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AMRITSAR & RUPNAGAR DISTRICTS DECLARED AS ‘SMOKE FREE’ DISTRICTS OF PUNJAB


Chandigarh August 14  :Mr..Madan Mohan Mittal , Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab today formally declared AMRITSAR & RUPNAGAR DISTRICTS AS  SMOKE FREE’. A decision to this effect was taken on the eve of Independence Day. He also congratulated  District Administration  of Amritsar and Rupnagar  who made consistent efforts in this regard. School of Public Health PGIMER, Chandigarh was entrusted the task of conducting a Compliance survey and Opinion poll to verify the compliance of COTPA Act, 2003 (Cigarettes & Other Tobacco Products Act) in Amritsar and Rupnagar. Dr Sonu Goel, Assistant Professor,School of Public Health , PGIMER,Chandigarh, has in his report concluded that, absence of active smoking  was noticed in 95%and 92% of Public Places respectively in  AMRITSAR & RUPNAGAR DISTRICTS. Presence of signages was observed in more than 80% and 76.5%  public places respectively in  AMRITSAR & RUPNAGAR DISTRICTS. Dr. J P Singh, Director Health Services, Punjab added that this study paved the way for officially declaring AMRITSAR & RUPNAGAR DISTRICTS ‘Smoke Free’ districts of Punjab,in line with Districts Ajitgarh and Mansa  which was declared as’ Smoke Free’,earlier. He  revealed that the contents of the study were shared by PGI with the media and other departments & stakeholders.
According to Dr. Rakesh Kumar Gupta, State Program Officer, Tobacco Control Cell, Punjab, consistent efforts are being made to make entire Punjab ‘Smoke Free’ in a phased manner. It is very important to protect people from ill effects of Second hand Tobacco Smoke.

BADAL MOURNS SAD DEMISE OF VILASRAO DESHMUKH


CHANDIGARH AUGUST 14
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the passing away of Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh, who, died in a  private hospital at Chennai this afternoon.
In a condolence message, Mr. Badal said that the death of Mr. Deshmukh was a huge loss to the Congress party. Mr. Badalalso shared his heartfelt sympathies with the members of the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty to give strength and courage to bear this loss and grant peace to the departed soul.

SUKHBIR CONDOLES THE UNTIMELY DEMISE OF VILASRAO DESHMUKH

Chandigarh, August 14: Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab today expressed deep shock at the untimely demise Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh, Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, who died in Chennai today after a brief illness.

            Describing Mr. Deshmukh as a seasoned politician, the Deputy Chief Minister shared sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty to give strength to them to bear this irreparable loss.

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2 PRESIDENT’s POLICE MEDAL FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICES AND 14 POLICE MEDAL FOR PUNJAB POLICE ONINDEPENDENCE DAY

6 PUNJAB POLICE PERSONNEL SELECTED FOR POLICE MEDAL FOR GALLANTRY

Chandigarh, August 14: Mr. S.K. Sharma, ADGP, HRD and Community Policing, Chandigarh, Punjab and Mr. Narinder Sharma, ADGP, Internal Vigilance Cell and Human Rights have been conferred President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service on the occasion ofIndependence Day 2012.

Disclosing this here today, an official spokesman said that 14 other Punjab Police officer/official including Mrs. Neeraja Voruvuru, IG, Economic Offences Wing, Vigilance Bureau, Chandigarh, Punjab, Mr. Rajpal Singh Sandhu, SSP, Batala, Mr. Gurpreet Singh Gill, SSP, Patiala, Mr. Daljit Singh, SP, Patiala City, Mr. Harjit Singh Pannu, SP/D, Ludhiana (Rural), Mr. Rakesh Kumar Kaushal, AIG, SSG, Chandigarh and Commandant 4th Commando Battalion, Mohali, Mr. Sulakhan Singh, DSP (D), Ferozepur, Mr. Amarjit Singh Ghuman, DSP, Payal, Police District Khanna, Mr. Darshan Singh Sandhu, DSP (D), Bathinda, Mr. Ajit Singh, Inspector, SO to DGP, Prisons, Punjab, Mr. Dilbagh Singh, Hony. Inspector, MRS, PPA, Phillaur, Mr. Samsher Singh, SI, Intelligence Hqrs, Chandigarh, Punjab, Mr. Paramjit Singh, SI, Reader to Commissioner Police, Ludhiana, Punjab and Mr. Resham Singh, SI, Security Wing, Chandigarh, Punjab have been conferred Police Medal for meritorious service.
Similarly, Mr. Garib Dass, DSP, HC Gursharan Singh, Ct. Thaman Singh, Ct. Satnam Singh, Late HC Sawinder Singh (Posthumously) and Late Ct. Narinder Singh (Posthumously) have been conferred Police Medal for Gallantry on the occasion of Independence Day.

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PEDA FLAGGED OFF MOBILE EXHIBITION VAN FOR
NAGALAND

CHANDIGAH, AUGUST 14: Bhai Manjit Singh, Chairman Punjab Energy Development Agency, today flagged off 'Mobile Exhibition Van' for Nagaland from PEDA Headquarters here to promote the use of renewal energy. Vice Chairman PEDA Sh. Sanjeev Malhan, Sh. T.P.S.Sidhu, Chief Executive, PEDA and other staff members of PEDA were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Bhai Manjit Singh said that the exhibition van was fabricated by PEDA on which different NRSE systems have been installed for live demonstration to masses.  He also said that the PEDA has fabricated 23 such vans for different states of the country. The Mobile Exhibition Van fitted with exhibits of Renewable Energy devices was a milestone in PEDA’s endeavors to promote use of renewable energy sources.

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PUNJAB STARTS RECRUITMENT PROCESS FOR 8000 TEACHERS
CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 14:
The Punjab Government has started the recruitment process for 8 thousand teachers across the state.
Talking to the Press today, Education Minister Punjab Mr Sikander Singh Maluka said that Punjab Government has committed to provide education to every child, to meet this target Government has already demanded the data of vacant posts in the schools . He said that to ensure the 100 percent attendance of teachers in schools, Education Department has made checking teams which would randomly check the presence of teachers in their schools besides checking the admission record of schools. He said that it has been found that some teachers had shown bogus admissions in their schools to save their postings, which would be dealt with strictness. These teams would also check the quality of Mid Day meal. 
He also said that a strict action would be taken against the teachers having bad results. He said that orders has been issued to all higher officials to make sure that no teacher should take part in the political activities weather he or she belongs to a political family of higher department official. 
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DISTRICT INCOME ESTIMATES FOR PUNJAB DISTRICTS RELEASED (2004-05 TO 2009-10)

 

Chandigarh, August 14: The Office of Economic Advisor today released District Income Estimates for various districts of Punjab. Recently the base year of State Income Estimates has been revised from 1999-2000 to 2004-05, hence District Income Estimates have been prepared for the year 2004-05 to 2009-10 at current & constant (2004-05) prices. The estimates at current prices reflect growth in output of goods and services including the effect of change in prices, while the estimates at constant prices reveal the actual growth in the output removing the effects of change in prices.
The Office of Economic Adviser is the nodal department for preparing State Income/ District Income estimates as per the methodology provided by Central Statistical Organisation, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
                   District Income Estimates measure the value of goods & services produced with in the boundary of a district. Office of Economic Adviser Govt. of Punjab started preparing District Income Estimates from 1970-71
                  
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Highlights of District Income Estimates

Distribution of State Income among districts: (Detail Annexure-1)

·        The highest contribution of 14.92% to State Income was made by Ludhiana in 2009-10, followed by Jalandhar 8.43% and Amritsar 7.43%. Ludhiana district remained the top contributor to NSDP during the year 2004-05 to 2009-10. Its share increased from 14.83% in 2004-05 to 14.92% in 2009-10.

·        Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar districts jointly contributed 30.78% to State Income in 2009-10 whereas these districts together account for 17.97% of the area of the State.

·        Muktsar, Bathinda and Firozepur districts jointly contributed 14.08% to State Income whereas these districts together account for 22.44% of total area of State.

·        The contribution of four districts namely- Fatehgarh Sahib, Moga, Kapurthala and Gurdaspur towards NSDP was in proportion to their area. These districts together contributed 17.45% of NSDP and occupied 17.06% of total area of State.

·        The contribution of Amritsar district which was 11.87% in 2004-05 declined to7.98% in 2006-07 as a new district TarnTaran was carved out of it.

·        The third position was occupied by Jalandhar district during the year 2004-05 to 2009-10 and its contribution varied from 8.61% to 8.43%.

·        Barnala & Faridkot districts contribution 2.17% and 2.23% to NSDP during 2009-10 and their share is minimum.

 District-wise Sectoral Composition of District Income (Detail Annexure-2)

 ·        Contribution of Primary and Tertiary sectors have declined from 35% and 42% respectively in 2004-05 to 33% and 41% respectively in 2009-10.

·        Contribution of secondary sector has increased from 23% to 26%. Among districts Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar and SBS Nagar have observed significant shift in favour of the secondary sector viz-a-viz primary sector.

·        In Ludhiana particularly, the contribution of primary sector has declined from 22% to 21% whereas the contribution of secondary sector has increased significantly from 35% to 39% during the period 2004-05 to 2009-10.

·        In Firozepur, Muktsar, Bathinda and Mansa, the contribution of primary sector in NDDP remained either static or increased during this period. In Mansa the contribution of primary sector in its total NDDP is 49% whereas secondary and tertiary sector together contributed 51 %.

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District wise Per Capita Income (Detail Annexure-3)

 ·        SBS Nagar district with PCI of Rs.85735 in 2009-10 has emerged to occupy the first place among the districts followed by Moga, Fatehgarh Sahib and Ludhiana.

·        Ludhiana district was at second rank in respect of PCI during 2004-05 to 2006-07. From 2007-08 Moga district has overtaken Ludhiana.

·        Gurdaspur district with PCI of Rs.49807 is at the bottom.

·        During the year 2004-05, more than half i.e. 8 districts out of 17 namely- SBS Nagar, Ludhiana, Moga, Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Sangrur and Patiala had the higher PCI than State average i.e. Rs. 33103 while the remaining district had lower PCI than state average.

·        During the year 2009-10 half i.e. 10 districts, namely SBS Nagar, Moga, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ludhiana, Kapurthala, SAS Nagar ,  Jalandhar, Sangrur, Barnala and Muktsar were found having the PCI above state average i.e. 61894 while remaining 10 districts were below the state average in respect of PCI.


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(EXTRACTS OF PGIMER STUDY)

Mohali Public Opines Ban on Smoking at Public Places

Background: Secondhand smoke is one single reason why public space smoking remains an alarming public health hazard. India has enacted smoke free law COTPA in 2005, which prohibits smoking at public places, bans advertisement of tobacco products, prescribes pictorial health warnings on tobacco products etc.

Objectives: With the above background the present study was conducted by the School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh in collaboration with State tobacco cell, Punjab, Generation Saviour Association, Mohali and International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, New Delhi. The objectives of the study was to assess the public support for smoke free initiatives undertaken in Mohali District, Punjab, to ascertain the public understanding of SF legislations and their behaviour regarding smoking and its health effects.

Methodology: This cross sectional study was undertaken in Mohali district among people aged 14 years and above in the month of September & October 2011. A sample size of 1600 respondents was arrived upon. A standardized semi-structured questionnaire was used in the study.

Results: The mean age of the study participants was 32.8 years. Smoking was more in age group of 20-39 years and in males as compared to females. Almost one third of studied population perceive that smoking gives pleasure, 86% believes smoking is harmful for health, 68% perceive that costs related to smoking as economic burden to family. The following bar graphs shows the opinion of people regarding smoking and its ban in public places.

 
            
Conclusion: There appears to be good knowledge and strong public support for effective measures to reduce exposure to tobacco smoke in public places.

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DEER PARKS AND ZOOs CLOSE ON INDEPENDENCE DAY

Chandigarh August 14:-
               A spokesman of Wild Life Preservation Department Punjab informed that Zoological Park Chattbir (Mohali), Deer Park Nillon (Ludhiana), Zoological Park (Ludhiana), Deer Park Bir Motibagh (Patiala) and Deer Park Bir Talab (Bathinda) will remain closed for general public on Independence Day i.e. August 15, 2012.

OFFICERS’ LOUNGE FOR POLICE OFFICERS AND JOURNALISTS
VISITING PUNJAB POLICE HEADQUARTERS

Chandigarh, August 14: The Punjab Police has set up an Officers’ lounge at its headquarter on 6th floor adjoining Conference Hall to facilitate Police officers and Journalists visiting Police headquarters regarding their meetings with officers.
According to an official spokesman, this lounge would have a work station with facilities like LCD, Computer with internet connection, printer, scanner, photostat, mobile charging and Newspapers/Magazines. Besides this, Beverages and food & snacks would be available on payment basis. An EPABX has been installed at the lounge to contact officers stationed at PPHQ, so that there is no inconvenience in meeting the officers. The spokesman said that this lounge would also give an opportunity to the Journalists and Officers from the field to interact with each other. This lounge would be operational from 16th August, 2012.

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CM TO HONOUR 34 EMINENT PERSONALITIES FROM DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE AT STATE LEVELINDEPENDENCE DAY FUNCTION


CHANDIGARH AUGUST 13:

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal would honour 34 eminent personalities from different walks of life with State Award for their outstanding contribution on the occasion of the State level function of 66thIndependence Day at Patiala.
            Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that five persons namely Rajender Kumar Verma, Simarjit Singh, Baljinder Singh, Jasvir Singh and Bhupinder Singh Sandhu would be bestowed upon the state awards for exemplary bravery shown by them on different occasions. Likewise, Balwinder Singh Bhinder, Parkash Chand Kumar, Bhan Singh Jassi, Dr. Sukhwinder Dass and Dr.Rashmi Vij would be conferred with state award for superb services rendered by them in the field of social service.  As many as 17 persons would be honoured with state awards for the excellent services rendered by them in their respective learned professions.  These recipients included Sukhpal Singh, Dr. Harminder Singh Sekhon, Major Manmohan Singh Verka, Pritpal Singh, Pardeep Gandhi, Naib Subedar Parmjit Singh, Rajwant Kaur, Kamal Singh, Sant Ram, Abninder Singh Grewal, Hardeb Kaur Kang, Davinder Singh, Jaswinder Singh Dhaliwal, Dr.Gaggandip Singh, Dr. Manisha Gupta, Hardip Singh and Kimmti Lal.  Four expert professionals namely Kulbhushan Rai, Sanjeev Thapar, Malkiat Singh and Narotam Dass Sharma would also receive state award for remarkable contribution in the field of education.   As many as three persons viz. Iqbal Gharu, Harwinder Singh Khalsa and                     Dr. Mohammad Jamil with also be honoured with state award for their outstanding services in the field of literature. 
            The state award comprised a citation, a shawl, a medal and a cash award, the spokesperson added.

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MALUKA SUSPENDS MATH TEACHER FOR ENCOURAGING

FACTIONALISM AND INDISCIPLINE IN THE SCHOOL

Chandigarh, August 13: The Punjab Education Minister Mr. Sikander Singh Maluka today ordered to place the services of Mr. Rakesh Kumar Sood, Math Master posted in Senior Secondary School, Jawaharnagar, Ludhiana, under suspension, for indulging in indiscipline and encouraging factionalism in school.
Taking serious note of teaching community indulging in factionalism rather than focusing on teaching the students, Mr. Maluka said that he would not allow any member of teaching faculty to vitiate the atmosphere of the schools. He said that factionalism and indiscipline create a wrong impact on the impressionable minds of young students. Moreover, due to factionalism they indulge in complaint campaign against each other that wastes the precious time of the government.
Appealing to the teaching community to focus on teaching and create conducive environment in the schools, Mr. Maluka said that it was imperative for them to give due regard and respect to the school head besides maintaining discipline and decorum in the school. He said that school heads should also give due regard to the subordinate teachers and any indiscipline by any teacher or school head would not be tolerated.

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Patiala MC should file review petition in HC on sealing: Capt Amarinder

PATIALA, August 13: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today asked the Municipal Corporation Patiala to go back to the Punjab and Haryana High Court and file a review petition against the sealing orders.

In a statement issued here today, he said, in case the Patiala MC fails, the Congress will approach the High Court with the review petition.

Expressing his support and sympathies with the people of Patiala who have been affected by the court orders, Capt Amarinder said, the Patiala MC should ideally have sought review of the orders by filing a review petition which it has not done so far for the reasons best known to it.

The PCC President said, he and his party had full faith in the courts and they will approach the same again for justice.

He said, since a large number of people were facing serious problems the matter was needed to be taken at the urgent priority. However, he regretted that the Patiala MC had taken it so casually thus forcing the people to come out on streets.

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Punjab Congress seeks PM’s intervention for Pak Hindus, Sikhs

CHANDIGARH, August 13:

Punjab Congress today sought the intervention of the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh towards the plight of Hindus and Sikhs living in Pakistan who are facing intimidation and forced conversion across that country particularly in Sindh province. The party said, those who had reached India must be provided relief and shelter.

Referring to the rise in the number of attacks on Hindus and Sikhs and the SOS call made by the Hindus living in Sindh province to the Indian and US missions there seeking their help, Punjab Congress general secretary Arvind Khanna pointed out a number of these people had already crossed over to this part of Punjab and they were scared to go back.

Khanna urged both the central and the state governments to provide due shelter and relief to these people who have been forced out of their homeland because of rising extremism. He said, the government of India should also provide political asylum to all those Hindus from Pakistan who wanted to stay back.

Khanna said, the way the government of India took up the matter with the US authorities about the racial and unprovoked attack on Wisconsin Gurdwara it should raise the issue of Hindus’ and Sikhs’ security and survival in Pakistan with the government there.

He hoped that the Pakistan government, like the US, will take the Indian concern in right spirit and make necessary amends and interventions needed to restore the confidence of Hindus and Sikhs living there as abduction and forced conversion of the Hindu girls in Sindh province had become a routine affair with authorities hardly taking any note.

The Congress general secretary maintained that the government of India must talk to the Pakistan government on such an issue of grave concern as there are thousands of people living in Punjab and other parts of the country whose relatives stay in Pakistan and are facing victimisation.

 

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BADAL MOURNS SAD DEMISE OF PUNJAB SINGH

WISCONSIN (USA) AUGUST 10:

          Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Punjab Singh, a victim of Oak Creek Gurdwara tragedy, who succumbed to his injuries at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Mr. Badal would also attend the cremation of Punjab Singh today.

          It may be recalled that Mr. Badal visited the three injured of the tragic incident viz. Police Officer Lt. Brien Murphy, Santokh Singh and Punjab Singh yesterday in Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee to enquire about their well-being.
Sharing condolences with the members of the bereaved family, the Chief Minister prayed to the Almighty to give enormous strength to them to bear this huge loss in this hour of grief and grant eternal peace to the departed soul.
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PAWAR-LED CENTRAL TEAM BACKS PUNJAB’S CASE FOR DROUGHT RELIEF

·        PUNAJB SEEKS  RS 5112 CRORE  FOR RAIN-DEFICIT STATE

Chandigarh August 10:
The Government of India today agreed in principle that there was a dire need to come to the aid of farmers and the government in Punjab in the wake unprecedented failure of monsoon in the region.
        Addressing a joint press conference  at the end of a nearly three hour  grueling meeting  with the Punjab Government delegation headed by the  Food and Civil Supplies Minister Mr. Adesh Partap Singh Kairon and  Irrigation Minister Mr. Janmeja Singh Sekhon at Punjab Bhawan here today, the Union Agriculture Minster Mr Sharad Pawar and the Union Minister for Rural Development Mr. Jairam Ramesh said that there was a strong merit in the demand for  a central package submitted by the Punjab Government.
         The visit of the Central delegation followed intensive lobbying by the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal with the Central leaders. The Chief Minister who is currently away on a visit to the USA, had personally overseen the preparation of the Punjab memorandum and had deputed his two senior cabinet colleagues to follow the matter up the Center. He had personally met the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Mr. Sharad Pawar in this regard.
              The Punjab Government prepared a well-documented case for a relief package of Rs 5112.09 crore to bail the Punjab farmers out of the throes of crisis following drought like conditions here. The package is meant to compensate the farmers and the state for their extraordinary efforts and sacrifices during the on-going crisis.
Pleading strongly for financial assistance to save the beleaguered Punjab peasantry, Mr. Kairon and Mr. Sekhon impressed upon the high level Central team the need to assess the gravity of the problem being faced by the state. The Central team conceded that the state had been badly hit by the conditions of inadequate rain during the paddy sowing season and needed to be helped by the Government of India as they had always been in the vanguard of fighting the nation’s battle for food security.
The package demanded by the State Govt. includes Rs. 2531 crore  for purchase and arrangement of additional power, Rs. 850.80 crore to compensate for additional cost incurred by the farmers on of high speed diesel, Rs. 893.49 for conversion/rescheduling of cooperative credit, Rs. 300 crore on account of additional ground water Irrigation, Rs. 300 crore for restoration of capacity and installation of alternative tube-wells, Rs. 211.60 crore for arrangement of feed and fodder for livestock sector and Rs. 26 crore for drinking water supply.
                   Besides this, Mr. Kairon also demanded a bonus of Rs. 100 per quintal for paddy over and above the MSP which itself needed significant upward revision. The State had already demanded a MSP of Rs.1650 per quintal for paddy in view of the increase in prices of fertilizers, diesel, labour etc. Likewise, the MSP of cotton should be raised by Rs 500 per quintal over and above the MSP announced this year. A drought relief of Rs. 200 per quintal for maize may be provided. The Govt. of India should direct the Public Sector Banks to reschedule the repayment of loans from Short Term to Medium Term and a subvention to compensate them for additional burden of interest due to such conversion of loans may also be provided.  
                   Responding to the demands put forth by the Punjab Government, Mr. Pawar said that the mandate of the Central team was limited to provide immediate relief to mitigate drought like situation. He said the GoI fully appreciate the concerted efforts of the state government in providing adequate power to the farmers to enable them to save their paddy by diverting electricity from the domestic and Industrial to farm sector and assured the state government that the visiting team would take up this issue at the appropriate level for its early resolution in accordance with the already set precedent when in similar situation the GoI sanctioned Rs. 800 crore to Punjab and Rs. 400 crore to Haryana in 2009. The GoI had already announced adequate subsidy on the seeds for the drought affected farmers. The ambit of Integrated Fodder Development Scheme had been widened to cover the drought affected farmers to ensure adequate supply of fodder from other states. Mr. Pawar asked the Punjab Government to immediately go for diversification of agriculture by motivating the farmers to get out of the rut of wheat-paddy rotation. The farmers should be encouraged to go for cash crops likes oil seeds, pulses, sugarcane, maize, cotton besides horticulture in big way. He said the Union Government was seriously already contemplating to provide marketing support mechanism to the farmers to encourage them for sowing these crops as an alternative to wheat paddy cycle.
                   Meanwhile, Mr. Jairam Ramesh also sanctioned Rs. 40 crore for the provision drinking water to the people in the rural areas affected due to drought like condition. He said Rs. 211 crore under MGNREGA had already been earmarked for Punjab during 2012-13 and more funds could also be available to the state if it raised any such demand or mooted proposal. He also pointed out the 30 new works have been included under MGNREGA related to Agriculture and Punjab could be immensely benefitted from it. He also announced the grant of Rs. 52 crore under Integrated Watershed Management Program in Punjab. On the failure of Northern Power Grid, Mr. Ramesh apprised in the meeting that he would soon take up this issue with the Union Power Minister to ensure uninterrupted power supply to Punjab for further transmission in the farm sector to enable the farmers to nurture their khariff crops in view of scanty rainfall resulting in 70% deficient rains as on August 7, 2012 across the state.  
                   Earlier, Mr. Kairon and Mr. Sekhon presented a detailed memorandum to the Union Agriculture Minister Mr. Sharad Pawar seeking a special package of Rs. 5112 crore for Punjab to compensate the farmers and state in facing the crisis emerging out of drought like situation. Both Mr. Kairon and Mr. Sekhon presented a shawl, a siropa (rob of honor) and a sword to the Union Agriculture Minister and Union Rural Development Minister on the occasion as a mark of respect to them.
                   Prominent among others who were present on the occasion included Advisor on National Affairs and Media to the Chief Minister Mr. Harcharan Bains, Chief Secretary Mr. Rakesh Singh, Financial Commissioner Development Mr. GS Sandhu, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. SK Sandhu, Financial Commissioner Animal Husbandry Mr. Jagpal Singh Sandhu, Secretary Power Mr. Anirudh Tiwari, Special Principal Secretary Mr. Gaggandeep Singh Brar, Secretary Food and Supplies Mr. DS Grewal, MD Milkfed Mr. Balwinder Singh Sidhu, Financial Commissioner Rural Development Mr. Mandeep Singh Sandhu, Director Agriculture Mr. Mangal Singh Sandhu and CMD PowerCom Mr. KD Chaudary.
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NEW INDUSTRIAL POLICY TO PROVIDE SPECIAL INCENTIVES TO NRIs FOR INVESTING IN STATE-NK SHARMA

SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL TO VISIT CANADA IN SECOND WEEK OF SEPT.

 Chandigarh, August 10 : Punjab government is finalising the new industrial policy of the state which will provide special incentives to the NRIs who will make investments in their home state. This was disclosed by Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Industry and Commerce, Mr. NK Sharma.
Addressing a well attended gathering of the NRIs at Moonlight Bankat Hall at Mississauga in Toronto, Canada, late last evening, Mr. Sharma said that that Punjab government has decided to devote the next five to the industrial development of the state. He said that new policy being formulated would provide impetus for the industrial growth in the state. He said that it was the right time for the NRIs to make investments in the state which would earn them good returns for their investments.
 He said that the government has already implemented single window system for early clearance of the project proposals. He said that special directions had been issued to ensure that no prospective investor faces any problem while making investment for their projects in the state. He said that during the last five years government has achieved major success with establishment of Bathinda refinery, Four thermal plants and other major projects. He said that next five years would witness investment of worth Rs. 1 lakh crores in the industrial sectors.
Mr. Sharma said that Punjab is going to become second state of the country which is creating ‘land banks’ for providing cheap and attractive locations for establishment of industries. He said that special focal points are being planned which will have major facilities including the required infrastructure to boost the industrial environment in the state.
Earlier Mr. Sharma was accorded rousing welcome by the NRIs led by Tandeep Sodhi, Rajinder Saini, Ex-MP Gurbax Singh Malhi, Smt. Raman Sharma and other senior citizens.  They gave a positive response to the blue print of Punjab’s development saga as presented by Mr. Sharma and assured him of the full support for the development initiatives of the Punjab government.
Meanwhile Mr. Sharma also disclosed that Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal will visit Canada during the second week of the September this year and apprise the NRIs of the policies and programmes of the Punjab government for welfare of NRIs.
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ENTIRE RECORD IN PUNJAB PRISONS TO BE COMPUTERISED-PHILLAUR
·        PHILLAUR VISITS TIHAR JAIL
·        STATE AND DISTRICT LEVEL COMMITTEES TO CONTROL DRUG MENACE
Chandigarh August 10:
Entire record of prisoner maintains in Punjab jails would be computerized on the patterns of Tihar Jail Disclosing this here today after visiting the Tihar Jail, Mr. Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Jail Minister Punjab said that the modalities would be worked out in this regard and required infrastructure would be provided .The computerized records would contain finger print of all prisoners, Date of release, Remissions, Parole, Good Conduct, etc.
          The Minister also said that smart cards would be introduced in the canteens of prisons to assist the prisoners in various monetary transactions with the jail canteens, thus replacing the old coupon system.
     In order to monitor and control the drug menace in jails, a state level and district level Committees have been constituted at the level of Principal Secretary Home and District Magistrates. Principal Secretary Home would be the Chairman of the State Level Committee with Secretary/ Special Secretary Home, Director General Police and Director General Police (Jails) as the members. Whereas the District Magistrate would head the District Level Committee with District Superintendent of Police, Superintendent of Police Jails, Civil Surgeon of the district concerned and the doctor concerned of the jail as members.
             Mr. Phillaur also said that sniffer dogs would be provided in Punjab Jails to detect narcotics and other objectionable material in jails. X-ray machines were being installed for detection of Narcotics and other objectionable material as a pilot project at Central Jail Amritsar, Jalandhar and Kapurthala. The Superintendents of jails have been directed to conduct surprise checks in jails.  
                           The Minister visited the Bakery, Furniture, Paper and Stationery, Shoe Making,  Phenyl and floor Cleaner Chemical unit, Manufacturing of clothes (Power loom) and Tailoring unit, Handloom, Masala Factory and Mustard edible Oil unit set up within the premises of Tihar Jail and maintained by the prisoners and jail authorities. The product of the entire unit sold through Tihar Haat (Prisons department outlet shops) at various places at Delhi, and the internal demands for the inmates is also met from the factory units.
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INQUIRY COMMITTEE OF THE PRESS COUNCIL OF INDIA TO MEET AT CHANDIGARH
Chandigarh August 10:-

          The Inquiry Committee of the Press Council of India is scheduled to meet under the Chairmanship of Hon'ble Mr. Justice Markandey Katju at Punjab Bhawan, Sector-3, Chandigarh on August 13, 2012 to consider 21 cases of violation of press of freedom and Journalist ethics pertaining to the region mainly of Punjab, Uttrakhand and remaining northern States. The proceedings would begin at 11:00AM and are open to the press and public to attend.
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  • UPA GOVERNMENT SHOULD CREATE PRESSURE ON USA FOR CONCRETE ACTION -HARSIMRAT
  • URGES PM TO LED A DELEGATION OF SIKH MPS TO MEET US PRESIDENT

Chandigarh August 09:-
Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal Member Parliament from Bathinda while speaking in Parliament today conveyed the anguish over the heinous racial attack on innocent Sikhs who were offering prayers in Oak Creek on the 5th of August in Wisconsin. This heinous crime led to the killing of six innocent devotees and injuring many others who had gathered there  offer prayers.
        Mrs. Badal said that being a small, yet enterprising community, the Sikhs have always contributed towards nation building, growth and prosperity of whichever nation that they have settled in. They have contributed richly to the growth of the United States in every sphere, be it agriculture, be it entrepreneurship, be it academics, and even to their Armed Forces. In fact, in World Wars I and II, almost 80,000 Sikhs laid down their lives for the countries that they were fighting from.  This has been the spirit of the Sikhs.
        She said, what is very saddening is that ever since the 9/11 attacks in 2001 in New York – the last ten years have seen – thousands of Sikhs being murdered, assaulted and abused physically and verbally.  They had to bear the brunt of being targeted because of their attire and their resemblance to a terrorist with which they have no link.
        While expressing shock over, this whole episode, she said that a small community of sikhs has faced this hate crimes in huge numbers.  If we look at the record of just the last ten years, over 1,000 crimes have come to light, which means every year almost 100 crimes in which the Sikhs have been targeted, which means almost every third day a Sikh has been targeted. As a result, their liberties to live in peace, to work in peace, to pray in peace, are being threatened just because of their resemblance to a terrorist or to a certain community.
She said that Sikhs communities are a proud community and we are proud to wear the turbans.  She said that what could be better is that our own Prime Minister lead a delegation of all Sikh parliamentarians to the United States and to meet with the American Sikhs and request the President Mr. Barack Obama and his Members of Parliament to raise this awareness in their constituencies so that people do not have to lose their lives.
           She lashed UPA government and said that she would like to ask the Government when they will stop requesting and start demanding that the US Government takes concrete steps to create this awareness amongst the minds of the ignorant people. She also requested the Government to make arrangements to bring back the bodies of those poor victims to their beloved families over here. She said that Congress  Members of Parliament from Punjab did not take the issue of their own community seriously and they always play puppets in the hands of Gandhi family.
         
        Mrs. Badal said that she wants to know how much longer it will take for innocent and peace-loving Sikhs to give up their lives and die and live in terror before the Government wakes up to take some corrective measures to stop these senseless killings. 
        She further said that since 1984 all we have received are `apologies’ and `condolences’.  Be it the massacre of the 10,000 Sikhs by our Government here or from the Australians who are killing the Punjabi students in Australia or the Italian Government who targets the Sikhs at the airport or even the French Government who does not even apologize about the fact that Sikh children are denied Government School education.
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BADAL CALLS ON FAMILIES OF VICTIMS OF OAK CREEK TRAGEDY
CONVEYS SYMPATHIES WITH THE BEREAVED FAMILIES AND WISHES SPEEDY RECOVERY FOR INJURED 


WISCONSIN (USA) AUGUST 09:

Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal visited the bereaved families of the six victims of shooting incident in Oak Creek Gurdwara on Tuesday and conveyed condolences with them in this hour of crisis.

Expressing solidarity with the members of these families, the Chief Minister said that it was really a painful moment for all those who have lost their beloved ones in this unfortunate and tragic incident. He also visited the injured in the local hospital to enquire their well being and wished them speedy recovery. The Chief Minister also met the injured US Police officer, who was also recuperating in the hospital and highly appreciated the exemplary courage shown by him in saving several innocent lives in this ghastly attack.  

Mr Badal assured that the Punjab government would extend all possible help along with other logistic support to the relatives of the victims. On the occasion the Chief Minister prayed to the Almighty to give enormous strength to these bereaved families for bearing this huge loss and grant eternal peace to the departed souls.

It may be recalled that the Chief Minister had earlier announced that the state government would bear the entire expenditure on the transportation of the bodies from US to India. Mr Badal had already called up Indian Ambassador in US Ms Nirupama Rao to ensure the security and safety of the Sikh community.

PUNJAB GOVERNMENT CONSTITUTES JANG-E-AZAADI FOUNDATION FOR CONCEPTUALIZATION OF PRESTIGIOUS MONUMENT
MEMORIAL TO SHOWCASE INDEPENDENCE STRUGGLE FROM 1849 TO 1947
CONCEPT COMMITTEE VISITED SEVERAL HISTORIC PLACES RELATED TO FREEDOM STRUGGLE TO SEEK VITAL INPUTS
CHANDIGARH AUGUST 09:
            In a bid to evolve consensus on the concept and design of the world class Jang-e-Azaadi memorial, the state Government has constituted a foundation to implement this prestigious project in a time bound manner under the Chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal.
            Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that the upcoming memorial would come up at Kartarpur in Jalandhar district over an area of 25 acres, to perpetuate the rich legacy of Punjabis in the Indian Independence Movement amongst the younger generations. The memorial would encompass an era of freedom struggle right from the culmination of Sikh rule in 1849 till India got freedom in 1947.   
The spokesperson further said that Cultural Affairs Minister Mr Sarwan Singh Phillaur would be the Deputy Chairman of the Jang-e-Azaadi foundation. The other members on the foundation would be: Cabinet Minister Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Members Rajya Sabha Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Mr Naresh Gujral and Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr Som Parkash, Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Jathedar Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon (all former Ministers) and Advisor to Chief Minister Mr Maheshinder Singh Grewal. Meanwhile, the Chief Editor of the Ajit Group of Newspapers Dr Barjinder Singh Hamdard would be its Member Secretary.  
            The spokesperson further said that apart from the foundation, the state government had already set up a ‘Concept committee’ to envisage the entire perspective plan of the Jang-e-Azaadi Memorial, to show case the supreme sacrifices made by the Punjabis in the National freedom struggle. The ‘Concept committee’ included eminent historians, academicians and intellectuals comprising Dr Kirpal Singh, Dr GS Grewal, Vice Chancellor Punjabi University Patiala Dr Jaspal Singh, Prof. Prithipal Singh Kapoor, Dr Harish Sharma, Dr KL Tuteja from Kurukshetra besides Dr Barjinder Singh Hamdard.  
            It may be recalled the ‘Concept committee’ led by Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal recently visited few prominent places connected with the Indian freedom movement from August 1 to 4, to seek vital inputs and information for the finalization of the concept and design of the state of the art memorial. The team visited Cellular Jail at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands where several freedom fighters were imprisoned and tortured in dungeon cells during British Imperialism, prominent amongst was the legendary Deewan Singh Kaalepani from Punjab. It also visited Mahatma Gandhi’s residence Sabarmati Ashram, now a national monument established by the Government of India, at Ahmadabad and famous Akshardham Temple at Gandhinagar in Gujarat. Later, the Committee also visited ‘Teen Murti Bhawan’ at Delhi the residence of first Prime Minister of India Mr Jawahar Lal Nehru which was nowadays a Museum depicting the saga of Indian independence movement besides visiting the hi-tech museum showcasing significant aspects related to the National freedom struggle in Parliament house.           
            Chief Minister’s Special Principal Secretary Mr KJS Cheema and Director Toursim and Cultural Affairs Mr Karamjit Singh Sra also accompanied the team.  

SUKHBIR GREETS ON THE EVE OF JANAMASHTAMI

Chandigarh, August 9: The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal greeted the people of Punjab on the eve of Janamashtami, which is being celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Krishna.
Greeting the people on the occasion in a message the Deputy Chief Minister said that let this auspicious day inspire us to follow the path of duty and selfless service in our striving for peace and harmony, unity and progress in our society. He said that this festival celebrates teachings of Lord Krishna- discipline, knowledge and selfless action- that are timeless.
Calling upon people to celebrate this festival collectively, Mr. Badal said that let this day inspire us towards a work ethic based on right conduct and bring success and prosperity to all.

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FOLLOW THE LEGACY OF LORD KRISHNA-MAJITHIA
CHANDIGARH, August 9
Revenue and Information and Public Relations Minister of Punjab Mr Bikram Singh Majithia today greets the people of Punjab on the eve of Janam Ashtami, which is being celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna.
In a message on the eve of birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, Mr Majithia called upon the people to follow the legacy and the noble path shown by Lord Krishna for preserving the rich values of humanism and unity of mankind.
Mr Majithia said that we all should celebrate the Janam Ashtami collectively to strengthen the integrity of the nation.

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  • STATE LEVEL INDEPENDENCE DAY FUNCTION AT PATIALA 
  • SUKHBIR TO UNFURL NATIONAL FLAG AT MOHALI

Chandigarh August 09:            The Punjab Government has decided to organize State level Independence Day function at Patiala this year where Chief Minister Punjab Mr. Parkash Singh Badal will unfurl the National Flag. The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal would be the Chief Guest in the Independence Day function at Mohali where he would unfurl the National Flag.
            Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab Government said that Cabinet Ministers Mr. Chunni Lal Bhagat would unfurl National flag at Ludhiana, Mr. Sarwan Singh Phillaur at Kapurthala, Mr. Ajit Singh Kohar at Jalandhar, Mr.Gulzar Singh Ranike at Ropar, Mr. Madan Mohan Mittal at Sangrur, Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa at Hoshiarpur, Mr. Janmeja Singh Sekhon at Ferozepur, Mr.Surjit Kumar Jayani at Faridkot, Mr Bikram Singh Majithia at Amritsar, Mr. Sikander Singh Maluka at Bathinda, Mr. Anil Joshi at Pathabnkot, Mr. Surjit Singh Rakhara at Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon at Sri Muktsar Sahib and Mr. Dinesh Singh Deputy Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha would unfurl National flag at Dharkalan..
            The spokesman further said that the Chief Parliamentary Secretaries Sant Balbir Singh Ghunas would unfurl the national flag  at Barnala, Mr. Desh Raj Dhugga at Batala, Mr. Mantar Singh Brar at Moga, Mr. K.K.Bhadari at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Mr. Inder Singh Bolaria at Baba Bakala, Mr. Amar Pal Singh Ajnala at Ajnala, Mr. Gurbachan Singh Babbehali at Gurdaspur, Mr. Virsa Singh Valtoha at Tarn Taran, Mr. K.N.Sharma at Kharar, Mrs. F.Nesara Khatoon at Sunam, Mrs. Navjot Kaur Sidhu at Dasuha, Mr. Parkash Chand Garg at Fazilka, Mr. Pawan Kumar Tinu at Khanna, Mr. Saroop Chand Singla at Mansa and Mr. Som Parkash at Phagwara  at Dasuya.
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CHUNNI LAL BHAGAT FELICITATE PEOPLE ON THE EVE OF JANNMASHTAMI

Chandigarh, August 9:
Punjab Local Bodies Minister Mr. Chunni Lal Bhagat today extended his warm greetings to the people of the State on the eve of Janmashtami.
       In his message, Mr. Chunni Lal Bhagat said the birth of Lord Krishna stood as symbol of universal love, selfless service and spiritual maturity in the mainstream of life. ''The eternal values preached by Lord Krishna in ''Bhagavad Gita'' are very much significant and relevant to every generation since the times immemorial,'' he added.
       The Minister hoped the festival would strengthen the bonds of love and mutual understanding among the people and bring new cheer and prosperity in their lives.
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PUNJAB CM GREETS PEOPLE ON THE EVE OF JANAMASHTMI

CHANDIGARH AUGUST 09:
            Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today greeted the people of Punjab on the auspicious occasion of Janamashtmi - the Birthday of Lord Krishana.
            In a message on the eve of this sacred occasion, Mr. Badal said that Lord Krishna was an apostle of peace, saviour of Dharma and symbol of truthfulness and righteousness. His long philosophical sermon contained in 'Srimad Bhagwat Geeta' has a profound impact on the present materialistic society as it was far more relevant in the present times to attain eternal peace on one hand and strengthen the bonds of communal harmony and universal brotherhood on the other.
         Mr. Badal appealed the people to celebrate the Janamashtmi in unison and with religious fervour and gaiety rising above the petty considerations of caste, color, creed and religion.  He exhorted the people to follow the path shown by Lord Krishana to attain eternal bliss and prosperity in life.

COMPUTER TEACHERS TOLD TO PROPERLY MAINTAIN COMPUTERS IN SCHOOL

CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 9:
The Punjab Education Department has directed the computer teachers to repair their computers in time. These computers were given under ICT Project.
Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the Education Department said that this matter came into light during checking that many computers were not in working conditions. The spokesman further said that directions regarding repair of their computers/hardware has already been issued.
The spokesman said that computer teachers must register their complaints regarding the non-functioning of computer to their vendor and entry should be made in their register along with date, time and ticket number. In case of non-compliance of these instructions, strict action would be taken against the concerned teacher.
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  CENSUS OF INDIA 2011

Release of Provisional Population Totals Paper 2 on Rural – Urban Population and Tables on Houses, Household Amenities and Assets, Punjab
                

A State level Census Data Dissemination Workshop was held on 9.8.2012. During the workshop a special focus on trends in rural - urban composition of Punjab’s Population and also availability of various amenities to the households.  At this occasion, two census publications, Viz; were also released. Provisional Population Totals, Rural-Urban Population and Tables on Houses, Household Amenities and Assets for Tehsils and Towns.

Speaking on this occasion, Smt Seema Jain, IAS, Joint Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs and Director Census, Punjab highlighted that Punjab accounts for 2.75 % of India’s urban population and 2.08% of its rural population and the transition from rural to urban is relatively fast. In Punjab, 62.51% population is rural and 37.49% is urban. The number of Census Houses in the state has increased from 59.70 lacs in 2001 to 78.50 lacs in 2011 exhibiting an increase of Census Houses by 31.5 per cent during this decade.  In rural areas, the no. of Census Houses has increased from 36.9 lacs to 46.7 lacs (26.5% increase) and that of urban areas it has increased from 22.8 lacs to 31.8 lacs (39.6%).  It is one of the more urbanized areas of the country.   Four districts - Ludhiana, SAS Nagar, Amritsar and Jalandhar are predominantly urban with more than one - half of their population living in urban areas. Ludhiana, the most urbanized district of Punjab, alone accounts for one-fifth of the total urban population of Punjab.Every fifth urban dweller in Punjab is residing in Ludhiana district (19.86%). SAS Nagar is the second most urbanized district in the state leaving behind Amritsar and Jalandhar which occupied 2nd and 3rd ranks respectively in 2001.Tarn Taran (12.63%) is the least urbanized district in Punjab. Even the least urbanized district of Punjab is more urbanized than the overall urbanization level of Bihar (11.30%) and HP (10.04%).

Speaking on the trends in urbanization, Director Census said, during 2001-2011, urban population in Punjab has increased by 25.72% and the urban growth rate in Punjab is twice that of overall growth rate of 13.73% and thrice that of the rural growth rate at 7.58%. The change in rank in urbanization level is most conspicuous in Bathinda, SAS Nagar and Gurdaspur districts. During 2001-2011, Bathinda district (35.99%) has improved its rank from 9th to 6th, SAS Nagar (55.17%) from 4th to 2nd and Gurdaspur (28.50%) from 14th to 12th.The number of towns in Punjab has increased from 157 (including 18 CTs) to 217 (including 74 CTs). Three-fourths (74.24%) of urban population of Punjab is residing in Class I and class II towns.

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STATUS REPORTS ON COURT DECISIONS BE SEND THROUGH ADMN DEPTS

CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 9:
The Punjab Government today issued instructions to all the departments to send status report on the verdicts/orders passed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, on which no action has been taken yet, on a prescribed Performa through respective administrative department.
An official spokesman of General Administration Department said that written instructions have been issued, wherein all the departments have been asked not to send such status reports directly to the monitoring cell of the department. They have been instructed to send reports on prescribed Performa through the respective administrative department.

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PLEAD CASES ENSURING APPEARANCE AND FILLING OF COUNTER AFFIDAVITS IN TIME; PB GOVT ORDERS DEPTS

CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 9:
            The Punjab Government today issued instructions to all the departments to attend the cases on behalf of the state and to fill counter affidavits in time bound manner.
            Disclosing this here today, an official spokesman of the Home Department said that it has been instructed that whenever the notice from the court is received, the concerned superintendent would ensure that the draft of the reply is placed before the competent authority preferably within one week or at least within 10 days from the receipt of the notice. He further said that the branch officer (Under Secretary, Additional Secretary and Special Secretary) would ensure filling of the reply preferably 10 days before the date of hearing. The spokesman said that sometimes Law Officers of the Advocate General Office accept the notice on behalf of the state in the court itself. In such a situation it would be the responsibility of the Law Officer to send a copy of the writ petition to the concerned department within 3 days of receipt of notice.
            He said that whenever the draft reply by the department is sent to the Law Officer of the Advocate General Office, it should be vetted as soon as possible. He said that the Secretary of the department would monitor the filling of the reply in each case every week as well as monitor the progress of each case weekly.
            The Spokesman said that each department would notify a nodal officer for liaison with the Law Officer. The nodal officer would monitor and follow up the cases. He further said that department have been asked for strict compliance of these instructions. In case of default, action would be taken against the erring officers.

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PUNJAB TO BEAR ALL EXPENSES OF BRINGING MORTAL REMAINS OF OAK CREEK GURDWARA FIRING VICTIMS OF INDIAN ORIGIN
·        BODIES TO BE RESPECTFULLY TAKEN TO THE PLACES OF THEIR RELATIVES


CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 8:
The Punjab Government today issued orders that the Punjab Government would bear all the expenses of bringing the bodies of all those victims of Indian origin, who died in an unfortunate and tragic firing in Oak Creek Gurdwara in Wiskonsin near Milwaki on Sikh sangat 2012.
          According to an official spokesman Chief Secretary Mr. Rakesh Singh today issued orders that Punjab would bear all the expenses of air lifting the bodies from United State and taking them respectfully to the places of their relatives in whatever state they are residing.
          Resident Commissioner New Delhi has been directed to make suitable arrangements for this. 
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Meeting of Punjab Congress MLAs

Chandigarh, August 8: A meeting of Punjab Congress MLAs, Distict Chiefs and Senior Congress Leaders was held to discuss the issue of political conference at Issru. The meeting was presided over by Gulchain Singh Charak, Incharge of Punjab Congress affairs.
The meeting observed two-minute silence to mourn the killing of innocents in Wisconsin Gurdwara shootout and the death of 11 innocents in the hooch tragedy in Batala. The house also congratulated and felicitated Congress President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and newly elected President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee. The meeting also congratulated Mr. Hamid Ansari for being re-elected as the Vice-President.
A fact-finding committee was constituted to probe into the incident of Batala hooch tragedy. Three members, namely, Ashwani Sekhri, MLA, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, MLA, and Vikram Singh Bajwa, General Secretary, PCC, have been appointed on the committee.
During the meeting, a committee for organizing political conference at Issru on August 15 has been constituted with following members:
1.      S. Sadhu Singh MLA Convenor
2.      S. Sukhdev Singh Libra MP
3.      S. Tej Parkash Singh Ex Minister Member
4.      S. Amrik Singh Dhillon  MLA
5.      S. Randeep Singh Nabha MLA
6.      S. Gurkirat Singh MLA
7.      S. Kuljit Singh Nagra MLA
8.      S. Vikram Singh Bajwa General Secretary PPCC
9.      S. Kamaljit Singh Dhillon Treasurer PCC
10.  Smt. Razia sultan Ex MLA
11.  Smt. H.K. Dullo Ex MLA
12.  Sh. Surjit Singh Dhiman Ex MLA
13.  Sh. Lakhbir Singh Payal
14.  Sh. Joginder Pal Singla
15.  Sh. Harinder Singh Bhambri
16.  Sh. Hardev Singh Rosha

Next meeting of the Organizing Committee will be held on August 10.

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PUNJAB ANNOUNCES HIGHEST EVER INCENTIVES UNDER NEW AND RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY
·        EXEMPTION IN ELECTRICITY DUTY
·        NO ENTRY TAX,  VAT AND CLU
·        OFFERS HIGHEST TARRIF IN THE COUNTRY TO PURCHASE POWER GENERATED FROM BIOMASS PROJECTS 

CHANDIGARH, August 8
          The Punjab Government today announced the most attractive package for Renewable energy investors under the New and Renewable energy Policy 2012 announced today.
Giving the details of new policy, The Non Conventional Energy Minister of Punjab Mr Bikram Singh Majithia said that to meet the increasing demand of clean energy and to reduce the burden on conventional energy resources, the Punjab Government has announced the various incentives for the renewable energy projects to be set up in the state.
Talking about the announced incentives, The Minister said that the Punjab Government would provide Wheeling and banking facilities to the investors. Besides that the Punjab Government has decided to provide 50 % exemption on electricity duty on the power used during construction period by the investors. He also said that 100% Entry Tax exemption would also be given to the project holder in respect of all supplies made by setting up of the New Renewable Energy Projects. Besides that the Government has also announced VAT exemption on equipments required for these projects, he added. The Minister further said that Government land, if available would be provided on lease for a period of 38 years having  no CLU, EDU and any other fees for setting these projects.
He said that with that incentives Punjab would be able to promote investment through Private/Public sector partnership in the areas of Mini Hydel projects, co-generation, Biomass, Solar Energy, Wind Power etc for systematic and faster development of renewable energy sources in the state. He said that the Punjab Government has set a target of 1000 MW power production from Non Conventional Energy projects till 2017.
          He further said that the State Government would provide the all clearances in a time bound manner through a single window system mechanism within a period of 60 days. He further said that solar power projects less than 5 MW capacity would be exempted from obtaining any NOC/consent under Pollution Control Laws from the PPCB.
Mr Majithia said that Punjab was facing a big problem of Rice Straw, which was burnt in the fields by the farmers across the state causing a great depletion of environment. He said that presently Punjab has a more than 27 Lac Acres area under Rice cultivation which produced 21 Lac MT rice straw which can be used as a raw material in Biomass Plants. He said that to attract the giant players of Biomass sector , the Punjab Government has offered highest tariff  across the country , Rs 5.83 Per Unit to purchase the power generated by the Biomass plants situated in the state. He said that presently Andhra Pradesh has offered Rs 5.18, Haryana Rs 5.65, Maharashtra Rs 5.74, Rajasthan Rs 5.16, TamilNadu Rs 5.12, UP Rs 5.24 Per Unit to purchase the power from Biomass Plants.

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Congress expresses grave concern over the alarmingly deteriorating law and order in Punjab, calls upon the SAD-BJP govt. to learn a lesson from the USA police.

Sukhpal Singh Khaira
Ex-MLA, Aug 08

  Grave and serious incidents of murder, loot, drug trafficking etc.
have put a huge question mark on the integrity of the highly politicized Punjab police. There is a complete breakdown of the law and order in Punjab and criminals are ruling the roost in the state.
      Congress condemns the dastardly killing and looting of an Amritsar businessman Sh. Munish Khanna yesterday. Such incidents of murder, dacoity, loot and drug trafficking have become an order of the day.
      The Punjab police needs to learn a lesson from the effective policing displayed by the Wisconsin authorities while tackling the shootout at Oak creek Gurudwara couple of days back. The USA police responded within minutes to the 911 call and they shot dead the killer on the spot. A brave American police officer, Mr. Brian Murphy confronted the attacker and has been critically injured while defending the innocent citizens.
      Thereafter, the US govt. has swung into action and has involved the FBI in its investigation and we are all sure that the guilty would not be spared.
      Do we have any such mechanism where our police has responded to any distress call by its citizens? Has our police ever reached the spot to confront criminals? On the contrary the politicized Punjab police is known to shield guilty, convicted criminals such as Bibi Jagir Kaur, who is being provided VIP status in the jail. Ironically I have just learnt that Bibi Jagir Kaur has been given 28 days parole contrary to the directions of Hon’ble Spreme Court “that parole cannot be used as a tool by govt.’s to liberate criminals”
      If any officer such as Sh. Ravicharan Singh Brar former SSP Gurdaspur tried to depoliticize the police, he was shifted out of Gurdaspur within 100 days, despite clamor for his continuance by the local residents.
      I am sorry to state, that despite my D.O. letter to the DGP, IGP and SSP Kapurthala urging action against a known criminal gang operating in Bholath constituency facing more than 10 criminal cases and having illegal weapons, the police has failed to act due to political pressure.
      Therefore, the congress party urges the CM to take a cue from the fair and effective policing of USA and prevent Punjab from slipping into anarchy.
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BIG RELIEF TO HOLY CITY AMRITSAR AS SUKHBIR INAUGURATES 10 LANE HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE
·        Rs 25 CRORE PROJECT CONSTRUCTED IN RECORD 10 MONTHS
·        SUKHBIR ORDERS CRACKDOWN ON HOOCH MAFIA
·        AREA SHO WOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR CRIME IN HIS AREA
·        Rs 10,000 CRORE PROJECTS TO LINK ALL CITIES WITH 4/6 LANE ROADS
·        METROPOLITAN COUNCIL OF AMRITSAR HEADED BY SUKHBIR TO IMPLEMENT MASTER PLAN WITHIN THREE YEARS
·        TO FOCUS ON NURTURING BUDDING SPORTS TALENT WITH ONE SPORTS SCHOOL IN EACH DISTRICT

AMRITSAR, AUGUST 08:

The holy city Amritsar today got a major relief from the chronic traffic congestion point with Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal dedicated multilane high level over bridge to the progressive and enterprising people of Amritsar.
          Dedicating the project to the people, Mr. Badal said that SAD-BJP Government was vigorously implementing the development agenda that it had unfolded before the people. He said that during last three days alone he has personally inaugurated or dedicated Rs. 1117 crore road projects including 4 lane highways, ROBs and roads along the canals. He said that Amritsar was on his priority list No.1 as he himself has decided to head the firstever ‘Metropolitan Council’ being constituted for planned development and growth of the city. He said that the council including public representatives and experts would draw up a master plan for Amritsar that would include sewage network upgradation, widening of roads, building futuristic infrastructure for the city, heritage preservation besides planned traffic management and removal of all unauthorised encroachments in the city. He said that the Amritsar-Gateway to South East Asia is all set to witness a sea change with the investment of Rs. 3500 crore in execution of this master plan.
          Speaking to media, Mr. Badal said that he has taken the incident of hooch tragedy in district Gurdaspur very seriously and ordered IG Border Range to thoroughly probe the incident and submit report to him. He said that he has also ordered statewide crackdown on Hooch Mafia and no body with whatever political or police connection would be spared. He said that SAD-BJP Government to free Punjab from the clutches of narcotic trade and crackdown on hooch mafia was part of that campaign.
          When questioned about deteriorating crime situation in Amritsar, Mr. Badal said that the Commissioner of Police Amritsar has been given a one point brief to check petty crimes like snatchings, eve-teasing, thefts with heavy hand and area SHO, in whose area the crime would take place, would be personally accountable and responsible for this. He said that strict instructions have already been issued to improve the traffic scenario in the state, check wrong parking, red light jumping besides over speed and driving after consuming alcohol. Mr. Badal said that the huge modernisation plan including intensive CCTV surveillance of all big cities would be quite helpful in checking the crime and traffic scenario in the state.
          When asked about plans of revenue generation, Mr. Badal said that every resource mobilisation plan would be implemented after consultation with BJP. He rubbished the suggestion giving priority to Rural Areas and said that Shiromani Akali Dal was not a rural based party as its MLA have won on 70% urban seats. He said that every section of the society including rural population would have to contribute their share in the development of the state.
          Expressing concern over poor show by Indian Hockey team in London Olympic, Mr. Badal said that we would have to inculcate sports culture in our psyche to upgrade the sports department. He said that Punjab Government has drawn up an ambitious plan to nurture talent right from 3 year age of budding talent and has decided to open one Sports School in each district of the state and first school has started working in Ghudda. He said that he has already approved Rs. 214 crore ‘Sports Infrastructure Upgradation Plan’ besides ordering to fill the backlog of 3% sports quota in the jobs.

          Mr. Badal after inaugurating the bridge himself drove on the bridge after cutting the ceremonial ribbon. Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu, Member Parliament, Mrs. Navjot Kaur Sidhu and Mr. Inderbir Singh Bolaria (both CPS) and all newly elected councillors besides SGPC members.

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UPA IS TAKING REVENGE OF CONGRESS DRUBBING IN RECENT PUNJAB VIDHAN SABHA ELECTIONS-SUKHBIR

·INAUGURATES RS.30 CRORE ROB ON BATHINDA-LAMBI ROAD CONNECTING NH-64 TO NH-10
·NO PROPOSAL TO OPEN CASINO IN THE STATE
·BATHINDA TO HAVE AN EDUCATION CITY AND TEXTILE HUB
·GOVERNANCE REFORMS TO PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED RELIEF TO COMMON MAN
·DEVELOPERS OF ILLEGAL COLONIES TO FACE MUSIC
·ANNOUNCES 4 LANING OF BATHINDA-KOTKAPURA-FARIDKOT-ZIRA-AMRITSAR ROAD
·LAYS FOUNDATION STONE OF RS.70 CRORE PROJECT OF 4 LANING OF MUKTSAR-KOTKAPURA ROAD


Bathinda/Muktsar, August 8:

The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister       Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today said that Congress led UPA government was taking revenge of Congress drubbing in recent Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections and exclusion of Punjab from Union Government’s Rs.2300 crore drought relief was a latest example of its anti-Punjab stance. He also rubbished the propaganda of Congress party regarding opening of Casinos in the state and said that there was no proposal with the state government and it reflected the sick and negative mentality of Punjab Congress leadership.
After inaugurating a Rs.30 crore ROB on Bathinda-Lambi road connecting NH-64 to NH-10 and laying the foundation stone of Rs.70 crore project of 4 laning of Muktsar-Kotkapura road, Sri Muktsar Sahib, the Deputy Chief Minister said that UPA government was hell bent upon to squeeze the non-UPA combine ruled states and doing grave injustice to them for allocation of central funds by imposing unnecessary riders. He said that when coal, marble and hydro power producing states were entitled for royalty than why the Punjab was being denied to collect its genuine taxes on food grains being produced here. He said that Bathinda-Lambi road ROB would act as a ring road around Bathinda city thereby opening the way for rapid development of trans-railway locality in the city besides ensuring the smooth flow of traffic to Malout-Abohar-Ganganagar and Fazilka area bypassing Bathinda city. He said that the state government has decided to construct 27 ROBs/RUBs with an estimate cost of Rs.550 crore in next three years and work on 13 ROBs/RUBs have already started and 14 more to follow in next 14 years. He said that Rs.2500 crore project of 4 laning of 220 Kms Bathinda-Patiala-Zirakpur expressway would provide a vital link of Malwa heartland with state capital and shorten the journey time from present 4 and half hour to 2 and half hours, after its completion. He also announced the 4 laning of another vital link of Malwa heartland through Kotkapura-Faridkot-Zira with holy city Amritsar and expressed confidence that the construction would start from the next year.
Announcing to set up a 300 acre education city in Bathinda, the Deputy Chief Minister said that top professional colleges including Business Schools were being contacted to set up their campuses in the proposed city to provide World Class education to the youngsters. He said that state government has decided to set up such 5 education cities at SAS Nagar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Bathinda and Amritsar.
 He said that the construction of Bathinda Domestic Airport terminal was almost completed and expressed confidence that domestic flights would be commenced in next 2-3 months from here to provide a vital air link thereby creating more business opportunities and attracting investments in the region. He said that the setting up of textile hub in Bathinda would not only benefit the cotton growers of the region but also create thousands of job opportunities for youngsters especially for girls.
Later interacting with the media persons, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the state government has decided to deal with the developers of illegal colonies strong handedly as they have duped innocent plot holders. He said that criminal proceedings would be started soon against such erring developers. He said that from very next year, Punjabis would not have to suffer during summer as 3 thermal plants were all set to produce power to meet the requirements of state. He lambasted the Congress leaders criticizing the power shortage and dared them to prove that even a single additional unit of power was produced in the tenure or they have taken any single initiative on power front. Replying a query regarding opposition of new taxes by a former Finance Minister, the Deputy Chief Minister wondered that how those leaders have taken a u-turn, who were strongly advocating new taxes and withdrawal of free power to farming sector. When asked about any assurance given by Prime Minister on drought relief to Chief Minister, the Deputy Chief Minister said that until you have been handed financial relief you can not say anything about Congress led UPA government’s promise. He said that with the first phase of governance reforms, the state government was all set to launch 2ndgeneration reforms providing 110 citizen services to the public to make their interaction with government a pleasant experience.
Mr. Badal said that Excise & Taxation department would be the first department that would become paperless by December this year. He said that instructions of Excise Department to fill form online and to register their bills online were a step towards bringing transparency in the revenue administration and reducing the harassment of tax payers, who spent their time filling sheaf of forms for every return. He said that the state government was making all out efforts to develop paperless culture in official functioning in next 2 years.
Reiterating the resolve of SAD-BJP Government to intensify its fight against drug addiction, Mr. Badal said that increasing seizures depicts the seriousness and gravity of the problem. He rubbished any difference with BJP on revenue administration issues.
Prominent amongst others who spoke on the occasion included Mr. Sikander Singh Maluka, Education Minister, Mr. Sarup Chand Singla, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr. Darshan Singh Kotfatta, MLA, Mr. Baljeet Singh Beerbehman, Mayor, Mr. Gulshan Wadhwa, District President, BJP and Mr. Dayal Singh Sodhi, District President BJP (Rural).

Every city & town to have 4/6 lane highway connectivity

Later talking to Media persons at Sri Muktsar Sahib, the Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal said that the state government has launched an ambitious programme of Rs.13,000 crore for connecting every city and town of state with 4/6 lane expressways in next 3 years. Besides this, Rs.10,000 crore were also being spent on providing safe drinking water & sewerage connectivity to each household of each city & town of the state, he added. Stressing upon the need for total quality control in the works being executed by various development agencies, Mr. Badal said that any dereliction or laxity in this would not be tolerated. He said that vigilance team was already probing allegations of low standard material in various works especially in Malwa region and on receipt of report strict action would be taken against guilty.
Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Mr. Kanwarjeet Singh Rozi Barkandi, Mr. Manjeet Singh Barkandi, Mr. Mit Singh Brar, President, Municipal Council, Sri Muktsar Sahib.

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DECLARE AGRICULTURE SECTOR AS AN ISLAND FOR UNINTERRUPTED POWER SUPPLY: MAJITHIA
 
·        PUNJAB SEEKS IMMEDIATE DECISION ON COAL-LINKAGE FOR UPCOMING THREE THERMAL PLANTS
·        PUNJAB RUBBISHES BLAME FOR GRID FAILURE
·        MAJITHIA PUTS FORWARD PUNJAB’S STAND IN POWER MINISTERS MEETING
·        PUNJAB WAS OVERDRAWING ONLY 1.23% AGAINST 22.4% OF HARYANA AND 6.4% OF UP
·        UNION GOVERNMENT TRYING TO PROTECT SERIAL AND SERIOUS OFFENDER STATES BY DIVERTING BLAME ON PUNJAB
·        SEEKS 1000MW POWER FROM UNALLOCATED POOL TO SAVE ALREADY SOWN PADDY
·        COMMITTEE PROBING GRID FAILURE SHOULD HAVE STATES REPRESENTATIVES ALSO

NEW DELHI/CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 6: The Punjab Government today made a forceful plea to declaring agriculture sector as an ‘Island’ on the pattern proposed for New Delhi for ensuring it uninterrupted power.
 
          These views were put forward by Punjab Revenue Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, who represented Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal in Power Ministers’ meeting convened by Union Power Minister MR. Veerappa Moily in view of recent grid failures on July 30 and 31st.  Mr. Majithia said that Union Power Ministry would have to chalk out an innovative policy for the larger cause of food security of country especially in view of deficient monsoon in the country. Mr. Majithia also endorsed the proposal of Union Power Minister of declaring power to agriculture sector an essential service. He also sought 1000 MW power from unallocated central quota for agriculture sector.
 
          Seeking immediate decision on coal-linkages for the upcoming three thermal plants in the state, Mr. Majithia said that an early decision was imperative not only for Punjab but for the whole country’s power scenario.
 
Rubbishing the blame on Punjab for grid failure Mr. Majithia said that Punjab cannot be blamed for failure of northern grid and said that its decimative overdrawl on the day of failure was being grown up ignoring the more than 25% overdrawal by serial and serious offender states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh just because of political reasons.
 
          Putting forward the case of Punjab Mr. Majithia said that Punjab despite being the agrarian state, consuming power mostly for its paddy sowing operations, has acted in most disciplined manner. He said that understanding the gravity of power crisis being faced by the country, Punjab is the only state that has banned the use of Air Conditions in its offices and offices of boards and corporations besides rescheduling the time of offices to decrease the load of power consumption. He said that it was the Punjab that has made advance purchases of Power in the month of January, February itself anticipating a growth of 10% in power demand and had arranged 3129 MUs for Rs. 1223 crore. He said that even though meterological department was predicting normal monsoon Punjab purchased 1075 MUs for Rs. 423 crore besides also tying 1784 MUs under banking arrangements. He said that in the month of June and July Punjab has purchased 496 MUs for Rs. 206 crore on the day ahead basis and 412 MUs for Rs. 170 crore under unscheduled interchange. He said that fearing a swear drought the Punjab has called tenders for additional power to the tune of 500 MUs for August to October. He said that till date Punjab has purchased power worth Rs. 7000 crore.  He said that according to estimates Punjab was purchasing additional power to the tune of Rs. 1531 crore over and above the normal purchase due to failure of Monsoon and Union Government should reimburse this amount to Punjab as this amount has been spent by Punjab for the food security of the country.
 
          Expressing concern over wrong and mischievous propaganda regarding grid failure due to overdrawl by Punjab Mr. Majithia said that at the time of Grid failure the overdrawl by Punjab was 1.23 % against habitual overdrawal of Haryana at 22.4% and Uttar Pradesh of 6.4% that was being repeatedly ignored by the Power Ministry. He said that even at the time of first grid failure the overdrawal of Punjab was 5.5 % with Haryana overdrawing 25.5 % and UP 20.8%. He said that if we go by average overdrawal in the month of July by different states, Punjab has an average of 4% overdrawal against 31% overdrawal of UP, 17 % of Haryana and 18% of Rajasthan. He said that clubbing disciplined states like Punjab with serial offenders was not acceptable to the proud people of Punjab.
 
          Seeking 1000MW additional power for Punjab from the unallocated quota of central pool, Mr. Majithia said that due to failure of Monsoon, the farmers were trying to augment all resources to irrigate the already sown paddy to save the crop so that they could fulfill their obligations towards nation to make it self sufficient on food security front. He said that Union Government, understanding the gravity of the situation should take an early decision on this to save the agriculture sector of Punjab.  Mr. Majithia said that the Power requirement of Punjab, the grain bowl of the country cannot be clubbed with other state as failure of state government to supply power to agriculture sector that too during paddy season could have long term implications on the food security of the country. He said that deficit monsoon has put pressure on PSPCL that was trying to augment power to agriculture sector by imposing cuts on industrial and domestic sectors so that Punjab could fulfill its commitment for providing record paddy crop for national pool. He said that this year the paddy sowing was expected to be on 29 lakh hectares, 1.5 lakh hectare more than last year.
 
          Demanding increase in the capacity of power transmission to 6000 MW for Punjab, Mr. Majithia said that presently 5400 MW transmitted to Punjab through power grid transmission system, which has already fully utilized and there was no more capacity left to bring any additional power. He said that Punjab is willing to purchase more power on day ahead basis to meet the paddy load requirement.
 
          Mr. Majithia also demanded inclusion of States Representatives in the committees constituted by Union Government to study the cause of Grid Failure.
         
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CM SHARES CONDOLENCES WITH THE FAMILIES OF
OAK CREEK TRAGEDY

ASSURES ALL POSSIBLE HELP TO THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF DECEASED IN THIS HOUR CRISIS
 
CHANDIGARH/NEW DELHI AUGUST 6:
The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today visited the native residence of two brothers Sita Singh and Ranjit Singh who were killed in a shooting incident in the Oak Creek Gurdwara in US on Sunday. 
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that Mr. Badal met the bereaved families in Tilak Nagar at New Delhi to express profound grief and heartfelt condolences with them in this hour of crisis.  Mr. Badal also announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs.1 lac each for the next of the kin of all the deceased Sikhs, who lost their lives in this ghastly incident.  The Chief Minister also assured that the Punjab government would extend all possible help to the bereaved families of the victims.
Mr. Badal prayed to the Almighty to give courage to the bereaved families to bear this irreparable loss and grant eternal peace to the departed souls. 

BADAL LAUNCHS TOURISM PROJECT ‘PANJ TAKHT DARSHAN’ BY
TOURIST TRAIN AND AIR’

FIRST DEPARTURE ON DECEMBER 30, 2012 AND SECOND
ON  MARCH 17, 2013
 
NEW DELHI AUGUST 06:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today launched the prestigious tourism project ‘Panj Takht Darshan’ by Tourist Train and Air’ for the pilgrimage of five Sikh Takhts by the Punjab Tourism.
In his address during the media launch of this major tourism project here at Kapurthala House, Mr. Badal said that Panj Takht Darshan should not be merely construed as a Sikh pilgrimage of five takhts rather it should be seen in a wider concept as the Sikhism preached the global message of humanity and therefore everyone regardless of religion, caste, creed and colour should visit these holy places to strengthen the bonds of universal brotherhood, peace and harmony.  The Chief Minister especially thanked the IRCTC and the Luxury Trains Group for launching this tourist project of immense historical importance which would go a long way to showcase the rich legacy of Sikhism amongst the Indians as well as NRIs besides the younger generations to acquaint them with the philosophy of Sikhism.
Mr. Badal further said that a week long journey would cover Sri Akal Takht Sahib/Sri Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), Jallianwala Bagh, Panj Sarovar Walk, Attari Border (Amritsar), Gurdwara Sri Fatehgarh Sahib, Gurdwara Sri Jyoti Sarup Sahib (Sri Fatehgarh Sahib), Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Virasat–e–Khalsa Heritage Complex (Sri Anandpur Sahib), Takht Sri Damdama Sahib (Talwandi Sabo), Takht Sri Patna Sahib, Guru Ka Bagh (Patna), Takht Sri Hazur Sahib Nanded.  He said that Punjab, with its magnificent cultural heritage, palaces, Gurdwaras and bountiful natural resources has tremendous potential in the tourism sector.  He said that state Government has already embarked on several initiatives to give a major thrust to the tourism sector.
Mr. Badal mentioned that Punjab State now ranks 14th in the number of tourist arrivals- as per the Government of India Report 2010, placed above Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir states.  He pointed out the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPB) has prepared 15 years Tourism Master Plan for Punjab with the assistance of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).   On the basis of this initiative, Punjab was one of the states which was sanctioned Asian Development Bank (ADB) assisted Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism worth Rs. 400 crore.  
The Chief Minister further said that the Punjab government has envisaged an ambitious plan to make huge investments in this sector during the next five years on infrastructure, conservation of heritage sites/ buildings and product development. He revealed that  Punjab has recently launched new tourism products; Farm tourism, Bed and Breakfast scheme, Tented accommodation, Heritage walk, Fair & Festivals, Destinations, Circuits, special ‘Panj Takht Darshan’ journey of five holy Takhts of Sikhism.   
Keeping in view the significance of religious tourism and sentiments of the people, the Punjab government has recently signed a MoU with Himachal Pradesh to setup 3.75 Km long Ropeway at the cost of Rs. 85  crore between Sri Anandpur Sahib and Sri Naina Devi, added the Chief Minister.
Later, the Chief Minister released a booklet, a brochure and a souvenir of Panj Takht Darshan and also launched a booking portal of Indian Railway Catering Tourism Corporation(IRCTC) on the occasion.
The Chief Minister felicitated Mr. Nahar Singh who amongst the audience offered a cheque of Rs.1 lac for the maiden booking of a ticket for the pilgrimage to five takhts. 
Meanwhile the CEO of The Luxury Trains Mr. Sajivve Trehaan gave a detailed presentation on the Panj Takht Darshan and sought patronage from the people to make this unique tourist project connecting five takhts of Sikhism through train and air as a grand success.   
Addressing on the occasion, Tourism & Cultural Affairs Minister Punjab Mr. Sarwan Singh Phillaur described the launching of Panj Takht  Darshan (journey) as a major breakthrough in the state tourism.  He said that the PHTPB would undertake extensive marketing of this prestigious project not in the country but across the globe especially in UK, USA & Canada etc. to attract the Punjabi Diaspora to visit the holy five Takhts.  He said initially this train will run twice in this financial year, but depending upon the response frequency could be increased also.  Under the 12th five year plan the state tourism department has primirely focused its attention to explore the untapped potential in the tourism sector thereby developing four tourist circuits viz.Sikh Circuit, Eco-Tourism Circuit, Freedom Trail Circuit & Heritage Circuit in a big way. 
Earlier, in her welcome address Principal Secretary Tourism Mrs. Geetika Kalha said that PHTPB has signed a MoU on December 12, 2011 with IRCTC to run Tourist Train named as “Panj Takht Darshan” covering three Holy Takhts in Punjab by train and 2 other Holy Takhts in Patna & Nanded Sahib by Air.  First departure of ‘Panj Takht Darshan’ will be on 30th December 2012 from New Delhi and 2nd on 17th March 2013.   It will be a six nights and seven days journey by Train and Air.  IRCTC will manage the complete operation of Sikh Circuit Special Tourist Train including off board and on board services.  Air services will be arranged and looked after by marketing agency, The Luxury Train. Pilgrims can board the train from New Delhi on 30th December 2012 or from Amritsar on 1st January 2013.  Entire cost of the package tour to and fro from Delhi would be 1st AC Rs.1,00,001/-  and 2nd AC Rs. 90,000/- per person.  Likewise, the package would be 1st AC Rs.97,500/-  and 2nd AC Rs. 88,050/- per person from Amritsar.
Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Chief Parliamentary Secretary Tourism Mr. Balvir Singh Ghunas, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. KJS Cheema, Additional Special Secretary Tourism GoI Mr. Sanjay Kothari, Director Information & Public Relations Mr. DS Mangat, and MD IRCTC Mr. Rakesh Tandon.

OAK CREEK TRAGEDY: SUKHBIR TO MEET US AMBASSADOR
·        ASKS PM TO ENSURE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF SIKHS ALL OVER THE WORLD
·        EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER RISING ATTACK ON SIKHS
·        KICK STARTS RS.2500 CRORE PROJECT OF 4 LANING OF ZIRAKPUR-BATHINDA EXPRESSWAY
·        INAUGURATES RS.17 CRORE ROB AT SHAMBHU

SHAMBHU, AUGUST 6: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today strongly condemned the armed attack on Sikh pilgrims in Oak Gurdwara and said that he and the Chief Minister has already requested Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Mr. S M Krishna to take all possible diplomatic, political and other measures to impress upon US Government to ensure safety and security of Sikhs living there.
Talking to media persons after inaugurating Rs. 17 crore Railway Over Bridge near Shambhu Barrier on Shambhu-Patiala Road, Mr. Badal said that every Sikh was deeply concerned about the safety and security of the Sikh community, who have contributed with the sweat of their brow for development of US and other western countries. He said that the Chief Minister has requested Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to request US Government to probe this tragedy deeply so that real motive of attack on peaceful Sikh community could be exposed and guilty could be punished with exemplary punishment. He said that he has already sought an appointment from US Ambassador to convey the concern of Punjab Government as well as of Shiromani Akali Dal on the well planned and orchested attack on Sikh community that too in a holy place of Gurdwara. He also condoled the death of Mr. Sukhwant Singh Kaleka brother-in-law of Punjab Rural Development Minister Mr. Surjit Singh Rakhra.
Ridiculing the demand of congress MPs from Punjab for disbursing drought relief fund directly to the farmers instead of handing it over to state government, Mr. Badal said that they have no guts to raise the issue of grave injustice meted out to the Punjabi farmers in recently announced Rs.2300 crore central drought relief package as our state was not granted even a single penny. He said that besides ignoring Punjab in drought relief package it was also not allotted even single additional Mega Watt of Power to meet the ever increasing demand of power for state’s farm sector.
The Deputy Chief Minister clarified that the state government was not taking any escape route to impose taxes. He said that the Finance Minister during presentation of Budget 2012-13 categorically said that the state needs to mobilize additional resources to the tune of Rs.3000 crore. He said that there was not even an iota of truth in the alleged reports of differences between SAD-BJP on the issue of imposition of new taxes. He said that the SAD-BJP combine was forever and it always take joint decisions with total coordination.
The Deputy Chief Minister reiterated the firm commitment of SAD-BJP government to provide world class infrastructure in the Urban as well as Rural areas of the state. He said that with an ambitious plan of Rs.8600 crore the state government was going to provide portable drinking water and sewerage facility to each house hold. He said that to deal with the problem of water pollution the state government would spend more than Rs.1000 crore to ensure setting up of sufficient sewerage treatment plants so that only treated water should be allowed to discharge in water channels. He also assured to enquire the alleged allegations regarding discharging polluted water directly into the earth by some industries and said that the guilty one should not be spared. When asked about the senior BJP Leader Mr. L.K. Advani’s prediction of Non-BJP and Non-Congress Prime Minister after 2014 general elections, Mr. Badal said that SAD was a constituent of NDA and would always stand by its decision.
Earlier, kick starting Rs. 2500 crore 4 laning project of Chandigarh-Bathinda road, Mr. Badal said that Punjab is all set to link all major towns with 4/6 lane roads in next two years at the cost of Rs. 13,000 crore. He said that Punjab was the only state that built 29 ROBs during last five years at the cost of Rs. 402 crores and with the completion of Chandigarh-Bathinda expressway, the main road artery between Chandigarh and heartland of Malwa would be completed facilitating traffic between Chandigarh and Bathinda refinery besides facilitated traffic to neighbouring state Haryana.  
Later on the Deputy Chief Minister addressed a public rally. Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Smt. Harpreet Kaur Mukhmailpur and Smt. Vaninder Kaur Loomba both MLAs, Mr. Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, Advisor to Chief Minister, Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra, Former MP, Mr. Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur, Former MLA, Mr. P.S. Aujla, Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister and Secretary PWD (B&R) and Mr. Surjit Singh Garhi, Executive Member SGPC.
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SUKHBIR LAYS FOUNDATION STONE OF RS.80 CRORE PROJECT OF 4 LANING OF MORINDA-KURALI-SISWAN ROAD
·        KICK STARTS RS.2500 CRORE 4 LANE EXPRESSWAY FROM ZIRAKPUR TO BATHINDA
·        NEW CHANDIGARH CITY, WORLD CLASS CRICKET STADIUM, MEDICITY AND EDUCATION HUB TO CHANGE THE DEVELOPMENT SCENARIO IN MULLANPUR AREA
Majri (SAS Nagar), August 6: The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today said that with the setting up of New Chandigarh City, a World Class Cricket Stadium, Medi-City and Education Hub was all set to change the development scenario of Mullanpur region.
Addressing a public rally after laying the foundation stone of Rs.80 crore project of 4 laning of Morinda-Kurali-Siswan upto Punjab boundary, the Deputy Chief Minister reiterated the firm commitment of SAD-BJP government to provide world class infrastructure in the Urban as well as Rural areas of the state. He said that SAD-BJP government was going to develop the Mullanpur area at par with Chandigarh with special focus on creating large number of job opportunities for the youngsters. He said that with the completion of this road project the traffic flow from Morinda to Baddi would be more smoothen. He said that the construction of 4 laning of Siswan T-road to PGI was going on full swing and would be completed with in a year. He said that 150 acre Medi-City would have a super speciality cancer hospital and the education hub would be developed in 1500 acres of land so that world class education facilities could be created for the coming generations to make them employable in every nook and corner of the world. He said that our government has chalked out an ambitious plan of Rs.8600 crore to provide potable drinking water and sewerage connectivity to each house hold with in next 3 years. He said that to check the serious problem of water pollution, the state government has started a Rs.1000 crore project to ensure setting up of sufficient number of sewerage treatment plants so that only treated water should be allowed to discharge in water channels to keep the purity of all rivers and canals of the state intact.
Earlier, kick starting Rs. 2500 crore 4 laning project of Chandigarh-Bathinda road at Banur, Mr. Badal said that Punjab was all set to link all major towns with 4/6 lane roads in next two years at the cost of Rs. 13,000 crore. He inspects the alignment and construction of Zirakpur-Patiala 4 lane expressway (NH-64) and issued necessary directions to ensure world class quality of this important road connection. He said that Punjab was the only state that built 29 ROBs during last five years at the cost of Rs. 402 crores. He said that with the completion of Chandigarh-Bathinda expressway, the main road artery between Chandigarh and heartland of Malwa, the traffic flow between Chandigarh and Bathinda refinery would be smooth and it would also facilitate the flow of traffic to the neighbouring state of Haryana.  
Ealier Mr. Ujjagar Singh Badali, Former MLA welcomed the Deputy Chief Minister and expressed gratitude for sanctioning liberal grants besides approving world class projects for the development of the area. Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Mr. Gurbachan Singh Babehali, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr. P.S. Aujla, Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister and Secretary PWD (B&R), Mr. Harbhajan Mann, President District Planning Committee and Mr. Jasjit Singh Bunny, Former MLA.

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OAK CREEK TRAGEDY: PUNJAB CM WRITES TO PM

·          WIDEN DIPLOMATIC RESPONSE TO COVER OTHER COUNTRIES: DY CM

 Chandigarh August 6 –
The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today urged the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to take up with the US administration the issue of safety and security of members of the Sikh community living in America. The Chief Minister called for a comprehensive administrative and social campaign to eliminate the chances of recurrence of such tragic incident in future.
    Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Minister and the SAD president Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal has also urged the ministry of External Affairs to widen its diplomatic response to cover  some other countries too where the Sikhs have been residing   and contributing in a significant and positive way to the progress of those countries which they have made their second homes.  The SAD Chief has also sought  status inputs from the rank and file and office bearers of the NRI wing of the party about the issues facing the Punjabis in general and the Sikhs in particular in the lands of their adoption.

     In his  letter to the Prime Minister in the wake “of the shocking tragedy at Oak Creek , Wisconsin, in the USA on Sunday, the Chief Minister, Mr. Badal said ,” There is a growing feeling in the  minds of the people of Punjabis in general and the Sikhs in particular that the Government of India must get more actively and vigorously involved   in getting the US Administration to address the issue in right earnest.”
    “There is also a strong feeling among the Sikhs masses about the need for  a comprehensive awareness campaign by the US government about the identity and the highly constructive role of the Sikh community in that country. Such an initiative should have been taken immediately after violent attacks against members of  the  Sikh community in the wake of 9/11. Unfortunately, no steps in this direction seems to have been taken,” said Mr. Badal in his letter.  

    The Chief Minister further said that members of the Sikh community have for centuries been living peacefully in various parts of the world including the USA. The community has an enviable record of enriching the social, cultural and economic life in the countries of their adoption, “said Mr. Badal.
      
    Pointing out that the Sikhs in America had in particular been in the vanguard of social and economic progress of the USA, the Chief Minister said that the tragic incident in Gurdwara Sahib in Oak Creek was all the more painful and difficult to understand in the background of the outstanding role  played by the peaceful Sikh community in the American success story.  

    Detailing the outlines of the steps required to be  taken for instilling a sense of security in the minds of the Sikhs, Mr Badal said, “There are two issues that require effective and proactive response from the Government of India. The first of course is the immediate task of dealing with the aftermath of Sunday's tragedy. Apart from tracking down the culprits and getting to the roots of the crime and understanding the dynamics behind it, there is an equally important and urgent need to provide relief to the affected families.”
   Secondly, said the Chief Minister,  there was an equally significant  larger question of safety and security of members of the Sikh community in that country on a long term basis. “What worries me and everyone else here is that in the past also, there have been instances of the Sikh community being made the target of hate and violence. There is an urgent need for the  Government of India to stress upon its US counterpart the importance of  ensuring adequate security  at the  Sikh shrines while keeping in mind the equally sensitive dimension of preserving the sanctity of their religious places.
     
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AJIT GARH (MOHALI), AUGUST 6:   
Punjab today took a major step towards launching itself into the fast track soft-ware technologies orbit when the foundation stone of the state-of-the-art Incubation Center at Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) was laid here this morning. 
     The incubator, the foundation stone of which was laid by the Union Minister for  of Communication and Information Technology Mr. Kapil Sibal,  is being seen by the Software experts as a “defining moment” for gen-next IT solutions in the region and a major boost for support infrastructure to the IT units operating from here.
        The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Mr. Shivraj V. Patil who was guest of honor in his address said that that Punjab was one of the most developed State in the field of Agriculture and through its hard work it had always contributed maximum food grains share in national food basket.
     Speaking on the occasion, the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal said that this incubation centre would make a comprehensive cluster impact on the government’s efforts towards making the Punjab the next IT hub of the country.  This would eventually facilitate software solutions expansion by providing a large number of small units with space at affordable rates and other benefits of infrastructure facilities such as lease line connections, computers, software, manpower and guidance etc.
Setting up of STPI ‘incubator’ would streamline system for securing hassle free government approvals and incentives like duty free imports, export certifications, allocation of foreign exchange etc., Mr. Badal said.  
The STPI provides connectivity to the software industries through Earth Station and regulatory services to   the software exporters of India. 
The Chief Minister spelt out the massive strides made by Punjab in the expansion of IT industry in the state.   He said that exports from the region have seen a meteoric rise , IT/ IT enabled services, going up from a meager Rs. 8 Crore in 1998 to a whopping over Rs. 1000 Crore now. STPI has registered about 170 units as software exporter from this region so far.     Apart from it, the STPI Mohali has also created new job opportunities for nearly 5000 software professionals, said the Chief Minister.
Software exports from STPI registered units have touched Rs. 224674 crores.  More than 4500 units were exporting and availing statutory services from STPI.
Mr. Badal said that the state government’s drive towards IT-orientation are going to get further boost in the days to come. The Punjab Govt. has also allotted 12.5 acres of land free of cost to the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), Chandigarh Centre at Ropar to set up a full fledged Software technologies Centre.
He said that impressed by the commitment of the state government to the development and promotion of IT amd IT-enabled industry, the Department of Electronics has approved the investment of Rs. 55 cr. for the construction of this Centre. The center provide tremendous employment potential for youth and would provide suitable environment to the industry for conducting business at this place corresponding to the international practices.
           Mr. Badal said that the new the industrial policy of the state government today has already seen a streaming-in of top-drawer IT companies , with over 100 units setting up base hereThey include global giants such as Quark Media, Infosys Technologies, IDS Infotech, Tata Interactive Systems, Smart Data Enterprises, eThreeR Info systems, Net Solutions, Rana Informatics, IGSP Technology Centre.
      This, said Mr. Badal, was the direct outcome of the incentives given to the IT industry through a series of decisions of far reaching implications. IT and Knowledge units have been exempted from the purview of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB). And from the inspection under various labour laws as well as from PAPRA. These units have been made eligible for incentives in respect of electric power..VAT on all IT products has been rationalized to be at par with minimum floor rate of 4 %, and the industry ahs been exempted from stamp duty and registration fee.Similarly, IT units/Parks now have permissible FAR of 300 % of the project and are exempted from zoning regulations & conversion charges.

        Apart from this, the companies will also benefit from the STPI scheme which provides for single window clearance and tax concession to all STPI bonded units.
Setting up of STPI ‘incubator’ would streamline system for securing hassle free government approvals and incentives like duty free imports, export certifications, allocation of foreign exchange etc.
Speaking on the occasion Union Minister said that Government of India had prepared a comprehensive plan to boost the Information Technology Sector in a big way through facilitating software as well as hardware IT industry.   The setting up of this Incubation Centre over one acre land provided by the state government would certainly prove to be a milestone in generating foreign exchange through enhanced export potential in the region, added Mr. sibal. 
The minister disclosed that  that the Government of India had generated Rs. 2.25 lac Crore revenue through IT business, which comes to be 7.5 per cent in terms of GDP. Referring to the huge employment generation potential through IT Business, the Union Minister said that it had created 30 lacs direct and 90 lac indirect employments last year. GoI had plan to spent Rs. 20 thousand crores in IT sector in coming times. He further said that National Optical Fiber network would also be layed in the country to insure village level connectivity in the country.
 Prominent amongst those who were present included IT Minister Punjab Mr. Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, Secretary Electronics and Information Technology, GOI Mr. J. Satya Narayanan, Chief Secretary Punjab Mr. Rakesh Singh, Principal Secretary Industries Mr. A.R. Talwar, Director STP Noida Mr. C.V.D. Ramprasad, MLA Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu, National General Secretary Istri Akalidal and District Incharge Ajitgarh Bibi Amanjot Kaur Ramuwalia, besides  many other officers of the Union and the State government.
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CABINET RANK FOR GREWAL AND SHARMA
CHANDIGARH AUGUST 6:
            The Punjab government today accorded the status of Cabinet rank to the newly appointed Chief Minister’s Advisor Mr. Maheshinder Singh Grewal and Political Advisor Mr. Kamal Sharma with immediate effect. 
            Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal cleared the file approving Cabinet rank for both Mr. Grewal and Mr. Sharma late last evening.

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CM gives nod to start 4 new skill based
health courses in Punjab
CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 6:
          In a bid to provide effective and quality skill development training in the health sector to unemployed youth of the state, the Punjab Government would start four new short term healthcare assistant certified courses.
          A decision to this effect was taken by Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal during a high level meeting with the eminent experts in the field of Medical Education and Health System, held here at Punjab Bhawan late last evening.
It may be recalled here that the last month the Chief Minister had constituted a Committee of experts from Medical Education and Health Services under the chairmanship of Dr. KK Talwar to workout  various reforms for initiating effective skill development training in the health sector, thereby generating avenues  of employment for the unemployed educated youth of the state.
          On the occasion Dr. KK Talwar, along with other members submitted their report to the Chief Minister with recommendations to start four new skill development healthcare certified courses under the aegis of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot. These certified courses includes ‘Hospital Care Attendant’ (one Year Course), ‘House –Based Health Care Attendant’ (Six month Course), ‘Emergency-cum-Ambulance Attendant’ (Nine months Course) and ‘Operation Theatre Attendant’ (One year Course) for which 10th and 12th pass individuals would be eligiable After a brainstorming session these recommendations were approved by the Chief Minister with minor modifications. It was also decided that the Course for ‘Home Based Health Care Attendant’ would be started from January 2013 while the other courses would be started from May – June 2013 at all the Medical colleges and some institutions of the Department of Health & Family Welfare in the state.
It was informed in the meeting that these courses would enable the unemployed educated youth of the state to serve in providing pre-hospital services during referral to hospital, Assistant medical and para-medical personnel for patient care during hospital stay, provide care at home after discharge from hospital or during chronic progressive illnesses and in old age. After passing out these courses the individuals would be able to get jobs in Hospitals, Private Nursing Homes and Clinics.
Taking part in the deliberations, Mr. Badal emphasized the need to establish three new Paramedical institutions solely to run various short term skill development training courses in all medical disciplines to generate huge employment potential on one hand and deliver quality health care services to the needy persons on the other and asked the committee to chalk out a comprehensive in this regard.
Prominent  amongst those were present in the meeting included Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mrs. Navjot Kaur Sidhu, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. SK Sandhu, Principal Secretary Health Mrs. Vini Mahajan, Special Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. KJS Cheema, Secretary Medical Education and Research Mrs. Anjali Bhawra, Secretary Health Mr. Raj Kamal Choudhri, Director Health Services Dr. JP Singh, Vice Chancellor Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot Dr. SS Gill, besides  eminent experts  Dr. KK Talwar, Dr. Ajmer Singh, Dr. KS Chugh, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Dr. ML Chawla, Dr. Baldev Singh Aulakh, Dr. Jagdeep Singh, Dr. TS Punia, Dr. Gurpreet Singh Wander, Dr. Rajnish Kumar, Dr. Rajoo Singh Mr. Abhijit Singh and Mr. Kapil chib.
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Education Minister checks Schools of Bathinda, Barnala,
Sangrur and Ajitgarh Districts.

Chandigarh July, 6: Education Minister, Punjab conducted surprise checking in the various Schools of Bathinda, Barnala, Sangrur, and Ajitgarh districts.
                   The Minister had series of meetings with the Distt. Education authority and instructed them to strictly insure the cleanliness in the Schools besides ensuring the attendance of the teachers. An official spokesman of the Education Department said that Education Minister today conducted surprise checking in Salabatpura (Bathinda) Govt. High School Cheema-Jodhpur and Senior Secondary School, Dhanola (Barnala), Sr. Secondary School Phaguwala (Sangrur) and Govt. High School Ladran (Ajitgarh).
                   The spokesman said during checking of government high School, Landran (Ajitgarh) various shortcomings were found by the Education Minister. Head of School was absent and teachers were  also absent in the classroom. Attendance register was not properly maintained. Education Minister has directed the concerned authority to take strict action in this regard.
                   During the checking, Minister monitored the attendance of the teachers and cleanliness in the School premises. Minister also enquires about the problems and grievances of the teachers. He also persuaded them to be a role model for the students and to be punctual in their duties. He asked the teachers to make efforts to uplift the standard of education in the Govt. Schools.
                   Minister specially stressed on the need of health and hygiene of the students and asked the school authority to keep their respective school premises neat and tidy. Minister has also taken into stock the problems of the students.He exhorted the students to plant more and more plants to preserve the environment for better future.

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SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT FOR MOHALI AND GMADA CLUSTER PUT ON FAST TRACK
·      PUNJAB FIRST STATE TO INITIATE STATEWIDE MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
·      141 TOWNS TO BE FULLY COVERED


SAS NAGAR, MOHALI/CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 5: 
The Punjab government has put the integrated municipal solid waste management project for SAS Nagar Mohali and GMADA cluster consisting 18 local bodies on fast track as it has sought expression of interests for first ever state level project in the country.
Disclosing this here an official spokesman said that GMADA cluster would include Municipal Corporation of SAS Nagar, Zirakpur, Municipal Council, Banur, Municipal Council, Dera Bassi, Municipal Council Rajpura, Municipal Council Ropar etc and it was estimated that 328 tonnes per day Solid Waste would be generated in 18 urban local bodies falling in GMADA cluster.
       He said that as per the estimated 141 cities of Punjab produces nearly 5000 tones solid waste per day that would be utilized for producing power, compost or other useful products. He said that on become operational of this solid waste management program, all the urban areas would automatically be garbage free besides bringing a significant improvement in the overall environment of the state.
He said that the Punjab is the first state that has initiated state level Municipal Solid Waste Management Project to cover all 141 Urban Local Bodies for developing Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management project on Public Private Partnership. He said that under this novel initiative, a most scientific system would be introduced in all the urban belts and town of the state. He said that this system would make the Punjab maiden in the country to cover the entire state under Solid Waste Management project and the whole state has been divided into 8 clusters. He said that Punjab has been divided into 8 mega clusters that included Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Ferozepur, Patiala, Amritsar, Pathankot and GMADA. He said that each cluster would cover 15 to 30 cities.

          The spokesman said that under this Private Public Partnership project developing agencies to carry out door to door segregated collection of Municipal Waste in 18 local bodies, transportation of municipal waste to the processing facility and scientific disposal or scientific landfill of Municipal Waste for which agency would create its door-to-door network, transfer stations, processing facilities and landfill sites.
He said that this multipurpose project would make all the cities and towns free from solid waste material and the waste would be processed in a scientific manner. He said that these clusters of Municipal Solid Waste Management projects would work on regional planning approach basis and the waste would be treated and disposed-off at central processing/disposal facility. 
The Spokesman said that the Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS), Infrastructure Development Corporation would make the compliance of the project on PPP mode. He said that project developer agency would be responsible for door-to-door segregate collection solid waste, segregate storage of MSW at secondary storage/ collection points, transportation of MSW from Municipal Area followed by transport stations for processing facility, development, finance, construction and operation of project including transfer stations, processing facilities and common engineered sanitary landfill sites.
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BADAL HOLDS POOR FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT OF THE UNION GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLE FOR FISCAL MESS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

STAGGERING DEBT ON PUNJAB WAS ALSO THE RESULT OF WRONG POLICIES OF THE CENTRE- CM

BADAL ASSAILS UNION GOVERNMENT FOR DENYING RELIEF FOR TACKLING DROUGHT LIKE SITUATION

Meeranpur (Patiala), August 5-
            Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal today held the poor financial management of the Union government solely responsible for the fiscal mess across the nation.
            Talking to the media persons after inaugurating the University College here today, the Chief Minister said that the officials of the Union government frame the policies for the country while sitting in their plush Air Conditioned offices, without caring about the needs and ground realities of the country. He said it all resulted in haphazard drafting of policies which further create chaos in the country adding to the woes of the people as no care was being taken to safeguard their interest. Fixing of Rs. 28.35 and Rs. 22.42 daily expenditure as people above the poverty line for the urban and rural areas respectively by National Planning Commission was a nothing but a sheer mockery on the part of Union Government and a testimony towards their complete insensitivity towards the plight of the countrymen, added Mr Badal.
            Assailing the Union government for ignoring the welfare of people by formulating the policies autocratically without concerning the state governments, the Chief Minister said the tendency of the Centre government to usurp the powers of the state governments was very dangerous as it not only violated the fundamental principles of democracy but also weakened the Federal structure of the country. Advocating a better deliberation between Union government and the state government before formulation of a national level policy, Mr Badal said that the Centre must take the states into confidence so that good policies for the betterment of people could be drafted and implemented properly. The Chief Minister also pleaded devolution of more money from the taxes collected by the Center from the states as the states were not getting their due share in return from the revenue collected on account of taxes imposed on the states. 
            Lashing out at the Union Government, the Chief Minister said that the staggering debt on Punjab was also the result of wrong policies of the Centre as despite of the fact that the people of state fought nation’s war against terrorism, no relief was given to it due to which the debt which was spent on deployment of Central forces in Punjab had been mounting manifolds. He said that prior to period of militancy in Punjab the fiscal health  of the state was very good but as Center rendered no help to the state, its economy dwindled alarmingly during the hey days of terrorism. 
            Referring to relief announced by the Center for some states like Gujarat, Maharashta and Haryana in view of drought like situation, the Chief Minister said that it was unfortunate that Punjab was deliberately left out of its ambit despite of the fact that this food bowl of the country was adversely affected due to the deficit rainfall. He said that this discriminatory attitude of the Union Government was a testimony of injustice meted out by the Centre which has caused widespread resentment in the minds of people. However Mr Badal said that he had already taken up this matter with the Prime Minister and Union Agricultural Minister seeking a relief of Rs 2380 crore from centre. He expressed hope that the state would be benefited from the scheduled visit of Union Agriculture Minister Mr Sharad Pawar on August 10 to assess the situation.
            Replying to a query, the Chief Minister said that no extra load of taxes would be put on the people of the state rather the Punjab government was only trying to rationalize the taxes so as to ensure the all round development of the state. He categorically said that there was no difference of opinion amongst the SAD-BJP alliance leadership regarding the matter.
            Earlier addressing the gathering the Chief Minister said that entire education system, be at the level school, college or university level, would be revamped to the advantage of our youth so that they could compete globally in securing better jobs. Mr Badal further said that as a part of their endeavors to reform the Education system in the state the alliance government had opened around 17 new colleges in the state along with eight new universities for imparting quality education to the students. He said that part from it a record recruitment of 72000 teachers had been conducted by the alliance government in its bid to improve the infra structure of the schools.  The Chief Minister further said as a result of these stupendous efforts made by them Punjab which earlier ranked 14th in the field of education, now tops the country. 
            The Chief Minister said that in order to perpetuate the rich cultural heritage of the state amongst the coming generations and to inculcate the values of patriotism and nationalism in them, a world class Freedom Martyrs' Memorial (Jung-e-Azaadi) would be constructed at Kartarpur. He said that this state of art memorial to be constructed at a cost of Rs 100 crore would commemorate the remarkable contribution made by the freedom fighters of our country in general and Punjabis in particular during the National freedom struggle. Mr Badal further said that he had recently visited places like Cellular prison at Andaman and Nikobar islands, Sabarmati Ashram at Ahmedabad and Teen Murti Bhawan along with Parliament Museum at Delhi to gather vital inputs and information for the meticulous conceptualization of this prestigious project.
            Meanwhile the Chief Minister announced a grant of Rs 25 lakh for the college. Thanking the Chief Minister Akali leader Mr Tajinder Pal Singh Sandhu said that the opening of this college would open new avenues for the students of this area. Vice Chancellor of Punjabi University Dr Jaspal Singh also lauded the role of the state government in reforming the education.
            Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included MLA Mrs Harpreet Kaur Mukhmailpur, Former Ministers Mr Surjeet Singh Kohli and Mr Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur, Former SGPC President Jathedar Kirpal Singh Badungar and Anoopinder Kaur 

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CM ASSURES ALL POSSIBLE LEGAL AND FINANCIAL AID TO YANNICK

  • PUNJAB GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE AIR AMBULANCE TO LIFT YANNICK TO DELHI

Chandigarh, August 5:
          As a goodwill gesture, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today ordered to extend all possible legal and financial assistance to Mr. Yannick Nihangaza, a student from East African Nation of Burundi studying in the Lovely Professional University at Jalandhar, who sustained serious injuries following a criminal assault on him by a group of youngsters on April 21 this year.
          Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that Mr. Badal gave his nod to bear the expenditure for Yannick’s medicines etc. given by Columbia Asia Hospital at Patiala, where he was admitted for treatment.
The spokesperson further said that on the request of Yannick’s father Mr. Nestor Ntibateganya, the state government would soon arrange for an air ambulance to lift the injured student to Delhi besides paying the air fare (business class) for both Mr. Yannick and his father Mr. Nestor  from Delhi to take him to the nearest hospital in Rwanda.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister assured the father of Mr. Yannick that all the culprits involved in this heinous crime would be soon punished as per the law of the land. He said a foolproof case has already been registered and the public prosecutor has been asked to pursue the case vigorously for ensuring exemplary punishment to the culprits by the courts so that foreign students coming to state for pursuing higher studies feel safe and secure.
It may be recalled the Punjab Government had already paid Rs. 5 lac as financial assistance for the treatment of Yannick.
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MAJOR RESHUFFLE IN POLICE DEPARTMENT

  • 30 SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS TRANSFERED

Chandigarh, August 5:
          The Punjab Government today ordered the transfers and postings of 30 Senior Police Officers in order to fill up vacancies and on administrative grounds with immediate effect
          Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today cleared the file in this regard.
Mr. Jasminder Singh IPS, ADGP/IT&T has been transferred and posted as ADGP/Crime, Mr. C.S.R. Reddy, IPS ADGP/P&M to ADGP/P&M, with additional charge of ADGP/IT&T,  Mr. R.P. Meena IPS, ADGP/Railways, Patiala to ADGP/Prisons, Mr. R.P. Mittal IPS, Commissioner of Police, Amritsar to IG/Border Range Amritsar, Mr. Ram Singh IPS, IG/Border Range Amritsar to Commissioner of Police Amritsar, Mr. Arun Pal Singh IPS, DIG/Intelligence-II to DIG/CM Security, Mr. S.K. Singh, DIG/CM Security to DIG/Intelligence, Mr. Khubi Ram , DIG/Punjab Police Control Room to DIG/Security, Mr. R.K. Jaiswal IPS, DIG/Intelligence to DIG/Intelligence with additional charge of DIG/Ropar Range, Mr. Ashish Chaudhary IPS, DCP/Ludhiana to SSP/Ludhiana (Rural).
Meanwhile, Mr. Gurpreet Singh Toor PPS, SSP/Ludhiana (Rural) has been transferred and posted as DCP/Ludhiana, Mr. Varinderpal Singh PPS, SSP/VB/Patiala to SSP/Ferozepur, Mr. Hardial Singh Mann PPS, SSP/Ferozepur to SSP/Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr. Mandeep Singh Sidhu PPS, SSP/Fatehgarh Sahib to SSP/Hoshiarpur, Mr. Balkar Singh PPS, SSP/Hoshiarpur to Commandant, 36th Bn., PAP, Bahadurgarh, Mr. Kamaljieet Singh Dhillon PPS, Commandant, 3rd IRB, Ludhiana to SSP/Tarn Taran, Mr. Dinesh Partap Singh IPS, SSP/Tarn Taran to AIG/Personnel-I, Chandigarh, Mr. Gurinder Singh Dhillon PPS, SSP/Fazilka to SSP/Faridkot, Mr. Ravcharan Singh Brar PPS, SSP/Gurdaspur to SSP/Kapurthala, Mr. Sukhminder Singh Mann, SSP/Kapurthala to Comdt. 80th Bn., PAP, Mr. Narinder Bhargava PPS, AIG/Security to SSP/Mansa, Mr. Harpreet Singh PPS, SSP/Mansa to AIG/Intelligence, Mr. Gurmeet Singh Chauhan PPS, SSP/Faridkot to Comdt. 4th Commando, Bn., Mohali, Mr. Raj Jit Singh PPS, SP/VB/Amritsar Range to SSP Gurdaspur, Mr. Amar Singh Chahal PPS, SP/VB/Bathinda Range to SSP Fazilka, Mr. Arun Kumar Mittal PPS, AIG/CID Unit to Commandant, 1st. Commando Bn. Bahadurgarh, Mr. Rakesh Kaushal PPS, Commandant, 4th Commando Bn. Mohali to AIG/Intelligence Chandigarh, Mr. Mangal Singh, PPS from SP/SSG, Chandigarh to SP, 3rd Commando Bn., Mohali, Mr. Bhupinderjit Singh PPS, AIG/IT  to Commandant, 3rd IRB and Mr. Rajeshwar Singh Sidhu SP/CM Security to SP Hqrs Mansa.
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PSTCL TO FILL 387 POSTS OF DIFFERENT CATEGORIES
CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 5:

The Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited would fill 387 posts in various categories.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson said that the PSTCL has started the recruitment exercise to make the transmission sector more efficient and to make the transmission network an exemplary in Punjab. He said that the PSTCL would recruit the talented and committed candidates in various categories including Assistant Engineer/Electrical, Assistant Electrical/Civil, Junior Engineers in both electrical and civil trades, Accounts Officer, Divisional Accountant,  UDC in both account and general categories, Sub Station Attendants, Draftsman (Auto CAD/Civil) and Electrician Grade-II.
The Spokesperson said that the desirous candidates can download more details from www.pstcl.org , the official website of PSTCL and the candidates can apply online. He said that the online registration would commence on August 17, 2012 and would close on September 3, 2012.   

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Congress reiterates demand for drought relief but directly to farmers


CHANDIGARH, August 5: Dharminder Kumar

The Congress today reiterated its demand for the central assistance to the drought hit farmers of the state. At the same time it said that the relief must be provided directly to the farmers.
In a letter written to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, the Congress MPs from Punjab stated that the poor monsoons in the state had led to farmers’ incurring lot of additional costs on irrigating their paddy fields. This, they added, had necessitated the need for special relief to them.
Giving details here today, the Congress spokesperson and the Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari said, there should not be any cap on the aid, but it must be directly disbursed among the farmers by the Food Corporation of India at the time of procurement but not as a bonus. “If the Chief Minister (Mr Parkash Singh Badal) is asking for Rs 2380 crores we are saying pay more than that, but pay it directly to the farmers”, he said.
Tewari pointed out that the past experiences had shown that whenever the centre provided aid to the Akali-BJP government in the state for relief to the drought hit farmers, the state government did not pay any money to the affected farmers but diverted it for other things.
Citing 2009 example, he said, the government of India provided Rs 800 crores as aid to the Punjab government for disbursing the same to the affected farmers. Instead of giving it to the farmers, the state government claimed that it was not for them but for the electricity subsidy.
Tewari said, the farmers had to agitate and stage dharnas to get the relief money. Even after that what government paid to the farmers, was not even the peanuts as some farmers got cheques worth Rs 50 and Rs 100 as compensation.

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PUNJAB PUTS ON TRACK THE SYSTEM OF E-SUMMONING

  • DESIGNATES NODAL OFFICERS OF VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS FOR COURT NOTICES

Chandigarh, August 3:

The Punjab government has put on track the system of e-summoning by designated nodal officers of various departments for receiving court notices as directed by Punjab & Haryana High Court.
According to an official spokesman Mr. Kuldeep Singh, Deputy Secretary, has been designated Nodal Officer for General Administration (General Coordination) Department, Mr. O.P. Popli, PCS (Retd.), Special Secretary, General & Secretariat Administration for General Administration Department, Mr. Sameer Kumar, IAS, Secretary for Home Affairs and Justice Department, Mr. V.K. Bhalla, PCS (Retd.), OSD (Litigation) for Local Government Department, Mr. R.L. Mehta, IAS (Retd.), OSD (Litigation) for Health & Family Welfare Department, Dr. Rajiv Gupta and Dr. Jasbir Singh for Medical Education & Research Department, Mrs. Suman Bala, Superintendent for Housing Department, Mr. R.S. Aulakh, General Manager (Admn.) PRTC for Transport (PRTC) Department, Mr. Balwinder Singh, Director State Transport and State Transport Commissioner for Transport Department, Mrs. Ritu Aggarwal, PCS, Special Secretary for Irrigation Department, Mr. H.S. Kandhola, PCS, Special Secretary for Public Works (PWD, B&R) Department, Mr. Chander Gaind, PCS, Special Secretary-cum-DPI (C) for Higher Education & Language Department, Mr. Baljinder Singh Brar, Law Officer for Education (School) Department, Mrs. Manju Bala, Under Secretary for Welfare Department, Mr. Daljeet Singh, PCS, Additional Secretary for Youth Services Department, Mr. Navjot Pal Singh Randhawa, PCS, Deputy Secretary for Tourism Department, Mr. Sukhdev Lal, Deputy CEO for Elections Department, Mrs. Manju Bala, Under Secretary for Elections (Local Body Wing) Department, Mrs. Nisha Rana, Additional Registrar, Cooperative Society for Cooperation Department, Mrs. Sushma Kumari, Deputy Secretary for Excise & Taxation Department, Capt. Abhey Chandra, Advisor for Civil Aviation Department, Mr. Balwant Singh, Deputy Secretary for Parliamentary Affairs Department, Mr. H.P.S. Mahal, Legal Remembrancer & Secretary, Government of Punjab and Mr. Ranjit Singh, Deputy Legal Remembrancer & Deputy Secretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs Department, Mr. Sumer Kumar Gurjar, IAS, Special Secretary for Grievances and Pension Department, Mr. Manoj Kumar Sharma, Superintendent for Water Supply & Sanitation Department, Mr. Dalip Kumar, IAS, Secretary for Finance Department and Mrs. Agya Rajinder Singh, IAS (Retd.), OSD/Litigation for Revenue Department. He said that e-mail addresses, mobile and landline phones of the concerned officers have been conveyed to the Judicial authorities.
The spokesman categorically said that information received on the Telephone/Mobile Nos. /e-mail address of the Financial Commissioners/Principal Secretaries/Administrative Secretaries and Nodal Officers concerned would be considered sufficient notice of the Court case.

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SUKHBIR INSTRUCTS TO IMPOSE BAN ON POLYTHENE STRICTLY
Ø DCs/LOCAL BODIES TOLD TO ENSURE STRICTLY IMPLEMENT AND SUBMIT WEEKLY REPORTS ON COMPLIANCE
Ø MANUFACTURE, UNAUTHORISED DISPOSAL, USAGE OF POLYTHENE TO ATTRACT IMPRISONMENT UPTO THREE MONTHS

Chandigarh, August 3: The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today issued directions to all Deputy Commissioner, Commissioners of Municipal Corporations to strictly implement ‘The Punjab Plastic Bags (Manufacture, Usage and Disposal) Control Act’, prohibiting the manufacture, disposal and usage of polythene bags from virgin plastic of thickness not less than 30 micron and size not less than 8 X 12 inches and of a colour other than specified colour.
Taking an exception to the pollution being caused by the rampant use of polythene in the cities and rural areas despite imposition of ban since 1st May last year, the Deputy Chief Minister observed that authorities have been lax in imposition of ban and drains & sewerage in cities and rural areas were getting choked with the polythene. He said that even the stray cattle were becoming victim after consuming polythene.
Seeking weekly report on the action taken by the various districts in imposition of ban on polythene, Mr. Badal said that an eye should be kept on the manufacturing units and selling points of polythene. 
He said that after imposition of ban on polythene in New Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, there had been a substantial improvement in the environment. He said that we must launch a campaign to educate the masses regarding the ill effects of polythene and motivate the public to use bio-degradable jute bags.
Mr. Badal said that despite ban, indiscriminate use of polythene was causing multiple problems in the society. The Local Bodies were complaining repeatedly regarding the blockage of sewerage system that was getting chocked with non biodegradable polythene. The Animal Husbandry department had also been issuing warnings that lot of stray cattle were dying after consuming waste polythene less than 30 micron from the dumping pits. The Environment of the State was also getting polluted with the large scale usage of polythene. The fertility of soil of the agrarian state of Punjab was also getting affected with the indiscriminate disposal of polythene in an unscientific manner that was making the soil barren.
He also issued directions to Rural Development Department and Local Bodies department to instruct Director Panchayat and Director Local Bodies to issue instructions to all Panchayats and Zila Parishads for its implementation.
According to the Act no person would manufacture or carry bags from virgin plastic of thickness not less than 30 micron and size not less than 8 X 12 inches. Every manufacturer of polythene would print on each carry bag his name, address , registration number, size,  thickness and nature of plastic from it is made and codification as per IS :14534 :1998. The Act specified that no person would throw in any drain, ventilation shaft, pipe and fitting connected with private or public drainage or at any public place or in any place open to public view any non-biodegradable garbage or plastic or biodegradable garbage in a non-biodegradable bag.   
The Act specifies that the violation of the act by the manufacturer, carrier, user or unauthorised disposal of the polythene would attract imprisonment up to three months.
According to the Act non-biodegradable plastics have been listed as Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Poly Vinyl Chlorine ( PVC ), Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), Polypropylene (PP), Polystyrene (PS), Polybutadiene Trephthalate (PBT), Acrilonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) and Acrylic.
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PUNJAB DIRECTS ALL DEPARTMENTS TO CREATE E.MAIL IDs
FOR OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE

Chandigarh, August 3: The Punjab government has directed its all offices to create their e.mail IDs so that a system could be put in place for better correspondence between them.
According to a communiqué sent by General Administration department to all Financial Commissioners/Principal Secretaries and Administrative Secretaries, all departments have been asked to create their e.mail IDs  besides mentioning of it in all official correspondences has also been made mandatory.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the State government said that  an e.mail account/address of each department and further their all wings should created through Information Technology department and the said department should be contacted immediately for this purpose. The spokesman added that this information was being provided to Hon’ble Punjab & Haryana High Court and if any department, board and corporation have not yet created its e.mail Id then it should get it created at the earliest.
The spokesman further said that every administrative department has been directed to verify that e.mail IDs of their all offices has been created. 

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SPECIAL CADRE OF TEACHERS FOR BORDER AREAS OKAYED: SUKHBIR

  • OPTIONS SOUGHT FROM TEACHERS FOR INCLUSION IN THE CADRE
  • ALL NEWLY RECRUITED TEACHERS TO BE COMPULSORILY POSTED IN RURAL AREAS FOR THREE YEARS
  • EDUCATION CITIES TO HAVE 50 % RESERVATION FOR PUNJAB STUDENTS
  • MOOTS NEW SCHOOL BUS SCHEME FOR RURAL STUDENTS

 CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 3:
The Punjab Government has created a Separate Cadre of Teachers for 16 Kilometer border belt, keeping in view the acute and perennial shortage of teachers in the border belt.
          Accompanied by Member Parliament Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Education Minister Mr. Sikander Singh Maluka, the Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today reviewed the working of education department and said that since last 65 years border areas had faced a constant problem of shortage of teachers and this could be solved only by creating a separate cadre of teachers, who would remain permanently posted in the border areas. Mr. Maluka informed that the Education Department has sought options from the teachers, who would like to get themselves included in the border cadre. He said that after filling the posts by options, the remaining vacant posts would be advertised for fresh recruitment. He said that these teachers would permanently remain in the border cadre.
          Giving directions to fill the vacant posts in the Rural Schools, Mr. Badal said that already recruited teachers and all future fresh recruited teachers would be compulsorily posted in Rural Areas for minimum three years. Mr. Maluka said that he is bringing this proposal in the cabinet for change in the rules. Mr. Badal directed that education department must come out with a placement policy of the teachers, classifying the posts or stations as A, B, C and D categories and teachers should be rotated on every category of station and those enjoying permanent urban postings should be also made to serve in the rural areas.
          Asking the Education Department to notify the rules for upcoming education cities, Mr. Badal said that we should make the provisions of 50 % reservation for state students in institutes coming in education cities, so that students from Punjab could get world class education.
          Mooting a new school bus scheme for rural students, Mr. Badal asked Secretary Education and Transport Secretary to collectively work out a ‘School Transport Scheme’ model and run it on trial basis in district Mansa and Bathinda and after its success be replicated through out the state.
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TWO POLICE OFFICERS TRANSFERRED
CHANDIGARH, August 1
          The Punjab Government today transferred two PPS officers with immediate effect.
An official spokesman said that Mr. Mukhwinder Singh has been transferred and posted as AIG/welfare, CPO, Punjab, Chandigarh and Mr. Arun Kumar transferred and posted as AIG/Litigation, Administration wing, Punjab, Chandigarh.
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SUKHBIR APPROVES MULTI-THOUSAND CRORE HERITAGE REJUVINATION PLAN FOR HOLY CITY AMRITSAR

  • SUKHBIR TO HEAD AMRITSAR METROPOLITAN COUNCIL TO EXPEDITE THE MEGA PLAN
  • SEEKS DELHI-AMRITSAR MAGLEV TRAIN FROM PM

AMRITSAR, AUGUST 2:

The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today approved the multi-thousand crore heritage rejuvenation plan for the holy city Amritsar to make it No. 1 tourist destination of South-East Asia and gateway from Attari border to India.
        In a joint presentation given today by Urban Development, Local Government, Municipal Corporation and Tourism Department here today, in which Revenue Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Industry and Commerce Minister Mr. Anil Joshi, Member Parliament Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu and all local MLAs were present, the Deputy Chief Minister gave his nod to conceptual plan presented by various departments. It was decided that for coordinated development of Amritsar, Deputy Chief Minister himself would be heading Metropolitan Council of Amritsar that would oversee and monitor the time-bound execution and implementation of all projects, in sync with Ancient Heritage of Amritsar so that the holy city does not lose its original character.
        The Council gave in principle approved upgradation of Attari Tourist Reception Center coupled with restaurant, food plaza, open air-theatre, multi-level parking to facilitate the tourists. Mr. Badal asked the Tourism Department to finalise the laser show on Singapore and New York pattern so that tourists after retreat ceremony could stay back, enjoy the laser show and cultural program and return back only after dinner.
        Expressing concern over slow execution of Gobindgarh Fort Project being financed by ADB, Mr. Badal asked the tourism department to make the execution of project time-bound that should be completed exactly in 12 months. He said that if possible this project should be developed and run by only one agency having international experience. He later also visited the fort for on the spot review of project.
        Reviewing the Golden Temple Plaza construction progress, Mr. Badal said that while executing the project, we must work-out its upkeep and maintenance by a professional agency and financial model of this should be approved by the cabinet.
        Approving the conceptual plan of Town Hall project, Mr. Badal said that while making use of this building, we must preserve the external façade of this historical building and make appropriate of this.
        Approving the conservation and upkeep of Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital building, the Deputy Chief Minister said that heritage concept of this building must be preserved. He also approved the conceptual plan for Ram Bagh and Heritage Village being constructed in Guru Nanak Dev University campus.
        Mr. Badal said that the Punjab Government would be approaching Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to immediate sanction of Maglev train between Amritsar and Delhi or extend the Delhi-Chandigarh train already approved to chandigarh be extended  to Amritsar. 
        Mr. Badal also gave his conceptual approval to redevelopment of approach to Sri Harmandir Sahib that would give unique identity to this route.
        Prominent amongst those present in the meeting included Principal Secretary Tourism Mrs. Geetika Kalha, Principal Secretary Local Government Mr. Suresh Kumar, Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister Mr. P.S. Aujla, Special Principal Secretary to Deputy CM Mr. Manvesh Singh Sidhu and other senior officers of various department.
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FARMERS IN THE GRIP OF ONE OF THE WORST ECONOMIC CRISES IN RECENT HISTORY

  • BADAL SEEKS RS. 2380 CRORE PACKAGE FOR PUNJAB FARMERS; TO MEET PM

Chandigarh/New Delhi August 2, 2012

The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today sought  Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's "urgent, immediate and effective intervention" for a central package of Rs. 2380 crore for the beleaguered Punjab farmers reeling under one of the worst Monsoon failures in recent history. 

The Chief Minister’s impassioned plea for saving the Punjab farmers came in a memorandum to the Prime Minister. Mr. Badal is likely to meet the Prime Minister shortly to press for an immediate relief of the much needed package.  
Mr. Badal pointed out that there has been crippling 65% deficit in monsoon up to July 25 this year. "The country at large and Punjab and the North West region of the country are in the throes of one of the worst droughts since the 1960s. Worse, the forecast for the remaining stretch of the monsoon period holds out no hope for the Kharif season. The timing of the rainfall deficit has dealt a crushing blow to the peasantry in Punjab as it hit them at the sowing season." said Mr. Badal in a memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister.  
  The Chief Minister said that the treatment meted out to the leading agricultural state of the country has been shocking. "We have been seeking a comprehensive economic package to save the nation’s savior. Unfortunately, even the financial packages announced for farmers in the country have by-passed the country’s leading agricultural state. All this has virtually broken the back of agriculture and agriculturists in the state." said the Chief Minister.
Mr. Badal described the Monsoon stricken present juncture as "one of   the most critical points of time when farming and farmers in Punjab and the overall food security of the country are face to face with a crisis of frightening magnitude," and said that because of this the farmers have had to put in massive investments to save the paddy crops from drying up and the country from an impending famine reminiscent of the days when India had to virtual beg for food in the comity of nations.      
 “The country at large and Punjab and the North West region of the country are in the throes of one of the worst droughts since the 1960s," he said.   The Chief Minister pointed out that there was no respite in sight for the farmers in near future too. "There has been a grave monsoon failure with a 65% rainfall deficit up to July 25, 2012.  Worse, the forecast for the remaining stretch of the monsoon period holds out no hope for the Kharif season."    
He said that although Punjab had for long been advocating that the country’s bread winner, who has bailed the nation out of famines and the disgrace of the legacy of PL480, is himself driven to the brink of humiliation and even death. "The farmer of Punjab has sacrificed two of his most precious assets at the altar of the national interest – land fertility and water. And he has always done it with dignity and without seeking any favors from any government.
   Mr. Badal said that now not only his pride but even the life of the farmer now hangs by a slender thread. "If he is not saved, the country at large would be pushed back to the days of disgrace and hunger yet again.”
 The Chief Minster said that the timing of the rain deficit had further pushed the peasantry and food security into a deep crisis. “The deficit has dealt a crushing blow to the peasantry in Punjab especially as it hit them at the sowing season, “said Mr. Badal in his Memorandum to the PM.  
This has at a time when farming and the farmers were already in the grip of one of the worst economic crises in history. Across the country in general and in Punjab in particular, farmers faces a grave crisis, leading to back-breaking indebtedness and even suicides.              
  ”It is against this background that the on-going Monsoon crisis has hit the farmers at this critical juncture. Punjab’s farmers have never been known to give in to the challenges posed by nature and have always drained themselves off the last ounce of energy to save the country from hunger and disgrace. They are doing it again this year too. But all this has virtually broken their back, with the result that they themselves face a bleak future now." said Mr. Badal.
Mr. Badal gave details of the extra expenditure being incurred by the state government, the Powercom and the state farmer to fight the crisis.  
"The 65% rainfall deficit means that the farmers will have to incur an additional expenditure for sustaining the paddy crop transplanted in about 27.80 lakh hectares and other Kharif crops like Cotton and Maize etc. by using diesel to run pump sets.   The total extra expenditure to be incurred on this account will be approximately Rs.550 crore. Further, an additional expenditure of Rs.300 crore is likely to be incurred by the farmers for replacement of mono-block pump set operated tube-wells to submersible pump set operated deep tube-wells.
A cumulative extra burden of Rs.850 crore is to be borne by the state farmers to save their crops.  Apart from this, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PCPL) will incur an additional expenditure of Rs.1530 crore by diverting power from other sectors as well as purchasing power at a higher price.  Thus, additional cost on all these accounts will be Rs.2380 crore.

       The farmers and the government of Punjab are engaged in a massive effort to save the nation from any threat to its food security, said the CM.  "The state power authority, the PSPCL too is pulling all stops to ensure that the country’s targets are not missed and that the peasantry also is helped in this endeavour. But all this has put an unbearable stress on all three.
      There is an urgent need to come to the aid of the farmer in one is worst hours of crisis through a comprehensive economic package, taking into account the stress that the state government and the PSPCL also have to take in the process.

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Following is the text of the CM's DO t/ Memo to the PM: 

I am writing this at one of the most critical points of time when farming and farmers in Punjab and the overall food security of the country are face to face with a crisis of frightening magnitude. The country at large and Punjab and the North West region of the country are in the throes of one of the worst droughts since the 1960s.  There has been a grave monsoon failure and even the most optimistic IMD reports show that there has been a 65% rainfall deficit up to 25. 07. 2012.  Worse, the forecast for the remaining stretch of the monsoon period holds out no hope for the Kharif season. The timing of the rainfall deficit has dealt a crushing blow to the peasantry in Punjab as it hit them at the sowing season.
                   Even more tragic, all this comes at a time when farming and the farmers were already in the grip of one of the worst economic crises in history. Across the country in general and in Punjab in particular, farmers face a grave crisis, leading to back-breaking indebtedness and even suicides. We in Punjab have for long been advocating that the country’s bread winner, who has bailed the nation out of famines and the disgrace of the legacy of PL480, is himself driven to the brink of humiliation and even death. The farmer of Punjab has sacrificed two of his most precious assets at the altar of the national interest – land fertility and water. And he has always done it with dignity and without seeking any favours from any government. But not only his pride but even his life now hangs by a slender thread. If he is not saved, the country at large would be pushed back to the days of disgrace and hunger yet again.
          We have been seeking a comprehensive economic package to save the nation’s savior. Unfortunately, even the financial packages announced for farmers in the country have by-passed the country’s leading agricultural state. All this has virtually broken the back of agriculture and agriculturists in the state.
            It is against this background that the on-going Monsoon crisis has hit the farmers at this critical juncture. Punjab’s farmers have never been known to give in to the challenges posed by nature and have always drained themselves off the last ounce of energy to save the country from hunger and disgrace. They are doing it again this year too. But all this has virtually broken their back, with the result that they themselves face a bleak future now.
The 65% rainfall deficit means that the farmers will have to incur an additional expenditure for sustaining the paddy crop transplanted in about 27.80 lakh hectares and other Kharif crops like Cotton and Maize etc. by using diesel to run pump sets.   The total extra expenditure to be incurred on this account will be approximately Rs.550 crores.  Further, an additional expenditure of Rs.300 crores is likely to be incurred by the farmers for replacement of mono-block pump set operated tube-wells to submersible pump set operated deep tube-wells.  A cumulative extra burden of Rs.850 crore is to be borne by the state farmers to save their crops.  Apart from this, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PCPL) will incur an additional expenditure of Rs.1530 crore by diverting power from other sectors as well as purchasing power at a higher price.  Thus, additional cost on all these accounts will be Rs.2380 crores. 
The farmers and the government of Punjab are engaged in a massive effort to save the nation from any threat to its food security. The state power authority, the PSPCL too is pulling all stops to ensure that the country’s targets are not missed and that the peasantry also is helped in this endeavour. But all this has put an unbearable stress on all three.
      There is an urgent need to come to the aid of the farmer in one his worst hours of crisis through a comprehensive economic package, taking into account the stress that the state government and the PSPCL also have to take in the process. 
       An objective study shows that the beleaguered farmers have to incur an additional expenditure of about Rs.3000 per hectare in nurturing their paddy crop. Plus, the PSPCL will incur additional expenditure to the tune of Rs.1530 crores for arranging additional power.  It may bear reiteration that all this additional expenditure is to be incurred in the overall interest of national food security.
    Based on this objective assessment, I humbly but most earnestly request you that a comprehensive economic package may please be announced and released without delay. It may cover the following:

  • Compensation @ Rs. 3000 per hectare for incurring additional expenditure for sustaining the paddy crop in drought like conditions.  The area under paddy cultivation in Punjab is about 27.80 lakh hectare.  Thus, this works out to a grant of Rs.850 crore as a drought relief to farmers.
  • A The MSP of paddy may be enhanced in accordance with the market realities, especially in this year of Monsoon stress.
  • A bonus of Rs.100 per quintal for paddy may be provided over and above the MSP
  • Special Central Assistance of Rs.1530 crores should be provided to the state Government for ensuring the power supply to the agriculture sector during Kharif 2012.
  • The MSP of cotton should be raised by Rs.500 over that of the previous year.
  • A drought relief of Rs.1000 per acre for maize may be provided. 

I am here to request you to immediately sanction Special Central Assistance of Rs.2380 crores for bailing out the farmers as well as the PSPCL to ensure Nation’s Food Security in this hour of crisis. A detailed proposal in this regard has already been sent by the state government to the Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India on July 26, 2012. 
Yours Sincerely,
                                                                                        (Parkash Singh Badal)

Dr. Manmohan Singh,
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India,
New Delhi.

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CONGRESS LED UPA BACK STABBING PUNJAB’S FARMERS BY DENYING THEM DROUGHT RELIEF: SUKHBIR

  • WORST DROUGHT IN THE COUNTRY IN PUNJAB YET DENIED ANY RELIEF 
  • CENTER SQUEEZING STATES BY DENYING THEM THEIR DUE SHARE IN CENTRAL TAXES
  • REGRETS DENYING OF ADDITIONAL POWER ALLOCATION TO MEET THE NEEDS OF PUNJABI FARMERS 
  • WRONG ECONOMIC POLICIES OF UNION GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLE FOR UNPRECENDENTED PRICE HIKE
  • RAPID RURAL POLICE RESPONSE SYSTEM TO INTENSIFY POLICE PATROLLING IN VILLAGES
  • MAJITHIA QUESTIONES DELIBRATE SILENCE OF PUNJAB CONGRESS ON PRICE HIKE

 

BABA BAKALA (AMRITSAR), AUGUST 2:

The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today strongly lashed at Congress led UPA Government for its blatant discrimination of Punjab and other non-Congress states by denying them ‘Drought Relief’ despite 70% deficient rains in Punjab. He said that UPA should understand the fact that it was meant to govern the country not only Congress ruled states.

                Speaking at a rally organized on the occasion of Rakhar Punyan here today, Mr. Badal said that Punjab was the first state to seek Rs. 2030 crore from Calamity Relief Fund of Union Government as the monsoons failed just at the time of sowing of Paddy crop. He said that this raised the demand of Power and diesel to a record level. He said that though Punjab Government had already purchased power worth Rs. 7000 crore, that was 10 % more than last year’s peak demand but total failure of monsoon increased the power consumption putting a load on total electrical system. Mr. Badal said that Powercom was purchasing every unit of power available in the market and even at exorbitant rate of Rs. 12 per unit but power was not available in the open market. He refuted the allegations of overdrawal of power and said that Northern Grid Collapsed due to 51% overdrawl by Haryana and 29% by UP. He said that lack of action against national crisis created by Haryana was not justifiable.  He said that enterprising Punjabi farmers resorted to diesel pumps buying diesel from open market, just to ensure that their already sown crops do not wither away due to failure of monsoon. He said that Punjabi farmers were conscious of their duty towards fulfilling their commitment to contribute more than 50 % to the Central Pool but Union Government has ignored the commitment and sincerity of Punjab farmers by denying them relief due to drought. He said that the input cost due to diesel and other inputs has increased by Rs. 8000 per acre whereas Union Government has ditched the farmers by announcing meager hike in MSP of Paddy. Mr. Badal said that Punjab farming sector consumes more than 3 % diesel of the total nation’s consumption, which has risen to 8 % due to unprecedented dependence on diesel pumps. He regretted that Union Government has failed to compensate for Punjab farmer for money spent by them on increased requirement of diesel. He said that Shiromani Akali Dal and its NDA partner parties would strongly raise this issue in the ensuing Monsoon Session of Parliament, corner the government and pressurize them to do justice with Punjab. He said that he along with the Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal would soon call on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other ministers to plead for drought relief and additional allocation of 1000MW power from the central pool. Mr. Badal said that SAD would continue to agitate till it gets relief from Union Government.

Accusing the Congress led UPA Government for denying due share in the central taxes collected from the states, the Deputy Chief Minister said that out of Rs. 100 central taxes collected from Punjab, the central government was giving only Rs. 1.31 paisa as central funds that too with many pre-conditions and strings. He said that it is the Congress led Union Government that has laid down conditions on Punjab that it should levy property tax or house tax, charge for water usage etc, only then it would release 1.31 % of share of state in the central taxes. He said that Union Government was blackmailing the state governments to impose taxes on common man for releasing their legitimate share in the central taxes.

Questioning the intention of Union Government for withholding Rs. 20000 crore relief to the states in a lieu of agreed principle of compensating states for loss suffered by them after lowering Central Sales Tax from 4% to 2%, Mr. Badal said that despite clearance by the then Finance Minister, PMO was deliberately withholding the grants to blackmail the state to levy taxes on the common people. He said that Union Government was squeezing the economy of the states by withholding their genuine share in the taxes and have reduced states to glorified municipalities. He said that Shiromani Akali Dal would continue to fight till Punjab receives 50% share in the central taxes according to the true spirit of federal setup envisioned by our freedom fighters.

Lambasting the Union Government for unprecedented price rise of essential commodities, he said that it was just because of their wrong economic policies that a common person was paying through his nose to survive. He said that during Janata Party Government, we use to get sugar at Rs. 1.25 per kg, which was now available at Rs. 50 per kg. He said that weekly price rise of petrol and hanging Damocles swords of price rise of diesel and LPG, has left common man as a pauper. Mr. Badal said that it was unfortunate Union Ministers were oblivious of difficulties being faced by common man on the street and were speaking elitist languages of common man spending more on Pizzas and Mineral Waters. Mr. Badal said that people of this country were totally fed up of insensitive government and were waiting for Lok Sabha elections to shunt out this Government in the pages of history.

Reiterating the resolve of SAD-BJP Government to make Punjab No. 1 investment destination of South-East Asia, Mr. Badal said that by next year with the commissioning of three thermal plants at Talwandi Sabo,  Goindwal Sahib and Rajpura, we would get 3920 MW extra power that would reduce our dependence on Union Government and make us self dependant on power front. He said that by next year every city of Punjab would be linked with 4/6 lane roads and at every 100 kilometer, Punjab would have an international airport. Mr. Badal said that Punjab is all set to attract 1 lakh crore investment in the industry sector within next five years, that would provide jobs to more than 20 lakh youth of the state.

Announcing to launch unique Rapid Rural Police Response System, Mr. Badal said that with 10,000 dedicated rural force 289 intercepting vehicles and 12185 fast accelerated motorbikes, the Punjab is all set to have most modern and intensified Rural Patrolling System in the country. He said that he has already approved Rs. 52 crore for this unique system.

Mr.Badal said that he has issued directions to all SSPs to launch an intensifying drive against petty crimes of snatching, theft and eve-teasing and said that such elements would be dealt with heavy hands. Mr. Badal said that non-performing and insensitive police officers would face music and Punjab Police would have to become responsive and sensitive to the general public.

        Speaking on the occasion Revenue and Public Relations Minister, Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia ridiculed Punjab Congress Party for raising hue and cry on rationalization of power tariff by statuary body by Union Government and questioned their deliberate silence on unprecedented price hike inflicted by Union Government besides weekly price hike of petrol.

Prominent amongst those who addressed the conference included Mr. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Cabinet Minister, Mr. Inderbir Singh Bolaria, Mr. Virsa Singh Valtoha, Mr. Harmeet Singh Sandhu and Mr. Des Raj Dhugga (all Chief Parliamentary Secretaries), Mr. Rattan Singh Ajnala, Member Parliament, Mr. Manjit Singh Manna, MLA, Mr. Rajmohinder Singh Majitha, former MP, Senior Vice President of SAD Mr. Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, former Minister Captain Balbir Singh Bath, Bhai Manjit Singh, Mr. Upkar Singh Sandhu and Bhai Ram Singh.

 

 

SUKHBIR APPROVES RS.112 CRORE MODERNIZATION PLAN TO INCREASE MOBILITY OF POLICE AND TO COVER ALL RURAL AREAS UNDER INTENSIVE PATROLLING

  • OKAYS RS.52 CRORE RAPID RURAL POLICE RESPONSE SYSTEM
  • ALL CORPORATIONS TOWNS TO BE PUT UNDER INTENSIVE CCTV SURVEILLANCE
  • TWO ANTI RIOT POLICE BATTALIONS TO ADOPT NON-LETHAL MEANS FOR CROWD CONTROL
  • PUNJAB TO ADD 100 SNIFFER DOGS
  • PUNJAB TO GO FOR DIRECT RECRUITMENT OF WOMEN POLICE OFFICERS
  • APPROVES MASSIVE HOUSING PLAN FOR CONSTABULARY

Chandigarh, August 1: The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today okayed an ambitious Rs.112 crore modernization plan for Punjab Police to give it more mobility, better presence, modern weaponry, electronic gadgetry besides also approving Rs.52 crore Rapid Police Response System for intensive patrolling of rural areas. The Deputy Chief Minister also approved an ambitious CCTV plan for all corporation cities to have intensive surveillance system in all these mini metros.
In a meeting held here at Police Headquarter in which Punjab DGP Mr. Sumedh Singh Saini and top brass of the Police was present. The Deputy Chief Minister said that we must prepare Punjab Police for the challenges of future to make it most professional force of the Country. He said that instead of adopting archaic model, Punjab Police would have to be futuristic, pre-empt challenges and focus on preventive actions rather than on fire fighting. He said that we have to restore the dignity and old aura of Punjab Police by empowering them in day to day law and order duties.
Approving massive modernization plan it was decided to go in for high speed cost saving diesel vehicles, up scale the police control room of commissionerate and corporation towns by adding 220 motorcycles and 50 interception vehicles. It was also decided to add 1285 high acceleration motorcycles for Rapid Rural Police Response System.
The Deputy Chief Minister approved Rs.21.15 crore for integrated mobile patrol scheme, Rs.4.62 crore for Dehati Suraksha Yojna, Rs.4.37 crore for Rapid Action Force, Rs.5.36 crore for modernization of Crime Wing, Rs.4.51 crore for Computerization of Intelligence Wing, Rs.5.39 crores for Anti Sabotage Team and Rs.16.51 crore for construction of 10 Police Stations and barracks for constables and NGO quarters besides Rs.3.45 crore for modernization of Home Guard Wing.
Approving Rs.52 crore, Rapid Rural Police Response System, one of its own kind system of intensive rural patrolling system, Mr. Badal said that this system would reduce police response time to distress calls in rural areas by providing state-of-the-art networking of GPS-fitted fully equipped and manned vehicles with the district control rooms. He said that the main objectives of the Rapid Rural Police Response System include immediate and timely response of police to any situation, especially crime, law & order, women in distress, emergency needs of senior citizens, maintaining high visibility of police force and providing comprehensive and round-the-clock security cover in rural areas by strengthening area security. He said that this wing would be headed by ADGP and sanctioned 585 GPS equipped motorcycles, 289 GPS and CCTV camera equipped MUVs. Mr. Badal said that this police would have motorcycles on the pattern of Scotland Yard that would have warning lights, GPS, Walkie Talkie mobile phones, Siren and mega phone re-chargeable torch, expandable baton, holster and policemen would be wearing reflective jackets. Similarly, MUVs of this force would have warning lights, CCTV camera, PA system, GPS, Traffic Cones, Yellow warning tape, dragon light, stretcher, first aid kit, multi-purpose police waist belt, reflective jackets, video cameras, mobile phones and wireless set. Mr. Badal approved Rs.5.85 crore for purchase of motorcycles and Rs.21.5 crore for purchase of 289 vehicles. The meeting also approves Rs.7.56 crore for up-gradation of Control Rooms in 24 police districts.
Expressing concern over increasing incidents of snatching, threats and eve-teasing, especially in the bigger cities he said that Punjab Police must show its performance in checking such crimes as these affect middle class mostly. Mr. Badal also approved a major plan for intensive CCTV surveillance of all corporations and commissionerate cities. He said that the beginning would be made from Ludhiana and the focus would be on capturing crime scenes, checking traffic violations and over speeding of vehicles. He said that every SSP and Commissioner would ensure that there was compulsory registration of every petty crime in the district.
Stressing upon approving intelligence, security and special security wings of the Police, Mr. Badal approved procurement of 100 Sniffer Dogs for Dog squad of Punjab Police as Punjab Police was working on 10% sanctioned strength of dog squad. He also approved 3 anti-sabotage schemes for Chandigarh, Jalandhar and Bathinda.
Focusing on welfare of constabulary Mr. Badal approved a massive housing plan for construction of barracks for constable, NGO quarters besides also approving the construction of 10 Police Stations.
Underlining the need for adopting non-lethal techniques to control crowd Mr. Badal approved 2 anti-riot police companies who would be equipped to scientifically handle the violent crowd.
Expressing concern of less representation of women in the Police Mr. Badal said that presently the number of women in the Punjab Police was 3% that has to be increased to minimum 10% in a phased manner. He approved the direct recruitment of women Police Officers ASI and above and asked DGP to work out the modalities accordingly. He said that we have to increase the representation of Police especially at cutting edge level.
Mr. Badal asked DGP to workout attractive rewards and medal scheme for the police force. Mr. Badal said that we must honor honest and efficient police force to raise the morale.
Mr. P.S. Aujla, Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister and Mr. Gaggandeep Singh Brar, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister were also present in the meeting.
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 PUNJAB INKS MOU for setting up FOUR MULTI SKILLED DEVELOPMENT CENTERS: JOSHI
·      German Company to set up state-of-art centers

CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 1:
The Punjab Government has decided to establish four state-of-arts Multi Skilled Development Centers (MSDC) at Ludhiana, Amritsar, Bathinda and Hoshiarpur and to technically upgrade ITIs with the help of German Company GIZ International Services. An MoU in this regard was today signed between Punjab Government and the German Company, here today.
On behalf of Punjab Government Mr. Anil Joshi, Industry and Technical Education Minister signed the MoU, whereas from the Director, Projects Mr. Chaman Lal Dhanda from German Company put his signature on the MoU.
Divulging the details of the pact, Mr. Joshi said that MSDC would be the centers of international excellence, which would operate as skill training-cum-production centers, creating employment as well as provide requisite skilled manpower to industry as per their requirement. He also said that These MSDCs would work on "Hub and Spoke Model" where Hub would comprise of the main center and 8 to 10 satellite training centers would be attached to the main center. Mr. Joshi further said that 8 to 10 acres of land would be required for each center. He said that these four centers would impart training to one lakh trainees every year.
Director Technical, GIZ Mr. Srikant Bansal said that such type of skill centers has already been set up by Government of Karnataka at Bangluru & Gulbarga after having MoU signed with GIZ International Services. He said that German owned Company providing consultancies to such institutes in 62 countries around the world. Besides that it has been also been decided that 50 ITIs in Punjab would be technically upgraded with consultation of this company.
Prominent amongst who were present in the meeting, Mr. S.S. Channi, Principal Secretary, Mr. B. Purusartha, Director Technical Education, Mrs. Daljit Kaur, Additional Director, Industrial Training.
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CENTER FAILS TO EXERCISE CONSTITUTIONAL DUTIES TOWARDS STATES: THANDAL

  • KEEPING PUNJAB OUT OF FINANCIAL PACKAGE; RE-IDENTIFIES CENTER’S BIASED APPROACH

 

CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 1:

Mr. Sohan Singh Thandal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Irrigation, Punjab said that the Center Government has once again shown its partisan and biased approach towards Punjab by keeping it, out of Rs.1900 package announced for four states due to drought-like situation.
In a statement, he said that the due to deficit rain the Punjab has been in the grip of drought like situation. He said that less water in the dam generates less electricity thus forcing farmers to consume excessive diesel, in order to nurture their paddy crop. He said that in order to sustain its agriculture economy, the Punjab has been demanding the financial package of Rs.800 for the farmers, whereas 1,000 MW electricity supply was demanded from unallocated central pool. Mr. Thandal said that the center has given a deaf ear to these genuine demands of Punjab and the financial package has been announced to other states, which is a clear sign of discriminatory attitude towards Punjab. He said that out of the 50 per cent subsidy, which the center is proposing on diesel, the states have to bear the half of its burden. He said that the UPA led center government has not been discharging its constitutional duties towards state.
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STATE TO OBSERVE WORLD BREAST
FEEDING WEEK FROM AUGUST 1 TO 7-MITTAL


Chandigarh August 1: In keeping with the guidelines of World Health Organization (WHO), the Punjab government has directed all the civil surgeons in the state to observe World Breastfeeding Week from August 1 TO 7 and encourage breastfeeding for better health of newly born babies and infants around the state. This was disclosed by Mr. Madan Mohan Mittal, Health and Family Welfare Minister Punjab here today.
He also said that breastfeeding was the best way to provide newborns with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding until a baby is six months old and continued breastfeeding with the addition of nutritious complementary foods for up to two years or beyond. If the directive of the WHO was religiously followed and administered the initial breast feed within one hour of the birth than the lives of about 2.5 lakh newly born babies could be saved. A survey conducted on breast feeding in India revealed that the children who were put on breast feeding were healthier than the children who were never given and such children were more susceptible to infections and other health hazards in their growing years
Adding further, Mr. Mittal said that government would organize healthy baby contests with a view to involving the public in this very crucial task besides quiz, debates, declamations and slogan writing competitions depicting the importance and necessity of breast feeding would also be held during the week long celebrations.
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PUNJAB ORDERS AUSTERITY MEASURES TO REDUCE EXPENDITURE BY 10%-DHINDSA

  • NEW CEILING FOR THE CONSUMPTION OF PETROL
  • PURCHASE OF NEW VEHICLES STRICTLY PROHIBITED

CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 1:

The Punjab Government today adopted strict measures to curtail the government expenditure by 10 per cent by all means for the financial year 2012-13.
The Finance Minister Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa has issued written instructions to all the departments, whereby they have been asked not to purchase new vehicles, to consume petrol and diesel and the repair of vehicles as per new ceiling, to consume less electricity and also to curtail the expenditure on telephone by 10 per cent. Minister asked them not to compromise the daily quality work while in austerity mode.
Divulging the details, Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa said that all the departments have been asked to immediately surrender the budget sanctioned for the purchase of new vehicles. He said that no proposal would be submitted before the administrative department for the purchase of new vehicles. Minister further said that the departments have also been instructed to consume 10 per cent less petrol and diesel as was sanctioned to them. Similar, the expenditure on the repair of vehicles would also be curtailed by 10 per cent. He said that the budget, thus saved by adopting austerity measures, would has to be submitted to Finance Department.
Mr. Dhindsa said that the consumption limit of petrol and diesel for the official vehicles; Car and Gypsy (Petrol) has been decreased from 290 to 261 liter per month, whereas for Jeep (Diesel) the consumption of diesel has been limited to 261 liter per month against 440 liter.
He said that the Regional Officers like; Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners have been entitled to consume 414 liter petrol/diesel instead of 460 liter per month. Similarly, Sub Divisional Magistrate and Tehsildar could now consume 339 liter petrol/diesel per month instead of 377 liter.
Mr. Dhindsa said that officers of Enforcement Wing of Transport Department like; Secretary, R.T.A., D.T.O., officers of flying squad at headquarters, Excise and Taxation Commissioners (Divisional In-charge), Assistant Commissioners (District In-charge), Enforcement Officers (not below rank of ETO), District Post of ETO (Excise) would now be entitled for 376 liter petrol per month instead of earlier limit of 418 liter.
He said that Inspector General of Police Zonal In-charge, D.I.G. Range In-charge and SSPs (District Police In charge) could now consume 314 liter petrol per month against earlier allocation of 460 liter. He said for DSP (Sub Divisional In charge) the consumption limit has been fixed at 339 liter petrol per month against 377 liter earlier.
Finance Minister further said that for commuting to and fro from office to home, officers would be entitled for 45 liter petrol per month through single official vehicle. He said that for the maintenance and repair of official vehicles (petrol and diesel) Rs.4,500 per month or Rs.54,000 per annum, could be spent. He said that special measures have been taken to curb the practice of excessive use of telephone and electricity. He further said that all the department heads have been asked to strictly implement these instructions and curtail the expenditure on these official commodities by 10 per cent.
Mr. Dhindsa said that all the departments have also been asked not to put up all the bills collectively. He said that the Renovation work of offices has been strictly prohibited.
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UPA AGAIN DISCRIMINATED PUNJAB- HARSIMRAT
·        PUNJAB PURCHASES POWER WORTH Rs. 1600 CRORE TO SAVE THE KHARIF CROPS
·        MANPREET AGENT OF CONGRESS TRYING TO MERGE PPP IN CONGRESS WITH THE HELP OF PRIYANKA GANDHI


CHANDIGARH/GIDDERBAHA (SRI MUKTSAR SAHIB), AUGUST 1: 

Member Parliament from Bathinda, Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal today accused the Congress led UPA Government for again discriminating Punjab during announcing Rs. 1900 crore package for rain-deficit states. Mrs. Badal described this act of UPA Government as ignoring the contribution of Punjab in the national food kitty.   
          After visiting the sewing centers setup under ‘Nanhi Chaan’-campaign against female foeticide, in villages of Gidderbaha, Mrs. Badal lashing out at UPA Government said that UPA has followed its old tradition to ignore the interests of Punjab’s peasantry, who contributed more than 65% food grains in the central pool. She said that the Punjab Government has purchased power worth Rs. 1600 crore from its limited resources to save the kharif crops but on the other hand the UPA Government has not extended any cooperation despite repeated requests by the state government.
          Answering a query regarding the allegation of Union Government for overdrawing the power leading to the blackout in the northern region for two days, Mrs. Badal said that Punjab had not overdrawn power while the reality is that it was totally failure of Union Government and its ill-managed power strategies. She said that UPA Government has failed to upgrade the northern power grid according to need of the people. She asserted that Punjab was most disciplined state to draw the power from the northern grid according to the figures procured by BBMB.
          On answering a question regarding position of PPP Chief Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal, Mrs. Badal said that everybody knows that Mr. Manpreet was an agent of Congress Party and he formed PPP to provide political benefits to the Congress in recently held Vidhan Sabha polls but the people of Punjab had completely rejected congress and its conspiracy. She said that now Mr. Manpreet has realized that it was not possible for him to run PPP, so he was trying his level best to merge PPP in Congress Party with the help of Mrs. Priyanka Gandhi.

          Meanwhile, Mrs. Badal visited Kothe Dashmesh Singh, Rukhala, Sheikh, Khunnan Khurad and Duhewala villages to review the status of sewing centers. She said that under this campaign against female foeticide and dowry, more than 100 sewing centers have been established where more than 1100 girls were getting training of sewing and embroidery.
          Prominent amongst those were present on the occasion included Mr. Sant Singh Brar, Incharge Gidderbaha constituency, Jathedar Navtej Singh Kauni and Jathedar Gurpal Singh Gora (both SGPC members).

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CM MOURNS PASSING AWAY OF CHANAN RAM BHANDARI
CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 1:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today condoled the sad demise of Sh. Chanan Ram Bhandari father of Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr. K.D. Bhandari, who passed away after brief illness at Jalandhar. He was 97 and survived by four sons and four daughters.
In a condolence message, Mr. Badal shared his heart-felt sympathies with the members of the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty to give courage to bear this irreparable loss and grant peace to the departed soul. 
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JOSHI HANDS OVER APPOINTMENT LETTERS TO 14  NEWLY APPOINTED  PRINCIPALS
CHANDIGARH, August 1:
Mr Anil Joshi, Technical Education and Industrial Training Minister today handed over appointment letters to newly appointed 14 principals/Assistant Directors of Industrial training department.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. joshi exhorted the newly appointed Principals to work with full dedication and commitment thereby making a significant contribution in providing quality technical training.  He asked them to implement the schemes providing quality technical training of Punjab Government in true letter and spirit in their respective institutions.
Prominent amongst others present in  the function included Mr S.S.Channi Principal Secretary, Technical Education, Mr. B Purushartha, Director Technical Education and Additional Director Mrs. Daljit Kaur. 
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SUKHBIR CONDOLES CHANAN RAM BHANDARI’S DEMISE
Chandigarh, August 1: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today condoled the demise of Sh. Chanan Ram Bhandari (97), father of Mr. K.D. Bhandari, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, who passed away after brief illness.


In a condolence message, the Deputy Chief Minister expressed his heartfelt sympathies with the Bhandari family and prayed to Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family members to bear this irreparable loss.

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CHUNNI LAL BHAGT AND RAKHRA CONDOLES CHANAN RAM BHANDARI’S DEMISE

Chandigarh, August 1:
Punjab Local Bodies Minister Mr. Chunni Lal Bhagat, Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Mr. Surjit Singh Rakhra, Mr. Som Parkash, Mrs. Mohinder Kaur Josh and Mr. Mantar Singh Brar (all Chief Parliamentary Secretary) today expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Sh. Chanan Ram Bhandari, father of Mr. K.D. Bhandari, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, who passed away after brief illness.  Mr. Chanan Ram Bhandari was 97 and is survived by four sons and four daughters. Mr. Chunni Lal Bhagat, Mr. Rakhra and All CPSs shared his heartfelt sympathies with the members of the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul.
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STATE TO OBSERVE WORLD BREAST
FEEDING WEEK FROM AUGUST 1 TO 7-MITTAL

Chandigarh August 1: In keeping with the guidelines of World Health Organization (WHO), the Punjab government has directed all the civil surgeons in the state to observe World Breastfeeding Week from August 1 TO 7 and encourage breastfeeding for better health of newly born babies and infants around the state. This was disclosed by Mr. Madan Mohan Mittal, Health and Family Welfare Minister Punjab here today.
He also said that breastfeeding was the best way to provide newborns with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding until a baby is six months old and continued breastfeeding with the addition of nutritious complementary foods for up to two years or beyond. If the directive of the WHO was religiously followed and administered the initial breast feed within one hour of the birth than the lives of about 2.5 lakh newly born babies could be saved. A survey conducted on breast feeding in India revealed that the children who were put on breast feeding were healthier than the children who were never given and such children were more susceptible to infections and other health hazards in their growing years
Adding further, Mr. Mittal said that government would organize healthy baby contests with a view to involving the public in this very crucial task besides quiz, debates, declamations and slogan writing competitions depicting the importance and necessity of breast feeding would also be held during the week long celebrations.
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Majithia CONDOLES DEMISE OF CHANAN RAM BHANDARI
Chandigarh, August 1: Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Revenue and Public Relations Minister Punjab expressed grief on the demise of Sh. Chanan Ram Bhandari (97), father of Mr. Krishan Dev Bhandari, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, who passed away after a brief illness.


In a condolence message, Mr. Majithia expressed his heartfelt sympathies with the Bhandari family and prayed to Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family members to bear this irreparable loss.

 


 
26 STATE ADVISORY COMMITTEES CONSTITUTED FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF PEOPLE ORIENTED POLICIES IN RIGHT EARNEST
CHANDIGARH AUGUST 1:

In order to streamline the day to day functioning of the state government by formulating the people-oriented policies and implementing them in a proper manner besides advising the state government on important issues of public interest, the Punjab government has constituted 26 State Advisory Committees comprising of the MLA s of all the parties.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that the tenure of these committees would be till March 31st, 2013 or the validity of current state assembly from the period of issuing of notification regarding them, whichever was earlier. 
The Spokesperson further said that the Punjab government could at any point of time change the membership, name and constitution of committee besides even reconstituting it again.  It would be mandatory for the committee to meet once within three months and one meeting of the committee would be held during the session of state assembly and one meeting must be convened between the two sessions of the assembly. 
Giving the details regarding the committees, the spokesperson further said that the committees would comprise of official and non-official members.  List of these committees are as follow:-
State Advisory Committee on General Administration, Personnel, Power and Vigilance departments:
Official MembersChief Minister                                                                 Chairman
Chief Secretary                                                              Member
Secretary General Administration                               Member Secretary (of                                                                                                    his own department)
Secretary Personnel                                                     Member Secretary (of                                                                                                    his own department)
Secretary Power                                                             Member Secretary (of                                                                                                    his own department)
Secretary Vigilance                                                       Member Secretary (of                                                                                                    his own department)
 
Non-Official Members
            Sarvshri/Smt./Ch.
Baljit Singh Jalal Usma                                                      SAD
Manjit Singh Manna Mianwind                                         SAD
Gurpartap Singh Wadala                                                   SAD
Pargat Singh                                                                                    SAD
Surinder Singh Bhulewal Rathan                                                SAD
Aruna Chaudhary                                                               Cong.
Charanjit Kaur Bajwa                                                          Cong.
Ashwani Sekhri                                                                   Cong.
Seema Kumari                                                                     BJP
Balwinder Singh Bains                                                      Independent
 
State Advisory Committee on Cooperation, Science Technology, Environment & Agriculture departments:
Official MembersChief Minister                                                                       Chairman
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Cooperation                   Member
Financial Commissioner Cooperation                             Member Secretary (of                                                                                                          his own department)
Principal Secretary Science Technology                                    Member Secretary (of & Environment                                                                                    his own department)
Secretary Agriculture                                                          Member Secretary (of                                                                                                          his own department)
 
Non-Official Members
            Sarvshri/Smt./Ch.
Daljeet Singh Cheema                                                       SAD
Justice Nirmal Singh                                                           SAD
Ranjit Singh Dhillon                                                                       SAD
Darshan Singh Shivalik                                                     SAD
Manpreet Singh Ayali                                                         SAD
Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa                                                            Cong.
Sukhjinder Singh                                                                Cong.
Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria                                                           Cong.
Ashwani Kumar Sharma                                                    BJP
Simarjit Singh Bains                                                                       Independent
 
State Advisory Committee on Water Supply & Sanitation, and Defence Services Welfare departments:
Official MembersChief Minister                                                                       Chairman
Chief Parliamentary Secretary                                          Member
Principal Secretary Defence                                              Member Secretary (of
Services Welfare                                                                  his own department)
Secretary Water Supply & Sanitation                               Member Secretary (of Environment                                                                                  his own department)
 
Non-Official Members
            Sarvshri/Smt./Ch.
SR Kaler                                                                                SAD
Rajwinder Kaur                                                                    SAD
Maheshinder Singh                                                                        SAD
Hari Singh                                                                             SAD
Joginder Singh Jindhu                                                       SAD
Raj Kumar                                                                             Cong.
Om Parkash Soni                                                                Cong.
Ramanjit Singh Sikki                                                          Cong.
Rajneesh Kumar                                                                  Independent
 
 
 
 
State Advisory Committee on Grievances & Pension Welfare and Justice departments:
Official MembersChief Minister                                                                       Chairman
Principal Secretary Home & Justice                                 Member Secretary (of
                                                                                                his own department)
Secretary Grievances & Pension Welfare                       Member Secretary (of                                                                                                          his own department)
 
Non-Official Members
            Sarvshri/Smt./Ch.
Gurtej Singh                                                                         SAD
Harpreet Singh                                                                     SAD
Deep Malhotra                                                                      SAD
Darshan Singh Kot Fatha                                                  SAD
Prem Mittal                                                                            SAD
Rana Gurjit Singh                                                                Cong.
Navtej Singh                                                                         Cong.
Sangat Singh                                                                       Cong.
Sukhjeet Kaur Sahi                                                             BJP
Balwinder Singh Bains                                                      Independent
 
State Advisory Committee on Home Affairs, Civil Defence, Wakf and Governance Reforms:
Official MembersDeputy Chief Minister                                                         Chairman
Principal Secretary Home Affairs (civil                            Member Secretary (of
Defence)                                                                               his own department)
Survey Commissioner of Wakf                                          Member Secretary (of                                                                                                          his own department)
Secretary Governance Reforms                                        Member Secretary (of                                                                                                          his own department)
 
Non-Official Members
            Sarvshri/Smt./Ch.
Chatin Singh                                                                                    SAD
Iqbal Singh   Jhunda                                                          SAD
Gurpreet Kaur Mukhmailpur                                              SAD
Varinder Kaur Lumba                                                         SAD
Baljit Singh Jalal Usma                                                      SAD
Sunder Sham Arora                                                                        Cong.
Tarlochan Singh                                                                  Cong.
Guriqbal Kaur                                                                       Cong.
Seema Kumari                                                                     BJP
Simarjit Singh Bains                                                                       Independent
State Advisory Committee on Housing & Urban Development, Excise & Taxation and Investment Promotion Departments:
Official MembersDeputy Chief Minister                                                         Chairman
Chief Parliamentary Secretary                                          Member
Commissioner Excise & Taxation                                     Member Secretary (of
                                                                                                his own department)
Principal Secretary Housing & Urban Dev.                    Member Secretary (of                                                                                                          his own department)
Principal Secretary Investment Promotion                      Member Secretary (of                                                                                                          his own department)
 
Non-Official Members
            Sarvshri/Smt./Ch.
Manjeet Singh Manna Mianwind                                     SAD
Gurpartap Singh Wadal                                                      SAD
Pargat Singh                                                                        SAD
Surinder Singh Bhulewal Rathan                                                SAD
Daljeet Singh Cheema                                                       SAD
Charanjit Singh Channi                                                     Cong.
Jagmohan Singh Kang                                                      Cong.
Balbir Singh Sidhu                                                              Cong.
Ashwani Kumar Sharma                                                    BJP
Rajneesh Kumar                                                                  Independent
 
State Advisory Committee on Sports & Youth Welfare, Civil Aviation Departments:
Official MembersDeputy Chief Minister                                                         Chairman
Chief Parliamentary Secretary                                          Member
Principal Secretary Civil Aviation                                     Member Secretary (of
                                                                                                his own department)
Secretary Sports & Youth Services                                  Member Secretary (of                                                                                                          his own department)
 
Non-Official Members
            Sarvshri/Smt./Ch.
Justice Nirmal Singh                                                           SAD
Ranjit Singh Dhillon                                                                       SAD
Darshan Singh Shivalik                                                     SAD
Manpreet Singh Ayali                                                         SAD
SR Kaler                                                                                SAD
Kuljit Singh Nagra                                                               Cong.
Randeep Singh                                                                   Cong.
Gurkirat Singh                                                                      Cong.
Manoranjan Kalia                                                                BJP
Balwinder Singh Bains                                                      Independent
 
State Advisory Committee on Local Government Department:
Official MembersLocal Govt. Minister                                                             Chairman
Chief Parliamentary Secretary                                          Member
Principal Secretary Local Government                            Member Secretary (of
                                                                                                his own department)
 
Non-Official Members
            Sarvshri/Smt./Ch.
Rajwinder Kaur                                                                    SAD
Maheshinder Singh                                                                        SAD
Hari Singh                                                                             SAD
Joginder Singh Jhindu                                                       SAD
Gurtej Singh                                                                                     SAD
Amrik Singh                                                                          Cong.
Surinder Kumar Dawar                                                       Cong.
Bharat Bhushan Ashu                                                       Cong.
Sukhjeet Kaur Sahi                                                             BJP
Simarjit Singh Bains                                                                       Independent
 
 
State Advisory Committee on Medical Education & Research Department:
Official MembersMedical Education & Research Minister                                     Chairman
Chief Parliamentary Secretary                                          Member
Secretary Medical Edu. & Research                                Member Secretary (of
                                                                                                his own department)
 
Non-Official Members
            Sarvshri/Smt./Ch.
Harpreet Singh                                                                     SAD
Deep Malhotra                                                                      SAD
Darshan Singh Kot Fatha                                                  SAD
Prem Mittal                                                                            SAD
Chatin Singh                                                                        SAD
Rakesh Pandey                                                                   Cong.
Gurcharan Singh                                                                 Cong.
Joginder Pal Jain                                                                 Cong.
Seema Kumari                                                                     BJP
Rajneesh Kumar                                                                  Independent
 
State Advisory Committee on Jails, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Archives, Museums and Printing & Stationary Department Official MembersJails, Tourism, Cultural Affairs,                                         Chairman
Archives, Museums and
Printing & Stationary Minister                                                       
Chief Parliamentary Secretary                                          Member
Principal Secretary Home Affairs & Justice                    Member Secretary (of
                                                                                                his own department)
Principal Secretary Cultural Affairs                                  Member Secretary (of
                                                                                                his own department)
Principal Secretary Printing & Stationary                                    Member Secretary (of
                                                                                                his own department)
Principal Secretary Tourism                                               Member Secretary (of
                                                                                                his own department)
 
Non-Official Members
            Sarvshri/Smt./Ch.
Iqbal Singh Jhunda                                                                        SAD
Harpreet Kaur Mukhmailpur                                              SAD
Varinder Kaur Lumba                                                         SAD
Baljit Singh Jalal Usma                                                      SAD
Manjeet Singh Manna Mianwind                                     SAD
Parminder Singh Pinki                                                       Cong.
Gurmit Singh Sodhi                                                                        Cong.
Sunil Kumar Jakhar                                                                        Cong.
Ashwani Kumar Sharma                                                    BJP
Balwinder Singh Bains                                                      Independent
 
State Advisory Committee on Food, Civil Supply & Consumer Affairs,  Information Technology and Food Processing Department:
Official MembersFood, Civil Supply & Consumer Affairs,                                      Chairman
Information Technology and
Food Processing Minister                                                 
Chief Parliamentary Secretary                                          Member
Principal Secretary Information                                         Member Secretary (of
Technology                                                                           his own department)
Secretary Food & Civil Supply                                          Member Secretary (of                                                                                                          his own department)
 
Non-Official Members
            Sarvshri/Smt./Ch.
Gurpartap Singh Wadala                                                   SAD
Pargat Singh                                                                                    SAD
Justice Nirmal Singh                                                           SAD
Surinder Singh Bhulewal Rathan                                                SAD
Daljeet Singh Cheema                                                       SAD
Amarinder Singh Raja Warring                                         Cong.
Karan Kaur                                                                           Cong.
Joginder Singh                                                                    Cong.
Manoranjan Kalia                                                                BJP
Simarjit Singh Bains                                                                       Independent
 
State Advisory Committee on Transport, Law & Legal Affairs, Elections, Employment Generation & Training Department:
Official MembersTransport, Law & Legal Affairs,                                         Chairman
Elections, Employment Generation
& Training Minister
Principal Secretary Elections                                            Member Secretary (of
                                                                                                his own department)
Secretary Transport                                                             Member Secretary (of                                                                                                          his own department)
Secretary Law & Legal Affairs                                           Member Secretary (of                                                                                                          his own department)
Secretary Employment Generation &                               Member Secretary (of
Training                                                                                 his own department)
 
 
Non-Official Members
            Sarvshri/Smt./Ch.
Ranjit Singh Dhillon                                                                      SAD
Darshan Singh Shivalik                                                     SAD
Manpreet Singh Ayali                                                         SAD
SR Kaler                                                                                SAD
Rajwinder Kaur                                                                    SAD
Ajaib Singh Bhatti                                                               Cong.
Jit Mohinder Sidhu                                                              Cong.
Ajit Inder Singh                                                                    Cong.
Sukhjit Kaur Sahi                                                                BJP
Rajneesh Kumar                                                                  Independent
 
 
State Advisory Committee on Animal Husbandry, Fish Farming and Dairy Development Department:
Official MembersAnimal Husbandry, Fish Farming                                                Chairman
& Dairy Development Minister
Chief Parliamentary Secretary                                          Member
Financial Commissioner Animal Husbandry                 Member Secretary (of
                                                                                                his own department)
 
Non-Official Members
            Sarvshri/Smt./Ch.
Maheshinder Singh                                                                       SAD
Hari Singh                                                                            SAD
Joginder Singh Jhindhu                                                    SAD
Gurtej Singh                                                                         SAD
Harpreet Singh                                                                     SAD
Rajinder Kaur Bhatal                                                          Cong.
Mohammad Sadiq                                                               Cong.
Kewal Singh Dhillon                                                                       Cong.
Seema Kumari                                                                     BJP
Balwinder Singh Bains                                                      Independent

 

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