A Seminar on Skill Development organized at Aryans
Aryans Group of Colleges (AGC) today organized a seminar on “Fueling India's Youth with the right Knack” at Aryans campus, near Chandigarh. Dr.Gulshan Sharma, President, Chandigarh Management Association (CMA) was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Mr.J.N.Vohra, General Secretary, CMA was the Guest of Honour. Dr.D.P.Singh, Director, Aryans Group presided over the function.While addressing the students, Dr.Sharma said that today’s youth does not need any fuel as they are having so many facilities, technology, information etc.
The need is just to use them properly with skills present in them. He also said that networking is very important today and one should compete with the person higher to you to get success in life. He further added that the only thing which is common in everybody is 24 hours, so one should try to make optimum use of every second in life.Throwing light on Dr.Sharma’s life, Mr.Vohra said that many years back, the common thinking was the only three best career options available to a person are either govt.job or army or entrepreneurship. He added that Dr.Sharma is a person with experience of all the three options. He also praised Dr.Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group saying that he is a self made person and students should make him as their role model.
Congress demands cancellation of Sh. Krishan Kumar’s Transfer orders.
Sukhpal Singh Khaira,
The abrupt politicized transfer of DGSE Sh. Krishan Kumar IAS has completely blown the lid off the SAD-BJP govt.’s so called committment to clean governance in the state. As we all know Krishan Kumar is one of the most honest officers with an impeccable service record. By transferring Krishan Kumar under political pressure exerted by the Education Minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan amounts to an attempt to politicize the civil and police machinery in the state. All those daring not to carry out illegitimate and illegal orders of the SAD-BJP regime are shown the door like Krishan Kumar.
As we are all aware Krishan Kumar was handling the vast ‘Sarb Sikhiya Abhiyan’ funds and the office of Director General School Education (DGSE) with impartiality, which was not to the liking of Education Minister. He prevented Akali MLA’s and Minister’s from misusing SSA funds for political publicity and passed on funds under SSA online to school authorities. Besides he was extremely fair in selection and posting of teachers in the state which irked his political masters. Initially his powers to take disciplinary action against erring staff were withdrawn and subsequently Mr. Badal succumbed to political pressure of Education Minister to shunt him out of DGSE.
By transferring Sh. Krishan Kumar, Mr. Badal has put a big question mark over the Vigilance probe being carried out against the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) in the recruitment of doctors. The congress cannot accept the double edged policy against rooting out corruption, on one hand it is pursuing a politicized probe against PPSC and on the other hand it is punishing honest officers like Krishan Kumar.
Therefore, the congress party urges the Chief Minister to rise above petty politics and restore Krishan Kumar IAS as DGSE or else it would be presumed that there is no place for honesty and integrity in the present regime.
CM ANNOUNCES RS.40 CRORE DEVELOPMENT PACKAGE FOR HISTORIC TOWNS OF GHUMAN AND SRI HARGOBINDPUR
MAKES FRONTAL ATTACK ON CONGRESS FOR BLATANT CORRUPTION AND INFLATION
SRI HARGOBINDPUR (GURDSPUR) FEBRUARY 14:
In view of the religious sanctity attached to historic towns of Ghuman and Sri Hargobindpur in Gurdaspur district, Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today announced a special package of Rs.40 crore for overall development of these towns which would be provided with the basic civic amenities of drinking water supply, sewerage, roads, street lights etc.
It may be recalled that Ghuman is associated with Bhagat Namdev ji and Sri Hargobindpur with sixth Guru Sri Hargobind Sahib ji
Addressing a 'sangat darshan' program here, Mr. Badal said that Punjab was the only state in the country to have this unique program to redress the day-to-day problems and grievances of the common man on the spot to the satisfaction of the people and added that communication gap between the people and the administration must be bridged up to bring people closer to the administration to ensure their active participation in the government’s development projects and welfare schemes on one hand and feel their pulse on the other.
Exposing the Congress led UPA govt. at Centre Mr. Badal said the recent spiraling prices of the food commodities had broken the backbone of the common man. He cited many examples how the Congress govt. had proved to be an utter failure in delivering the goods and indulging in exploitation
of a common man on contrary to its claim of the votary of ‘Aam Admi’. He also blamed the Congress Govt. at Centre for blatant corruption after its involvement in the world’s biggest multi crore scams like Rs. 8,000 crore scandal in commonwealth games, and Rs. 1.76 lac crore 2G spectrum which had brought disrepute to our country in the eyes of international comity.
Mr. Badal also assailed the Centre for its failure to evolve a self sustaining mechanism to effectively combat the threat perceptions to the national security from the internal as well as external aggression.
Lashing at the Congress for its apathetic and discriminatory attitude towards Punjabis, Mr. Badal said that it had always betrayed Punjab on every front, be it agriculture, industry and even on the infrastructure development. He said that Central policies were inimical for the interests of Punjab and they deliberately devised stringent parameters for the eligibility of the centrally sponsored schemes and grants. He however, said that the Congress party merely showed lip sympathy towards our hard working Punjabi farmers for their contribution in the national food pool but never bothered to make a substantial hike in Minimum Support Price (MSP) in view of ever increasing costs of agricultural inputs including diesel, fertilizers and pesticides. Taking a swipe at the previous Congress government, Mr. Badal said that what SAD-BJP government has done on development front in just four years could not be achieved by the Congress party during its 50 years of long regime. He said our government had made spectacular achievement in every sphere be it power generation, civil aviation, infrastructure, education, skill development and cleaning of rivers etc., whereas the Congress government was completely insensitive to the development issues. He also pointed out that when our government took over in 2007 the total power generation capacity was just 6200 MW in the state whereas the concerted efforts of the SAD-BJP regime was likely to push it up to 20000 MW in the next few years making Punjab a power surplus state in the near future.
On the occasion, Mr. Badal released a grant of Rs.7 crore for the execution of various development works out of Rural Development Fund on the construction and repair of roads, street lighting, sewerage, drinking water and construction of drains besides Rs.2 crore for the upgradation in the infrastructure of the schools.
Prominent amongst others who were present on occasion included Education Minister Mr. Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Defence Services & NRI Affairs Minister Capt.Balbir Singh Bath, MLA Batala and former Chief Parliamentary Seccretary Mr. Jagdish Rai Sahwney and MLA Qadian Mr.Lakhbir Singh Lodhinangal besides senior leaders and party workers of SAD-BJP and members of SGPC.
S.M. KRISHNA'S FAUX PAS UNFORTUNATE -SUKHBIR
· HOW SUCH UNION EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER CAN PROTECT COUNTRY'S RIGHT OVER KASHMIR OR LOBBY FOR U.N SECURITY COUNCIL SEAT FOR INDIA?
· CAPTAIN FRUSTRATED- NOBODY CAN STOP PUNJAB GETTING ITS RIGHTFUL SHARE IN CENTRAL TAXES COLLECTED FROM STATES
· WELCOMES ELECTION REFORMS
Kahna Dhesian(Jalandhar), February 14: Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab today described the faux pas committed by Union External Affairs Minister Mr. S.M. Krishna reading the speech of Portugal in United Nations as an "unfortunate episode" that has reflected India in a poor light in International diplomatic fora.
Answering the queries of media persons after attending the religious ceremony and inaugurating the World class school here today Mr. Badal questioned how can we expect that such an External Affair Minister to protect India's position in U.N. on sensitive issues like J& K? He said that when India was lobbying hard to secure a seat in Security council, the blunder by External Affairs Minister of Congress led UPA government has sent a wrong message regarding the seriousness of India on this front. He said that Congress led UPA government was committing one mistake after another. Mr. Badal said that series of multi-lakh crores scams in Telecom and space sectors have sent shock waves through out the community of Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) and there had been record withdrawal of investment by them during last few days.
When asked about Amarinder's comment about writing to Union government to stop the Rs. 3500 crores grant sought by Punjab government, Mr. Badal replied that Amarinder was living in a world of hallucinations fearing his certain drubbing in ensuing Vidhan Sabha Elections and he was inventing new mantras every day to keep his depleting flock of self-seeker followers together. He said that firstly Punjab has not sought any Rs. 3500 crores grant and secondly whatever central grants Punjab was getting it was constitutionally its rightful share in the Central taxes collected from state that nobody can stop. He said that Amarinder was frustrated of denying choosing his officer bearers for four long months and now he was trying to befool his cadre by announcing their candidature. Mr. Badal said that Punjab was facing blatant discrimination from Congress led UPA as it was getting only 1.29% share of Central Taxes collected from the states.
Referring to the Prime Minister's statements to announce a package for farm sector soon, Mr. Badal said that he was not expecting any relief for Punjabi farmers as in Rs. 70,000 crores farm debt waiver, Punjab's farmers contributing 70% grains to the national kitty got only 1% share. He said that even for second green revolution push budget announced in this year budget, Punjab was denied a single penny out of it. When asked about electoral reforms Mr. Badal said that election process in the country required major reforms and he would welcome the electoral reforms suggested by the committee. When asked about naming of new Youth Akali Dal President, Mr. Badal said that Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia had been assigned the job of consolidating the Youth Akali Dal cadre and he was doing this duty this job perfectly.
Earlier addressing the sangat, Mr. Badal praised the contribution of Sant Gurmail Singh for inculcating the quest for spirituality amongst the students Mr. Badal also spoke about the Adarsh school experiment of Punjab government and said that 119 Adarsh school would be operational by next academic sessions.
Mr. Sarwan Singh Phillaur and Mr. Sukhpal Singh Nannu both Chief Parliamentary Secretaries accompanied the Deputy Chief Minister.
CM Restores exemption from payment
of RDF on Basmati Rice exports
Asks agriculture department to soon fill up 300 posts of agricuture & HORTICULTURE development officers
Chandigarh, February 13:
In a major relief to the Basmati Rice exporters, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today restored the exemption from payment of Rural Development Fund (RDF) on the export of Basmati Rice.
A decision to this effect was taken by Mr. Badal in a meeting with the delegation of Punjab Rice Millers Exporters Association led by its president Mr. Rajeev Setia here at chief minister's residence this morning.
Mr Setia on behalf of the entire rice exporting industry of Punjab expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister for conceding their long pending demand, which would certainly boost the export of rice from the State. The delegation apprised Mr. Badal that the rice millers association had taken a major initiative with the active support of State Agriculture department to diversify from the traditional varieties of Rice to Basmati Rice which had helped to arrest the declining water table to save the precious resources.
In another meeting with the delegation of Punjab Agricultural University Students Association, the Chief Minister assured that nearly 300 posts of Agriculture Development Officers and Horticulture Development Officers would be filled soon in a phased manner. He also directed the Agriculture Department to immediately initiate the process of recruitment for these posts in a fair and transparent manner.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Agriculture Minister Mr. Sucha Singh Langah, Chief Parliamentary Mr. Harish Rai Dhanda, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. D. S. Guru, Financial Commissioner Revenue Mr. N. S. Kang, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr Gaggandip Singh Brar and Director Agriculture Mr. B. S. Sidhu.
CM gives nod to get water samples of tubewell based schemes tested in all districts from BARC
Chandigarh, February 13:
In a bid to provide safe drinking water free from Uranium and other heavy metals to the people especially in the rural areas, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today directed the Water Supply & Sanitation Department to immediately get the water samples of the tube well based schemes in all the districts supply tested from the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai in a phased manner with in next six months.
A decision to this effect was taken by Mr. Badal in a high level meeting with the senior officers of the Water Supply & Sanitation Department here at chief Minister's residence this morning.
Taking part in the deliberations, Mr. Badal was apprised by the Secretary Water Supply & Sanitation that the department had already got analyzed 199 water samples from the districts of Bathinda, Mansa, Ludhiana, Moga, Ferozepur, Faridkot & Muktsar of Malwa belt from BARC. These samples after analysis revealed higher level of uranium in Drinking Water in 38 tube well based schemes. On the other hand traces of uranium have been found within permissible limit in the Canal Based Scheme. In order to give immediate relief to the people who were being supplied water from the 38 schemes where uranium contents have been found beyond the permissible limits, the Water Supply & Sanitation Department had already installed Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants and approval for installation of 15 RO plants in the affected villages at the cost of nearly Rs. 23 Crore had already been accorded and installation of these RO plants were under process of allotment.
Acting swiftly, the Chief Minister also cleared the proposal of the department Water Supply & Sanitation Department for installation of RO Plants in the remaining adversely affected villages at approximate cost of Rs. 30 Crore. He also asked the Principal Secretary Health & Family Welfare to coordinate with Director PGI to get a research study conducted from the experts of the institute to ascertain the causes and the corrective measures to check the effects on the human health due to concentration of Uranium based on the reports of BARC after the analysis of water samples.
The Chief Minister also asked the Director, Health Services to organize awareness camps across the state to discuss the impact of Uranium and other heavy metals on health in collaboration with Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot and PGIMER Chandigarh. He also emphasized the need to distribute Publicity material showing the ill effects of drinking contaminated water with Uranium and remedial measures like use of earthen pottery and simple storage of water etc to public of affected districts.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included: Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. D. S. Guru, Principal Secretary Health Mr. Satish Chandra, Chairman Punjab Pollution Control Board Mr. Rajat Aggarwal, Secretary Water Supply & Sanitation Mr. P S Aujla, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr Gaggandip Singh Brar, Director Health & Family Welfare Dr. J P Singh, Mr. R l Kauldhar and Mr. M S Kler both chief engineers in the department of Water Supply & Sanitation.
PROPOSED TEXTILE PARK IN BATHINDA, IT PARK IN RAJPURA AND HANDTOOL INDUSTRY PARK IN KAPURTHALA WOULD BE POWER CUT FREE ZONES-SUKHBIR
LAYS THE FOUNDATION STONE OF RS. 33 CRORE IRRIGATION PROJECTS, INAUGRATES SUB TEHSIL
Doda (Gidderbaha), Febraury 13: Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal Deputy Chief Minister Punjab today said that Punjab was giving final touches to setting up Textile Park in Bathinda to provide gains of value addition to cotton farmers of Bathinda and Mansa belt and said that plans were in final stages.
Talking to reporters after laying the foundation stone of Rs. 33 crore irrigation rehabilitation projects, 66 KV sub station Grid besides inaugurating Doda Sub Tehsil here today, Mr. Badal said that he was happy that cotton farmers of Punjab have got record procurement price and he would like to make them partner in the value addition of cotton by setting up cotton fabric industry in the Textile Park. Separately IT park was being set up in Rajpura and Hand Tool Industry park in Kapurthala and all these three parks would be marketed as power cut free zones for which POWERCOM could be signatory to the agreement assuring 24 hour power with a penal clause. He said that with farm output reaching the plateau, diversification in the industrial sector especially in the soft skill industry for IT enables services and agro processing industries including cotton related industry were the only answer to provide value addition to farmers besides opening new vistas of employment for our youth.
When asked about PPSC recruitment scam Mr. Badal said that matter was being looked after by Honourable Punjab and Haryana High Court and he would not like to comment on this issue. When asked about controversy in Education department between DGSE and Education Minister, the Deputy Chief Minister said that Chief Minister was seized of this matter.
Mr. Badal said that Congress has no development road map for the state and was trying to distract the public by raising non issues everyday. He said that he believes in focussing on development and does not want to join issue with any leader. The Deputy Chief Minister said that it was matter of great satisfaction that over 100 Sub Tehsils have been put on net with record of more than 7000 villages fully computerized. He said that though computerisation of land record was a time consuming process but district authorities were taking total care in checking, cross checking every record besides giving public also a chance to authenticate the record about their land holdings before putting the record on the net.
When asked about the progress of Governance Reforms, Mr. Badal said that every government official/officer would have to cooperate in accomplishment of this state’s mission and no one would be allowed to derail the process of reforms. He said that reforms process was going on in all departments and over 70 recommendations of Punjab Governance Reforms Commission would be implemented by June 2011, facilitating the interaction of public with the government authorities. He said that besides 155 Computerized Fard Kendras, 85 Polic Sanjh Kendras, 135 Police Outreach Centres and 3031 E Gram Seva Kendres would be operational by June this year. Mr. Badal appreciated the revenue authorities for achievement of this momentous task with total dedication.
Earlier Mr. Badal laid the foundation stone of Rehabilitation of Jaito Distributory at village Bhaliana to be completed at the cost of Rs. 4.42 crore. He also laid the foundation stone of project for construction of new canal to shift Doda Distributory at the cost of Rs. 4.30 crore at village Gursangar. Mr. Badal also laid the foundation stone of KotBhai Distributory at Gidderbaha to be constructed at the cost of Rs. 20.71 crore. Later at Gursangar Mr. Badal also laid the foundation stone of 66 KV Sub Station Grid to be constructed at the cost of Rs. 3 crore.
After inaugurating Doda Sub Tehsil constructed at the cost of Rs. 35 lakh Mr. Badal also interacted with the farmers. Later he also gave prizes to the winners of Kabaddi tournament at Kot Bhai.
CHIEF MINISTER OFFICE PUNJAB PUNJAB CM MOURNS TRAGIC DEMISE OF SR. VICE PRESIDENT (SAD) ISTRI WING BEEBA AMARJIT KAUR'S SON
Chandigarh, February13: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the Sad and untimely demise of Mr Pawan Indra Singh, Son of Beeba Amarjeet Kaur former member of Rajya Sabha and Sr. Vice President of Shiromani Akali Dal Istri Wing who died in a road accident near Mullanpur Garibdas, in a vee hours on Saturday. He was 30 years old. Mr. Badal shared his heartfelt sympathies with the members of the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty to give strength and courage to them to bear this irreparable loss and grant peace to the departed soul....
GHUMAN SWORN IN AS MEMBER OF THE PUNJAB STATE ELECTRICITY REGULATORY COMMISSION CHANDIGARH FEBRUARY 12: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr. Gurinderjit Singh Ghuman as the Member of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) here at Chief Minster's residence this afternoon in a simple but impressive ceremony. Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that Mr. Ghuman had been appointed as Member in place of Mr. Satpal Singh Paul whose term as Member of the PSERC expired on 10th February, 2011. It may be recalled that Mr. Ghuman was Chief Engineer in the POWERCOM and sought pre-mature retirement to take up this new assignment.
Meanwhile, the Principal Secretary Power Mr. Arun Goel conducted the proceedings of the swearing-in-ceremony. Prominent amongst others who attended the oath taking ceremony of Mr. Ghuman included Chairperson PSERC Mrs. Romilla Dubey Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. DS Guru, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar, Chairman-cum-Managing Director Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd. Mr. KD Chaudhary and Additional Secretary Power Mr. MR Aggarwal…
BADAL ORDERS ENQUIRY INTO GPA ISSUE AND CONCEDES OTHER DEMANDS OF VALMIK SAMAJ VALMIK SAMAJ WITHDRAWS PUNJAB BANDH CALL ON FEB.14 CHANDIGARH FEBRUARY 12:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today ordered Deputy Commissioner Amritsar to conduct an enquiry into the General Power of Attorney dated 7.8.1990 registered by the Sub-Registrar Ferozepur and asked him to submit the report within 15 days. The said GPA was made by Mr. Chiman Gir Son of Mr.Durga Dass in favour of Mr. Baldev Gir son of Mr. Krishan Gir. A decision to this effect was taken by Mr. Badal in a meeting with the high powered delegation of Valmik community jointly led by the President of the Bhartiya Valmik Dharam Samaj Mr. Vijay Danav and Chairman of the Bhagwan Valmik Ashram Dhuna Sahib Trust (Regd.) Ram Tirath Amritsar Mr. Om Parkash Gabbar here at Chief Minister’s residence this afternoon. While submitting the memorandum of demands to the Chief Minister, the chairman of the trust Mr. Gabbar offered to find an amicable solution to the issue relating to the management of holy Ram Tirath temple through compromise. Mr Badal asked the Deputy Commissioner Amritsar to hold talks with both the parties on the issue of management of the Ram Tirath to find a permanent solution through the process of conciliation as demanded by the delegation. Taking part in the deliberations, Mr. Badal appealed the Valmiki Samaj to exercise restrain at this moment so that this issue could be solved for ever peacefully through negotiations to the satisfaction of both the parties. He said that Valmik Samaj had been living in the state since long thereby reposing full faith in the ethos of communal harmony and brotherhood. He hoped they would also demonstrate the same spirit in the future also. Mr. Badal assured the members of the delegation that the state government was committed to renovate and beautify the holy temple in view of its historic importance and sanctity. Responding to other demands raised by the delegation in the meeting, Mr. Badal agreed to immediately to renovate the dilapidated wall in the Ram Tirath temple. He also directed the Deputy Commissioner Amritsar to immediately take possession of the 24 kanal government land at Ram Tirath for the construction of Bus stand and also asked the Chief Architect to prepare a site plan for the same at the earliest after personally visiting the site. He also asked the Deputy Commissioner to find out a suitable alternative site for the satsang and also instructed instead of demolishing the stairs along with parikarma at Ram Tirath temple, these should be properly renovated. The Chief Minister also asked the Deputy Commissioner to immediately undertake the demarcation of the land donated by the village panchayats of Kaleran and Kotla Doom on the priority. He also asked the DC to immediately initiate action to remove shops etc. besides stopping the entry of two, three and four wheelers inside the parikarma at Ram Tirath temple to ensure hassle free access to the devotees to pay their respect at the holy temple. Expressing gratitude on behalf of the Valmik Samaj Mr. Vijay Danav said that they would be ever indebted to Mr. Badal for this benevolent gesture. Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the Trust Mr. Om Parkash Gabbar announced to withdraw their proposed call for Punjab bandh on February 14 and thanked Mr. Badal for conceding their long pending demands. Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. DS Guru, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar and Additional Deputy Commissioner Amritsar Mr. Paramjit Singh. Besides Mr. Naresh Dhigan and Mr. Randeep Gill members of the delegation also thanked the Chief Minister. …
BADAL FOR SPECIAL DRIVE TO IMPART SKILL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING TO UNEMPLOYED YOUTH
CHANDIGARH FEBRUARY 12:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today asked the government and private Engineering Colleges to start a special drive to impart skilled training to the unemployed youth to enable them to find gainful employment for their livelihood.
While reviewing the functioning of the engineering colleges in both government and private sector, the Chief Minister directed the principals and the managements of these colleges to focus on the skill development programme to link it with local industry so that the trained youth could be absorbed in the nearby industry as per its requirement. The Chief Minister was apprised in the meeting that nearly 70000 youth would be provided with skill development training in the five government colleges at Bathinda, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Lehragagha and Malout. Likewise, the Chief Minister also impressed upon the management of private colleges to start special programs in their campuses after the working hours so that maximum unemployed youth could be benefited from these skill development training modules.
It was also informed in the meeting that the short term skill development courses started in the government colleges were becoming very popular amongst the youth as these were graded by the national council for vocational training and the certificates awarded to the students after the completion of course were also useful to find a gainful employment in the industry being awarded from an accredited body.
The Chief Minister also asked the principals and the managements of government and private engineering colleges to start +1 and +2 classes in science stream in all the colleges from the next academic session as 25 private colleges had already started this program. The Chief Minister also asked the principals to take up nearby senior secondary government schools under catchment’s scheme for the upgradation of infrastructure to give a boost to the science stream in +1 and +2. As many as 678 such schools had been selected to be provided with requisite infrastructure by the engineering colleges.
Mr. Badal also appreciated the scheme of academic audit to review the functioning of the engineering colleges from all aspects to make them efficient, under which all the colleges would be audited by the PTU once in three years.
Mr. Badal also asked the management of the private colleges to open Adarsh Schools as per the policy of the Punjab government in its vicinity or even the interested management could also be allotted a place of their choice for the opening of such schools. He also asked the principals of the government colleges to put up a detailed proposal for the upgradation of infrastructure and recruitment of qualified staff against the vacant posts at the earliest to the Principal Secretary Technical Education so that action could be taken in a time bound manner to ensure quality technical education to the engineering students. Mr. Badal also asked the management of the private colleges to constantly prevail upon the school students especially with rural background to motivate them to take up science subjects by arranging special campus there.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. DS Guru, Principal Secretary Technical Education Mr. Suresh Kumar, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar, VC PTU Dr. Rajneesh Arora, Director Technical Education Mr. VK Sharma besides the members of the PUTIA Dr. HS Gill, Dr.Rohin Sachdeva, Mr. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Dr. Zora Singh and the principals of the government engineering colleges of Bathinda, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Malout and Lehragagha.
The SAD-BJP govt. fails to come to rescue of farmers committing suicides due to debt burden.
The oft repeated claims of mega development have fallen flat right on the faces of both the Badal’s with the SAD-BJP govt. having no money to count its ‘dead’ farmers. As we are aware Mr. Badal CM had announced on April 27, 2007 that the govt. would conduct a survey across the state to identify farmers who had committed suicides due to debt burden. He had also announced in the Vidhan Sabha that the State govt. would pay Rs. 2 lac as compensation to the family of the deceased suicide ridden farmers.
Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana, Punjabi University Patiala and Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar were sanctioned Rs. 22.39 and Rs. 34 lacs respectively to conduct a survey of 20 districts. Unfortunately since 2007 this money was actually never passed on to the Universities for the said survery, as a result the policy to compensate the family of the deceased farmer with Rs. 2 lac was a non starter. In fact like on all other schemes such a Adarsh Schools, this scheme too has flopped due to non serious approach of the SAD-BJP govt.
I have as elected representative been following the case of farmer Balwinder Singh R/o Bhadas, Distt. Kapurthala who committed suicide in 2008 but to no avail as the govt. has no money to count its ‘dead’ farmers leave aside giving Rs. 2 lacs.
It is a matter of great shame for Akali Dal govt. for leaving the poor debt ridden peasantry in lurch. The Akali Dal has been always drawing political strength from the farmers of Punjab with various slogans but when it comes to tackling their issues, the Akali’s have always flopped be it suicides or the SYL waters issue. It is more disheartening for the Badals as they have always claimed Akali Dal to be the sole representative party of the farmers.
It is astonishing that while the farmers of Punjab are reeling under a collosal debt
of Rs. 35000 crores and are committing suicides their political feudal masters are amassing wealth, assets, hotels and are living a life style of monarchs.
Sukhpal Singh Khaira,
CHANDIGARH FEBRUARY 12:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today ordered Deputy Commissioner Amritsar to conduct an enquiry into the General Power of Attorney dated 7.8.1990 registered by the Sub-Registrar Ferozepur and asked him to submit the report within 15 days. The said GPA was made by Mr. Chiman Gir Son of Mr.Durga Dass in favour of Mr. Baldev Gir son of Mr. Krishan Gir.
A decision to this effect was taken by Mr. Badal in a meeting with the high powered delegation of Valmik community jointly led by the President of the Bhartiya Valmik Dharam Samaj Mr. Vijay Danav and Chairman of the Bhagwan Valmik Ashram Dhuna Sahib Trust (Regd.) Ram Tirath Amritsar Mr. Om Parkash Gabbar here at Chief Minister’s residence this afternoon.
While submitting the memorandum of demands to the Chief Minister, the chairman of the trust Mr. Gabbar offered to find an amicable solution to the issue relating to the management of holy Ram Tirath temple through compromise. Mr Badal asked the Deputy Commissioner Amritsar to hold talks with both the parties on the issue of management of the Ram Tirath to find a permanent solution through the process of conciliation as demanded by the delegation.
Taking part in the deliberations, Mr. Badal appealed the Valmiki Samaj to exercise restrain at this moment so that this issue could be solved for ever peacefully through negotiations to the satisfaction of both the parties. He said that Valmik Samaj had been living in the state since long thereby reposing full faith in the ethos of communal harmony and brotherhood. He hoped they would also demonstrate the same spirit in the future also. Mr. Badal assured the members of the delegation that the state government was committed to renovate and beautify the holy temple in view of its historic importance and sanctity.
Responding to other demands raised by the delegation in the meeting, Mr. Badal agreed to immediately to renovate the dilapidated wall in the Ram Tirath temple. He also directed the Deputy Commissioner Amritsar to immediately take possession of the 24 kanal government land at Ram Tirath for the construction of Bus stand and also asked the Chief Architect to prepare a site plan for the same at the earliest after personally visiting the site. He also asked the Deputy Commissioner to find out a suitable alternative site for the satsang and also instructed instead of demolishing the stairs along with parikarma at Ram Tirath temple, these should be properly renovated. The Chief Minister also asked the Deputy Commissioner to immediately undertake the demarcation of the land donated by the village panchayats of Kaleran and Kotla Doom on the priority. He also asked the DC to immediately initiate action to remove shops etc. besides stopping the entry of two, three and four wheelers inside the parikarma at Ram Tirath temple to ensure hassle free access to the devotees to pay their respect at the holy temple.
Expressing gratitude on behalf of the Valmik Samaj Mr. Vijay Danav said that they would be ever indebted to Mr. Badal for this benevolent gesture.
Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the Trust Mr. Om Parkash Gabbar announced to withdraw their proposed call for Punjab bandh on February 14 and thanked Mr. Badal for conceding their long pending demands.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. DS Guru, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar and Additional Deputy Commissioner Amritsar Mr. Paramjit Singh. Besides Mr. Naresh Dhigan and Mr. Randeep Gill members of the delegation also thanked the Chief Minister.
280 DEEP TUBEWELLS SET TO SOLVE THE IRRIGATION PROBLEM OF KANDI BELT -SUKHBIR · RS. 100 CRORES SET ASIDE FOR DEEP TUBEWELLS PROJECT· RS. 117 CRORES RELEASED FOR RELINING OF MINORS/CHANNELS
Chandigarh, February 11:
Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister today set in motion a massive irrigation programme to solve the chronic water woes of Kandi belt by sanctioning Rs. 100 crores for digging out 280 deep tubewells besides Rs. 117 crores for relining the minors and channels. Reviewing the projects for Kandi areas in high level meeting here today Mr. Badal said that SAD-BJP government was committed to solve the chronic irrigation problems of kandi belt and sub-mountain areas of Punjab and asked MD Punjab Tubewell corporation to ensure completion of both projects by October this year. It was informed in the meeting that e-tenders for over 100 tubewells to be dug at the cost of Rs. 50 crores have already been received and 10 companies have started digging tubewells. It was informed that all 280 tubewells would be operational by October this year. Calling for expediting work on Rs. 117 crores projects to reline minor and water channles Mr. Badal said that Tubewell Corporation would ensure quality in execution of this work. Mr. Badal said that those areas where minors have been broken totally and it was causing problems of water logging should be covered in the first phase. Prominent amongst those participated in the meeting included Mr. Ravikaran Singh Kahlon, Chairman Punjab State Tubewell Corporation, Mr. G.Vajralingam, Secretary irrigation; Mr. D.S. Mangat, Director Public Relations and Mr. Manvesh Singh Sidhu, Additional Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister.
SUKHBIR APPROVES FILM CITY FOR SAS NAGAR MOHALI· FILM AND TELEVISION INSTITUTE WOULD ALSO BE PART OF PROPOSED FILM CITY PUNJAB TO INSTITUTE FILM AWARDS FOR PUNJABI FILMS
SAS Nagar, February 11:
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today gave is approval to set up a Film City in SAS Nagar, Mohali that would give fillip to quality Punjabi movies. Approving the plan the Deputy Chief Minister today asked Principal Secretary Tourism and Culture Mrs. Geetika Kalha to put up the conceptual plan for the proposed Film city that should also have Film and Television Institute. Mr. Badal said that he was being approached by many film professional who want to setup state of art Film studios in the Film city. Mr. Badal asked Mrs. Kalha to make Film and Television Institute a part of Film city that would provide professional training to the youth the art of film making and its technical. He said that they was lot of shortage of quality technical staff for film making and this institutes would provide the human resource backup to the film studios. Mr. Badal asked Principal Secretary Culture to institute Film Awards for Punjabi films so that people should be encouraged to produce quality Punjabi films. Prominent amongst those who participated in the meeting included Mrs. Geetika Kalha, Principal Secretary Tourism, Mr. Hussan Lal, Director Tourism, Mr. D.S. Mangat, Director Public Relations, Mr. Manvesh Singh Sidhu, Additional Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister
PUNJAB STATE-OF-THE-ART GOLDEN TEMPLE ENTRANCE PLAZA TO BE DEDICATED TO THE SANGAT BY OCTOBER THIS YEAR- SUKHBIR· reputed international company to be given project on turnkey basis · suggests review of capacity and movement plan in the basement of plaza Amritsar, February 11
: Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab today reviewed the progress of state-of-the-art Golden Temple Entrance Plaza in a high level meeting to give final touch to the conceptual plan. It may be added that state-of-the-art Golden Temple Entrance Plaza which had been selected by a Jury-panel comprising professional experts of national and international repute besides selected representatives of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board and District Administration after final evaluation of the two stage international competition. Approving the plan the Deputy Chief Minister said that plaza should look like a befitting entry to the internationally acclaimed monument of faith and appreciated vision of proposed redesign and refurbishment of the public space that was available in front of main entrance of Golden Temple Complex, in a way that space seemed to complement the glory and grandeur of Sri Harmandir Sahib. Asking Principal Secretary Tourism to ensure the completion of this project by October 2011, Mr. Badal said that Punjab Heritage Board should consider allotment of this project to international company of repute on turnkey basis that should accomplish this project not as a project but as an emotional sewa to the whole humanity. He said that unless project consultant was not emotionally involved in the project, it may not show the desire result. Asking the Architect to work out detailed capacity and movement plan of Sangat especially during Gurupurbs , so that there should not be any blockade in the flow devotees even during high turn out day. Mr. Badal said that Principal Secretary Tourism should coordinate with SGPC for constitution of project maintenance core group that would be responsible for upkeep and maintenance of this plaza for times to come in professional way. Prominent amongst those who participated in the meeting included Mr. D.S. Guru, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mrs. Geetika Kalha, Principal Secretary Tourism, Mr. Hussan Lal, Director Tourism, Mr. D.S. Mangat, Director Public Relations, Mr. Manvesh Singh Sidhu, Additional Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister
Chandigarh, February 11:
With a view to compensate the families of deceased employees of the Punjab Roadways, a function is being organized on 15 February, 2011 at the Auditorium Hall, Punjab School Education Board to give appointment letters to their dependents on compassionate grounds.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of State Transport department said that Transport Minister Punjab Mr. Mohan Lal would preside over the function. Drivers and Conductors of Punjab roadways who had performed better duty would also be honored on this occasion, the spokesman added.
Chandigarh, February 11:
In view to give better transport facilities to the general Punjab, the Punjab Government has inducted 1074 new buses besides 153 new AC buses in the Punjab Roadways and PRTC fleet.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab Government said that 330 new buses and 81 AC buses were also being added soon in its fleet. He said that World-class bus terminal under construction at a cost of Rs.350 crore at Mohali and New bus stands at Patiala, Bathinda, Faridkot, Sangrur, Kapurthala and Ropar to be constructed soon.
The Spokesman further said that modern city bus service had been launched in Jalandhar and to be introduced in Ludhiana, Amritsar and Mohali soon.