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UNION GOVERNMENT MAIN HINDERANCE IN ACCELERATING DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN PUNJAB: SUKHBIR

  • COMPLETION OF Rs 416 CRORE SIDHWAN CANAL ROAD PROJECT HAD MADE IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT, POSSIBLE
  • CONGRESS SCUTTLING DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS OF PUNJAB
  • SUKHBIR QUESTIONES UNDUE DELAY IN SANCTIONING LUDHIANA METRO
  • SAD-BJP MOVED WITH THE FOCUSED AGENDA OF DEVELOPMENT DURING LAST FIVE YEARS
  • SEEKS REPEAT MANDATE FOR CONTINUTION OF DEVELOPMENT AGENDA
  • LUDHIANA GETS WORLD CLASS CITY BUS SERVICE 

LUDHIANA, DECEMBER 17: Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab, today accused the Union Government for unnecessarily delaying sanction of development projects of the state and suspected the hand of PPCC President Captain Amarinder Singh in these irrational delays.

            Speaking to media persons after dedicating to the people of Punjab Rs 416 crore Sidhwan Canal four lane road to bye pass Ludhiana besides launching Rs 65 crore City Bus Service, Mr. Badal said that undue delays created by various Union Ministries including Forest Ministry were resulting in cost escalation of these projects besides causing inconvenience to general public. He said that this Sidhwan Canal project would have been fully operational if Union Forest Ministry had not withheld the forest clearance. Similarly, the file of Chandigarh-Bathinda six lane project was awaiting the clearance of Union Surface Transport Minister since last 15 months but Captain Amarinder Singh was putting pressure on Union Minister not to clear any fresh project for Punjab.  He said that Congress led UPA government was suffering from ‘policy paralysis’ and every policy decision was in cold storage. He said that they only show alacrity and promptness when they have to rob the pocket of common man by raising the price of Petrol, Diesel, LPG and Fertilisers. He said that lakhs of Punjabi Potato and Basmati farmers were suffering due to glut of their produce in the market but Union Government despite SOS reminders from Punjab Government was not allowing their export through land route.

            The Deputy Chief Minister said that when they initiated work on Sidhwan Canal Road project the local Congress MP mocked at us describing it as a impossible project but our determination and dedication has made impossible project a possible and now the Congress party should apologise the people of Ludhiana for under- estimating the will power of SAD-BJP Government.

            Mr. Badal said that SAD-BJP government was moving with the constructive development agenda whereas Captain Amarinder Singh has only destructive and vindictive agenda. Mr. Badal said that besides Rs 19,000 crore refinery giving employment to 37,000 youth, Rs 15,00 crore Textile Park providing employment to 10,000 youth, the Punjab Government has provided regular employment to 1.17 lakh youth including 20,000 in police and 70,000 in education department. He said that SAD-BJP government has empowered the citizens by enacting historic Right To Service Act including 67 services that forced Congress led Haryana Government to ape this act with 32 truncated services. Mr. Badal said that his only mission was development coupled with transparency in the civil services and making civil servants accountable to the people.

            Seeking the repeat mandate from people of Punjab, the Deputy Chief Minister said that if people of Punjab want continuation of accelerated development, they should vote to SAD-BJP Government for next five years so that they could complete the unfinished task of development besides continuing the development agenda for Punjab.
 Demanding enhanced share in the Central Taxes, Mr. Badal said that archaic Godbole formula for sharing a central taxes based on population and backward index of the state was helping only slow moving of economy of UP and Bihar, whereas Punjab was getting the least share of 1.3% in the central taxes. He said that Union Government must return 50% of central taxes to Punjab and they would not allow cross subsidisation of poor states from the central taxes collected from Punjab.

            Blaming Union Government for delaying sanctioning of Ludhiana Metro, Mr. Badal said that by delaying to sanction Viable Gap Funding for Ludhiana metro the Union government was playing with the sentiments of people of Punjab.

            Earlier, Mr. Badal also flagged off Rs. 65 crore Ludhiana City Bus service by putting a first fleet of 10 buses on road and announced that the remaining buses including 50 AC buses would be operational within next 4 months. He said that this project was set to launch one year ago, but due to non-availability of buses with Tata Motors, it could not materialise. He said that the City Bus Service would prove to be a boon for city commuters and from neigibouring towns like Phillaur, Sahnewal and Mullanpur etc. The Deputy Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of Rs 5 crore block of Excise and Taxation Department Office and inspected the Rs 22 Crore multi-storey parking being constructed in Mini Secretariat.

            Prominent amongst others present on the occasion included Mr. Hira Singh Gabria, Cabinet Minister, Mr. Darshan Singh Shivalik, MLA, Prof. Rajinder Bhandari, Vice Chairman Punjab State Planning Board, Mr. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Mr. Gurcharan Singh Galib and Mr. Amrik Singh Aaliwal (all former MPs), Mr. Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal and Mr. Jagdish Singh Garcha (both former ministers).              
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CABINET APPROVES TO ALLOT 5 MARLA PLOTS TO ALL OTHER CATEGORIES INCLUDING BACKWARD CLASSES ON THE PATTERN OF SC BENEFICIARIES

CABINET OKAYS REGULARIZATION OF 132 LECTURERS IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION
FOUR COOPERATIVE SUGAR MILLS AT PATIALA, TARN TARAN
AND ZIRA TO BE REVIVED

OLD AGE ALLOWANCE FOR PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS ENHANCED

CHANDIGARH DECEMBER 17:

The Punjab Cabinet today gave approval to extend the scheme of allotting 5 marla plots free of cost to the houseless and landless persons belonging to all other categories including backward classes on the pattern of scheduled castes beneficiaries in the rural areas.

A decision to this effect was taken here at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal this morning. Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Punjab government said that the Cabinet also approved the regularization of the services of 132 lecturers, librarians and Workshop Superintendents working on the contract basis for the last three years or above in the Technical Education Department. Likewise, the Cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval to regularize the services of 8951 employees including Clerks, Drivers, Pump Operators, Sanitary Workers/Sewer men and sanitation workers under Mohalla Sanitation Committees etc. working in 141 Local Bodies on contract basis for past several years.  This decision would entail a financial liability of Rs.180.57 crore.
In another significant decision, the Cabinet gave approval to revive the closed cooperative sugar mills at Patiala, Tarn Taran and Zira on the basis of Built, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) through invitation of open tenders by the Punjab Sugarfed.  The payment received thereafter on leasing out these mills through open tenders would be deposited in the government treasury.
The Cabinet also approved the enhancement of old age allowance to the pensioners/family pensioners over and above the recommendations of the Fifth Punjab Pay Commission.  With this decision, the pensioners/family pensioners on attaining the age of 70, 75, 80, 85, 90 and 95 years would now get a higher old age allowance @ 10%, 15%, 25%, 35%, 45%, and 55% of their basic pension.  A new stage for the enhancement of the old age allowance at the age of 70 years had been introduced for the first time.
The Cabinet also decided that in case of the death of an employee, enhanced family pension will now be payable for 15 years or till the deceased employee would have attained the age of 65 years, whichever is less.
 The Cabinet also gave approval to change the name of Directorate of Disinvestment as Directorate of Public Enterprises and Disinvestment in view of the various functions assigned to it relating to disinvestment of state government equity from PSUs and its subsidiaries, implementation of the decisions on the recommendations of disinvestment commission on the modalities of disinvestment etc.
The Cabinet also approved to extend the last date i.e. December 31, 2011 by another five years till December 31, 2016 to avail of the facility of 5% reservation to the riot/terrorist affected families for the allotment of plots/houses in the Urban Estates/Improvement Trusts/Pepsu Township Development Board etc. without granting any concession in the rates of the plots/houses in the state.
The Cabinet also approved to bestow ownership rights of the land in six villages of Bathinda district viz. Virk Kalan, Goniana Khurd, Jeedha, Khemuana, Harraipur and Jandwala to the proprietors who had been cultivating and paying the land revenue as well as the land in question was never utilized for common purposes or by the Gram Panchayat for any such purposes at any point of time.  The proprietors are in its possession in accordance with their share prior to 26.1.1950 and have partitioned the same and are even creating encumbrances on the said land.

The Cabinet also gave approval to exempt the Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala from the payment of motor vehicles tax on the vehicles owned by it in the larger public interest as it has been providing employment to the youth of Punjab.
       The Cabinet also gave approval to sanction an annual grant of Rs.10 crore for the maintenance and upkeep of the Virasat-e-Khalsa Complex at Sri Anandpur Sahib besides meeting out its operational charges.
       The Cabinet also approved to streamline the cumbersome procedure for obtaining various permissions/clearances for the mega housing projects including change of land use etc.
       The Cabinet also approved to upgrade Nushera Pannuan and Harike as sub-tehsils in Tarn Taran district besides village Balianwali in Bathinda district as Sub-Tehsil and also gave nod for the creation of requisite staff in the newly created sub-tehsils.
The Cabinet also gave approval to transfer 13 villages of Sub Tehsil Jhunir in Sub Division/Tehsil Sardulgarh of Mansa district and similarly 12 villages of Sub Division/Tehsil Sardulgarh in Sub Tehsil Jhunir and one village of Sardulgarh in Sub Division/Tehsil Mansa in the larger public interest.
       The Cabinet also approved to allot land measuring 6500 sq. yards to the occupants in the new grain market Pattran on the market price to be determined by the Deputy Commissioner Patiala.
The Cabinet also gave nod to extend the One Time Settlement (OTS) policy- 2009 by one month for the Ex-servicemen to settle their outstanding dues against the loan advanced to them by the Punjab Financial Corporation under SEMFEX scheme, which was introduced in 1987-88 to provide to gainful self employment opportunity.
       The Cabinet also approved the exemption of stamp duty to be levied on transfer of 3.65 acre of land on Nabha road and 1.67 acre of land on Rajpura road in Patiala district belonging to PRTC to Punjab Urban Development Authority/Patiala Development Authority.
       The Cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval for regularizing the services of computer teaches recruited by Punjab Information and Communication Technology Education Society (PICTES) from July 1, 2011.

STATE GOVERNMENT ENHANCES CASUAL LEAVES OF SSA TEACHERS FROM 10 TO 15

MATTER OF REGULARIZATION OF TEACHERS TO BE RAISED WITH THE UNION GOVERNMENT

CHANDIGARH DECEMBER 17:

             In order to give reprieve to 13,500 teachers working under the Sarv Sikhya Abhyaan (SSA) and Rashtriya Maadhmik Sikhya Abhyaan (RMSA) across the state, the Punjab government today decided to increase the number of their annual casual leaves from 10 to 15.
A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of the Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal with a delegation of the Sarv Sikhya Abhyaan/ Rashtriya Maadhmik Sikhya Abhyaan Teacher Union, held at Chief Minister's residence here today. The delegation led by President Mr Didar Singh and General Secretary Mr Ram Bhajan apprised the Chief Minister about the problems faced by the teachers due to scant casual
leaves. Subsequently Mr Badal decided that the number of casual leaves of these teachers would be enhanced from 10 at present to 15. On another demand of the Union regarding the regularization of services of these teachers, the Chief Minister told the delegation that the process of regularization is to be undertaken by the Union government. However he assured the delegation that on its part the Punjab government would pursue the case of these teachers with the Union government for which a Detailed Project Report (DPR) would be sent to the centre government so that budgetary allocation could be made for it.
Regarding the demand of delegation of giving the SSA teachers an option for posting at the nearest station, the Chief Minister said that it would be given due consideration during the annual general transfers of the education department to be held in coming year.
   Prominent amongst those present in the meeting included Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr DS Guru, Special Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr Kahan Singh Pannu, Secretary Education Mr Hussan Lal and Director General SSA, Punjab Mr B Purshartha.


NOW PUBLIC CAN TRACK THE MOVEMENT OF PDS FOOD GRAINS ON WEB: KAIRON

After transparency in kerosene distribution, now the turn of PDS food grains

CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 17: Mr. Adaish Pratap Singh Kairon, Food and Civil Supplies and Information Technology Minister today said that the Food & Civil Supplies department has initiated a new scheme to ensure transparency in the State’s unique Atta-Dal scheme by involving citizens in pubic distribution system. Now people can track the movement of PDS food grain on web from storage points to wholesale distribution points in a transparent manner.

            Speaking about the new initiative, Mr. Kairon said that now any citizen of the country would be able to track the movement of vehicles carrying PDS and other grains right from storage point to the Public Distribution Wholesale Points. He said that each grain truck has been put on GPS (Global Positioning System) enabled devices that can track the movement of truck right from storage facility to the dealer, so that any attempt of pilferage could be detected by general public. He said that any deviation from sanctioned route could be tracked on GPS inviting punishment. He said anybody can access the website www.trackmaster.in and feed the user name ‘attadal’ and password ‘transparency’ and for kerosene the user name would be ‘Kerosene’ and password would be ‘transparency’ to track the movement of vehicle.
            Mr. Kairon said that department has been providing atta-dal to the 16 lakh beneficiaries throughout the state, who were getting 35kg grain and 4kg protein rich dal and it is the largest ever distribution network of PDS that was working successfully since last five years. Mr. Kairon said that it is our moral duty to provide PDS food grains to the concerned people without any hassle.
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Election Commission Must Treat PTC Broadcasts Overseas as Election Expenditure
Jassi Khangura MLA letter to Chief Election Commissioner

I wish to bring to your attention that it has recently been proven that Sukhbir Singh Badal and his wife, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, are the owners of PTC TV station and its associated channels which are owned via Orbit Resorts Pvt Ltd and its subsidiary Gurbaz Media Pvt Ltd.  PTC has significantly benefitted from Punjab Government funds, as admitted by Sukhbir Badal, to the tune of around Rs70 lakhs.  However, the actual figure is likely to be significantly higher if other departments and agencies are included.

Under the Election Commission rules on party expenditure during elections I hope that the Badal’s personal ownership of this TV station will be taken into account and that the use of this channel for spreading SAD propaganda will be curtailed.  The continual broadcast of advertising for the SAD and the Badal leadership must be stopped or added to SAD election expenditure in this campaign.  Additionally, general SAD propaganda programming masquerading as factual must also be taken into account as advertising and noted against election expenditure accordingly.

This channel broadcasts in India and to the Punjabi Diaspora worldwide including in, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.  PTC has, for many of the almost 5 million Punjabis overseas, become a significant channel for its Punjabi language content.  Unfortunately much of the programming of PTC is propaganda for the SAD and, especially, the leadership of S. Prakash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Badal.

I request that costs of use of this channel for SAD promotional programming and advertising, including overseas, be apportioned to the SAD and its candidates during the upcoming campaign.  In the event that this is done judiciously many, if not all, SAD candidates would effectively be disqualified.

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‘NEW CHANDIGARH’ GETS A KICK START AS SUKHBIR LAYS THE FOUNDATION STONE OF CRITICAL RS. 325 CRORES CHANDIGARH- SISWAN ROAD

  • NEW CHANDIGARH TO BE THE GAME CHANGER FOR WHOLE NORTH INDIA
  • MOGA RALLY WOULD SCRIPT NEW HISTORY
  • GIVES AWAY RS. 1.60 CRORE FOR DEVELOPMENT WORKS OF KURALI

Chandigarh, December 16:

The New Chandigarh Mega City project today got a kick start with Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal laying the foundation stone of Rs. 325 crore Chandigarh-Siswan road, that besides shortening the distance to Baddi in Himachal Pradesh would emerges critical road for the evolving this new city.

          Addressing a rally after laying the foundation stone, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal said that the new Chandigarh would provide quality housing besides developing world class institutional area including IT City, MediCity and world class aviation maintenance and training institute. He said that the New Chandigarh City was all set to propel the overall development of this area thereby making it a worth living place near Chandigarh with world class infrastructure. He said that this 200 feet wide Chandigarh to Siswan T-junction road (8 Kms.) would be constructed 6 lane in first phase and would have three 8 lane bridges. He said that this project has been undertaken by the Omaxe Infrastructure and Construction Ltd., a world renowned infrastructure development company and it would be completed by next 16th months.
          Earlier after laying the foundation stone of Rs. 2.5 crore 66 KVA Grid Station at Village Seonk, the Deputy Chief Minister addressed a rally at Mullanpur Garibdas and announced 100 per cent drinking water and sewerage coverage of this historical town and assured to upgrade its total infrastructure at par with SAS Nagar city.
Reiterating the SAD-BJP government’s commitment to upgrade the total civic infrastructure in all major cities and towns, Mr. Badal pointed out that thousands of crores rupees were being spent on ensuring 100% coverage of safe drinking water and sewerage besides constructing quality roads and street lights. He said that Punjab has witnessed development and growth on every front during last five years including 6669 crore investment in road sector, Rs 420 crore on construction of 42 ROBs and flyovers, Rs 19000 crore Bathinda Refinery giving employment to 37,000 youth, Rs 3715 crore on improvement of irrigation network, Rs 418 crore relining of minors and the previous regime of congress led by Captain Amarinder Singh has nil report to showcase. He said that against recruitment of few hundred those too contractual temporary employees, our government has recruited 1.17 lakh out of which 70,000 and 20,000 were alone in education and police departments respectively. He said that the recruitment during SAD-BJP government was online, totally on merit and done in a most transparent way.
   Appreciating the services of local MLA Mr. Ujjagar Singh Badali for making concerted efforts for the development of the area, the Deputy Chief Minister handed over him a cheque of Rs. 1.60 crore for the various development works of Kurali city.
Mr. Badal expressed confidence that the people of state were wise enough to continue the pace of development by giving their repeat mandate to the SAD-BJP combine and promised to make Punjab the best state in the country.
On this occasion Mr. Ujjagar Singh Badali MLA proposed a vote of thanks.
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SUKHBIR APPEALS TO VOTE FOR BJP-SAD CANDIDATES IN CHANDIGARH MC ELECTIONS

Chandigarh, December 16 :

Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, President Shiromani Akali Dal today appealed to the residents of Chandigarh to wholeheartedly vote for Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP candidates to script a new chapter of development and growth in the city beautiful.
            In an appeal issued on the eve of Municipal Corporation elections scheduled tomorrow, the SAD President said that history has given an opportunity to the electorate of Chandigarh to punish Congress party that was neck deep in corruption and has inflicted unprecedented price rise, disturbing the household budget of every family.
He said that Congress party during its five year tenure ignored the development of City and remained busy in infighting. He said that no sensible citizen can vote a party whose Member of Parliament has openly criticized Gandhian Anna Hazare, made mockery of 1984 anti Sikh riots in the Parliament and had never cared to raise the issue of development of Chandigarh in the Parliament.
            He said that time has come that electorate of Chandigarh should give a chance to BJP-SAD combine in Municipal Corporation so that Chandigarh could live up to its brand name ‘City Beautiful’

NAMES INVITED FOR 2 VACANT POSTS OF MEMBERS of PUNJAB PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

CHANDIGARH, December 16: The committee constituted by Punjab Chief Minister for selection of members of Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) has invited the names of eminent persons of impeccable integrity, caliber and administrative experience from all walks of life, to be considered for one official and one non-official members of the commission.

        According to an official spokesman any person can either forward his name or recommend any other person’s name, who besides this fulfils the constitutional eligibility and age criteria for these constitutional posts. He said that while preparing the panel of such persons it would be specifically elicited from the candidates about the pendency of any court litigation, civil or criminal, conviction or otherwise in criminal court or civil court decree or any other proceedings that may have bearing on the integrity and character of the candidate.

        The spokesman said that to widen the scope for search from all quarters, this press note has been issued for the information of general public so that eminent persons of impeccable integrity, caliber and administrative experience could be considered for appointment.

        The spokesman said that the names with the biodata and complete details could be sent to the committees for consideration that should reach Secretary Personnel, Government of Punjab, Room No 6, 6th Floor, Punjab Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh latest by 23 December, 2011.

        It may be added that these committees were constituted in view of directions and procedure laid down by Hon’ble Punjab and Haryana High Court, dated 17, August 2011 passed in CWP 11846 of 2001 as well as directions and guidelines laid down by Hon’ble Supreme Court in case titled Centre for PIL versus Union of India (2011) 4 SCC1 and decided that Committees would consider all names that come to its notice or are forwarded by any person(s) or sent by aspirants himself. The Committees would prepare panel of suitable candidates equal to three times of number of vacancies.

        The spokesman said that the Punjab Chief Minister had constituted a committee including Mr. S.C. Aggarwal, Chief Secretary, Mr. D.S. Bains, Principal Secretary Home and Lt. Gen B.S. Dhaliwal (Retd), Technical Advisor to CM was constituted for selection of candidates as members of PPSC.

        It may be added that PPSC has authorized streangth of ten of which eight posts or already filled up. As per conistitutional provisions as nearly as may be, half the posts are to be filled up from official candidates. Of the eight serving members, four are official and four are non –official and thus out of two vacancies one have to be filled from official and one from non-official.
        The Punjab Government has circulated the communiqué to all department of state government, universities of state, to Director General Resettlement, Army Headquarters and also to Rajya Sainik Board besides uploading the communiqué on the websites of Punjab Government and PPSC.
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Textile Park gets a mega beginning
SUKHBIR LAYS THE FOUNDATION STONE OF RS. 1500 CRORE SELS   GREENFIELD MEGA INTEGRATED TEXTILE PARK

  • ONE LAKH YOUTH, MOSTLY WOMEN TO GET EMPLOYMENT IN TEXTILE SECTOR

Chandigarh December 16:the Textile park envisioned by SAD BJP Government today got the mega beginning as Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today laid the foundation stone of Rs. 1500 crore SEL Group’s Greenfield Mega Integrated Textile Park, putting the Punjab State in an higher orbit of development. 

Speaking after laying the foundation stone and Bhoomi Pujan of the project, Mr. Badal said that Congress Government neglected the Malwa area and as they failed to provide value addition to Cotton farmers besides adding any fresh spindle capacity in the area. He said that Punjab Government came out with the new textile policy to setup a textile park in the Malwa area to invite multinational companies to invest in setting up their units. He said that once all units in textile park get operationalized, the textile park in Malwa would provide employment to one lakh youth, mostly girls. He said that textile was the most labour intensive industry and with small capital it can generate massive avenues for employment.
Mr. Badal said that with the growing world trade in textiles and clothing, India and Malwa area of Punjab have immense opportunities as it has presence in complete textile value chain and also advantages on account of availability of low cost skilled manpower, increasing cotton production and fast growing synthetic fibre industry. He said that he planned for textile park in Malwa area as China, India and Pakistan account for major part of the world fiber consumption. Mr. Badal said that over the years, the size of spinning mills is increasing all over the country but Punjab lagged behind. He said that we should understand that greater investment and FDI opportunities were available in the textile sector which   is bound to increase the competitiveness of the Indian textile sector especially against major competitors like China. The Deputy Chief Minister said that though China has been ahead of India in the textile exports, yet this is indicative that India has ample opportunities for future growth and keeping this in view the State Government envisioned this textile park.
Speaking about the textile industry scenario Mr. Badal said that  on the domestic front, there is an ever increasing domestic demand because of growing population and increasing income levels. He said that India is also emerging as a preferred sourcing destination for consumers across the world. Mr. Badal said that it was matter of great satisfaction that the textile Industry’s committed efforts to harness its fundamental strengths was visible from the growing investments, leading to capacity augmentation with ultra modern technologies. He hoped that SEL with its expansion initiatives would not only catalyze industrial activity in Punjab but also contribute to India’s standing in the textile sector of the world.
 The state-of-the-art Greenfield Mega Integrated Textile Park being set-up by SEL Textiles Limited at Village Panjava, Tehsil Malout in District Muktsar at an investment of about Rs. 1500 crore. Through the said scheme, the Government seeks greenfield investments in textile sector with the objective of setting up world class infrastructure for the textile industry.
SEL is setting up the project with the state-of-the-art technology having capacities of 188,160 spindles in ring spinning, 40 million metres per annum in denim fabric and 8 million pieces of denim garments per annum. The estimated outlay for the project is nearly Rs. 1500 crore. The project is targeted to be operational in the next fiscal year. The flagship company of SEL group viz. SEL Manufacturing Company Limited had earlier commissioned the first phase of its 4 lac. spindlage plant at Village Mehatwara in District Sehore of Madhya Pradesh in a record time and established a new bench mark in project implementation.
 The major raw material for the project i.e. cotton shall be procured mainly from the northern belt consisting of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, hence creating value-addition for the textile sector in the region. The textile park will generate direct employment opportunities for 8,000-10,000 people and indirect employment opportunities for over 40,000 people. The project will also contribute significantly to the State Exchequer
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REVOLUTIONARY STEPS TAKEN BY SAD-BJP GOVERNMENT FOR THE WELFARE OF DEFENCE PERSONNEL AND EX- SERVICEMEN 
CHANDIGARH DECEMBER 16:

            The Punjab government has taken path breaking initiatives to ensure the overall welfare of the serving defence personnel and ex-servicemen in recognition of their outstanding services to protect nation’s integrity by safeguarding its borders from external aggression.

            Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that the department of Defence Welfare has implemented several decisions on the direction of the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal for the well being of the defence personnel and Ex-servicemen.
The state government has decided to grant the benefit of service rendered by the short service commissioned officers in armed forces at the time of entry into government service on the pattern of the benefit already extended to the ex-servicemen, which will benefit hundreds of families.  The Dharmi Fauji who were affected by terrorism, their Monthly Grant (MMG) has been doubled from Rs.2500/- to 5000/-. At present this benefit was being taken by 118 Dharmi Fauji.
The spokesman further mentioned that the budget for monthly annuity to the Gallantry Awardees’, such as Paramvir Chakra, Mahavir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra and other Gallantry Awardees, was earlier enhanced by 40% and now the Cabinet has in its recent meeting further increased it by 10%. At present 1849 beneficiaries were getting this benefit. Strenuous efforts were afoot for the exemption of the toll tax for Ex-Servicemen. It may be recalled that the Defence Services Welfare Minister Punjab Captain Balbir Singh Bath had already approached the Union Road and Transport Minister Dr. CP Joshi and Union Defence Minister Mr AK Antony, in this regard.
In another significant decision, the Defence Services Welfare Department had amended its Departmental Rules by which the condition for retirement age of regular officers of the Department, which was earlier 10 years or on the completion of 58 years of age, whichever is earlier, has now been abolished and the superannuation would be on the completion of 58 years of age.


RTE TO FOCUS ON BRINING ‘SPECIAL CHILDREN’ IN MAINSTREAM EDUCATION
·       Punjab enrolls 99853 special children for inclusive education
·       Workshop to train teachers for special children begins in Chandigarh

Chandigarh, December 16: The Right to Education is laying a special focus on bringing Children with special needs in the mainstream education and Punjab has already taken the lead by enrolling such 99853 students for inclusive education.
In a regional workshop held here to train the teachers Mr. Husan Lal Secretary School Education said that the Punjab Government was fully committed to provide inclusive education to children with special needs (CWSN) in the general school set-up, provided their condition allows them to attend a general school and the remaining CWSN were being covered through alternative models such as EGS/AIE, Resource Rooms, Home-based Education etc., as per the child's specific requirements available under SSA and as envisaged under Right to Education 2009. He informed that a total number of 125828 children with special needs have been identified, out of which 99853 children have been enrolled in mainstream schools where they were being provided remedial teaching as per need to retain them in the school system, 10716 were being provided resource support through teaching in Resource Rooms set-up in the general schools and 8676 children with severe and profound forms of disabilities were being covered under the Home Based Education program. Thus, a total of 119245 CWSN have been covered under various interventions till date, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. B.Purushartha, Director General School Education emphasised the need to bring attitudinal change towards children with special needs so that they never feel neglected besides encouraging them to take the challenges of life. He said that attitudinal barriers were being removed with the help of awareness generation programs, inclusive sports and cultural programs & by conducting teacher training seminars. He informed that to provide appropriate educational services to children with special needs in the most suitable environment in neighbourhood schools, the focus has been on strengthening the general school system to address and meet the diverse needs of CWSN in an inclusive set-up and this was being achieved through increased emphasis on infrastructure & manpower development, improvement in access by removing physical barriers, awareness generation to remove attitudinal barriers, and provision of adequate support services to the CWSN.

He said that the RTE Act 2009 entitles all children in the 6-14 years age group to a right to free and compulsory elementary education in a neighbourhood school. Children with special needs also would have to be enrolled and retained in neighbourhood schools. The key objective of RTE & SSA was Universalization of Elementary Education (UEE). Three important aspects of UEE are access, enrolment and retention of all children in the 6-14 years age group.
On this occasion, Dr. Anupriya Chadha, Chief Consultant, Inclusive Education and Ms. Sushma Sharma, Deputy State Project Director briefly outlined the purpose of this regional workshop. Ms. Salony Kaur informed that this workshop was being attended by representatives of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab , Haryana and Chandgarh.

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JATINDER SINGH PANNU AND KULDIP SINGH APPOINTED AS NON OFFICIAL DIRECTORS OF PUNGRAIN
 
Chandigarh, December 16: The Punjab Government today appointed Mr. Jatinder Singh Pannu and Mr. Kuldip Singh as a non- official Directors on the Board of Punjab State Grain Procurement  Corporation Limited.
          A spokesman of the Punjab Government today said that the terms and conditions of these appointments shall be determined by the government separately.

caption- photo of s. Jatinder singh pannu

 

Letter to center just a lollypop: EGS teachers

Chandigarh, December 15, 2011
EGS Teachers Union Punjab

A day before the meeting with Chief Minsiter Punjab Parkash Singh Badal, EGS teachers union Punjab has criticized Punjab government for diverting their struggle to the center government by writing a letter for the exemption of Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) to Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) Teachers on Wednesday, adding that the letter to the center was just a lollypop to the teachers to avoid their stern actions against the ruling party.

In a press release, State Presidents of two separate groups of EGS Union, who united on Wednesday in Bathinda, Pritpal Singh Fazilka and Kulwant Kumari, said that EGS teachers were the employee of the state government earlier and they should be appointed under continuity and they should not be understand as new employee and new recruitment.

“Punjab government should re-recruit us with effect of continuity.
Punjab government itself had issued a notification and considered us state employee. We were given admission in Elementary Teacher Training
(ETT) by NCERT Jaipur on the basis of this notification. We should be allowed to continue our services to the state by re-recruiting us in education department of the state”, Kulwant Kumari said.

“If Punjab government finds it mandatory to clear the TET, we should be given a time period of few years to clear it after recruiting us.
Teacher, who clears the TET in given time period, should be allowed to continue the service and who fails to do so, he should be shown the way out”, Pritpal Singh added.

EGS teachers had met Chief Minister Punjab Parkash Singh Badal in the presence of officials and bureaucreates in education department on December 12 but EGS teachers failed to get any solution to their demands. Another meeting is scheduled on December 16 at CM house in Chandigarh and EGS teachers expecting any solution in this meeting.

The EGS teacher has been struggling to get permanent jobs and they have given tough situation to the state government after slapgate incident occurred in Daula village in Gidderbaha constituency in Mukatsar district.
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CONGRESS DELIBERATELY SCUTTLING EXPORT OF POTATOES AND BASMATI TO TARGET PUNJABI FARMERS: SUKHBIR

·        UPA OUT TO FINISH PUNJABI FARMERS ECONOMICALLY
·        CAPTAIN WORKING OVERTIME TO STOP SANCTION OF ROAD AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS OF PUNJAB
·        POLICY PARALYSIS OF UPA HAS BROUGHT WHOLE GOVERNMENT TO STANDSTILL
·        INTEREST RATE HIKE 22 TIMES DURING LAST 24 MONTHS HAS KILLED INDUSTRIAL GROWTH

Chandigarh, DECEMBER 15: Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, President Shiromani Akali Dal and Deputy Chief Minister Punjab today charged congress led UPA government for deliberately scuttling the export of potatoes and basmati to other countries to punish Punjabi farmers for supporting SAD-BJP government in Punjab.

            Talking to the media persons, Mr. Badal said that Punjab government had already sent repeated SOS messages to Union Food and Commerce Ministries apprising them of problems being faced by potato and basmati farmers in Punjab and seeking early permission for the export through land route but deep slumber of Union Government has ruined the economy of Punjabi farmers.

            Mr. Badal said that there was no government worth name in the center and policy paralysis afflicting the UPA government has brought the economy of whole country to a stand-still. He said that prices of essential commodities were hitting the roof and a trimonthly promise of Prime Minister of prices coming down has further worsened the situation. He said that economist run government has ruined the economy of the country and western formula of raising interest rates to curb inflation has put the whole economy into a debt spiral. He questioned that why the union government failed to curb the inflation by raising interest rates 22 times during last 24 months. Mr. Badal said that repeated interest rate hike has made the industrial sector sick and no industry was willing to invest in capital with double digit interest rate.  He also questioned the silence of Union Finance Minister with Rupee tumbling to record low and dollar touching Rs 55.

            Questioning the sincerity of Captain Amarinder Singh, Mr. Badal said that why can not he pressurize the Union Government to allow export of Potatoes and Basmati, if he was so called votary of farmers? Mr. Badal said that Captain Amarinder Singh has a negative mindset and he was camping in Delhi to stop sanction of Roads and Infrastructure Projects for Punjab besides grants for various centrally sponsored schemes.

            When asked to comment about the verdict of Punjab and Haryana High Court on dismissing the PIL on Transport Policy of Punjab, Mr. Badal said that Hon’ble court has exposed the hollowness of total propaganda of Congress Party and Captain Amarinder Singh should apologies Publicly for defaming the SAD-BJP government with malicious and baseless allegations.
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Jassi Khangura MLA's letter to Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Sardarni Harsimrat Kaur Badal
Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha)
12 - Safdarjung Road
New Delhi
14 December 2011

Dear Bhenji

Sarpanch Slap a Slap in the Face of All Women and the Law

A week has passed since the disgusting debacle at your Sangat Darshan function in Gidderbaha in which a female teacher was slapped and assaulted by one of your supporting Sarpanches.  Shocked and disgusted as I am by the thuggish behaviour of Daula Sarpanch Balwinder Singh, I am even more so by the deafening silence from you following the incident at your rally.

Not a single official statement.  Not a single apology.  Not a single attempt to engage with Ms Varender Kaur, which is surely the very least she deserves after being so brave in the face of such utterly unacceptable violence against her at your rally.  Your father in law speaking his condemnation, although surprising and commendable, does not cancel the need for you to do so.  What is required is for you to personally condemn this crime.

You claim to stand for women’s rights therefore your voice should have been the first to cry foul here.  This was no distant incident with unclear facts.  It happened at your event.  Why are you unable to stand up for what is right?  The respect and support you would have gained as a human being, as a woman, and as a leader would have far outweighed the disgruntlement of the Sarpanch involved.  Instead, no-one has one iota more respect for you, and the whole scenario is mired in bad feelings.  Sadly, you have become one more member of the SAD to fail to stand against the goonda culture which has burgeoned under the rule of your Party.

Sadly, without the footage going viral online and on TV channels this incident would likely have been completely buried immediately – and Ms Varinder Kaur would have been voiceless, as are so many others who are victims of the SAD henchmen.  How many others are roughed up by Akali goondas beyond the cameras reach?

The tardiness in pressing charges against Balwinder Singh Sarpanch is shocking.  If there had not been a public outcry then clearly nothing would have happened.  Police were present in abundance at your rally.  They were also close to hand at the time of the incident as has clearly been seen by millions of people on the footage shown across the world.  Are they so toothless under SAD rule that they cannot act against crime committed under their very noses?

Alleging that it happened when you were not personally at the venue is no excuse.  The function being in your name is even more reason to have condemned the incident in the strongest terms immediately.  I cannot understand why you would not do so, and have not done so, and find it entirely unpardonable.

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PPSC scam of 2002 to work on any election related post was incorrect

CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER, PUNJAB

Chandigarh, December 15:

A spokesman of the office of Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab today said that a news item published in Daily Ajit on December 14 regarding not allowing the officials affected by the PPSC scam of 2002 to work on any election related post was incorrect. He said that the matter has been referred to the Election Commission of India for advice as 5-6 such officers are at present Returning Officers.

            The spokesman further said that The Election Commission of India’s Transfer Advisory has been circulated. Wherever, the Returning Officer or the Assistant Returning Officers do not fulfill the criteria, the cadre controlling authorities have been asked to make appropriate changes.  All cadre controlling authorities have also been asked to fill vacant posts of R.Os/A.R.Os, Additional D.E.Os and Executive Magistrates.

            He said that the Chief Secretary has been requested to ensure that no Government product has the image of a politician or a political party when the code comes into effect as this would be a breach of the Model Code of Conduct.  The ambulance and registration certificates were specifically mentioned.       
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PUNJAB SC COMMISSION TAKES UP CAUSE OF PUNJABI DALITS STRUCK IN KUWAIT

CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 15: The Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes today strongly took up the cause of 30 Punjabi Dalit youth struck in Kuwait, who have been fleeced by travel agents.

          Mr. Rajesh Bagha, Chairman of Commission, today urged the National Commission for Scheduled Castes to intervene as these 30 Punjabi youths belonging poor families have been detained in Kuwait and their families were spending anxious nights awaiting their release. He emphasized to the commission that it was a imperative for National Commission to safeguard the interest of Scheduled Castes youth and issue direction to the Ministry of Exeternal Affairs for putting diplomatic pressure on Kuwait to release these youth from detention.

          Mr. Bagha said that he would also meet the Union External Affairs Minister seeking his intervention for early release of Dalit youth from the custody in Kuwait.
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NAMES OF MANY SENIOR CONGRESS LEADERS FIGURE IN LIST OF THOSE WHO HAVE STASHED THEIR BLACK MONEY ABROAD- BADAL
UPA GOVERNMENT SHIELDING THE CONGRESS LEADERS BY NOT DISCLOSING THE LIST
FRESH INCREASE IN THE PRICES OF PETROL WOULD AGGRIEVE THE SITUATION FOR COMMON MAN

MANPREET WOULD NOT GET EVEN A SINGLE ASSEMBLY SEAT IN UPCOMING POLLS

Gidderbaha (Sri Muktsar Sahib), December 15-

          Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal today said that the Congress led UPA government at the centre was not disclosing the list of 3600 people who have stashed their black money abroad because the names of many senior Congress leaders also figure in it.

Talking to the newsmen here during the Sangat Darshan program of villages falling in the Gidderbaha assembly segment, the Chief Minister assailed the Union government for not making public the names of the persons who have hidden their money in foreign banks. Mr Badal said that a huge amount worth Rs 6500 lakh crore have been hoarded by many affluent people, which include senior Congress leaders, illegally in the foreign banks but unfortunately the centre government was not taking any genuine step to get it back. He said that despite the fact that UPA government had in an affidavit submitted in the Supreme Court admitted that it was well aware about the names of those people who have deposited money in foreign countries, the Union government was not making these names public which clearly indicates that the UPA government was shielding the owners of this illegally accumulated wealth. The Chief Minister categorically said that the sole reason for not making the list public was that it would expose the name of many senior Congress leaders who have deposited the black money abroad.  

          Training his guns against the UPA government, the Chief Minister reiterated that it has broken the back bone of a common man by increasing the price of petrol manifolds in their whole tenure. He said that it was regrettable that even now the Union government was planning for another hike in the prices of petrol which would further aggrieve the situation. Mr Badal said that any such fresh increase in the prices of petrol would further accentuate inflationary trends much to the dismay of common man. The Chief Minister lamented that it was the Congress party which was responsible for the plight of common man as during its five decades of rule over the country it has never bothered to keep any check over the serious problems faced by the country including the unemployment, illiteracy, poverty and even the corruption. Accusing the Congress led UPA government for being neck deep in corruption, Mr Badal said that it had surpassed all its previous records of corrupt practices thereby grossly responsible for complete administrative breakdown.
          The Chief Minister once again reiterated that Congress has always adopted an apathetic attitude the state a testimony to which was that it has ruined the industry and agriculture of state by enacting anti Punjab policies. He said that the worst thing was that Congress had inflicted a deep wound to Punjabis in general and Sikhs in particular by attacking Sri Harmandir Sahib and through planned anti Sikh carnage of 1984. 
          Making a derisive attack on former state Finance Minister and PPP leader Mr Manpreet Singh Badal, the Chief Minister said that in the upcoming assembly elections the people of state would teach him a lesson by trouncing all of his candidates badly. He said that Mr Manpreet Badal would not get even a single assembly seat and the results of assembly polls would send him to political oblivion because he has deceived his mother party by joining hands with the Congress. He said that wise voters of state are well aware of the fact that SAD-BJP has always ensured development of the state whereas the Congress has always tried to derail the progress of state and had hurt of the psyche of Punjabis by irrelevantly interfering in their social, political, economic and even religious affairs. He said that by playing in the hands of Congress Mr Manpreet is also harming the interests of state just for the sake of his own vested ones.
          He said that current SAD-BJP regime of the state has brought new resurgence in the state by ensuring development in all the fields whether of power, agriculture, infra structure, health or even education. The Chief Minister said that realizing well their duty towards the welfare of poor and downtrodden people their government has initiated a number of welfare schemes, which have duly benefited them.
          During the Sangat Darshan program the Chief Minister disbursed a grant of Rs 2 crore for developmental works of five villages falling in the constituency.   
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    CONSENSUS AMONGST ALL STATES FOR A NATIONAL POLICY ON WATER MANAGEMENT
AGRAWAL INAUGURATES NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE RURAL WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION SERVICES

Chandigarh, December 15:

A broad consensus today emerged amongst all the states for formulating a National Policy on Water Management to prepare the country to face the challenges posed by depleting ground water level and to ensure optimum usage of available hydro sources.

            A three day National Workshop on sustainable rural water supply and sanitation services being hosted by the state Water Supply and Sanitation Department inaugurated by   Punjab Chief Secretary Mr. S.C Agrawal today underlined the need for formulating a National Policy on Water Management as over use of ground water for irrigation purpose was further marginalizing the rapidly depleting water sources thereby posing a serious threat to availability of safe drinking water for each citizen.
            The Chief Secretary pointed out that in the changing scenario when most of the sources of water were depleting, the treatment of waste water becomes imperative as it could make a significant contribution for irrigation purpose.  He said that it was high time to sensitize the people about water management especially in urban areas where the wastage of water was very high.  He said that the per capita water usage of Delhi was too high in comparison of Paris despite it has just few hours water supplies whereas in Paris it was 24x7.  

            Congratulating the state Water Supply and Sanitation department for making revolutionary achievements on Water Supply front in rural areas, Mr. Agrawal said that Punjab was leading the country in successful implementation of World Bank's unique water supply project in which community play a major role both in the form of financial contribution and then management of the scheme.  He informed that number of villages in the state have been ensured 24x 7 fully metered drinking water supplies. He said that he has no  hesitation to admit that rural water supply schemes were being run more efficiently than in urban areas and the whole credit goes to the department and World Bank for successful implementation of the project.  He said that the myth that rural population would not pay for drinking water was also discarded with over whelming response of rural population for this project to get safe drinking water.  He expressed confidence that the deliberations in the ongoing workshop would immensely help in chalking out the future strategies for effective water management.
            Shri P.S. Aujla Secretary Water Supply & Sanitation in his welcome and introductory address informed how Department of water supply & sanitation transformed the non performing PRWSS Project, in the year 2007-08 to a satisfactorily performing project by the year 2010-11. He informed that by October 2011, total of 1350 Gram Panchayats have submitted their demand for joining the project. and up till now 617 villages have been commissioned under IDA funded programme. Secretary Water Supply & Sanitation resolved that all the schemes in the PRWSS Project would not only be implemented within the allocated period but would also become self sustainable within a period of 6-12 months of its commissioning. He said that  O&M of an average sized water supply scheme becomes financially self sustainable, once the threshold limit of 70% water connections is achieved. Out of the 617 villages commissioned upto November 2011 under SWAP mode for PRWSS Project, O&M of Water Supply Schemes in 395 villages has become self sustainable. Out of these 395 villages, households in 152 villages have procured 100% water connections. As of now, 11 Water Supply Schemes are being operated on 24x7 basis, through metered water supply system. Similarly under ARP SWAP, out of the 1332 villages commissioned upto November 2011, O&M of Water Supply Schemes in 526 villages have become self sustainable. Out of these 526 villages, households in 39 villages have procured 100% water connections, he added.
It may be mentioned here that besides Government of India, the States of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Manipur, Goa, Gujrat, J&K, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, West Bengal & Assam were also participating in National workshop. In addition representatives from Public Health Engineering Department Bangladesh, WB office Dhaka, WB Head Quarter Washington, WB office India, WHO, Water Aid & IRC Netherlands were presenting their papers in the workshop. In the first technical session, Mr. Dinesh Chand from Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation made a detailed presentation on ' Sustainable operations of Water Supply & Sanitation Sevices in India'.
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GOVT. RELEASES BALANCE PAYMENT OF RS.21 CRORE TO THE BICYCLE MANUFACTURERS UNDER MAI BHAGO VIDYA SCHEME
CHANDIGARH DECEMBER 15:

            The state finance department today released the balance payment of Rs.21 crore to the vendors, who supplied bicycles to the government under the Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme for providing bicycles free of cost to girls studying in government schools in class XI and XII across the state.

            Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Punjab government said that under Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme 1.50 lac cycles worth Rs.41.35 crore were to be distributed amongst the girl students of class XI and XII.  Agaisnt the demand of Rs.41.35 crore orders worth Rs.30 crore were placed with the vendors dealing in bicycle manufacturing in the first phase.  These orders were duly executed by the companies and subsequently 1.05 lac bicycles were delivered to the schools across the state.

            The spokesperson further said that against this supply, a payment of Rs.9 crore had already been released to the companies and balance payment of Rs.21 crore had now been released to the concerned vendors. 
The spokesperson, however clarified that the balance orders amounting to Rs.11.35 crore was yet to be executed by the companies and thus the question of payment at this stage does not arise. 


FOUR PPS OFFICERS TRANSFERRED

Chandigarh, December 15:
            Punjab Government today issued the transfer and posting orders of four PPS officers with immediate effect.
            Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab government said that Mr. Jaspal Singh, Mr. Swarandeep Singh and Mr. Ranbir Singh posted as SP/Chief Minister Security Punjab Chandigarh.
            Likewise, Mr. Malwinder Singh has been posted as Zonal SP/Crime Amritsar.

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MOGA RALLY OF SAD TO BE WORLD’S BIGGEST EVER RALLY : SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL CAPT. IRRELEVANT FOR PUNJAB

- Chandigarh/Patiala, December 14 :

Shiromani Akali Dal President and Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today said that Moga rally being organised by the SAD  on December 18 would be the largest rally ever held in the world which would be an eye opener for the whole country, indicating the decimation of the Congress party from Punjab scene.

      Talking to media here after presiding over a meeting to review arragments of Moga rally, Mr. Badal said that more than 5 lakh people from all over the state would attend this biggest ever rally of the world. He said that said that over 250 acres of land has been identified for the rally venue out of which 130 acres would be used for parking of vehicles whereas over 100 acre would be used for sitting purpose. He said that party has made elaborate arrangements for the rally and arrangement for overnight stay of more than one lakh persons have also been made. He said that  nodal organiser for each constituency has been appointed to facilititate the movement of party cadre from their constituency to Moga. He said that the massive enthousiam amongst the party cadre for this rally who have made up their mind to ensure forfeiture of security of every congress candidate.

The SAD President said that SAD has always launched its victory march from Moga  and this time too it would begin from the same place. He said that the rally would mark the beginning of the decimation of the Congress party from the  electoral scene in the state as the party has failed to perform in the state and only proved to be an enemy of the people of the state who has always opposed the development initiatives in the state.

Lashing out at Punjab Congress Chief Capt. Amarinder Singh, the SAD Chief said that Captain Amarinder Singh is irrelevant for Punjab as he has himself admitted that he has no independent agenda for the development of Punjab and would follow the policies of SAD-BJP government implemented during last five years. He said that people of Punjab have failed to comprehend the bipolar personality of Captain Amarinder Singh, who contradicts himself every second day. He said that firstly Captain Amarinder Singh announced with gusto that he would cancel all the welfare schemes and development projects if Congress comes to Power and second day he contradicts himself that he would continue all welfare schemes of SAD-BJP government including Atta-Dal scheme that he was criticizing from the day one. He said that the statements of Captain Amarinder Singh prove onething that he has no independent mind, vision for the development of Punjab and he has decided to follow the development agenda of SAD-BJP government. He said that Captain Amarinder Singh was waiting that when Shiromani Akali Dal release its manifesto so that he can copy and paste the same for congress party.

 Mr. Badal said that people of Punjab do not require a leader, who don’t have any independent vision for the growth of state and were just follower of other parties programs.  He said that Captain himself by his contradictory statement has proved his irrelevance for the Punjab and now people have decided to dump such irrelevant leaders.
      Describing the 51 achievements of Captain Amarinder Singh’s tenure a sham, Mr. Badal said that except termination act, that too pending before Apex Court, Captain has not a kilometer of road to showcase. He said that series of advertisements being given by Punjab government comparing the development during Congress period and SAD-BJP regime clearly show that Captain’s tenure was a dark period in the history of Punjab as during Captain’s tenure economy came to standstill, recruitment was banned in Punjab making lakhs of youth overaged waiting for government jobs and development projects initiated by SAD-BJP government including Bathinda Refinery were put in limbo to help a private refinery. He said that Captain like Chief Minister, who never had a time to meet his MLAs is not required by people of Punjab.
      When asked about finalization of tickets, Mr. Badal said that Political Affairs Committee would soon finalize the tickets. He said that talks with BJP were on to swap few seats. Mr. Badal said that winability would be sole crieteria and youth would be given proper representation while allocating tickets.

PEDA AWARDED FIRST PRIZE ON NATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION DAY

Chandigarh, December 14:

The Union Government today awarded the First Prize to Punjab Energy Development Agency (SDA-Punjab) in appreciation of its achievements in Energy Conservation for the year 2011.
Mr.. Viswajeet Khanna, IAS, Principal Secretary, Science, Technology, Environment and NCES, today received this award from Union Minister of Power, Mr. Sushilkumar Shinde, during the National Energy Conservation day celebrations at New Delhi.
 Mr. T.P.S. Sidhu, Chief Executive, PEDA  told that PEDA has initiated various energy efficiency demonstration projects in the Municipal street lightings, government buildings and industry to promote energy efficiency in the State. LED street lights and home lights have also been promoted to get maximum energy efficiency in lighting sector. He also added that decentralized renewable energy projects and energy efficiency together could provide energy services at least cost.
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ECI asks poll going states to take preventive law and order measures

Chandigarh, December 14:
         
          The Election Commission of India today issued instructions to all poll going states to take preventive Law and Order action to ensure conduct of peaceful free and fare polls.
Ms Kusumjit Sidhu Chief Electoral Officer today said that all District Magistrates have been instructed that immediately after the announcement of elections they shall make a detailed and individual review and assessment (in accordance with the prevalent state laws) of all licensed arms holders so that licensed arms in those cases where they consider it essential were impounded in order to ensure free and fair elections.
          She said that the Commission being deeply aware of the increasingly vitiative role of criminality and muscle power at elections has been taking and directed to take a number of measures over and above the preview of normal law and order arrangements, for augmenting the measures taken for peaceful, free and fair poll. She said that measures included the deployment of Central Police Forces during the process of elections to assist the State law and Order machinery in prevention of pre-poll, poll and post-poll violence and inspire confidence in the impartiality of election machinery among the common electorate, regulation of vehicular traffic, regulation and ban on the sale of liquor in close proximity with the dates of poll and counting, seizure of illicit. Arms including review of licensed arms and carrying of weapons on person on the poll day etc.
          She said that these extra measures taken by the Commission cannot absolve the normal law and order outfit of the State from taking such preparatory steps as are necessary for generation of an atmosphere conducive to the conduct of peaceful, free and fair poll during the run up period to the elections. She said that it was indispensable to tighten the local law and order outfit and enforce with adequate strictness the day-to-day criminal administration with a view to mitigating the requirement of the aforesaid extra measures.
          She said that a special drive should be launched to compile a list of such persons as are reported to have indulged in electoral offences like booth capturing, intimidation, impersonation in each police station of each and every constituency during the past at least two elections and a list thus compiled of each constituency made available to the District Election Officer and the Returning Officer concerned of each Parliamentary/Assemble Constituency to be forwarded to the Commission if and when asked for.
          She said that a special drive should be launched to update the lists of history sheeters, declared absconders, fugitive criminals in each police station falling in each and every Parliamentary/Assembly/ Constituency and record of such updated list be handed over to the District Election Officers and Returning Officers concerned, constituency wise, to be kept ready for dispatch to the Commission if and when asked for.
          She said that a special drive should be launched to effect the service of all pending warrants and challans in each police station of each and every parliamentary and assembly constituency and fortnightly updated constituency wise information of unserved warrants be made available to the concerned District Election Officer and Returning Officer to be forwarded to the Commission, if and when asked for.
          She said that a special drive should be launched to expedite the investigation and prosecution of all electoral offences registered in previous election in each police station of each and every Parliamentary/Assemble Constituency and fortnightly report be made available to the District Election Officer and Returning Officer concerned to be forwarded to the Commission, if and when asked for. Stressing on the need for                       checking sale of illegal liquor a special drive should be launched to unearth illicit liquor making factories and information about seizures be made available to the concerned District Election Officer and Returning Officer concerned, fortnightly to be forwarded to the Commission if and when asked for.
          She said that issue of license for arms should be prohibited during the period commencing with the date of announcement of elections. This ban will continue to be operative till the completion of the election as notified.

          She said that a special drive should be launched to unearth and seize unlicensed arms and ammunition. A very thorough search and seizure by the State Police of in licensed arms and places of indigenous manufacture of arms and ammunition shall be carried out and persons involved shall be arrested. While unearthing and seizure of unlicensed weapons is a normal ongoing responsibility of the police, it shall be vigorously intensified during the election period. Inter-state and intra-State movements of trucks and commercial vehicles shall be strictly checked with a view to preventing smuggling of arms and ammunition and anti-social elements. Raids should be carried out regularly and intensively on u
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SIX IAS OFFICERS TRANSFERRED 
MR. ANIRUDH TEWARI POSTED AS SECRETARY PUBLIC RELATIONS 

Chandigarh, December 14, 2011

            The Punjab Government today transferred Six IAS officers with immediate effect.
            Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab Government said that Mr. Anirudh Tewari Secretary Power has been also look after the charge of Secretary Information & Public Relations Punjab, relieving Mr. D.S Guru of this additional charge.
Mr. Anurag Agarwal has been transferred and posted as Secretary Sports and Youth Services relieving Mr.S.K. Sandhu of this additional charge and in addition Chairman-cum-managing Director Punjab State Transmission Corporation Ltd, .
            Mr. R. Venkat Ratnam has been posted as Secretary Elections,Punjab and in addition Secretary, Social Security, Development of Women and Child against vacant post.
            Likewise, Mr. Raminder Singh has been posted as Secretary Local Government and in addition Secretary Transport and in addition Commissioner Ferozepur Division, Ferozpur and in addition Commissioner Faridkot Division, Faridkot and in addition Secretary Parliamentary Affairs, Punjab.
            Mr. Ajoy Kumar Sinha posted as Director Local Government in place of Mr. Raminder Singh.
            Mr. Parveen Kumar has been posted as Chief Administrator, Jalandhar Development Authority, Jalandhar and in addition Registrar, UID Project, Punjab Chandigarh and in addition Special Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and in addition Chief Administrator, Amritsar Development Authority, Amritsar.
            Mr. Malwinder Singh Jaggi PCS additional Commissioner Municipal Corporation Ludhiana would also look after the work of Commissioner Municipal Corporation Luddhiana in place of Mr. Ajoy Kumar Sinha.
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Seeking investigation and assistance from the Election Commission .....Jassi Khangura MLA

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CAPTAIN IRRELEVANT FOR PUNJAB: SUKHBIR
·      PUNJAB DOES NOT REQUIRE A LEADER, WHO FOLLOWS THE AGENDA OF OTHER PARTIES
·      CAPTAIN HAS NO VISION, NO AGENDA FOR DEVELOPMENT OF PUNJAB

JALALABAD, DECEMBER 13:

Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, President Shiromani Akali Dal and Deputy Chief Minister Punjab today said that Captain Amarinder Singh has is irrelevant for Punjab as he has himself admitted that he has no independent agenda for the development of Punjab and would follow the policies of SAD-BJP government implemented during last five years.

          Talking to media persons here today, Mr. Badal said that people of Punjab have failed to comprehend the bipolar personality of Captain Amarinder Singh, who contradicts himself every second day. He said that firstly Captain Amarinder Singh announced with gusto that he would cancel all the welfare schemes and development projects if Congress comes to Power and second day he contradicts himself that he would continue all welfare schemes of SAD-BJP government including Atta-Dal scheme that he was criticizing from the day one. He said that the statements of Captain Amarinder Singh prove onething that he has no independent mind, vision for the development of Punjab and he has decided to follow the development agenda of SAD-BJP government. He said that Captain Amarinder Singh was waiting that when Shiromani Akali Dal release its manifesto so that he can copy and paste the same for congress party. Mr. Badal said that people of Punjab do not require a leader, who don’t have any independent vision for the growth of state and were just follower of other parties programs.  He said that Captain himself by his contradictory statement has proved his irrelevance for the Punjab and now people have decided to dump such irrelevant leaders.
          Describing the 51 achievements of Captain Amarinder Singh’s tenure a sham, Mr. Badal said that except termination act, that too pending before Apex Court, Captain has not a kilometer of road to showcase. He said that series of advertisements being given by Punjab government comparing the development during Congress period and SAD-BJP regime clearly show that Captain’s tenure was a dark period in the history of Punjab as during Captain’s tenure economy came to standstill, recruitment was banned in Punjab making lakhs of youth overaged waiting for government jobs and development projects initiated by SAD-BJP government including Bathinda Refinery were put in limbo to help a private refinery. He said that Captain like Chief Minister, who never had a time to meet his MLAs is not required by people of Punjab.
          When asked about finalization of tickets, Mr. Badal said that Political Affairs Committee would soon finalize the tickets. He said that talks with BJP were on to swap few seats. Mr. Badal said that winability would be sole crieteria and youth would be given proper representation while allocating tickets.
          Meanwhile, Mr. Harvirsa Singh Sidhu, Former Block Congress President from Mamdot today joined the SAD in presence of SAD President Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal and Mr. Vardev Singh Maan, Constituency Incharge Guru Harsahai.
          Prominent amongst others, who were present on the occasion Mr. Sher Singh Ghubaya, Member Parliament, Mr. Gurtej Singh Ghuriana, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr. Prem Valecha, President District Planning Committee, Fazilka, Mr. Raj Chauhan, President Municipal Council, Jalalabad and Mr. Davinder Singh Babbal, Chairman Market Committee besides all the municipal councillors of the city.
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ONE ACRE LAND ALLOTTED FOR DR. BR AMBEDKAR BHAWAN AT LUDHIANA
GLADA SANCTIONS RS.1 CRORE FOR CONSTRUCTION
FOUNDATION STONE TO BE LAID ON DECEMBER 15
 
CHANDIGARH DECEMBER 13:

The Punjab government has transferred one acre land of Punjab Agro Corporation Ltd. on the Jalandhar Bypass to the state SC/BC Welfare department for the construction of Dr.BR Ambedkar Bhawan in Ludhiana,thereby fulfilling the long pending demand of the Scheduled Castes’ community.
       Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’ Office said that a decision to this effect was taken by Punjab ChiefMinister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal.
       Meanwhile, Mr. Badal also directed the Chief Administrator Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) to immediately release Rs.1 crore for the construction of the Bhawan.
The spokesperson further said that a sum of Rs.10 lac as first installment had already been released to the Municipal Corporation Ludhiana, the execution agency for the construction of the Bhawan, which would be completed within a time frame of nine months.
The foundation stone of the Dr. BR Ambedkar Bhawan at the site would be laid on December 15 during a public function organized by the district administration.


SUKHBIR LAUNCHES FEROZEPUR CLUSTER ‘SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT’ FROM JALALABAD

·       Rs 67 CRORE PROJECT TO ENSURE ZERO GARBAGE PROBLEM IN FEROZEPUR, FAZILKA AND FARIDKOT DISTRICTS

JALALABAD, DECEMBER 13:

Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab today launched ‘Solid Waste Management Project’ of Ferozepur cluster from Jalalabad to ensure total cleanliness in the districts of Ferozepur, Fazilka and Faridkot. It may be mentioned here that the Punjab Government had already launched this Rs 700 crore unique project throughout the state by dividing it in nine zones and covering all the major cities and towns.

        Inaugurating the project here by flagging off Garbage Collection vehicles, Mr. Badal said that the garbage problem had taken a toll on basic civic infrastructure by creating different hinderances whether in the way of choking channels or unbearable foul smell of makeshift garbage dumps. He said that to check this menace, the state government has launched this program, which was firstever in the country, where whole state was being covered to make the cities and towns totally garbage free. He said that Rs 67 crore Ferozepur cluster project would take care of 18 cities and towns with 80 vehicles collecting around 280 MT garbage per day, which would be managed at a center being setup in Faridkot district. Under this project 2 lakh households and 9 lakh population would be covered and it would provide employment to more than 500 people. He said that this project has been undertaken by Jindal Ecopolis, a subsidiary of world renowned Jindal Steels Company. Mr. Badal said that with garbage of Ferozepur Cluster only 2 MW of electricity and 56 MT of compost would be produced as with this whole project 10 MW of electricity and 250 MT compost would be produced in the state. He said that in the whole state 52 cities were being covered and this project would be launched throughout the state  by 31st December of this year. He also announced to set up 50 bedded civil hospital in Jalalabad and a university in the region. He also listened to the problems of Commission agents, Rice  millers association and Advocates and announced to redress the earliest.

        Reiterating the SAD-BJP government’s commitment to upgrade the total civic infrastructure in all major cities and towns, Mr. Badal pointed out that thousands of crores rupees were being spent on ensuring 100% coverage of safe drinking water and sewerage besides constructing quality roads and street lights. He said that Punjab has witnessed development and growth on every front during last five years including 6669 crore investment in road sector, Rs 420 crore on construction of 42 ROBs and flyovers, Rs 19000 crore Bathinda Refinery giving employment to 37,000 youth, Rs 3715 crore on improvement of irrigation network, Rs 418 crore relining of minors and the previous regime of congress led by Captain Amarinder Singh has nil report to showcase. He said that against recruitment of few hundreds contractual temporary employees, SAD-BJP government has recruited 1.17 lakh out of which 70,000 and 20,000 were alone in education and police departments. He said that the recruitment during SAD-BJP government was online, totally on merit and done in a most transparent way.
   Mr. Badal expressed confidence that the people of state were wise enough to continue the pace of development by giving their repeat mandate to the SAD-BJP combine and promised to make the state number one state in the country.

        Prominent amongst others, who were present on the occasion Mr. Sher Singh Ghubaya, Member Parliament, Mr. Gurtej Singh Ghuriana, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr. Prem Valecha, President District Planning Committee, Fazilka, Mr. Raj Chauhan, President Municipal Council, Jalalabad and Mr. Davinder Singh Babbal, Chairman Market Committee besides all the municipal councillors of the city.
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PUNJAB GOVERNMENT ASKS CENTER TO EXEMPT EGS TEACHERS FROM TET

Chandigarh December 13

The Punjab government today asked the center to suitably relax the condition of TET ( Teacher Eligibility Test) for recruitment of the EGS teachers in the state s a one time measure. 
  In a statement here , the Education Minister Mr. Sewa Singh Sekhwan said  that the Chief Minister Mr. Parkash SIngh Badal was fully symathetic to the problems of the EGS teachers and wanted to help them. But the government of India laws came in the way of his doing it. 
  Mr. Sekhwan said that the issue had come for discussion during a meeting which the representatives of the EGS teachers had with Mr. Badal at the latter's residence in Chandigarh yesterday. He said that during the meeting, Mr. Badal had assured the representatives  that the Punjab government would go an extra mile to facilitate the recruitment of these candidates by seeking a special one-time relaxation for the existing teachers in this category. He said that the Punjab government treated these teachers as "our own children" and was keen to help them. But the stipulation of TET laid by the government of India for all such recruitment came in the way. "Any order issued by us in violation of the standing rules would render the order infructuous and illegal, landing both the teachers and the government in an embarrassing position,
     Mr. Sekhwan further recalled that Mr. Badal had in the past also gone out of his way to help these candidates gain eligibility as teachers by helping them get the ETT certificates, even relaxing several conditions that came in the way.
     Mr. Sekhwan appealed to the EGS teachers to help the government fight their case with the Government of India and not to hit the agitation path.
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 The Akali leader was reacting to reports that elections in Punjab might be held on February 13. 

chandigarh decenmber 13

- The Shiromani Akali Dal today declared that it was in a state of full preparedness  for the forthcoming assembly elections in the state. "In fact, we are eagelry looking forward to it. Our cadre is raring to have a go at the anti-people and anti-Punjab Congress party in the state which in any case is a state of utter confusion ," said the party secretary Gneral M. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.

 The Akali leader was reacting to reports that elections in Punjab might be held on February 13. 

    In a statement here, Mr. Dhindsa predicted an "unprecedented landslide win for the SAD-BJP alliance, "more powerful than even the 1997 sweep." He said that there was a powerful "Badal Wave" in favour of the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash SIngh Badal throughout the state, reinforced by the strong pro-development sentiment. He said that unparalleled pace of development set throughout the tenure of the present government has sen the state march right back up to the No One position in many sectos in the country. "In addition, we have set in  motion the revolutionary process of  making the common man truly the king through the Right to Service Act."
    Mr. Dhindsa said that the SAD-BJP alliance had already completed two rounds of mass contact programmes in the state. "And in any case, with the Chief Minister remaining amid-st the people round the cock all five years of this tenure, we are firmly entrnched at the grass root level. The Congress and other rag-tag outfits will have a lot of catching up to do even to give us a fight.

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ON THE LINES OF HEATHROW AIRPORT PODS TO SOON GO AROUND AMRITSAR

·      Sukhbir lays the foundation stone Rs 300 Crore PRT system

Amritsar, December 12




Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab today said that
within next two years zero-poluting pods would be made functional in
Amritsar to ease the traffic congestion as well as to facilitate those
visiting the Golden Temple.

          Talking to media after laying foundation stone of Personal Rapid
Transit system worth Rs. 300 Crore here today, Mr. Badal said that
this new technology transport system not only facilitate the pilgrims
coming to Golden Temple but also proved to be beneficial for the local
business, as it would attract more tourists to the city. He said that
as the main station of this PRT system would be in Hall Gate bazaar of
the city, thus, it would multiply the business opportunities for local
vendors. “Moreover, the POD would run at height more than the nearby
shops, the system would provide traffic and hindrance free access to
these shops”, he added.


          Highlighting the project details, Mr. Badal said that the holy city of
Golden Temple, would be the first Indian city to get a Personal Rapid
Transit (PRT) system, which is based on 4-6 seat battery powered
driverless vehicle that uses rubber wheels running on an elevated
guideway. “PRT is in fact a personal taxi, which is demand-responsive
to any user. It transports users anywhere within the track network
directly and without any stops. Stations are off-line allowing the PRT
‘pods' to by- pass all stations en-route to the destination. At
present, the PRT is running only at the London Heathrow Terminal”,
says Mr. Badal. He said that project to be taken up on a
public-private partnership.


ECI ISSUES DIRECTIONS ON TRANSFER POLICY
Chandigarh December 12; The Election Commission of India has directed the Chief Electoral Officer Punjab to ensure that the officers likely to be put on election duties should not serve in their home districts and those who have completed three years in that district during the last four years or would be completing three years on or before 31st March 2012 should be transferred immediately.
       It was also said that not only District Election Officers, Returning Officers and Assistant Returning Officers would be covered under these instructions but also other district level officers like Additional District Magistrates, Deputy Collectors, Sub-Divisional Magistrates, Tehsildars, Block Development Officers or any other officer proposed to be used for Election work. As for officers in the Police Department are concerned , these instructions would be applicable to the Range IGs, DIGs, Commandants of State Armed Police, SSPs,  SPs,  Additional SPs, Sub-Divisional Heads of Police, Inspectors, Sub-Inspectors, Sergeant Majors or equivalent rank who are likely to be put on Election duties.
       The ECI also desired that the officers/ officials against whom Commission has recommended disciplinary action or who have been charged for any lapses in any election related work shall not be assigned any election related duty. The Commission further desires that no officer / official, against whom a criminal case is pending in any Court of Law, be associated with the election work or election related duty.  While implementing the directions of the ECI, the Chief Electoral Officer of the State shall invariably be consulted while posting the new persons in place of the present incumbents, who stand transferred as per the policy of the Commission.
       Any officer who is due to retire within coming six months would be exempted from the purview of the above mentioned directions of the Commission. Such officers would not be engaged in election duties during the forthcoming elections to the state assembly. Similarly the officers who are on extension of service or re-employed in different capacities would not be associated with any election related work except those with the office of the CEOs.
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 COMMITTEE CONSTITUTED UNDER CS TO ENSURE UPKEEP AND MAINTENANCE OF FOUR MEMORIALS

CM OKAYS PROPOSAL FOR INSTALLATION OF LIFT IN FATEH BURJ

CHANDIGARH December 12:
            The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today constituted a committee under the Chairmanship of State Chief Secretary Mr. S.C. Agrawal to ensure proper upkeep and maintenance of Virasat-e-Khalsa complex at Sri Anandpur Sahib, Chhota Ghalughara Martyrs’ Memorial at Kahnuwan Chamb (Gurdaspur), Wadda Ghalughara Martyrs’ Memorial at Kup Rohira (Sangrur) and Baba Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial at Chaparchiri (SAS Nagar).
            A decision to this effect was taken by Mr. Badal at a meeting held here at Chief Minister’s residence this morning.
            A committee headed by Chief Secretary would include; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. D.S. Guru, Mr. K.J.S. Cheema and Mr. Kahan Singh Pannu  both Special Principal Secretaries  to Chief Minister, CEO of Sri Anandpur Sahib Foundation Dr. Karamjit Singh Sra, Deputy Commissioner Gurdaspur besides Director and Secretary of Tourism Department as members.
            The Chief Minister also finalized the modalities for the maintenance of these memorials through the concerned development authorities and financial resources for funding the upkeep of these memorials.
             Mr. Badal also gave nod to entrust the work of maintenance of Virasat-e-Khalsa Complex to Sri Anandpur Sahib Foundation, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial to GMADA, Wada Ghalughara Martyrs’ Memorial to Patiala Development Authority and Chhota Ghalughara Martyrs’ Memorial to PUDA.
            Taking part in the deliberations, the CEO of Sri Ananpur Sahib Foundation Dr. Sra apprised the Chief Minister that the work relating to the upkeep and maintenance of Virast-e-Khalsa Complex at Sri Anandpur Sahib had been allotted to A2Z company for three years, which would ensure its maintenance through a work force of  its 140 employees.
            Mr. Badal also gave approval to immediately release a sum of  Rs. 1 crore for the installation of lift in the Fateh Burj at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial at Chaparchiri (SAS Nagar) and this work had been allotted to the World renowned construction company Larsen & Tubro (L&T).
            Prominent amongst other who were present in the meeting included Media Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Harcharn Bains, Chief Secretary Mr. S.C. Agrawal, Mr. K.J.S Cheema, Mr. Kahan Singh Pannu  and Mr. Gagandeep Singh Brar (all Special Principal Secretaries  to Chief Minister), General Manager  North  L&T Mr. J.S. Gill, Mr. Ram Kumar and Mr. Saurav both senior officers of L&T, besides the concerned  Deputy Commissioners and senior officers of other departments.
 

 GIRDHARI LAL NOMINATED AS VICE CHAIRMAN OF  MARKET COMMITTEE BARETA 

CHANDIGARH December 12:
The Punjab Government nominated Mr. Girdhari Lal as the vice Chairman of  Market Committee Bareta in district Mansa.  
            Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Chief Minister’s Office said that Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal cleared the file to this effect last evening and nominated Mr. Girdhari Lal under Sub Section (1) of Section 16 of Punjab Agricultural Produce Markets Act, 1961. 

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 MANOJ KUMAR NOMINATED AS MEMBER OF DALIT WELFARE BOARD

PRADEEP SINGLA APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR ON THE BOARD OF PSIDC

CHANDIGARH December 12:
            The Punjab Government today nominated Mr. Manoj Kumar as the member of the Dalit Welfare Board.
            Meanwhile, Mr. Pradeep Singla, Vice President of the Municipal Council Jaiton in district Faridkot has been appointed as Director on the Board of Directors in the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC).
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Chief Minister’s Office said that the formal orders in this regard would be issued shortly.
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Six IPS officers promoted--- Two IPS officers transferred

Chandigarh December 12:-
          Punjab Government today promoted six IPS officers and two IPS officers  transferred with immediate effect.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab Government said that Mr. G.D. Pandey IPS promoted and posted as DGP/Punjab Home Guards and Civil Defence Punjab Chandigarh, Mr. CSR Reddy IPS promoted and posted as ADGP/Security Punjab Chandigarh, Mr. MK Tiwari IPS promoted and posted as ADGP/-cum- MD/PPHC Chandigarh, Mr. Gurdeve Singh IPS promoted and posted as ADGP/Armed Jalandhar, Mr. Rajpal Meena IPS promoted and posted as ADGP/POWERCOM Punjab Patiala and Mr. VK Bhawra IPS  promoted and posted as ADGP/NRI Tribunal Punjab Chandigarh.
          Likewise, Mr. Tehal Singh IPS posted as IGP commandos Punjab Bahadurgarh and Mr. Varinder Kumar IPS posted as IPG/Intelligence Punjab Chandigarh.
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PUNJAB TO CREATE WAREHOUSING FACILITY FOR 42 LAKH TONNES GRAINS IN THIS FISCAL: KAIRON

LARGEST EVER STORAGE FACILITY BEING CREATED BY ANY STATE IN ONE YEAR

AFTER KEROSENE, NOW PUBLIC CAN TRACK THE MOVEMENT OF PDS GRAIN ON WEB

LAYS THE FOUNDATION STONE OF ‘ANAAJ BHAWAN’

CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 10: The Punjab State has been permitted to construct state-of-the-art warehousing facility to store 42 lakh tonnes of grains, the largest ever storage capacity being created by any state in a single fiscal year.
        
    Speaking to media persons, after laying the foundation stone of Rs 23 crore ‘Anaaj Bhawan’, a composite office building of all wings of the food and civil supplies department, Mr. Adaish Pratap Singh Kairon, Food and Civil Supplies and Information Technology Minister, said that Punjab, the granary of the country purchases 24 million tonnes of grain annually that is even higher than the largest global export countries of Canada and Russia that export 21 million tonnes and 20 million tonnes respectively per year. He said that being a largest producer of grain of the world puts an onus of responsibility of scientific storage and transportation of the grains to the end user in the larger interest of the country. He said that union government has permitted us to go for scientific storage of wheat and Punjab has already initiated construction of warehousing facility for 42 lakh tonnes. It would be the largest ever storage capacity being created by any state in the country.

            Mr. Kairon said that food and civil supplies department’s offices were scattered all over Chandigarh and Mohali and this new Anaaj Bhawan would provide a composite offices for all wings of department. He said that since this department has a direct interaction with farmers, traders and government authorities and its employees all over the state cannot enjoy weekly offs or holidays five months a year during procurement season, this state-of-the-art office would improve their efficiency. He said that this department makes annual payment of Rs 35,000 crore to the farmers, having a distinction of highest Rupee trader of the country.

            Speaking about the plans to bring transparency in the working of the department, Mr. Kairon said that after kerosene now any citizen of the country would be able to track the movement of vehicles carrying PDS and other grains right from store to the PDS outlets. He said that the transparency brought in kerosene distribution had a salutary effect. He informed that on the suggestion of all oil companies, the tankers carrying kerosene have been given a distinct blue reflective colour so that any attempt of pilferage by them could be detected by general public. He said that each kerosene truck has been put on GPS enabled devices that can track the movement of truck right from storage facility to the dealer. He said that any deviation from sanctioned route could be tracked on GPS inviting punishment for the transport company. He said anybody can access the website www.trackmaster.in and feed the user name ‘Kerosene’ and password ‘transparency’ to track the movement of vehicle. For Atta Dal vehicles the user name would be ‘attadal’ and password would be ‘transparency’.

            Mr. Kairon said that department has been providing atta dal to the 16 lakh beneficiaries throughout the state, who were getting 35kg grain and 4kg protein rich dal by 7th of every month and every stockist was getting the stock by 2nd of every month. He said that it was the largest ever distribution network of PDS that was working successfully since last five years.
            Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included Mr. S.P. Singh, Chairman Pungrain and Mr. D.S. Grewal, Secretary, Food and Supplies.   
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People’s Party of Punjab to show solidarity with Anna Hazare

 

In order to demonstrate his solidarity with be ongoing crusade of Sh. Anna Hazare against Corruption in Public Life and in support of a strong Lok Pal Bill as an effective instrument therefor. S. Manpreet Singh Badal, President of PPP alongwith Sh. Abhey Sandhu, nephew of Shaheed-e-Azam S. Bhagat Singh Ji, Sh. Bharat Bhushan Thaper nephew of Shaheed Sukhdev Ji & office bearer of PPP will gather at Sector 17 Plaza point between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm. 


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RUN BY TAINTED MINISTERS, THE UPA GOVERNMENT HAS LOST THE MORAL RIGHT TO RULE THE COUNTRY- BADAL
 TYRANNIES OF MUGHALS AND BRITISHERS CAN BE FORGOTTEN BUT NOT THAT DONE BY THE CONGRESS
 PUNJAB HAS SUFFERED WHEN EVER THE CONGRESS PARTY HAD ASSUMED POWER AT THE CENTRE

FLAWLESS AND STRONG LOK PAL BILL NEED OF THE HOUR

Aliwal (Batala), December 10

            Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal today said that the Congress led UPA government, which is being run by the tainted ministers, had virtually lost the moral right to remain in power.

            Addressing a massive public rally of the Fatehgarh Churian assembly segment here today, the Chief Minister said that the UPA government was neck deep in corruption and the fresh allegations of corruption on the key ministers like that Home Affairs and the Foreign Affairs prove that every minister of the Union government had misused the power of his office. He said that such people who have brought a whopping loss to the public exchequer would be taught a befitting lesson by the country men. “The countrymen are fed up from the daily scams and scandals of this most corrupt government and they will route the Congress from political arena of state in coming polls” he added.

            Continuing his attack on the Union government, the Chief Minister reiterated that Punjab has been always adversely affected when ever the Congress party had assumed power at the centre. He said that the successive Congress governments had meted out step motherly treatment with the state due to which the agriculture, industry and trade of state has been ruined. Mr Badal said that worst part was that owing to the anti-farmer policies of the Union government, the farmer of state who had played a pivotal role in providing food security to the country is now on verge on starvation. He said that though the SAD-BJP alliance government of the state had given relief to farmers by exempting them from Rs 3880 crore bill of power but on the other hand the Union government had increased their woes by indebting them under a loan of Rs 30,000 crore.
            Making a scathing attack on Congress, the Chief Minister said that though the tyrannies of Mughals and Britishers in the pre independence period could be forgotten but the Punjabis in general and the Sikhs in particular could never forget the wounds inflicted by Congress to them by interfering in their social, political, economic and even the religious affairs. Mr Badal further said that people of the state could never forget that Congress had engineered attack on the holiest Shrine of Sikhs, Sri Darbar Sahib through Operation Blue Star and had killed many innocent people through the anti Sikh Carnage of 1984. He said that the terrific memoirs of both these incidents, which reminds of the tyranny and anti Punjab stance of this party, would remain live forever on the minds of people of the state. The Chief Minister also said that the Punjabis could never overlook that Congress was solely responsible for depriving the state from its capital and from its due share of the river waters.
The Chief Minister said that even today the Union government formulates the policies in such manner so that the state of Punjab should not get its benefit adding that the basic aim behind it is to derail the development of the state. Mr Badal further said that the policy of Union government to compensate the farmers, who had lost their crop due to some natural disaster, was also anti-farmer. He said that despite of their repeated appeals to the Prime Minister and the Union Ministers, the UPA government had not increased the compensation rendered to such farmers from Rs 1500 per acre even if 100% of its crop had been destroyed, which was sheer injustice with them. The Chief Minister said that the worst part was that the Congress which claimed itself to be votary of common man was ignoring them and much to their dismay was lavishly extending benefit the big MNCs at their cost.
Listing the achievements of the SAD-BJP alliance government in the state, the Chief Minister said that owing to their commitment for the welfare of public their government has carried on unprecedented development work in the state due to which spectacular progress has been witnessed in the field of power, education, health and infra structure. Likewise he said that their government has taken path breaking initiatives to ensure that welfare of the poor and downtrodden section of the society is ensured. He asked the people to support the SAD-BJP alliance in the coming polls so that the spree of development could be continued in the state.
Earlier talking to the newsmen, the Chief Minister advocated the enactment of a strong and powerful Lok Pal Bill to weed out the menace of corruption from the society. He said that SAD was always in favour of such Lok Pal which could stringently keep a check on corrupt practices in the nation. “I think that the Union government must enact a flawless Lok Pal bill so that people must be benefited from it” he added.
Prominent amongst those who addressed the rally included Cabinet Ministers Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan and Captain Balbir Singh Bath, Speaker Punjab Assembly Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon, MLA Mr Jagdish Raj Sawhney, Former Union Minister Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, Chairman Punjab Tube Well Corporation Mr Ravikaran Singh Kahlon and Chairman Punjab Minority Commission Mr Munawar Masih.   
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THIRD BENCH OF STATE CONSUMER DISPUTES REDRESSAL COMMISSION TO REDUCE PENDENCY OF CASES TO TWO MONTHS

·       FIRST COMMISSION IN NORTH INDIA TO HAVE THIRD BENCH
·       KAIRON REITERATES COMMITMENT TO ENSURE SPEEDY JUSTICE TO CONSUMERS

Chandigarh, December 10:

Punjab Food, Civil & Consumer Affairs and Information Technology Minister Mr. Adaish Partap Singh Kairon today dedicated the third bench of Punjab State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission to the public with a view to drastically reduce the number of pending consumer cases to provide speedy justice.

Presiding over an impressive function organized in the premises of newly constructed building of Punjab State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission here in Sector -37, Mr. Kairon said that the Commission plays an important role in providing speedy justice to the consumers betrayed by the companies as in some cases. He said that though the amount was not so big but it was the matter of hurting of their sentiments and a feeling of denied justice. He said that now these days the sense of justice was prevailing amongst the consumers and resultantly more and more people were coming forward to get justice against the false promises made by the companies. He pointed out that the speedy justice for consumers becomes the need of hour as generally in these cases complainants do not pursue their cases. He said  inordinate delay in justice can defeat the very purpose of security to consumers as provided by our consumer laws. He said that the purpose of setting up of third bench was to cut short the pendency of consumers’ cases at State level to two months and he was quite hopeful to do so as a record 7873 cases have been finalized during the period between years 2007 to November, 2011 at state level. He said that he was informed that between the year 2007 and October, 2011, 45312 cases have been decided through out the state. He said that Punjab becomes the only State in north India having three benches at State Commission.

The Minister informed that the number of District Consumer Forums in the State has increased from 17 to 20 as  new District Consumer Forums in three districts, Barnala, Tarntaran and SAS Nagar have been established now and the new districts of Fazilka and Pathankot would have these soon.

Speaking on the occasion, Justice Mr SN Aggarwal (Retd), President, Punjab State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission informed that not only the backlog of cases, which were pending since 1999 has been cleared but the cases filed up to 31.12.2006 have also been finalized.

He informed that prior to present Government, the annual non-plan budget of the Punjab State Consumer Redressal Commission was Rs. 4,59,44,000/- ,which has now been  enhanced to Rs. 11,01,98,000/- for the financial year 2011-12. Similarly there has been a substantial increase in the plan budget, which was Rs. 32,25,000/- during 2007-08, has now been  enhanced to Rs. 77,13,000/- .

Earlier, Mr. DS Grewal, Secreatry, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Mr. Piare Lal Garg, Brig. BS Tonk and Mr. Inderjit Kaushik (all members State Consumers Disputes Redressal Commission) also expressed their views on the occasion. Mr. SP Singh, Chairman, Pungrain was also present on the occasion.

 

KAIRON INAUGURATES WINTER CARNIVAL AT VATIKA SCHOOL

MORE THAN 40 STALLS OF DIFFERENT ITEMS DISPLAYED

HOME MADE FOOD ITEMS BY PIOWA MEMBERS PUT ON SALE

 

Chandigarh, December 10:

Food and Civil Supplies Minister Punjab Mr. Adaish Pratap Singh Kairon today inaugurated the two-day winter carnival at Vatika High School for the Deaf. The Punjab IAS Officers’ Wives’ Association (PIOWA) organized the Winter Carnival.
       While taking a round at the shopping festival, Mr. Kairon appreciated the efforts of the School Management along with the PIOWA. There were about 40 stalls in the carnival offering garden furniture, planters, herbal and medicinal plants, scarves, shalls and suits, carpets, daris, home linen, bangles, jewelry etc.

       The food court was the special attraction, where cakes, cookies, chocolates, kheer, saag and makki di roti, kulchas, salads, pickles etc. made by the PIOWA members, were nicely displayed and put on sale.
       Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Renu Subodh Agrawal, President of PIOWA said that the funds raised out of the sale of food court items would be spent exclusively for the education of speech and hearing impaired children of the Vatika School. A colorful cultural program was also presented by the school students.

PCMS DOCTORS ASSOCIATION WITHDRAW ITS AGITATION AFTER ASSURANCE FROM CHIEF MINISTER’S MEDIA ADVISOR

Chandigarh December 9

            On the assurance given by the Punjab Chief Minister’s Media Advisor Mr. Harcharn Bains to the PCMS doctors association for the quick implementation of their demands, the president of the association Dr. Manjit Singh Randhawa announced to withdraw their dharna (sit-on) today here in sector-34, Chandigarh.

            According to a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Dr. Randhawa thanked the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal for deputing his Media Advisor for giving assurance for the prompt implementation of their long pending genuine demands on his behalf.

            Mr. Bains reiterated government’s commitment for the welfare of all sections of its employees and said all the demands of the PCMS association would be implemented in letter and spirit at the earliest.
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PUNJAB GOVT. SEEKS APPLICATIONS TO APPOINTING STATE INFORMATION COMMISSIONERS

Chandigarh, December 9:

The Punjab Government today invited applications for the recruitment of State Information Commissioners upto 16 December, 2012. This decision has been taken in the meeting of Search Committee, held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Mr. S.C. Aggarwal.

Disclosing this here today an official Spokesman said that under the provisons of Right to Information Act, 2005 Section 15 (5) (6) and Section 16 (2), the State Chief Information Commissioner and the State Information Commissioners shall be persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance.
He said that the application could be submitted in the office of Principal Secretary Information Technology, Room No. 8, Level 3, Punjab Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh.
Search Committee met under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary  Mr. S.C. Aggarwal. Others members Mr. A.R. Talwar, Principal Secretary and Mr. B.S. Dhaliwal, Retired Lieutenant General were present in the meeting.
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ONE IPS AND 15  PPS OFFICERS TRANSFERRED IN PUNJAB 


Chandigarh, December 9: 
The Punjab Government has today issued the transfers and posting orders One IPS and 15 PPS Officers with immediate effect.
          According to a spokesman of Punjab Government Mr. Rahul S, IPS has been posted as Assistant Commissioner of Police/Traffic Jalandhar,The spokesman further said that  Kehar Singh  PPS has been posted as DSP Intelligence Punjab, Mr. Rattan Singh PPS has been posted as DSP/ Detective, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr. Amarjit Singh PPS has been posted as  DSP/SD Payal, Mr. Ram Singh PPS has been posted as DSP 7th Battalion PAP Jalandhar, Mr. Rajinder Singh PPS has been posted as  DSP Intelligence Punjab, Ms. Kashmir Kaur PPS has been posted as  DSP Headquarter Sri Mukatsar Sahib, Mr. Jaswinder Singh PPS has been posted as  DSP Headquarter Faridkot, Mr. Bhagwant Singh PPS has been posted as   ACP/Crime Jalandhar, Mr. Harpreet Singh PPS has been posted as  DSP Kartarpur, Mr. Jaspreet Singh Sidhu PPS has been posted as Assistant IGP/Railway Police Punjab Chandigarh, Mr. Malwinder Singh PPS has been posted as SP/Crime Wing Punjab Chandigarh, Mr. Harbhajan Singh PPS has been posted as SP/ Local Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr. Naresh Kumar PPS has been posted as SP (D)/Sri Mukatsar Sahib, Mr. Raminder Singh PPS has been posted as SP/ Local Khanna and Mr. Gurmeet Singh PPS has been posted as Assistant Commandant 6th IRB Ladha Kothi Sangrur with immediate effect.
            The spokesman further said that the orders in this regard has already been issued.

 

CABINET SUB COMMITTEE MEETING   NOW FIXED ON 14th DECEMBER 2011

Chandigarh, December 9:  The Cabinet Sub- Committee consisting of Mr. Tikshan Sud,  Local  Government and  Industries Minister , Dr. Upinderjit Kaur, Finance Minister, Mr. Adesh Partap Singh Kairon,  Food and Supply Minister  that was constituted to consider the demands of  various employed organizations would now meet on December 14, 2011 instead  of   earlier scheduled date of December 13, 2011.
          An official spokesman today said that venue of the meeting would remain the same.
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KAIRON TO INAUGURATE WINTER CARNIVAL ORGANISED BY PIOWA ON DECEMBER 10

CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 09:

          Punjab IAS Officers' Wives' Association PIOWA in collaboration with Vatika, a school for the deaf, is organizing a two- day winter Carnival from December 10 in the school premises.

          Disclosing this here today, Mrs. Renu Agrawal, President PIOWA said that Mr. Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, Cabinet Minister, Punjab will be the Chief Guest at the opening of Carnival on the 10th of December. Adding further,  she said that the main attractions of the winter Carnival would be pottery from Abohar, Jutties from Muktsar, Carpets & Durries from Amritsar, woolens from Ludhiana etc.

          Mrs. Agrawal also said that the funds generated out of this two -day Carnival would be spent exclusively on the school children. The hearing aids and all the material required for the children would be provided to them free of cost. PIOWA in association with Vatika School had also organized a workshop in which a teacher of hearing impaired school of Canada imparted training to the teachers of Vatika School. A 10- day mind workshop was also organized in the school, said Mrs. Agrawal.
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ELECTION COMMISSION SEEKS THE COOPERATION OF ALL POLITICAL PARTIES TO CONDUCT FREE AND FAIR VIDHAN SABHA POLLS

INFORMED THE POLITICAL PARTIES ABOUT POLL EXPENDITURE

 CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 8: The Election Commission of India today sought cooperation of all political parties to conduct free and fair Vidhan Sabha polls 2012 and also issued instructions besides requisite poll expenditures.
 

     Presiding over a meeting with the representatives of various political parties, Director General Election Commission of India Mr. Akshay Raut and Director General of Election Expenditure Monitoring Wing Mr. P.K. Dash flanked by Ms. Kusumjit Sidhu, Chief Electoral Officer Punjab sought cooperation from all political parties to conduct free elections in Punjab. They said that Election Commission would minutely monitor all the poll expenditures of candidates besides investigating the choppers, which would be used by star campaigners during election campaign.

     On the issue of Dummy candidates, Mr. Dash informed that if the vehicles of Dummy candidates would find operational in the campaign of other candidates, the election expenditure of Dummy candidates would be added into election account of the candidates using vehicles and resources of dummy candidates.
     Mrs. Usha R. Sharma, Additional Chief Electoral Officer Punjab, said that opening of election account would be mandatory for all candidates and the transactions above than Rs 20,000 would be made through cheques only. She informed that as per the directions of Election Commission of India, Expenditure Monitoring Committees and Flying Squads would remain operational during code of conduct period while a separate Control Room would also be setup at Chandigarh. She said that people could register their complaints regarding any violations of code of conduct and directions issued by ECI. She said that masses can register their plaints through toll free number 1950.

     Revealing the total amount of poll expenditure, Mrs. Sharma said that maximum limit of poll expenditure would be Rs 16 lakh. Mr. Gurkirat Kirpal Singh Joint chief electoral officer also addres the participents. 

     Prominent amongst those who were present in the meeting included Mr. Kirpal Singh Badungar of Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr. Ranjit Singh CPI, Mr. Parkash Singh Jandali BSP, Mr. Mohan Lal Sethi BJP, Captain Sandeep S. Sandhu Congress and Mr. Ram Sharan Singh of Nationalist Congress Party.
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ELECTION COMMISSION SEEKS THE COOPERATION OF MEDIA TO TACKLE THE MENACE OF "PAID NEWS"

SEEKS MEDIA'S HELP TO GENERATE AWARENESS AMONGST VOTERS

 CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 8: The Election Commission of India today sought cooperation of Media to tackle the menace of Paid News and also to generate awareness amongst the voters regarding importance of voting.

     Addressing a workshop with media in view of 2012 Vidhan Sabha polls, the Director General of Elections Mr. P.K. Dash and Mr. Akshay Rout flanked by Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab Ms Kusumjit Sidhu emphasised that media was an important source of information for voters, candidates, election commission of India, rest of world and could influence the decision of voters. They said that media should be unbiased in reporting, coverage and observe the instructions of ECI and CEO issued under power vested with them under Representation of People Act.

     Elaborating the guidelines issued by Press Council of India in September 2010, they stressed that the Press should give objective reports about elections, candidates, newspapers should not carry exaggerated reports about any candidates/party or incident during elections, election campaign along communal or caste lines should not be printed. They said that the Press should also not accept any inducement, financial or otherwise to project a candidate.
     They emphasised that the press was not expected to indulge in canvassing of a particular candidate/party and it should also not accept or publish any advertisement at the cost of Public Exchequer regarding achievement of a party or government in power. They said that press should also follow all the directions, orders and instructions time to time issued by Election Commission of India and from Chief Electoral Officer.

Elaborating the guidelines, they also emphasised on the need of not publishing unverified allegations against any candidate and party besides refraining from publishing false or critical statements in regard to the personal character of any candidate, in relation to the candidature, withdrawal of any candidate, his candidature and to prejudice the prospects of that candidate. Seeking cooperation from the electronic media too, they said that the Electronic Media may also follow the guidelines and directions issued by ECI in letter and spirit.

Revealing the legal provisions under the law, Mr. Dash said that under section 127-A of RPA, no person shall print and publish any election pamphlet or poster without carrying name and address of the printer and the publisher. He said that no person shall print any election pamphlet and poster without getting a declaration as to identify of the publisher, signed by him and attested by two persons, which would be submitted with the printer in duplicate besides sending a copy of printing document along with declaration to the Chief Electoral Officer and District Election Officer.

Explaining the election pamphlet or poster, the duo said that election pamphlet and posters means any printed pamphlet, handbill and other document distributed for the purpose of the promoting prejudicing the election of a candidate. They said that ECI has clarified in its instruction no 491/media/2009 dated 08/06/2010 that any paid advertisement in the newspapers including paid news would fall in the category of 'other document', while persons contravening such provisions shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may be extended to 6 months or fine or both. They said that under section 171H of Indian Penal Code, whoever without the general and special authority in writing of a candidate incurs or authorizes expenses on account of the holding of any public meeting, or upon any advertisement, circular or publications, or in any other way whatsoever for the purpose of promoting or procuring the election of such candidate shall be liable to be punished under the above section. 
          Prominent amongst those present in the briefing included Mrs. Usha R. Sharma, Additional Chief Electoral Officer and Mr. Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, Joint Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab.
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KAIRON TO INAUGURATE WINTER CARNIVAL ORGANISED BY PIOWA ON DECEMBER 10

CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 08:
          Punjab IAS Officers' Wives' Association PIOWA in collaboration with Vatika, a school for the deaf, is organizing a two- day winter Carnival from December 10 in the school premises.

          Disclosing this here today, Mrs. Renu Agrawal, President PIOWA said that Mr. Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, Cabinet Minister, Punjab will be the Chief Guest at the opening of Carnival on the 10th of December. Adding further,  she said that the main attractions of the winter Carnival would be pottery from Abohar, Jutties from Muktsar, Carpets & Durries from Amritsar, woolens from Ludhiana etc.

          Mrs. Agrawal also said that the funds generated out of this two -day Carnival would be spent exclusively on the school children. The hearing aids and all the material required for the children would be provided to them free of cost. PIOWA in association with Vatika School had also organized a workshop in which a teacher of hearing impaired school of Canada imparted training to the teachers of Vatika School. A 10- day mind workshop was also organized in the school, said Mrs. Agrawal.

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MRS RENU AGRAWAL PRESIDENT PUNJAB IAS OFFICERS’ WIVES’ ASSOCIATION ADDRESSING THE PRESS CONFERENCE HERE IN CHD. DR. RANJEET GURU, VICE PRESIDENT IS ALSO SEEN IN THE PICTURE
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FOUR PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICERS PROMOTED

CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 8:
          Punjab Government has promoted four Information and Public Relations Officers namely Mr. K.L.Rattu, Mr. Harjit Singh Grewal,           Mr. Nath Singh and Mr. Gopal Singh Dardi as Deputy Director.
          Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab Government said that orders have already been issued in this regard.

No:PR-11/788

Chandigarh, December 7: NO TEACHER CRUSHED UNDER CONVOY VEHICLE: MEDIA ADVISOR
AGITATORS ACT UNLAWFUL AFTER CM HAD FIXED MEETING FOR DECEMBER 10
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 Chief Minister’s Media Advisor Mr. Harcharan Bains


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 BADAL TERMS THE CLAIMS OF CONGRESS LEADERSHIP REGARDING THE
DEVELOPMENT OF STATE DURING THEIR REGIME AS ‘BUNCH OF LIES’

TERMS PRESENT REGIME OF SAD-BJP GOVERNMENT AS GOLDEN ERA OF STATE

MANPREET AND HIS MORCHA WOULD BE ROUTED OUT FROM STATE

GIDDERBAHA (SRI MUKTSAR SAHIB), DECEMBER 7:

        Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal today termed the claims made by the Congress leadership regarding the development of state during their regime as nothing more than a ‘bunch of lies’.Talking to the news men on the sidelines of the Sangat Darshan program of the Gidderbaha Assembly segment, the Chief Minister said that the tall claims regarding the development of state made by the Congress leadership were hollow as no development has taken place in Punjab during their tenure. He said that baffled by the tremendous development of the state in the current SAD-BJP regime the Congress leadership was now trying to mislead the people by making such claims Mr Badal said that the Congress have realized that all their steps to influence the voters have failed due to which now they have started chanting the record of development during their term. However he said that wise voters of the state were well aware of the fact that Congress had done nothing for welfare of the state due to which only they were trounced badly in last state assembly elections.
Slamming the Congress party the Chief Minister said that the previous regime led by Captain Amarinder Singh had done nothing more than stopping the welfare schemes started by the SAD-BJP government. Similarly he said that hardly any tangible progress was made in field of education, health or in that of power. 

Mr Badal further said that rather than providing employment to the unemployed youth of the state, the Captain Government had imposed a blanket ban on fresh recruitment in government services, which was lifted by SAD-BJP government after assuming power and around 1 lakh youth were given regular employment in a transparent manner. The Chief Minister reiterated that the present regime of SAD-BJP government was the golden era of state as it has witnessed unprecedented development in the state in all the fields whether it was of education, health, power or infra structure. Earlier addressing the gathering the Chief Minister said that Congress had always meted out a step motherly treatment with the state adding that it has ruined the state by irrelevantly meddling in its social, political, economic and even religious affairs. Mr Badal also said that the Congress was responsible for snatching away the capital of state and the its due share of river water, due to which Punjabis  could never forgive it.

Training his guns against former Punjab Minister and PPP leader Mr Manpreet Singh Badal, the Chief Minister said that he had deceived his mother party Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) at the behest of Congress and some agencies, who want to derail the process of development in the state. However Mr Badal said that the people of state would not allow such anti-Punjab plans to be successful and they would teach a befitting lesson to the forces opposing the interests of the state. He reiterated that by leaving SAD Mr Manpreet Singh Badal had committed political suicide as the people of Punjab would teach him a lesson for defecting his mother party, in coming polls. “Manpreet and his morcha will meet the same fate as that of the front which had unsuccessfully contested SGPC elections against SAD with the help of Congress” he added.
Striking an emotional chord with the people of constituency, the Chief Minister  said that he was having a spiritual relationship with the segment as due to their support he had fought against the tyranny of the Union governments in the past. He exhorted the people to support the SAD-BJP alliance government so that an era of unparalleled development of the state could be continued.
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SHIROMANI AKALI DAL
CHOOSE BETWEEN FULL TIME OR PART TIME CHIEF MINISTER – SUKHBIR
•     SAD BJP ALLIANCE SET TO CLINCH 90 PLUS SEATS
•     SAD TO OPPOSE CENSORSHIP OF FACEBOOK AND OTHER SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES
•     RS.8750 PACKAGE TO WEST BENGAL REFLECTS UPAs DISCRIMINATORY POLICY
TOWARDS PUNJAB
•     NO TRUE SIKH WOULD EVER VOTE FOR CONGRESS RESPONSIBLE FOR 84 CARNAGE


Patiala December 7:

The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today charged Congress led UPA Government of discriminating against Punjab by sanctioning Rs. 8750 crore package West Bengal and denying the same to Punjab whereas the case of both states were put up for package. Mr. Badal charged Amarinder for scuttling the package for Punjab as he had earlier done by stalling the release of urban development loan for Punjab.
Blowing the election bugle the Shiromani Akali Dal President today said that going by the mood of the people, the SAD BJP Government is set to sweep ensuing Vidhan Sabha Elections winning more than 90 seats.
Addressing the biggest ever rally in Patiala with surging crude of 60000 supporters on the 4th day of Maha Vikas Yatra at Urban Estate here today Mr. Badal said that people of this country were totally fed up from the unprecedented price rise inflicted by Congress led UPA government that was working for filling the coffers of multinational companies. He said that besides multi-lakh crore corruption, reluctance to bring back lacs of crores rupees of Amarinder and other Congress leaders deposited in  Swiss Banks, has proved that Congress is another replica of East Indian Company that was looting the people and depositing the taxpayers money abroad. He said that people of Punjab were also comparing the non governance period of 5 years of Amarinder versus people and development oriented rule of SAD BJP Government and were itching to decimate Congress from electoral scene.
Exhorting the people to make a judicious choice between full time Chief Minister and non working Chief Minister, Mr.Badal said that people have to make a choice between S.Parkash Singh Badal who starts working at 4 am in the morning till late night and between a drunk Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh who had to be woken up at 12 noon and who again gets drunk with the onset of evening.
Enthused by massive response of Vikas Yatra being witnessed throughout in Punjab Mr. Badal said that overwhelming response reflect the people’s vote for development agenda of SAD BJP Government. Mr. Badal said that it was the 4th day of Vikas Yatra and unprecedented rallies have been witnessed in Mullanpur Dakha, Sunam ,Ajnala and today in Patiala. He said that the kind of response people of Patiala have shown in this rally reflect the fact that Maharaja Patiala would remain confined to Moti Mehal for whole life.
Mr. Badal said that Congress party that banned recruitment during their term, stalled Bathinda refinery for five years, not added a single unit of power during their term should not dream to come to the power in Punjab for next 25 years. He said that under SAD BJP Government, the Punjab has registered unprecedented leaps on the development front. He said that by investing more than Rs.10000 crore on upgrading road infrastructure, Rs.80000 crore on power generation front, Rs.3700 crore on power transmission network, Rs. 3337 crore on irrigation network, Rs. 1800 crore on relining the minors , the SAD BJP Government has shown its passion and commitment for development.
He said that first time in the history of Punjab that more than youth got employment in government sector totally on merit. In contrast Amarinder banned recruitment and never made a single regular recruitment. What to call of attracting investment in Punjab, the Captain stalled the work on Rs. 19000 crore Bathinda refinery initiated by S. Parkash Singh Badal.
      Showing the history of treachery of Maharaja Patiala’s family Mr.
Badal reminded the people that Maharajas ancestors gave logistic support to Mohammad Shah Abdali in lynching 35000 Sikhs in Kup Rahira in Wada Ghalughara and now Maharaja was carrying forward the tradition of his ancestors by joining hands with those leaders, who were responsible for 1984 carnage of Sikhs. He said that Sikhs cannot forget the history and would never vote for a party that was responsible for killing thousands for unarmed Sikhs.
Later talking to media persons Mr. Badal said that Shiromani Akali Dal would strongly appose censorship on social network media being imposed by Congress led UPA Government. He said that constitution of India given fundamental right of expression to every citizen of country and freedom of press was dear to every one. He said that censorship was imposed only in dictatorship and not in democracies and SAD would not allow backdoor censorship of press.  He said that Facebook and other social networking sites were being primarily used by youth who were expressing their pentup anger in their “status” or “tweets” on face book or twitter against the multi-lakh crore scams indulged by UPA Government besides exposing its non performance on every front. He said that now Congress party was panicy seeing the public mood and was trying to scuffle the people’s opinion.
When asked about finalization of candidates MR. Badal said that prospective candidates in most of the cases have already been discretly told about their candidature and final list would be out very soon. Mr. Badal said that it is for the first time that over 2000 women constables have been recruited by the Punjab Police.
Prominent amongst those who were present and spoke in the rally included SAD General Secretary Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra, Senior Leader Mr. Balwant Singh Ramuwalia, Senior Vice President SAD Mr Harinderpal Singh Harryman, Chairman BC Corporation Punjab Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, MLA Rajpura Mr Raj Khurana, Chairman District Planning Committee Patiala Mr Surjit Singh Rakhra, Chairman Youth Development Board Mr Gurpreet Singh Raju Khanna, Chairman PUNSEED Mr Surjit Singh Ablowal, Chairman Foodgrain Punjab Mr Randhir Singh Rakhra, Former Minister and District President SAD Rural Mr Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur, Mrs, Harpreet Kaur Mukhmailpur, Mrs. Kuldeep Kaur Tohra, Former Chairman SS Board Mr Tajinder Pal Singh Sandhu, Former Minister Mr Surjit Singh Kohli and Mr Hamir Singh Ghagga, Vice Chairman BC Corporation Punjab Mr Harjit Singh Adaltiwala, Chairman Mulazam Bhalai Board Mr Surinder Singh Pehlwan, Chairman Market Committee Mr Harwinder Singh Harpalpur, Mayor Mr Ajitpal Singh Kohli, Chairman Improvement Trust Mr. Indermohan Singh Bajaj, Vice President ISTRI AKALI DAL Mrs Anoopinder Kaur Sandhu and Member Zila Parishad Mr Harinderpal Singh Tohra.

ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA

LANGAR CHARGES TO BE INCLUDED IN ELECTION EXPENDITURE


Chandigarh, December 7:

 Election Commission of India today issued fresh instructions regarding the expenditure in the upcoming Assembly
Elections.    A spokesman of the Election Commission of India today said that under the new instructions the expenses incurred on community kitchen (Langar/Bhoj) would be included in the account of Election expenses of candidates.  He said that a doubt has been raised with regard to participation of candidates in the community kitchens (langar/bhoj)
organized by regional institutions as a matter of customary practice and the bhoj /feast etc. offered as a matter of social practice following a ritual ceremony like marriages, death etc.  He further said that new instructions clearly state that the expenditure on the community functions would be treated as the election expenses of a candidate and added to his account if any contesting candidates attends some community kitchen either organized by him or by any other
persons to entertain the electors .

     He clarified that the above instructions would not apply to community kitchen organized by religious communities within their religious institutions as a customary practice or the bhoj /feast offered by any persons (other than the candidate) in the normal course to celebrate any ceremony like marriages/death etc. and the expenses incurred on such community kitchen would not be included in the elections expenses of the candidate, provided that the candidates participate therein in the normal course as a normal visitor.
    The spokesman further said that the candidates would not make any financial contribution for arranging such community kitchens and no political campaign in any manner would be undertaken at such community kitchens.
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SHIROMANI AKALI DAL
SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL WARNS PARTY LEADERS AGAINST INDISCIPLINE
          Chandigarh, December 7 : Shiromani Akali Dal President and Deputy Chief Minister S. Sukhbir Singh Badal has warned those party leaders who are creating indiscipline in the name of seeking party ticket and are resorting to anti party statements. He said that the attitude and conduct of these leaders is against the party and they are indirectly helping the Congress party.
          In a statement released from party head office here today S. Badal said that if any leader wants to get party ticket he or she should contact the party leadership. He warned the party leaders that if one is found resorting to hold meetings and indulges in negative media coverage and tries to cause damage to the image of any particular party leader, he or she will  not be considered a loyal worker rather he or she will be considered to be an enemy of the party. He also said that such leaders would be strictly punished and even may be sacked from the party.
          S. Badal has instructed media wing of the party to analyze the reports being published in different editions and submit daily reports  regard so that such leaders could be punished immediately.

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STATE LEVEL ARMED FORCES FLAG DAY  BE OBSERVED

Chandigarh,  December 7:    State Level Armed forces flag day observed here today under the chairmanship of Sainik Welfare Minister Capt. Balbir Singh Bath. Director, Sainik Welfare Punjab Brig. Manjit Singh pinned up Token Flag to Capt. Bath.
On this occasion Capt. Balbir Singh paid tributes to  all those known and un-known soldiers who sacrificed their lives  guarding the frontiers of our country this day is observed to salute the velour of Soldiers both serving and veterans, who fought for unity and integrity & sovereignty of our country.
            The Minister appealed to the public to contribute liberally for armed forces flagday fund. The ceremonial pinning of Flags on VIPs and all citizens of India on the occasion. Mr Bath also released a News Bulletin Book which was bulished by the Sainik Welfare Department..
             Brig Manjit Singh, Director, Sainik Welfare said that the Financial contributions were to be collected by the Department/District Administrations in honour of the Flag. These funds are utilized for a number of welfare programmes instituted by the Kendriya and Rajya Sainik Boards. The contributions provide benefits to widows, disabled soldiers, ex-servicemen and  serving  personnel. The total number of people who would be benefited by this fund was  over a crore.  The contributions to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund are exempted from the Income Tax as per Government of India, Ministry of Finance (Revenue Division), New Delhi dated 26 March, 2007.
        On this occasion Lt. Gen. R.S.Sujlana, Major General B.S.Grewal, Major General Tarlochan Singh, Brig. M.S.Sandhu, Mahavir Chakra, Brig. K.S.Chandpuri, Mahavir Chakra, Brig. N.J.S.Aulakh, Col. Harvinder Pal Singh, Former Director Sainik Welfare Punjab, Col. P.S.Bajwa Deputy Director Sainik Welfare, Punjab and other senior officers were present.
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Brigadier (Retd) Manjit Singh  assumed charge

Chandigarh:December 7

Brigadier (Retd) Manjit Singh has assumed the charge of Director Sainik Welfare, Punjab. Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab Government said that Brigadier (Retd.) Manjit Singh was commissioned on December 21, 1975. He has held very challenging and selective appointments, both in staff and command. His staff appointments include Colonel GS (Human Rights) of an insurgency Force, Colonel GS (Media & PR) of a largest Corps deployed in an Intensive Insurgency prone area of J&K and President of a large cantonment as Dy GOC. Commanded infantry untin active counter insurgency area in the East and also participated in Kargil War. Paltan was awarded Unit Citation under his stewardship.He is a graduate of Staff College and Senior Defence Management Course. His civil qualifications include Msc, MBA and Post Graduate Diplomas in Human Resource Management, Computer Application, Strategic & Financial Management.  An expert in human rights, media, geo - political and security affairs specialising in J&K, Pakistan and China. His articles related to J&K are published in number of Newspapers and defenceinfo.com.
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Chandigarh, December 6, 2011: SARPANCH ACCUSED OF SLAPPING FEMALE TEACHER ARRESTED

       

 

 

Dec. 03, 2011: DAKHA RALLY, Capt. and Mr Gulchain Singh Charak attended rally to support Mr. Jassi Khangura ..............Click
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YATRAS CONDUCTED BY CONGRESS AND SANJHA MORCHA A SHAM- CM
 CONGRESS HAVING A HABIT OF SHEDDING CROCODILE TEARS DURING THE POLLS
MANPREET HAD PUT A BLOT ON BADAL FAMILY AND SAD SO HE HAS NO MORAL RIGHT OF CONDUCTING SUCH YATRA. 

CM disburses Rs 2 crore during Sangat Darshan at Lambi
LAMBI (SRI MUKTSAR SAHIB) DECEMBER 6-

            Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal today said that the yatras undertaken by the leaders of opposition parties were nothing more than a sham with the people of the state, as the people organizing them have dubious track record.
            Addressing the people here during his Sangat Darshan program, the Chief Minister said that it is the irony of the fate that the people responsible for destruction of the state were carrying out ‘Punjab Bachao Yatra’ and those responsible for humiliating their parent party by defection were carrying out ‘Izzat Bachao Yatra’. He said that in reality the leaders of opposition parties were facing dearth of issues against the SAD-BJP alliance government due to which they have resorted to such cheap tactics of carrying out Yatras. However, the Chief Minister, said that the wise voters of the state would not get persuaded by such methods and would teach them a befitting a lesson to these hypocrite political leaders.

Coming down heavily on the recently concluded Punjab Bachao Yatra by the Congress party, Mr Badal said that the people of state are well aware about the doubtful role played by the leaders of this party in the past adding that the Congress leaders are having a habit of shedding crocodile tears during the polls. “It is impossible for the Punjabis to forget that Congress has ruined the state by taking away its capital, Punjabi speaking areas and due share of water from us” he added.
Likewise, the Chief Minister, also assailed the leaders of Sanjha Morcah for conducting the Izzat Bachao Yatra. He said that said that the leaders of morcha, who have defected their own party, should feel ashamed over their deeds as they have embarrassed their own party by playing in the hands of the Congress. The Chief Minister said that these people must realize that the pride of a person is with the party or family but the manner in which Mr Manpreet Singh Badal had put a blot on Badal family and Shiromani Akali Dal, he has no moral right of taking out such yatra.  Mr Badal said that people of state are well aware of the fact that both these yatras are a deception with them due to which they have not shown any response to it.
Mr Badal lamented that owing to the anti-farmer policies of the Congress led Union government the peasantry of the state has been ruined. He said that due to the faulty policies of the Union government to compensate the farmers, who had suffered due to natural disaster, the farmers of the region have lost their crop owing to floods have been ruined. He said that it was ironical that on one hand the UPA government was only rendering Rs 1500 per acre as compensation to a farmer if 100% of its crop had destroyed due to natural disaster but on the other hand it was showering the tax payer’s money to bailout out the big MNCs.
Listing out the achievements of the SAD-BJP alliance government in the state, the Chief Minister said that state has witnessed a new era of unparallel development in the state during the last more then four years of their rule. He further said that unprecedented development has taken place in the state especially in sectors of Health, education and basic Infra structure adding that due to untiring efforts of their government the state would soon become a power surplus state. He also said that the for the first time in the history of state a whopping budget has been kept for giving facilities under the social security to the poor people. Likewise he said that for the first time in history of the state Rs 4000 crore has been spent on the providing basic civic amenities to the cities across the state. 
During the Sangat Darshan program the Chief Minister disbursed a grant of Rs 2 crore for developmental works in 8 villages of the Lambi constituency. Mr Badal also gave bicycles to the school going girl students under ‘Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme’ at village Bodi Wala Kharak Singh. 

Chandigarh, December 6:     Armed forces Flag Day would be observed on 7th December, 2011 to pay tributes to all those known and un-known soldiers who sacrificed their lives guarding the frontiers of our country.
          According to an official spokesman this day is observed to salute the velour of Soldiers both serving and veterans, who fought for unity and integrity & sovereignty.
'TODAY IS FLAG DAY LET US HELP THE FAMILIES OF OUR BRAVE MARTYRS'


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The Punjab Government today ordered lodging of  FIR against Sarpanch

The Punjab Government today ordered lodging of  FIR against Sarpanch who slapped the woman protester during the programme of Smt. Harsimrat Badal MP yesterday in Gidderbaha area.
A spokesman today said that nobody can justify assault on woman in the state whatever the grave provocation it might have been.
The spokesman said that IG Zonal has been asked to enquire into the whole incident and submit report at the earliest.