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PUNJAB PAYS GLORIOUS TRIBUTES TO SHAHEED UDHAM SINGH

BADAL’S CLARION CALL - GET RID OF CONGRESS IN FORTHCOMING PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

ASKS DELHI TO CELEBRATE SUCH DAYS IN THE MEMORY OF NATIONAL HEROS

SUNAM UDHAM SINGH WALA (SANGRUR) JULY 31:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today gave a clarion call to the people of Punjab for uniting again to get rid of anti-poor, anti-farmer, failure in controlling inflation regime of Congress led UPA Government in forthcoming Parliamentary elections.
Addressing a massive gathering at a state level function held here to pay the glorious tributes to the great son of soil Shaheed Udham Singh on his 73rd martyrdom day, the Chief Minister said that congress had always ignored not only the patriotic aspects of Punjab that had contributed more than 80% share in freedom struggle but also the hardships of Punjabi farmers in resolving the country’s food dilemma, even at the cost of state’s natural resources such as soil and groundwater. It was a matter of great regret that the Congress had always ignored all the legitimate demands and interests of the State and its farmers, added Mr. Badal. Rather it would be more satisfactory if Centre had celebrated such martyrdom day in the memory of our National Hero, added Mr. Badal.
He said that with a view to fulfill the aspirations and dreams of our martyrs to get justice and equality for every citizen besides insuring sustainable development in economic, agriculture, industrial sectors, people of Punjab must pave a way for the BJP led National Democratic Alliance to form next government in the Centre.
Mr. Badal said that it was our bounden duty to construct monuments in the memory of our martyrs who made supreme sacrifices to liberate our country from the British rule. These memorials would also inspired our future generations and inculcate the values of patriotism and nationalism in them, he added.  The Chief Minister further said that a world class Freedom Martyrs' Memorial (Jang-e-Azadi) at a cost of Rs. 100 crore would be established at Kartarpur, in commemoration of the remarkable contribution made by the freedom fighters of our country in general and Punjabis in particular during the National freedom struggle, for which the state government had already allotted 20 acres of land on Jalandhar-Amritsar national highway. He further said that government had also constituted a concept committee that included eminent scholars and historians for their valuable inputs and suggestions. Chief Minister had also planned to visit places like Cellor prison at Andaman and Nikobar, museums at Hedrabad and Delhi along with committee members in coming days.  
On agriculture front, Mr. Badal said that today agriculture was no longer be a profitable profession because of its low returns and became non-remunerative and stagnated business but over sitting these facts Centre had always adopted an anti-farmer approach while fixing minimum support price (MSP) for various crops. He said that states should not beg for remunerative MSP for their produce rather Centre should evolve a permanent solution either by linking MSP with the consumer price index or implementing the recommendations in the report of eminent farm economist Dr. MS Swaminathan that advocates, “MSP should be equal to the cost of production plus its 50%”. 
Launching another frontal attack on the Congress he said that Centre had never been serious about the peasantry of Punjab and pushed it deep into the vicious circle of debt trap. Although, the SAD-BJP alliance government in the state was trying its best to over come the losses of the farmers by introducing diversification in the agricultural sector i.e. promoting Dairy farming, Fishery and Agro based units etc. and providing financial assistance too. 
Regarding the Power crises in the state due to deficit monsoon, the Chief Minister said that he had already contacted the Union Power Minister Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde and urged to immediately allocate 1000 MW additional power to Punjab from Central quota especially for enabling our farmers to cope with the drought like situation, whereas industrial and domestic sectors also need extra power. State had already changed the timings of the offices in the state and banned of use of Air Conditioners in the government offices as corrective measures to save power in this difficult hour of crisis, added Mr. Badal. He also asked the people of the state not to use electricity excessively and help the government in saving it. While Informing about the concerted efforts of the state government to make Punjab self reliant in power sector in near future, Mr. Badal said that their government had already taken historic steps to make Punjab self sufficient in Power Sector as work to generate 4620 MW additional power at Talwandi Sabo, Goindwal Sahib & Rajpura thermal plants was going on at war footing.
Admiring the role of Punjabis in the freedom struggle, Finance Minister Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa said it was the pious duty of everyone to nurture the feeling of nationalism amongst our youth through the commemoration of such occasions in a befitting manner by paying homage to the great warriors and patriots like Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Shaheed Udham Singh. The Minister said that state government had already made a budgetary provision of Rs. 5 crore to develop a world class Museum at a cost of Rs. 12 crore over a period of three years  at Sunam in the memory of Shaheed Udham Singh. He appealed to the younger generation to draw inspiration and the spirit of patriotism and nationalism from the supreme sacrifices made by our great martyrs during the freedom struggle of India. 
Speaking on the occasion Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Parkash Chand Garg said that Punjabis have not only played a vanguard role in the Indian Independence movement but also made outstanding contribution for maintaining this hard earned freedom and also contributed its best to bring sustainability in terms of food grains production even at the cost of its natural resources like ground water and soil, but in return Punjab had never been recognized by the Centre.  For making India self reliant in food grains production Punjabi farmers had ushered an era of Green revolution, added Mr. Garg. 
On the occasion the Chief Minister honored the lineal decedents of Shaheed Udham Singh along with Dr. Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal (UK) for launching ROKO Cancer mobile checkup vans and Dr. SP Singh Oberoi, who played a key role in saving Punjabi Youths in Dubai by arranging a large amount of blood money.
On the occasion Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Balbir Singh Ghanus said that their unparalleled sacrifices of great patriots like Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev would ever act as a source of inspiration for our youth to serve our motherland. 
Prominent amongst others who spoke on the occasion included Chairman District Planning Board Mr. Gobind Singh Longowal, Former Minister Mr. Gobind Singh Kanjhla, Member Admn. PSPCL Mr. Gurbachan Singh Bacchi,  MLA Iqbal Singh Jhhunda and Vice Chairman Punjab Mandi Board Mr. RS Cheema besides senior leadership and party workers of SAD-BJP and the members of the SGPC were also attended the function.

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PUNJAB 'S OVERDRAFT BARE MINIMUM AND
LOWEST AMONG ALL STATES...GOVT

Chandigarh July 31
The Punjab government today described as “ absurd, factually baseless  and grossly misleading Centre’s claim that the grid failure at the BBMB yesterday and today was because of overdrafts by the state.

            A spokesman of the Chief Minister, Punjab,  released figures of the overdrafts taken by  Punjab, Haryana and UP at the point of grid failure  and said that these clearly showed that Punjab’s usage on overdrafts had been by far the lowest among the these states.  He said, “These figures clearly established that Punjab has been the most
“disciplined and frugal” of the Northern states.”        According to the figures secured from the BBMB, at approximately 2.30 am on July 30, 2012 when the grid failure sent the entire north zone into darkness, Haryana was taking an overdraft of 25.5% on its allotted share of power.   At the same point of time,  U.P.’s  overdraft of power  over and above its  sanctioned load  was 20.8%..      In sharp contrast, overdraft by Punjab was many times less than either of these two states as it was a bare 5.5 %.
   The spokesman further said that similarly, at    approximately 1.10 PM today, when the grid failure occurred for  the second day running, Punjab’s  overdraft was a meagre 01.2% of its sanctioned load. In contrast,  Haryana’s overdraft at the same point of time was a whopping  22.4% while overdraft by UP stood at  6.4%.
     Similarly, the average figures of overdraft  by the three states for the month of July also revealed  that Punjab was the most disciplined of all the user  states. During this month, Punjab’s average overdraft stood at bare 4%. Compared with this, the average
overdraft by UP is a staggering 31%. Haryana’s overdraft stood at 17% while Rajasthan had an average overdraft of  18% for the same period.
    This it is absolutely incorrect and misleading to blame the failure on Punjab whose overdraft is many times lower than that of other states.

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CONGRESS WOULD BE TAKEN TO TASK IN MONSOON SESSION ON PUBLIC ISSUES: HARSIMRAT

·        ISSUE OF BONUS FOR FARMERS AND TO INCREASE THE CROP PRICES WOULD ALSO BE RAKED UP

·        NANHI CHAAN GETS POPULARITY, MAKES GIRLS SELF-DEPENDENT BY IMPARTING SEWING AND EMBROIDERY

 MANSA, JULY 31: Member Parliament from Bathinda Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal today lashed at the Congress led UPA Government for its sheer failure at all fronts including power, controlling inflation and corruption and said that Congress would be taken to task in the ensuing Monsoon Session.

          Talking to media persons after paying tributes to great martyr Shaheed Udham Singh here, Mrs. Badal said that it was the result of ill-managed strategies of Congress led UPA Government that the people of seven states were suffering from power crisis while the farmers of the Punjab are forced to bear additional cost of diesel in order to deficient monsoon. She said that in present sky-rocketing days, Union Government has not announce any relief package for the peasantry of the state whereas state government has demanded an immediate relief of Rs. 800 crore for the farmers besides 1000MW power from the central pool.    

          Answering a query of media person said that SAD-BJP coalition and the other ally parties would take the Congress to task in the ensuing monsoon session on public issues including hike in petrol prices on weekly basis, unprecedented inflation, corruption, power crisis etc. Mrs. Badal said that within two months after formation of UPA Government, it had engulfed in the cases of corruption and the recent reports revealed alleged corruption of more than Rs. 500 crore by the Union Minister Mr. Dayanidhi Maran and his allies was an indelible scar on the face of congress led UPA government.  Mrs. Badal said that Congress would have to face the wrath of people in ensuing 2014 Parliamentary election besides it would be called on the carpet in Monsoon session on such issues of corruption, poverty and inflation.

          During her to the villages Hakamwala, Ahmedpur and Dhalewa to review the status of sewing centers especially setup under ‘Nanhi Chaan’ campaign people brought her attention towards the under construction water works, Mrs. Badal on the spot directed the Deputy Commissioner regarding commissioning of the project. Mr. Amit Dhaka, Deputy Commissioner, Mansa said that the completion of the project was on the edge and it will become functional by August 18. She also distributed sewing machines to the needy girls besides sapling plants in these villages ensuring the supply of pure drinking water.

          Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion, Mr. Chattin Singh Samaon, MLA, Mr. Harpreet Singh, SSP, District President SAD unit Mr. Harbant Singh Dattewas, Naib Tehsildar Mr. Harkirat Singh. 

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ELECTION OF NRI SABHA TO BE HELD IN JANUARY-MAJITHIA
VOTER ELECTORAL ROLLS TO BE REVISED

Chandigarh July 31: Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, NRI Affairs Minister Punjab said that the elections to the NRI Sabha would be held in January 2013. While the rest of the schedule to be announced later.
          Disclosing this here today in a meeting with the representatives of the NRI Sabha, Mr. Majithia said that the main objective of holding these elections in the month of January was mainly to ensure maximum participation of NRIs in  exercising their right to vote.  He, however, said that although the NRI Sabha has 20 thousand enrolled members but very few participate in the electoral process. In order to increase the vote percentage in the forthcoming elections, the elections were being held in the month of January presuming that most of the NRIs visit India during winters and besides that the Union government was also holding the Parwasi Bharti Sammellan at Kochi from January 7 to January 9, 2013. To redress the grievances of the NRIs, Punjab government was also in the process of launching its website where NRIs could file their complaints regarding revenue, police and any other cases for speedy disposal.
          He also said that with a view to deciding the nominee process to cast the votes in NRI Sabha elections, a general body meeting would be called to decide whether the nominees should be continued or abolished. He said that the verdict of the majority would be carried out in this regard. He asked the officers of the department to ensure that only the already registered members of NRI Sabha could cast their votes. The Minister also directed the officials to revise the photo electoral rolls and put it on the website for any claims/objections before the final publication of the electoral rolls.
          Mr. Majithia also said that it was decided for the first time that the person contesting election would have to prove his/her NRI status according to the constitution of the NRI Sabha. He also said that there should be a consensus in the NRI sabha Elections , if election  was required then a free and fair election would be ensured.    
          The meeting was attended by Secretary NRI Affairs, Mr,. N.S.Kang, Chairman NRI Commission Punjab, Justice (Retd) Arvind Kumar, Senior  Akali Dal Leader, S Balwant Singh Ramuwalia and representatives of NRI Sabha.

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RAKSHA BANDHAN TO BE CELEBRATED IN PUNJAB JAILS

Chandigarh July 31: Keeping in view the sanctity of the sacred festival of Raksha Bandhan, Mr. Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Jail Minister Punjab has directed all the Jail Superintendents to make special security arrangements in the jails on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan for enabling tying of 'rakhis' to inmates by their sisters from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm., on August 2.
In a statement issued here today, the minister said that the inmates would be allowed to meet their sisters on Raksha Bandhan throughout the day visitors would also be permitted to meet them. Strict security norms would, however, be observed, said the minister. Eatables and other things brought for the inmates would be thoroughly checked before passing on to them.

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PUNJAB PR OFFICERS ASSOCIATION GIVES WARM SEND OFF
TO MR. HARDEV SINGH AND MR. LABH SINGH ON THEIR RETIREMENT


 CHANDIGARH JULY 31:
          Mr. Hardev Singh PA to DIPR & Mr. Labh Singh, Proof Reader in the Punjab Information & Public Relations Department today retired on superannuation after putting their distinguished services.
Lauding their services, Director Information & Public Relations Punjab Mr. D.S. Mangat described him an outstanding officer who always discharged his duties with utmost dedication, sincerity, honesty and professional commitment.

          On the occasion, Mr. Hardev Singh  and Mr. Labh Singh were given a warm send off by the Punjab Public Relations Officers' Association.

          Prominent amongst others who attended the farewell party including Additional Director (Admn.) Mr. Gurwaryam Singh, Additional Director Dr. Senu Dugal and Joint Director Mr. Opinder Singh Lamba, Joint Director Mr. Surinder Malik, Deputy Director Mr. P.S. Kalra  and Deputy Director Mr. Harjit Singh Grewal.

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CM MOURNS TRAGIC DEATH OF SCHOOL CHILDREN IN SCHOOL BUS-TRAIN COLLISION
·       RS.1 LAKH AS EX-GRATIA EACH FOR THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF DECEASED
CHANDIGARH JULY 30:
            Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the tragic School Bus-Train collision near Baba Bakala in district Amritsar, which claimed four lives of school girls this morning.
            Meanwhile, the Chief Minister asked the Civil and Police administration of Amritsar district to extent all possible help to the bereaved families of the deceased in this hour of crisis.  He also directed the Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar to ask the Civil Surgeon to provide the best medical treatment free of cost to the injured.  Mr. Badal also announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs.1 lakh each to the family member of the deceased. It may be recalled that the four school girls students of Sant Majja Singh School, Baba Bakala died as the school bus carrying 23 students collided with the train near Kot Mehtab.
            The Chief Minister also expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed to Almighty to grant eternal peace to the departed souls and strength to bear this irreparable loss.  He also wished speedy recovery for the injured. 

SUKHBIR INSTRUCTS TO IMPROVE POWER SUPPLY TO DOMESTIC CONSUMERS

  • ASKS POWERCOM TO DESIST FROM POWER CUTS DURING NIGHT
  • POWERCOM TOLD TO PURCHASE MORE POWER FROM SPOT MARKET
  • BAN ON ACS IN OFFICES TO BE STRICTLY ENFORCED
  • POWER WORTH RS.7000 CRORE BEING PURCHASED TO TIDE OVER CRISIS

Chandigarh, July 30: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today issued strict instructions to POWERCOM to improve power supply to the domestic sector and said that power cut beyond schedule should be avoided at all costs.
The Deputy Chief Minister today had a detailed review of power supply situation in the state as demand for power has spurted due to drought like situation in the state and Mr. Anirudh Tiwari, Secretary Power gave him a detailed presentation of power scenario in the state. The Chairman POWERCOM Mr. K.D. Chaudry informed the Deputy Chief Minister that there has been 40% increase in demand in power against 10% projected by the corporation. He said that POWERCOM has already purchased power worth Rs.7000 crore to tide over crisis due to unprecedented deficient monsoon.
Mr. Badal issued strict instruction that POWERCOM must restrict power cuts to the domestic consumers to minimum and power cut period should be pre notified. He said that it should be ensured that there should not be any power cut from 8 PM to 8AM to domestic sector so that every citizen could have a sound sleep. The Chairman informed that sometimes power cuts were due to grid failure due to low frequency which was out of control of POWERCOM. He said that POWERCOM has to exercise discipline in over drawing power from the grid and informed that yesterday failure of northern grid was outside Punjab and there was no control of Punjab on this. Mr. Badal instructed POWERCOM to purchase more power from spot market to meet the increase in demand for power.
Issuing directions to ensure ban on ACs in government offices strictly in the state, Mr. Badal said that we would have to make collective efforts to face this unprecedented crisis. He said that Punjab has already sought 1000 MW power from unallocated central pool and expressed hope that Union government understanding the gravity of situation to save the crops would release more power to the state.
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PUNJAB PLANS TO LAUNCH NRI CARD

  • NRI CARD TO PROVIDE QUALITY MEDICARE, DISCOUNT ON SHOPPING AND PREFERENTIAL ALLOTMENT OF HOUSE
  • NRI WEBSITE TO REGISTER ALL NRIs
  • 24 HOURS NRI HELPLINE TO BE OPERATIONAL NEXT MONTH
  • PUNJAB TO LAUNCH ‘KNOW YOUR MOTHERLAND’ EXCHANGE PROGRAMME FOR NEXT GENERATION NRIs
  • LAWS TO BE AMENDED TO PROTECT THE PROPERTIES OF NRIs IN PUNJAB

Chandigarh, July 30:

The Punjab government today decided to launch a NRI Card for Punjabis living abroad to give a specific identity to every NRI besides offering them slew of facilities in Punjab.
The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal accompanied by NRI Affairs Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia and former Union Minister Mr. Balwant Singh Ramoowalia asked NRI Affairs department to immediately work out the details of this proposal and implement it at the earliest. Mr. Badal said that Punjab has to involve NRIs in the process of development by assuring them total support of the state government and offering them legal support in their cases.
The Deputy Chief Minister gave in-principle approval for a unique NRI card to be offered to every NRI who would be able to apply for this card on the website of NRI department. The card besides giving identity to the NRIs for every official purpose, would assure quality medicare to them besides offering them attractive discounts on the shopping in Punjab. He asked PUDA to explore the possibilities of offering preference to NRIs in house allotment.
Mr. Majithia informed the Deputy Chief Minister that a comprehensive website and portal of NRI Affairs department has been finalized and would become operational next month. He said that this website would be multi dimensional website and NRIs would be able to register themselves on the website itself. He said that even NRI card would be issued on the website itself. He said that registration of every NRI made mandatory.
Appreciating the endeavour of website Mr. Badal said that a 24 hour NRI helpline should also be functional next month that would be able to register the complaints of NRIs 24 hours besides giving them time bound response on Action Taken Report. He said that these steps would inculcate confidence amongst NRIs who feel insecure sitting in foreign land.
Asking the tourism department to explore the possibility of student exchange programme brand named as ‘Know your motherland’ Mr. Badal said that under this programme NRI student should be offered one month guided tour of Punjab so that next generation NRIs who don’t have any idea of Punjab should be given a glimpse of rich cultural heritage and could educate themselves their roots. The Tourism department also informed about the farm tourism programme launched by the department for NRIs.
Expressing concern over forcible possession of properties of NRIs, Mr. Badal issued directions to initiate amendments in the law to ensure protection of properties of NRIs besides eviction of tenants, whenever NRI wants to return to his motherland. He also asked revenue department to explore the possibility of adopting the properties of NRIs, giving them protection of the state, if the NRI desired so.
Expressing concern over legal tangles being faced by NRIs, Mr. Badal asked the NRI Affairs department to work out a panel of legal luminaries who would provide legal support to NRIs in the case of distress.
Prominent amongst those who were present in the meeting included Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema, MLA, Mr. N.S. Kang, Financial Commissioner Revenue, Mrs. Gurpreet Deo, IG NRI Affairs, Mr. Manvesh Singh Sidhu, Special Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister.

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SUKHBIR PUTS 2ND GENERATION REFORMS ON FAST TRACK
·       IMPLEMENTATION OF RTS ACT to be EXPEDITED BY DIGITIZATION OF ALL SERVICES
·       SINGLE WINDOW URBAN DELIVERY SYSTEM BY END OF NEXT YEAR
·       PUNJAB TO BE THE FIRST STATE TO HAVE ‘RAPID RURAL POLICE RESPONSE SYSTEM’

Chandigarh, July 30: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal issued directions to put 2nd Generation Governance Reforms on fast track after a comprehensive review of the first generation administrative reforms here today.
          Accompanied Bhagat Chuni Lal, Local Government Minister and Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Revenue Minister, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal reviewed the implementation of Governance Reforms in various departments in a meeting with the Chairperson of Governance Reforms Commission Dr. Pramod Kumar and Right to Service Commission Chairman Mr. S.C. Agrawal and members of the Commissions.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that for effective implementation of Right to Service Act, we have to put in place an automatic grievance redressal system for hassle-free implementation of Act. He called for expediting the process of digitization of 69 services and thereafter delivery time of these services should be revised and reduced. He was of opinion that the additional 41 services recommended by the Right to Service Commission be referred to the Governance Commission for procedure simplification and after simplification of procedures the concerned department would take immediate steps to computerize these services and after that these services would be effectively covered under RTS Act. Mr. Subodh Aggarwal informed that more than 15 lakh people have availed services under this Act and only 176 went for appeal for delay or non-availability of services.
Focusing on Service Delivery of citizen services in Urban Areas, it was also decided to setup Urban Service Delivery Centres by 31st December, 2013 to provide services like registration of birth and death, issuance of birth and death certificate, new water and sewerage connections, payment of water, sewerage and electricity bills, sanction of building plans, issuance of completion certificate, sanction of change of land use, payment of rent and lease, approval for hoardings and verification services under one roof. He said that these centres would also provide services related to other departments including 61 services covered under Right to Service Act.
Issuing instructions to expedite the implementation of reforms like authorization of registered architects to approve building plans and authorization of empanelled structural engineers to issue safety certificates, Mr. Badal said that it was imperative to reduce harassment as the earlier procedure which required procurement of occupation as well as completion certificates needed to be amended. It was also decided that only completion certificate was required and would be issued without post-construction inspections in case of third party certification. It was also reiterated to issue water and sewerage connections on the day of application.
The Deputy Chief Minister stressed upon rationalization of security of privileged few and VIPs and setting up a robust system like Security Board, a new system to provide security to common rural people. He approached setting up of a Rapid Rural Police Response System on the pattern of urban areas. He issued directions to Finance Department to provide resources from modernization and other sources at the earliest for this purpose. Mr. S.K. Sharma, ADGP (Human Resource) was made the nodal officer for this project and was instructed to finalise this proposal in consultation with Mr. Sumedh Saini, DGP, Punjab. He said that eHHPunjab would be the first state in the country to have police on call system in rural areas also.
Mr. Badal said that Rapid Rural Police Response 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.
Reviewing the working of Saanjh Kendras, he said that a Community Affairs Division at Police Headquarters at Chandigarh needed to be strengthened with additional human resource and technology. It was decided that a dedicated wing for community policing Saanjh Kendras will be set up and the police personnel opting for this would be given additional allowances and promotional avenues.
Mr. Badal also suggested that a decentralized police complaint system should be set up. He said that any complaint received from public should be investigated by the police and action taken report should be submitted to the citizen committees at the district level. He said that these committees are empowered to refer to action taken report (if not satisfied) to State Complaint Authority set up for this purpose. This will provide transparency and make citizens’ stakeholder in decision-making process. The purpose was accepted in principle.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Mr. N.S. Kang, Financial Commissioner Revenue, Mr. Suresh Kumar, Principal Secretary Local Government, Mr. Anirudh Tiwari, Secretary Power, Mr. G. Vajralingam, DG MGSIPA, Mr. Manvesh Singh Sidhu, Special Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister.
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ALLOT 1000 MW OF POWER TO PUNJAB FROM CENTRAL QUOTA TO ENSURE NATION’S FOOD SECURITY  - BADAL
CM JUSTIFIES BANNING OF ACs IN GOVERNMENT OFFICES
STATE GOVERNMENT TO FELICITATE OLYMPIC MEDAL WINNERS IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS SPORTS POLICY- BADAL
4-DAYS SANGAT DARSHAN IN DASUYA CONCLUDED
 Dasuya, July 30-
In a bid to safeguard the Nation’s Food Security, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal today asked the Union government to immediately allot atleast 1000 MW of power to the state from Central quota to enable the farmers to cope with the drought like situation prevailing in the region due to monsoon failure so that they could nurture their paddy during the current Kharif season. 
            Talking to the media persons on the sidelines of the concluding day of the Sangat Darshan program of Dasuya Assembly segment, the Chief Minister said that the state was a major contributor of the Rice in the Central pool and keeping in view the importance of power in ongoing paddy season, the Union government must allot more power to the state. He reiterated that the ongoing power crisis in the state was due to natural reasons and the government had hardly any role to play in it. However Mr Badal said that for the sake of a national cause the Union government must show magnanimity by generously allocating more power to the state so as to cater the needs of the farmers.
The Chief Minister further said that he had already met the Union Power Minister Mr Sushil Kumar Shinde on the issue. Expressing hope that the Union Government would bail out the peasantry of the state in this hour of crisis, Mr Badal said that the allocation of extra power would also help in meeting the demand of industrial and domestic sector. Justifying the changing of timings and banning of Air Conditioners in the offices of the state government, he said these were the corrective steps mandatory to be taken for  saving power in this difficult time.
Replying to a query regarding the felicitation of Olympic medal winners by the state government, the Chief Minister categorically said that the state government was committed to honour the players from the state who would bring medals for the country in the ongoing Olympic games at London in accordance with its sports policy. Mr Badal further said that in past also the state government had honored several eminent sportspersons hailing from Punjab who have brought laurels to the country in different sports events at the International forum viz. Olympics, Commonwealth and Asian Games. The Chief Minister said that besides it the SAD-BJP alliance government had already taken several path breaking initiatives to promote sports in big way as it had already appointed of 10 internationally acclaimed sportspersons from Punjab as DSPs.
Lashing out at the Congress led UPA Government at the Centre, the Chief Minister said that it was unfortunate that the government which had come to power solely on the plank of the welfare of common man had completely ignored him but on the contrary was extending largesse to the big private industrial houses, at the cost of the welfare of the poor man. He further said that much to disadvantage of the common man the Union government has exorbitantly hiked the prices of petroleum products several times.  Mr Badal said that the hike in fuel prices has on one hand broken the back of common man besides putting an additional burden on the farming community due to massive hike in the agricultural inputs but on the other hand the big petroleum companies were minting money due to their direct excess to the Union government, or we can say these companies were hand in glove with the Centre. 
Earlier addressing the gathering Mr Badal said that in today’s era of industrial advancement, the technical education has played a pivotal role in the overall development of any individual.  Realizing the tremendous potential of education in shaping the destiny of youth to compete them in the global market, the state government has already laid thrust on imparting professional courses to check the widespread problem of employment to considerable extent. Likewise, Mr. Badal said that in order to impart skill training to the youth the state government would also focus on establishing more reputed technical institutes across the state, adding the state government was also making concerted efforts for promoting dairy, emu and fish farming in the state. The Chief Minister reiterated the need to tap the vast potential of setting up agro food processing units in the Kandi region by support of the state government.   He appreciated the outstanding contribution of certain self help groups actively engaged in the direct marketing of their agricultural produce by way of value addition in the region to promote the concept of self employment which was the need of the hour as the scope of giving government jobs to the people was limited.   Mr. Badal also mentioned he had recently announced to give 50% subsidy for setting up the agro processing units to promote direct marketing of their agro produce on one hand and to motivate the local people to form these self help groups so that they could reap maximum benefits from this scheme.  .    
The Chief Minister also sanctioned grant of nearly Rs 5 crore for carrying out developmental works in 41 villages of the Dasuya assembly segment.
Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included MLA Mrs Sukhjeet Kaur Sahi, Rajya Sabha MP Mr Avinash Rai Khanna and Special Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr Gurkirat Kirpal Singh.   

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SUKHBIR CONDOLES THE UNFORTUNATE DEATH OF SCHOOL CHILDREN IN BUS ACCIEDENT
Chandigarh, July 30:
            Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal Deputy Chief Minister today expressed deep shock at the unfortunate death of four school children in School Bus-Train collision near Baba Bakala in district Amritsar.
            Condoling the death, the deputy Chief Minister issued directions to district authorities to provide immediate medical care to the injured and provide total logistic support to the families of deceased children. It may be added that four school children of Sant Majja Singh School, Baba Bakala died as their school bus collided with the train near Kot Mehtab.
            Mr. Badal expressed deep sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed to God to give peace to the departed souls and strength to them to bear this irreparable loss.
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CHEEMA APPOINTED AS VICE CHAIRMAN OF PUNJAB MANDI BOARD
CHANDIGARH JULY 30:
            Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today appointed Mr. Ravinder Singh Cheema as the vice Chairman of the Punjab State Marketing Board after
re-nominating him as the member of the Board under Section 3(1) of the Punjab Agricultural Marketing Act, 1961. 
            Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s office said that Mr. Badal cleared the file in this regard this afternoon and the formal orders about Mr. Cheema’s appointment would be issued soon by the Agriculture Department. 

SUKHBIR FELICITATES GAGAN NARANG ON CLINCHING BRONZE IN LONDON OLYMPICS

Chandigarh, July 30: The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today congratulated ace shooter Gagan Narang for winning bronze medal for the country in London Olympics in rifle shooting.
The Deputy Chief Minister, who is also Sports Minister of Punjab said that Gagan  Narang has made India proud in this glorious moment and every Punjabi is proud of his outstanding achievement.

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Industrial consumers told to clear outstanding water and sewerage bills

CHANDIGARH, JULY 30:
Industry and commerce Minister Punjab Mr. Anil Joshi today advised all industrial consumers to deposit outstanding water and sewerage bills with in a month and after that the government would be forced to levy surcharge & penalty on the bills.
          Disclosing this here today an official spokesman of Punjab Government said that Industry Minister earlier waived off surcharge and penalty imposed on outstanding bills till March 31, 2012 but many industrialist despite the gesture of waiver of surcharge failed to deposit the bill by due date. He said that now after holding meeting with the industrialists Minister has issued recent orders to deposit outstanding bills with in a month w.e.f. July 19, 2012. He said that Minister has waived off surcharge and penalty on all the outstanding bills to be deposited in one go but now erring industrial consumers would not be shown any leniency.

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PUNJAB CHANGES OFFICE TIMINGS FROM 8:00AM TO 2:00PM IN ALL OFFICES IN THE STATE

  • OFFICES LOCATED IN CHANDIGARH TO WORK AS SCHEDULED
  • NEW TIMINGS EFFECTIVE FROM AUGUST 1, 2012

 
Chandigarh July 30: The Punjab government today issued instructions to change office timings of all government offices, offices of board and corporation and offices of local government located in Punjab from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM without any lunch break. The changed timing of offices would not be applicable to Punjab government offices located in Chandigarh.
According to an official spokesman the Punjab government has taken this step to cope up with the acute power shortage due to deficient rainfall during the monsoon in the state. The spokesman said that these orders would be applicable from 1st August 2012 to 31st August 2012 or till further orders.
Instructions in this regard have been issued to all Heads of Departments, Registrar Punjab & Haryana High Court, Commissioner of Divisions, Deputy Commissioners, Sub Divisional Magistrates, all Boards and Corporations for its implementation.
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PUNJAB PR OFFICERS ASSOCIATION GIVES WARM SEND OFF
TO MR. HARDEV SINGH AND MR. LABH SINGH ON THEIR RETIREMENT


 CHANDIGARH JULY 30:
          Mr. Hardev Singh PA to DIPR & Mr. Labh Singh, Proof Reader in the Punjab Information & Public Relations Department today retired on superannuation after putting their distinguished services.
Lauding their services, Director Information & Public Relations Punjab Mr. D.S. Mangat described him an outstanding officer who always discharged his duties with utmost dedication, sincerity, honesty and professional commitment.

          On the occasion, Mr. Hardev Singh  and Mr. Labh Singh were given a warm send off by the Punjab Public Relations Officers' Association.

          Prominent amongst others who attended the farewell party including Additional Director (Admn.) Mr. Gurwaryam Singh, Additional Director Dr. Senu Dugal and Joint Director Mr. Opinder Singh Lamba, Joint Director Mr. Surinder Malik, Deputy Director Mr. P.S. Kalra  and Deputy Director Mr. Harjit Singh Grewal.

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CM MOURNS TRAGIC DEMISE OF ELECTRICIAN AMANDEEP SINGH

ANNOUNCES EXGRATIA AMOUNT OF RS. 2 LAC & GOVT.  JOB TO THE NEXT OF KIN

Chandigarh July 29:-
        The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs. 2 lac for a private electrician Amandeep Singh, who died this afternoon due to electrocution while repairing a transformer in village Khaira Kalan in district Mansa.
        Mr. Badal also asked the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to give a suitable job in Powercom to the next of the kin of the diseased to support the family already in distress.
Meanwhile the Chief Minister also expressed profound grief and sorrow over this tragic incident and shared condolences with the bereaved family. He also prayed to the Almighty to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and give strength to this irreparable loss.

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  • OFFICE TIMINGS CHANGED FROM 8:00AM TO 2:00PM IN PUNJAB FROM AUGUST 1, 2012

BAN ON THE USE OF AIR CONDITIONERS IN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, BOARDS & CORPORATIONS IN PUNJAB

  • SAFE DRINKING WATER TO BE PROVIDED AT THE DOOR STEPS OF THE RESIDENTS IN CITIES AND TOWNS THROUGH WATER TANKERS

 

Chandigarh July 29:-          
            To cope up with the acute power shortage due to deficient rainfall during the monsoon in the state, the Punjab Government today decided to change the office timings from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm without lunch break in all the government offices, boards & corporations across the state till further orders with effect from August 1, 2012.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that in another significant decision, the state government had also banned the use of air conditioners in all the government offices, boards & corporations in the state with immediate effect till further orders.
The spokesman further said that the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal had asked the Chief Secretary to issue the detailed instructions to the district administration in this regard for ensuring necessary steps to curtail the power consumption in this hour of crisis as only 65% deficit over normal rain fall was reported till date.
            All the districts heads of the offices would be solely responsible for ensuring strict compliance of these instructions. These instructions would also be applicable to the camp offices of Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and SSPs besides the Commissioners of the Municipal Corporations of the state.
            The spokesman further added that the supply of drinking water would be ensured at the door steps of the residents in the cities and the towns through water tankers so that safe potable water could be provided to the people especially in the wake of water borne diseases besides to prevent any possible out break of such disease. All the SDMs have been made responsible to ensure smooth supply of safe drinking water through tankers in the localities within their jurisdiction.

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DISCRIMINATORY POLICIES OF CONGRESS LED TO BACKWARDNESS IN BORDER AND KANDI AREAS - CM

KANDI AREA TO BE DEVELOPED AS HUB OF AGRO PROCESSING INDUSTRY- BADAL

CM FOR ABOLISHING QUOTA IN ARMY RECRUITMENT

BADAL REITERATES COMMITMENT TO MAKE STATE POWER SUFFICIENT

 Alampur (Dasuya), July 29-
            Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal today said that the discriminatory policies of the successive Congress governments in the state were responsible for creating regional imbalances in Punjab, as the Border and Kandi areas of the state have lagged far behind than the other areas in the terms of overall development and prosperity.
Talking to the media persons on the third day of his Sangat Darshan program during the thanks giving tour of the Dasuya assembly segment, the Chief Minister said that due to their vested interests the Congress leadership has totally neglected border and kandi areas during their long regime. He further said that hardly any initiative was taken by the Congress leaders to set up industrial units in these areas which could have played the pivotal role in developing these areas besides generating employment opportunities for youth. Mr Badal said that it was a stark reality that most of the Congress Chief Ministers have spent their tenure of office in maritime activities rather than serving the people. He categorically said that none of the Congress Chief Minister have ever bothered to visit these areas due to which they were unaware about the woes faced by people due the lack of basic civic amenities.
On the other hand he said that the SAD-BJP government has laid special thrust to develop these areas of the state so that people residing in it could reap the benefits of the development. He said that realizing well that the education was the most important aspect for developing these backward regions the Punjab Government had already laid special emphasis to impart quality education to the students in the far flung areas of Border and Kandi regions. Mr Badal said that for the first time in the history of state the SAD-BJP government has constituted a separate cadre of teachers for both the regions so that they could contribute in the providing quality education to students.
Likewise the Chief Minister said that major thrust was also been laid for providing the basic civic amenities to the people of these areas for which a blueprint was being prepared. In the same manner he said that the state government was also focusing on developing the Kandi area of the state as the hub of food processing industry for which the necessary steps are being taken. “The farmers of this area can become trendsetters for the state by ensuring optimum utilization of their products like Mango, Amla and others herbs”, added Mr Badal.
Training guns against the successive Congress governments at the Centre, the Chief Minister said that the Congress had done grave injustice by fixing the quota of recruitment in the Army from the state, which has adversely affected the prospects of large number of youth desiring to join the armed forces. He said that the need of the hour was that this quota needs to be abolished so that more and more youth from the state could join the Armed forces.
When asked about the power situation in the state the Chief Minister said that stupendous efforts have been made by the Punjab government to increase the generation of power by setting up three more power plants in the state. He said that these under construction power plants would start generating in coming years power which would enable them to meet the ever increasing power demand in the state. Reiterating the commitment of the SAD-BJP alliance government to make state power sufficient in coming years, the Chief Minister said that they were working untiringly to achieve this target. Realizing the power shortage in the state, Mr Badal further said that the problem of power shortage has further accentuated due to scanty rainfall and non-melting of snow at the higher peaks of mountains. He said that for this none was to be blamed because these factors were within the supreme control of nature.
            Vowing to ensure the all round development of the state, the Chief Minister said that the Sangat Darshan program would continue across the state to resolve the grievances of the people. He also said that the SAD-BJP government was duty bound for serving the people besides development of the entire state and none of the area would be discriminated on any basis.
            The Chief Minister also said that he had directed the Director Health and Family Welfare of the state to immediately take corrective steps for checking the spread of Diarrhea in Dasuya and submit the report regarding it.
            Earlier addressing the gathering the Chief Minister said that in order to strengthen the Dhussi Dam on river Beas the state government has released Rs 46 crore to the irrigation department.  Mr Badal also said that the research centre to be set up by PAU and GADVASU for exploring the potential of Food Processing industry and a polytechnic in Dasuya would help in providing technical education to the youngsters of the area thus enabling them scale new heights in their life.  
            During the Sangat Darshan program, the Chief Minister sanctioned grant of nearly Rs 5 crore for development of 74 villages. Mr Badal also announced a relief of Rs 1.5 lakh to Mrs Geeta Rani whose husband had died due Diarrhea in Dasuya.
            Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr Des Raj Dhugga, MLA Mrs Sukhjeet Kaur, Former Minister Jathedar Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Mr KJS Cheema and Mr Gurkirat Kirpal Singh (both Special Principal Secretaries to the Chief Minister).

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  OFFICE OF DISTRICT PUBLIC RELATION OFFICER, MANSA

HARSIMRAT CALLS TO MAKE NANHI CHAAN A PEOPLES’ MOVEMENT
VISITS THE STITCHING CETRES RUNNING UNDER NANHI CHAAN
DISTRIBUTES STITCHING EQUIPMENT TO THE GIRLS

MANSA, 29 JULY
In an endeavor to encourage skill development amongst girls, Member Parliament from Bathinda Mrs Harsimrat Kaur Badal today distributed stitching equipments to the girls who have successfully completed their training at various centers under the flagship of Nanhi Chaan. While visiting the stitching centres in Chenewala, Jhanduke,Chotian,Sahduwala,Fhoos Mandi, Ahlupur,Khera Khurad and Khera Kalan villages, Mrs Badal appealed the parents of girls to provide them with better education so that they can play a pivotal role in the betterment of society. She also distributed the certificates to the girls who have passed out.
Mrs Badal said that she had started the movement ‘Nanhi Chaan’ before entering in politics and is very happy to see the encouraging response of common man towards this movement. She said that more than 900 girls have already completed their training in these stitching centers and 1100 girls are receiving skill development training in these 100 centers successfully running in her Constituency.  She said that a proposal is being sent to Punjab Government to open more such stitching centers in other areas of the state so that the girls of our state are independent and can earn their livelihood in a respectable manner.

She exhorted the people of the state to come forward and make the ‘Nanhi Chaan’ a peoples’ movement to save the girls and trees across the State as this is the motive of the movement. While visiting the villages of Sardulgarh tehsil , Mrs Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that due to the shortage of forestry, Punjab was facing the problem of unbalanced ecological environment, which was also the main cause behind the weaker monsoon. She said that it was the need of the hour to save the girls as well as trees in order to save the society and environment in Punjab. She said although Punjab Government is doing its best to eliminate these social evils but the contribution of masses is must for the eradication of such evils.
Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included Mr Dilraj Singh Bhundar , ADC(General) Amit Kumar, SDM Sardulgarh Rajdeep Singh Brar, DDPO Harjinder Singh Saran. 

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CAPTAIN’S ZERO PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBLE FOR POWER CRISIS IN PUNJAB: MAJITHIA

  • CONGRESS FAILED TO REALISE THE DREAMS OF FREEDOM FIGHTERS
  • PAYS RICH TRIBUTES TO GREAT MARTYR UDHAM SINGH

RAJPURA, JULY 29: Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Revenue and Information and Public Relations Minister, Punjab today blamed former Congress Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for present power shortage in Punjab as the state was now paying dearly for ‘Zero Performance’ of incompetent congress Chief Minister.
          Answering the queries of media persons after a function organized by Shaheed Udham Singh Foundation to pay tributes to Great Martyr, Mr. Majithia said that incompetence of Captain Amarinder Singh could be gauged from the fact that Punjab was only state in India that has not sent any proposal to Union Power Ministry for Power Generation Plants. He said that Captain instead of generating power believed in purchasing power from private power sellers at exhorbitant rates and focus on buying power raises doubt about cut being received by Congress Party from power purchase. He said that it was unfortunate that instead of making Punjab self sufficient on Power generation front and attracting investment in industry sector, Captain spent his energy in scuttling those projects that were approved by previous SAD-BJP Government. He said that despite of all approvals procured by Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Ministe, Captain did not allow Bathinda Refinery to start construction, indirectly helping the other private refinery to capture the diesel market in Punjab.
          Mr. Majithia said that it was Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, who envisioned super mega thermal plants, got it approved from 9 Union Ministries, acquired land for them, got process of co-linkage initiated, entered power purchase agreement with them despite Punjab Congress Leadership creating hurdles at every step, three thermal plants were nearing completion stage that would start generating power by next year. He said that this year 69% deficient monsoon has created a sudden spurt in the demand of power and despite 10% extra power augmented than last year, we were facing shortage of Power. He said that if Captain was sincere to the cause of Punjabi, he should get 1000 MW extra power allocated from un-allocated central pool to Punjab as demanded by Punjab Chief Minister recently.
          Lashing at congress for its failure rein in rising prices of essential commodities, Mr. Majithia said that the economic model of UPA has totally collapsed and congress has now rendered before multi-national companies. He said that weekly price rise of petrol, despite global crude at lowest level reflects that Union Government has abdicated its responsibility to govern the country.
          Paying rich tributes to Shaheed Udham Singh, Mr. Majithia said that he feel ashamed of the fact that due to 45 year congress rule we have failed to realise the dreams of our Martyrs and Freedom Fighters for which they made supreme sacrifices. He said that our freedom fighters must be turning in their graves on seeing unprecedented multi-lakh crores corruption, poverty, price rise, unemployment, in-sensitive government being faced by people of India. He said that on this sacred day, we should collectively pledge to fulfill the dreams of our martyrs for which they lay down their lives.
          On  a question regarding shortage of Sand, Mr. Majithia said that due to strict enforcement of Court orders, illegal sand mines were got closed and out of 542 only 241 mines were now functional. He said that due to mismatch of demand and supply, there was rise in price of Sand and Punjab Government had approached Union Government to relax mining norms to tackle this crisis.
          When questioned about ban on sale deeds, Mr. Majithia said that sale deeds of only illegal and unapproved colonies were banned and sale deeds of approved colonies have not been stopped by the government.
          Meanwhile, Mr. Majithia offered siropas to more than 200 Congress leaders and workers, who joined the SAD fold in his presence. Earlier Mr. Majithia also paid floral tributes before the portrait of Shaheed Udham Singh and visited Garhi village, where the party workers gave him a warm welcome.
          Prominent amongst those were present on the occasion included Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr. N.K. Sharma, Mrs. Harpreet Kaur Mukhmailpur, Mrs. Vaninder Kaur Loomba (both MLAs), former CPS Mr. Raj Khurana, former MLA Mr. Jasjeet Singh Bunny, Senior Akali leader Mr. Deep Inder Singh Dhillon and Mr. Jaswinder Singh Jassi, President Shaheed Udham Singh Foundation.

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INDIA’S LARGEST INDUSTRIAL SOLAR THERMAL PLANT SET TO PERFORM TWIN FUNCTIONS: MAJITHIA

BESIDES GENERATING POWER, WOULD OFFER A PERMANENT SOLUTION BY EVAPORATING EFFLUENTS

CHANDIGARH, JULY 29:

The country’s largest ever industrial solar plant that became operational in district Ludhiana today is set to perform twin functions of generating solar power besides offering permanent solution of disposing off large quantity of industrial effluent water by evaporating it.
Disclosing this here today, Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Non Conventional Energy Minister, Punjab said that Punjab today got proud distinction for permanent disposal of large quantity of effluent water by evaporating them without causing any damage to environment besides generating power from steam generated from solar panels.
He said that Punjab Government has installed India largest Solar Thermal System in Kangaroo Industries Limited at village Kanech, near Sahnewal in District Ludhiana having capacity of 1 lacs liters per day for evaporation and condensation of waste water of Industry. He said that the company is manufacturing staplers and staple pins than involves cleaning and galvanizing steals strips and wires. During the process, 12000 to 15000 LPD water was produced that was unfit for consumption that could cause air and soil pollution if discharged into ground. He said that as per pollution control norms the waste water of chemical process cannot be discharged into ground. As per pollution control norms the waste water of chemical process cannot be discharged in to the ground, hence zero discharge norms are in force in the state. To meet these norms the waste water of chemical process is cleaned through RO systems for reuse by Kangaroo Industries Ltd. He said that the left out waste water of RO system is evaporated and collected through condensation process for reuse leaving the solid waste behind.
Mr. Majithia said that to feed the waste water and to complete the evaporation and condensation process, the Kangaroo Industries Ltd. has installed a largest ever solar water heating system with 1000 flat plate collectors having 2000 s.q.m. collector area at their campus in village Kanech in district Ludhiana.
He said that in the field of Solar Thermal system, Punjab has taken the lead and during the current year 7 lakh liters capacity solar water heating system installed in Punjab by PEDA. Besides that 20 lakh litre capacity solar water heating system had already been installed in Punjab.
Mr. Majithia informed that besides this solar plant the PEDA has already installed nine solar plants at GNDU Amritsat, Army Institute of Law SAS Nagar, Indo Global College of Education Abhipur (Mohali), Nothe India Hotel and Industries Jalandhar, Hotel City Heart Ludhiana, DSM Anti-Infectives India Let. Toansa (Nawanshahar), Ranbaxi Industries Ltd Ropar, Punjab Bhawan New Delhi and  Dashmesh  Academ  Anandpur Sahib.


He said that the Punjab Government has set a target to generate 1000 MW electricity from non conventional energy. The Minister further said that to promote the use of Non conventional energy the Punjab Governments agency PEDA has providing 30 percent subsidy to the beneficiaries on installation of non conventional energy units in domestic, institutional and industrial sector. Besides that Punjab Government has also made the use of solar water heating system mandatory in all categories of buildings using hot water.  

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JOSHI STARTS ‘SANGAT DARSHAN’ FOR INDUSTRIALISTS

·        SPOT REDRESSAL OF 90% GRIEVANCES IN SANGAT DARSHAN HELD AT AMRITSAR, JALANDHAR AND LUDHIANA

CHANDIGARH, JULY 29The Sangat Darshan for Industrialists and Entrepreneurs started by Punjab Industry Department are proving to be quiet success as in first three sangat darshans as their 90% complaints were solved on the spot in Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana.

          Disclosing this here today Mr. Anil Joshi, Industry and Commerce Minister, Punjab said that he has carried forward the concept of Sangat Darshan of Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal to industrialist and enterprenuers and decided to organize every week in those cities, where industry was concentrated. He said that till date he has organized Sangat Darshans at Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana. The Minister said that most of the complaints he received during sangat darshans pertained to power connections, pollution certificates, upkeep of focal points etc and he was happy that he was able to solve 90% complaints at the spot.

          The Minister said that Punjab was the first state to organize Sangat Darshan for the industry sector to provide single point redressal forum for solution of their problems. Mr. Joshi said that he has already issued instructions to computerize the industry department and with the starting of web portal and implementation deemed sanction, most of problems being raised by the industrialists would be solved automatically.

          Reiterating the commitment of SAD-BJP Government to usher in an era of transparency in the Industry Department, Mr. Joshi said that he would be taking policy decisions to ensure 1 lakh crore investment in industry sector within next five years.
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PUNJAB TO SET UP TWO SPECIAL COURTS FOR TRIAL OF VIGILANCE CASES

Chandigarh July 29: The Punjab Government has taken a strong step to curb corruption in the state by deciding to set up two special courts at Ludhiana and Faridkot for speedy disposal of vigilance cases.
            Disclosing this Mr Suresh Arora, DGP-cum-Chief Director Vigilance Bureau Punjab said thatthe State Government has approved the establishment of Special Courts at Ludhiana and Faridkot instead of Jalandhar and Patiala for fast trial of corruption cases being investigated by the Vigilance Bureau Punjab. Adding further he said that the Punjab Government has sent this approval to the Registrar General, Punjab and Haryana High Court to appoint judicial officers in the courts.
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HUMAN-TRAFFICKING, CURSE ON OUR CIVILIZED SOCIETY: JUSTICE JASBIR SINGH
·       JUDICIAL COLLOQUIUM ORGANIZED TO DISCUSS THE ILL-EFFECTS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKINGON INDIAN SOCIETY
·       POLICE, CIVIL AND LEGAL ADMINISTRATIONS ALONG WITH DELEGATES FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE PARTICIPATED IN CONFERENCE

CHANDIGARH, JULY 29:
            The State Legal Services Authorities of Punjab, Haryana and U.T. Chandigarh, in collaboration with Governments of Punjab and Haryana, have organized a ‘Judicial Colloquium on Human Trafficking’ at Chandigarh Judicial Academy, here today. There was unison amongst all delegates for bringing about a close co-ordination amongst police and civil administration, civil society and NGOs working in this area to emphatically curb the menace of human trafficking, which has caused a shameful stint on Indian society. It was also arrived at that judiciary has a decisive role to play in checking this inhuman practice through its pro-active role by taking the matter more seriously and to response swiftly.
Hon’ble Acting Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court Mr. Jasbir Singh formally inaugurated the conference by lighting a lamp. Delivering a keynote address, he stressed on the need of reconstructing moral values and ethics. He appealed civil societies to get involved in addressing the challenges of human trafficking along with government machineries. Mr. Justice also exhorted religious bodies to recognize their role in preserving the moral values. He dared all the police and civil administrative officers to take it as challenging task to eradicate human trafficking, which has been making inroads into our socio-economic frame work.
Mr. Justice Satish Kumar Mittal, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court cum Executive Chairman, Haryana State Legal Services Authority believed that human trafficking is more a economical problem than a political. He pointed out the reason behind the human trafficking, which mainly ended up in flesh trade, human organ smuggling, bonded and child labour. Justice Mittal said that around 2 lacs people were being trafficked per year, among them 60 per cent were the girls. Ms. Justice Roshan Dalvi, Judge, Mumbai High Court, in her address stressed on the need of several short term and long term measures to educate all the sections of the society. She also pointed out that poverty alleviation measures would also help in combating human trafficking in the long run.
In this Judicial Colloquium, District, Police, Legal and Civil administrative officers of Punjab and Haryana were also participating through video conferencing.
Mrs. B. Bhamathi, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, Ms. Swati Chauhan, Judge, Family Court Mumbai, Dr. P.M. Nair, IPS, Special DG, CRPF, Mr. Samir Mathur, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Administration of Justice Department of Haryana, Prof. Shantha Sinha, Chairperson, National Commission for protection of Child Rights, New Delhi, Mr. U. Sarathchandran, Member Secretary, National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi and Mr. Ravi Kant, President, Shakti Vahini, NGO also spoke on the occasion.
Mr. D.S. Bains, IAS, Principal Secretary, Home, Punjab delivered the vote of thanks.

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SUKHBIR GIFTS RS.64 CRORE PROJECTS ON THE FIRST BIRTHDAY OF DISTRICT FAZILKA

  • JALALABAD TAKES FIRST BABY STEP TO BECOME CHANDIGARH OF BORDER AREA

 

JALALABAD/FAZILKA, JULY 27:

The 22nd district of Punjab today celebrated its first anniversary andPunjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal gifted Rs.64 crore projects on its maiden birthday. The constituency of Jalalabad today took first baby step to become Chandigarh of border area of Punjab with Punjab Deputy Chief Minister dedicating two crucial bridges, one school building and one stadium to its people.
For the people of Fazilka Diwali was celebrated three months before the actual festival as in a glittering ceremony lasting till late night the Deputy Chief Minister today dedicated Rs.64 crore development projects ranging from a Girls’ School Building to District Administrative Complex (DAC) to the people of Fazilka district on the 1st anniversary of this newly carved district. The Deputy Chief Minister laid a foundation stone of Rs.37 crore DAC, besides inaugurating Rs.59 lacs Computerized Fard Kendra at Fazilka and Rs.3.15 crore 66 KV Power Grid Station at village Theh Qalandar and Rs. 2 crore High Level Bridge over Jalalabad Main Drain at Mandi Ladhuka. Earlier, Mr. Badal laid foundation stones of Rs.9.81 crore new building of Government Senior Secondary School for Girls and Rs.7 crore Multi-purpose Sports Stadium at Jalalabad, besides inaugurating two bridges having joint cost of Rs.1.21 crore on Jalalabad drain crossings. He also announced the setting up of 100 bed hospital costing Rs.22 crore at Jalalabad at the earliest besides construction of building of Government Senior Secondary School for boys also.
            Mr. Badal reiterated the SAD-BJP Government’s commitment to develop world class infrastructure in the newly set up districts. He said that being a border area, the development of Fazilka district would always remain at the top agenda of the state government. He said that at number of times, the state government had demanded a special border area development package for the border areas of the state keeping in view its long international border so that required job opportunities could be created for the unemployed youth. He said that the state government from its own limited sources would soon announce a special border area package to boost the economy of this most neglected area soon.
Interacting with the media persons, the Deputy Chief Minister pointed out that due to deficit rain fall in the state, the State Government had already urged the Union government to immediately release Rs.800 crore for providing relief to the farming community, which was forced to bleed itself to save the paddy crop for further keeping intact the food self reliance of the country. He informed that the Chief Minister has personally called on Union Power Minister to allocate 1000 MW additional power for agri-sector. 
            Later on the Deputy Chief Minister presided over a function organized to mark the first anniversary of setting up of Fazilka as district headquarter at MR College Stadium in which famous Punjabi singer Miss Puja regaled the audience with her selected foot tapping numbers.
            Prominent amongst who spoke on the occasion included Mr. Surjit Kumar Jyani, Forests and Labour Minister, Mr. Sher Singh Ghubaya and Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu (both MPs), Mr. Ashwani Sharma MLA and President BJP, Punjab, Mr. Gurtej Singh Ghuriana, MLA, Mr. Prem Kumar Valecha, President District Planning Committee, Fazilka and Mr. Kamal Sharma, Political Advisor to Chief Minister, Punjab. Dr. Basant Garg, Deputy Commissioner and Mr. G.S. Dhillon SSP was also present on the occasion. 

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INSTEAD OF ISSUING DIRECTIVES TO US, FULFILL YOUR DUTY BY ENSURING THE PROPER LIFTING, MOVEMENT AND STORAGE OF FOOD GRAINS- CM TO UNION GOVERNMENT

NO DECISION YET ON RAISING RETIREMENT AGE FROM 58 TO 60 YEARS- BADAL

COMPREHENSIVE SCHEME FOR OVERALL DEVELOPMENT OF KANDI REGION SOON –CM

CM’S SANGAT DARSHAN DURING FIRST DAY OF THANKS GIVING TOUR OF DASUYA

Talwara  (Hoshiarpur), July 27-
            Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal today said that rather than issuing directives to the state government regarding the direct payment to the farmers, the Union government must focus on duly discharging its duty of ensuring proper lifting, storage and movement of food grains from Punjab, for the welfare of the peasantry.
            Talking to the media persons on the side lines of the first day of Sangat Darshan during his thanks giving tour of the Dasuya Assembly segment, the Chief Minister lamented that the Union government has hardly done anything for the safeguarding the interests of the beleaguered farmers of the state due to which the food growers of the state have been left at the mercy of the Center. He said that it was a paradoxical situation that the farmers of the state who had played a pivotal role in making the country self-reliant in food production have been reduced to the position of beggars due to the anti-farmers stance of the Union government. Mr Badal asserted that as Punjab was serving the needs of the country regarding food grain production so it was the utmost duty of the Union Government to ensure adequate facilities of storage and timely movement of the food grains.
However the Chief Minister bemoaned that despite of the fact that the state government had been requesting the Government of India (GoI) time and again for setting up of silos on scientific lines, no heed has been paid towards their requests. Likewise he said that the movement of grains was to be carried out by the railways which were under the absolute control of Centre but as they have failed to perform their duty so the situation has aggravated further. Mr Badal said that infact it was a part of the conspiracy of the Union government to derail the development of the state by ruining the agriculture, which was the back bone of its economy.
Replying to a query regarding the proposal of raising the retirement age limit from 58 to 60 years from 58 years, the Chief Minister said that the state government has not taken any decision on the matter, till yet.   
When asked about the Mining policy of the state government, the Chief Minister reiterated the firm commitment of the state government to curb this illegal practice adding that the policy to check illegal mining would be introduced soon. Mr Badal categorically said that he had already directed the top brass of the state government to take stringent steps for checking the illegal mining across the state.
Earlier addressing the gathering during the Sangat Darshan program, the Chief Minister said that the state government was duty bound for the overall development of the Kandi belt of the state. He said that unfortunately the successive Congress governments in the state have not paid any attention towards the welfare and development of this region due to which the development of these area had suffered adversely. Mr Badal said that he had already directed the water experts to conduct a survey for ensuring the supply of potable drinking water and irrigation water to the residents of these areas. The Chief Minister also laid stress on the need for adopting Rain Water harvesting to boost the agriculture in the region.
Mr Badal further said that the SAD-BJP government would lay thrust on the comprehensive development of the area besides boosting up the economy of the region by concentrating on the development of agro based industry in the area as it had a lot of potential in producing fruits, vegetables and herbs. In the same manner the Chief Minister also emphasised on the need of adopting Dairy farming, fish farming, poultry farming and Emu farming in the area so that the income of the farmers from the region could be supplemented. He said that the state government would extend all possible technical assistance to the farmers interested in these projects. Mr Badal also said that he had already asked the department of Animal Husbandry to introduce the high yielding breeds of milk producing animals in the region, so that farmers could be encouraged for Dairy farming.
During the Sangat Darshan the Chief Minister disbursed a grant of nearly Rs 5 crore to 60 villages of Dasuya assembly segment for various developmental works. In a noble gesture Mr Badal also gave a cash of Rs 25000 to four orphan children Meena Kumari, Ashok Kumar, Monica and Sandeep Singh from village Bhambotar as a general relief. Likewise he also gave Rs 15000 to a poor widow Kiran Lata from Talwara and Rs 10000 to a handicap Mr Ashwani Kumar from village Bhater.  
Earlier the Chief Minister also laid down the foundation stone of research centre of GADVASU at village Bhatoli. He said that this centre would be developed as a model center of the state to provide technical knowhow to the farmers.  
Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included Political Advisor to Chief Minister Mr Kamal Sharma, State BJP President and MLA Mr Ashwani Sharma, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Chaudhary Nand Lal, MLAs Mrs Sukhjeet Kaur Sahi and Surinder Singh Bhulewalraathan, Mr KJS Cheema and Mr Gurkirat Kirpal Singh (both Special Principal Secretaries to the Chief Minister) and former Punjab Ministers Mr Tikshan Sud and Mr Arunesh Shakar.

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PUNJAB SEEKS Rs. 433 CRORE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS

  • MAJITHIA CALLS ON UNION MINISTER FOR NEW AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
  • SEEKS SANCTIONING OF BORDER AREA DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
  • UNION GOVERNMENT SHOULD EXPAND SSSNIRE, KAPURHTALA AS HUB OF BIOMASS RESEARCH
  • SOLAR PROJECT OF 10 MW AT GURDWARA SHAHEED BABA DEEP SINGH AT AMRITSAR WOULD BECOME OPERATIONAL IN A MONTH: DR. ABDULLAH

Chandigarh/NEW DELHI, JULY 27: The Punjab Government today sought Renewable Energy Projects worth Rs. 433 crore from the Union Government to give an impetus to the ongoing solar thermal power plants and bio-mass power projects in the state.
          Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Non Conventional Energy Minister, Punjab today sought this central assistance on Renewable Energy front, when he was called on Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Mr. Dr. Farooq Abdullah here.
          Apprising the Union Minister about the backwardness of border districts of Punjab in the field of Power, Mr. Majithia said that there was more than 550 kilometers long international border with the neigbouring country. He said that Punjab Energy Development Agency has conducted a survey in five border districts including Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran, Ferozepur and Fazilka and identified 432 public buildings for installation of Solar Power Plants under “off grid and decentralized solar applications” program. He said that 9 MW roof top power plants could be installed in such buildings till 2015. Mr. Majithia said that the total estimated cost for this project was 243 crore out of which Rs. 218.7 crores to be provided by Union Government. He demanded that out of Union Government assistance first installment of Rs. 72.9 crore to be provided during 2012-13.
Highlighting the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Solar Mission scheme before the Union Minister, Mr. Majithia also demanded that a 10 MW Solar Thermal Power Project under this ambitious scheme of Union Government should be approved for Punjab with an estimated cost of Rs. 150 crore, with 100% financial support from Government of India.
Explaining that the Punjab was the frontrunner in producing paddy for central kitty, as a result of that 21 million tonnes of Rice straw is produced in the state annually, Mr. Majithia said that this large availability of rice straw was not currently utilized for economic activities and farmers preferred to burn standing straws. Mr. Majithia said that there was sufficient availability of Bio-mass in the state to produce around 1000 MW power.

Mr. Majithia proposed to take up a 6MW technology demonstration pilot scale project for 100% Rice straw based biomass firing with technology participation of Sardar Swaran Singh National Institute of Renewable Energy, Kapurthala with total funding from Union Government. Mr. Majithia emphasized on the need to expand Sardar Swaran Singh National Institute of Renwable Energy as a hub of Research and development on Bio-Mass energy.
          Extending invitation to Dr. Farooq Abdullah to preside over the proposed ‘National Seminar on Bio-Mass Energy’ to be organized by Punjab Government in November 2012, Mr. Majithia said there was a large scope of energy generation through solar and biomass power plants.
          After hearing the demands of Punjab Government Dr. Abdullah assured Mr. Majithia that the Union Government would extend all possible assistance to the Punjab in renewable energy. He said that the Union Government has finalized the rooftop solar project of 10 MW for Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Gurdwara at Amritsar, which would become operational within a month.
          Reviewing the status of Solar Project for Golden Temple, Dr. Abdullah said that preparation of Langar at Golden Temple through Solar Energy Project would also start soon as all the needful formalities has been completed besides getting clearance from the Finance Department.
          Prominent amongst those were present on the occasion included Mr. Karan Avtar Singh, Secretary Non Conventional Energy and Mr. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, PWD Minister, Punjab.

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Schedule for RIMC Entrance Test announced

Chandigarh, July 27:

              The entrance examination for admission to the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehradun for July, 2013 term would be conducted here at Lala Lajpat Rai Bhawan (Sector-15) on 1st & 2nd  December, 2012.
             Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Directorate Sainik Welfare, Punjab informed that only boys were eligible to apply for the admission. Candidates appearing for the test should not be born earlier than 2nd July, 2000 and not later than 1st January, 2002 . They should either be studying in Class VII or passed Class VII from any recognized school at the time of admission to the RIMC. Selected candidates will be given admission in Class-VIII. The written part of the examination would consist of three papers namely, English, Mathematics & General Knowledge and the viva-voce test would be held for only those candidates who qualify in the written exam and the date for the viva voce test has been fixed as on April 05, 2013 (Thursday).
             He informed that the copies of application forms, prospectus and set of old question papers could be obtained from the Commandant, RIMC, Dehradun on payment of Rs.400/- for registered post or Rs.450/- for speed post for General candidates and Rs.355/- for registered post or Rs.405/-  for speed post for SC/ST candidates through demand draft in favour of Commandant, RIMC, Dehradun payable at SBI Tel Bhavan (Code No.01576) Dehradun alongwith three passport size photographs of the candidate. Besides this, the candidate should furnish a certificate of age in duplicate from municipal birth register.
          He further said that the applications in duplicate duly completed must reach here at Directorate Sainik Welfare, Punjab before 30st September, 2012. Application received after 30-9-2012 will not be entertained.

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CM NOT TO MEET MLAs, MPs & SENIOR PARTY LEADERS BESIDES GENERALPUBLIC TILL AUGUST 15  
 Chandigarh, July 27-
Owing to some sudden unavoidable engagements, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badalwould be unable to meet the MPs, MLAs and senior party leaders/functionaries at CMO and general public at his official residence on the fixed days till August 15.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that as Mr. Badal would not be available here due to few important assignments so he has cancelled all these prior engagements till August 15.   
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PUNJAB EXTENDS DATE OF GENERAL TRANSFERS

Chandigarh, July 27:           
The Punjab Government has extended the last date for the general postings and transfers of officers and officials of the government in the state during 2012-13.
            Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the Punjab Government said that now the general transfers would be done up to 31st July, 2012 while transfers date extended for Education and Health Department till August 15, 2012 Earlier, date of general posting and transfers was from 1-6-2012 to 30-6-2012, added the spokesman.

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FOUR IAS OFFICERS TRANSFERRED IN PUNJAB

Chandigarh, July 27: The Punjab government issued postings and transfer orders of four IAS offices with immediate effect.
Mr. Raj Kamal Chaudry, IAS, Secretary Health & Family Welfare would also hold the additional charge of Project Director National Rural Health Mission and Commissioner Ayush. Mr. J.M. Balamurugan, IAS has been posted as Secretary Local Government in addition GMD, Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Corporation. Mr. Dilip Kumar, IAS, Secretary Finance would also hold the additional charge of Secretary Planning. Mr. S.K. Sharma, IAS has been posted as Special Secretary Water Supply and Sanitation. Mr. Inderjit Singh Sandhu, IAS, Special Secretary Cooperation, Coordination, General Administration would also hold the additional charge of Additional Registrar, Cooperative Societies Punjab.

 

9 PPS OFFICERS TRANSFERRED
Chandigarh, July 27:
          The Punjab Government today transfers 9 PPS officers in the state with immediate effect.         

          According to a spokesman of Punjab Government Mr. Bhupinder Singh has been posted as SP(H) Moga, Mr. Balwinder Singh posted as SP(D) Moga, Mr Satpal Singh posted as SP/Chief Minister Security, Mr. Barjinder Singh posted as Assistant Commandant 1st, IRB, Mr. Balvir Singh posted as SP(H) Fazilka, Mr. Harinderjit Singh posted as Assistant Commandant 5th IRB, Mr. Dharamvir Singh posted as SP City Bathinda, Mr. Rachpal Singh SP posted s ADCP Traffic Amritsar and Mr. Hatinder Ghai SP posted as SP (H) Faridkot.
INFORMATION & PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT, PUNJAB
GURWINDER SINGH, CHARANJIT BRAR AND AVTAR SINGH APPOINTED OSDs TO DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER
·        PARMJIT SIDHWAN APPOINTS AS POLITICAL SECRETARY

Chandigarh, July 27, 2012
Punjab government today appointed Mr. Gurwinder Singh, Mr. Charanjit Singh Brar and Mr. Avtar Singh Vanvalla Officers on Special Duty (OSD) to Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal. Meanwhile Mr. Parmjit Singh Sidhwan was appointed as Political secretary. Their appointments would be coterminous with Deputy Chief Minister. Terms and conditions of their appointments would be issued later.  It is disclosed by an official spokesman.
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CCTv CAMERAS TO BE INSTALLED IN JAILS TO CHECK DRUG SMUGGLING--------PHILLAUR


Chandigarh July 27: Taking serious note of drug trafficking in the jails in connivance with the jail staff, Mr. Sarwan Singh Phillaur Tourism Cultural Affairs and Jail Minister Punjab has asked the jail superintendents to identify the culprits and initiate departmental action against the government officials found involved in the crime. Stringent steps have been taken to break the nexus between the drug peddlers and the jails authorities on priority and as a part of the strategy a few notorious prisoners have been already transferred to other jails of the Punjab
In a statement issued here today, Mr. Phillaur said that a flying squad has been constituted to conduct random surprise checks in the jails. Similar checking with the help of the Police department was done at High Security Jail Nabha in the first week of July. The Minister also said that the state government was fully geared up to tackle the unfortunate situation of drug smuggling in the jails and was keeping a hawk's eye on the activities of the jail authorities and inmates and "their activities would be constantly monitored ",said the Minister. He also said that the officers from within the department found guilty of breaking the norms would be dealt with firmly and a strict administrative action would be initiated against them.
Adding further, the Minister said that CCTVs have been installed in 7 Central Jails and 6 District Jails to monitor jail premises and movement of prisoners. The Government would install such cameras in the rest of jails and upgrade the existing CCtv system by installing cctv cameras at all security towers including Central towers and other sensitive places to monitor the movements of prisoners. To strengthen the security of the Jails, mobile jammers were being installed as pilot project at District Jail Sangrur and Nabha, said Mr. Phillaur.
          To check the escape of under trial prisoners while taking them to the courts, the Minister said that to overcome this problem of production of under trial prisoners for extension of their judicial remand, Video conferencing equipments have been installed and video conferencing has been made operational in 10 Jails and 32 Courts at the cost of Rs.1.48 crores. In phase-2, Video Conferencing would be introduced in 16 Jails and 24 Courts at Cost of Rs. 2.23 Crores. This step would ensure the production of under trial prisoners in Courts through Video linkage and would result in expeditious disposal of the cases of under trial prisoners and would prevent infiltration/smuggling of contraband substances being brought by prisoners while coming back from Court production in the jails.
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Punjab Government to provide free neo-natal healthcare services in secondary care hospitals
Chandigarh, 27th July: Taking serious note of the unfortunate death of a new born child in the Civil Hospital at Jalandhar, Mr. Madan Mohan Mittal, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab, here today announced that neo-natal care services would be made available free of cost in Government hospitals in the state.  He said that henceforth no charges would be levied for neo-natal check-up and newborn care (for a period of 28 days from the date of delivery). He added that even no purchee fee, admission fee, visiting fee, ambulance charges, anaesthesia charges or fees for services under the categories of radiology, laboratory investigation, clinical pathology, microbiology, biochemistry, blood transfusion charges etc would be charged in the
case of newborn children from the birth to 28 days of age in Punjab Government hospitals. The Health & Family Welfare Minister stated that delivery-related services were already free in Punjab’s hospitals. State Government notifications of 6.11.2008 and 29.12.2008 had waived delivery charges and all other related charges (i.e. purchee fee, admission fee, visiting fee, caesarean charges, ambulance charges and fees for anaesthesia, radiology, lab. investigation, clinical pathology, microbiology, biochemistry and blood transfusion services) in secondary level hospitals in order to promote institutional deliveries and improve the Infant Mortalit+y Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR). In addition, the Punjab Government also provides cash incentive of Rs. 1000 for delivery in Government hospitals to all women and up-to Rs 1700 for BPL/SC women.
Mr. Madan Mohan Mittal disclosed that these initiatives have resulted in a noteworthy increase in institutional deliveries. The number of deliveries in Government hospitals has increased by nearly 4 times from 44000 (in 2007-08) to 1, 57,018 (in 2010-11).  Infant Mortality Rate has declined by 4 points from 38 in 2009 to 34 in 2010 as per SRS data of 2011, while Maternal Mortality Ratio has come down from 192 (2004-06) to 172 (2007-09), added Mr. Mittal.

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STATE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE 50% SUBSIDY ON SETTING OF AGRO PROCESSING  UNITS- BADAL

CM EXHORTS PEOPLE TO USHER A NEW ERA OF REVOLUTION BY SETTING AGRO
BASED INDUSTRIES

BADAL VISITS SELF HELP GROUP AT TALWARA


Ramgarh Sikhri (Talwara, Hoshiarpur)-


            Taking a leap forward towards promoting the Agro based processing industry in the state for enhancing the income of farmers of the state, Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal today said that the state government would provide 50% subsidy to the agro processing units to
be set up in the state.

            Talking to the media persons after visiting Sada Shiv Model, women self help group engaged in Agro food processing here today, the Chief Minister said that the state government was well aware of the fact that due to the exorbitant hike in the prices of the agricultural inputs, the farmers of the state were in financial distress. So he said that the need of the hour was to enhance the income of farmers by promoting the agro processing industry. Mr Badal said that for it the state government has decided that it would provide 50% subsidy to the agro processing units set up in the state. Appreciating the agro processing unit he said that this 13-member self help group was engaged in processing of fruits, vegetables and herbs adding that it was setting a trend in the state by producing pickles, squashes, juices, chutneys, Trifla, aam chur etc.

Mr Badal however lamented that none of the previous state governments have ever focused on tapping the vast potential of the agro based industry in the state due to which the farmers of the state have confined to wheat-paddy circle only. Terming it as a ‘Red Letter Day”, the Chief
Minister said that this  Self Help Group run mostly by the women would be  a source of inspiration for the many other smaller groups working across the state. He said that the need of the hour was to ensure all sort of help to these self Help groups which would not only provide sustainability to the economy but would also generate new employment opportunities for the people. Mr Badal said that the SAD-BJP government of the state was committed for ensuring the welfare of the farmers for which it would provide all possible help to the innovative farmers of the state.

            Listing out the priorities of the state government, the Chief Minister said that owing to the concerted efforts of the SAD-BJP government, Punjab has already topped the country in the key sectors of Health and Education adding that in coming days the state would be number
one in the all round development also. Reiterating the commitment of the state government to serve the people of state, Mr Badal said that stupendous efforts were being made by them to provide basic civic amenities to the residents of the state.

            Earlier in his address the Chief Minister exhorted the people of the state to herald a new revolution in the state by setting up the agro based industry, which could provide a much required fillip to the economy of the state. Mr Badal assured them of all technical assistance and cooperation to popularize the concept of direct marketing as a mass movement in the rural sector to ensure remunerative returns of their produce. He said that Punjab in general and the Kandi area of the state in particular had a rich bounty of natural resources which needs to be tapped for the economic progress of the state. Mr Badal said that if the farmers of the area make the optimum utilization of the its products like Mango, Amla and others herbs then the area could be developed as a “Herbal hub” of the country.

The Chief Minister said that for this purpose only they had invited the experts of herbs, forestry and other agricultural produces from across the country for conducting the survey for producing and proper marketing of the goods. He said that after getting the report of this survey the state government would prepare the blueprint for setting up the Agro based industry in the region.
                        Thanking the voters of the area for ensuring the spectacular win of SAD-BJP candidate Mrs Sukhjeet Kaur Sahi from the Dasuya assembly segment in recently concluded by-poll, the Chief Minister said that “Sahi” was like his daughter and he would himself nurture her assembly constituency. Mr Badal further said that the state government was duty bound to develop the Kandi region of the state for which soon the state government would open a military training institute to enable the youngsters of the region to join the Army. Likewise he said that the College in Dasuya assembly segment would be opened soon after the construction work is over. The Chief Minister also announced to start a Polytechnic at Dasuya which would be named after the former Chief Parliamentary Secretary late Mr Amarjeet Singh Sahi, who had passed away
recently. He also said that a Research centre of GADVASU would also be opened soon in the area. Mr Badal also said that soon the infrastructure of government hospitals, Veterinary Hospitals and schools of the region would also be updated and a Community Health Centre would be constructed at Kamahi Devi. He also said that efforts would also be made to provide better irrigation facilities to the region for which a private company would be undertaking a survey.

            On the occasion the agricultural and food experts from leading institute of the country including Chairman of Punjab Farmers’s Commission Dr GS Kalkat, representatives of Dabur India Mr Bawa and Mr Dubey, Irrigation expert Mr Atul Jain, PAU’s Additional Director Extension Education Dr HS Dhaliwal, Vice Chancellor Guru Ravidass Ayurvedic University Dr Om Parkash Chattopadhya, Head of the Department of Mysore Food Technological Preserving Centre Mr Raj Ratnam, Agricultural expert from YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry Dr PC Sharma, Head of Small Farmers Agro Business Consortium Mr Bipn Bihari, Vice chancellor of Punjab Technical University Dr Rajneesh Arora and Dairy Farmer Mr Jaswinder Singh Dhillon also addressed the occasion. All these speakers lauded the Chief Minister for making efforts to rejuvenate the economy of state by promoting agro based industry.

            Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included Advisor to the Chief Minister Mr Kamal Sharma, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries Mrs Mohinder Kaur Josh and Mr Sohan Singh Thandal, MLA Mrs Sukhjeet Kaur and Mr Surinder Singh Bhullewalraathan, Former Minister Mr Tikshan Sood, Financial Commissioner Forest Mr DS Bains and Special
Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr KJS Cheema.


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Signing of MoU

BADAL DESCRIBES INTERSTATE ROPEWAY PROJECT BETWEEN SRI ANANDPUR SAHIB & SRI NAINA DEVI AS MILESTONE TOWARDS STRENGHTING THE BONDS OF GOODWILL AND HARMONY IN REGION
·      MoU SIGNED IN PRESENCE OF CMs OF PUNJAB AND HIMACHAL PRADESH

Shimla, July 26 
       In a significant development to boost the religious tourism in the region, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Governments of Punjab and  Himachal Pradesh signed to set-up a Ropeway project between Sri Anandpur Sahib (Punjab) & Sri Naina devi (Himachal Pradesh) at a cost of Rs. 85 crore  through Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode in the presence of Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal and his counterpart in Himachal Pradesh Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal here at Hotel Peterhoff.
       Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that as a part of the major initiative to develop inter-state Infrastructure projects with an objective to provide better facilities to the pilgrims and boost religious tourism in both the neighbouring states, this historic MoU was signed by Dr. Karamjit Singh Sra and Dr. Arun Sharma, both Directors Tourism on behalf of the Punjab and Himachal Pradesh Government respectively.
        Addressing a joint press conference on the occasion, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal said that today was the red letter day in the history of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh with the signing of the Interstate MoU which would prove to be a milestone for creating synergies in developing infrastructure for the benefit of residents of Punjab & Himachal Pradesh. He apprised that Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) has been appointed as nodal agency for structuring the project & carrying out bid process on behalf of both the State Governments and the entire project would be completed within three years. Mr. Badal said this Ropeway project would ease congestion on the roads & parking sites and also reduce pollution caused due to heavy vehicular traffic especially during the public holidays and festival season. At present the pilgrims have to trek upto two kilometers for reaching the sanctum sanctorum (Sri Naina devi Shrine), which on a hill top. He hoped the completion of Ropeway linking Sri Naina devi with Sri Anandpur Sahib would provide a safe, economical, quicker and comfortable mode of transport for the pilgrims. It is estimated that about 70 Lakhs pilgrims visit Sri Naina devi annually, about 90% of the pilgrims visiting Sri Naina devi, come via Sri Anandpur Sahib. Mr. Badal said, “Ropeway Project is not merely a link to connect Sri Anandpur Sahib and Sri Naina devi but a fine gesture on the part of both Governments to further promote goodwill and harmony in the region”. He however reiterated that Punjab enjoys cordial relations with Himachal Pradesh since long due to its cultural affinity and described this bonding as body-soul relationship.
       It may be recalled that the 3.75 km long ropeway would be established as per international standards. The proposed ropeway alignment includes three terminals, with the lower one to be set up at village Rampur in Punjab, Intermediate terminal at Toba and upper terminal point at Sri Naina devi in Himachal Pradesh. The ropeway would have the capacity to cater to at least 800 persons per hour per direction.
The State Governments of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh have decided that on their behalf a joint venture Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) private limited company would be set up and would act as the Concessioning Authority. A private partner would be engaged through transparent bidding process to develop the ropeway on Design, Build, Finance, Operate & Transfer (DBFOT) mode, on the basis of maximum annual Concession Fee that the Concessionaire would be paying to the Concessioning Authority. The concession fee would be shared in equal proportions between the State Governments after deducting preliminary expenses incurred by them. The ropeway would be constructed, operated & maintained by the private partner for a period of 40 years after which the project assets would be transferred back to the Concessioning Authority.  The project components would include ropeway terminals & associated facilities, parking facility at the lower terminal, waiting lounge at lower & upper terminals, cloak room, commercial area etc.
Replying to a query regarding the much needed initiatives to be taken by the Punjab Government for facilitating the direct marketing of fruits and vegetables from Himachal Pradesh to Punjab, Mr. Badal said that his Government was ever ready to provide any sort of assistance including requisite Infrastructure in Mandis to the growers from Himachal Pradesh for promoting direct trade of fruits and vegetables. Mr. Badal asked the Himachal Pradesh Government to send a comprehensive proposal to th Punjab Government in this regard.
  Earlier heartily welcoming Mr. Badal on the occasion, the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prof. Dhumal described him as the most revered and the tallest statesman of the country and thanked him for sparing valuable time from his busy schedule to grace the historic occasion for signing of MoU regarding Ropeway Project between Sri Anandpur Sahib and Sri Naina Devi.
 Prominent amongst others who attended the signing of MoU ceremony included Tourism & Cultural Affairs Minister Mr. Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Irrigartion & Public Health Minister HP Mr. Ravinder Singh Ravi, Chief Secretary Punjab Mr. Rakesh Singh, Chief Secretary HP Mr. Sudripta Roy, Principal Secrectary Tourism Mrs. Geetika kalha, MD PIDB Mr. Anurag Aggarwal, Special Principal Secretary Mr. KJS Cheema, Dr. Karamjit Singh Sra & Dr. Arun Sharma both Directors Tourism from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh and GM Projects PIDB Mr. GS Ball and Additional Director Punjab Heritage & Tourism Promotion Board Mr. Charchil Kumar.
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FILES TO ROUTE THROUGH CHIEF PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIES

Chandigarh, July 26: The Punjab government today reiterated its earlier instructions to all Administrative Secretaries that all files to be put up to Chief Minister/Deputy Chief Minister/Ministers, as the case may be, should be routed through the concerned Chief Parliamentary Secretaries.
According to a spokesman, all the Financial Commissioners/Principal Secretaries and Administrative Secretaries have also been asked to invite Chief Parliamentary Secretaries in the departmental meetings chaired by the Chief Minister/Deputy Chief Minister/Ministers.
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JUDICIAL COLLOQUIUM ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING ON JULY 29

CHANDIGARH, JULY 26:
            The State Legal Authorities of Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh, in collaboration with the Governments of Punjab and Haryana, are organizing 'Judicial Colloquium on Human Trafficking' on Sunday, July 29, at Judicial Academy, Sector-43, Chandigarh. Hon'ble Justice Mr. Jasbir Singh, Acting Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court would inaugurate the seminar, which would commence from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm in the evening. Judges from other states including Punjab and Haryana High Court would also participate in the seminar.
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STUDENTS TO SUBMIT ANTI RAGGING AFFIDAVITES ALONG WITH ADDMISSION FORM
STRICT INSTRUCTION ISSUES TO ALL TECHNICAL EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS TO FOLLOW THE SUPREME CORUT GUIDELINES
Chandigarh, July 26:
Technical Education and Industrial Training Minister Mr. Anil Joshi today issued strict instructions to all the government and private Polytechnics and ITI's to get anti ragging affidavaties from students as well as their parents on the time of admission. He said that the students and parents can download this form from the UGC websitewww.antiragging.in and helpline@antiragging.in.
Mr. Joshi further asked to Technical Education Department to issue instructions to all the Technical Educational Institutions to follow the Supreme Court guidelines in this regard. He said that strict action would be taken against the institution found violating the norms. All institutions have been ordered to set up a help line for the ragging victims.
Mr. Joshi had also asked the authorities of the educational institutions to take written undertaking from the students and their parents, not to take part in any kind of ragging activity. Mr. Joshi had also appealed to all the student fraternity not to indulge in ragging instead they should focus on their studies. The Minister also said that the aggrieved students could lodge their complaint before the college authority.
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EDUCATION TO EMPLOYABILITY PROGRAMME STARTS
IN PUNJAB-MALUKA

Chandigarh, July 26: The Punjab Government has an ambitious plan to implement skill development courses and teachers education programmes to hone their skills and to make the educated youth employable in upcoming industry to create a concept of education to employability.
Disclosing this here today Education Minister S. Sikandar Singh Maluka said that the state government recognizes skill development as an important strategy for empowering state's youth. "The SAD-BJP government was committed to impart vocational training to the unemployed youth to enable them to be gainfully employed not only in the country but overseas also.
He informed that the higher education department has initiated Projects with the active help of Punjab Infotech, aimed at aligning the teaching and course curriculum at graduate schools to the industry requirements so the students have an edge as far as employability was concerned. "The project focuses on creating awareness and educating the teaching fraternity on global skill sets that includes communication skill enhancement training and analytical skill enhancement training to the students as well as college teachers and principals.

      He further said that the economic development and progress of any nation depends on its higher education system. "The progress, prosperity and accelerated growth in economy require support from the higher education system in providing an uninterrupted supply of a skilled and efficient workforce.

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PUNJAB STARTS ONLINE SERVICES TO RECORD INTRASTATE MOVEMENT OF GOODS

‘e-TRIP’ TO FACILITATE BARRIERLESS MOVEMENT OF GOODS

 

CHANDIGARH, JULY 26: The Punjab Excise and Taxation Department has started a virtual information collection center-‘e-TRIP’ to facilitate taxable persons, advocates, charted accountants and cost accountants that would enable them to submit the information regarding intrastate movement of goods (within Punjab).

          According to an official spokesman, taxable persons making sales above Rs. 3 lakh and in the case of iron and steel above Rs. 2 lakh would be able to submit the information on ‘e-TRIP’ on the website of the department www.pextax.com . He said that e-TRIP is a facility through which the details of each movement of goods can be entered on the Department’s website. He said that this will result in the generation of an acknowledgement slip which shall accompany the goods during their movement. The Spokesman added that in case this acknowledgement slip does not accompany the goods the owner would become liable for penal action under section 51 of the Punjab VAT Act.
He said that earlier under section 51 of VAT Act, every movement of goods was required to be accompanied by documents and this information was collected at Information Collection Centers of the Department. He said that for interstate movement the department had already introduced ‘e-ICC’, where owners of goods could furnish the information from their premises.

          He said that now from August 10, 2012 all sellers, whose goods of value as prescribed are to move from one place to another within Punjab, they can submit information on ‘e-TRIP’. He said that by this facility smooth transportation of goods would not hinder as it would not involve any physical barriers.

          The Spokesman said that all persons filing returns in the department under VAT Act could avail this facility by using the username and password for e-filing.

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KOHAR DIRECTS OFFICERS TO PROVIDE QUALITY TRANSPORT FACILITIES

Chandigarh July 26:-
        Mr. Ajit Singh Kohar, Transport Minister Punjab has asked the officers of the department to ensure uninterrupted transport facilities to the people of the state and also complete the registration work of the vehicles within a stipulated time frame.
        While addressing a meeting of the General Managers of PRTC and Punjab Roadways here at Punjab Bhawan, Mr.Kohar asked the officers to achieve the time bound fixed targets of providing quality transport facilities to the people and work with full commitment & dedication. He said that the officers concerned would be held responsible for any delay in public works and would be punished for that.
        Addressing another review meeting of the District Transport Officers (DTOs) and Regional Transport Authorities (RTAs), Mr. Kohar emphasized the need of improving and strengthening the existing transport system in order to provide smooth transport facilities in the state.
        He said that the government had already fixed the period for the registration of vehicles, issuing of fitness certificates to the commercial vehicles, driving license of motor car/motor cycle, issuing tax clearance certificate, issuing of rout permit or National permit and transfer of vehicles under the Right to service Act. He also reviewed the ongoing work of high security number plates and asked the company concerned to expedite the work.
        Prominent among others Chairman PRTC Mr. Ranjit Singh Balian, Secretary Transport Mr. Mandeep Singh and MD PRTC Mr. DPS Kharbanda were present in the meeting.
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CHIEF MINISTER ORDERS INQUIRY INTO THE INCIDENT OF DEATH OF
NEW BORN CHILD AT CIVIL HOSPITAL JALANDHAR

Chandigarh, 26th July: S. Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab here today ordered a high level inquiry into the incident of the death of a new born child at Civil Hospital, Jalandhar. Taking cognizance of the allegation of negligence against the health staff, raised by the parents of an infant (Mr. Anita W/o Mr. Sanjeev, residents of Santokhpura, Jalandhar at Civil Hospital, Jalandhar) in connection with the death of their new born child on Wednesday.
The Punjab Government has constituted a high level committee comprising Mr. Parneet Bhardwaj, ADC (Gen), Jalandhar, Mr. Sumeet, SDM, Nakodar, Dr R.L. Bassan, Civil Surgeon, Jalandhar, Dr Sangeeta Kapoor, Medical Officer (Gynae), Dr Jaswinder Kaur, Medical Officer (Pediatrics), Civil Hospital, Jalandhar to hold an independent inquiry of the matter. The committee would thoroughly examine the complete record and take statements of the members of the aggrieved family and shall submit its report within 3 days to the Government.
          Mr. Madan Mohan Mittal, Health & Family Welfare Minister, Punjab has further directed Dr Karanjit Singh, Director Health Services, Family Welfare, Punjab to be associated with the inquiry on behalf of the state headquarter.

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SPEND MONEY IN PHASED MANNER; PB FINANCE DEPARTMENT ORDERS

  • EXERCISE TO CURB ABUNDANCE OF EXPENDITURE IN MARCH

 

CHANDIGARH, JULY 26:
            To curb the excess of expenditure in the last month of financial year, March, the Punjab Government today issued instructions to all the departments to spend allocated money in phased manner throughout the year.
            Disclosing this here today, an official spokesman of Finance Department said that the instructions have been issued not to grant sanction for any expenditure after March 15. He said that the expenditure committed by any department should be spread through the year and it should not be accumulated in the month of March.
            The spokesman further said that the Accountant General, Punjab brought to notice of Finance Department that most of departments commit abundance of expenditure in the month of March, which is contrary to the set guidelines of the Finance Department. He said that in order to curb such practices, new instructions have been issued. Besides this the controlling/Monitoring officers have also been instructed to cross check the account books of the departments, which directly come under their jurisdiction. These officers have also been empowered to take disciplinary action against the erring officials.
            The spokesman said that it has also been instructed that all financial approvals should reach the office of Accountant General, Punjab up to March 15. In case any emergency approvals/payments after this date, it should come with the prior approval of the Finance Department.

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IRRIGATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED ROTATIONAL IRRIGATION PROGRAMME FROM 27 JULY TO 3 AUGUST

CHANDIGARH, JULY 26:
            The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational Programme for irrigation for the Kharif Season through Canal water from 27-7-2012 to 3-8-2012. The channels and branches off-taking from Ropar Head Works, the channels of Sirhind Canal System would run on the priority basis from Patiala Feeder, Abohar Branch, Bist Doab canal, Sidhwan Branch and Bathinda Branch, respectively.
            Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Irrigation Department said that Distributaries and Branches of BML, Ghaggar Link and its off-taking channels i.e. Ghaggar Branch and Patiala Minor, in Group ‘B', being in the channels of first preference, would run to their indent. Balance water supplies available, would be utilized in Direct Distributaries of group 'A'.
            The spokesman further said that Punjab channels and branchs off-taking from Harike and Ferozpur Head Works, Abohar Branch off-taking from Sirhind Feeder and its distributaries, in Group ‘B’, being in first preference, would run to their indent. Balance water supplies available, would be utilized in Direct Distributaries of Sirhind Feeder in Group ‘A’.
            He also said that the in the Upper Bari Doab Canal system, Lahore Branch with their distributaries, being in the first preference, would run to their indent. Balance water supplies available, would be utilized Main Branch Lower, Kasur Branch Lower and Sabhroan Branch with their distributaries, respectively.

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VIGILANCE REGISTERS CASE AGAINST REGIONAL MANAGER PUNSUP & OTHERS

Chandigarh July 26-Vigilance Bureau Punjab today registered a vigilance case against Regional Manager Punsup posted at Ludhiana, a Public Distribution Clerk and an owner of a rice sheller for misappropriating 121 wagons of rice from his mill.
Disclosing this Mr Suresh Arora, DGP-cum-Chief Director Vigilance Bureau Punjab said that in this case a FIR No. 6 dated 25.7.2012, u/s 409, 120-B, 420 IPC and 13 (1) (d), 13(2) Prevention of Corruption Act at Police Station VB Ludhiana has been registered against Sher Singh Regional Manager Punsup, Hari Ram Clerk and Ranjit Singh, owner of a rice sheller M/s Baba Khajjan Dass Agro Industries village Bhutta, District Ludhiana for causing a loss to the state exchequer to the tune of approximately Rs. 5.42 crore.
He further added that as per the record of Punsup total 1,54,615 bags (5411 Metric Ton) of Paddy was stored at the Baba Khajjan Dass rice sheller in the year 2011-12 but during a surprise checking by MD Punsup it was found that 1,39,465 bags (121 wagons rice) were found to be short in the stock. He said that in this case the officers/officials of Punsup have also violated the custom billing policy. He added that the accused were absconding and the investigation of the case was under progress.

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BADAL SEEKS INTERVENTION OF JAYANTI NATARAJAN FOR PROVIDING TECHNICAL GUIDANCE TO FARMERS FOR ENHANCING THEIR INCOME THROUGH AFORESTATION

CM RAISES ISSUE RELATED TO STRENGTHENING OF RURAL ROAD NETWORK WITH JAI RAM RAMESH

New Delhi, July 25, 2012

                   Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal urged the Union Environment and Forest Minister Ms Jayanti Natarajan seeking her personal intervention for providing technical guidance to the small and marginal farmers of the state for enhancing their income through aforestation.
                   The Chief Minister called on Ms Natarajan here at her office this afternoon. Mr Badal apprised her that due to exorbitant hike in the agricultural inputs, the small and marginal farmers of the state were in financial distress. Therefore, the need of the hour was to provide them technical assistance in aforestation, in order to supplement their income. He asked the Union Minister to depute the team of experts of the Forest department to visit the state for imparting technical knowhow to the peasantry of the state regarding the plantation of commercially viable trees so that they could enhance their income manifolds.  Mr Badal also informed the Union Minister that the state government had already started a massive plantation drive, to plant 40 crores trees over the next 8 years.
                   Raising the issue of the River Water cleaning with the Union Minister, Mr Badal urged her to clear the pending Detailed Projects Reports (DPRs) of the state so that the work on this ambitious project could be kicked off. Likewise, the Chief Minister also asked the Ms Natarajan to expedite the process of constituting the Forest Advisory Committee, so that the project of widening of several roads in the state which requires the green signal from the committee could be executed at the earliest.
                   The Union Minister assured Mr Badal that she would look into the matter and asked the officers in the Ministry for early resolution of the matter.
Later, the Chief Minister also called on the Union Rural Development Minister Mr Jairam Ramesh and urged him to direct his ministry for including atleast one road from each village of the state, under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) for up gradation.
            During the detailed deliberations with the Union Minister, Mr Badal reiterated that strengthening rural road network was the priority of the Punjab government to ensure overall development of the state. Mr Badal also urged the Union Minister that owing to paucity of the available land in the state and the policy of the State government not to acquire even an inch of land without the express consent of the farmers, the state had been deprived of funds for constructing the roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) as the minimum width requirement of such roads was 10 metres. He asked the Union Minister realizing the genuine problem of the state the prescribed norm of width must be reduced to 8.38 metres in the state

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CM CALLS ON SHINDE FOR ALLOWING 1000 MW OF POWER TO PUNJAB FROM THE UNALLOCATED CENTRAL QUOTA

SHINDE ASSURES BADAL OF MAXIMUM ALLOCATION OF POWER TO PUNJAB FROM UNALLOCATED QUOTA FOR PADDY SEASON

Chandigarh/New Delhi, July 25-
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today called on the Union Power Minister Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde to seek his personal intervention in allocation of atleast 1000 MWpower from the unallocated quota of Central Sector generation stations till September for ensuring 8-hour uninterrupted power supply to the agriculture sector during the current Paddy season. 
        Taking part in the deliberations during a meeting with Mr. Shinde in his office ‘Sharam Shakti Bhawan’ at New Delhi this morning, the Chief Minister also urged him to enhance the available transmission capacity from 5100 MW to atleast 5500 MW for Punjab so that arranged power could flow to the state. Mr Badal apprised him that to meet the power demand of the state, Punjab government had already initiated several power projects in a big way and around 3920 MW capacity addition was under way and subsequently the state would be self sufficient in power within the next two years.  Mr. Badal pointed out till that time our dependence on the external sources would remain.    
The Chief Minister also informed Mr. Shinde that out of country’s total unallocated power of 1750 MW, Punjab was allocated 285 MW last year.  Reiterating his demand, Mr. Badal urged the Union Power Minister to immediately allot 1000 MW from unallocated quota for the current Kharif season besides to overcome the acute of power in domestic sectors due to hike in its demand to 22% this year as compared to average demand of 10% over last few years.The situation has further worsened this year due to the truant monsoon resulting in low level of reservoir in Bhakra and Pong dam.   
Mr. Shinde assured the Chief Minister of positive response on the maximum allocation of power from unallocated quota in view of state’s huge requirement of power.  The Union Power Minister reiterated that the state farmers would not be allowed to suffer due to shortage of power during the ensuing paddy season as Punjab was the major contributor of food grain in the national pool and deserved special dispensation for unallocated power from the Central Sector Generating Stations. 
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PUNJAB NOTIFIES TERMS & CONDITIONS OF 2ND PUNJAB GOVERNANCE REFORMS COMMISSION
·        COMMISSION TO MONITOR AND EVALUATE FIRST GENERATION REFORMS
·        TASK GROUP FOR SPECIFIC AREAS, SECTORS AND ISSUES
·        COMMISSION TO SUBMIT PERIODIC REPORTS
Chandigarh, July 25: The Punjab government today notified the detailed terms & conditions of 2nd Punjab Governance Reforms Commission to give impetus to reforms in the State.
According to an official spokesman, the Commission would monitor and evaluate the implementation of 1st generation reforms just as Right to Service Act recommended by the First Punjab Governance Reforms Commission. The spokesman informed that the 1stCommission had submitted five reports focused primarily on citizen centric services provided by various departments. The 2nd Punjab Governance Reforms Commission would monitor and evaluate the implementation of such reform initiatives taken up on the recommendations of the Commission or otherwise and make suggestions to the government as considered necessary including mid course corrections. The spokesman further said that the 2nd Commission would also cover those citizen centric basic services for sectors/services not covered in the First Punjab Governance Reforms Commission.
The spokesman revealed that the 2nd generation reforms would focus on policy, perspectives, objectives strategy, social, civic and physical infrastructure, education, public health, social security, environment and urban development sectors. Similarly, institutional and structural reforms would include issues of resource efficiency and performance evaluation. The spokesman said that to optimize efficiency and effectiveness of the departments and their programmes and activities,  internal systems and process including decision making, information and feedback systems of the departments would be reviewed.
The spokesman added that as per the recommendations of chairperson and members of the commission, the task groups would be set up for specific areas, sectors, programmes and services. The task groups would make detailed recommendations indicating changes required in procedures, rules, regulations specially indicating modalities of bringing about the suggested changes and the resources besides other inputs required for implementation. The recommendation of the task group would be approved by the commission and the commission may also appoint staff, experts, consultants and research assistants to assist the commission on terms to be fixed by it.
The spokesman further said that to ensure speedy implementation of its recommendations, the commission would submit periodic reports and have consultations with the empowered committee chaired by the Chief Secretary separately being set up to implement the recommendations and submit action taken reports to the government and the commission within a stipulated time. The tenure of the commission would be for five years w.e.f. March 21, 2012, he added

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PUNJAB TO SAVE RS.1 CRORE BY PRINTING ALL NOTIFICATIONS IN ITS OWN PRESS -PHILLAUR

Chandigarh, July 25: The Punjab Government is all set to save Rs. 1 crore by printing Ordinary and Extra ordinary gazette notifications in its own printing press at Mohali.

Stating this here today, Mr. Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Printing and Stationery Minister Punjab said that since 1966 Punjab was getting these notifications printed at Printing Press, Chandigarh (UT).The state government was paying printing charges to the tune of Rs. One crore annually. He said that he issued orders that Punjab should have modern printing technology so that it should not be dependent on UT Press to get its official notifications published.
Keeping in mind the modern day requirements of printing technology, the minister said that new and latest machinery and other necessary equipment would be purchased during the current financial year to revamp and enhance the printing capacity of government presses at Mohali and Patiala. He said that he was happy that printing of all notifications has started in Printing press Mohali from July 23, 2012. He said that he has brought this austerity measure taken by Printing & Stationery department in the notice of Punjab Chief Minister who has appreciated its new endeavor.
Mr. Gurwaryam Singh Controller Printing and Stationery Punjab, said that with the installation of the latest machinery, dependence on private printers would be minimized. Where ever necessary, requisite training would also be imparted to the existing staff, he added.

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JOSHI ORDERS COMPLETE COMPUTERIZATION OF INDUSTRIES’ DEPARTMENT BY 15 AUGUST

ASKS THEM TO START PORTAL FOR ONLINE APPLICATIONS FOR INVESTMENT
MAJOR STEP TOWARDS SINGLE WINDOW SERVICE FOR ENTREPRENEURS

CHANDIGARH, JULY 25:

The Punjab Industries’ Minister Mr. Anil Joshi today issued orders for completer computerization of Industries Department besides computerization of seven Corporations including Punjab Infotec, Punjab State Industry Development Corporation, Punjab Small  Scale Industries and Exports Corporation, Punjab Financial Corporation, Punjab Khadi and Village Industries, Punjab Communications, Punjab Alkalis and Chemicals Ltd besides starting web portal at Udyog Sahayak for the facilitation of investment by entrepreneurs.
In a statement issued today, Mr. Joshi said that he has issued instruction for completing the computerization process within one month as a major step towards ushering in an era of transparency in the industries department besides providing single window system to the entrepreneurs through the web portal.
The Industry Minister said that Punjab was all set to attract one lakh crore investment in Punjab and all organs of Industry Department would have to retune themselves to fulfill the state’s agenda of accelerated industrialization of Punjab.
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VIGILANCE NABS CIVIL SURGEON AND SUB INSPECTOR ACCEPTING BRIBES
Chandigarh, July 25: State Vigilance Bureau, during its ongoing campaign against rampant corruption, today nabbed Civil Surgeon District Fatehgarh Sahib and a Vigilance Bureau Sub Inspector along with three agents red handed accepting bribes in two different cases.
Disclosing this here today Mr. Suresh Arora, DGP-cum-Chief Director Vigilance Bureau Punjab said that Mr. Jai Singh, Civil Surgeon District Fatehgarh Sahib was nabbed red handed from his office by a Vigilance team led by Mr. K.D. Sharma, DSP/ V.B., Flying Squad-II Patiala while he was accepting bribe of Rs. 25,000/-, as a monthly from complainant Mr. Ajmer Singh, owner of a sweet shop and President of Association of Sweet Shops. The complaint informed the bureau that the accused Civil Surgeon has been demanding from him to collect the monthly from all sweet shop owners of this District and give him Rs. one lac per month. He also alleged that in case this amount was not paid to him regularly, he would make surprise checkings at sweet shops and take further necessary action.
After confirming the allegation, the VB team laid a trap and the accused was caught red handed from his office and tainted money was recovered from him in the presence of two official witnesses. He further added that FIR no.10, dated 25.7.2012, u/s 7, 13 (2) Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) at Police Station /VB Patiala have been registered against him and further investigation was under process.
            The VB chief further said that Head Constable Lubhaya Masih (No. 1003/GSP) has complained to the Bureau that Sub-Inspector Madan Lal of Vigilance Bureau, Unit-Pathankot was threatening him that he had received a complaint regarding his enrollment in Punjab Police Department on the basis of forged certificates and demanded a sum of Rs. 75,000/- to settle the complaint. On 24.7.2012, Sub Inspector Madan Lal asked the complainant to handover Rs. 55,000/- to his agents who were working as Typists near Bus Stand Pathankot. The agents Ram Kishan Gupta and his son Anil Gupta received the agreed money. On the directions of accused Sub Inspector, both father & his son further handed over the bribed money of Rs. 55,000/- to another agent namely Karnail Singh, an alleged agent of District Transport Office. Thereafter, the raiding party of Vigilance Bureau took Ram Kishan, Anil Gupta and Karnail Singh into custody, who told the Vigilance Bureau that they are agents of Sub Inspector Madan Lal. After this, Madan Lal was also arrested near the Bus Stand, Pathankot.
            He further added that in this regard a case under FIR No. 8 dated 24.7.2012, u/s 7, 13 (2) PC Act at Police Station /VB Amritsar has been registered against all the four accused and further investigation was under process.

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19th CENSUS OF LIVESTOCK IN PUNJAB TO START FROM SEPTEMBER 15: RANIKE

CHANDIGARH, JULY 25:

The census of the livestock in Punjab would commence on September 15. For this project Rs.7.29 crore would be spent. This census would be completed till 15th October, 2012.
It was disclosed by Mr. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development after a meeting with senior officers of the department. He said that arrangements for the 19thlivestock census have been completed. He further said that for this task 5000 Veterinary Inspector, AIs and Counting Officer have been deputed besides 800 supervisors have also been pushed into this census work.
Mr. Ranike appealed the people of the state to coordinate with the government in this endeavour, so that rational policies for the development of dairy farming and welfare schemes for the livestock could be framed. He further said that with exact data of population of livestock in Punjab, such welfare schemes for the livestock could be implemented in right spirit.
Animal Husbandry Minister warned the officers and official of department against any laxity in the census process. He said that negligent officers would have to face the music.

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DECLARE PUNJAB ‘CALAMITY HIT STATE’: THANDAL PLEADS CENTRE

  • URGES PEOPLE TO COOPERATE IN THE WAKE OF FAILED MONSOON
  • DEMANDS SPECIAL ECONOMIC PACKAGE FOR PUNJAB

CHANDIGARH, JULY 25:

Mr. Sohan Singh Thandal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Irrigation today urged Centre Government to declare Punjab a ‘natural calamity hit state’ in the wake of failed monsoon and demanded special economic package for the state.
In a press statement, he said that Punjab once a main food producing state and main source of food kitty of India, is now in the grip of grave natural calamity. He said that on one hand the paddy crop is badly suffering due to deficient rain; on the other hand electricity production has also drastically slumped because of low water level in the Dams due to slow pace of melting snow on the high reaches.
Mr. Thandal further said that the core reason for all these problems is natural calamity, which has been badly crippling the development of the state. He said that the electricity demand has increased manifold, which forced the authorities to impose electricity cuts in order to ensure 8 hours power supply to the farmers for irrigating their paddy crop.
He said that the demand of Rs.800 crore economic package by Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal is genuine and judicious. Demanding extra package, he urged the Centre Government to declare Punjab a natural calamity ridden state.
Mr. Thandal appealed the people of the state to coordinate with the government in this grim scenario, so that the pace of development in the state could not be derailed by politically motivated and anti-government propaganda of some political groups.
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30 APPOINTED ON COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS IN TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT PUNJAB

Chandigarh July 25: As many as 30 persons were given appointment letters on compassionate grounds by the Mr. Ajit Singh Kohar Transport Minister Punjab in a simple function organized at Punjab Bhawan here today. 
            While giving appointment letters to 11 clerks and 19 conductors, the Minister said that the Transport department was fully geared up to provide better transport facilities to the people of the state as well as committed to the welfare of its employees. He said that the Transport department during the last 5 years had given 744 appointment letters to the dependents of the deceased whereas the PRTC had given 550 such appointment letters. Besides this 3500 employees have been promoted and drivers, conductors and security guards were among 2500 appointed through outsourcing within last 5 years.
            Referring to quality transport facilities extended to the people of the state, Mr. Kohar said that Punjab was perhaps the first state in India who was giving air conditioned bus service with a meager enhancement of 15% of the usual bus fare. There were 1986 buses of PUNBUS and Punjab Roadways plying on roads. About 1285 new buses have been added to this fleet during the last 5 years and the government would add 350 new buses in the existing fleet, said Mr. Kohar.
            Reiterating his commitment to improve and upgrade the basic Transport facilities in Punjab, the Minister said that modern bus stands have been constructed at different cities such as Jallandhar at a cost of 11.60 Ccrores , Ludhiana 13.47 Crores, Hoshiarpur 7.30 Crores,  Anandpur Sahib 4.78 Crores whereas Majitha bust stand  at a cost of 2.70 Crores was under construction. Besides this new bus stands at Pathankot, Moga, Jagraon, Ferozepur, Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Zeera, Muktsar, Nangal, Derababa Nanak would be constructed shortly. Besides this the government has approved the construction work of Rupnagar bus stand.
            Speaking on the occasion Mr. Mandeep Singh, Secretary Transport said that electronic ticketing machines have been installed to issue tickets. A scheme of giving 50% discount has been introduced especially for online reservation system and the daily passengers. He also said that free travel facility to the tune of 42 crore annually has been given the eligible passengers in the state run buses. To regulate the speed and avoid rash driving resulting in fatal accidents, speed governors have been put in the state run transport buses, said the secretary. About the International bus service, he said that two Volvo buses were plying from the holy city of Amritsar to Lahore and Nankana Sahib.
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EIGHT BILLS PASSED IN 14TH PUNJAB ASSEMBLY SESSION

CHANDIGARH, JULY 25:

The 14th Punjab Legislative Assembly passed 8 bills in its recent session. It was disclosed by Mr. Ved Parkash, Secretary, Punjab Legislative Assembly. He said that the bills, which were passed included Punjab Appropriation Bill-2012, The Punjab Municipal (Amendment) Bill-2012, The Punjab Municipal Fund (Amendment) Bill-2012, The Punjab Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill-2012, The Punjab Ex-servicemen Corporation (Amendment) Bill-2012, The Chandigarh University Bill-2012, The Adesh University Bill-2012 and The Punjab Common Infrastructure (Regulation and Maintenance) Bill-2012.

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BADAL MOURNS SAD DEMISE OF DR. LAKSHMI SEHGAL

Chandigarh, July 23:
The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today expressed profound grief and sorrow at the passing away of Dr. Lakshmi Sehgal (97), a close assosiate of Netaji Subhash Chander Bose and first captain of Rani of Jhansi Regiment, the women's wing of Azad Hind Fauj or Indian National Army.
In a condolence message the Chief Minister said that in the death of Dr. Lakshmi Sehgal, the nation has lost a towering personality who was a fine blend of human values, courage, commitment and discipline. She would be ever remembered by the underprivileged and downtrodden especially the women for championing their rights with missionary zeal.
Mr Badal shared his heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed to almighty to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and courage to bear this huge loss.

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SUKHBIR CONDOLES THE DEMISE OF NETAJI’S CLOSE AIDE DR. LAKSHMI SEHGAL

Chandigarh, July 23: The Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal expressed profound grief at the demise of Dr. Lakshmi Sehgal, a close aide of Netaji Subhash Chander Bose and first captain of Rani of Jhansi Regiment, the women's wing of Azad Hind Fauj or Indian National Army.
In a condolence message the Punjab Deputy Chief Minister said that in the death of Dr. Lakshmi Sehgal, we have lost a last vital link with freedom movement era that was living example of inspiration for future generations. He said that she would be remembered for her unparalleled determination to raise a women's regiment that was meant to fight for Indian Independence.
He expressed his heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed to God to give peace to the departed soul and strength to them to bear this irreparable loss. 
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COMMERCIAL USE OF INDUSTRIAL PLOTS AND SHEDS - NOTICES ISSUED TO ERRING ALLOTTEES
CHANDIGARH, July 23
The Punjab Government today issued notices to all the defaulters against the commercial use of Industrial plots and Sheds located in Focal points across the state.
A Spokesperson of the Punjab Government today said that according to the allotment rules no one can use it as a commercial purpose but it has been found by the survey teams that some industrial plots and sheds were being used for commercial purposes and they were running Dhabas, shops, telecommunication towers etc in industrial plots and sheds. He said that these Industrial plots and sheds has been developed by the PSIEC  with an aim of giving fillip to industry in the state by providing them all required facilities at one place .
He further said that under the notices all defaulter allottees has been asked to make sure the implementation of set guidelines and file their replies within 30 days, otherwise their allotment of plots and sheds would be cancelled with immediate effect. He also said that all allottees has also been asked to construct their Industrial units as per zonal and building bylaws.

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EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTES FLOUTING PUNJABI LANGUAGE

Chandigarh July 23- The Punjab Government would issue strict warning notices to erring educational institutes liable for deliberately violating the proper implementation of Punjabi language that is stringently required under the promulgated two legislations.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of Education and Languages Department Punjab revealed that the education department comes to know that some privately managed schools were not implementing the Punjabi language as a compulsory subject from class 1st to class 10th under the Punjab, Punjabi and Learning of other Languages Act, 2008. Besides this, these schools were also found accountable in flouting the Punjabi Language Act-2008 for avoiding the use of Punjabi in their official work.
The spokesman informed that the Education Department has been directed to issue strict warning notices to such erring institutions to implement Punjabi language within fifteen days else the government would have to strictly implement the various provisions enshrined in both Acts. "The state government had already amended the clause (e) of section-2 of the Punjab, Punjabi and Learning of other Languages Act, 2008 through a notification on March 22, 2010.
The spokesman further said that the Punjab Government had already promulgated the two legislations to ensure proper implementation of mother tongue Punjabi in all the offices of Punjab Govt., Boards, Corporations, subordinate Courts and educational institutes in the Punjab State. "In order to inspect the Govt. offices and educational institutes, the State Level and District Level Empowered Committees have already been constituted to ensure proper use of Punjabi as an official language at all levels.
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PUNJAB TO ENSURE DISBURSAL OF SHGAUNS BEFORE MARRIAGE: RANIKE

  • APPLICANTS TOLD TO SUBMIT SHAGUN APPLICATION 15 DAYS BEFORE MARRIAGE
  • SHAGUN TO BE CREDITED IN BRIDES BANK ACCOUNTS

 

CHANDIGARH, JULY 23: The Punjab Government has issued instructions to disburse Shagun of Rs. 15000 in the bank account of beneficiary brides before the marriage date.  
Disclosing this here today Mr. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Scheduled Castes/ Backward Classes Welfare said that SAD-BJP Government has streamlined the shagun disbursal process to the eligible girls belonging to Scheduled Castes, Christians, Backward Classes and Economically Weaker families or in the case of remarriage of widows and divorcee  beneficiaries belonging Scheduled Castes. 
            He said that now the beneficiaries would have to apply for availing this scheme 15 days before commencement of marriage completing all the necessary formalities. He said that the applicants would file their applications with the District/ Tehsil Welfare Officers and it would be their duty to disburse the amount in the bank account of beneficiaries in stipulated time frame. He said that Punjab Government has taken this decision to provide prior financial help to the families before marriages of their wards and to make the scheme more transparent.  
            He said that applicants, who would apply for the scheme before 2 weeks of marriage, can get the benefit in given time frame and the other cases would automatically become invalid and the amounts would be transferred in the bank accounts of beneficiaries through Online Banking Management System.  
            Mr. Ranike also appealed the beneficiaries to mention their exact account number at the time of filling up their forms and do mention name of the bank along with IFS code.     
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SIX MORE RURAL ROADS PROJECT FOR PUNJAB

CHANDIGARH, JULY 23: The Punjab would soon witness the construction of new roads as it got approval for construction of six more 'Rural Road Projects' with a combine cost of Rs. 39.66 crore.  
            According to an official spokesman these Rural Roads would be constructed on the construction-cum-maintenance system by the contractors for five years. He said that these roads would include the stretches between Razapur to Kular in Kapurthala district with a total cost of Rs. 917.99 lakh, Chhokkar to Dhoor Kot via Jodhan, Narangwal, Lohargarh, Kalakh Majri in Ludhiana district with cost of Rs. 483.45, Manbibrian to Mansa with a cost of Rs. 756.92 lakh, Jhunir to Pilsian upto Block Border with a cost of Rs. 666.95, Mansa to Phaphre Bhai Ke upto Block Border with a total cost of Rs. 645.14 lakh, Butter Shrih to Mallan in Muktsar district with a cost of Rs. 495.69. He said that the government has called online tenders and the Rs. 19.25 lakh, 10.10 lakh, 15.76 lakh, 13.85 lakh, 13.50 lakh and Rs. 10.33 lakh would be deposited as security amount for these projects respectively. He said that Rs. 10000 out of security amount would be non-refundable.  
            The spokesman said that the contractors would have to complete the construction within 9 months. He said that the desirous bidders can get the detailed information from www.pmgsytenders.gov.in.
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PUNJAB ENHANCES DEARNESS ALLOWANCE OF PENSIONERS BY 7 PER CENT

CHANDIGARH, JULY 23:

The Punjab government has issued notification revising the dearness allowance of Pensioners/family pensioners/extra ordinary pensioners from 58% to 65% w.e.f 1st January, 2012 to compensate them for rise of cost of living.
Disclosing this here today Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Finance Minister said that the dearness allowance has been revised on the pattern of Government of India and a ready reckoner has been supplied to all Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDO) including nationalized banks to calculate the quantum of dearness relief payable to each individual.

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DEFICIENT AND ERRATIC MONSOON IN PUNJAB
SANCTION RS 800CRORE INTERIM RELIEF PACKAGE- SUKHBIR

  • ALSO SEEKS 1000 MW ADDITIONAL POWER FROM CENTRAL POOL

CHANDIGARH, JULY 22: The Punjab Government has sought Rs. 800 crore interim Relief package besides 1000 MW additional power allocation from central pool in lieu of extra money being spent by the state government on purchase of power for the agriculture sector besides additional cost of diesel borne by farmers for irrigation of paddy crop, in view of deficient and erratic monsoon.

          Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab, today informed that Punjab Government has approached Prime Minster Dr. Manmohan Singh, Union Agriculture Minister Mr. Sharad Pawar and Union Power  Minister Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde to immediately come to the aide of Punjab farmers to enable them to fulfill their commitment to make country secure on food security front. He said that 70 % deficient rains in the month of June and July was the cause of concern for the Punjab Government as farmers of Punjab were contributing more than 50% paddy to central pool and any failure of crop could have a bearing on Nation’s Food Security. He said that Powercom, the Power utility of Punjab Government was making all efforts to procure power for agriculture sector even in the spot market at exorbitant rates, with a singular purpose of supplying sufficient power to the agriculture sector in the paddy sowing season. Moreover, Punjab farmers were spending their fortunes on diesel for pumps for purchase of diesel just to ensure that the paddy sown by them doesn’t wither away due to deficient monsoon. He said that Powercom has purchased Power of Rs. 6556 crore and farmers had to incur additional cost on diesel and it was imperative for the Union Government to compensate the Punjab Government and the farmers by sanctioning interim relief of Rs. 800 crore as first installment.
He said that Union Power Ministry should also wake up to the crisis being faced by the Agriculture Sector and should sanction 1000mw additional power from the central pool to Punjab so that sufficient power could be provided to agriculture sector in this extraordinary drought period. He said that Punjab was committed to bring 29 lakh hectares area under paddy so that it could fulfill its duty to the nation by ensuring the record paddy yield. He said that it was now the duty of Union Government to immediately sanction Rs. 800 crore interim relief and 1000 MW additional power to enable Punjab to succeed in its national mission.

          The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister said that he along with Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal would soon call Prime Minster Dr. Manmohan Singh, Union Agriculture Minister Mr. Sharad Pawar and Union Power Minister Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde to underline the gravity of the issue and get the relief sanctioned for Punjab
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INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT, PUNJAB
PUNJAB ALL SET FOR CREATION OF LAND BANK ON THE PATTERN OF GUJARAT: JOSHI
CHANDIGARH, JULY 22:
 The Punjab Industry and Commerce Minster Mr. Anil Joshi today formally approved the proposal of creation of ‘Land Bank’ in the Punjab to achieve the target of Rs. 1 lakh crore investments in industrial sector in next five years.
Disclosing this here today he said that Punjab besides creating land banks has potential to attract industry keeping in view the world class infrastructure, excellent air connectivity and 4/6 lanes road connectivity between all major cities and towns of  Punjab.
Mr. Joshi said that it has been decided to create land bank on the pattern of Gujarat so that industrialist could be allotted lands off the shelves and they were avoided technicalities of land acquisition act and its legal hurdles. He said that sincere entrepreneurs, who were desirous of setting up their units in Punjab would be offered land besides all sanctions from single window including power connection, environment clearance etc. He said that he has personally monitored the implementation of single window service in industry department.
Describing land bank, a path breaking decision Mr. Joshi said that Punjab was on way to become industrial nerve center of South East Asia as with the opening of Integrated Check Post, Attari it is all set to become largest dry port of the country.
 Calling upon entrepreneurs to set-up their industries in Punjab,      Mr. Joshi said that Punjab Government would extend all facilities to entrepreneurs, who evince interests to set up their units in Punjab
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PUNJAB APPROVES Rs. 93 CRORE SCHEME TO INCREASE THE MILK PRODUCTION- RANIKE
·IMPLEMENTS ‘HERD REGISTRATION’ AT GRASS ROOT LEVEL

CHANDIGARH, JULY 22: The Punjab Government emphasizing on the need of white revolution, has chalked out a special program to increase the milk production in the state, under which Rs. 93 crores would be incurred during the current session of 2012-13.

          Mr. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Animal Husbandry, Fishery and Dairy Development Minister Punjab, disclosing this said that the Punjab Government has approved a detailed scheme with a total amount of Rs. 93 lakh for increasing the production of milk including modernization of semen banks at Ropar and Nabha, expansion of area under the cultivation of green fodder, implementation of subsidies on various schemes for the welfare of dairy farmers and on milking machines, import fetus from USA under Fetus Exchange Program to increase the milk production besides improving breeds of milch-cattle.

          The Minister said that Punjab has placed under National Dairy Plan Phase-1 to enhance the milk yield in the state through semen production, breed examination and fodder production. He said that Punjab has also become the first state in the country, which passed an act to implement ‘Herd Registration Program’ to maintain the record of birth and death of each and every milch-cattle. He said that this program would helpful for the government to control the problem of stray animals and improvement of breed. He said that herd registration program would also prove a boon for making dairy farming a scientific and commercial trade.

          Mr. Ranike said that Patiala has witnessed a state-of-the-art laboratory for fetus exchange, which would give better results in future. He said that Punjab Government has bought 3 lakh doses of foreign semen from America and Canada for improvement of cows breeds in the state. He also said that with the usage of these doses the cows in the state would give total 12000 liter milk on every delivery. He said that these foreign medicines would be given to the dairy farmers on 50% subsidy. He said that under fetus exchange program 118 fetus has been brought from America for both purposes of improvement in breeds and increase in milk production. He said that the Punjab has witnessed 17.61 lakh cows and 50 lakh buffalos at present, which produces 95.5 lakh tones of milk. 
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CM NOT TO MEET GENERAL PUBLIC FROM 4 TO 6 PM TUESDAY DUE TO PRIOR ENGAGEMENTS
 Chandigarh, July 22-
Owing to some pressing and unforeseen engagements, Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal would be unable to meet the general public on Tuesday from 4 to 6 pm at his official residence.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that as Mr Badal would not be available here due to his some prior engagements so he would not be able to meet the general public on July 24 (Tuesday) from 4 to 6pm at his residence as per schedule.   
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More than 20 Companies to participate in Aryans Job Fest

Mohali 22nd July, 2012

More than 20 companies will participate in the Job Fest being organized by Aryans College of Engineering, Chandigarh. This Job Fest is being organized on 25th July at PHD Chamber, Sector- 31, Chandigarh.

Giving this information to media, Dr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group said that job opportunities would be available for B.Tech, MBA, BBA, BCA, MCA, M.Tech, Diploma/ITI etc. Students can get registered by applying online on www.aryans.edu.in

Dr. Kataria further added that various companies like Eureka Forbes, Edvour, Exim Enterprises, HCL, Hi-Tech point Technologies, IFBI, Jetking, Kapsons, Max Media Technologies, Spectra Force, Solitaire Infosys Inc., Saiyom, SvimTech, Veritas, Career Plannerz, Glorious Consultancy Services Hiring for-Indigo Airways, Escorts India Ltd, Jet Airways, Beetel India etc will be offering jobs in different streams. Candidates need to carry 10 copies of their resumes and passport size photograph with them.

Dr. Kataria added that Aryans Group is fully committed for the placement of its students at reputed national and international companies. Aryans Group has established its name in terms of placements in such a short span of time of 5 years.  More than 150 companies have already visited Aryans Campus last year & Around 250 companies are expected to visit in current financial year.

It is to be mentioned that Established in 2007, Aryans campus is located at Chandigarh–Patiala highway, near Chandigarh on lush green 20 acres pollution free campus. The group is running MBA, BBA, BCA, B.Ed, Engineering College & Junior Science College (+1 & +2).

CM WRITES DR. MANMOHAN SINGH, CHIDAMBARAM AND BANSAL TO RESCIND CENTRE’S SINISTER MOVE FOR SHIFTING SUBJECT OF WATER FROM STATE LIST TO THE CONCURRENTLIST

CHANDIGARH, JULY 21:
      Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today sought direct intervention of the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to get the Centre to shelve its proposal to transfer the subject of “Water” from the
“State List” to the “Concurrent List”.
     In the separate letters addressed to the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram and Union Water Resources Minister Mr. Pawan Kumar Bansal, the Chief Minister impressed upon the Government of India to desist from the purported move before it led to further suspicion and harm adding that ‘what was required at this stage was the resolution of the Inter-State Water issues harmoniously in accordance with the nationally and internationally accepted Riparian Principle’.
       Referring to the media reports in a section of press about the disclosure of Centre’s insidious move for considering a proposal to transfer the subject of water in the Constitution during a press conference jointly addressed by Mr. Chidambaram, Mr. Bansal and Union
Information and Broadcasting Minister Smt. Ambika Soni at Chandigarh on July 13 barely after few hours of the 27th Northern Zonal Council (NZC) meeting of Chief Ministers chaired by Mr. Chidambaram.
       Mr. Badal pointed out that these developments have sent a wave of alarm and anguish in the minds of the people of Punjab who were already feeling deeply aggrieved over the discrimination meted out to them on the issue of river waters.  The statement made by Union
Minister of Water Resources Mr. Pawan Kumar Bansal in the presence of two other Union Ministers has created an impression that it was not an off-the-cuff remark and perhaps was a well thought over decision of the central government. This came within hours of the statesman-like observation of the Union Home Minister during the
Northern Zonal Council meeting that the question of river waters was an extremely sensitive and delicate issue and needed to be handled with utmost care at the highest level. In the circumstances, the latest development has suddenly vitiated the atmosphere and created avoidable apprehensions in the minds of the Riparian states in general and Punjab in particular.
       Mr. Badal further said that he besides other Chief Ministers also highlighted the issue of the Center usurping the powers of the states by shifting subjects from the States to the Concurrent List and from
the Concurrent to the Union List in the NZC meeting in the presence of Mr. Chidambaram.  Thus, its timing was all the more unfortunate as it showed that the Center had kept the Chief Ministers of the concerned States in the dark about this unfortunate move.
        The Chief Minister underscored that sharing of river waters was a highly emotive issue and was one of the root causes of the grievous tragedy which Punjab and the rest of the country had to pass through during the eighties and the nineties. The wounds caused by the
consistent denial of justice to Punjab on this issue have still not healed.  The statement by the Union Water Resources Minister Mr. Bansal has the potential of opening those deep emotional wounds again.
        Mr. Badal remarked that Punjab strongly opposed the reported proposal, with regard to both the jurisdiction of the States on the river waters and the larger issue of Centre-relations. Apart from the emotional and economic dimension of the issue, Mr. Badal reiterated that it had a bearing on the crucial question of Centre-State relations, the rights and the powers of the States and the larger question of federalism which was discussed extensively in the NZC meet at Chandigarh and during the course of his observations, he had specifically referred the issue of such transference of subjects from States List to the Concurrent List and from the Concurrent to the Union List by the Centre.  This issue was not merely legalistic and has profound political constitutional implications. The balance of powers between the Centre and the states, even to the extent accepted by the States then was the result of long and exhaustive deliberations by the Founding Fathers. These deliberations underlined an acknowledgement of the federal character of the country and the need for reflecting that character in our constitution by maintaining clearly defined space for both the centre and the states. Any attempt at constricting this space further for the states could only lead to an atmosphere of avoidable suspicion, mistrust and confrontation between the Centre and the States, asserted Mr. Badal.


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DHINDSA ISSUES DIRECTIONS TO DEPARTMENTS FOR FINANCIAL RESTRAINT

 CHANDIGARH, JULY 21:
           
            The Punjab Government today launched a special drive to ensure financial management in all the departments for the year 2012-13. By issuing directions to all the departments, the Finance Department asked them to spend less money and that also with utmost care and restraint and to provide better services to the people.
Disclosing this here today, Finance Minister Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa said that all the Departmental Heads, Commissioners of Divisions, Deputy Commissioners, District and Sessions Judge and Registrar, Punjab and Haryana High Court have been asked to pursue austerity measures while spending money from their allocated budget. He said that these departments/officers have also been asked to provide quality services to the people. Minister said that they have also been urged to review and furnish a detailed report on their financial transactions on a prescribed Performa before the Finance Department.
Mr. Dhindsa said that for controlling over expenditure, DDOs in the districts have been asked to reserve non planned budget and to ensure signature of departmental head on budget allocation table. He said that the prior approval of Finance Department would be imperative for departments with the practice of Letter of Credit (LoC). He said that there would not be any quarterly ceiling for salaries, wages, Medical reimbursement, conveyance expenditure, Pension benefits, rent rates and taxes and Telephone etc. Mr. Dhindsa further said that departments have been instructed to meet their expenses of water and electricity with allocated budget and no additional budget would be provided for such things.

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PUNJAB TO REPRESENT IN WORLD BHANGRA COMPETITION

Chandigarh July 21:
The State of Punjab would participate in the International Bhangra Competition called “World Bhangra Competition” to preserve and promote rich cultural heritage and the folk tradition of Punjab worldwide.
 
        Disclosing this here today, Mr. Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Punjab said that there were 7 agencies empanelled with the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board out of which two agencies namely Adsyndicate Advertising Pvt. Ltd. And Mx Advertising Pvt. Ltd. have already given presentation of their concepts and proposals regarding the World Bhangra Competition. The selected team would be adjudged the best Bhangra Group and would represent the state in the World Bhangra Competition, said Mr.Phillaur.

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GOI APPROVES MEGA LEATHER CLUSTER FOR JALANDHAR AT A COST OF RS 125 CRORE
·        CARGO COLD STORAGE FACILITY FOR PERISHABLE GOODS TO COME AT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CHANDIGARH-MOHALI
·        DECISION OF FDI PREROGATIVE OF STATES- SHARMA
·        IN-PRINCIPLE APPROVAL FOR EXTENSION OF DMIC UPTO LUDHIANA VIA REWARI
·        BADAL FORCEFULLY PLEADED DEMANDS TO ENSURE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD TO BOOST EXPORT POTENTIAL FROM Punjab

  

BAINS APPOINTED AS ADVISOR ON NATIONAL AFFAIRS & MEDIA TO THE CM PUNJAB

Chandigarh 20 July :  
Celebrated free lance journalist , academician and political ideologue, Mr. Harcharan Bains was today appointed Advisor on  National Affairs  and Media  to the Punjab Chief  Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal.

   The former Media Advisor will be in the rank of Minister of State.
He has been asked to over see the media related work of the Deputy
Chief Minister also.

    For Mr. Bains, this will be an unprecedented fourth tenure in the
Chief Minister, having worked in similar capacity with the then Chief
Minister Mr. Surjit Singh Barnala (1985) and with Mr. Badal
(1997-2002 and 2007-12).

   In a statement here this evening, Mr. Bains expressed profound
gratitude to Mr. Badal and his Deputy and son, the SAD president Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal.  “This is a touching gesture of deep affection and great trust by the CM and the Deputy CM. I will do everything to deserve the trust and confidence reposed in me.”

   Mr. Bains, who shot to political and media center stage with his
perceptive and incisive articulation of  the Akali, Punjab and Sikh
case  the national and regional media following the Operation Blue
Star,  has also served as Associate Professor in the Department of
Languages and Journalism, in the Punjab Agricultural University
Ludhiana.  For his staunch loyalty to Mr. Badal, Mr. Bains earned the
wrath of the then Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and was
booted out of the PAU.  His wife also lost her job and official
accommodation as a part of the implementation of a threat publically
delivered to him by the then Media Advisor to CM, Mr. BIS Chahal  at
Longowal  in July 2002.  He then resigned his job to assist Mr. Badal
full time during the Akali supremo’s battle against the Congress
government. Mr. Bains also spearheaded the SAD campaign during the years of militancy and later during the tenure of Mr. Beant Singh as Chief Minister.

   Mr. Bains had been offered a plush post with cabinet rank as
Media Advisor to CM by the late Mr. Beant Singh in 1993, an offer Mr. Bains  had  politely  turned down citing his loyalty to Mr Badal as
the reason.

  Apart from his political write ups, Mr. Bains is also considered a
perceptive poet, literary critic and a music enthusiast.  One of his
books in the mystical genre, Hazel, a story of spiritual pursuit of
a mother and her son, is due for release in September. He is also
working on two books on Mr. Badal, an account of personal
biographical reminiscences and a compilation of historic speeches
delivered by the Akali stalwart in his long and event career. Mr.
Bains is also an international Cricket and Lawn Tennis commentator,
having covered several Tests , one day matches and two Davis Cup ties.
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12 IAS, 10 PCS, 1 IRS AMONGST 23 OFFICERS TRANSFERRED IN PUNJAB

Chandigarh, July 20: The Punjab Government today ordered the immediate transfers of 12 IAS, 10 PCS, 1 IRS amongst 23 officers in the state.
Mr. N.S. Kang, Financial Commissioner, Revenue, NRI Affairs has been given additional charge of Principal Secretary, Information & Public Relations department reliving Mr. Anirudh Tiwari, IAS of this additional charge. Mr. Roshan Sunkaria, IAS has been posted as Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs in addition Secretary, Coordination, General Administration. Mr. Anirudh Tiwari has been posted as Secretary Personnel, Power and in addition Secretary Government Reforms reliving Mr. Vikas Partap, IAS of this additional charge. Mr. Sarvjit Singh, IAS has been posted as Secretary Revenue in addition Survey Commissioner of Wakfs. Mr. Ashok Kumar Gupta, IAS has been posted as Director-cum-Secretary Local Government. The services of Mr. Anurag Verma, IAS have been placed at the disposal of Industry department for posting as MD, Infotech and in addition Commissioner Ruparnagar Division. The services of Mr. Rakesh Verma, IAS have been placed at the disposal of Department of Local Government for posting as Commissioner Municipal Corporation Ludhiana. Mr. Vikas Partap, IAS has been posted as Director, State Transport and The services of Mr. Ajay Kumar Verma, IAS has been placed at the disposal of Department of Housing & Urban Development for posting as Chief Administrator GMADA. Mrs. Bhawna Garg, IAS has been posted as Special Secretary, Science and Technology and Mrs. Inderjit Singh Sandhu has been posted as Special Secretary water supply & sanitation, General Administration, Coordination.
Mr. Manvesh Singh Sidhu, PCS has been posted as Special Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister, Chief Administrator PUDA and in addition Director Town & Country Planning. Mr. Arun Sekhri, PCS, Special Secretary Personnel, Additional MD, Punjab Warehousing Corporation, Principal Staff Officer to Chief Secretary has been given additional charge of Special Secretary Vigilance. The services of Mr. Baldev Singh, PCS have been placed at the disposal of department of Housing & Urban Development for posting as Additional Chief Administrator GLADA and Mr. Shivrular Singh Dhillon, PCS, Additional MD, PIDB has been given additional charge of Director Sports.
Mrs. Anindita Mitra, IAS has been posted as ADCD Patiala and in addition ACA Patiala development Authority. The services of Mrs. Sajorni Gautam Sharda, PCS have been placed at the disposal of department of Housing & Urban development for posting as ACA Jalandhar development authority and Mr. Jasbir Singh-1, PCS has been posted as Additional Secretary Education. Mrs. Amrit Kaur Gill, PCS has been posted as ADCG Patiala and Mr. Sandeep Rishi, PCS has been posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner (D) Amritsar in Additional Chief Administrator Amritsar Development Authority.
Mr. Jivandeep Singh Kahlon, IRS has been posted as Special Secretary VAT, Advisor Income Tax, Punjab and in addition MD, Punjab Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd. Mr. Jora Singh Thind, PCS (Retd.) has been posted as AC Grievances Patiala, Joint Director Administration in the office of Chief Engineer PWD (B&R) and in addition LAC Punjab Power Corporation Patiala. Mr. N.S. Bath, PCS (Retd.) has been posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner Sri Muktsar Sahib.
Mr. Mandeep Singh, IAS will now hold the charge of Secretary Transport and in addition Commissioner Gurdwara Elections. Posting orders of Mrs. Rupanjali, IAS will be issued in due course.
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GOVERNMENT OF PUNJAB
DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL
(I.A.S.BRANCH)
ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR OF PUNJAB
       The postings/transfers of following officers are ordered with immediate effect:-


Sr. No.

Name and Present Posting

Transferred/Posted as

1.

Sh. N.S. Kang, IAS
Financial Commissioner, Revenue and in add. Financial Commissioner, NRI Affairs.

Financial Commissioner, Revenue and in add. Principal Secretary, NRI Affairs and in add. Principal Secretary, Information and Public Relations.( Relieving Sh. Anirudh Tewari, IAS of the additional charge)

2.

Dr. Roshan Sunkaria, IAS
Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs.

Secretary Parliamentary Affairs and in addition Secretary Co-ordination and in addition Secretary General Administration (Relieving   Sh. Ashok Gupta, IAS of these  charges)

3.

Sh. Anirudh Tewari, IAS
Secretary, Power and in add. Secretary, Personnel and in add. Secretary, Information and Public Relations.

Secretary, Personnel and in add. Secretary, Power and in add. Secretary, Governance Reforms (Relieving Sh. Vikas Pratap, IAS of this charge).

4.

Sh. Sarvjit Singh, IAS, CA, GMADA, SAS Nagar and in addition Director, Town and Country Planning, Punjab.

Secretary Revenue and in addition Survey Commissioner of Wakfs vice Sh. Anurag Verma, IAS

5.

Sh. Ashok Kumar Gupta, IAS Secretary, Co-ordination and in add. Secretary, General Administration and in add. Secretary, Vigilance

Director-cum-Secretary, Local Government vice Sh. Ajoy Kumar Sinha, IAS.

6.

Sh. Anurag Verma, IAS
Secretary, Revenue and in add. Survey Commissioner of WAKFS

Services placed at the disposal of the Department of Industries and Commerce for posting as Managing Director, Infotech vice  Sh. Rakesh Verma, IAS and in addition Commissioner Roopnagar Division, Roopnagar relieving Sh. Kirandeep Singh Bhullar, IAS of this additional charge.

7.

Sh. Rakesh Verma, IAS
Managing Director, Infotech and in add. Secretary, Local Government and in add. Jt. M.D., Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development  Board

Services placed at the disposal of the Department of Local Govt. for posting as Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana  against a vacant post.

8.

Sh. Vikas Pratap, IAS, Secretary Governance Reforms

Director State Transport, Punjab vice             Sh. Mandeep Singh, IAS.

9.

Sh.Ajoy Kumar Sinha, IAS
Director, Local Government

Services placed at the disposal of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for posting as Chief Administrator, GMADA vice Sh. Sarvjit Singh, IAS.


 

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10.

Smt. Bhawna Garg, IAS,
available for posting

Special Secretary, Science & Technology (against vacant post)

11.

Sh. Inderjit Singh Sandhu, IAS, Additional Registrar, Co-operative Societies, Punjab

Special Secretary, Water Supply and Sanitation
 and in addition Special Secretary Co-ordination and in addition Special Secretary General Administration against vacant posts.

12

Sh. Manvesh Singh Sidhu, PCS, Special Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister Punjab and in addition Chief Administrator PUDA, SAS Nagar

Special Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister Punjab and in addition Chief Administrator PUDA, SAS Nagar and in addition Director Town & Country Planning, Punjab relieving Sh. Sarvjit Singh, IAS of this additional charge.

13

Sh. Arun Sekhri, PCS, Special Secretary Personnel and in addition Additional Managing Director, Punjab Warehousing Corporation and in addition Principal Staff Officer to Hon’ble Chief Secretary

Special Secretary Personnel and in addition Additional Managing Director, Punjab Warehousing Corporation and in addition Principal Staff Officer to  Chief Secretary and in addition Special Secretary Vigilance relieving Smt. Indu Mishra, PCS(Retd) of this additional charge.

14.

Sh. Baldev Singh, PCS
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Muktsar.

Services placed at the disposal of the Deptt. of Housing and Urban Development for posting as A.C.A., GLADA, Ludhiana vice Smt. Rupanjali, IAS

15.

Sh. Shivdular Singh Dhillon, PCS
Addl. Managing Director, P.I.D.B.

Addl. Managing Director, P.I.D.B. and in add. Director, Sports, Punjab(against vacant post)

16

Smt. Anindita Mitra, IAS
ADC (G) & ADC (D) Patiala

ADC (D) Patiala & in add. ACA Patiala Dev. Authority vice Sh Zora Singh Thind, PCS (Retd.)

17.

Smt. Sarojini Gautam Sharda, PCS
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Pathankot

Services placed at the disposal of the Deptt. of Housing and Urban Development for posting as A.C.A., Jalandhar Development Authority, Jalandhar (against vacant post).

18.

Sh. Jasbir Singh-1, PCS
SDM, Samrala.

Additional Secretary, School Education against vacant post.

19.

Smt. Amrit Kaur Gill, PCS
Secretary Punjab Public Service Commission, Patiala

ADC (G), Patiala relieving Smt Anindita Mitra, IAS of this charge.

20.

Sh. Sandeep Rishi, PCS
Additional Deputy Commissioner (D), Amritsar and in addition ACA, Amritsar Development Authority, Amritsar

Additional Deputy Commissioner (D), Amritsar and in addition Chief Administrator, Amritsar Development Authority, Amritsar relieving Sh. Rajat Agarwal, IAS of this additional charge.

21

Sh. Jiwan Deep Singh Kahlon, IRS, Special Secretary VAT and Advisor Income Tax, Punjab.

Special Secretary VAT and Advisor Income Tax, Punjab and in addition Managing Director, Punjab Alkalies & Chemicals Ltd, Chandigarh, relieving Sh. Sukhjit Singh Bains, IAS of this additional charge.

22

Sh Zora Singh Thind, PCS (Retd.)
ACA, Patiala Dev. Authority

A.C (Grievances) Patiala and in add. Joint Director (Admn) o/o C.E. PWD B&R Patiala and in addition LAC, Punjab Power Corporation, Patiala against vacant posts

23.

Sh. N. S. Bath, PCS (Retd)
Additional Secretary Technical Education and Industrial Training.

Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sri Muktsar Sahib  vice Sh. Baldev Singh, PCS.

Note:-          1.       Authorities concerned may make internal arrangements for the
                             disposal of work of the posts falling vacant as a result of this order.
                  
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2.                Sh. Mandeep Singh, IAS will now hold the charge of the post of Secretary Transport and in addition Commissioner, Gurudwara Elections, Punjab.
3.       Posting orders of Smt. Rupanjali, IAS will be issued in due course


CHIEF MINISTER’S OFFICE, PUNJAB
Rs 70 CRORE RELEASED TO BOOST AGRICULTURE SECTOR

  • BADAL ASKS AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT TO LAY SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON DIVERSIFICATION OF AGRICULTURE

Chandigarh, July 20-
            In a bid to bail out the beleaguered peasantry of the state by encouraging diversification of the agriculture besides up gradation of the agriculture infrastructure in the state, the state government has released nearly Rs 70 crore to the state Agriculture Department under the Rashtriya Krishi Vigyan Yojna (RKVY) during this fiscal.
            Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal has issued special directions to the agriculture department that major emphasis should be laid down on the diversification of agriculture so that the sustainability of the agriculture could be improved enormously besides increasing the income of the farmers because the exorbitant hike in the cost of agricultural inputs has rendered the agriculture profession a non- profitable venture. Therefore, the Chief Minister had directed the Agriculture Department to make focused attention for motivating the farmers to adopt Dairy farming and Fishery as allied profession apart from Horticulture, which too had a tremendous scope for boosting the income of the peasantry.
            The spokesperson further said that out of Rs 70 crore, a major chunk of Rs 26.75 crore has been earmarked for conservation of the irrigation water in the state. He said that under this project Community Under ground pipelines were being laid for the conveyance of the water particularly to the water logged and South West Districts of Punjab, where the ground water was saline and not fit for irrigation purposes.
Likewise, Mr. Badal said that Rs 16 crore would be spent on providing much required medicines in Veterinary Hospitals/ Poly Clinics for preventing the spread of diseases amongst the animals, breed improvement of cattle through the supply of quality semen, strengthening of Artificial Insemination (AI) services, improvement of Animal Housings and setting up of new Dairy Farms in the state. He said that this endeavor of the state government would not only provide much needed impetus to the Dairy farming in the state but would also help in improving the economic lot of small and marginal farmers, who were already distressed due to low margin of profits on account of non-remunerative MSP.
            To bridge the technological gaps in  the farm practices to encourage the farmers to equip them to adopt ultra modern techniques in the filed of agriculture, a sum of  Rs 8 crore was being spent on the setting up a Integrated Farmer’s Training Centre in Gurdaspur. This centre would provide the technical know how to the farmers relating the crop production, Dairy Farming and Fish Farming besides the effective use of Agriculture machinery.
            In another important initiative aimed at supplying the adequate fertilizers to the farmers at much subsidized rates, the state government has earmarked Rs 3.35 crore for pre-positioning of 128 lakh Metric tons of DAP fertilizers in the co-operative societies across the state.  
            In order to encourage fruit and vegetable cultivation amongst the farmers of the state four districts Mansa, Barnala, Moga and Ropar, which were earlier not covered under the National Horticulture Mission (NHM), have been now included under it. Under this program the farmers of these areas would be provided with facilities as per the guidelines of NHM for fruit and vegetable cultivation. Likewise a special program for development of Peri-Urban Vegetable Clusters in Ludhiana district has been implemented to encourage diversification amongst the farmers besides their income. A sum of Rs 2 crore has been earmarked for establishing Perishable Cargo centre at International Airport Amritsar so as to boost the export of Horticulture products to the Commonwealth Independent States (CIS) and Middle East countries.         
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PUNJAB MAKES NODAL DEPARTMENT FOR BETTER COORDINATION WITH CENTRE

CHANDIGARH, July 20:
The Punjab government today made Nodal department in order to facilitate down marking of letters received from Centre government and then to furnish the reply to centre government. These nodal departments would be responsible for getting reply from the respective ministry or department and time bound reply to the centre.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesman said that now onwards agriculture department of Punjab would be nodal department for department of cooperation, agriculture research and education and fertilizers, department of finance for ministry of disinvestment, finance and public enterprises, department of governance reforms for electronic governance division, national information center, Indian computer emergency responses team and department of administrative reforms and public grievances, department of home for ministry of defense, external affairs, home affairs, law and justice and minority affairs, department of industries for ministry of corporate affairs, micro small & medium enterprises, mines, petroleum & natural gases, steel, textiles and commerce & industry and department of chemicals & petrochemicals, heavy industry, telecommunication, posts and directorate of standardization, testing and quality control, department of personnel for department of pensions and pensioners welfare, personnel and training and staff select commission, department of power for ministry of coal and power and department of atomic energy, department of science technology for ministry of earth sciences, new & renewable energy, science technology and department of space, department of animal husbandry and dairying for department of animal husbandry and dairying, department of civil aviation for ministry of civil aviation, department of coordination for cabinet secretariat, department of culture for ministry of culture, department of food and civil supplies for ministry of consume affairs, food and public distribution and food processing industries, department of forests for ministry of environment and forests, department of health and family welfare for ministry of health and family welfare, department of higher education for ministry of human resources development and department  of official language, department of information and public relations for ministry of information and broadcasting, department of irrigation for ministry of water resources, department of labour for ministry for labour and employment, department of local bodies for ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation and urban development, department of NRI affairs for overseas Indian affairs, department of parliamentary affairs for ministry of parliamentary affairs, department of planning for planning commission and ministry of statistics and programme implementation, department of PWD for ministry of railways and road transport and highways, department of rural development and panchayat for ministry of rural development and panchayati raj, department of social security for ministry of social justice & empowerment and ministry of women and child development, department of tourism for ministry of tourism, department of transport for ministry of shipping, department of welfare for ministry of tribal affairs and department of youth affairs has been made nodal department for ministry of youth affairs and sports have been made nodal department.

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PUNJAB ISSUES ORDERS FOR EXPEDITING COMPASSIONATE APPOINTMENTS

 CHANDIGARH, JULY 20:

          The Punjab Government today issued strict orders to all the departments to expedite the appointments on compassionate ground, so that families of deceased employees do not suffer.
          In orders issued to all Head of Departments, Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, the government has sought information on pending cases of compassionate appointments in all the departments and said that complete information should be submitted to the Personnel Department immediately, so that the government could review the situation.
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FURNISH PEOPLES' GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL REPORT EVERY MONTH: PB GOVT ORDERS DEPARTMENTS

CHANDIGARH, JULY 20:
            The Punjab Government adopted a hyper sensitive approach for establishing a fool-proof peoples' grievance redressal mechanism. All the departments have been directed to ensure redressal of peoples' grievances in time bound manner and to send a detailed report every month in this regard to the government.
            An official spokesman of Punjab Government said that written instructions in this regard have been issued to all the Departmental Heads and Deputy Commissioners of the state. He said that it has been noticed that most of the department have not been furnishing the action taken report on the peoples' grievances. The spokesman further said that it had created a lot of problem for compiling reports of grievance redressal before putting it for the perusal of the Chief Minister, Punjab. He said that these authorities have been instructed to redress the peoples' grievances in time bound manner and send the quarterly/monthly action taken report by 10th of every month by all means, so that a consolidated report could be put before the Chief Minister for further action.
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PUNJAB TO REPRESENT IN WORLD BHANGRA COMPETITION

Chandigarh July 20:
The State of Punjab would participate in the International Bhangra Competition called “World Bhangra Competition” to preserve and promote rich cultural heritage and the folk tradition of Punjab worldwide.
 
        Disclosing this here today, Mr. Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Punjab said that there were 7 agencies empanelled with the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board out of which two agencies namely Adsyndicate Advertising Pvt. Ltd. And Mx Advertising Pvt. Ltd. have already given presentation of their concepts and proposals regarding the World Bhangra Competition. The selected team would be adjudged the best Bhangra Group and would represent the state in the World Bhangra Competition, said Mr.Phillaur.

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CHANDIGARH JULY 19:

Union Commerce Minister Mr Anand Sharma today announced that the Government of India (GoI) would soon set up a mega leather cluster at Jalandhar at a cost of Rs.125 crore to boost the leather industry in the region.
This was disclosed by Mr Sharma who along with his team of officers held a high level meeting with the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal and senior officers of the state government here at Punjab Bhawan.
Mr Sharma apprised the Chief Minister that the upcoming cluster at Jalndhar was amongst the 7 such clusters being set up by the Department of Industrial Promotion and Policy.

Union Commerce Minister also announced that a cold storage facility would be provided at the Cargo Terminal of Chandigarh-Mohali International Airport to boost the exports of vegetables, fruits and live saving drugs.   He also announced to revive the erstwhile Dhariwal Woolen Mill at Dhariwal as the Ministry of Textile had already taken in principle decision to run this mill by National Textile Corporation.
Expressing gratitude to Mr. Sharma, the Chief Minister said that he was highly indebted to him for personally visiting the state along with a battery of officers to resolves the long pending issues of state related to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce & Textile.
Conceding another demand put forth by Mr. Badal regarding the completion of Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) to treat the effluents being discharged by the Small and Medium dyeing industry in Ludhiana at a cost of Rs 437 crore, the Union Minister said that he had constituted a high level committee under the chairmanship of Secretary Textiles who would visit Ludhiana within next two weeks and submit the report to him so that Ministry could recommend the case of setting up of this CETP at Ludhiana under Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (IIUS) of the Department of Industrial Promotion of Policy (DIPP).  He informed Mr Badal that under the scheme 60% of funding would be done by Centre as the latter had demanded Rs 264 crore accordingly from the centre for the completion of the project.
Demanding direct export of Kinnow to Bangladesh via land route of Kolkatta, the Chief Minister sought intervention of the Ministry to curb the malpractice of distress sale and subsequent exploitation of Kinnow growers of the state by the local traders. Responding to the issue Mr Sharma asked the Director General Foreign Trade Kolkatta to resolve the issue at the earliest to pave a way for the smooth export of Kinnow directly from Punjab.
On the demand raised by Mr Badal for allowing the export of wheat to Pakistan, Afghanistan and other countries via Attari border, the Union Minister apprised him that the matter was being taken up by the GoI with the national Government of Pakistan and a possible headway was expected soon.
In the new regime of Integrated Check Post at Attari-Wagah border, the Chief Minister reiterated the issue of export which was restricted to only 137 items from India to Pakistan through land route via ICP Attari, on the contrary about 6000 items were being exported from Mumbai to Karachi. Urging the Union Minister to allow level playing field for exports of all the items which were permitted from Mumbai via Attari too, Mr Badal said that this step would boost the potential of bilateral trade between both the countries. Replying to his demand the Union Minister said that the matter was already under the active consideration of both the Governments and hoped of positive outcome in this regard.
Mr Badal also raised the issue of giving a financial package to compensate the state for the loss suffered due to the flight of the industry from here to the neighboring states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarkhand in view of the Industrial concessions given to these states. The Chief Minister demanded that if it was not feasible then atleast Centre should show magnanimity by giving this package atleast to the border districts of the state.
Accepting another demand raised by the Chief Minister to allow trade from Attari border through containers instead of sacks, Mr Sharma assured him that the Ministry would soon issue orders to facilitate the traders of the region for exporting their goods. The Union Minister also informed Mr Badal that he would soon take up the matter for providing Additional Railway racks and creating warehouse facility at Railway Yard in Attari with the Ministry of Railways.
Taking up the issue of the stringent terms and conditions set up by the Union government to set up the Special Economic Zones (SEZs), the Chief Minister urged Mr Sharma to relax the conditions of minimum land requirement in view of exorbitant land prices in the state. Mr Badal emphasized that it should be entirely left to the Developers and the prospective investors to prove the viability of the project on the available land. The Union Minister assured Mr Badal that the issue would be addressed in the new guidelines to be issued by the GoI.
Mr Sharma also informed the Chief Minister that the GoI had selected the industrial towns of Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Batala under the Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (IIUS), to provide much needed impetus for the promotion of trade and industry in the region. He also mentioned that the industrial units manufacturing toys, sports goods and readymade garments of the state have been selected by the Union government for providing special assistance to them. He also divulged the details on the new National Manufacturing Policy aimed at enhancing the GDP of Industrial growth which was now stagnated at 16% to atleast 25-26% and urged Mr Badal to make optimum utilization of this policy which had another in built component of creating 100 million skilled jobs to cater to the needs the small scale industry. Under this policy planned industrial integrated townships would be developed across the country to accelerate the pace of industrialization.  
Mr Badal also raised the issue of extending the Eastern Freight Corridor from Son Nagar (West Bengal) to Ludhiana and Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC Western) upto Ludhiana and further to Attari via Amritsar, as it would enormously propel the trade and commerce activity in the state. Mr Sharma told the Chief Minister that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry had already accorded in principle approval for the extension of DMIC to Ludhiana via Rewari. The Union Minister also said that he would again take up the matter with the Ministry of Railways to intensify its efforts for the extension of eastern corridor from Ludhiana to Attari via Amritsar, which was the need of the hour to further give fillip top export in the wake of ICP at Wagah Attari.
Responding to another vital issue raised by Mr Badal regarding the sharing of information concerned with the list of respective holidays amongst the officers of India and Pakistan and trading community on either side, the Union Minister said that the process had already been set in motion by both the National governments and a consensus would be evolved on a uniform pattern of holidays to avoid any sort on inconvenience to the traders.
Mr Sharma assured the Chief Minister that he would soon get the other issues raised by him pertaining to trade by land route between India & Pakistan and Gulf countries, introducing barter system (tax free trade) as allowed in Kashmir, permission for trade through Pakistan territory to Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Nations & Middle-East countries as permissible in the case of Afghanistan, simplification of procedure for issuing Visa besides introduction of “Freight Equalization Scheme” examined by the Ministry so that these could be resolved amicably to the advantage of Punjab.
Later addressing the media persons immediately after the meeting, Mr. Sharma replying to a query on the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), said that since several Chief Minister’s were yet to respond so therefore the matter was held in abeyance adding that he would like all the Chief Ministers to respond on  this issue before taking a final decision.  Since our country is a Union of states we abide by its federal character and therefore are bound by the consensus on the issue.
Prominent amongst those who attended the meeting included Cabinet Ministers Mr Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon and Mr Anil Joshi, Chief Secretary Mr Rakesh Singh, Principal Secretary Industry and Commerce Mr AR Talwar, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr SK Sandhu, Secretary Food and Civil Supplies Mr DS Grewal.
Union Industry and Commerce Minister was accompanied by Secretary Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion Mr Saurabh Chandra, CEO DMIC Mr Amitabh Kanth, Joint Secretary Department of Commerce Mr DS Dhesi, Joint Secretaries DIPP Ms Anjali Prasad and Mr Talleen Kumar, Joint Director General Foreign Trade Mr Anil Aggarwal.

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CM EXHORTS ON NEWLY RECRUITED PCS OFFICERS TO WORK
DILIGENTLY WITH PROFESSIONAL COMMITMENT

CHANDIGARH JULY 19:

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today called upon the newly recruited 174 Punjab Civil Services (Executive Branch) and Allied Services Officers to discharge their duties with utmost dedication, sincerity, honesty and professional commitment. 
            Mr. Badal was addressing the PCS Officers here at Punjab Bhawan during an introductory meeting.  He said that with the recruitment of 174 PCS, a fresh young blood has been infused in the functioning of state administration and hoped that these newly appointed officers would certainly take the state to the zenith of its glory. The Chief Minister called upon the officers not to approach for the postings of their choice rather serve the public with missionary zeal.   He congratulated them for cracking the PCS Exam successfully and subsequently got selected on the coveted posts exclusively on their merit and capability adding that the entire process from the conduct of exam till the appointments was carried out absolutely in a free, fair and transparent manner. Wishing them a promising career and a bright future ahead, Mr Badal asked the officers to serve the society with full enthusiasm and devotion for cherishing their aspirations by implementing the policies and programs of the state government in the right earnest.            
Earlier, the Secretary Personnel Mr Anirudh Tiwari welcomed the newly selected officers and said that they were fortunate enough to seek the blessings of the Chief Minister at the onset of their career. Later the newly appointed officers joined for a cup of tea with the Chief Minister.   
            Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Advisor to the Chief Minister Mr Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Special Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. KJS Cheema, Special Secretary Personnel Mr Arun Sekhri and Additional Secretary Personnel Mr Dharminder Pal.  

SC COMMISSION WARNS EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AGAINST COLLECTING FEE FROM SC STUDENTS

  • INSTITUTIONS SHOULD ENSURE DISPLAY OF BOARDS INDICATING FEE RELAXATION NORMS-BAGHA

CHANDIGARH, JULY 19: The Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes today issued instructions for all the public and private educational institutions to strictly adhere the fee relaxation norms for the SC Students.

          The issue of taking fee by educational institutions from SC Students was seriously discussed in a meeting presided over by Mr. Rajesh Bagha, Chairman SC Commission and the Commission has issued warning to all the educational institutions not to collect fee from the SC students. Besides this the Commission also asked the all the institutions to display information boards in their premises indicating fee relaxation norms for SC students. The Commission also made it clear that strict legal action would be initiated against those institutions, which were found collecting fee from the SC students. 

          Mr. Bagha said that it has come to the notice of Commission through various complaints in this regard that medical and technical education institutions were not following the instructions issued in this regard by the Welfare Department. Divulging the details about the notification issued in this regard, Mr. Bagha said that it has been instructed that admission fee and other charges would not be collected from the students belonging to SC category.

          The Chairman appealed the students and their parents to bring into the notice of Commission, if any institution was forcing them to deposit the fee. He said that the complaints can be registered on 0172-2741342 from 10 am to 5pm on any working day.

          Prominent amongst other present in the meeting included Mr. Pirthi Chand, IAS, Member Secretary, Mr. Dalip Singh Pandhi, Member SC Commission and former Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Gardhiwala, Member SC Commission and former MLA and other non-officio members of the commission.

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CM GIVES CHEQUE WORTH RS 5 LAKH AS ASSISTANCE TO SURJEET SINGH

SURJEET’S SON TO BE GIVEN REGULAR GOVERNMENT JOB- BADAL

CM ASSAILS UNION GOVERNMENT FOR BEING INSENSITIVE TOWARDS SURJEET


Chandigarh, July 19-

    In a major relief to Mr Surjeet Singh, who had spent almost 30 years
of his life in Pakistan jail, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash
Singh Badal today handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to him as
financial assistance from the state government apart from giving a
regular government job to his son.
    Mr Surjeet Singh, who along with his son Mr Kulwinder Singh, called
on the Chief Minister at his official residence here today morning,
was handed over the cheque by Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal
along with Food and Civil Supply Minister Mr Adesh Pratap Singh
Kairon.
            During the deliberations the Chief Minister felicitated Mr Surjeet
Singh for rendering great service to the nation and assured him that
the state government was committed for extending all possible help for
the rehabilitation of his family within the legal frame work. He also
apprised Mr Surjeet Singh that as desired by his family the state
government has decided to give regular job to his son Mr Kulwinder
Singh according to his educational qualifications so that his family
could be benefited from it.
The Chief Minister lamented that it was unfortunate that though Mr
Surjeet Singh had languished in jails of Pakistan for the cause of the
nation but the Union government has made no endeavor for his
rehabilitation despite of the fact that it was their bounden duty to
ensure the well being of such true sons of the soil. Reiterating the
firm commitment of the SAD-BJP alliance government to ensure the
welfare and well-being of the brave soldiers of the country who are
rendering true service to the nation, Mr Badal said that on its part
the state government would make all out efforts for securing the
interests of Mr Surjeet Singh and his family.
Expressing gratitude to the Chief Minister, Mr Surjeet Singh said that
he was indebted to the state government for extending the much needed
support to him and his family in the hour of crisis. Mr Surjeet Singh
bemoaned that despite of the fact that he had spent youthful days of
his life in the jail the Union government has not bothered to help his
family residing in the state, which was a complete injustice with
them. However he said that the help from the state government means a
lot to him as it would give a fresh lease of life to him and his
family.

Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included Food and
Civil Supply Minister Mr Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon, Financial
Commissioner Revenue Mr NS Kang, Principal Secretary Finance Mr.Satish
Chandra, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr SK Sandhu, Secretary
Personnel Mr Anirudh Tiwari, Special Principal Secretaries to the
Chief Minister Mr KJS Cheema and Mr Gurkirat Kirpal Singh.

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JOSHI ORDERS IMMEDIATE SHIFTING OF IDLE INSTRUCTORS FROM ALL ITIs

Chandigarh, July 19:

Mr. Anil Joshi, Technical Education & Industrial Training Minister today ordered immediate shifting of idle instructors posted in various ITIs who have been posted in those ITIs where the trade of their specialty was not been taught.
In a first ever major rationalization exercise the Minister has issued clear orders that an instructor would be posted only in that ITI in which the trade of his specialization was being taught. If the trade of his specialization was not being taught in that ITI he would be shifted to an ITI where that trade was being taught. The Minister said that he would not tolerate instructors enjoying pays and perks without teaching a single day in ITI. He said that he has asked the department to immediately shift all those instructor who were posted in those ITIs where their trade was non-existent.
Mr. Joshi said that he has also ordered rotation of administrative staff at headquarter who were working on a particular seat for more than one year.

Emphasizing the need for introducing trades according to the requirement of upcoming industry, the Minister said that instructions have been issued to phase out obsolete trades and introduce trades according to the requirement of upcoming industry so as to increase the employability of students.

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•       PUNJAB TO PROMOTE RURAL TOURISM-----PHILLAUR

•       ASSOCHAM PLACES INDIA AT THIRD POSITION IN WORLD TOURISM


Chandigarh July 19:
To give a major fillip to tourism in Punjab and
promote rural tourism in the state , the government has identified a
cluster of four villages namely Katli, Bahadarpur, Tibba Tapparian and
Ranjitpura Bas in district Rupnagar which would be developed with the
entire infrastructure needed to provide a 'new experience' to the
tourists visiting the State. Stating this here today, Mr. Sarwan Singh
Phillaur, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Punjab said that this
area of interest possessed unique tourism attributes of predominantly
rural natural heritage, around the picturesque environs of the Sutlej
which is one of the world’s greatest rivers. The main objective of
rural tourism would be to bring tourists closer to the rich cultural
heritage of Punjab, said the Minister.
Adding further he said that tourism around the world in general and in India in particular was expected to be on an upswing. A report by
Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) anticipated
tourism sector to grow till 2019 by as much as 8.8% per year,
developing as second largest employer in the world with about 40
million jobs, placing India at the third position in world tourism market
with capital investment worth US$ 94.5 billion by 2019 in tourism
and travel sector.
 Expressing pleasure over the Punjab tourism showing 5.29 per cent growth in 2011, the Minister gave credit to strong domestic and
foreign arrivals. Punjab welcomed 10.11 million tourists in 2011
comparing to 10.05 million in 2010, said Mr. Phillaur. The department
has taken a number of initiatives to boost tourism in Punjab. Tourism
board has chalked out plan to increase tourist activity in the state
by introducing novel ideas like farm tourism, religious tourism, rural
tourism and eco-tourism taking tourism to a wider perspective, he added.


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"KHEDO PUNJAB PROGRAMME"
MALUKA CALLS FOR CONCERETED EFFORTS FOR SPORTS AT SCHOOL LEVEL
Chandigarh July 19:
Furthering the "Khedo Punjab" programme launched by the state education department, Mr. Sikandar Singh Maluka has asked the officers to effectively utilize the services of physical teachers by setting apart at least one period every day for physical education and sports in schools.
The Minister directed that at least one period a day should be compulsorily set apart in school curriculum for physical activities, right from the elementary level. She stressed that the health and well being of each child admitted in the schools is my utmost concern leading to healthy society.
To ensure proper participation of students, the Minister directed that each school must send atleast one team in the block level tournament. "The performance of physical teachers would be evaluated on the basis of achievements of the players produced by them to be monitored by the concerned District Assistant Education Officer.
With a view to promote sports and games in the schools, Education Minister asked the local authorities to adequately maintain school playgrounds. He directed the school heads to ramp up their games infrastructure and physical education teachers must be equipped with the latest information trough refresher courses to train the budding players.
To harness, available and potential sporting talent among students, He emphasized that a well designed competition structure from the block level be planned by the education department in consultation with experts in the field including higher academic institutions for providing optimum exposure to youngsters.
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PUNJAB TO DEVELOP 4 EDUCATION CITIES IN MULLANPUR, LUDHIANA, AMRITSAR AND BATHINDA- SUKHBIR

·        APPROVED SETTING UP OF TRADE CENTRES AT MOHALI AND AMRITSAR
 
Chandigarh, July 18:
The Punjab government today gave in principle approval to set up education cities at Mullanpur, Ludhiana, Amritsar and Bathinda to provide international quality education to the students.

A decision to this effect was taken in a high level meeting presided over by Deputy Chief Minster Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal here today. Mr. Badal said that these education cities would attract international universities to set up their campuses and these education cities would be developed on Oxford pattern. Mr. Badal said that with the increasing global competition, it was imperative for all of us to provide our students exposure to best possible education and these education cities would be catalytic in sharpening the skills of students.

Asking Chief Secretary to identify suitable chunk of land at Mullanpur, Ludhiana, Amritsar and Bathinda, create a land bank, provide world class road networking and invite international universities to set up their campus there. He said that Punjab is all set to become education hub of North India with setting up of education cities at four places.
Mr. Badal also asked Chief Secretary to put the process of setting up of International Trade Centres at Mohali and Amritsar on fast track so that industry in Punjab could showcase its product for international market.
Prominent amongst those who included in the meeting were Mr. Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon, PWD Minister, Mr. Rakesh Singh, Chief Secretary, Mr. D.S. Bains, Principal Secretary Home, Mr. G.S. Sandhu, Financial Commissioner Development, Mr. P.S. Aujla, Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Anurag Agarwal, MD PIDB and Mr. Manvesh Singh Sidhu, Special Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister.
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PUNJAB GOVT. ALLOTS 50 ACRE LAND TO DAE FOR SETTING UP PRESTIGIOUS CANCER HOSPITAL IN MEDI-CITY AT MULLANPUR
INTERNATIONAL EXPO CENTER TO COME UP AT MOHALI
CHANDIGARH JULY 18:

            The Punjab government has allotted 50 acre land to the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India free of cost for setting up of a State-of-the-art Cancer Hospital in the Medi-city being developed by GMADA at Mullanpur in district SAS Nagar (Mohali). 
            A decision to this effect was taken by the 13th meeting of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority under the Chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal here at CMO this afternoon. 
            Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the CMO said that the Atomic Energy Commission had already granted in principle approval for setting up of Cancer Hospital on the lines of the Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital Mumbai in Punjab near Chandigarh and the DAE intends to initiate work on the site immediately. 
            It was also decided in the meeting to engage the services of some eminent company for the beautification, landscaping besides organizing the light & sound program at Baba Bandha Singh Memorial so that the visitors coming at the site should realize the sanctity of the monument in its historical perspective. 
             GMADA also approved to enhance the maintenance rates for the upkeep of the parks by the resident welfare associations from Rs.1.30 per sq. meters to Rs.1.77 per sq. meter per month.
The authority also cleared the proposal for the setting up of Expo Center of International standards over an area of 60 acre in the knowledge park at Mohali.  This project would be developed by PIDB in PPP mode. 
Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal who also holds the portfolio of Housing & Urban Development asked the GMADA for the setting up of such Expo-Center at Amritsar along with conventional hall for holding seminars on trade and commerce.  This initiative would help in propelling the potential of exports to an enormous degree especially in the wake of ICP regime at Attari-Wagha border in the Indian sub continent. 
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Chief Secretary Mr. Rakesh Singh, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Housing & Urban Development Mr. SK Sandhu,  CA GMADA Mr. Sarvjit Singh, ACA GMADA Mr. Manjit Singh Brar, Director Local Govt. Mr. AK Sinha, Secretary Expenditure Mr. Dalip Kumar, Director Town & Country Planning Mr. MS Aujla, Mr. KJS Cheema and Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar (both Special Principal Secretaries to Chief Minister)
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CABINET OKAYS MoU OF SRI ANANDPUR SAHIB AND SRI NAINA DEVI ROPEWAY PROJECT
FACILITATION CHARGES INTRODUCED FOR SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE COMMUNITY POLICE SUVIDHA CENTERS
OBSERVES TWO MINUTE SILENCE IN THE MEMORY OF
RUSTAM-E-HIND DARA SINGH

CHANDIGARH JULY 18:
            The Punjab Cabinet today gave a go ahead to the prestigious Rs 100 crore ropeway project between Sri Anandpur Sahib and Sri Naina Devi by approving the Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between the governments of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.
             A decision to this effect was taken in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal here at CMO this morning.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that a joint venture Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) Sri Naina Devi Ji and Sri Anandpur Sahib Ji Ropeway Company Pvt. Ltd. would be formed to develop this project on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOPT) basis or any other appropriate PPP format as may be finalized and mutually agreed to the parties. 
            The Cabinet also gave approval to set up two self-financed private universities namely Desh Bhagat University at Mandi Gobindgarh in district Fatehgarh Sahib and DAV University at Jalandhar for imparting multi-disciplined quality education to the students.
            The Cabinet also gave nod to provide 12.5 acre land at Birla Farm of state agriculture department in Ropar free of cost to the National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (formerly DOEACC Society), Chandigarh for setting up its full-fledged Center, which deals with computer education, software development and consultancy besides the upgradation of skills in manpower in the field of information, electronics and communication technology. 
The Cabinet also approved the drafts of Punjab Right to Information (Disclosure of Information by Public Authorities Providing Services in Municipalities) Rules, 2012 and Punjab Fire Prevention & Fire Safety Rules, 2012.  The Cabinet also approved to amend the Punjab State Finance & Accounts (Group A) Service Rules, 2012 for regulating the recruitment and conditions of the services of the Section Officer in the Punjab State Finance & Accounts (Group A) services. 
The Cabinet also approved the amendment in the Optimum Utilization of Vacant Government Land (OUVGL) to enable the government for creating a
special 'Punjab Infrastructure Fund' by disposing of the government
land, which would be exclusively utilized to finance infrastructure
schemes and projects in the rural areas besides the urban areas of the
state. Pertinently earlier the funds collected under the OUVGL scheme
were utilized for developmental works in the urban areas only.
The Cabinet also gave nod for amending the clause 3 of the tripartite agreement between the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS)
Jalandhar, the Punjab Government and PUDA for enhancing the amount
kept reserved for funding the Health institutions across the state
from Rs 100 crore to Rs 130 crore, so as to improve the Health
services in the state. The amended clause would be incorporated in a
new tripartite agreement which would be signed by the concerned
authorities and consequently the approved sum would be released by the
PUDA to the Health and Family Welfare department.
In another significant decision, the Cabinet also approved to create
134 new posts in the 7 Nursing Schools run by the state government. These posts
included 6 Principals, 7 Vice Principals, 100 tutors and 21 Additional Tutors which would entail extra burden of Rs 423 crore annually on the state exchequer.  The Cabinet also approved to take these posts out of the purview of the State Services Selection Board so as to enable the Directorate of Health Services to fill these posts in accordance with the rules and criteria prescribed by the Indian Nursing Council (INC).
The Cabinet also approved to amend Punjab Civil Services (Executive
Branch) Rules, 1976 by incorporating sub clause (2-A) under the sub
clause (2) of the clause 10 and sub clause (2) of the clause 15, which
would enable the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) to frame
rules regarding the syllabus  and conduct of the screening test.  This step would enable the commission to remove hurdles in recruiting the PCS officers from Group 'A' and 'B' employees falling in categories of Register A-11 and Register-C, besides overcoming the shortage of PCS officers due to which general public was facing extreme difficulties in getting their day to day administrative work done.
The Punjab Cabinet also gave approval for amending Rule 1.1 of the Punjab
Police Rules, 1934 thereby abolishing the provision of separate cadre
of women in the Police force thus facilitating to constitute a common
cadre of male and female Police officers.
The Cabinet also approved the allotment of booths to the tenants of the shops demolished during the construction of beautification project (Galiara) around Sri Harmandir Sahib after Operation Bluestar through draw of lots instead of auction by amending Section 8 of the Punjab Town Improvement Act (Utilization of Land and Allotment of Plots) Rules 1983 in the light of the decision Punjab & Haryana High Court.
The Cabinet also gave approval to amend the preamble of Punjab state Board of Technical Education & Industrial Training Act, 1992 by incorporating ‘an act to provide for the establishment of a State Board of Technical Education & Industrial Training for promotion and co-ordination of technical education and industrial training in polytechnics and industrial training institutes in the state of Punjab and for subjects connected therewith, including skill development with related infrastructure’.   
On the recommendations of the Punjab Governance Reforms Commission, the Cabinet also approved the introduction of facilitation charges for the services provided to the people as under:  -
A.        Facilitation charges for the services to be provided at the level of Police Commissionerates of Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar


S.No.

Name of Service

Nature of Service

Facilitation Charges
(Rs.)

1

Passport Services

Passport Verification

MRG Enquiries in case of loss of passport abroad.

Registration of foreigners their arrival and departure.

Extension of residential permits of foreigners

Any other related services

100

500

 

100

 

500

 

100

2.

Arms License Verification

Verification for new Arms license and renewal.

Appointment of Retainer of Weapon

Addition/Deletion/Sale/Permission/Entry Weapon/NOC etc. processing fee.

200

 
 50
 
 50

3.

Registration of vehicles

NOC for vehicle checked as ‘not stolen’ from database

100

4.

Permission for fairs

Permission for Fairs/Melas/ Exhibitions/Sponsored events etc.

500

5.

Permission of Loudspeakers etc.

Permission for use of Loudspeakers/ Orchestras at social functions

100

6.

Issuance of NOC (Petrol Pump, Marriage Palace, Hotel, Cinema etc.)

NOC with regard to public nuisance, safety concerns etc.

5000

7.

Issuance and renewal of licenses (Arm Dealers, Cinema, Video Parlours etc.)

NOC with regard to public nuisance, safety concerns etc.

500

8.

Police Clearance Certificate

Service Verification
Character verification
Stranger verification
Tenant and servant verification
Other related services

 

100

9.

Issuance of copy of documents

Per page

    5

10.

Counter signing of document

Counter sign

  10

11.

SMS Alert Service and Mail service

Optional

100

B.        Charges to be collected on the facilities given at the level of 24 police districts


S.No.

Name of Service

Nature of Service

Facilitation Charges
(Rs.)

1

Passport Services

Passport Verification

MRG Enquiries in case of loss of passport abroad.

Registration of foreigners their arrival and departure.

Extension of residential permits of foreigners

Any other related services

100

500

 

100

 

500

100

2.

Police Clearance Certificate

Stranger verification
Tenant and servant verification
Other related services

 

100

3.

NOC

For registration of vehicles

100

4.

Issuance of copy of documents

Per page

    5

5.

Counter signing of document

Counter sign

   10

C.        Charges to be collected at the level of  Deputy Commissioners/Suvidha Centers but to be transferred to the outreach centers of the concerned police station


1.

Arms License Verification

Verification for new Arms license and renewal.

 

200

 
 

2.

Permission for fairs

Permission for Fairs/Melas/ Exhibitions/Sponsored events etc.

500

3.

Permission of Loudspeakers etc.

Permission for use of Loudspeakers/ Orchestras at social functions

100

4.

Issuance of NOC (Petrol Pump, Marriage Palace, Hotel, Cinema etc.)

NOC with regard to public nuisance, safety concerns etc.

5000

7.

Issuance and renewal of licenses (Arm Dealers, Cinema, Video Parlours etc.)

NOC with regard to public nuisance, safety concerns etc.

500

The revenue thus collected on account of the facilitation charges would be utilized as recurring expenditure for the functioning of 114 Community Police Centers, 88 Community Policing Suvidha Centers and 267 Police Station Outreach Centers across the state. 

To check the evasion of tax on account of classification of the lubricants, the Cabinet also gave approval to amend the notification regarding Lubricants on which VAT@ of 12.5% was being charged, to now incorporate words ‘Transformer Oil’ or ‘Rubber Processing Oil’ besides all types of Processing Oils and Fluids.  This decision would likely to generate additional revenue of Rs.15 crore annually thereby plugging the leakage of tax.  
In order to boost the export of non-basmati rice from the state and to make more competitive in the international market, the Cabinet also approved the refund of Infrastructure Development (ID) Fee to the private parties who export non-basmati rice derived out of the paddy on the first purchase of which such private parties have earlier paid Infrastructure Development (ID) fee. 
The Cabinet also approved to now levy 8% lump sum tax instead of 12.5% VAT besides 10% surcharge on the mobile phone including all its parts and accessories such as head phone, data cable, mobile charger, memory card, ear phone, audio device, mobile cover, mobile battery, Bluetooth and mobile holder.  This decision was likely to generate additional revenue of Rs.30 crore annually. 
The Cabinet also gave approval to levy VAT @ 5% besides surcharge @ 10% on the sugar which would generate additional revenue of Rs.100 crore annually.
At the very outset the Cabinet mourned the sad demise of wrestler turned actor Rustam-e-Hind Mr. Dara Singh, the true son of the soil, who earned name and fame in the arena of international wrestling and Indian Cinema through his hard work and dedication.  The Cabinet also recalled the outstanding contribution of Mr. Dara Singh in making the Punjabi Cinema popular amongst the masses.  A two minutes silence was also observed as a mark of respect to the deceased praying to Almighty to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and give courage to the bereaved family members to bear this irreparable loss.


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WATERS BE REALLOCATED ON RIPARIAN PRINCIPLE: THANDAL

 

CHANDIGARH, JULY 18:
            Mr. Sohan Singh Thandal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Irrigation today demanded the reallocation of waters on Riparian Principle. In a press statement, he said that Punjab was having full right over the waters flowing through its land. He said that SAD had been fighting for preserving the waters since long, but Centre has always meted out the step motherly treatment to Punjab.
          Mr. Thandal said that Punjab is basically an agrarian state, which solely depends upon the agriculture. He further said that Punjab has been substantially contributing to the national food kitty since long. He said that the distribution of waters, which took place four decades back, should be reconsidered in interests of Punjab as due to the changing scenario there is earnest need of more water for irrigational purposes. He said that it is accepted international norm that waters must be distributed adhering to Riparian Act, but Punjab did not get its due share since much of its waters had been deliberately distributed to the neighbouring states. He demanded the reallocation of waters on Riparian Principle.
          Slamming the Centre Government for its callous approach towards Punjab, Mr. Thandal said that on one hand Centre has given its nod to Haryana for digging Hansi-Butana Canal, while on another hand prohibiting Punjab digging out Dasmesh Canal. He said that over powerful and dictatorial Centre Government has reduced the state to such a level that we had to take prior permission of the Centre Government, even before digging a minor drain.

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JOSHI ORDERS TO WAIVE THE CERTIFICATE VERIFICATION FEE

  • DECISION TO BE IMPLEMENT FROM CURRENT ACADEMIC SESSION

CHANDIGARH, July 18
The Punjab Government has decided to waive off the certificate verification fee, charged by the Punjab State Board of Technical Education from the students.
Talking about this decision Mr Anil Joshi, Technical Education Minister, said that presently Board has charging Rs 250  per certificate as verification fees from the students studying in Polytechnic colleges and ITI s across the state. He said that a major share of students studying in Polytechnic colleges and ITIs belonged to weaker section of the society residing in  rural areas. He said that it was an unnecessary economic burden faced by the unemployed students and their parents.
The Minister further said that he has already issued strict instructions to implement these orders at bottom level. He said that this decision would benefit more than 1.60 lakh students in the Punjab as more than 1.15 lakh students studying in 130 polytecnic colleges and 45 thousand students  getting training as skilled workers in 300 ITIs.
 He said that this decision would be implemented from current academic session.

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PUNJAB GEARS UP TO ATTRACT 1 LAC CRORE INVESTMENT IN NEXT FIVE YEARS – SUKHBIR

  • ALL SET TO ATTRACT GEN-X INDUSTRY IN STATE
  • LAWS TO BE AMENDED TO ATTRACT INVESTMENT

Chandigarh, July 18: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today had a detailed meeting with the representatives of industrial houses, industry department, labour department and all other concerned departments to finalize the contours of the policy frame work to attract minimum investment of Rs. 1 lac crore in next 5 years.
Accompanied by industry Minister Mr. Anil Joshi and Labour Minister Mr. Surjit Kumar Jiyani, Mr. Badal had a detailed deliberation with the representatives of industrial houses from all over the country to understand their expectations, aspirations besides to streamline the policy issues infringing the industrial growth in the State.
Addressing the industrialists the Deputy Chief Minister said that Punjab was the only state in the country that was having 3 international airports besides World Class Road connectivity with all major cities linked with 4/6 laned roads. He said that Punjab would be the first state in the country that would be power surplus by 2013-14, assuring 24 hours quality power supply to industry in the state. He said that power tariff in Punjab was one of the lowest in the Country for the industry and with the commissioning of 3 thermal plants at Talwandi Sabo, Goindwal Sahib and Rajpura, the power tariff is also to come substantially down in the state.
Offering conducive environment for the industrial growth, Mr. Badal said that Punjab was the only state in the Country where labour relations were totally smooth during last 40 years. He said that Punjab had chain of engineering polytechnics and ITIs that provide human resource backup for the upcoming industry. He said that entrepreneurial spirit of Punjabi has already made Punjab a leader in small scale industry and with the availability of quality ancillary, the upcoming industry would break even quite early from their date of inception.
Mr. Badal said that Punjab is all set to become most favoured destination for Gen-x industry as well as IT industry in the state as many IT tycoons have showed their interest to set up their manufacturing base in the state. He said that SAS Nagar, Mohali is all set to become IT hub whereas Malwa region would be the futuristic textile hub. Mr. Badal said that steps were being taken by the department to set up to create a 200 acre industrial park near Bathinda refinery to facilitate ancillary industry.
Asking Secretary Industry and other government officers to retune their policy framework to provide single window service to upcoming industry, Mr. Badal sought immediate completion of portal of industry department so as to enable new industry to apply on portal.
Mr. Badal also reviewed the progress of ongoing construction of thermal plants in the state and expressed satisfaction over thermal plants sticking to their schedule of construction.
Prominent amongst others those who represented industry sector were Mr. S.P. Oswal, Mr. Kamal Oswal and Industrial icons from all over the country. From the government side Principal Secretary Industries Mr. A.R. Talwar, Principal Secretary Labour, Mr. A.K. Nayyar, Labour Secretary Mr. P.S. Mand, Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister Mr. P.S. Aujla, Special Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Manvesh Singh Sidhu were also present in the meeting.
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SUKHBIR ASSURES TO CONSIDER THE DEMANDS OF ROLLER FLOOR MILLS

Chandigarh, July 18: A delegation of Punjab Roller Floor Mills Association today called on Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal to apprise him the difficulties being faced by roller floor mills located in Punjab due to tax structure.
They pleaded that roller floor mills located in Punjab have to pay 5% purchase tax on wheat brought from Food Corporation of India and on processing of wheat into Atta they have to pay 5% VAT. They pointed out that in the neighbouring non-wheat producing states neither purchase tax was imposed on the roller floor mills nor were they paying any VAT on it. They informed that they were getting cheaper wheat from FCI and after processing into flour they were selling their produce in Punjab at lower rate than our rates. They informed that floor mills in Punjab are facing crisis due to unfriendly tax structure and sought the intervention of Deputy Chief Minister to rectify the same.
The Deputy Chief Minister assured them to look into their demand and also to study the legal implications of their demands.
Mr. Anil Joshi, Industry Minister, Mr. A.R. Talwar, Secretary Industries and Mr. A. Venu Prasad, Excise & Taxation Commissioner were also present in the meeting.

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SUKHBIR CONDOLES THE UNTIMELY DEMISE OF FIRST EVER SUPERSTAR RAJESH KHANNA

Chandigarh, July 18: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today expressed deep shock at the untimely and tragic demise of cine icon and former Member Parliament Rajesh Khanna who died at Mumbai today at the prime age of 69.
In a condolence message the Deputy Chief Minster said that Rajesh Khanna hailing from holy city of Amritsar, redefined romantic films and mesmerized the whole world to emerge as first ever Superstar of Bollywood. He said that in the death of Rajesh Khanna the country has lost a jewel and void created by his death can not be filled in future.
He expressed his heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed to God to give peace to the departed soul and strength to them to bear this irreparable loss.

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MAJITHIA MOURNS THE DEMISE OF RAJESH KHANNA

CHANDIGARH, JULY 18: Punjab Revenue and Public Relations Minister Mr Bikram Singh Majithia today expressed deep grief at the demise of cine icon and former Member Parliament Rajesh Khanna who died at Mumbai after prolonged illness at the age of 69.
In a condolence message Mr Majithia said that Rajesh Khanna, who belongs to Amritsar, had put new milestone in the cine industry and later on he became the first ever superstar of bollywood.  He said that with the death of Rajesh Khanna, bollwood has lost a legend.    
He expressed his heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed to God to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to them to bear this irreparable loss.
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GREEN SCHOOL DRIVE BY EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Chandigarh July 18:
                   The Punjab Education Department has launched a massive "Green School" drive in all the state schools where students of more than 17000 schools would plant approximately five lac saplings during this drive.
                   Disclosing this here today, Sikandar Singh Maluka, Education Minister Punjab said that this drive had already been launched in the State schools, in order to imbibe the spirit of conservation of plants into the students so that they could be awaked about the depletion of forests cover, to safeguard our environment and to maintain ecological balance. Besides, this drive would also make them responsible to their collective duties and contribution to the society to preserve the nature's balance.
                   The Minister said that the state forest department had conceded to that the District Forest Officers (DFOs) would provide the saplings of available 45 verities free of cost to the state schools and the Forest Rangers as well as Forest Guards would guide and render help to the school heads for tree plantation. Besides they would also visit the schools for disease free growth of plants.
                   The Education Minister further added that the school heads have also been instructed to plant atleast ten saplings in their school premises and to honour those students who keep the plantations in healthy state.

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ROTATIONAL IRRIGATION PROGRAMME FROM 19 TO 26 JULY ANNOUNCED

CHANDIGARH, JULY 18:
            The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational Programme for irrigation for the Kharif Season through Canal water from 19-7-2012 to 26-7-2012. The channels and branches off-taking from Ropar Head Works, the channels of Sirhind Canal System would run on the priority basis from Sidhwan Branch, Bathinda Branch, Bist Doab canal, Abohar Branch and Patiala Feeder, respectively.
            Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Irrigation Department said that Distributaries and Branches of BML, Direct Distributaries of BML, in group 'A', being in the channels of first preference, would run to their indent. Balance water supplies available, would be utilized in Ghaggar Branch and Patiala Minor, in Group ‘B', resprectively.
            The spokesman further said that Punjab channels and branchs off-taking from Harike and Ferozpur Head Works, all the Direct Distributaries of Sirhind Feeder in Group ‘A’, being in first preference, would run to their indent. Balance water supplies available, would be utilized in Abohar Branch off-taking from Sirhind Feeder and its distributaries, in Group ‘B’.
          He also said that the in the Upper Bari Doab Canal system, Sabhroan Branch with its distributaries, being in the first preference, would run to their indent. Balance water supplies available, would be utilized in Kasur Branch Lower, Main Branch Lower and Lahore Branch with their distributaries, respectively.
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MAHESHINDER SINGH GREWAL ASSUMES CHARGE OF OFFICE AS ADVISOR TO CHIEF MINISTER

CHANDIGARH, JULY 18: 

Mr. Maheshinder Singh Grewal, newly appointed Advisor to Chief Minister today assumed the charge of office in Chief Minister’sOfficer at Punjab Civil Secretariat in presence of Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal, Vidhan Sabha Speaker Mr. Charanjit Singh Atwal along withseveral Cabinet Ministers, MLAs and senior leaders of Shiromani Akali Dal. 
                   Congratulating Mr. Grewal for taking anew responsibility, Chief Minister Mr. Badal said that Mr. Grewal is a wise andexperienced politician and he would work as a bridge between Chief Minister’sOffice and the general public to promote the people-friendly policies ofSAD-BJP Government.

                   Extending thanks to Deputy ChiefMinister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal for honouring him with such a significant position in Chief Minister’s Office, Mr. Grewal said that he would discharge his duties with full responsibility and dedication.

Prominent amongst those were presenton this occasion included Mr. Chunni Lal Bhagat, Local Bodies Minister, Mr.Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Finance Minister, Mr. Sikander Singh Maluka, EducationMinister, Mr. Surjit Singh Rakhra, Rural Development and Panchayats Minister,Mr. Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Irrigation Minister, Mr. Madan Mohan Mittal, HealthMinister, Mr. Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Mr.Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, PWD Minister, Mr. Ajit Singh Kohar, Transport Minister,Mr. Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, Former Union Minister, Mr. Tota Singh, FormerMinister, Mr. Daljeet Singh Cheema, Mr. Balwinder Singh Bains, Mr. SimarjitSingh Bains, Mr. Manpreet Singh Iyali, Mr. Shiv Ram Klair, Mr. Darshan SinghShivalik,  (all MLAs), former MLA Mr.Ranjit Singh Talwandi, Secretary SGPC Mr. Dalmegh Singh, Mr. Amrik SinghAliwal, Chairman, Chairman Punjab Agro Corporation, Mr. Santa Singh Umaidpuri,Chiarman Subordinate Services Selection Board, member Mr. Gurcharan SinghGrewal, Mr. Shivram  Singh Jalla,Jathedar Hardev Singh Matharu, SGPC Member Jathedar Harpal Singh Jalla,Chairman Amrik Singh Rorian, Chairman Amrik Singh Rauni, Chairman Amarjit SinghMangwal, Chairman Harinderpal Singh Honey, Chairman Gurjit Singh Rampur,Chairman Inderjit Singh Lopo, Dr. Pushpinder Singh Grewal and Dr. MahinderSingh Grewal.

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PUNJAB TO HONOUR PANCHAYATS OF DRUG FREE VILLAGES-RAKHRA
·                  RURAL DEVELOPMENTAND PANCHAYAT DEPARTMENT INITIATES SPECIAL ANTI DRUG DRIVE IN THE STATE
·                  PANCHAYATSDEPARTMENT WOULD CREATE AWARENESS IN RURAL AREAS AGAINST DRUGS

 CHANDIGARH, JULY 18:

The Punjab Government today decided to honour the Panchayats of ‘Drug Free’ villages besides launching a ‘Special Anti Drugs Drive’ to make aware the people about the impact of drugs.
          Disclosing this here, Mr. Surjit Singh Rakhra, Rural Development and Panchayats Minister, said that he has issued the directions to the officers of his department to identify the villages completely free from Drugs and to prepare the lists of such villages. He said that the Department would arrange a special program to specially honour the Panchayats of such villages at Chandigarh headquarters to motivate the rest of villages against drugs. He said that the department would also initiate a campaign in villages having maximum cases of drug usage and efforts would be initiated to curb the trend of drugs in suchvillages.
          Mr. Rakhra said that 60 percent population of Punjab has been residing in the rural areas and it is call of the hour for complete elimination of drug trends from these belts. He said that to achieve this target the department has chalked out a special program against this social evil and it was decided to initiate the Special Anti Drug Drive through out the state, which would be implemented soon. He said that under this drive the Panchayats Department in collaboration with Panchayat Members would hold seminars to make aware the people against drugs.
          Giving a call to Punjabis to come forward against this social evil, Mr. Rakhra said that without cooperation of general public, it is impossible to eliminate such social evils. He also exhorted the Panchayats in Punjab to motivate the young generation towards sports.

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PUNJAB CONSTITUTES ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR 3rd WORLD CUP KABADDI

Chandigarh, July 17: The Punjab Government has constituted an organizing committee for 3rd World Cup Kabaddi, Punjab-2012 being hosted from December 1 to 15 through out the state.

Disclosing this here today an official spokesman said that S. Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister has been made the Chief Patron, while S. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister would be the chairman of the organizing committee. Besides this, Mr. Balwinder Singh Bhunder would be the Senior Vice Chairman and Education Minister Mr. S.S. Maluka, Revenue, Rehabilitation, Information & Public Relations Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia , Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sports & Youth Services and MLA Mr. Pargat Singh have been made Vice Chairmen. The spokesman informed that Punjab Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary Industries & Commerce, Principal Secretary Finance, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Secretary Information & Public Relations, Secretary Excise & Taxation, Secretary Sports & Youth Services, MD, PIDB, Director General of Police, Punjab, Special Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister and concerned Deputy Commissioners have been made the members of the organizing committee. Director Sports, Punjab would be the organizing Secretary.

The spokesman added that the executive committee would comprise of Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary Cultural Affairs, Principal Secretary Finance, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Secretary Information & Public Relations, Secretary Sports & Youth Services, DGP, Punjab, Director Cultural Affairs, Additional Secretary Sports & Youth Services and Director Sports.

Besides this, Principal Secretary Cultural Affairs has been made Chairman Cultural Programme Committee (Opening & Closing Ceremonies) and Secretary Sports & Youth Services, Director Cultiral Affairs and Director Sports would be the members of the committee. Secretary Sports & Youth Services has been named Chairman of Ceremony & Entertainment Committee , while Director Information & Public Relations, additional Secretary Sports & Youth Services, Director Sports, concerned Deputy Commissioners and concerned Commissioners/ SSsP would be the members. Principal Secretary Finance would be the chairman of Finance & Marketing Committee, while Secretary Sports & Youth Services and additional Secretary Sports & Youth Services would be members and Director Sports would be the Convener. Secretary Information & Public Relations would head the Media Committee and Director and additional Director Information & Public Relations would be the convener and member respectively. Director General of Police, Punjab would be the Chairman of Security Arrangement Committee and ADGP/Intelligence and Security and concerned Police Commissioner/SSPs would be convener and member respectively.
The spokesman revealed that Dr. Manmohan Singh would head the Medical Committee, while Dr. Manish has been made Director/ Convener of the committee. MLA Mr. Pargat Singh would head the Technical Committee, while Mr. K Jagdishwar Yadav, Secretary General, Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India, Principal Sarwan Singh, Mr. Shivdev Singh, SP & Secretary Sports, PAP, Jalandhar, Mr. G.S.Malhi, Hony. Secretary, Punjab Kabaddi Association and Mr. Balwinder Singh Fidda, SP/PAP, Jalandhar have been included as members and Mr. S.L.Lotey, Deputy Director Sports would be the convener of the committee. State Transport Commissioner would be the chairman of Transport Committee while MD, PRTC has been made the convener. Besides this, concerned Deputy Commissioner would be the chairman of venue committee, while concerned Commissioner/ SSP, concerned additional Deputy Commissioner and concerned DPRO would be the members and concerned DSO would be the convener of Venue Committee, the spokesman added. 

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LUDHIANA TO HAVE NDMA CENTRE – MAJITHIA

  • PUNJAB TO ENSURE STRICT COMPLIANCE FOR CONSTRUCTION OF EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT BUILDINGS

Chandigarh, July 17
Ludhiana would soon have a centre of National Disaster management authority that would be a zonal headquarter for northern India. This was announced by Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Revenue and Disaster Minister presiding over the multistate mock exercise held at Punjab Bhavan today.

                Presiding over the meeting Mr. Majithia said that Punjab would have to be fully prepared to evacuate the people in the case of any eventuality like earth quake as the region falls in the seismic zone. He said that it was imperative for all of us to ensure that people were fully trained to deal with such disasters and government would have to involve public at large in this mass education exercise.
                Mr. Majithia said that Punjab would issue orders to ensure that all future government buildings were constructed with earthquake resistant technology. He said that public at large would be educated by a multimedia campaign to go for earthquake resistant technology while constructing their houses. He said that a joint cell would be set up comprising of revenue, health, water supply, food & civil supplies and transport department to meet the challenge of any natural calamity besides providing quick relief to the affected population. He said that the disaster management department would designate MLAs, MPs and State and District Level Officers as Nodal Officers to oversee the disaster management operations. He said that he had already directed special survey of important places like schools, hospitals, police stations, bridges and national highways for their utilization during any natural calamity.
                The meeting was attended by Dr. Harsh Gupta, a representative of National Disaster Management Authority, Mr. T. Nand Kumar, an expert from IIT, Mumbai besides number of experts came from different parts of the state. Mr. N.S. Kang, Financial Commissioner Revenue was also present in the meeting.
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SUKHBIR FOR COMPACT CYBER SAVVY ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLEXES

  • MAJITHIA FOR INTEGRATED COMPLEX TO PROVIDE ALL CITIZEN SERVICES UNDER ONE ROOF

Chandigarh, July 17: Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister today issued directions that all the new proposed buildings of district administrative complexes in the new districts should be planned to meet the emerging challenges of cyber age besides keeping the concept of paperless office in mind.

Accompanied by Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia Revenue Minister, Mr. Badal today reviewed the progress of construction of District Administrative Complexes, Tehsil Offices, Fard Kendras besides infrastructure in the old and new districts of the State. Mr. Badal said that all the newly planned buildings of the administrative complex should be integrated offices of tehsil complex and it should have in house provision of Suvidha Kendra, Fard Kendra, Sanjh Centre and also MC Suvidha Kendra. Mr. Majithia said that SAD-BJP government was committed to provide all citizen services under one roof under governance reforms and locating all these facilities in administrative complex would improve the command and control of Deputy Commissioner on all these departments.  
Mr. Badal said that he has observed that PWD had been adopting archaic designs of pre-partition era for district administrative complexes that waste lot of precious space and putting extra expenditure on idle infrastructure that was never used. He said that since Punjab was on verge of networking all the districts under e-district programme, the design of new administrative complexes should be according to the future emerging needs of cyber age.
Calling for paperless office Mr. Badal said that Deputy Commissioner should take initiative to digitalize the records at the earliest so that concept of paperless office could be translated into reality.
Mr. Majithia informed the Deputy Chief Minister that computerization of land records in all 160 Fard Kendras would be completed within six months and by October online submission of Fard request would be possible in Punjab. He said that he has issued directions that all the Fard Kendras should be fully computerized so as to give congenial environment to the public visiting these Fard Kendras.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Mr. Rakesh Singh, Chief Secretary, Punjab, Mr. N.S. Kang, Financial Commissioner Revenue, Mr. P.S. Aujla, Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Manvesh Sidhu, Special Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister. 

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CONSERVATION OF MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH’S ANCESTRAL HAVELI AT GUJARANWALA AND BARADRI OF MAHARAJA SHER SINGH
AT LAHORE: BADAL WRITES TO PM

CHANDIGARH JULY 17:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today urged the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh seeking his personal intervention to direct the Ministry of External Affairs to take up the issue regarding thedilapidated condition of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s ancestral Haveli at Gujaranwala and Baradri of Maharaja Sher Singh at Lahore with the Pakistan Government to ensure prompt action for proper upkeep and conservation of these historic monuments.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr. Badal apprised him that Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh was the founder of the Sikh empire vastly extended from the Khyber Pass in the west, to Kashmir in the north, to Sindh in the south, and Tibet in the east.   Henceforth, it was the bounden duty of the Govt. of India to immediately take up this issue with Pakistan government for the proper upkeep and maintenance of these two great historic monuments which were now in a state sheer neglect, as a befitting tribute to the great warrior of Sikhs.  The Chief Minister said that even his government was also ready to offer necessary support, if need be for the preservation of these monuments for our future generations. 
Mr. Badal impressed upon the Prime Minister to immediately take up this matter with the Pakistan government in view the religious sentiments of the people especially the Sikh community besides the historic significance of these monuments. 


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SUKHJEET KAUR SAHI SWORN IN AS MLA IN THE PRESENCE OF CM

CHANDIGARH JULY 17:

            Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha Mr. Charanjit Singh Atwal today administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly elected SAD-BJP candidate from Dasuya Assembly constituency Mrs. Sukhjeet Kaur Sahi as Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) at his office in the presence of Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal. 
            Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that on the occasion Mr. Badal congratulated Mrs. Sukjeet Kaur for her landslide victory with a huge margin of 47431 votes during the by-election of Dasuya assembly segment.
            On the occasion, the newly elected MLA was accompanied by her son Dr. Harsimrat Singh and daughter Jasmeen Kaur .
Prominent amongst others who attended the oath taking ceremony of Mrs. Sukhjeet Kaur Sahi included Local Govt. Minister Bhagat Chunni Lal, Health & Family Welfare Minister Mr. Madan Mohan Mittal, Industries Minister Mr. Anil Joshi, Mr. Nand Lal, Mrs. Mohinder Kaur Josh and Mr. Som Parkash (all Chief Parliamentary Secretaries), Justice Nirmal Singh & Mr. Darshan Singh Shivalik (both MLAs).   

CM OKAYS LUDHIANA METRO PROJECT AT A COST OF RS.10,300 CRORE

MINISTRY OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT CONVENES MEETING TO REVIEW THE PROJECT AT DELHI ON JULY 23

CHANDIGARH JULY 17
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today gave go ahead to the prestigious Ludhiana Metro project involving an investment of Rs.10,300 crore to be completed within next five years. 

A detailed presentation on the project was made by the Local Govt. department and Punjab Infrastructure Development Board with the top brass of the state government in a meeting here at CMO this morning.   
It was decided in the meeting that the land required for the execution of the project would be provided by the state government with minimal displacement of the people across the city.  At the same time emphasis would be made to execute the underground Metro corridor especially in the densely populated areas, though it was quite capital intensive as comparable to fully or partly elevated corridor but the prime objective was to avoid undue harassment to the people on account of their dislocation.    
Meanwhile, the Principal Secretary Local Government apprised the Chief Minister that the Ministry of Urban Development GoI had convened a meeting to review the project for appraisal at New Delhi on July 23. 
Mr. Badal also approved the proposal of the Local government department for the setting up of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the smooth and effective implementation of the project. Mr. Badal said that at the time when traffic congestion on the roads of Ludhiana city had been increased manifold as on today and gone beyond the permissive limits, resulting air pollution and huge accidental risks, Metro would be the only viable solution to provide fast, safe and economic transport system for the local public besides, creating an environmental friendly atmosphere for the city.   
It was informed in the meeting that two corridors of the Metro covering entire city, one from Ayali Chowk to BBMB Power House and another from Gill village to Rahon Road Chungi would have total length of about 29 kilometers and 27 stations.   
The meeting also deliberated upon the legal provisions encompassed in the Metro Railways (Construction of Works) Act, 1978, Metro Railways (Amendment) Act, 2009 and Delhi Metrol Railway (Operation &Maintenance) Act, 2002 for the smooth execution of the project.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Finance Minister Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Local Government Mr. Som Parkash, Chief Secretary Mr. Rakesh Singh, Principal Secretary Local Government Mr. Suresh Kumar, Principal Secretary Finance Mr. Satish Chandra, Secretary Transport Mandeep Singh, Special Principal Secretaries to Chief Minister Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar and Mr. Gurkirat Kirpal Singh.

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BADAL GIVES IN PRINCIPLE APPROVAL TO SET UP ANOTHER DE-ADDICTION CENTRE AT BATHINDA
ACCEPTS RECOMMENDATIONS OF PGIMER EXPERT GROUP ON DRUG
DE-ADDICTION

CHANDIGARH JULY 17:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today gave in principle approval to set up another 50-bedded model De-addiction Center at Bathinda under the auspices of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences besides already approved four such centers at Amritsar, Faridkot, Jalandhar and Patiala. 
 A decision to this effect was taken by Mr. Badal on the recommendations of a team comprising Dr. Ajit Avasthi and Dr. Debasish Basu both Professors in the Department of Psychiatry PGIMER here at CMO this morning, after a detailed presentation made by them on the specific suggestions under the ‘Comprehensive De-addiction Services for all: The Punjab Model’.
The Chief Minister also gave nod to form ‘Punjab State Society for Prevention and Control of Drug Abuse’ with the primary objective of ‘prevention, control and awareness generation about harmful effects of drug abuse”.  The society would also aptly handle the issues of user charges, other financial aspects and recruitment of staff on contract.  Apart from this, the Chief Minister also gave approval to release Rs.25 crore, of which Rs.10 crore would be spent on the upcoming drug de-addition centers at Amritsar & Patiala and the remaining Rs.15 crore would be utilized for the 10 bedded drug-de-addition units attached to the 31 district and sub divisional hospitals. 
The Chief Minister also entrusted the task of recruitment of requisite staff to the PGI team, as it had already recommended the norms of two assistant professors, two senior residents and non PG junior residents and psychologists for each model de-addition centers under the department of Psychiatry of the concerned medical college.  Mr. Badal also agreed to the proposal of the expert group to hand over the control of Drug De-addiction Center at Jalandhar to the Government Medical College Amritsar.   The group was also of the view to impart extensive training to the doctors and other para-medical staff in the primary (community), secondary (district/sub divisional de-addiction units) and tertiary (model de-addiction centers) level from PGIMER.  Even the ASHAs would also be incentivized for motivating the drug addicts to seek treatment as the sufficient funds were already available under National Rural Health Mission. 
Referring to the proposal mooted by the Health & Family Welfare Minister Mr. Madan Mohan Mittal for establishing another drug de-addiction center in Ludhiana, Mr. Badal asked the Health department in consultation with expert group to explore the possibility of setting up this proposed center. 
          The Chief Minister also asked the Principal Secretary Health & Family Welfare to work out the budgetary provisions for recurring expenditure at each drug de-addiction center to make them financially viable.   Mr. Badal also asked the Principal Secretary Home to authorize the Jail Superintendents to procure medicines required for drug de-addiction from the prisons funds.  He highly appreciated the efforts of PGIMER team for the preparation of role model to implement the drug de-addiction program in the right earnest. 
The team also recommended the creation and strengthening of de-addiction facility in each of the 8 Central Jails in consultation with jail department.   Separate barracks having 50 beds for initial treatment and 100 beds for recovery in each jail had been suggested by the expert group. A special training module had been developed by the PGIMER starting from July 30 for the doctors posted in jails to effectively deal with drug inmates.
          Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Medical Education & Research Minister Bhagat Chunni Lal, Health & Family Welfare Minister Mr. Madan Mohan Mittal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Health & Family Welfare, 1Mrs. Mohinder Kaur Josh, Chief Secretary Mr. Rakesh Singh, Principal Secretary Home Mr. DS Bains, Principal Secretary Health & Family Welfare Mrs. Vinni Mahajan, Secretary Medical Education & Research Mrs. Anjali Bhawra, Mr. KJS Cheema and Mr. Gurkirat Kirpal Singh both Special Principal Secretaries to Chief Minister. 


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PSEB EXTENDS DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMINATION FORMS
Chandigarh, July 17: The Punjab School Education Board has extended the date for submission of forms and fee for those candidates appearing in re-appear, compartment, additional subjects and for improvement in September 2012 Examinations for 10th and 12th Standard to July 30, 2012 by paying Rs.2000/- late fee in addition to the examination fee. Similarly, this facility has been extended to those candidates, who have been given a special chance.
            Disclosing this here today a spokesman said that the candidates can submit their examination forms and fee at Board’s Regional Offices/Headquarter and there was no written approval of Chairman of Board required for this purpose.
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JOSHI ORDERS ACTION AGAINST ENGINEERING INSTITUTES CHARGING FEE FROM SC STUDENTS

CHANDIGARH, JULY 17: Mr. Anil Joshi, Technical Education Minister, Punjab today directed the technical education and industrial training department to take strict action against all those engineering institutes who have been charging fee and non-refundable compulsory fee from SC students covered under post Matric scheme.
He said that Mr. Rajesh Bagha, Chairman Punjab State Commission Schedule Caste has brought to his notice that certain engineering & Technical Education institutes in violation of government guidelines were charging fee from eligible Scheduled Castes students. He said that SAD-BJP government was committed for the welfare of Schedule Castes and other oppressed classes and would not hesitate to take action against those colleges who were violating government guidelines in this regard.
He also issued directions to Director, Technical Education to publicize this scheme properly so that desirous and eligible Scheduled Castes students put avail the benefit of this novel pro-poor scheme of SAD-BJP government.

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PROCESS TO FILL THE VACANT POSTS OF TEACHERS STARTS: MALUKA

 CHANDIGARH, JULY 17:

The Punjab Government has commenced the process to fill the vacant posts in the government schools. Education Department has been instructed to prepare an elaborate plan to fill the all the vacant posts in stipulated time frame.
It was disclosed by Education Minister, Punjab, Mr. Sikander Singh Maluka. He said that the SAD-BJP Government has committed to uplift the education standards in the state. He said that filling of all the vacant posts of the government schools in state was the first priority. Minister said that district level officers have been directed to submit the record of all vacant posts in the school of their jurisdiction, so that recruitment could be done at the earliest.

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DHINDSA ANNOUNCES 9.45% DA ENHANCEMENT FOR EMPLOYEES/PENSIONERS OF UNREVISED PAY SCALES

CHANDIGARH, JULY 17:
The Punjab Government today announced to enhance the rate of Dearness Allowance (DA) payable to the state government employees/pensioners, who are getting their pay on the basis of unrevised scales, to 9.45 per cent.
Disclosing this here, Finance Minister Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa said that with the approval of Hon’ble Governor Mr. Shivraj V. Patil, the rate of dearness allowance has been enhanced from 127 to 139 per cent of the unrevised basic pay with effect from 1st January, 2012.
Mr. Dhindsa said that the whole amount on account of enhanced dearness allowance due for the period from 1st January, 2012 to 30th June, 2012 would be credited to the General Provident Fund account of employees. He said that this amount would be deemed as additional amount in the GPF accounts and the interest on this amount would be payable from the 1st Day of next month. He said that from 1st July, 2012, enhanced dearness allowance would be paid in cash.
The Finance Minister said that in case of pensioners, the entire amount on account of enhanced dearness allowance would be paid in cash with effect from 1st January, 2012. He said that other conditions for the payment of dearness allowance would remain the same.

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RS. 16 CRORE BE INVESTED ON GURU RAVIDAS AYURVEDIC UNIVERSITY CAMPUS: CHUNI LAL BHAGAT

  • Construction to begin in October

Chandigarh, July 17:
Construction work for campus of Guru Ravidas Ayurvedic University be commenced from the first week of October. The campus would spread over 33 acre area. All formality regarding the construction work would be completed till September 15, 2012. It was disclosed by Mr. Chuni Lal Bhagat, Minister for Medical Education and Research. He was presiding over a meeting with the senior officials of the department.
          He said that the Punjab Government has decided to give impetus to ayurvedic system of medication. He said that the Guru Ravidas Ayurvedic University has already been started work in panchyat bhawan at Hoshairpur. He said that all the department concerned, have been directed to expedite the work of construction and complete in stipulated time period.
Prominent among other present in the meeting included Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mrs. Mohinder Kaur Josh, Principal Secretary Mrs. Anjali Bhawra, Ex Minister Mr. Tikshan Sud, Vice Chancellor Prof O.P. Upadhya, Chief Engineer Mr. A.K.Singla and Chief Architect Mrs. Balwinder Saini.
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PB GOVT ORDERS SPECIAL QUALITY AUDIT OF ROADS

  • CHIEF ENGINEERS TO SEND SAMPLES OF DILAPIDATED ROADS TO NATIONAL LABORATORIES
  • CONTRACTORS TO MAINTAIN ROADS FOR FIVE YEAR

CHANDIGARH, JULY 17:

The Punjab Government has taken strict measures to ensure the quality of roads by constituting special task forces to check the quality of newly constructed roads. Chief Engineers have been directed to send the samples of dilapidated roads to the National Laboratories. Anybody found guilty of compromising with the set standards, would be dealt severely. Maintenance of the newly constructed roads would be the responsibility of contractors for five years.
It was disclosed by Mr. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, PWD Minister, Punjab. He said that chief engineers have been deputed to ensure the quality of the roads. He said that the special task forces have been constituted, which would conduct surprise raids in the areas, where the roads were broken. Mr. Dhillon further said that after the inspection of the material used in the construction of roads, if any anybody found guilty of using sub-quality material would not be spared. He said that criminal cases against all those constructors/officers would be lodged. He said that the Punjab Government has also taken stringent measures to construct roads in stipulated time period. He said that orders in this regard have also been issued to Secretary, PWD to fix responsibility for the construction of roads in stipulated time period. He said that Engineer-in-Chief of PWD has been directed to send the monthly report of the meeting of quality control cell to PWD Minister, Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and PWD Minister. He said that any officer of quality control cell found guilty of having nexuses with field contractor/officers would also have to face the music. He said that the patch works of the dilapidated roads would be done soon.
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MUNICIPAL COMMISSIONER LUDHIANA SUSPENDED FOR MISUSING HIS OFFICIAL POSITION


CHANDIGARH JULY 17:
            Acting swiftly on the report of ADGP Intelligence Punjab, the state government today placed the services of Commissioner Municipal Corporation Ludhiana Mr. Malwinder Singh Jaggi under suspension for the alleged misuse of his official position with immediate effect. 
            Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Punjab government said that the Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal gave nod for the suspension of the erring officer.
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CHIEF MINISTER TO ADDRESS NEWLY RECRUITED 174 PCS AND ALLIED SERVICES OFFICERS

Chandigarh, July 17: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal would address newly recruited 174 Punjab Civil Services (Executive Branch) and Allied Services Officers recruited through PCS Examination 2009 on July 19 at 4:00 PM at Punjab Bhawan, Sector-3, Chandigarh.

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SONS OF LATE DARA SINGH CALLS ON BADAL

Chandigarh, July 16-

            Mr Vindu Dara Singh and Mr Amrik Singh, the sons of international wrestler and veteran bollywood actor late Mr Dara Singh today called on the Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal at his official residence, this evening.
            Sharing condolences with the bereaved sons, Mr Badal said that in the death of Mr Dara Singh, Punjab has lost its illustrious son who earned name and fame in the arena of International wrestling and films. The Chief Minister said that Mr Dara Singh would ever remain alive in the hearts of the people for his heroic deeds both in real and reel life.
            Both Mr Vindu Dara Singh and Mr Amrik Singh profusely thanked the people of Punjab for expressing their heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved family in this hour of crisis. 

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BADAL MULLS SCHEME TO SUPPLEMENT INCOME OF FARMERS THROUGH VALUE ADDITION

SEEKS INCENTIVES FROM GOI IN THIS REGARD
  
Chandigarh, July 16-
            In a bid to improve the economic lot of the small and marginal farmers, Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal today asked the state Agriculture department to work out a comprehensive plan for putting in place a marketing mechanism to help the various agriculture producers’ self help groups working across the state to directly market their produce through value addition.
            Taking part in the deliberations with the representatives of various agriculture producers’ associations actively involved in marketing of their produce, the Chief Minister also asked the Financial Commissioner Development to tie up with the Ministry of Food processing Government of India (GoI) for seeking available incentives and concessions for these farmer groups directly marketing their products after value addition. Mr Badal also said that he would soon personally meet the Union Food Processing Minister Mr Subodh Kant Sahay for the promotion of these tiny units in the rural sector to make our peasantry financially sustainable and economically viable as the conventional agriculture was no more a lucrative profession nowadays, due to the squeezed margins of profitability besides non commensurate MSP due to ever increasing prices of agriculture inputs in terms of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides.
The Chief Minister highly appreciated the agro processing unit at Ramgarh Sikri near Talwara in district Hoshiarpur where a 13-memmber self help group was engaged in processing of fruits, vegetables and herbs. They were involved in production of pickles, squashes, juices, chutneys, Trifla, aam chur etc. The Chief Minister asked the Agriculture department to immediately release a grant of Rs 77 lakh for the unit as recommended by the team of PAU scientists led by Additional Director Extension Education Dr HS Dhaliwal and Deputy Commissioner Hoshiarpur. Mr Badal also announced that he would personally visit the unit on July 26 to have detailed interaction with the members of the group so that their rich experience and expertise could be replicated in other parts of the state.
 Mr Badal assured these associations of all technical assistance and cooperation to popularize the concept of direct marketing as a mass movement in the rural sector to ensure remunerative returns of their produce to the farmers. The Chief Minister also asked the state Horticulture department to tie up with the best seed producing firms in the country to procure sufficient quantity of foundation seed of turmeric as it had a vast scope of bumper harvest which could in turn be processed into powder that was commonly used in household kitchens. As per an estimate Turmeric powder worth Rs 350 crore was purchased from other states chiefly from Tamil Nadu.
The Chief Minister also asked the Agriculture department to generate potential of marketing of Turmeric powder, Mustard Oil and other agro products for supplying to the Government schools for Mid Day Meal Schemes, Jail Department and Cooperative Societies. He further said that the state Horticulture department should also explore the possibilities for seeking subsidy already available on the certified seed of Turmeric under the National Horticulture Mission. Seeking cooperation from these progressive agriculture produce associations, Mr Badal asked them to regularly give their vital inputs to successfully implement the marketing strategies for direct sale of the farmer’s produce.
        Prominent amongst other present in the meeting included Adviosr to the Chief Minister Mr Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Chairman Punjab Farmers Commission Dr GS Kalkat, Financial Commissioner Development Mr GS Sandhu, Registrar Cooperative Mr AS Miglani, MD Punjab Agro Mr Kirandeep Singh Bhullar, Special Principal Secretaries to the Chief Minister Mr KJS Cheema and Mr Gaggandip Singh Brar and Deputy Commissioner Hoshiarpur Mr Deepinder Singh.


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CM GIVES NOD FOR THE SETTING UP OF 'AMRITSAR HAAT'
ASKS TO INTACH TO PREPARE LAYOUT PLANS OF PROPOSED HERITAGE HOTEL

CHANDIGARH JULY 16
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today gave in principle approval to setup 'Amritsar Haat' over a portion of the vacant building of Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital at Amritsar.

Disclosing this here a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's office informed that Mr. Badal was presiding over a meeting with the representatives of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and the senior officers of PUDA.
Taking part in the deliberations Mr. Badal also asked the INTACH to prepare a detailed plan to develop a Heritage Hotel over the remaining portion of the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital.  

On the occasion the Chief Architect of INTACH, Mr. Divya Gupta informed that INTACH would act as a nodal agency for the setting up of Rs. 5.2 crore 'Amritsar Haat', which would display the rich Punjabi culture by creating a particular environment of a traditional village handicrafts market with synthesis of crafts, food and cultural activities.
 Regarding the on going restoration work of Bassian Kothi to develop it as a memorial in the remembrance of Late Maharaja Dalip Singh,  the Chief Architect of INTACH informed that the first phase of this prestigious project had been completed at a cost of Rs. 2.63 crore by INTACH and grant for the second phase was yet to be released.
The Chief Minister asked the concerned agencies to immediately complete the necessary formalities to ensure the early release of another Rs.a 2.63 crore as grant to INTACH for second phase.   
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. SK Sandhu, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gurkirat Kirpal Singh and Chief Administrator PUDA Mr. Manvesh Singh Sidhu.

 

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Congress demands a Judicial Inquiry and suspension of IG jails Sh. Jagjit Singh, for allowing convict Bibi Jagir Kaur MLA to blatantly break jail manual rules.

Sunil Kumar Jakhar
MLA and CLP Leader 
      
Sukhpal Singh Khaira
Ex-MLA

In a blatant and shameless incident, a convict Bibi Jagir Kaur was not only allowed to address a gathering of officials, visitors and fellow convicts but also had the audacity to bestow the ‘ siropa’( Robe of owner) upon Sh. Jagjit Singh IG Jails and Sh. SP Khanna Suptd. Kapurthala jail.

            This incident not only reflects complete breakdown of the jail official machinery but also indicates how criminals rule the roost in the jails of Punjab. This act of Bibi Jagir Kaur bestowing the ‘siropa’ upon IG Jails is a perfect case of “ you scratch my back I scratch your’s”, since it was this very IG jails, who had given a clean chit to Bibi in an inquiry for VIP status approximately 3 months back.

            Now in order to return the favor of IG Jails, Bibi Jagir Kaur has showered her generosity upon him with a ‘siropa’. The IG Jails is possibly looking for a promotion to the post of DGP jails presently lying vacant, through the proximity of Bibi Jagir Kaur with the CM.
            It is also common knowledge that Bibi Jagir Kaur besides having other facilities in jail, also has access to mobile telephone services.  She is regularly calling all officials of Kapurthala district and at the headquarters Chandigarh to carry out her political orders. She continues to hold ‘daily darbar’ in the visitors AC room adjacent to the office of Suptd. Jail, wherein she spends most part of her day.  It is now more than clear that the clean chit given to Bibi Jagir Kaur by Sh. Jagjit Singh IG Jails, was nothing but a farce enacted in the name of an inquiry then.
Therefore, the congress party demands a Judicial inquiry into the whole episode of VVIP facilities (including those granted on her arrival in jail on 30th March 2012) granted to Bibi Jagir Kaur. Pending enquiry both the officers, the IG Jails and Suptd. Kapurthala Jail be suspended for dereliction of duty and for blatantly breaking the jail manual as well as the service rules.

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SET UP NRI HELPDESKS AT VIGILANCE BUREAU: SUKHBIR

  • PUNJAB TO ENACT LAW TO ENABLE NRIs TO GET THEIR PROPERTY EVICTED
  • NRI DEPARTMENT TOLD TO CONDUCT CENSUS OF PUNJABIS LANGUISHING IN JAILS OF OTHER COUNTRIES
  • DEPARTMENT TOLD TO CREATE LEGAL DESK TO HELP ILLEGAL PUNJABI IMMIGRANTS

CHANDIGARH, JULY 16:

The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today asked Chief Secretary, Mr. Rakesh Singh, who is also Secretary Vigilance to make NRI helpdesks at Vigilance Bureau Headquarter and six Vigilance Ranges at Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Bathinda and Ferozpur functional within one month to enable NRIs to file their complaints of harassment or corruption against government officials.

Accompanied by NRI Affairs Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Mr. Badal reviewed the steps taken to redress the grievances of NRIs. Mr. Badal said that we in Punjab have estimated population of 3 crore and 9 million Punjabi Diaspora all over the world has great expectations from SAD-BJP Government.

Mr. Majithia informed that NRI Affairs Department has already taken proactive steps including appointing Commissioner NRI, IG NRI, establishing NRI Commission, Fast Track Courts and six NRI Police Stations all over the state for ensuring effective grievances redressal machinery for them. He said that revenue authorities have been already instructed to specially earmark cases of NRI and send them to DRO, instead of Tehsildar.
Expressing concern over NRIs being harassed in the property cases, Mr. Badal said that he has observed that 75 per cent of NRI complaints pertained to property disputes with their relatives and 25 per cent comprise of matrimonial disputes involving overseas marriages.

Calling for an effective legislation that would allow NRIs to get the possession of the property after returning to their motherland, Mr. Badal said that NRI Department should submit the draft law within one month.
Expressing concern over Punjabis especially illegal immigrants languishing in jails of various countries, Mr. Badal asked the NRI Department to conduct a census of such Punjabis so that legal measure could be taken to get them released from these jails. He also asked the department to create a special legal cell to help such victims.
Mr. Badal said that Vigilance Bureau website for NRIs should have the concerned helpline telephone numbers displayed along with the e mail ID on which NRI could lodge a complaint even if he was in foreign country.
Prominent amongst those present in the meeting included Financial Commissioner, Revenue, Mr. N.S. Kang, Chief Director, Vigilance, Mr. Suresh Arora, Principal Secretary, Deputy CM, Mr. P.S. Aujla and IG NRI, Gurpreet Deo.

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PUNJAB ALL SET WITH NEW ATTRACTIVE POLICY TO GIVE A BIG PUSH TO SOLAR AND BIOMASS POWER: SUKHBIR

PUNJAB FOCUSING ON 100 MW FROM SOLAR POWER: MAJITHIA

PEDA ASKED TO DEVELOP NEW TECHNOLOGY TO HARNESS POWER FROM RICE HUSK

FARMERS TO GET ADDITIONAL INCOME OF RS.10,000 PER ACRE FROM BIOMASS POWER

CHANDIGARH, JULY 16:

The Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today said that the Punjab is all set to announce new attractive policy to give a big push to renewable energy sector especially generating power from Biomass and Solar.
Accompanied by Renewable Energy Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, the Deputy Chief Minister reviewed the ongoing projects of the department and constituted a high level committee under Chief Secretary Mr. Rakesh Singh with Secretary,  Renewable Energy Mr. Karan Avtar Singh, Secretary, Power Mr. Anirudh Tiwari as members to give final touch to new attractive policy so that Punjab cound achieve the target of 500 MW power from Biomass sector and 100 MW from Solar power sector.
Mr. Majitha informed in the meeting that Punjab is replicating Gujarat Model, especially for solar power in which they have installed solar panels on canals. He said that Punjab has a network of canal and with high capital cost of land, the canal model was most suitable. Mr. Badal asked Chief Engineer, Irregation Mr. A.S. Dulat to identify the stretch of canals keeping  technical specifications in view, which would be ideal for installing solar panels. He said that identified stretches of canals would be allotted to various companies desirous of setting up solar plants in the states.
Emphasizing the need for coming out with fool proof technology to generate power from rics husk, Mr. badal said that PEDA should focus on this research and the new policy should also give incentives to those units, who consume more than 50 per cent of rice husk as input.
Focusing on biomass sector, Mr. Badal said that this sector was answer to problems being faced by agriculture sector as farmers would get additional income of Rs.10,000 per acre with the operationalization of biomass plants. He said that we must work to achieve the target of 500 MW from biomass sector.
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SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAMME LAUNCHED TO REDUCE
MORBIDITY AMONG STUDENTS-MALUKA

Chandigarh July 16:

The Punjab Government has launched School Health Programme effectively in the state schools in order to reduce morbidity among school children by preventing them from falling prey to the preventable diseases and early detection of defects among the children.

Disclosing this here today Mr. Sikandar Singh Maluka Education Minister Punjab said that this programme was an important component of education which helps in keeping close watch on the health of school going children. Under the programme, the school health teams were carrying out medical check-up of primary and middle school students for various ailments along with their treatment through referral services. In addition health education to the school children and teachers also being imparted by these specialized teams.
The Education Minister further said that all the field education officers have been instructed to maintain health registers in all the schools which would be valid for five years and nominate nodal officers for each school for monthly health check up of students.
The Minister further said that health cover programme had been launched under the Sarv Sikhsha Abhiyaan and the state health department had been associated with the same. Under this scheme the DEOs, BEOs and school heads would ensure monthly visits of medical officers in the schools for check ups of over 20 lakh students.
He further said that after the initial medical check-up of students, it was found that many of them suffering from anaemia, bad teeth and weak eyesight. The health department has been providing iron tablets to students. Besides periodic de-worming, iron and vitamin-A supplementation has also added as a component of the health check-up.
Mr. Maluka also said that intensive dental health care programme had also been launched to provide total oral health coverage to all the school going children in the age group of 6 - 12 years through fully equipped Mobile Dental Clinic Vans.
He emphasised the need to adopt a pro-active and practical approach to effectively implement this programme with sincerity, commitment and deep involvement through a well-orchestrated, caring and responsive institutional mechanism.

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  Punjab State Power Corporation Limited

PATIALA/CHANDIGARH, JULY 16:

Er.K.D.Chaudhri, CMD, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited today observed that PSERC has allowed reasonable tariff hike w.e.f. 1.4.2012 as compare to steep tariff hike allowed by many other states.

Er. Chaudhri was reacting to tariff order issued by Punjab State Regulatory Commission today at Chandigarh. He said that tariff hike of 12.08% in Punjab is much lower than the tariff hike declared for other states of the country i.e. Tamil Nadu 37%, Rajasthan 27%, Delhi 26%, Andhra Pradesh 20.24% and Haryana 17%. He said that power rates in Punjab were one of the cheapest in the country.
Er. Chaudhri observed that in spite of deficient and delayed monsoon in the month of June and first week of July PSPCL was able to provide power supply to all categories of its consumers by imposing minimum cuts as compared to neighbouring states and even national capital New Delhi. He said that it was possible only because Punjab purchased power worth Rs.6658 crores to ensure sufficient power supply to agriculture sector for paddy sowing and to domestic, commercial and industrial sector with minimum possible cuts. He said that efficient banking of power during this period was also helpful to maintain the power supply scenario in the state.
CMD said that most of the states have two part of tariff in domestic category, one is fixed charges based on connected load and other based on consumption. As such tariff rates even though appear to be lower in these states but in actual consumer have to pay higher charges. He added that in Punjab we do not have any fixed charges and consumer only pays for whatever electricity he consumes.
It was observed by him that the tariff in industrial & commercial categories in the state of Haryana, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka are much higher than Punjab.
Out of 53 Lac domestic consumers, 10 Lac consumers belonging to B.P.L./S.C. category are getting 200 units P.M. free supply having connected load up to 1 K.W.
Er Chaudhri emphasized the necessity of reasonable hike at regular intervals in power tariff, in view of rising costs of power generation, transmission & distribution. He assured that with the nominal increase in electricity tariff, PSPCL would be able to meet its expenditure and work towards supply of quality power and better consumer services to people of Punjab.
He said that Punjab is all set to become power surplus state by 2013-14 with the completion of three Thermal plants at Sri Goindwal Sahib, Talwandi Sabo and Rajpura with combined generation capacity of 3920 MW.


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SUKHJIT KAUR SAHI TO SWEAR IN ON JULY 17

 

CHANDIGARH, JULY 16:
            Mr. Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha would administer the oath of office and secrecy to newly elected MLA from Dasuya Assembly Constituency, Mrs. Sukhjit Kaur Sahi.

            Disclosing this here today, an official spokesman of Punjab Government said that oath taking ceremony would be held at in the office of Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha on July 17, 2012 at 12 noon. He further said that the Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Cabinet Ministers and other dignitaries would also attend the oath taking ceremony.

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GOVERNOR ADJOURNS PUNJAB VIDHAN SABHA

CHANDIGARH, JULY 16:
            His Excellency, the Governor of Punjab, Mr. Shivraj V. Patil has prorogued the second session of Fourteenth Punjab Vidhan Sabha, which was adjourned sine-die at the conclusion of its sitting held on 29th June, 2012. This was stated by Mr. Ved Parkash, Secretary, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, here today.
No. PR-12/466
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