to prepare itself for these unprecedented climate changes due to global warming. She requested the Prime Minister to sanction Rs. 100 Crore special grant to Punjab Agriculture University Ludhiana to conduct Research and Development to develop the strains of heat resistant wheat crop seeds to tackle such situations in future also.

 Mrs. Badal said that as per the metrology forecast, the summers this time was going to be cruel and long that could have impact on paddy sowing. She requested the Prime Minister to direct Union Power Minister to sanctions special ‘paddy quota power’ to Punjab to ensure timely sowing and transplantation of paddy crop.
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Chandigarh, April 19:

Government agencies and private millers procured more than 61.68 lakh tonnes of wheat till last evening as compared to 58.58 lakh tones in previous year on the day.

Out of total procurement of 61.68 lakh tonnes of wheat in all the procurement centers of Punjab, Government agencies procured 61.61 lakh tonnes of wheat (99.9%) till date whereas private traders procured 7305 tonnes (0.1%) of wheat. Till April 18, PUNGRAIN had procured 9.82 lakh tonnes (15.9%) whereas MARKFED procured 14.13 lakh tonnes (22.9%). PUNSUP procured 14.26 lakh tonnes (23.1%), PSWC procured 7.00 lakh tonne (11.4%) whereas PAIC was able to procure 6.63 lakh tonnes (10.8%) of wheat.

The Central Government agency FCI had been able to procure 9.74 lakh tonnes (15.8%). 

The spokesman added that District Patiala with 7.50 lakh tonnes of procurement was leading in procurement operations whereas District Sangrur with 7.54 lakh tonnes of procurement was at second slot and district Ferozepur with 7.08 tonnes of procurement ranked at third position.   

The State Government has set up 1650 procurement centers and activated its total machinery to ensure smooth procurement of wheat, the spokesman added.




Chandigarh April 19:-

The Punjab government has decided to grant a interest free loan to its class IV employees for purchase of wheat. The Loan amount could be availed upto May 31, 2010.

 Disclosing this here today a spokesman of Punjab government said that the wheat loan could be given only to regular class IV employees not to the work charged or daily wages employees.

The spokesman further said that Drawing & disbursing authorities have been authorized to sanction and disburse the loan amount to their employees. The loanee should produce the receipt of the purchase of wheat to the disbursing authority within a month, the spokesman added.





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