COPS’ WIVES TO GET TRAINING IN FASHION DESIGNING AND GROOMING
Ludhiana, June 15: Cops’ wives are set to get training in unlikely fields of fashion designing, grooming and computer aided designing, thanks to the initiative of Mrs. Jas Gill wife of Sh. P.S.Gill, Director General of Police, Punjab. She inaugurated the first ever such centre set up here in collaboration with Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology and World renowned hair stylist Habib’s.
After inaugurating Police Employees Welfare Centre here in Police Lines, Mrs. Jas Gill pointed out that keeping in view the arduous nature of the duties of Police personnel, it becomes imperative to initiate some welfare measures for their wives and wards, which could further enhance their income besides up grading their professional education. She said that establishment of police employees welfare centre was a humble effort in this direction and expressed confidence it would act as main pivot for carrying out various welfare activities in an institutionalized manner.
She informed that arrangements have been made for imparting Fashion Designing Training to the house wives’ and wards of Police families in collaboration with Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology, Ludhiana. Besides this, the same institute would organize certified courses on fashion designing for wards of police personnel. Similarly, in collaboration with World famous hair stylist Habib’s, the Certified Courses were also being organized in Grooming Saloon free of cost to the wives and wards of Police personnel, she added.
Mr. P.S. Gill, DGP, Punjab informed that the State police has launched a new noble scheme namely “Dhi Rani " to improve sex ratio amongst members of police force and under this scheme insurance to the tune of Rs. 25000/- will be done from welfare fund for every newly born girl child of police employees. He said that a Police DAV Public School has started functioning w.e.f. 15.04.2011 in Police Lines, Ludhiana and about 500 students belonging to police families and private persons are carrying out their study.
It may be mentioned here that at present 1200 Police families were residing in various Police colonies in Ludhiana. Police Commissionerate had already undertaken number of measures for improving working conditions and welfare of police force. To strengthen these welfare measures, this welfare centre has been set up in Police Lines. Besides imparting quality Computer training to wards of police personnel, various certified courses have been started in computer hardware and software. library cum activity room, park for kids and sports infrastructure in the form of Volley Ball and Basket Ball grounds were other attractions.
Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Mr. Ishwar Singh, Police Commissioner, Ludhiana , Mr. Yurinder Singh, DCP and Dr. Suman, Chairperson, Ladies Welfare Association , Ludhiana
CM TO ADMINISTER OATH OF OFFICE AND SECRECY TO NEWLY APPOINTED CPSS ON JUNE 17
Chandigarh June 15, 2011:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal would administer the oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPSs) at Punjab Bhawan on June 17 (Friday) at 12:15PM.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's office said that the Mr. Mr. Harmeet Singh Sandhu, MLA Tarn Taran, Mr. Gurtej Singh Ghuriana MLA Balluana and Mr. Inderbir Singh Bolaria MLA Amritsar (South) would be sworn in as Chief Parliamentary secretaries by Mr. Badal.
4 IAS & 4 PCS OFFICERS TRANSFERRED IN PUNJAB
Chandigarh June 15:
The Punjab Government today ordered postings and transfers of four IAS officers and four PCS officers with immediate effect.
Mr. Sanjay Kumar IAS, Secretary, Revenue and Survey Commissioner of Wakfs would hold the additional charge of Commissioner Ferozepur and Faridkot Division relieving Mr. Raminder Singh IAS of these charges.
Mr. Raminder Singh IAS has been posted as Director Local Government relieving Mr. S.K. Sharma IAS of this charge.
Mr. S.K. Sharma IAS has been posted as Special Secretary Labour relieving Mr. P.S. Mand IAS of this additional charge.
The services of Mr. M.P Arora IAS have been placed at the disposal of Industry Department for appointment as MD PSIEC relieving Mr. S.S Rajput of this additional charge.
Mr. V.K. Bhalla PCS has been posted as Additional Secretary Local Government.
The services of Mr. Gurlovleen Singh PCS has been placed at the disposal of Department of Local Government for appointment as Commissioner Municipal Corporation Patiala.
Mr. Sukhmandar Singh PCS has been posted as Deputy Secretary Local Government and in addition Deputy Director Urban Local Bodies Jalandhar.
Mr. Surinder Kumar Sharma has been posted as Additional Secretary Health and Family Welfare
CM LAUDS SERVICES RENDERED BY ADDL. AG RUPINDER KHOSLA
Chandigarh June 15
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today placed on record the appreciation of the outstanding services rendered by Mr. Rupinder Khosla, first as Additional Advocate General and then for the past quite some time as Head of the Committee constituted to look after the work of the Advocate General’s Office.
In a letter addressed to Mr. Rupinder Khosla, the Chief Minister lauded the duties and responsibilities performed by him (read Mr. Khosla) with utmost sincerity taking keen interest in all cases in general and important state cases in particular with his competence, professional skills and efficiency.
Mr. Badal also mentioned that he was sure that Mr. Khosla would continue working with greater zeal and professional acumen in the performance of his duties in the interest of the State.
CM GIVES NOD TO INDUCT 3 MLAS AS CHIEF PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIES
FILE SENT TO GOVERNOR FOR APPROVAL
CHANDIGARH JUNE 15:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today gave approval to induct Mr. Harmeet Singh Sandhu, MLA Tarn Taran, Mr. Gurtej Singh Ghuriana MLA Balluana and Mr. Inderbir Singh Bolaria MLA Amritsar (South) as Chief Parliamentary Secretaries.
Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s office said that the Mr. Badal has sent the file to the Punjab Governor Mr. Shivraj V. Patil to seek his approval.
CM APPROVES SITE FOR CONSTRUCTION OF NEW
BUS STAND IN ROPAR
PUDA TO CONSTRUCT NEW BUS STAND ON BOOT BASIS
CHANDIGARH JUNE 15:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today approved the site for the construction of new Bus Stand in the Transport Nagar at Ropar – the gateway to Himachal Pradesh, Doaba and Jammu & Kashmir.
Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that a decision to this effect was taken by Mr. Badal in a high level meeting here at Chief Minister’s residence this morning. The new Bus Stand along with the Punjab Roadways Workshop would be constructed by PUDA on BOOT basis in the Transport Nagar near bypass over an area of 6.10 acres at a cost of nearly Rs. 25 crore.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Advisor to Chief Minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. DS Guru, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar, Secretary Local Government Mr. SS Rajput, Secretary Transport Mr. Anurag Aggarwal, Director Local Government Mr. SK Sharma, Director Transport Mr. Mandeep Singh and Deputy Commissioner Ropar Mr. GK Singh.
CM ASKS PWD (B&R) DEPARTMENT TO HAND OVER POSSESSION OF BUILDINGS OF UNIVERSITY COLLEGES BY JULY 10
CHANDIGARH JUNE 15:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today asked the PWD (B&R) department to hand over the possession of buildings of the upcoming 17 University Colleges by July 10 so that the academic session 2011-12 could be started positively by July 15.
Presiding over a meeting with the Vice Chancellors of Punjabi University Patiala, Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar and the representatives of the Panjab University, Chandigarh to review the progress of these colleges, Mr. Badal also directed the Secretary PWD (B&R) to personally visit all the colleges under construction to ensure their speedy completion within the deadline. Secretary PWD (B&R) assured the Chief Minister that at least administrative block and teaching block in every college would be completed on priority to enable timely functioning of these colleges with the stipulated time schedule. The Chief Minister also asked the Vice Chancellors to recruit the highly qualified staff to impart quality education to the students especially from the rural areas. The Vice Chancellors also apprised the Chief Minister that the process for recruitment of staff was on and the classes would be commenced by July 15.
It may be recalled that these University Colleges are being set up at Balachaur, Tarn Taran, Guru Har Sahai, Sikhwala, Nihal Singh Wala, Verka, Chung, Mithra, Narot Jaimal Singh, Jaito, Sardoolgarh, Chunni Kalan, Ghanour, Ghudda, Dhilwan, Moonak and Amargarh.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Secretary PWD (B&R) Mr. SK Sandhu, Secretary Higher Education Mr. Roshan Sunkaria besides Dr. AS Brar VC GNDU Amritsar, Dr. Jaspal Singh VC Punjabi University Patiala, Dean Colleges Panjab University Chandigarh Dr. Naval Kishore and OSD to Chief Minister Mr. NS Sangha
BADAL ASKS PSIEC TO DEVELOP MORE INDUSTRIAL
CHANDIGARH JUNE 15:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today directed the Punjab Small Industries & Export Corporation (PSIEC) to undertake the maintenance and repair of all industrial focal points across the state in a time bound manner to ensure the best infrastructure to the industry.
A decision to this effect was taken by Mr. Badal at the 10th Board meeting of Small Scale Industry Development Board here at Chief Minister’s Residence this morning, Mr. Badal asked the PSIEC to carry out the work of maintenance in the existing focal points on the priority and also explore possibility to develop new focal points equipped with ultra-modern facilities in such towns where big chunks of land were available to boost industry in a big way. He also assured to provide sufficient funds for the development of new focal points. The Chief Minister also agreed to the proposal of the Board to broad base the industrial facilitation council at apex level. Mr. Badal also asked the Punjab Pollution Control Board to consider the Industrial parks in the master plans as industrial focal points for the purpose of giving NOC to the industry.
Responding to another demand of the Board for quick disposal of VAT refunds, the Chief Minister also constituted a 4-member joint committee comprising two members each from the Excise & Taxation department and industry as its representatives to sort out the long pending issue to ensure timely payment of VAT refunds.
The Chief Minister also gave nod to the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd. to get the consumer security deposited from the industrialists in six equal instalments. Likewise, Mr. Badal also asked the Directorate of Health to introduce the system of online within a month for renewal of drug manufacturing licenses.
Mr. Badal also asked the captains of the industry to suggest ways and means to give fillip to the industrial growth in the state in view of the flight of the industry from Punjab to the adjoining states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan etc. The Chief Minister also appealed the industrialists to install STPs in their industrial units instead of allowing untreated effluents in the rivers which was a major health hazard.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included industries Minister Mr. Tikshan Sud, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. DS Guru, Principal Secretary Industries Mr. SS Channy, CMD PSPCL Mr. KD Chaudhary, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar, Chairman Small Scale Industry Development Board Mr. Inderjit Singh Pardhan and Member Secretary PPCB Mr. Babu Ram.
LET CAPTAIN STATE FIVE DEVELOPMENT INITITAVES OF HIS TENURE: SUKHBIR
• CONGRESS DELIBRATELY SHUNING VIDHAN SABHA DEBATE, FEARING EXPOSURE OF THEIR NON PERFORMANCE
• DO NOT WANT TO COMPETE WITH CAPTAIN IN VENDETTA POLITICS
• SAD-BJP TO SEEK MANDATE ON ITS DEVELOPMENTS INITIATIVES
• SARNA ‘A MOBILE CONGRESS’ TEAM
• CENTER INTERFERING IN RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS OF SIKHS
JALANDHAR, JUNE 15: Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister today dared Captain Amarinder Singh, PPCC Chief to state at least five development initiatives completed during his tenure and charged him of deliberately running away from Vidhan Sabha to cover his non performance.
Talking to media persons at PAP helipad before holding ‘Sangat Darshan’ at Adampur Mr. Badal said Congress has nothing to claim on development front that is why they were trying to divert the development agenda with negative politics. He said that it is a matter of record that except vendetta politics, Captain Amarinder Singh failed to initiate a single development project during his five years tenure and now he was perplexed with multi thousands crore projects initiated by SAD-BJP government fructifying. He said that he does not believe in entering into slanging match with Congress leaders and his sole objective was to focus on development projects and ‘Governance Reforms’. He said that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had been requesting the Congress party not to run away from debate even in budget session and in special session but Congress deliberately ran away from debate as they could find anything negative to point out in budget and development agenda of the government. The Deputy Chief Minister said that electorate of Punjab was vigilant enough to understand the ploy of boycott of Congress that it resorts to garner cheap publicity.
When asked to comment about Sarna’s announcement to fully support Congress party, Mr. Badal said that every Sikh was clear about Sarna brothers that they were mobile unit of Congress Party and Congress was using them as proxy to interfere in the internal affairs of Sikhs. He said that Congress party since 64 years had been discriminating against Punjab and Sikhs. He said that these mechanizations of Congress Party were responsible for decade long disturbance in Punjab and now Congress party was deliberately delaying SGPC elections as it feared that overwhelming majority for Shiromani Akali Dal in these elections would be a trailer for ensuing Vidhan Sabha elections.
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal said that by delaying SGPC elections they can not escape the inevitable decimation of Congress party in 2012 Assembly polls. He said that file of SGPC elections was lying on the table of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram since last one year and Punjab unit of Congress party was pressurizing him not to announce SGPC poll schedule
Rubbishing a report regarding cancellation of Municipal Infrastructure Development Fund of Rs 1100 crores, Mr Badal said within few days this fund would be released to the MCs to upgrade the urban infrastructure.
Meanwhile, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal laid the foundation stone of Sub-Tehsil at Adampur besides distributing grants of Rs 8 crores to 70 panchayats of Adampur assembly constituency for development works.
Prominent amongst other Adampur MLA Sarbjit Singh Makkar, Chairman Scheduled Castes Land Development and Finance Corporation and in-charge Adampur legislative assembly Pawan Kumar Tinu, Member Staff Selection Board Darshan Lal Jethumajara, Paramjit Singh Raipur along with civil and police officials were also present.
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BALDEV SINGH APPOINTED AS NEW ADVOCATE GENERAL PUNJAB
Chandigarh June 14:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today appointed Mr. Baldev Singh as the Advocate General Punjab in place of Mr. Hardev Singh Mattewal who had resigned on the health grounds.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Chief Minister's office said that the formal orders with regard to the appointment of Mr. Baldev Singh as Advocate General would be issued shortly. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also accepted the resignation submitted by Mr. Hardev Singh Mattewal due to his health problem. Mr. Mattewal in his resignation mentioned that he was stepping down from the office of Advocate General as he was keeping unwell for some time.
MATTEWAL APPOINTED AS LEGAL ADVISOR TO PUNJAB GOVERNMENT
Chandigarh June 14:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today appointed the former Advocate General Punjab Mr. Hardev Singh Mattewal as the Legal Advisor to the Punjab Government in the rank of Cabinet Minister.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Chief Minister's office said that formal orders in this behalf would be issued shortly.
BADAL MOURNS SAD DEMISE OF FORMER MP LEHNA SINGH TUR
CHANDIGARH JUNE 14:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of senior Akali leader and former Member Parliament Mr. Lehna Singh Tur who died at his residence in Patiala this morning after a prolonged illness. He was 71 and survived by two daughters and a son.
In a condolence message, the Chief Minister described Mr. Lehna Singh Tur as a 'disciplined soldier of the party and a seasoned politician' whose enormous contribution towards the uplift of down-trodden and oppressed sections of the society besides ensuring overall development in the state especially in the rural sector would be ever remembered by one and all. 'In the passing away of Mr. Tur the party has been deprived of his valuable services rendered by him from time to time and a void has been created which is difficult to filled', said Mr. Badal.
The Chief Minister expressed his heart-felt sympathies with the members to the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty to give courage to bear this irreparable loss and grant peace to the departed soul.
CM FELICITATES PEOPLE ON BHAGAT KABIR JAYANTI
CHANDIGARH JUNE 14:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today greeted the people of Punjab on the eve of auspicious ‘Kabir Jayanti’ and called upon them to follow the teachings of great saint of ‘Bhakti Movement’ who preached the message of oneness of mankind, love, peace and universal brotherhood.
In a message, the Chief Minister described the ideology of Bhagat Kabir ji as a beckon to guide the destiny of humanity and redeem it from the pangs of agony. His ‘Bani’ inscribed in Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji would ever mollify one’s mind and body as it transcends the parochial barriers of caste, creed and religion.
SUKHBIR GREET PEOPLE ON KABIR JAYANTI
Chandigarh, June 14:
Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab today felicitated the people of Punjab on the eve of Kabir Jayanti.
In a message Mr. Badal said that Bhagat Kabir's teachings transcended the barriers of caste, religion, culture and creed and his Dohas form an integral part of Sri Guru Granth Sahib also. Bhagat Kabir ji was not a saint by birth but had become one by his ideology and practice, he added.
Exhorting the people to celebrate Kabir Jayanti collectively, Mr. Badal said that we should utilize this opportunity to propagate the message to every nook and corner of the country.
SUKHBIR CONDOLES FORMER MP LEHNA SINGH TUR’S DEMISE
Chandigarh June 14
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal has today expressed grief at the demise of senior Akali Leader and former Member Parliament Mr. Lehna Singh Tur.
In a condolence message, Mr. Badal said that Mr. Lehna Singh Tur was the son of late Akali Dal stalwart Jathedar Mohan Singh Tur and also recalled the important role played by Tur family in strengthening the mass base of Shiromani Akali Dal in Majha region.
Expressing his heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved family, the Deputy Chief Minister prayed to almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the members of the family to bear this irreparable loss.
ALL SET FOR TEXTILE PARK IN BATHINDA -SUKHBIR
- 1700 ACRE LAND IDENTIFIED FOR PARK
- INTERNATIONAL TEXTILE UNITS EVINCE INTEREST TO SET UP UNITS IN PARK
- PARK TO GIVE EMPLOYMENT TO 70,000 YOUTH
Chandigarh, June 14: Decks were cleared to set up one of its own kind Textile Park in Malwa region as Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister today gave clearance to the conceptual plan of the Park.
Accompanied by Local Government and Industries Minister Mr. Tikshan Sud, the Deputy Chief Minister reviewed the progress of Textile Park in a high level meeting held here with the representative of various departments. Principal Secretary Industries informed in the meeting that Industry department has identified 1700 acres of land in Bathinda, Ferozepur and Mansa districts. The Deputy Chief Minister said that he was already getting proposals from international Textile units to set up integrated textile plants in the Malwa region. He said that Textile Park would offer World Class infrastructure including 24 hour power supply, assured water supply besides a package of concessions. He said that cotton of Malwa region was the best in World and textile park units would get direct supply from the local market.
Describing Textile Park as the job spinner for the state, the Deputy Chief Minister said that this park when fully completed has a potential to give employment to 70,000 skilled and unskilled youth and mostly girls.
Promising full support to upcoming textile park, Mr. Badal said that Industrial department should organize road shows in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Chennai to properly marketing the concept of textile park to the entrepreneurs so that we could attract best textile units for the park.
Besides Deputy Commissioners of Bathinda, Mansa and Ferozepur, Principal Secretary Industries Mr. S.S. Channi, Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Viswajeet Khanna and Additional Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Ajay Mahajan attended the meeting.
PUNJAB NOTIFIES NEW MINING POLICY
· PUNJAB BECOMES FIRST STATE TO START REVERSE BIDDING
· FIRST TIME ONLINE AUCTION OF MINES FROM JUNE 27 TO JUNE 29
· PEOPLE TO GET SAND AND CRUSHER ON CHEAP RATES
CHANDIGARH, JUNE 14: The Punjab government today notified its new 'Mining Policy' to provide sand and crusher to people on cheaper rates.
Disclosing this here Local Bodies and Industries Minister, Mr. Tikshan Sud said that by launching its new 'Mining Policy', Punjab has become the first state to start 'Reverse Bidding' instead of forward bidding. He said that new policy will also rationalise the unequal prices of sand and crusher in the state, which will give a sigh of relief to the common man.
Mr Sud said that implementing the new policy Punjab government has fixed Rs 300 for per 100 cubic feet for its total 246 C-category mines having area of 5 hectares, out of fixed amount Rs 80 would be gone to state exchequer as royalty while Rs 80 will be given to mine owner, Rs 40 to contractor and Rs 100 for labour and transport expenditures. He said that now after fixation of rates, a trolley of sand would be purchased at Rs 600 approximately, which was earlier costing around Rs 1000.
The Minister said that SAD-BJP government has decided to conduct first time online auction of 246 C-category sand and crusher mines. He said that the online auction would be held between June 27 and June 29 and reserved price for bidding is Rs 14.70 crores. He said that first time the successful bidders would get the contract for three years while 10 % of the reserved price will be increased annually.
Mr. Sud said that Punjab government has initiated steps to include sand and crusher into the list of essential commodities besides introducing entry tax on sand and crusher from other states. He said that Punjab government has sought approval from the Union Environment Ministry for auction of remaining 72 A-category and 133 B-category mines. He said that after completion of auction process of these mines, the rates of sand and crusher would also be fell down.
8 PCS OFFICERS DESIGNATED AS SPECIAL SECRETARY, FOR THE FIRST TIME
Chandigarh, June 14: The Punjab government today designated 8 PCS officers as Special Secretary, for the first time, after successful completion of their 18 year service in PCS (Executive Branch).
According to official spokesman PCS officers including Mr. Chander Gaind, Mr. Arun Sekhri, Mr. Gaggandeep Singh Brar, Mr. Daljit Singh Mangat, Mr. Om Parkash Popli, Mr. Sukhwinder Singh, Ms. Indu Malhotra and Mr. Shiv Dular Dhillon have been designated as Special Secretary after 18 years of service with outstanding service record.
It may be added that PCS (EB) officers earlier got promotion only up to Additional Secretary level. It is for the first time that PCS officers have been designated as Special Secretary.
Mr. Parmpal Singh Superintendent of Police transfered
Chandigarh, June 14: Mr. Parmpal Singh Superintendent of Police, Vigilance Bureau, has been transfer and posted as Assistant Commandant, 4-IRB at Jalandhar with immediate effect.
PUNJAB PLANS GREEN WALL AROUND INDUSTRIAL CITIES TO CHECK POLLUTION -SHAKIR
· SAPLINGS WORTH RS. 2 CRORES TO BE PLANTED THIS MONSOON
Chandigarh, June 14: The Punjab government has decided to initiate the novel concept to create 'Green Wall' of forests around Industrial Cities of Ludhiana, Mandi Gobindgarh, Jalandhar and Batala to reduce the level of pollution in these cities. As a part of this campaign sapling worth Rs. 2 crores would be planted around these cities.
Disclosing this here today Forest Minister Mr. Arunesh Shakir that SAD-BJP government has implemented this scheme to provide healthy environment by reducing the level of pollution in these cities. He said that awareness seminars and workshops would be conducted and pamphlets would be distributed among people to make them aware of environment.
Mr. Shakir said that the Forest department was committed to ensure pollution free environment in Industrial cities and sapling in big numbers would be planted around these cities. He said that Public would be motivated to join this 'Green City"' campaign. He said besides securing Rs. 2 crores for saplings, the state government was also encouraging NGOs and local residents for saplings of plants to reduce the pollution in industrial citiesÍ
BOOK YOUR SEAT IN THE BUSES THROUGH YOUR CELL PHONE
- Punjab starts new service for bus commuters
- PUNBUS to add 300 new buses
Chandigarh June 14:
Punjab Transport Minister Mr. Surjit Kumar Jiyani today launched the service of booking of seats in Punjab Roadways Buses through mobile, to facilitate the common passengers.
Inaugurating the service the Transport Minister said that Punjab Government was committed to provide excellent bus service to its citizens and mobile and online booking of bus tickets was citizen friendly step as people would get ticket at their home. For reservation for tickets online to log on www.busindia.com/punmob and login to PUNBUS.
Speaking about the expansion porgramme, Mr. Jiyani said that during last 6 months 1154 ordinary buses , 8 luxury buses and 110 AC buses were added to the fleet. He said that besides this 10 integral AC coaches and 10 super integral AC coaches were included under km scheme. Mr. Jiyani said that PUNBUS is going to add 300 buses in its fleet in next three months.
On this occasion Mr. Anurag Aggarwal Secretary Transport and Mr.Mandeep Singh Director Transport also gave a presentation on the working of Transport Department.
Dhillon asks PM to address foodgrain storage crisis in Punjab
Kewal Singh Dhillon
MLA, Barnala, and PPCC vice-president
Jalandhar: In a letter written to the Prime Minister and Union agriculture minister, Barnala MLA and PPCC vice-president Kewal Singh Dhillon has expressed concern about inadequate foodgrain storage facility in Punjab and has asked for building of storage silos as a priority. Referring to last year’s widespread wastage of foodgrains in government depots during the rainy season, he asked the PM to allocate 3/4th of this year's budgetary provision of 20 lakh metric tonne capacity of silos to the state, considering that the state contributes maximum to the central foodgrain pool.
“The current Punjab government has failed to create enough storage capacity for foodgrains procured through government agencies, which has led to huge loss to the nation. While there are reports of bumper crop this season, the rainy season poses a threat to the foodgrains already stocked. The total covered storage and open plinths in Punjab can hold 200 lakh tonne of foodgrain, of which the storage already in use or earmarked is 138 lakh tonne, while 110 lakh tonne more wheat has arrived after the bumper crop. The state thus will have 48 lakh tonne of foodgrain for which it will not have space even in the open. Considering the pitiable condition of storage infrastructure in the state and the role Punjab plays in feeding the country, the central government should therefore take immediate steps to avoid this national wastage,” the letter states.
He stated that the state needs about Rs 6,000 crore for adequate grain storage and considering that the state government is near bankrupt, the central government could extend financial assistance for the project in the interest of the state. He also suggested that private entrepreneurs be roped in to create extra storage capacity in the state, for which the Centre should extend incentives like liberal loan facility and attractive price for storage of foodgrains.