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PAK Journalists delegation calls on Badal
CM calls upon pak media to play proactive role
CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 20:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today called upon the Pak Media to play a proactive role in further improving the bilateral relation between India and Pakistan through people to people communication.
Addressing a 40-member delegation from Lahore Press Club led by its president Mr. Sarmad Bashir here at Punjab Bhawan, the Chief Minister said that Indian Punjab and Pakistani Punjab shared affinity in language, culture and cuisine. Mr. Badal said, “It was the high time when both the countries should make concerted efforts to sent regular delegation of media, artistes and cultural troops to boost the socio–cultural ties amongst both the nations.” Mr. Badal also emphasized the need for stepping up the Indo-Pak trade across the border for insuring mutual economic stability between both the countries.
Mr. Badal asked the Ministries of External Affairs of both the countries to relax the viza norms especially for the journalists who could play a vital role in further giving a fillip to the confidence building exercise.
All the members of the Pakistani delegation expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister.
Prominent amongst those who were present on the occasion included Media Advisor to the Chief Minister Mr. Harcharn Bains, President Chandigarh Press Club Mr. Naveen Grewal, besides many other senior Journalists and office bearers of Chandigarh Press Club.
GOBINPURA ISSUE: CM INVITES FARMER ASSOCIATION
FOR TALKS ON NOVEMBER 26 AT BATHINDA
CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 20:
Following the request from the BKU (Ugrahan) Group, Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today invited farmers’ association for a meeting to discuss their demands about the Gobindpura issue at Circuit House Bathinda on November 26. The meeting will be held at 6.30 pm.
In a statement here the Chief Minister said that he was always open for negotiated solution of all problems related to the land acquisition for the 1320 MW Peona Thermal Plant at Gobindpura in Mansa district. The Chief Minister said SAD-BJP government was the most farmer friendly government in the world. The Chief Minister appealed to the farmers’ association to call off their proposed march to Chandigarh on November 22. He further said that the Government was open to consider all demands in view of its affirmation for discussion on all aspects of the issue across the table.
Earlier the Government had already introduced land pulling policy in the state to benefit the farmer. He said under this policy private land could only be acquired if the land was needed for a defined public purpose at the actual market rate in addition to thirty per cent solatium in addition to 10 per cent as non-litigation charges to fully compensate the farmers. The state cabinet in its recent meeting decided to give government job to the next of the kin of the deceased who were killed during the agitation and waive off their cooperative loans. The Cabinet also decided to relax the land acquisition policy in order bring the landless labourers with in the ambit of the adequate compensation provisions.
BADAL CALLS UPON EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS TO SETUP SCHOOLS & COLLEGES IN KANDI AND BOARDER AREAS
CHANDIGARH NOVEMBER 20:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today called upon the educational institutions and educationists working from school to college levels to setup their branches in the far flung rural areas like Kandi and Boarder areas in the state to impart quality and purposeful education to the deprived youth of Punjab.
Mr. Badal was addressing Sikh intellectuals and renowned educationists here during 'Panth Rattan Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra Memorial Gurmat Awards function' organized by Sikh Educational Society (SES) as a part of its Platinum Jubilee year 2011-12 Celebrations at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College. Emphasizing the dire need to give a boost to our educational structure, he said, “It is our moral and social obligation that we should work together to glorify our Punjab and its Punjabiat across the glob, which can only be achieved if we educate our young generation to compete at national as well as international levels”.
Appreciating the commendable efforts of SES in the field of education by establishing number of schools and colleges in the state, Mr. Badal shared his memoirs and said that he was proud to be the student of Sikh National College Lahore which was the first college of the Sikh Educational Society established with a mission to educate Sikh boys and girls. He said that keeping education sector on priority their government was fully committed to impart quality education in the state. He mentioned that five new universities had been set up and three more had been issued the letters of intent, besides 17 new degree colleges and 21 model schools had also been established to impart quality education to our students in rural areas. He said that the state government had taken several landmark initiatives to revive the trend for recruitment of our youth in the national defence forces, which had been considerably declined in the past. He mentioned two NCC battalions for boys and girls were being established at Ropar and Malout. The Chief Minister further said that their government had also established Maharaja Ranjit Singh Preparatory Institute for Military Training at Mohali to motivate our youth to join the Defence service. This institution had been made functional and the first batch was being imparted training, said Mr. Badal.
On the occasion, Mr. Badal honoured Baba Sewa Singh Khadoor Sahib, Dr. Gurnam Kaur and Dr. NS Sodhi with Panth Rattan Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra Memorial Gurmat Award for their spectacular achievements in their respective fields. On the occasion Mr. Badal also released a Souvenir. Earlier Mr. Badal also inaugurated Bhai Ghanya Block in the premises of the College of Pharmacy of SES. Mr. Badal also announced a grant of Rs. 10 lac for the SES.
On the occasion President Sikh Educational Society Mr. Gurdev Singh Brar IAS (Retd.) presented Sikh National College's group photo of Mr. Badal along with other students of 'Gurbachan Singh Talib Tetorial group' of 1944-45 batch to Mr. Badal.
Earlier, Secretary Sikh Educational Society (SES) Col. (Retd.) Jasmer Singh Bala welcomed the Chief Minister and highlighted the achievements of SES.
Prominent amongst those who were present on the occasion included Chairman, State Farmers Commission, Mr. GS Kalkat, Vice President SES Mr. Kulbir Singh, Principal Sri Guru Gobind Singh College for Women Mrs. Charanjit Kaur and Deputy Director Mr. GS Bahia, besides many more academicians, educationists and literary figures also graced the occasion.
MODERN MARKETING FACILITIES IN MANDIS OF PUNJAB YET ANOTHER BIG ACHIEVEMENT OF GOVERNMENT: LANGAH
- DEVELOPED 19 STATE-OF-THE-ART COTTON MANDIS WORTH Rs 57 CRORE DURING LAST FIVE YEARS
- SET UP FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PACK HOUSES IN 12 MANDIS SPENDING Rs 167 CRORE
- 26 MANDIS IN KANDI AREA ALSO EQUIPPED WITH ULTRA MODERN FACILITIES OF MARKETING WITH AN ESTIMATED COST OF Rs 46 CRORE
- 145 MANDIS CONNECTED WITH COMPUTER NETWORKING
CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 20: The Punjab Government has achieved an extraordinary task by setting up state-of-the-art new Mandis (grain markets) equipped with modern marketing facilities besides upgrading the standard of old ones worth Rs 670 crores in the state.
Disclosing this, Agriculture Minister, Mr. Sucha Singh Langah, today said that as per its commitment with the farmers, taking revolutionary steps the SAD-BJP government has furnished the mandis with modern facilities including public conveniences, health facilities, regular power supply and ultra modern electronic machineries. He said that it was yet another achievement of state government to upgrade and constructed state-of-the-art mandis besides starting easy payments to farmers, providing huge subsidies and giving regular power supply.
Elaborated the steps have been taken during the last five years, Mr. Langah said that SAD-BJP government has developed 19 cotton markets in Punjab worth Rs 57 crores by installing Pacca Farhs, laying state-of-the-art internal roads, installing fire hydrants to protect Kapah and Narma crops from fire, public conveniences, grading laboratories and way-bridges. He said that these facilities encouraged the farmers towards cultivation of these crops and also got increased prices for their quality crops He said that in recent years the government has set up 12 pack houses with a cost of Rs 167 crores at Ludhiana, Patiala, Sangrur, Batala, Phagwara, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Ferozepur, Abohar, Moga and Bathinda to keep the vegetables and fruits fresh. He said that 19 cold rooms, 52 ripening chamber and 9 grading lines have also been established in these mandis for preservation and improved quality of crops, which were giving fruitful results.
Mr. Langah said that as many as 2600 electronic weighing machines have been installed in 57 grain markets of Punjab while in 47 mandis ‘Motorised Sweeper Cleaner’ have been setup.
The agriculture minister said that it is matter of great pride for Punjab that it has started computer networking in the interconnected 145 markets so the farmers of state could get the information and details of arrival of crops in markets besides their price not from the mandis of Punjab only, but also from mandis in India. He said that in 52 mandis display screens have been installed, which provides information and status of crop arrival, rates, production, climatic conditions and forecast whereas in these mandis information centers have also been established for the convenience of farmers.
Mr. Langah said that the farmers in Kandi areas would not have to face any problems during crop seasons in Mandis since the government has spent Rs 46 crores constructin Pacca Farhs, new roads and cover sheds in 26 mandis of Kandi areas to facilitate farmers. He said that it was also an achievement of SAD-BJP government that in 2008-09, 195 farmers had got training at National Horticulture Training Center, Pune and got aware about the cultivation and production of crops having more benefits.
RS 92CRORE SANCTIONED FOR UPGRADING INFRASTRUCTURE AT FOCAL POINTS- TIKSHAN SUD
Chandigarh, November 20: Punjab government today sanctioned Rs. 92 crores to provide all necessary facilities to industrial units established in the focal points and Industrial estates.
Disclosing this here today Industries Minister Mr. Tikshan Sud today said that instructions have been issued carry out work is on war footing in all the focal points and industrial estates to change the face of focal points across the state. He said that this step was being taken with an aim to provide all necessary facilities to attract more industrial investment.
He said that for that he ordered all related authorities to review the progress of all works in fortnightly meetings and submit reports regarding the development of work. He said that all focal points in the state to be provided with 24 hour electricity as this was the basic need for industry. Besides that water, communication network , street lights and green belts would be upgraded in all focal points.
He said that the biggest amount Rs 22 crore 3 lakh would be spent on focal points in Ludiana and after that Rs 11 Crore 23 lakh would be spent on focal points at phase 7 and Rs 9 crore 65 lakh on phase 9 in Mohali. He further said that Rs 3 crore 32 lakh would be spent on focal points in Pathankot, Rs 2 crore 98 lakh at Nabha, Rs 2 crore 23 lakh at Amritsar, Rs 3 crore 86 lakh at Dera Bassi, Rs 6 crore 51 lakh at Sri Goindwal Sahib,Rs 6 crore 20 lakh at Malout, Rs 1 crore 96 lakh at Tanda, Rs 1 crore 79 lakh at Nawanshar, Rs 1 crore 97 lakh Chananloun and Rs 2 Crore 74 lakh at focal points and Industrial estates at Bathinda.
He said that work at Dera bassi and Taran Taran have already been completed and deadline of November 30 set for to complete basic facilities and work regarding electricity would be accomplished till December 31.
Daljit Singh Sahota (President Indian Overseas Congress UK) appointed Co-Chairman of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee - NRI Cell
HARSIMRAT BADAL DEMANDS DAILY SHATABDI BETWEEN
DELHI – BATHINDA – FEROZEPUR
BATHINDA, NOVEMBER 18:
Member Parliament Bathinda S. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, today sought early decision on daily running of Delhi-Bathinda-Ferozepur Shatabadi Express besides raising old pending decisions of railway for Bathinda region.
She raised these issues during a meeting with top Railways officials, Chairman Railway Board Shri Vinay Mittal and impressed upon him that delay of railway was impeding the speed of various development projects in the state. She also reminded the Chairman Railway Board of her series of meetings with his predecessors, and also Minister of Railways and a number of letters to the Minister of Railways in this regard.
“Bathinda is the oldest and largest junction of country and it also has the largest army cantonment area, further with construction of thre Mega Thermal Plants and Mega Oil Refinery employing 35000 people, there is heavy passenger movement to and fro Bathinda. Bathinda also does not have a civil airport and only train from Bathinda to Delhi reach at 1 AM and other leaves at 3 AM” she said. Bathinda Ferozepur line has been neglected by railways for a long time and there has been a huge demand from public a large for introduction of more trains between Bathinda and Delhi.
Apart from this, Harsimrat Badal raised the issue of slow pace of construction of Rail Over Brodge at Budhlada Crossing (C 194) which is under construction and the work related to railways has not even started. “As per the deadline given by railways the work regarding this Rail Over Bridge would complete by 31.12.2011, but because of delay this would not get completed in time. This is causing great difficulty for people and residents have to travel 3 to 5 kms to reach across the other side.” she said.
Along with this, she also demanded that work regarding Rail Over Bridge on Badal Road (Level crossing no.2C/2T) may be expedited so that this could complete in August 2012. She also asked railways that work on Rail Under Bridge at Bathinda (LC No.B24) on Bathinda Talwandi Sabo Road which was to complete in October, 2011 has not completed as yet which needs to be expedited.
She also informed the railways officials that a number of projects regarding laying of water supplies and drainage pipes on Bathinda – New Delhi and Bathinda Sirsa railways track, on Patiala – Bathinda railways track Bhucho mandi, Bathinda Bikaner railway line are not being approved. This is causing great hardships in villages because sullage water gets accumulated and large parts are affected. Also she demanded that culvert under railway line on Delhi-Bathinda railway track in Bathinda city needs to be widened because department of irrigation has widened his carrier on both other sides which is causing bottleneck.
She also asked railways to provide stoppage of Bikaner-Guwahati Express at Mansa and daily Sriganganagar-Delhi Express at Maur, and to introduce new train from Bathinda to Amritsar via Dhuri.
Chairman Railways Board assured Mrs. Badal that they will expedite the work at the same time demand of Daily Shatabdi train along with other demands would be considered by the government
CHIEF MINISTER’S OFFICE, PUNJAB
CM DARES PRANAB MUKHERJEE TO ACT SWIFTLY TO BRING BACK MILLIONS OF BLACK MONEY IN FOREIGN BANKS
EXHORTS PEOPLE TO SUPPORT SAD-BJP ALLIANCE FOR CONTINUITY OF AN ERA OF UNPRECEDENTED DEVELOPMENT IN THE STATE
LAMBASTS UNION GOVERNMENT FOR BEING NECK DEEP IN CORRUPTION AND MISDEEDS
Kot Buddha (Tarn Taran), November 18-
Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal today dared the Union Finance Minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee to act swiftly to bring back the millions of black money stashed in foreign banks to the country, as per the record available with his Ministry.
Addressing a massive rally after laying down the foundation stone of high level bridge over river Satluj at a cost of Rs 102 crore, Mr Badal said that the SAD-BJP government had been demanding the Congress led UPA government to immediately bring back the ill gotten money hidden in the foreign banks so that it could be judiciously utilized for funding welfare schemes for millions of poor across the country. The Chief Minister said their MLA’s and MPs had been persuading the central government time and again to retrieve back the huge undisclosed amount kept abroad, but the Central government had so far paid no heed to their demand. Mr Badal said, “If the Centre does not initiate any action in this regard promptly, our MPs will be forced to take up this matter in the forthcoming winter session of the Parliament to seek its intervention in the larger public interest”.
Listing spectacular achievements of the state government in the key areas of power, infrastructure, health and education at all levels be it school, college, university during the present regime of SAD-BJP, the Chief Minister emphasized the need for continuity of the government for another term of five years in order to sustain the tempo of overall development on one hand and to accomplish the unfinished agenda on the other. Mr Badal mentioned that the unprecedented development achieved by the SAD-BJP alliance during the present tenure was beyond comparison during the period of Congress regime, spanning over four-and-a-half decades.
Lashing out at the Congress party, Mr Badal said that it had always meted out a step motherly treatment to state adding that the Congress had always ignored Punjab in the allocation of funds and schemes by devising stringent norms to deliberately exclude it apart from meddling in all the affairs be it social, economic, political and even the religious matters. The Chief Minister also criticized the Union government for its failure in securing the life and property of the people as its moral duty. He expressed hope that the awakened electorates of the state would teach a befitting lesson to the Congress party in the coming assembly elections of the state. He further said that anti- Congress wave witnessed in the Hisar Lok Sabha polls would be repeated in the coming assembly elections of the state and the entire Congress leadership along with its cronies would meet the same fate.
Accusing the Congress of neck deep in rampant corruption and misdeeds, Mr Badal said scams and scandals were the order of the day in Congress led UPA government. S. Badal said Centre’s gross discrimination and apathetic attitude towards Punjab had virtually reduced our position to beggars. He said the maladies like unemployment, illiteracy, poverty and inflation had enormously affected the life of common man (Aam Adami) to whom the Congress claimed to be champion for safeguarding his rights but on the contrary it was indulging in sheer exploitation of the common man for its own vested interests.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister announced to set an ultra modern silo at a cost of Rs 100 crore at Patti for the storage of food grains on the scientific lines to enhance its shelf life besides saving it from rotting due to vagaries of weather. Mr Badal also announced that Patti-Khemkaran Road would be widened and strengthened in the comig days.
Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included Cabinet Minister Mr Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon, MLA Mr Virsa Singh Valtoha and Former Minister Mr Major Singh Uboke besides several leaders and workers of SAD-BJP and members of SGPC.
MANPREET DITCHED GIDDERBAHA VOTERS: SUKHBIR
· MANPREET’S SECRET UNDERSTANDING WITH PRANAB TO BECOME CHIEF MINISTER DERAILED BY COMMITTED SAD MLAs
· SAD HAS GRASSROOT FEEDBACK CHANNELS WHEREAS CONGRESS DEPENDS ON SURVEY BY FOREIGN AGENCIES
GIDDERBAHA, NOVEMBER 18:
Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab today charged Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal for ditching the people of Gidderbaha in his blind lust for power.
Addressing the people during Sangat Darshan at Harike Kalan village of Gidderbaha area here today, Mr. Badal said that Manpreet was desperate to become Chief Minister of Punjab by overthrowing Sardar Parkash Singh Badal. He said that Manpreet forgetting the role of Congress party in ’84 riots, entered into secret understanding with Union Finance Minister Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, who dangled the carrot of Chief Ministership to him if he could break the SAD and bring 40 MLAs with him. Manpreet ignored the fact that Sardar Parkash Singh Badal, who initiated him into the politics and brought him to such a situation, was bed-ridden and hospitalized when he was dreaming to overthrow him. The Deputy Chief Minister said that committed and loyal MLAs recognized the true face of Manpreet Singh Badal and only his cousin moved with him. He said that Congress sensing the total failure of Manpreet’s experiment, withdrew from the scene and left him in the lurch.
Striking an emotional cord with the people of Gidderbaha, Mr. Badal said that his family would always remain indebted to this area as his father initiated his political career from this place. He regretted that they were prevented to enter in Gidderbaha constituency during Manpreet’s time and people of this area were victims of excesses of Manpreet. He promised that SAD-BJP government would not allow development of this area to suffer due to resignation of MLA of this area. He said that it was their bounded duty to nurture this area.
Later talking to media persons, Mr. Badal ridiculed the survey’s being conducted by congress party by foreign agencies. He said that Captain was relying on these surveys as he remained out of Punjab for four years and doesn’t know the pulse of people, who have already made up their minds to teach congress party a lifetime lesson for looting the exchequer of country in multi lakh crores scam besides inflicting unprecedented price rise on the masses. He said that on other hand, Sardar Parkash Singh Badal and he himself had been constantly moving in the villages, listening to the problems of people, holding sangat darshans and their grassroot feedback channels were foolproof.
When asked about steps beieng taken by SAD-BJP Government to check the scourge of cancer in Malwa area, Mr. Badal said that besides a cancer hospital in Bathinda and Mohali, the Punjab Government has opened a cancer research center in Baba Farid Health University. He said that Punjab Government has already spent Rs 500 crore to upgrade the medical infrastructure in medical colleges of Amritsar, Patiala and Faridkot. Mr. Badal said that Government medical college Faridkot has now world class medical diagnostic infrastructure and people from other states were now coming to Faridkot for treatment.
Mr. Badal expressed satisfaction over smooth procurement of Paddy and congratulated the official machinery that worked day and night to ensure timely procurement and payment to the farmers. He, however, expressed concern over the decline of the yield due to inclement weather and said that Union Government should announce Rs 500 bonus on paddy to offset the loss due to less yields this year.
Prominent amongst those, who were present on the occasion included, Bibi Paramjit Kaur Gulshan, Member Parliament, Mr. Gurpal Singh Gora and Mr. Navtej Singh Kauni both SGPC members.
PUNJAB TO GIVE A BIG PUSH FISH FARMING
· PLAN TO BRING MORE 1000 HECTARES OF NEW LAND UNDER FISH FARMING
CHANDIGARH,November 18: The Punjab Government has decided to encourage the farmers towards fish farming during current season of 2011-12, with a target to bring more 1000 hectares of new land under alternative farming.
An official spokesman said that under this unique program to expand the area under fish farming the state government has reserved an amount of Rs 4 crore to provide subsidy to the fish farmers. He said that an estimated 2247 lakh new fish seeds would be prepared in this current season of 2011-12 besides imparting training to 6000 fish farmers. He said that proposals regarding mobile establishment of fish lab, holding fish fairs and arranging fish markets besides initiating fish development projects has been sent for approval further proceedings.
The spokesman said that during last season 2010-11, a total Rs 2.10 crore had been spent on fish farming under various schemes including setting up of an ultra-modern fish center worth Rs 40 lakh at Malwal village of Ferozepur district, mobile fish lab worth Rs 12 lakh in Roop Nagar district, establishing Fish Diagnostic Center at Gadvasu in Ludhiana district with an estimated cost of Rs 32 lakh besides launching Government Poong Farms and Hatcheries worth Rs 36 lakhs in three districts of Amritsar, Roop Nagar and Gurdaspur. He said that Rs 54 lakhs had been spent to develop fish farming and to provide aerators to the farmers through across the state. He said that the development program also included stocking of fishes in Ranjit Sagar Dam at Gurdaspur and construction of 9 cluster ponds in Mukatsar district on subsidy basis worth Rs 5.56 lakh.
The spokesman said that earlier in the season of 2009-10 the Punjab Government had constructed Government Fish Seed Farms and Model Fish Pond worth Rs 30 lakh in the districts Amritsar, Roop Nagar, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Hoshiarpur and Dhandua. He said that a state-of-the-art Fish Laboratories for Demonstration Fish Pond had been constructed at Abul-Khurana worth Rs 11.60 lakh besides setting up of Government Fish Seed Farm worth Rs 20 lakh at Katli in Roop Nagar district.
Canada Federal Minister NRI Tim Uppal vists Khalsa College, Amritsar
Chandigarh November 17
Federal Minister (Minister of State for Democratic Reforms) in Canada, TimUppal, will be visiting Khalsa College, Amritsar, November 19, 2011 at 1:00 PM and he will addresses gathering of intelligentsia at the College’s Main Hall. He will be honoured by Khalsa College for bringing glory to community in particular and Punjabis in general. He will be delivering a valuable lecture on social, economic and political issues concerning Canada, NRI Sikhs and general Indo-Canadian partnership in world politics.
Khalsa College Governing Council President S.Satyajit Singh Majithia will be the chief guest, honourary secretary, S.Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina will welcome the guests and former minister and MLA, S. Bikram Singh Majithia will be special guest of honour at the function.
SHOW COURAGE OF YOUR CONVICTIONS AND CONTEST FROM LAMBI, GIDDERBAHA OR A SURROUNDING SEAT SUKHBIR TO AMARINDER
Chandigarh November 17 - The SAD president and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today described the PPCC president Captain Amarinder Singh's bravado on Lambi and Gidderbaha as "a coward's whistling in the dark and an attempt to hide his fear over an unprecedented rout in the forthcoming assembly poll in the state.”
" If he is really so sure of his boasts, he should show the courage of his convictions and field himself as a candidate from either of these two seats or any seat around here, instead of challenging the tiger and then running away, exposing his political lambs before us. I promise him that we will not even field any major Akali leader against him and yet force his security deposit forfeiture. Let him accept my challenge and prove the seriousness of his bravado”, said Badal.
Mr. Badal said, “Captain Singh had challenged us once before also in Bathinda Parliamentary elections and he knows how badly he was licked, with his son Raninder virtually fighting a desperate battle to save his security deposit against Akali candidate.”
Captain Singh is actually shuddering in his pants and will never show the courage to step outside the surroundings of the Moti Mahal for an election. He knows that he is in deep trouble there even against our regular candidate. "Why does he want poor second rung congress leaders to bear the brunt of Akali onslaught in Lambi or Gidderbaha or around here? Why is he running scared after enraging the SAD workers? He should come here and make battle with us if he is a man,” asked the Deputy Chief Minster.
Mr. Badal said that Amaridner is quite aware that he is in deep trouble even in Patiala against our regular candidates.
FACING DECIMATION, CAPTAIN CRYING HOARSE: SUKHBIR
- ELECTORATE SET TO PUNISH CONGRESS FOR UNPRECEDENTED PRICE RISE AND RECORD CORRUPTION
- STILL WAITING FOR THE LIST OF 51 PROJECTS COMPLETED BY CAPTAIN
- AIMING TO TAKE KABADDI TO ASIA AND OLYMPIC GAMES
- SPORTS BUDGET TO BE DOUBLED IN NEXT FIVE YEAR PLAN
- DISTRIBUTES 6.27 CRORE FOR DEVELOPMENT WORKS IN JALALABAD
JALALABAD, NOVEMBER 17: Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab today said that Captain Amarinder Singh facing decimation in the ensuing Vidhan Sabha elections was crying hoarse and in frustration showering abuses on the political opponents.
Speaking at Sangat Darshan at village Arniwala, Mr Badal said that SAD-BJP government does not believe in vendetta or negative politics and has concentrated on accelerating development works in the state. He said that resultantly the development projects initiated by SAD-BJP government in the first two years, have started fructifying, increasing the frustration of Captain Amarinder Singh. He said that Captain during his five years term hardly went to office, what to talk of venturing deep into remote villages. He said that Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal and he, himself, had been monitoring the progress of every project, ensuring their time bound completion.
Dwelling on development initiatives and governance reforms of the SAD-BJP government, Mr. Badal said that our government has completed the computerization of land records that could not be achieved during last 64 years. He said that Suwidha Kendrayas, Right To Service Act, Police Sanjh Kendrayas have made civil servants accountable to the people and people have started enjoying the fruits of new found freedom.
Challenging Captain to spell out a single project that he initiated and completed during his term, Mr. Badall said that he was still waiting the list of 51 projects that Captain promised to the people of Punjab.
Reiterating to bring back every single penny stashed by Captain in Swiss Account, Mr. Badal said that Captain despite his repeated pleadings to Prime Minister has failed to get a clean chit from him. He said that bringing back black money from Swiss Account would be the first task of NDA Government.
Besides distributing sports kits to 30 villages and Rs 8 Lakh each grant to these villages, Mr. Badal distributed cheques of Rs 6.27 crores for development works of the area. He said that besides taking Kabaddi to Asian and Olympic level, the state government would double the budget of Sports Department during next five years plan.
Prominent amongst those, who were present on the occasion included Mr. Surjit Kumar Jiyani, Transport Minister, Mr. Sher Singh Ghubaya, and Member Parliament.
KOT BUDDHA PATTAN BRIDGE TO BE GAME CHANGER FOR BORDER DISTRICTS
· BADAL TO LAY FOUNDATION STONE TODAY
· UNSTINTED EFFORTS OF KAIRON BEAR FRUIT
· NEW RS. 102 CRORE BRIDGE TO BOOST THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA
Patti (Tarntaran), November 17: Punjab Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs and Information & Technology Minister Mr. Adesh Partap Singh Kairon today said that a high level bridge at river Satluj between village Kot Buddha Pattan and Mutthianwali would provide a vital and shortcut link between border districts of Tarntaran and Ferozepur thereby giving a big boost to the overall development of this backward area. He informed that Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal would lay the foundation stone of this Rs. 102 crores bridge on November 18 and it would be completed within a time frame of 18th months.
Mr. Kairon pointed out that there was no direct railway link between Ferozepur and Amritsar and the people of both districts have to cover a distance of 120 Km. via Zira- Makhu- Harike-Tarntaran. He said that with this new link road distance between Amritsar and Ferozepur would be lessen by 30 Km. Similarly, heavy duty vehicles and army vehicles would also be immensely benefited as distance between Jammu-Kashmir to Kandla port and from border districts to Rajasthan was also set to be cut short drastically.
He further said that people who have to travel from Ferozepur to border towns of Tarntaran namely Khalra, Patti, Bhikhiwind and Khemkaran would also get a relief of 30Km less journey. The Minister said that the distance between Ferozepur and Patti and Ferozepur and Khemkaran would be cut short by 32.5 and 50.3 Km respectively. He said that this link would provide a much required fillip to the business and Industrial development of the area, significant cost cutting for farming sector and above all the traffic pressure on Makhu to Amritsar link.
The Minister revealed that till now the people of Ferozepur and Tarntaran districts used makeshift boats for up down and take care of where crops across the river. He said that with this link pilgrimage to Gurudwara Baba Buddha Sahib would become easy and a major relief would be for students also. He said that this link would also promote tourism in the region as beating retreat ceremonies both at Bagha and Hussainiwala borders and pilgrimage to Sri Darbar Sahib were major attraction for the tourists.
Punjab Mandi Board sets a NEW record by repairing 13217 km rural link roads worth Rs 1093 crore
· also constructS 6225 km new VILLAGE roads costing Rs 943 crore
CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 17: The Punjab Mandi Board has set a new record by repairing 13217 km rural link roads costing Rs 1093 crores in last five years, besides constructing 6225 kilometer new roads worth Rs 943 crore.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesman of Punjab Government said that by completing this task the Mandi Board has set a new record, which was never occurred before in such a short span of time. He said that earlier 9791 kilometers roads had been repaired in last term.
The spokesman said that the Mandi Board has laid 6225 kilometers stretches of new roads during last five years with an estimated cost of Rs 943 Crores as compared to only 4357 Kilometer roads were constructed in the said period of time. He said that out of total 146 Market Committees, works of construction of new roads and repairing of roads for 67 Committees has been done by the Mandi Board.
He said that the Punjab Mandi Board had repaired 1773 km roads in 2007-08, 3169 km in 2008-09, 6634 km in 2009-10, 1042 km in 2010-11 and 609 km in 2011-12 with the investment of Rs 98 crore 243 crore, 596 crore, 90 crore and 63 crore respectively.
The spokesman further said that the Punjab Mandi Board had laid down 3376 km new roads in 2007-08, 531 km in 2008-09, 1391 km in 2009-10, 541 km in 2010-11 and 784 km in 2011-12 with the investment of Rs 423 crore, 75 crore, 232 crore, 79 crore and 132 crore respectively.
PEOPLE CAUTIONED AGAINST ILLEGALLY SERVING LIQUOR IN MARRIAGES
CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 17:
The Punjab Government has today cautioned people against illegally serving liquor in marriages and other ceremonies.
Persons organizing functions in marriage palaces/banquet halls or at any other venues have been told to check the illegal use of liquor and other eatables.
A spokesperson of the Punjab Government said that organizing persons must obtain liquor permit in form L-50A from the concerned District Asstt. Excise & Taxation Commissioner’s office in advance to cover the function. he should also ensure that the marriage palace or banquet Hall in which the function was being organized, was in possession of licence in form L-5D for allowing consumption of liquor on special occasions. He further said he must ensure that the liquor to be consumed had been purchased from an authorized licensee of Punjab government only. He cautioned that Liquor meant for CSD would not be served/consumed in any vanue. He said that liquor should not be imported from other states/U.T. He said that it has been observed that in marriage palaces and banquet halls especially in the vicinity of Chandigarh, liquor meant for sale in Chandigarh/Haryana was being consumed in marriages /other functions. He said that this is an offence under Punjab Excise Law and the offender could face action as provided under Punjab Excise Act.
The spokesman said that in case the function organizer is engaging a caterer to supply cooked food etc to be served to the guests, the organizing person would ensure that the caterer issues a bill to ensure and VAT due has been charged . In case the eatables are to be cooked by a halwai from raw material to be supplied by the organizer, the organizer ensure the possession of cash memo/purchase bills covering the purchase of all the raw materials to be consumed for the preparation of eatables.
NUMBERDARS WILL NOT PAY VEHICLE PARKING FEE IN THE OFFICES
Chandigarh, November 17:
The Punjab Government has directed all the commissioners/deputy commissioners/sub-divisional magistrates and Tehsildars to issue instructions to the parking contractors not to take vehicle parking fees from the Numberdars visiting their offices in the districts all through the day.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Government said that the Numberdars holding an important position and during the working hours they have to go many offices for official work. The Numberdars can show their identity cards to the parking contractor in the offices in order to get exemption from the parking fees.
It is mentioned that Punjab Government has already been increased the amount of honorarium of Numberdars from Rs. 500/- to Rs. 1000 with effect from Ist October,2011.
PUNJAB GOVERNMENT INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR ALLOTMENT OF HOUSES TO 84'RIOT VICTIM FAMILIES
CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 17:
The Punjab government today invited applications for allotment of 1071 LIG/ MIG houses to 1984 riot victim families.According to an official spokesman applications were being invited from eligible families for 843 LIG (Low Income Group) and 228 MIG (Medium Income Group) houses. The last date for submission of applications has been fixed as 12-12-2011.
A spokesman of the Punjab government today said that the riot victim family must have Red Card and proof of continuous stay in Punjab since 1986.
Giving out the details of the available houses to be allotted spokesman further said that Ludhiana has 211 MIG and 797 LIG houses, Amritsar has 14 LIG house, Patiala has 16 MIG and 29 LIG and Bathinda has 1 MIG and 3 LIG houses.
He said that applicant family should not have been allotted a house under the riot victims category ever before by state Government or Government of India or any other state Government or semi Government organizations.
The spokesman said that prescribed application form could be obtained from PUDA office Mohali The application should be submitted to the Additional Chief Administration (Policy) PUDA, 2nd floor, PUDA Bhawan, Mohali.
Ropar land grab case an outrageous defamation stunt of Cong dirty-tricks department: Minister
“CASE PERTAINS TO AMARINDER REGIME”: BRAHAMPURA
Chandigarh November 16 - The Punjab Rural Development and Panchayats Minister, Mr. Ranjit Singh Brahampura today described as “an outrageous defamation stunt” the reported complaint before the Punjab Lok Pal regarding the alleged irregularities in a land transfer in Bara Phool village in Ropar district. He said that the complaint was the handiwork of the dirty ticks department of the Congress party which was desperate to distract people’s attention both from its own corruption scams and from the development plank of the SAD-BJP government.
“We will take appropriate legal action in the matter,” said Mr. Brahampura.
“Neither the Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal nor anyone else in the present government, including me, is even remotely connected with any part of the land transfer, all of which took place well before the present government assumed office. I am shocked at the Lok Pal for even taking cognizance of a complaint against us which did not even pertain to our tenure in government,” said Mr. Brahampura in a strongly worded statement.
“That the fact of the matter is that we had in fact gone to the Supreme Court against the transfer that took place under the Congress regime. “If anything, we deserved to be complimented for our efforts to salvage a village land for common purposes . The land stood transferred to private owners under orders of the honourable Punjab and Haryana High Court as well as the Honourable Supreme Court upholding the earlier orders of the then Director Panchayat-cum Commissioner on March 1, 2003 during the tenure of Captain Amarinder Singh,” said the minister.
Narrating the sequence of events, Mr. Brahampura said that the case involved 2251 kanals and 12 Marlas of common village land. One Mr. Ram Murti along with 36 others had moved a plea seeking the transfer of he said land to them. The DDPO accepted their petition under section 11 of the Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Act 1961.
The village Panchayat filed an appeal with the Director Panchayat-cum-Commissioner against this decision but the appeal was rejected and M/S Ram Murti and 36 others were declared to be legitimate owners of the land.
The Panchayat further went into an appeal against the decision of the Director but a Division Bench of the Honourable Punjab and Haryana Court rejected the appeal and maintained the ownership of Ram Murti and others through its verdict on September 9, 2002.
The matters did not rest there and the Panchayat filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court of India but the honourable Apex Court turned that appeal down on January 6, 2003. A review petition filed by the Panchayat in the Supreme Court against the decision was also turned down on March 3, 2003, said Mr. Bahampura..
In a significant disclosure, the Rural Development and Panchayat Minister revealed that the character of ownership of the land in question was changed by the Revenue Department from village common land to private ownership during the regime of Captain Amarinder Singh in the 2005-06 Jamabandi . “This was brought to my notice on February 2, 2009. I immediately ordered an inquiry into it by the Financial Commissioner .
Following the inquiry report , we decided to file a case against this in the Supreme Court. Accordingly, after seeking expert legal advice, a curative petition was filed in the Apex Court. . However, this petition was dismissed by the Supreme Court on March 2, 2011 as the entire matter had been decided threadbare in the Supreme Court by 2003. Even the mutation in the revenue records had been finalized in 2005 – during the Amarinder regime and well before the SAD-BJP government took over,” said the minister.
Mr. Brahampura said that it was clear that no prima facie ground existed for even entertaining a complaint against anyone in the present government. “If any complaint could be made out, it could only be against those in the Congress government as the entire sequence of events pertained to the period of Captain Amarinder Singh as Chief Minster. That leaves me with no doubt whatsoever that the whole case is inspired by brazen political motives. We will take appropriate legal measures in the matter.,” said Mr. Brahampura.
SAD-BJP WOULD NOT ALLOW PARLIAMENT TO FUNCTION TILL CONGRESS LED UPA REVEALS NAMES OF SWISS BANK ACCOUNT HOLDERS: SUKHBIR
· NDA GOVERNMENT WOULD BRING BACK Rs 400 CRORE FROM CAPTAIN’S SWISS ACCOUNT TO PUNJAB
· CAPTAIN MAKING MOCKERY OF HIMSELF IN HIS MOCK YATRA
· POLITICAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO DECIDE ON PARTY NOMINATIONS VERY SOON
MOGA, NOVEMBER 16: Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab, today said that Shiromani Akali Dal and Bhartiya Janata Party would not allow the winter session of Parliament to function till Congress led UPA Government reveals all those names of Swiss Bank account holders, received by the Union Government.
Talking to media persons after holding Sangat Darshan at Charik village here today the SAD President said that he had a detailed discussion on this issue with Mr. L.K. Advani and it has been decided that both parties would force the Congress led UPA government to bring back every penny deposited in the Swiss and Foreign Accounts so that lakhs of crores stashed illegally by top Congress leaders including Captain Amarinder Singh could be utilised for the development of the country.
Mr. Badal said that it was matter of great regret that Congress led UPA government was dragging its feet to reveal the names of Swiss bank account holders despite severe strictures from the full Constitutional bench of Supreme Court of India. He said that we would not allow Congress leaders to loot lakhs of crores from Indian treasury and stashed it abroad.
Describing Congress led UPA government as most corrupt government of the world, Mr. Badal lashed at Congress leaders for launching tirade against Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) because he dared to expose the daylight multi lakh crore robbery committed by UPA minister in 2G and CWG scams. Resolving to bring back every single penny of Rs 400 crores stashed by Captain Amarinder Singh in Swiss account, Mr. Badal said that bringing back black money from abroad would be the first task of NDA Government.
When asked about Captain’s letter to Union Home Minister, Mr. P. Chidambram, Mr. Badal said that Captain Amarinder Singh was totally frustrated after getting the report of his own survey team that Punjab Congress is headed for complete decimation in the ensuing Vidhan Sabha polls.
Commenting on Punjab Bachao Mock Yatra of Captain Amarinder Singh, Mr. Badal said that out of 65 years Congress party ruled Punjab for 50 years and Captain was answerable to people of Punjab that what Congress party did for the state. He said that basically this Yatra was Congress Zamanat Bachao Yatra as this party was facing extinction from the political scene of Punjab.
When asked about the finalisation of party ticket for Moga, Mr. Badal said that very soon Political Affairs Committee would take a call on this.
Earlier Mr. Badal accompanied by former DGP Mr. Paramdeep Singh Gill, Nagar Council Moga President Mr. Barjinder Singh Brar, Senior Akali Leaders Mr. Jagtar Singh Rajeana, Mr. Maheshinder Singh Nihal Singh Wala and Mr. Nidharak Brar, distributed cheques worth Rs 3.70 crore for the development works in 51 villages at Charrik and Darauli Bhai villages. He also announced a grant of Rs 10 crore for the development of Moga city besides commissioning of Reverse Osmosis (ROs) plants in all 31 wards of Moga. He also announced a state-of-the-art hospital equipped with ultra modern techniques in association with Alchemist Group, Government College for Women, floodlit sports stadiums at Moga and an Urban Estate to be developed by PUDA. He also announced that a master plan would be introduced for the up gradation of Moga.
SUKHBIR DARES AMARINDER TO ASK PM TO ISSUE CLEAN CHIT ABOUT RS.400 CRORE BLACK MONEY
Chandigarh November 16 - The Shiromani Akali Dal president and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir SIngh Badal today dared the PPCC Chief Captain Amarinder Singh to get Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to issue a clean chit to him about Rs. 400 crore black money stashed away by him (Amarinder Sing) in foreign banks.
Mr. Badal said that he had learnt from some Congressmen that, when approached with this request, the PM had snubbed Amarinder.
In a statement here, Mr. Badal said that the Government of India had given an affidavit in the Supreme Court on April 11 this year that it was in possession of all information about the names of those who had kept black money in foreign banks. "If Captain Amarinder Singh's name does not figure on that list, the simplest thing for him to do is to ask the Prime Minister to say this. That will at least help the PPCC president to have something to say in his defense. After all, the Prime Minister belongs to his party. What stops Amarinder from getting a categorical statement issued about the black money deposited by him there?" The Deputy Chief Minister said that Amarinder knew that "we have got him there and we would not let the PPCC Chief to run away from this charge through a resort to wild and insane statements against the SAD leaders."
The Deputy Chief Minister that Amarinder could also use his famed proximity to Mrs. Sonia Gandhi to persuade the Prime Minister to issue a statement in his favour. "I am surprised that Captain Singh is not embarrassed by the refusal of the Union government belonging to his own party to come to his rescue. I have made the allegation with total sense of responsibility that Amarinder looted Punjab for five years and then carried the money belonging to the people of Punjab to foreign countries and deposited some of it in secret accounts there. "He also owns plush properties in foreign lands. He is yet to deny my allegations in this regard except in vague terms such as he would gift it to me if proved. What more proof does he want than that the Prime Minster of the country, who belongs to his own party, is refusing to give him a clean chit?"
BADAL TERMS ROLL BACK ON PETROL PRICES AS VICTORY OF COMMON MAN
RAHUL GANDHI NOT AWARE ABOUT THE ROLE OF MIGRANTS IN WELFARE OF STATE
DISBURSES A GRANT OF RS RS 2.5 CRORE FOR DEVELOPMENTAL WORKS DURING SANGAT DARSHAN
MANIAWALAN (GIDDERBAHA), NOVEMBER 16:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today described the rollback of petrol prices under the tremendous pressure from the countrymen as a victory of the people against the arrogant and arbitrary anti-common man policies of Congress led UPA government.
Talking to the media persons here during the Sangat Darshan program of the Gidderbaha Assembly segment, the Chief Minister said that the wide spread resentment from the people across the nation has led the Central government to withdraw the recent hike in the prices of petrol. He said: “Congress must learn a lesson from such follies in terms of ill-conceived decisions taken hurriedly without application of mind. People’s will is always supreme and Congress should build consensus amongst all the political parties being the representatives of the masses before taking such sensitive decisions to avoid situations like back tracking on its decisions thus causing lot of embarrassment and making mockery of itself”.
Asked to comment on the statement of the Congress General Secretary Mr. Rahul Gandhi regarding the plight of residents of Uttar Pradesh due to which they have they are forced to work as migratory labour in Punjab and Maharastra, the Chief Minister said Mr. Gandhi was sadly mistaken as the migrant labourers from UP and other states were absolutely working in congenial atmosphere contrary to the abject working conditions in their native states. Mr Badal also lauded the enormous contribution of the migratory labour in the overall development and growth of the state. He said that our government has constituted a Parvasi Mazdoor Bhalai Board under the chairmanship of Mr. Ram Charan Yadav a representative from their community with a sole objective to safeguard their rights and ensure overall welfare and development in the state. He said that probably Punjab was the only state in the country which had never faced any labour unrest unlike in neigbouring states.
Lashing out at the state Congress leadership Mr Badal said that they were the biggest hypocrites as on the one hand they were spitting venom against their political rivals but on the other hand they were mum against the own party which had done a lot of injustice to state by conducting the Operation Blue Star, killing innocent Sikhs during the 1984 riots and snatching away river waters and capital from the state. He also said that the people were aware of the dubious character of the Congress leaders and they would teach them a lesson in the coming assembly polls.
Mr Badal lashed out at the Sanjha Morcha leaders including former Chief Minister Mr Surjeet Singh Barnala and Former Finance Minister Mr Manpreet Singh Badal terming them as defectors who have betrayed their mother party. Assailing Mr Manpreet Singh Badal, who had represented this constituency thrice, the Chief Minister said that he has abandoned ideals to join hands with the Congress for his own vested interests. He said that Manpreet had deliberately kept him isolated from the Gidderbaha constituency despite of the fact that he had started his political career from this constituency. However he said that out of his gratitude it was his moral duty to serve the people of Gidderbaha and he would continue to render service to people of area. Similarly he said that former Chief Minister Mr Surjeet Singh Barnala had also deceived the party for his own interests due to which the people would teach him a lesson. “History is the testimony to the fact the defectors of mother party have never survived and both Manpreet and Barnala will meet the same fate’ he added.
Meawhile Shiromani Akali Dal got a major shot in arm when nine Congressmen left their native party and joined it. Welcoming them to the folds of the SAD, the Chief Minister said that people were fed up from the wrong policies of the Congress adding that these workers would be duly accommodated in the party rank and profile. Earlier during the Sangat Darshan program the Chief Minister disbursed a grant of Rs 2.5 crore for developmental works to be conducted in eight villages. Mr Badal also handed 40 bicycles to the school going girls in village Chak Giljewala under the “Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme” and also announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh to the school, to be spent on upgradation of the infra structure for the promotion of sports.
CM'S APPEAL TO MEDIA ON MUD SLINGING
CHANDIGARH NOVEMBER 16 – Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal said today appealed to the media to help discourage the politics of abuse and mudslinging by spiking sensationalist statements, speeches or stunts of political leaders.
Taking note of several exhortations and commentaries by newsmen and other opinion-makers to this effect in recent days, Mr. Badal said that the only way to discourage a resort to wild mudslinging, mindless skullduggery and threats of violence both against political rivals as well as against civil servants was for the media to refuse to give these gimmicks undeserved prominence. "Unscrupulous politicians are encouraged to indulge in cheap thrills and vulgarity when they find that this gets them the headlines and prime time viewing. Nothing will deter them more than a 'royal ignore' by the media," said the Chief Minister in a statement here.
Re-iterating his call for a return to civility and constructive, issue-based politics, the Chief Minister said that he "will never tire of repeating his plea for sanity as he was deeply anguished and concerned over the alarming deterioration of political culture in the country. If I have to repeat myself in this a thousand times over, I will gladly do so, deeming it a sacred duty."
Underlying the need for constructive politics, Mr. Badal said that it was not an issue merely of decorum. "Negative brand of politics hurts the state and its people as it distracts our attention from the principal task of solving the problems of the people and charting out a course for a better future for them and their children."
Mr. Badal said that the people were angry with the political class because of the negative brand of politics indulged in by their leaders. “People have put us here with a specific mandate and that mandate is preservation of peace and communal harmony and stepping up the pace of development and prosperity of the state. That’s the only task we must address ourselves to. The rest is mere gimmickry," said Mr. Badal.
The Chief Minister regretted that the past one decade had seen political morality in the state plummet to shocking depths. "We have seen leaders, bereft of any political or economic agenda, seeking and getting publicity through a resort to wild allegations and abusive language against their opponents. This has encouraged them to persist with their gimmicks. I appeal to the media to call their bluff and help in ridding the system of negative trends," said the Chief Minister.
CM CONDOLES SAD DEMISE OF VETERAN CONGRESS LEADER
SANTOKH SINGH RANDHAWA
CHANDIGARH NOVEMBER 16:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of veteran Congress leader and former President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Mr. Santokh Singh Randhawa who died here at PGI this morning after a brief illness. Mr. Randhawa 88, is survived by two sons and two daughters.
In a condolence message the Chief Minister said, “In the death of Mr. Randhawa the Congress has lost a balanced and an experienced leader, who believed in clean and value based politics”.
Mr. Badal expressed his heartfelt sympathies with the members of the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and give strength and courage to them to bear this irreparable loss.
SUKHBIR CONDOLES THE DEATH OF SANTOKH SINGH RANDHAWA
Chandigarh November 16:
Mr.Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab today expressed deep shock at the demise of Mr. Santokh Singh Randhawa former Minister and PPCC President, who died here today at PGI after prolonged illness.
In a condolence message Mr. Badal described Mr. Randhawa an able administrator and grass root politician.
Mr. Badal expressed heartfelt sympathies with bereaved family and prayed to God to give peace to the departed soul and strength to them to bear this loss.
117.42 LAKH TONNES PADDY PROCURED IN PUNJAB
Chandigarh, November 16:
More than 117.42 lakh tonnes of Paddy was procured by the Government agencies and private millers in Punjab till last evening against 125.32 lakh tonnes procurement of previous year.
An Official Spokesman here today said that out of total procurement of 117.42 lakh tonnes of paddy, Government agencies procured 113.21 lakh tonnes (96.4%) and private traders procured 4,21,164 tonnes (3.6%) of paddy till date.
He said that PUNGRAIN had procured 33.24 lakh tonnes (29.4%), followed by PUNSUP with 28.12 lakh tonnes (24.8%), MARKFED with 25.75 lakh tonnes (22.8%), PSWC with 12.94 lakh tonnes (11.4%) and PAIC with 11.33 lakh tonnes (10.0 %) of paddy. The Central Government agency FCI had been able to procure 1,80423 (1.6%) tonnes.
Ludhiana District with 14.06 lakh tonnes of procurement was leading in procurement operations whereas Sangrur District with 13.70 lakh tonnes of procurement was at second slot and Patiala District with 11.58 lakh tonnes of procurement ranked at third position, he added.
The State Government has set up 1745 procurement centres and activated its total machinery to ensure smooth procurement of paddy, the spokesman added.
Amarinder letter to Chidambram a cheap gimmick; case already registered in the Sangrur case: Sukhbir
Chandigarh November 15
- The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister today rubbished ex- Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh's letter to the Union Home P C Chindambram as " cheap gimmick and a mere stunt to gain political mileage out of an incident which he knows is being dealt with under the due process of law.
"An FIR has been registered following a complaint and a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Supreintendent of Police, Paramjit Singh Gorya has been constituted promptly to probe the case. Unlike during Amarinder regime, no one has been given a clean chit by anoyone in a postion of authority. It had taken Amarinder SIngh just fifteen minutes to give a clean chit to Gurchet SIngh Bhullar in the Taran Taran broad day light murder case, and the only reason for the clean chit given by him was that Gurchet Singhws known to him," said Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal in a sttement ehre.
" In Punjab politics, Captain Amarinder Singh is a drowning man clutching at straws. It is clear that he is desperate to run away from the real agenda of development and governance and is looking for any issue to divert people's attention from core issues. He knows that quick and effective action had been taken in the Sangrur case but he is not bothered about the case at all..In his desperation to remain in the news, Amarinder would next pick on even a routine a case of minor theft to invite the intervention of the Government of India. He is not aware that ,in the process, he manages to look quite ridiculous."
Mr. Sukhbir Singh said that the PPCC president had first come up with the imaginative figure of 20,000 cases of vendetta against Congress workers in April 2007. That round figure remained round for all the five years. Either he can not count above that except when it comes to currency notes or perhaps he implies that all the cases of vendetta against his party men took place within the first few months of the SAD BJP government and that there was nothing to complain about after that."
Mr. Badal asked Captain Singh how many cases, including those of broad-day light murders of Akali leaders, including the Gurchet SIngh Bhullar case, were referred to the Union Home Minister by him during his tenure as Chief Minister. ?" In any case, its is the stock instinctive response of the Congress leader to mark his presence in Delhi , forgetting that in the process he is undermining the provisions of the Constitution of India with regard to the demarcation of jurisdiction of center and state governments," said the deputy CM.
BADAL CAUTIONS AGAINST POLITICS OF ABUSE AND MUDSLINGING: CALLS FOR RETURN TO CLEAN AND CONSTRUCTIVE POLITY
CHANDIGARH NOVEMBER 15:
The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today called upon all political leaders in the state to abide by basic norms of "clean and constructive politics" and said that the resort to vulgar and un-parliamentary publicity gimmicks by some leaders had only lowered the image of public figures in people's minds. " Politics of abuse and vulgarity mudslinging makes good news, but it’s a bad politics. I am shocked that the language used by some of our political rivals bordered on obscenity. "
In a statement here, Mr. Badal said that the SAD-BJP alliance would go to the people on the agenda of development and good governance alone. and that a resort to gimmicks and mudslinging had never been a part of his political style.
Suggesting that political parties should address themselves to the problems facing the sate and the people and should jointly work for their prosperity, Mr. Badal said, "That’s the primary reason why people send us here and that’s what we want to go back to the people to talk about. As the senior most person in public life in Punjab, I deem it my duty to suggest to everyone to avoid bitterness and sensationalism in public life.
The Chief Minister said that he had been "deeply saddened" by what he saw on television the other day. " I was shocked to see a news programme in which some of our esteemed political adversaries were not fit even to be heard in the company of one's children, ladies and elders. What must our youth and children be thinking of us when they hear us talking about "molesting" one another, beat and bleed and rub each other's noses into mud and even worse which I find even to reproduce."
Mr. Badal said that as responsible political leaders, we must always be conscious of what kind of role-models we present for our people and our posterity. "In the past five years in government, we worked hard to end the atmosphere of vicious, bitterness and needless confrontation. Very largely, we succeeded in that. But now with elections around the corner, I find desperation setting in, and some parties and leaders seem to believe that vulgar and obscene sloganeering are a fit substitute for concrete programmes and policies. The SAD-BJP will not deviate from their agenda of development, peace and communal harmony."
BADAL ASSAILS UPA GOVERNMENT FOR NOT DISCLOSING THE NAMES OF OWNERS OF BLACK MONEY ABROAD
HYPOCRITE CONGRESS PRO-RICH
CM DISBURSES GRANT OF RS 3.5 CRORE DURING SANGAT DARSHAN PROGRAMME
Lambi (Sri Muktsar Sahib), November 15- Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal today slammed the Congress led UPA government for deceiving the country by not disclosing the names of the owners of the black money, who have stashed their ill-gotten money in the foreign banks.
Talking to the newsmen after the Sangat Darshan programme of nine villages falling in the Lambi Assembly segment, the Chief Minister assailed the UPA government for not divulging the details of those who have hidden their money in the foreign banks. He said that a whopping amount of Rs 6500 lakh crore have been hoarded in the foreign banks but the Union government was not making concentrated efforts to get it back, which clearly indicates that the UPA government was infact shielding the hoarders of national wealth. Mr Badal said that the UPA government had in an affidavit submitted in the Apex Court of the country admitted that it is aware about the names of those people have deposited their banks in foreign countries but despite of it the Union government was not disclosing their names. “It clearly reflects that the Union government was patronizing those people who have hided their money in banks abroad” he added.
Earlier addressing the gathering during the Sanghat Darshan programme, Mr Badal said that the policy of Union government to compensate the farmers, who had suffered due to natural disaster, was anti-farmer. He said 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 but on the other hand it was showering the tax payer’s money as bailout package to private airlines, which was sheer misuse of the public exchequer and reflected the hypocrisy of the Congress leaders. The Chief Minister further said that in the same manner in order to extend largesse to private petroleum companies the prices of the petroleum products were being increased regularly, much to the dismay of the common man.
Lashing out at the Congress party, Mr Badal said that it has always meted out a step motherly treatment to Punjab adding that the Congress has always maneuvered plans to ruin the state by interfering it social, economic, politic and even the religious matters of the state. The Chief Minister also criticized the Union government for its failure in providing the security to the people. He expressed hope that the awaken electorates of the state would teach a befitting lesson to the Congress party in the coming assembly elections of the state. He further said that the wave of results of Hisar Lok Sabha polls would be repeated in the state also and the Congress candidates would meet the same fate in the state.
Meanwhile during the Sangat Darshan programme the Chief Minister disbursed a grant of Rs 3.5 crore to the 9 villages for developmental works.
AMARINDER BELIEVES IN DESTRUCTIVE POLITICS AND BAMBOOZELED WITH
OVERWHELMING PUBLIC RESPONSE TO SAD-BJP: SUKHBIR
• PREVIOUS CONGRESS REGIME IN PUNJAB WAS MARRED BY NUMBER OF SCAMS
• CAPTAIN SHOULD NOT DREAM FOR COMING BACK IN POWER
• DEVELOPMENT WOULD BE THE MAIN POLL PLANK OF SAD-BJP GOVERNMENT IN
ENSUING VIDHAN SABHA ELECTIONS
• EFFORTS ARE ON FOR INCLUDING KABADDI IN ASIAN AS WELL AS IN OLYMPIC GAMES
MANSA, NOVEMBER 15:
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today said that PPCC President Capt. Amarinder Singh had always believed in vendetta and destructive politics that was why he has still no vision for development of Punjab and his previous regime was the finest example of non performance.
Interacting with media persons during World Kabaddi Cup league matches after inaugurating a Rs. 5 crore Multi purpose stadium here today, Mr. Badal pointed out that Amarinder has not a single project to showcase which was accomplished during his regime as he was remained busy in unleashing a reign of terror amongst his political opponents by framing them in false cases besides in his other known pleasure
activities. Listing out the various scams taken place during Congress’s previous regime, Mr. Badal said that till date former Chief Minister has to appear every alternative day in different courts for Rs. 2000 crore City Scam, Improvement trust scam and Intranet Scam.
He said that he was virtually bankrupt before coming into power and even a Bank had pasted an attachment notice on the wall of his ‘Palace’. He said that besides these scams Captain was answerable to the people of Punjab for denying them development of the state for five long years. He said that it was matter of great regret that Captain himself denied the benefit of industrialization in the state by scuttling Rs 19,000 crore world class refinery project during his tenure and now he was threatening to stall the other major projects besides issuing threats to scare the investors .
Mr. Badal reiterated the allegation that PPCC President Captain Amarinder Singh and his son Mr. Raninder Singh Tikku have stashed more that Rs 400 crore taken as commission in city centre scam in a Swiss Bank and said that they have definite proofs in this regard and dared the UPA government to make public the names of swiss bank account
holders in greater national interests. He alleged that to save the skin of Captain, keeping in view ensuing Vidhan Sabha elections in Punjab, the Union Government was delibrately concealing these names as beside captain and Raninder, name of many senior congress leaders also figured in that list.
Mr. Badal said that SAD-BJP government would seek mandate on the plank of development besides exposing the collusion of UPA ministry in artificially raising the prices of essential commodities thereby making lives of common men further miserable. He said that people themselves were fed up of non stop corruption scandals being exposed everyday and now with the latest exposure of Captain's account in Swiss Bank the true face of Maharaja has been exposed to the electorate of Punjab.
Reiterating his commitment to make concerted efforts for inclusion of Circle style kabaddi in Asian as well as Olympic games, Mr. Badal that keeping in view the overwhelming respons to Kabaddi, days were not far that it would become the next gold medal hope in Olympics-2016. He informed that with the cost of Rs. 210 crore , 14 new as well as old stadiums were being constructed/up-graded. Besides this, gymnesiums
and sports kits were also being distributed in villages as well as in cities. He promised to floodlit the Mansa stadium before 3rd World Kabaddi cup.
Earlier in a nail biting finish of women section the contest of UK and USA teams ended in draw. Both the teams scored 36 points each. In Men section UK beats Nepal 63-18 and India beats Afghanistan by 50-17 in virtually one sided contests.
INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT, PUNJAB
101 INDUSTRIAL PLOTS ALLOTED BY PSIEC
CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 15
PSIEC (PUNJAB SMALL INDUSTRIES AND EXPORT CORPORATION) today conducted draw of Plots for allotment of 101 Industrial plots in IT city Phase VIIIA & B Mohali today at Kissan Bhawan in Chandigarh in full public view With the objective of providing quick availability of land at the affordable price. 101 plots of different sizes are being allotted to the applicants for setting up their enterprises in Phase VIIIA & B Mohali which is emerging as hub of IT Sector.
The draw of Plots was conducted under the supervision of committee headed by Sh. S.S.Channy, Principal Secretary Industries & Commerce Punjab in a fair and transparent manner duly video graphed. Sh. Rajinder Mohan Singh Chinna Chairman PSIEC, Sh. S.S. Grewal Vice Chairman PSIEC, Sh. S.S. Bains, DIC Punjab & Sh. M.P. Arora MD PSIEC were also present.
Mr . Channy expressed that after closing of scheme during September 2011, Punjab Govt/PSIEC have successfully finalized the process of allotment and accomplished the task within a span of 2 months. He further informed that allotment letters to the successful applicants would be issued shortly.
PUNJAB ASKS BOARDS AND CORPORATIONS NOT TO IMITATE THE PARKING STICKERS OF PUNJAB CIVIL SECRETARIAT
Chandigarh November 15:
The Punjab Government Secretariat Administration has taken the serious note of various state directorates boards and corporations getting their parking stickers of vehicles printed similar to that of entry sticker for vehicles for Punjab Secretariat.
According to communiqué issued to all Boards and Corporations, it has been pointed out that such imitation of parking stickers create confusion for the security agencies and could pose as a security threat.. I t pointed out that Chief Ministers , Ministers , Chief Secretaries and other senior officers have their offices in the secretariat , it was imperative to have distinct identity of parking sticker of secretariat.
The spokesman said that directorates , Boards and Corporations have been advised to have only Triangle Shape parking stickers and it should be named as entry pass, so that distinct identity of Secretariat parking stickers could be maintained in the interest of security of the secretariat.
PUNJAB TO INCREASE EXPENDITURE ON EDUCATION FROM 0.75% TO 1.5 % OF GDP
- MANY IMPORTANT DECISIONS TAKEN IN STATE EDUCATION ADVISORY CORE COMMITTEE MEETING
CHANDIGARH NOVEMBER 15:
The Punjab State Education Advisory Core Committee decided to increase the expenditure on education from 0.75% to 1.5 % of GDP. This is one of the main decisions taken today in the meeting of State Education Advisory Core Committee under the Chairmanship of Education Minister Punjab Mr. Sewa Singh Sekhwan held at Punjab Bhawan Chandigarh.
Disclosing this here today Nodal Officer of State Education Advisory Core Committee Mr. Nishan Singh Kahlon said that it was also decided to constitute Punjab State Higher Education Council. He said that it was unanimously decided to bring uniformity in the syllabus of the three prominent Universities of Punjab. He said that another important decision of the core committee was to constitute a regulatory body which would frame rules for the administration and control of private colleges and universities.
He further said that it was also agreed upon that a separate recruitment board would be constituted for the recruitment of teachers for elementary and higher educational institutions. He said that this board would ensure that a new teacher be in place the very next day of the retirement of a particular teacher.
He said that a separate student welfare fund would be also be created in all the colleges in Punjab, which would finance the respective educational institutions for infrastructural development and for the activities of all round development of students.
Disclosing the another important decision taken in a meeting he said that state would conduct state level entrance test for the recruitment of lecturer/professors of selective subjects to ensure quality education in the higher educational institutional in Punjab. Mr. Kahlon said that the issue of the constitution of college education board was intensely debated in the meeting and Principal Secretary Higher Education was entrusted upon the responsibility to have a dialogue with the three prominent universities in the state to take their view in this regard.
Prominent among other who were present in the meeting included committee Dr. S.P. Singh Convener State Education Advisory Core Committee (former Vice Chancellor GNDU), Dr. Avtar Singh, Dr. Satnam Singh Sekhon, Dr. Parmajit Singh, Dr. Ajmer Singh, Mr. Hajit Singh Balari, Dr. Bikram Singh Virk, Mr. Jasbir Singh DPI Colleges (all members State Education Advisory Core Committee).
PUNJAB NOTIFIES BONANZA FOR EMPLOYEES
· SPECIAL INCREMENT FOR DRIVERS, CLASS-IV EMPLOYEES AND POLICE PERSONNEL NOTIFIED
· HRA FOR PATIALA AND BATHINDA CITIES ENHANCED TO 20%
· 5% ADDITIONAL HRA FOR EMPLOYEES ENTITLED FOR RENT FREE ACCOMMODATION
· PAY SCALE OF MULTI PURPOSE HEALTH SUPERVISORS REVISED
· SPECIAL GRADE PAY TO CERTAIN CATEGORIES OF EMPLOYEES
Chandigarh November 15: The Punjab Government today notified the bonanza for major section its employees including special Grade Pay to certain categories of employees, increased House Rent for employees posted in Patiala and Bathinda cities , Special additional increment for Drivers, Group –D employees, All Police Personnel up to the rank of Inspectors, 5% Additional House Rent for employees entitled for rent free accommodation besides increasing the pay scale of multipurpose Health Supervisors ( Male and Female ).
According to an official spokesman the government today issued a notification granting special increment to all drivers, Group D employees, Police personnel including Constables , Head Constables , Assistant Sub Inspectors , Sub Inspectors and Inspectors w.e.f. 1st December 2011 to all those who are in the regular service of State Government. The additional increment admissible would be calculated in accordance with Rule-9 of Punjab Civil Service (Revised Pay) Rules – 2009 and the amount of additional increment would be treated as pay for all intents and purposes. The spokesman clarified that date of next annual increment of employees would not be changed and it would be admissible to only those employees who are in regular service before 1st December 2011. In the case of Police Personnel the additional increment would be admissible only to those police personnel who did not commit an act of indiscipline by way of participation in any strike etc.
Fulfilling the long pending demand of the Employees working Patiala and Bathinda cities, the Punjab Government had decided to classify Patiala and Bathinda as category B cities and employees posted in these two cities would be entitled to House Rent Allowance at the rate of 20% of the basic pay w.e.f. 1st December 2011.
The spokesman added that Punjab Government employees who are working in the posts having pay scales in Pay Band –1,2 and 3 have been given Special Grade Pay of Rs. 150 w.e.f. 1st December 2011.
In a major decision the Punjab Government today revised the pay scales of Multipurpose Health Supervisors from Pay band 5910-20200+ GP 3000 with initial pay 11470 to 10300- 34800+ GP 3200 with initial pay of 13500 w.e.f. 1st December 2011.
The spokesman added that Punjab Government today also notified additional House Rent Allowance of 5% of pay to such Government employees who have not been allotted Government accommodation but were entitled to rent free accommodation. This allowance would be in addition to normal house rent allowance admissible at the place of posting. This is subject to the condition that residence hired by the employee is in close proximity to his place of posting or at a place as may be special permitted by the authorities. It would be applicable from 1st December 2011.
51 PANCHAYATS OF PUNJAB AWARDED WITH NIRMAL GRAM PURSKAR
- RS 48 LAKH PRIZE MONEY DISTRIBUTED AMONG PANCHAYATS
- 3081 VILLAGES TO BECOME NIRMAL GRAM WITH RS 124 CRORE
- ONE LAC LATRINES CONSTRUCTED IN PUNJAB VILLAGES
CHANDIGARH NOVEMBER 15:
51 Gram Panchayats of Punjab have been conferred with Nirmal Pram Puraskar (NGP), a national award for fully sanitized and open defecation-free villages under Total Sanitation Programme for the year 2010-11. The department of Water Supply and Sanitation today distributed these awards to the award winning Panchayats selected by Govt. of India. A State Level Function was organized at Chandigarh to honour these Panchayats, which was presided over by Sh. Paramjit Singh Aujla IAS, Secretary Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Punjab.
Speaking on the occasion Mr Aujla said that in Year 2008-09 22 Villages of punjab got Nirmal gram purskar which increased to 74 Village in year 2009-10. He said that 51 Villages of Punjab selected for Nirmal Gram Purskar for the year of 2010-11. He said that water supply and sanitation department of Punjab has been constructing 1 lakh Latrines across the state to make more 3081 villages NIRMAL GRAM.
He said that More than 147 villages have already been declared Nirmal Grams under the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC).
The villages which awarded by Nirmal Gram Purskar today included mainly from Dist. Amritsar , Roopnagar and Bathinda. The villages from Amritsar were Bhakha Hari Singh,Bhalst, Gagar Mal, Dodhala, Kotla Sultan Singh, Kuralian, Roopowali Khurd, Sarhala, Umar Pura, Jallupur Khera, Dehriwala, Gill, Jaspal, Kazikot, Kot Khera, Sialka, Pandori Lubana and District Bathinda included villages Rajgarh Khurd, Burj, Dhan Singh Khana, Mari, Ramgarh Bhunder, Poohli, Burj Mansa, Rayia, Gill Khurd, Harkishanpura, Khokhar, Nandgarh, Chak Raldu Singh Wala, Sekhu, Bangi Deepa Singh, Gurusar Jagga , Nasibpura .The Ferozpur District has one village Jagge Wala and District Gurdaspur have villages namely Kot Ahmad Khan, Baghar, Hardosarni, Radhan and District kapurthala has villages Baler Khanpur, Ratta Naubad, Saido Bhulana, Maan which got the award. Besides that District Roopnagars villages Dabour, Nanowal, Rashidpur, Bahadurpur, Haripur Urf Rodemajra, Lakmipur, Madpur and Patial also received the award.
Under the scheme, the panchayats were awarded cash. The incentive amount for each Gram Panchayat ranges from 0.50 lac to 5.00 lac depending upon the population of the village. Out of 51 villages 28 villages having population less than one thousand got Rs 50 thousand, 12 villages populated between one thosand to two thousand received Rs one Lach and 11 villages populated between two thousand to 5 thousand got Rs 2 lach as price money.
The prominent amongst present on the ocassion were Chief Engineer, Sh. R.L. Kauldhar, Water Supply & Sanitation Department , Punjab ( South) & Chief Engineer ,Sh. Sudhir Bhatia, Water Supply & Sanitation Department, Punjab, (North), Sh. S.R. Aggarwal, Programme Director, SPMC, SAS Nagar, Sh. N.K. Dhir, Superintending-Cum- State coordinator- Total Sanitation Campaign ( TSC) and many sarpanchas and panchas.
PUNJAB STARTS A CAMPAIGN AGAINST CHILD LABOUR - SHAKIR
·RAIDS TO BE CONDUCTED ON BRICK KILNS AND DHABBAS
· PEOPLE'S COOPERATION SOUGHT TO MAKE THIS CAMPAIGN SUCCESSFUL
Chandigarh November 15:
Punjab Government has decided to intensify its campaign to check child labour in the State.
Disclosing this here today Labour Minister Mr. Arunesh Shakir that instructions have been issue to all district labour officers to conduct surprise raids on brick kilns , Dhabbas and Shops to check menace and free the child labour from their clutches. He said that Punjab Government was committed to ensure that there was no exploitation of children and under this campaign they would motivate the parents of such children to put their children in the schools so that they could study and enjoy their childhood.
The labour Minister said that he has sought information from every district regarding previous rates conducted to check child labour. He said that labour department would soon organize seminars exhibitions and educative campaigns to educate the public regarding the menace of child labour.
Seeking the active public support to make this campaign successful Mr. Shakir said that Punjab Government is observing child labour elimination week from November 14 to November 20, 2011. The Minister clarified that child labour was an offence under section 3 of Child Labour Act 1986, Section 67 of Punjab Factories Act 1948 and section 29 of Punjab Shops and Commercial Establishment Act 1958 under which engaging any person as labour who is below 14 year was an offence. He said that any body committing this offence could be convicted for 6 months and fined for Rs. 20000/-. This imprisonment could be extended upto 2 years.
Mr. Shakir said that Punjab Labour Department has setup a help line on telephone No. 0172-2702846 on which normal public can report any case of child labour witnessed by them in their vicinity. He assured that anonymity of the complainant would be ensured by the department.
Information and Public Relations Department Punjab
PCS OFFICERS CONDOLE THE DEATH OF A.S.PRABHAKAR
Chandigarh November 15:
Punjab Civil Services ( R ) Association today held a condolence meeting to condole the untimely death of Mr. A.S.Prabhakar, Additional Secretary to Government Punjab who died in a road accident.
According to Mr. Gurwaryam Singh, PCS, large number of Senior Officers from all over the state participated in the meeting and recalled the unparalleled and outstanding services of Mr. Parbhakar. The Association also observed two minutes silence in the memory of departed soul. The association also conveyed heart felt sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed to Almighty to give peace to the departed soul and strength to them to bear this irreparable loss.
US PLAYERS REFUSE TO GIVE THE SAMPLES FOR THE DOPE TEST
Hoshiarpur, 15 November: US Players today refused to give samples for the dope test during World Cup Kabbadi-2011 matches held at Hoshiarpur. The Official Spokesman said that when the members of dope control committee and NADA served notification to US kabbadi team for getting samples for dope test the US players refused to give sample for Dope test.