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Punjab News: 2011




Bathinda, February 19 : Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal Deputy Chief Minister Punjab today said that SAD-BJP government has put the development of Punjab on fast track by fixing time lines for completion of various projects. Addressing a mammoth rally after Sangat Darshan of 50 wards in Bathinda city today Mr. Badal said that the kind of development Punjab has witnessed during last four years could not have been accomplished during last 60 years. He said that the infrastructure based growth model evolved by the SAD-BJP government has a cascading effect on all development parameters besides boosting the avenues of employment for Punjabi youth. Speaking about the development of Malwa region Mr. Badal said that this region was most neglected region and with the setting of Rs 19000 crore Bathinda Refinery, thermal plant at Talwandi Sabo, Mansa and Bathinda area, the development of this region was fastest in the country. He said that never in the history of India Rs. 19000 crore project has been completed with a span of two years that could have been possible because of coordinated approach adopted by SAD-BJP government. Speaking about initiatives in the power sector

Mr. Badal said that 80,000 crore investment in power sector during last four years was maximum by any state in the country. He said that it was purely because of vision of S. Parkash Singh Badal that after 2013 Punjab would be the biggest exporter of power in India after fulfilling the state’s requirement of power. Emphasizing on improving road connectivity in the state Mr. Badal said that within next 8 months Punjab would be the only state in the country that would have all its main cities 4/6 lane roads, the ambitious project launched by the state at the cost of Rs. 6669 crores. He said that 40 ROBs/RUBs have already been dedicated to people and construction of 30 more were in pipeline.

Mr. Badal said that besides improving road connectivity Punjab was also focussing on providing world class air connectivity with construction of three International airports and three domestic airports in the state. He said that with the efforts of the state government Amritsar- Toronto flight has again resumed.Expressing concern at role of Congress party in scuttling justice to victims of 1984 anti sikh riots Mr. Badal said that never in the history of world the victims of massacre had to wait for 26 long years to get justice in mass slaughter of 7000 sikhs on the streets of national capital. He said that he was shocked at the revelation of massacre of 70 sikhs during 84 riots in Hond village of Haryana that was suppressed by investigatin agencies for 26 long years. He said that he has set up a fact finding committee under the chairmanship of Balwinder Singh Bhunder and receipt of committee’s report SAD would fight for justice to these unfortunate families. Mr. Badal reiterated that SAD would continue to struggle till every culprit responsible for massacre of Sikhs was given exemplary punishment. Lashing at Amarinder for his baseless criticism Mr. Badal wondered that instead of getting sanctioned additional grant for Punjab Amarinder was hell bent to stop ongoing development projects in the state. He said that people of Punjab were closely watching the negative attitude of Amarinder and he would see its results in upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections in the state.

Mr. Badal said that the state government has already launched a novel scheme to provide bicycles to all girl students studying in class VI and above in government schools whose distance from their residence was at least 3 km. He said that all eligible girl students would get bi cycles within three months. Vowing to get additional share for Punjab in Central taxes collected from the state Mr. Badal said that Punjab would continue to fight till its share was enhanced to minimum 50 percent. Earlier Mr. Badal reviewed development projects of 50 wards of Bathinda and gave directions to the various department to accomplish the development works within time bound manner. Mrs Harsimrat Kaur Badal Member Parliament was also present on the occasion.


Chandigarh, Feb. 19, 2011:The Orissa High Court has stayed the controversial December 12 notification of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) whereby the B-schools were to operate as per the respective state government operated processes. The statutory body had laid down that the fee structure of all B-schools would also be decided by the state governments.

The case is listed for hearing on March 23, 2011 now and admissions to PGDM, PGDM (Executive), PGDM (Certificate) for 2011 – 2012 shall be subject to the disposal of writ petition.

Welcoming the move Dr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Groups of Colleges, Chandigarh, said this has come as a sigh of relief to all the B-schools which were feeling disheartened by the AICTE’s directions. Since the B-schools have set up state of the art infrastructures in their respective institutes such bindings to bring them under the ambit of state government’s was a negative step.
The B-schools had also resented the decision of the AICTE to do away with MBA entrance exams like XAT, ATMA, MICAT and had instead stated that only CAT, MAT or state government conducted tests would serve as the entry points to B-schools. Dr Kataria said this was another oppressive step as bringing the B-schools as the state governments would fail to match equivalent standards. The court’s stay had raised a ray of hope for the B-schools.
Dr Kataria also demanded the AICTE to reconsider the recently effected hike of 200 to 500 per cent in the processing fee of various professional courses for the new institutes and said the hike had put a stop on the growth of new educational institutes.
15 Sarpanches and Principals each Honoured by Aryans Group of Colleges for their contribution in EducationMohali, 18 Feb. 2011 Aryans Group of Colleges (AGC), Vill. Nepra, Chandigarh- Patiala Highway organized a function to honour Principals and Sarpanches of this area for their contribution in promoting education in the rural areas. S. Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur, Former PWD Minister was chief guest. Smt. Harinder Kaur, Deputy DEO, Patiala was the Guest of Honour. S.Ajaib Singh inaugurated the function with lamp lightning. Most of the Sarpanches and Principals were from Banur, Rajpura, Shambu, Sirhind etc area. The function was presided over by Dr. Anshu Kataria , Chairman, Aryans Group.

S. Ajaib Singh while addressing various Principals and Sarpanches of the region said that various materialistic assets like money and property can be stolen but education is such an asset that it can neither be stolen nor be lost. He praised Aryans for its initiatives and also asked others to take such steps. He also said that we need good Schools and Colleges for providing better educational facilities to the students. He admitted that Aryans has proved to be a blessing for this region. He also promised to provide every type of possible help required in development of Aryans Group.
Dr. Anshu Kataria welcomed Chief Guest, Sarpanches and Principals of Schools. He honoured them by giving momentoes. Dr. Kataria said that he is committed to provide quality education. He also added that Aryans Group is emerging as fast growing chain of B-Schools in the region. Aryans group is doing constant efforts to provide more and more opportunities to students from backward areas.



Chandigarh, February 18:

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today gave approval for the execution of various development projects worth nearly Rs.150 crore for the overall development of Pathankot city.

Presiding over a high level meeting to review the various ongoing projects in and around Pathankot here at Chief Minister's residence this morning, Mr. Badal said that out of the Rs.150 crore, a sum of Rs.62 crore would be spent for the sewerage and sewerage treatment plant, Rs. 67 crore for the construction of bridge over river Chaki, Rs.10 crore for the pavement of drains and streets and Rs.2 crore for deep tubewells. He also approved a sum of Rs.3.50 crore for the diversion of river Chaki by ballasting at village Saili Kulian on Pathankot-Dalhousie road and Rs.1.50 crore for revetment of river chaki, besides Rs. 2.50 crore for diversion of river chaki in village Tambuan on the National Highway-1 Jalandhar-Pathakot to save the local residents from the fury of floods.
Responding to another demand put forth by the local MLA and Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal, Mr. Badal also approved to construct a state-of-the-art sports stadium in the Senior Secondary School, Lamini near Pathankot over an area of 25 Kanals. Master Mohal Lal thanked Mr. Badal for conceding the long pending demands of the local residents of Pathankot and assured that he would personally monitor the progress of these projects to ensure their timely completion.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. D.S. Guru, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar, Secretary Local Government Mr. S.S. Rajput, Secretary Housing & Urban Development Mr. S.S. Sandhu and President Municipal Council Pathankot Mr. Anil Vij.



Chandigarh, 18th February 2011 – METRO Cash & Carry, the international leader in business-to-business wholesale today formally announced the market entry with its first wholesale Centre at Ludhiana in Punjab.
An announcement to this effect was made by the Managing Director of METRO Cash & Carry India Mr. Rajeev Bakshi who led a team of senior officials from METRO to apprise the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Prakash Singh Badal of the market entry at Ludhiana, marking the beginning of METRO’s activities in Punjab in a meeting here at Chief Minister's residence this afternoon.

Mr. Bakshi informed the Chief Minister that the first wholesale center of METRO Cash & Carry India in Punjab was slated to be operational at Ludhiana during the latter half of 2011. This would be the company’s fifth city and seventh wholesale center in India. This is also in continuation to the MoU signed by the Company with the Punjab Government in 2008. He also said that the company had already planned to open such wholesale centres at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Zirakpur and Patiala in a phased manner. He also pointed out that the company was seriously contemplating to open another wholesale centre at Bathinda to source the local produce of farmers especially the Kinnow fruit and a sub centre at Malerkotla for vegetables. The company currently operates a total of six wholesale centres including two each in Bangalore and Hyderabad and one each in Mumbai and Kolkata.

Taking part in the deliberations the Chief Minister asked Mr. Bakshi to open a facility for imparting training for our youth in retailing and logistics and assured him of fulsome support and cooperation for the purpose. He also impressed upon Mr. Bakshi to start training programme for the farmers to motivate them to produce the best quality fruits & vegetables meeting their marketing norms for which he agreed to launch such training programme for the benefit of the farming community. Mr. Badal also asked the METRO Group to open its wholesale sub-centres at Hoshiarpur and Moga in vicinity of its upcoming wholesale centres in Jalandhar and Ludhiana to boost the trading & commercial activity in the region.
Responding to the demand for opening sub-centres and the training centres for imparting training to the youth and farmers, Mr. Bakshi said that he would explore the possibility after working out the detailed modalities so that these proposals put forth by Mr. Badal could be materialised.
Mr. Bakshi further said that Punjab was characterized by a rapidly growing economy, progressive outlook and modern infrastructure. “We are convinced that our unique business-to-business wholesale concept will be well-accepted by our business customers here and will be beneficial to the local producers and the overall economy of the State.” said Rajeev Bakshi. “We are extremely appreciative of the Government of Punjab for supporting our business initiatives in the state. METRO will make an investment of over Rs. 60 crores per wholesale center in the State of Punjab”, he added. METRO Cash & Carry provides job opportunities for the youth and also creates direct linkages with the farmers for sourcing local produce. With this, METRO re-iterates its commitment in the growth and progress of Punjab.
METRO Cash & Carry entered the Indian market in 2003. It caters exclusively to professional business customers like hotels, restaurants, small retailers like kirana stores and offices. The assortment and services are tailored to meet the special needs of these target groups.
The company also works closely with local producers, suppliers, small and medium enterprises, co-operatives and self-help groups to source its products, as it sources a large part of its products locally. Moreover, each wholesale center creates 250 direct and 100 indirect job opportunities for the local citizens.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included the Chief Secretary Mr. S.C. Aggarwal, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. D.S. Guru, Principal Secretary Industries Mr. S.S. Channy, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister & Housing and Urban Development Mr. S.S. Sandhu, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar besides Head Corporate Relations India Mr. Vishal Sehgal and Manager Corporate Relation North India Mr. Naveen Sharma Of METRO Cash & Carry India Ltd.


Chandigarh, February 18:
Senior Vice President of Larson & Toubro Ltd. Mr. S.N. Roy today called on the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal to apprise him of the status of three memorial projects and 2100 MW Rajpura thermal plant being executed by the L&T.

Mr. Roy who led a team of senior officers of the L&T informed the Mr. Badal in a meeting here at Chief Minister's residence this afternoon that the three prestigious Baba Banda Singh memorial at Chappar Chiri in district Mohali, Wadda Ghallughara at village Chak Abdalwari district Gurdaspur and Chota Ghallughara at village Kup Rohira district Sangrur would be completed positively by August 2011 a month ahead of its earlier schedule of completion in September. He also requested Mr. Badal to direct the department of Cultural Affairs to immediately take the possession of the prestigious Khalsa Heritage Complex (KHC) at Anandpur Sahib which was almost near completion for inauguration. It may be recalled that the L&T company had constructed the entire sate-of-the-art KHC.
Mr. Roy also informed the Chief Minister that the first unit of the 700MW of 2100 MW Rajpura Thermal Plant would be made operational by January 2014. Subsequently, the second and the third unit of 700 MW each would also be made functional by May 2014 and September 2014 respectively.

Taking part in the deliberations the Chief Minister directed the his Principal Secretary Mr. D.S. Guru to regularly monitor the progress of these projects being executed by L&T with its officers so that all the projects could be completed within time frame. He also asked the Principal Secretary Power and Secretary PWD (B&R) to immediately resolve the pending issues of the coal linkage and the construction of road near the project site at the earliest.
Expressing gratitude to the Chief Minister, Mr. Roy said he was satisfied with the cooperation and support extended by the Punjab government for the implementation of these projects right from the stage of inception to its completion.
The meeting was also attended by the Principal Secretary Tourism Mrs. Geetika Kalha, Secretary Housing & Urban Development Mr. S.S. Sandhu, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar besides Chief Executive Officer Nabha Power Ltd. Mr. Upinder Singh, Vice President L&T Power Development Ltd. Mr. Ravinder Kudhchadkar, Joint General Manager Nabha Power Ltd. Mr. J.S. Gill, Assistant Manager Nabha Power Ltd. Mr. Shibu John, Cluster Project Manager L&T ECCD Mr. L.Ramakrishanan, Project Manager Memorials L&T ECCD Mr. Ram Jee and Supervisor L&T Mr. P.N. Shukla.


Kairon felicitates medal winners of rowing championship in national games

Chandigarh February 18:
Mr. Adesh Partap Singh Kairon President Punjab Amateur Rowing Association and Food Supplies Minister, Punjab felicitated the Punjab Rowing Team which won three medals during the National Games held in Ranchi.
In a congratulatory message, Mr. Kairon said that these young champions of rowing from our state have made Punjabis proud by achieving this rare feat. He also congratulated the players and the coaches for their sheer hard work and perseverance which ultimately led them to win these medals in the National games.

It may be recalled that in the coax less four Sikander Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Surjit Singh and Manjit Singh won the silver medal while Sukhdev Singh and Kuldip Singh got the bronze medal in coax less pair event. Mangal Singh and Avtar Singh also won the bronze medal in double scull.

In coax less four (500 M) Sikandar Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Surjit Singh, Chandandeep Singh got the 5th place while in coax less pair (500 M) Gurjit Singh and Balwinder Singh also captured the 5th place. Chandandeep Singh, Manjit Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Sikandar Singh, Surjit Singh, Sukhdev Singh and Jagdip Singh Harman got the 4th place in coax 8+.




    Bareta/Budhlada February 18:

    Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab today said that Prime Minister by comparing fertilizer subsidies to the poor farmers with the 1.76 Lakh crore loot in 2G spectrum allocation to multinational cellphone companies has tried to justify this loot besides influencing CBI that was investigating this case.

    Mr. Badal was talking to media persons after holding Sangat Darshan Programmes at Bareta and Budhlada besides laying foundation stones of Rs. 3.5 crore new bus stand at Budhlada, Rs.3 crore Tehsil Complex and inaugurating the newly constructed buildings of Budhlada city and Sadar Police Stations constructed at the cost of Rs.76 lakh and Rs. 35 lakh respectively.

    Describing Prime Minister’s comparison as unfortunate, Mr. Badal said that he has forgot the fact that farmers constituting 70% population of the country have made this country self sufficient on food security front whereas the profit of cell phone multinational companies earned from hard earned tax payers money was being accumulated in western countries. He said that this comment reflects the pro rich bias of Congress led UPA Government that is a government ‘of MNCs by MNCs for MNCs’. He said that on one hand Congress led UPA Government was slashing the subsidies for the poor, on other hand the Prime Minister has virtually justified giving cell phone companies Rs. 1.76 Lakh Crore on platter. He said that this shows the misplaced priorities of this government that was out to crush poor people benefiting their rich allies.
    On this occasion launching a novel scheme to provide a new bicycle to each 6th class and above girls studying in government schools and having their school at least three kms away from their home, Mr. Badal described it a major step for popularizing education amongst girl students. He said that Punjab Education Department aims to distribute bi cycles to the beneficiary students with in one month. He gave away bicycles to 26 girl students of Bareta Area to launch the scheme. The Deputy Chief Minister also announced to set up a regional campus of Punjab Technical University at Mansa besides a regional campus of Punjabi University Patiala.

    Promising to upgrade the civic amenities of all urban areas of Punjab including under ground sewerage, potable water supply besides street lighting, Mr. Badal said that people of Bareta and Budhlada would be the luckiest one with completion of Rs. 31 crore sewerage network and drinking water projects within next three months. He said that Punjab has allocated Rs. 3000 crore for sewerage network , Rs. 700 crore for water supply in urban areas besides Rs. 1280 crore for 4200 villages. He said that within next three months all land records of Punjab would be available on internet with operationalizing of 155 computerized Fard Kendras in the State.

    Giving the details of governance reforms initiatives, Mr. Badal said that within 3 months old age pensions would be available to the beneficiaries at their door steps as banks have agreed to disburse old age pensions by bio- metric hand held ATM machines. Similarly, payment of shagun would be deposited in the beneficiaries bank accounts with in 2 months.
    Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal Member Parliament called upon people to fully utilize the world class education facilities to be offered by 119 Adarsh Schools being setup in rural areas at the cost of Rs. 800 crore.
    Earlier Mr. Badal laid the foundation stone of Rs. 3.5 crore modern bus stand to be set at Budhlada in 6.5 Acre land. He also laid the foundation stone of a sub divisional administrative complex being setup on 4 acre land at the cost of Rs. 3 crore . Mr. Badal also inaugurated the newly constructed buildings of Budhlada city and Sadar Police Stations at the cost of Rs. 76 and 35 lakh respectively. Punjab DGP Mr. P.S.Gill was also present on the occasion.

    Prominent amongst others who accompanied the Deputy Chief Minister included Mr. Mohan Lal Transport Minister Punjab , Mr. Ranjit Singh Ballian, Chairman PRTC, Mr. Harbant Singh Ex. MLA, IG Zonal Mr. N.S.Dhillion, DIG range Mr. P.S.Grewal, Deputy Commissioner Mr. Kumar Rahul and SSP Mr. H.S.Mann.


Punjab youth congress launches massive drive against chemists stores selling drugs in Punjab
Bittu asks sukhbir and majithia to actually wipe out these anti social elements instead going for cheap publicity

Mohali: 18-02-11

Punjab youth congress today launched massive drive against chemists stores who are selling synthetic drugs to the people of Punjab. Punjab youth congress president and member of parliament from Sri Anandpur Sahib, S Ravneet Singh Bittu today raided illegal drug store vendor in the Naya Gaon in Mohali and caught three persons red handed when they were selling illegal drugs to the common people. The concerned authorities were immediately informed, while the police party from Naya Gaon sealed the shop and booked three persons but repeated calls to the Mohali drug inspector by Bittu went in vain. This showed the seriousness of the state government towards these anti social elements who are destroying the younger generation of Punjab rampantly. Bittu appealed to S Sukhbir Singh Badal, deputy chief minister Punjab, to just go to the ground and see the state of the youth of Punjab which is declining day by day under the influence of drugs which is in turn sold in connivance with the administration and the politicians. He further asked badal that laying of foundation stones worth crores of rupees and giving full page advertisements in the print media would not solve any purpose, its time the state government has to take this social cause very seriously. Will sukhbir badal tell how many chemist stores selling illegal drugs have been closed or raided by him in his own constituency where this menace has become a havoc in the youth specially. Bittu said if we could save the younger generation from the clutches of drugs we can think of new and vibrant Punjab. Talking about the frequent rallies of youth Shiromani Akali Dal Badal, Bittu said that Majithia instead of giving his pictures in the print media along with his band wagon of senior leaders (where no youth is seen), should come on the roads and work for the upliftment of the youth of Punjab. The rallies by youth shiromani akali dal badal are nothing but vulgar show of power and money. Will the punjab government or shiromani akali dal badal come out with some concrete proposal to save the younger generation of Punjab? Both are working round the clock to garner their support base for the coming Vidhan Sabha elections leaving this menace aside.
Today Punjab youth congress launched this drive in Mohali, Ludhiana, Patiala, Amritsar districts of Punjab. In Mohali three persons named Vijay Kumar, Karnail singh both from Punjab and Door Vijay Singh from Uttar Pradesh were caught red handed while selling these synthetic drugs openly that too from a complex which is situated in the vicinity of religious place. In Patiala one Harpal Singh was arrested by police and case has been registered after youth congress activists raided his shop in sheran vala gate area. Pradeep Kumar was arrested from Sahnewal who was running Lavi medicos after youth congress activists complained the local police authorities. His shop has been sealed by the police now.

Bittu said that youth congress will continue with this effort in the coming future also and more raids will be conducted by the youth congress activists across the state. Bittu urged the government to take stern steps against these drug peddlers and cooperate with the youth congress in this noble cause of making punjab drug free.



v Radio Taxies and Radio Autos to supplement city bus service
v Maxi Cab Service to remote villages within One month

Bathinda Feb, 17:
Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal Deputy Chief Minister Punjab today announced to start AC city Bus Service for Bathinda to meet the increasing requirement of local transport of people.

Addressing a development rally here today, Mr. Badal said that in the first phase 150 low floor AC buses were being procured for five corporation towns namely Bathinda, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Patiala. And once this service becomes popular the number of buses would be steadily increased.

Announcing the launch of radio taxies and radio auto service for the corporation towns, Mr. Badal said that for each corporation town two operators with minimum 250 taxies / autos would be selected, who would provide door to door service to the commuters. Mr. Badal said that 500 licenses to the unemployed youth to run maxi cab service to remote villages not linked with any bus service was being also issued and arrangements were being worked out with Cooperative Banks to provide youth loan for these maxi cabs.
He said that Punjab Government was spending 3000 crores for upgrading underground sewerage network in the cities throughout the state whereas 300 crore has been set aside for construction of sewerage treatment plants. Mr. Badal said that Rs. 700 crores was being spent on water supply network in the cities whereas with 1280 crore potable water supply would be ensured in 4200 villages. Announcing the setting up of a textile park in Bathinda, Mr. Badal said that rich dividends from the cotton crop, value addition from the textile park was set to make this cotton belt most prosperous region of the country. Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Harsimrat kaur Badal, Member Parliament listed out the various initiatives of SAD-BJP government for the area and urged the people decimate Congress in ensuing Vidhan Sabha elections.
Earlier, Mr. Badal alongwith MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal laid the foundation stones of Rs. 7.58 crore sports stadium, Rs. 3.77 crore project of 100 feet approach road to phase 4 & 5, Rs. 3.60 crore project of 4 laining of Bathinda – Jassi Pouwali Road besides Rs. 3 crore works of industrial focal point.

Mr. Sarup Chand Singla , Mr. Baljit Singh Bir Behman, Mayor, Mr. Tarsem Garg, BJP Leader and Mr Rajinder Raju also spoke on the occasion.


FEBRUARY 17: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today declared that the SAD-BJP alliance would create a history in the Punjab politics thereby forming its next government in succession solely on the plank of all round development and prosperity after the next assembly elections in the state.

Addressing the media persons during a sangat darshan program held here at local Anaj Mandi, Mr. Badal categorically said that he was making this statement on the facts as the unprecedented development in the state during four years of our regime was beyond comparison of 30 years of Congress. He said that Congress party bereft of any solid agenda was merely bragging while SAD-BJP had its progress card full of spectacular achievements be it agriculture, industry, civil aviation, infrastructure, power, education, health care & medical education, rural and urban development. The Chief Minister unequivocally said that the SAD-BJP regime in Punjab would repeat alike Bihar exclusively on the poll issue of development.

Referring to the issue of acquisition of land, Mr. Badal pointed out it was the SAD-BJP government which notified a new land acquisition (land pooling) policy as it was alive to this sensitive issue and displacement of farmers. Under the policy private land would be acquired only if the land was needed for a defined public purpose at the actual market rate in addition to 30% solatium and 10% as non litigation charges to fully compensate the farmers. Mr. Badal said that he was confident of an amicable solution to the issue of land acquisition for the IT park near Rajpura for which he had already constituted a six member committee comprising local MLA Mr. Raj Khurana, MD Infotech Mr. Rakesh Verma, Deputy Commissioner Patiala Mr. Dipinder Singh besides SAD General Secretary Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra and District President SAD Rural Patiala Mr. Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur and DDPO Patiala Mr. Daljeet Singh Virk. Responding to the issue of damage caused to the life, crops and property in the area due to floods, Mr. Badal said that he had directed the drainage department to take up the matter of up-gradation and widening of siphons over Narwana Branch of Bhakra main line at village Lachru Khurd and Majari Fakirana at a cost of Rs.12 crore with the Central Water Commission under the Ministry of Water Resources, GoI. Mr. Badal said that either CWC should bear the entire cost of the project or asked the Haryana government to pay its share as Punjab had already agreed in principle to bear its own share of the project. Lashing at the Congress for its apathetic and discriminatory attitude towards Punjabis, Mr. Badal said that it had always betrayed Punjab on every front. He said that Central policies were inimical to the interests of Punjab and it deliberately devised stringent parameters to exclude Punjab from the ambit of these centrally sponsored schemes and grants. He also ridiculed the planners of our country for undertaking planning and making schemes for the development of those states about which they were completely ignorant about the ground realities affecting the local economy and its people. On the occasion, the Chief Minister listened to the grievances and problems of over 86 village Panchayats under Ghanour assembly constituency and distributed grants worth Rs.3.18 crore for improving connectivity and quality of life in the villages. He emphasized the need of active partnership of the village panchayats in ensuring quality works on different development projects. Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included former Minister and SAD Rural President District Patiala Mr. Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Raj Khurana, SAD General Secretary Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra and Chairman Zila Parishad Patiala Mr. Mohinder Singh Lalwa besides the senior leaders and works of SAD-BJP and members of the SGPC. IG Mr. Paramjit Singh Gill, Deputy Commissioner Mr. Dipinder Singh, SSP Mr. Gurpreet Singh Gill, former Minister Mr. Hamir Singh Ghagga and other civil and police officers of district administration were also present on the occasion.


Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today felicitated the people of the State on the 634th 'Parkash Utsav' of Sri Guru Ravidas ji- a great spiritual ambassador and messiah of the poor and unprivileged sections of the society.

In a message, Mr. Badal said that Sri Guru Ravidas ji preached the gospels of love, compassion, mutual tolerance, universal brotherhood and oneness of mankind through his life and philosophy. He said that Sri Guru Ravidas made strenuous efforts for bringing social equality thereby eradicating the evils of casteism from the society. His significant contribution towards carving out a casteless and classless society would ever be remembered by one and all. Mr. Badal further said that Sri Guru Ravidas ji propagated the values of humanism through his teachings, which were still relevant in the present context of materialism. He appealed the people to follow the path shown by the great Guru and exhorted them to make endeavour to ameliorate the lot of poor and downtrodden thereby bridging the gap between have and have-nots for the creation of an egalitarian society- the ultimate goal cherished by Guru ji.
The Chief Minister called upon the people to celebrate the 'Parkash Utsav' of Guru ji collectively rising above the parochial considerations of caste, creed, colour and religion.



Chandigarh, January 17: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today greeted the people ahead of Parkash Utsav of Sri Guru Ravidas ji.

Congratulating the people the Deputy Chief Minister said that Guru Ravidas ji embodied the spirit of humility and human dignity. He said that the message of Guru Ravidas ji have been a source of knowledge and wisdom for whole society. His life and teachings would always inspire us to create a humane and just society, where every individual is given due dignity, regardless of his or her caste, creed, religion or gender, he added.

Mr. Sukbir Singh Badal said that his message of love, compassion and equality would continue to inspire us to serve humanity with dedication and devotion in times to come.



Ghudda ( Bathinda), February 17:

Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab today said that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh can not escape his constitutional responsibility of governance by citing coalition compulsions.

Talking to media persons after laying the foundation stones of Sports School and two irrigation projects here today Mr. Badal said that fact his that Congress has failed to take his allies along with it and every Ministers was ruling the roost in his own fiefdom. He said that Prime Ministers reluctance to act firmly against his ministers proved quite dearly to the people as Indian treasury has become poorer by lacs of crores minted by these ministers. He said that UPA should learn from NDA that how coalition was run in the government, if Prime Minister was feeling incapable of running the coalition government he should make way for NDA government in the centre.

Replying to a query regarding Amarinder charges on PPSC selection of 312 Doctors, Mr. Badal said that Punjab & Haryana High Court ordered enquiry by Punjab Vigilance on getting complaints regarding irregularities in the selections and Vigilance has submitted the report to the Court. He said that it is upon the Court to take a decision on the scraping of selection of doctors by PPSC.
When asked about fears of pollution from new thermal plants being setup in the state, Mr. Badal allaying the fears said that these Thermal Plants have used latest pollution free supercritical technology and all by products and residues in these Thermal plants would be put in productive use. When pointed out regarding question marks raised by Amarinder on development in the state, Mr. Badal said that Amarinder was basically a visionless, directionless leader who has no vision for development of the state. He said that Amarinder can not be blamed for lack of knowledge as he remained out of state for long years and was oblivious of ground level development. He said that Amarinder was perturbed over sure shot decimation of Congress in Vidhan Sabha Elections and was making baseless statements everyday. On being asked about pre-ponement of elections in the state, Mr. Badal said that Amarinder was trying to keep together his depleting flock of leaders together by making new announcements everyday.

Mr. Badal said that he was happy that cotton farmers of the state have got good price for their cotton crop. He said that there was no shortage of cotton seeds in the state as Markfed has been asked to make advanced purchases from quality seed companies keeping inveiw renewed interest of farmers in cotton crop. He said that he expects that there will be 20% rise in the acreage of cotton of this year. Mr. Badal announced that to give value addition to the farmers, the Punjab has decided to setup a textile park in the state on an area of 1000 acres in district Bathinda.
Mr. Badal informed that the state government would organize second World Kabaddi Cup with double prize money i.e. Rs. 2 crore for champion team and Rs. One Crore and 50 Lakh for runner up and second runner up teams and teams from 13 countries have already sent their consent for the championship to be held in November 2011. He said that the State Sports Department was organizing first ever Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh Punjab Games from 28th February in which inter district competitions would be conducted in 11 sports disciplines with record prize money of Rs. 2.10 crore. Beside this a seven nation hockey tournament would also be organized in July 2011. He said that 13 World Class Stadiums equipped with flood lights was being setup / renovated through out the state with a cost of Rs. 100 crore and August 2011 has been fixed their completion deadline. Speaking about the Ghuda Sports School, Mr. Badal said that this World Class Sports Center would provide an opportunity for nurturing the sports talent in the state as it would have quality sports infrastructure including services of world renowned coaches as well as top class education for the sports person.

Earlier during his day long tour of Bathinda and Bathinda Rural Constituencies, Mr. Badal laid the foundation stones of various development works which included Rs. 36.47 crore sports school complex, Rs. 8.67 crore 50 bedded civil hospital and a NCC complex at Village Ghuda besides Rs. 5.7 crore project of rehabilitation of Teona Distributory system at Village Nandgarh, Rs. 4.88 crore project of rehabilitation of Raika Feeder System at Village Raika and remodeling, rehabilitation and extension project of Kotguru sub minor. Later on, Mr. Badal laid the foundation stones of Rs. 7.58 crore sports stadium at Bathinda , Rs. 3.77 crore project of 100 feet approach road to phase 4 & 5, Rs. 3.60 crore project of 4 laining of Bathinda – Jassi Pouwali Road besides Rs. 3 crore works of industrial focal point. He also addressed a public rally in the city.
Prominent amongst others who accompanied Mr. Badal included Mr. Darshan Singh Kot Fatta, Mr. Sarup Chand Singla and Mr. Gurjant Singh Kuttiwal.



Chandigarh 17 February:

The Punjab Government would organize a two-day training programme starting from February 28 for the field staff on the rescue and rehabilitation of the wild animals at M.C. Zoological Par, Chhatbir Zoo.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the Department of Forests and Wildlife Punjab said that this training programme has been chalked out at the behest of Mr. D.S.Bains Financial Commissioner Forests who felt the need to provide adequate professional training to save these strayed wild animals. Dr. NVK Ashraf, Director Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Programme of Wildlife Trust of India and his team of experts would deliver both theoretical and practical training to DFOs/Range Officer/Wildlife Wardens/Wildlife Inspector/Zoo staff including veterinary doctors. The training aspects would include first hand information about the tranquilize gun, its use and maintenance, dosages of medicines required to tranquilize the different wild animals, revival of animals, precautions to be taken during tranquilization, handling of animals, capture and shifting of animals etc. This training would enhance capacity building of staff and would help in providing emergency relief to the wild animals at the time of rescue operation, said the spokesman.
Adding further he said that the department was facing the problems of stray sambar, blue bull, wild boar and rhesus macaque out from the forest area and appear either on the roads or urban locality where they wandered here and there in search of their natural home. These strayed wild creatures sometime became the victims of accident resulting in either fatal injury or death. The department was also receiving a lot of complaints from public about Rhesus macaques. These animals in the human habitation area caused lot of nuisance, damaged household articles and even bitten the children. Due to denudation of forests in the Himalayan foothills, Shiwalik hills in the State have received leopards during the winter months. The continuous urbanization and building of people pressure in the shiwaliks, these migratory leopards strayed out and entered in the human habitation areas where they caused man-animal conflict. Such strayed creatures were really required to be rescued and rehabilitated to the wild. Since the strayed wild animals were prone to dog attacks and other enemies and were subjected to great risk.


Chandigarh 16 February:

Mr. Sarvesh Kaushal Principal Secretary Information Technology Punjab today asked the PIOs, IOs and AIOs to be more responsive and quick while disseminating the information asked under the RTI Act 2005. While addressing the PIOs, IOs and AIOs, appointed in various government departments of the state during a seminar organized by the government to adequately train them, Mr. Kaushal said that there was a need to generate more awareness amongst the applicants and the designated officers deputed to handle RTI cases in the government offices about this comparatively new Act, which came into being in 2005. This would not only promote the good and transparent governance in the state but also help the government to improve its day-to-day functioning in the larger public interest. He has asked the PIOs and IOs to take a liberal view as per the guidelines laid down in the RTI ACT 2005. He also asked the officers to give valid information within the stipulated time frame to the applicant. Fee would be returned to the applicant if the information was not given in time. Referring to the rejection of the application, he said that the applicant would be communicated in writing along with the grounds of rejection by the officers concerned. Mr. Kaushal urged the officers to have a complete knowledge of the Act as well as the government rules under which the information was sought. Lack of information and lack of knowledge could invite harsh penalties for the IOs and PIOs, he added. The violation of the RTI Act 2005 should be avoided at any cost.

Mr. Ashok Singla, IAS, Special Secretary in the department of Administrative Reforms also emphasized about generating more awareness amongst all categories of society regarding the RTI Act 2005 and said such seminars would be organized all over the state at districts and divisional levels to apprise the officers about the RTI ACT 2005.

Punjab Govt. appoints Justice Harbans Lal (Retd.) as Chairman of the Punjab Value Added Tax Tribunal


Punjab Government has appointed Justice Harbans Lal (Retd.) Hon'ble Punjab and Haryana High Court, as Chairman of the Punjab Value Added Tax Tribunal on the usual terms and conditions as approved by the state government and he shall exercise the functions conferred by the said act in whole of the state of Punjab. Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab Government said that a notification has been issued in this regard.


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.

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.