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Punjab News: 2010



Badal calls on Jairam Ramesh



NEW DELHI / ChandigarhAPRIL 07:

As a part of comprehensive plan for cleaning of the Punjab Rivers, the Union Minister of State for Environment & Forests Mr. Jairam Ramesh today gave in principle approval to the Punjab Government to start work in the five towns of Phillaur, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Banga, Phagwara and Jalandhar under River Conservation Project on river Satluj at a cost of Rs.319.09 crore, pending formal clearance from the Ministry.

A decision to this effect was taken by Mr. Jairam Ramesh in a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, who called on him here at his office this morning. The Minister also directed the Joint Secretary Mr. Rajiv Gauba to allow the state to carry out works in other 18 towns also for which the detailed project reports had already been submitted by the state government to the Ministry.  He asked to clear all such proposals after thorough processing positively by April 30, 2010.   Mr. Jairam Ramesh also assured the Chief Minister that the Ministry would also soon clear the other pending projects amounting to Rs.640.51 crore during the current fiscal.  The Minister deputed Special Secretary Mr. RH Khwaja to visit the ongoing projects in the state to monitor the progress.

Mr. Jairram Ramesh asked the Secretary Environment Mr. Vijay Sharma to immediately release the balance payment of Rs.13 crore out of Rs. 28 crore on account of the arrears of water cess share due to Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB).  Mr. Sharma informed that the Ministry had already made payment of Rs.15 crore to the Board during last fiscal.

The Chief Minister thanked Mr. Ramesh for fulsome support and cooperation for the implementation of River Conservation Projects on rivers Sutlej, Beas and Ghaggar and apprised him that the state was planning to use the treated waste water from these towns for irrigation purpose through a dedicated network.   He pointed out that the state government had already started works in 14 towns amounting to Rs.781.96 crore with its own funds.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by his Principal Secretary Mr. DS Guru, Special Principal Secretary Mr. KJS Cheema and Chairman PPCB Mr.Rajat Aggarwal.


  Badal calls on Prime Minister
Gives Nod to Lay Foundation Stone of IBS at Mohali


Accepting the invitation to participate in the prestigious tercentenary celebrations of Sirhind Fateh Diwas, the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh gave in principle assurance to the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal that he would attend the function slated to be held on May 14, 2010 at Sirhind.

An assurance to this effect was given by the Prime Minister to Mr. Badal when the latter called on him here at his residence this morning.

The Prime Minister also acceded to the request of Mr. Badal to lay the foundation stone of the prestigious Indian Business School Campus at SAS Nagar (Mohali) and spare some time to see the presentation of upcoming Khalsa Heritage Centre at Anandpur Sahib to give his valuableinputs and guidance relating to this Rs.200 crore prestigious projectnearing its completion.   Dr. Manmohan Singh told the Chief Minister that he would confirm the exact date and time of these programmes
later on.

Raising an issue to cover the 14.5 lakh identified families under the Atta-Daal scheme launched by the Punjab government, Mr. Badal urged the Prime Minister to include these families under the proposed scheme of food security for the economically weaker families of the country.

The Chief Minister pointed out that the percentage of BPL families in Punjab was the lowest in the country as compared to all other states, having been determined at 11.7% despite the fact the state had the largest percentage of scheduled caste population i.e. 29%.  Similarly situated the Haryana state was having 25.05% BPL families as determined by GoI which was not only unrealistic but also totally erroneous.      

It may be recalled that these identified 14.5 lakh families to whom special ration cards have been issued were being supplied wheat at 5 Kg. per member with a maximum of 25Kg. per family per month and pulses/daal was being supplied at ½ Kg. per member with a maximum 2.5
Kg. per family per month.

Responding to another demand for sanctioning a grant of Rs.95 crore to the Punjab government for raising appropriate memorials for the martyrs of Chhota Ghallughara at Kahnuwan in Gurdaspur district, Vadda Ghallughara at village Rohira in district Sangrur and the victory of Sikh forces at a battle heroically fought and won by great warrior Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at Chapar Chiri in district Mohali,  the Prime Minister asked Mr. Badal to send a comprehensive proposal to the Prime Minister’s Office so that the entire project could be meticulously examined before taking a final decision.  Dr. Singh assured the Chief Minister of positive response to all the issues raised by him.

 The Chief Minister was accompanied by his Principal Secretary Mr. DS Guru.




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