is promoted from the top and not the bottom!!!
By Jassi Khangura MLA
Mr Sukhbir Badal, MP
Deputy Chief Minister
25 January 2009
Corruption is promoted from the top and not the bottom!!!
Congratulations on your assumption of the new post. I am certain
that you will bring to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha all the highlights
of your illustrious Parliamentary career, including your industrious
work rate, your exemplary attendance record, and your frequent
barrage of questions, together with your great wit, sharp intelligence
and incisive mind.
All politicians assuming a new post are entitled to a honeymoon
period, but I am surprised that you are utilising your best endeavours
to ensure that this is as short as possible.
Your recent statements that “corruption starts from the
bottom” and is “largely at lower levels” could
not be further from the truth.
As every socio-economic expert will tell you: corruption starts
from the top and with the passage of time it becomes institutionalised
primarily by the acts and failings of our political leaders to
the extent that soon a well entrenched system emerges which funnels
the gains of corruption across all strata of the administration
from bottom to top.
If you truly want to reduce corruption in Punjab you need to
start at the top by:
1. controlling the actions of your Council of Ministers and senior
officers by reducing their discretionary powers creating greater
transparency in their working
2. making your administration satisfy all RTI requests within
the stipulated time frame
3. ensuring that all government procurement is by an e-enabled
4. setting up a Punjab Public Servant Transfer Commission, which
will be responsible for the posting and transfer of all gazetted
5. ensuring that your administration complies in a time-bound
manner with the finite orders of the judiciary.
6. enforcing a concurrent independent audit on all government
expenditure and revenue collection
7. publishing on the internet all file proceedings and notes relating
to each and every CLU request
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Most importantly, as the Deputy Chief Minister you can lead by
1. not only being honest but also being universally perceived
as being honest
2. rejecting an ostentatious life style that mirrors all the trappings
3. ensuring that no tainted officer is accommodated in your support
team nor has access to you
4. rejecting all approaches from drug peddlers, land grabbers
and looters of the public purse
5. publish weekly source and application statements of your party
of which you continue to be the President
6. swearing at the Harmandir Sahib that, henceforth, all of your
actions will be above board, honest and beyond scrutiny.
I wish you well but I fear that you may fall short of public
exhorts youth to constructive work
Jan 25, 2009
All India Congress Committee spokesman and secretary, Manish Tewari
today called upon the youth to involve themselves with the creative
and productive activity. He cautioned them against the menace
of the growing drug addiction and said it was very important to
curb this menace.
Speaking at a function organized here today to select the Mr Ludhiana
during a body building contest, Tewari appreciated the efforts
of the organizers in organizing constructive activities for the
youth. He maintained that the body building was one of the great
athletic activity and promised to do everything to give it its
due place in the competitive sports.
In a special praise to Prem Chand Dogra, a former Mr World who
was also present on the occasion, the Congress spokesman said,
at one time he happened to be his and others' inspiration. He
said, it was really a matter of great pride for the Punjabi youth
to develop the physical prowess which gives one an added confidence
to do everything and confront every problem with courage.
The function was organized by Punjab State Amateur Body Building
Association. Prominent among those present on the occasion included
the chairman of the Ludhiana chapter, Samil Kaushal, general secretary
Sukhdev Sodhi, Pradeep Kumar Appu, Kapil Katyar and others.
begins from the top,
a detailed probe of the assets of politicians,
beaurocrats and senior police officers would reveal the truth.
Jan 23, 2009
Sukhpal Singh Khaira,
Today's statement of Sukhbir Singh Badal smacks
of hypocrisy and a double facetted character, when he speaks on
curbing corruption. I relate this to a very popular Punjabi couplet
"Chaj tan bole, chanani kyun bole". "Those who
live in glass houses should not throw stones at others".
Needless to remind him that he along with his family stand charge
sheeted in a very serious Prevention of Corruption Act in a Mohali
I also challenge Sukhbir Badal's assertion that
there is corruption only at the lower, level that is being said
by him presuming, that he is now hiding behind the veil of the
office of the Deputy CM and people probably cannot see his corrupt
character. Badal's have been the fountain head of corruption in
Punjab. S. Prakash Singh Badal was indicted by the Shinghani Commission
immediately after his first tenure as Chief Minister Punjab. Since
then there has been no looking back, from being ordinary farming
family with a holding of 80 Ares of land, the Badals now command
properties and business running into thousands of crores with
Jet Airplanes at their command. The entire transport, mining and
cable network business has been usurped by the Badal family not
to mention acquiring lands around all prominent upcoming projects
such as upgradation of Chandigarh International Airport and six
laning express highways in the State.
Infact there is no point catching Patwaris, Naib
Tehsildars and junior police officials if you have to curb corruption.
Corruption begins from the top, a detailed probe of the assets
of politicians, beaurocrats and senior police officers would reveal
the truth. Most beaurocrats and the top police brass and politicians
are even richer than the corporate industrial house of Punjab.
Therefore if Sukhbir Singh Badal really means business
in curbing corruption in the State it should start from home.
The Congress party urges both S. Prakash Singh Badal and S. Sukhbir
Singh Badal to step down as CM and Dy. CM and set exemplary moral
standards in politics. To remind the BJP, their alliance partners,
Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav the then CM Bihar was forced to quit as CM
when charges were framed against him in the fodder scam case.
Where is the morality of BJP now, aren't both these leaders charge
sheeted in a corruption case? Let Sukhbir Singh Badal clear the
mist on this vital issue raised by the principle opposition Congress
ridicules pro farmers' claims of SAD
Jan 24, 2009
Secretary and spokesman of the All India Congress
Committee, Manish Tewari today ridiculed the claims of the Shiromani
Akali Dal-Bharitya Janata Party government in the state of being
"pro farmers". Addressing a series of meetings in different
villages in the assembly segments of Jagaron, Dakha and Raikote,
Tewari said the SAD-BJP alliance had never ever bothered about
the interest of the farmers and were only interested in surviving
Tewari pointed out, the BJP led National Democratic Alliance at
the centre, of which SAD was part and parcel, had increased the
Minimum Support Price for farmers by a meager Rs 30, while the
Congress in just four years had enhanced it by Rs 300. Moreover,
he added, even in the state farmers were not being given timely
payment and the corruption was rampant.
Tewari lambasted the SAD-BJP government for non performance and
wasting all the progress made during Congress tenure. "Corruption
has been institutionalized as transport permits, TV cable network
operations and sand mining has been grabbed through unlawful means
monopolized by leading Akali families of the state", he alleged,
while adding, "corruption has peaked and law of the land
is flouted with impunity".
He observed, it was a matter of great pride for each and every
Punjabi that the Congress chose a Sikh and the son of the soil,
Dr Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister of India. He pointed out,
under the leadership of Dr Singh and Ms Sonia Gandhi, Congress
has provided clean and efficient governance in the last five years
and has been able to insulate Indian economy from the collapse
of world economy.
He asserted the need to return Congress to power at the centre
to continue the pace of progress in India. During the NDA regime
every two months news paper were littered with news of corruption,
nepotism and internal dissentions and their slogan of India Shining
was rejected by the voters as the progress was limited to few
wealthy and mighty.
Today Tewari Hatur, Burj Kular, Chakar, Lakha,Manuke ,Cheema,
Kaunke, Chajawal and other villages and addressed jam packed congregations.
He was accompanied by Gurdeep Singh Bhaini MLA Jagraon, Harmohinder
Singh MLA Raikot, Malkiat Singh Dakha Former Minister, K.K.Bawa
Chairman Housfed Punjab, Pritam Akhara, Inderjit Jhanji, Major
Singh Bhaini, Kamaljit Singh Brar, Pawan Dewan, Kaka Grewal, Raman
Kumar , Ramandeep Khera and Akshya Bhanot.
is for the people, of the people and by the people'
for the Badal's it is for the Badal's, of the Badal's and by the
Sukhpal Singh Khaira,
The Badal's have reversed the most popular quote about
democracy as described by Abraham Lincoln, the legendary American
President, when he said 'Democracy is for the people, of the people
and by the people' but for the Badal's it is for the Badal's, of
the Badal's and by the Badal's. This is abundantly clear from the
past two years of complete family misrule in Punjab. The lust for
power, money and family control is such that not content with having
his father as Chief Minister and over half dozen relatives as Minister's,
Mr. Sukhbir Badal is impatient to become Dy. Chief Minister if not
Chief Minister as for now.
We are witnessing a power struggle in Punjab, that reminds us
of Mughal Empire when Aurangzeb imprisoned his father Shah Jahan
to become the Mughal emperor of India. After becoming SAD President
Mr. Sukhbir Badal seems to be moving on the lines of the erstwhile
Mughal emperor Aurangzeb to take over the reigns of power from his
Infact it is a mark of complete lack of confidence even by the
rank and file of Akali Dal when we read statements from different
quarters of the party demanding that Mr. Sukhbir Badal should be
made Chief Minister at the earliest. At present Punjab is witnessing
five different power centres and that too all from one and only
one Badal family. Besides the old and tired Mr. Badal, Mr. Sukhbir
Badal has been virtually acting as the De-facto Chief Minister ,
Bibi Harsimrat Badal has launched her own 'Nanhi –Chan' programme
which is less to do with plantation drive more to do with Bathinda
Lok Sabha seat. Bibi Surinder Kaur Badal has started her 'Langar
Sewa' drive trying to show as if there is dearth in 'langar' which
was started by the second Guru Angad DevJi. Last but not the least
Sukhbir's brother in law Bikram Majithia is the trouble shooter
and fixer boy of the family. He has opened the coffers of the public
exchequer through his Public Relations department to promote the
entire Badal clan. The way we see utter misuse of his department
by way of full page advertisements of similar public gathering each
day it seems that the name of his department should be changed from
Public Relations to Badal relations.
Punjab is passing through extreme financial crises, with no electricity,
rampant corruption, murder of democracy in the recently held PRI
elections, unparalleled political victimization and gross unconstitutional
and illegitimate working. Therefore the Congress party calls upon
the electorate to root out the Akali's in the ensuing Lok Sabha
elections by defeating them in all the 13 seats, so that semblance
of the rule of law can be restored in Punjab.
Following is the text of letter written
to Sh. Sharad Pawar food Minister GOI to complain printing of photograph
of CM and Adesh Pratap Kairon on bonus cheques being issued to farmers
of Punjab. Rs. 50 per quintal bonus as we know is being paid by
the UPA Govt. on the previous paddy crop.
To Dated 13/01/09
Sh. Sharad Pawar ji,
Food and Civil Supplies Minister,
Govt. of India.
Subject: - Action against wrongful display of photographs of CM
and Food& Civil Supplies Minister Punjab on cheques being issued
for Rs 50 per quintal bonus of paddy crop in Punjab.
As you are aware that 1 lac 31 thousand metric tonnes of paddy
crop was purchased by various agencies in Punjab recently. As an
act of magnanimity and a good relief measure, Govt. of India not
only hiked the price of paddy but also announced a bonus of Rs.
50 per quintal. As a result approx. Rs 650 crores has been distributed
to the farmers of Punjab on account of bonus alone. Now that Lok
Sabha elections are around the corner the State SAD-BJP Govt. has
resorted to unethical, immoral and cheap politicking to woo the
voters of Punjab.
Both the CM Punjab and the Food and Civil Supplies Minister Punjab
have got their photographs printed on the bonus cheques being issued
to the farmers alongwith a political message (Copies of Cheque with
photos attached). The Congress party being the principal opposition
party in the State strongly objects to this political gimmickry
being played by Mr. Badal at the cost of UPA's policies. Recently
the Punjab Govt. also got huge advertisements in all major newspapers
of State claiming the recent increase in the MSP of wheat as well
as that of paddy to be an achievement of their party Shiromani Akali
Since the above stated issue pertains to your department, I on
behalf of the Congress party would request that a detailed inquiry
be initiated against culprits indulging in this mischievous propaganda
to take undue advantage of UPA Govt. policies and there by misleading
the farmers of Punjab. Responsibility must be fixed on those political/
officers who have got these photographs printed on the bonus cheques
being issued to the farmers. We must also have some moral standards
in politics, therefore such unethical and immoral leaders must be
taught a lesson.
Sukhpal Singh Khaira,MLA Bholath.
would 'love' Badal as opponent
Ludhiana. Jan. 10, 2009
Manish Tewari, National spokesperson of the All India Congress
Committee, today asserted that the Congress in Punjab was absolutely
united and the rank and file was fully geared up to fight the parliamentary
elections. Tewari, who is spending quite a lot of time in Ludhiana
for the last five years, speaking about the state of affairs of
the party in the state said, the meeting of the coordination committee
of the Punjab Congress held in New Delhi on January 5 underlined
the need for unity within the ranks. He said all the senior leaders
from the state were unanimous in their resolve that the party would
fight the elections unitedly.
The AICC National spokesperson asserted that the Congress was quite
in an enviable position in the state given the response the party
meetings have been getting. Moreover, he remarked, the over all
failure of the SAD-BJP government had disillusioned people and they
were waiting for the first given opportunity to teach them a lesson.
To a question about Rahul Gandhi being the Prime Ministerial candidate,
Tewari remarked, he is perfectly suited for the job. He pointed
out, if Omar Abdullah can become the Chief Minister of an all important
state like Jammu and Kashmir at the age of 38, if Rajiv Gandhi could
become the Prime Minister at the age of 40, why can't Rahul Gandhi
become the Prime Minister at this age. However, he added, the Congress
would fight the forthcoming elections under the leadership of the
party president, Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan
To another question about a news report in a vernacular daily that
he was thinking of contesting from Karnal, Tewari remarked, "it
is ridiculous… though it is the prerogative of the Congress
president to nominate the candidates for elections, but I would
like to contest from Ludhiana only which is my "Karam Bhumi"
where I have been involved and working hard for last so many years".
Manish Tewari is currently on a whirlwind tour of the Ludhiana
parliamentary constituency meeting cross section of the people.
It goes to his credit that he has managed to take along everyone
in the party. (eom)
International Lohri mela
This lohri is for girl child
The Malwa Sabyacharak Manch organized the Lohri Mela here with
great fervour and gaiety. The Secretary and spokesman of the All
India Congress Committee, Manish Tewari was the chief guest who
distributed the awards and honours.
The manch has been organizing the mela for last fifteen years.
However, the difference of the mela is that this is celebrated for
the girl child. As the lohri is usually celebrated for the male
child, the manch has set a different and positive precedent.
According to the organizers of the mela, given the alarming sex
ratio against the female child, celebrating the lohri for the male
children only needs to be discouraged. The lohri should be celebrated
for the girl child with equal enthusiasm and gaiety. That is the
reason why the lohri mela organized by the Malwa Sabyacharak Manch
is celebrated for the girl child only.
The manch also honoured a number of people who have made outstanding
contribution to various fields of life. Also 15 girls were given
a scholarship of Rs 51,00 each for their education.
Dr. M.S. Randhawa Memorial Award was Presented to Dr. K.S. Aulakh.
For contribution to Agricultural Brig. Dalip Singh Olympian Memorial
Award Presented to Miss Mandep Kaur. For contribution to Sports
Sh. Lal Chand Yamla Jatt Memorial Award Presented to Inderjit Nikku
For contribution to Punjabi Folk Singing
Dr. V.N. Tewari Memorial Award Presented to Prof. Gurbhajan Gill
For contribution to Punjabi Culture & Literature Mohd. Rafi
Memorial Award Presented to Jaspinder Narula For contribution to
Film Playback Singing Bhai Ghanaya Memorial Award Presented to Dr.
Inderjit Kaur. For contribution to Social Services Mother Teressa
Memorial Award Presented to Varinder Kaur. For contribution to Sacrifice
Dalip Singh Sond (M.P.- USA) Memorial Award Presented to Mandeep
Singh Hans. For contribution to Social Services I.S. Johar Memorial
Award Presented to Mr. Rana Ranbir. For contribution to Comedy.
The awardees were presented with a gold medal, memento, shawl and
a citation. Also rewris, gachak, pugga, and pea nuts were distributed
among the people on the occasion.
Thousands of people attended the function as they were enthralled
by leading singers like Labh Janjua (of Singh is King fame), Inderjit
Nikku, Diljit, Sarbjit Cheema, Ravinder Grewal, Sukhwinder Sukhi
Prominent among those present on the occasion included AICC secretary
and spokesman, Manish Tewari, chairman of the manch KK Bawa, president
Pawan Dewan, patron Surinder Singh Kooner, convener Ravinder Rangoowal,
vice president Chaman Lal Batra, vice chairman Ashok Makkar and
general secretaries Joginder Singh and Jarnail Singh Toor. Besides,
noted cultural activist Jagdev Singh Jassowal was also present on
the occasion. (eom)
Following is the text
of letter written to Chief Secretary Punjab urging the State Govt.
to review recommendations to PPSC for nomination to PCS(executive
The Congress party feels that the procedure has not been free and
fair and that nepotism and favoritism have taken over merit and
S. Ramesh Inder Singh, IAS
Subject: Request to review recommendations to PPSC for nomination
to PCS (executive branch) by the State Govt.
Dear Ramesh Inder ji,
I have learnt through news reports published in the Tribune dated
10.1.09 (clipping attached), that recommendation by the State Govt.
to PPSC for PCS executive is being done on favoritism and nepotism
rather than on merit. According to the report a list of 26 candidates
has been forwarded to the PPSC for selection as PCS officers, of
which majority of contenders are either relatives of senior leaders
of the ruling SAD-BJP alliance or top bureaucrats. There are also
allegations of recommendations of those who are working as OSD to
a senior minister or Personal assistant to the Chief Minister and
even a Personal assistant of your staff. By doing so the State Govt.
seems to have thrown to the winds all norms of seniority, merit
and clean service records. The govt. has also changed the eligibility
by reducing the experience from 10 years to 8 years in order to
facilitate the selection of the near and dear ones of the powerful.
Congress party takes strict notice of this malafide intention
of the Govt. to infringe on the rights of meritorious officers who
are likely to suffer on account of favoritism and nepotism being
shown by the Govt. We the opposition suggest that a more transparent
procedure be adopted while making the recommendations to the highest
civil service of the state.
It would be in the interest of fair and constitutional working,
if the State Govt. appoints a high powered committee of five senior
most officers under your chairmanship to review and select afresh
the recommendations. The criteria thus followed should be strictly
merit and merit only. Seniority, ACR's, review if any candidate
has any criminal record, impeccable image and other such good qualities
should be made the hallmarks for recommendations to the nomination
of PCS officers.
I hope the sentiments conveyed by the principal opposition Congress
party would not be disregarded and constitutional working adhered
(Sukhpal Singh Khaira)
Request for loan waiver as
a New Year's gift to Punjab Farmers on the pattern announced by
the Congress led Maharashtra Government.
To, Dated: 1/1/09
S.Parkash Singh Badal
Chief Minister, Punjab
Subject: Request for loan waiver as a New Year's gift to Punjab
Farmers on the pattern announced by the Congress led Maharashtra
Respected Badal Ji,
As you are aware the new congress Chief Minister Sh. Ashok Chawan
of Maharashtra has announced a novel loan waiver for the farmers
of the state over and above the one announced by the Central Government
recently. According to the waiver a package of Rs.6208 crores would
benefit about 41 lac farmers of Maharastra with those having pre-1997
debts not covered by the scheme announced by the centre earlier.
The package gives complete loan waiver for debts upto 20,000/- ,
waiver of Rs.20,000/- for debts over that amount if the borrower
repays the excess, and adjustments for those who have paid their
loans regularly. I am attaching a news report published in the Tribune
dated 31/12/2008 for your reference.
Needless to mention that the agrarian economy in Punjab is in
shambles with over Rs.25000 crores as bad debts on the farmers of
Punjab. Out of these Rs.12000 crores are institutional loans, where
as the remaining Rs.13,000/- crores are loans of commission agents
of the state. Thousands of marginal and small farmers have resorted
to suicides in the state, unable to make two ends meet. The recent
loan waiver by the central government was severely criticized by
your party and the state government by calling it inadequate and
a cruel joke played on the farmers of Punjab.
Now that a state government like Maharashtra has pioneered and
taken an initiative at the state level to assuage the feelings of
the suffering farming fraternity, I feel Punjab needs to follow
the footsteps of this magnanimous gesture. As it is you and your
party have been claiming to be the champions of the farmers of Punjab,
it is now a testing time of your Leadership in so far the interest
of the peasantry are concerned . I would in fact go a step further
and assure you 100% support of the Congress legislature party in
this noble cause. Our Congress Party urges that since a Congress
governed state has shown a legitimate and constitutional way to
help the farmers of a state, we demand that a special session of
the Vidhan Sabha be summoned at the earliest to discuss, debate
and pass these special benefits to the farmers of Punjab. In case
you fail to address the grievances of the farmers of Punjab it would
be presumed that you and your party offer mere lip service to the
cause of Agriculture. It would also be understood that you have
double standards, one while in opposition demanding the moon for
the farmers and one while in government saddle when you offer nothing.
In any case thinking positively, I feel if given this loan waiver
on the pattern of Maharashtra government it would be best New Year's
gift to the poor and debt affected farmers of Punjab.
With Warm regards,
Sukhpal Singh Khaira