PUNJAB CM REVIEW
ARRANGEMENTS OF WHEAT PROCUREMENT
CHANDIGARH APRIL 17, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today reviewed the
arrangements of the wheat procurement in the State during the
current Rabi Marketing season (RMS) to ensure smooth, efficient
and quick procurement and directed the Deputy Commissioners to
personally oversee the procurement operations in unison with the
functionaries of the Food and Civil Supplies department and the
heads of the procurement agencies to undertake the procurement
as per their allotted share so that every grain of the farmer
Presiding over a high-level meeting to monitor the arrangements
for the wheat procurement, Mr.Badal asked the Principal Secretary
Food and Civil Supplies to depute Administrative Secretaries to
supervise procurement in the districts allotted to them. He also
directed the Senior Regional Manager FCI Punjab region to issue
guide lines to the field officers of the FCI for timely procurement
of wheat keeping in view the inclement weather. He asked the FCI
to reschedule its proposal to put special rice in the mandis which
was hampering the procurement of wheat. He also asked the food
and supplies department that no laxity on their part would be
Mr. Badal was apprised in the meeting that the production of
wheat was likely to touch 145.96 lac MTs during the RMS 2008-09
as compared to last year production target of 145 lac MTs. As
on today Market arrival of wheat in the state was around 12.43
lac MTs of the estimated production. Likely arrival of wheat would
be approximately 105 lac MTs out of which the procurement by State
Government agencies was likely to be 93.45 lac MTs and 11.55 lac
MTs by FCI. It was informed in the meeting that during last year
72.07 lac MTs of wheat was procured by Government agencies and
7.04 lac MTs by traders. Approximately 1600 purchase centers had
been set up for the procurement.
The Chief Minister directed his Principal Secretary DS Guru to
issue guidelines to all the Deputy Commissioners to regularly
hold meetings of the concerned officials of the procurement agencies
of their respective districts to monitor the progress on day to
The meeting was attended by Food & Civil Supplies Minister
Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, Chairman Mandi Board Ajmer Singh Lakhowal
Principal Secretary Food & Civil Supplies RPS Pawar, Financial
Commissioner Development RS Sandhu, Director Food & Civil
Supplies S.P.Singh and Additional Principal Secretary to Chief
Minister Gagandeep Singh Brar besides all the commissioners and
Deputy commissioners of the state.
SILENCE OF BHATTAL-AMARINDER ON RISING PRICES
Chandigarh April 17, 2008
Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia Minister for Information and Public
Relations, Water Supply and Sanitation, Science Technology and
Environment Punjab questioned the mysterious silence maintained
by Bibi Rajinder Kaur Bhattal president PPCC and Capt. Amarinder
Singh former Chief Minister on inflation issue. He said that the
Punjab Congress silence has casted serious doubts over party's
so called poor friendly claims. He sought immediate clarification
from the duo on the wrong policies of UPA Govt. that has, resulted
in fast rising prices of essential commodities.
The Minister was interacting with the media men after participating
in Jain Bhagwati Diksha Samaroh organized to mark Bhagwan Mahavir
Jayanti Samaroh by SS Jain here, today.
Mr. Majithia said that failure of the UPA govt. to check steel
prices has proved to be a death knell for the small and medium
industry of Punjab who is being forced to skip the orders.
The Minister said that the public was crying from the rising
prices and would give a befitting defeat to Congress and allies
in the coming elections. Mr. Majithia said that congress leaders
had also been making exaggerated assertions about the loan waiver
scheme of UPA Govt. for farmers that had proved a complete flop
show, as only a negligible number of farmers in Punjab were falling
under the fixed parameters of the scheme. Mr. Majithia, on a question
about he allegations by congress leaders on SAD government of
reversing development process said that these leaders should remember
about what they did during their tenure, when they had completely
ruined the economy of the state with wrong policies. He said that
both senior leaders had been blaming each other for rampant corruption
and ruining the development process of state. He said that they
should first put their own house in order and speak for the people.
Mr. Majithia said that SAD- BJP government had implemented a comprehensive
development program of more than Rs 10000 crore in the state.
The Minister said that the ambitious World Bank Assisted, Punjab
Renewal Water Supply and Sanitation Project of Rs. 1280.30 crore
to provide potable drinking water in all water scarcity hit villages
in Punjab has been launched, under which water supply will be
provided to 3662 villages i.e. 2124 not covered, 920 partially
covered and 1618 villages where service level has reduced from
prescribed norms. He said that 1000 ponds in the villages were
also being renovated under this program . The Engineers of the
department would provide technical assistance and Superintending
Engineers would also periodically monitor the quality of water
being supplied in the villages.
Mr. Majithia who is newly appointed Pattern of Youth Akali Dal
said all our efforts would be made to mobilize youth for the development
process of the state and youth leaders would be assigned important
responsibilities in organization.Mr. Majithia said that that the
youth would also be mobilized to launch an effective drive to
eradicate social evils including drugs and intoxicants, female
feticide, dowry etc. from the society. He said that youth Akali
Dal leaders would keep a constant monitoring of the development
projects launched by SAD- BJP government in the state to ensure
the fast utilization of funds.
Addressing the Diksha samaroha the Minister said that Jain Saints
and Munis had preached tolerance, service to the suffering humanity
and non-violence in the society. Congratulating the Jain Samaj
for its continuous contribution in strengthening the peace and
communal brotherhood among different sections of society . He
said that Jain Samaj had been propagating the ancient philosophy
of Saints and Gurus by adopting practically in their day to day
life. Extending his respect to the three new Vairagans, Puja Jain,
Divya Jain and Rimpi Jain for receiving "Diksha" (Sanyas
from Social Life"), Mr. Majithia said that these newly turned
Sadhwis had opted to follow the spiritual life and to preach the
philosophy of Jain Samaj propounded by Bhagwan Maharvir and other
Jain Saints. He announced a grant of Rs 11 lakh for the completion
of a Hall being constructed by S S Jain Sabha Sunder Nagar.
Addressing the function, Mr. Sat Pal Gosian Deputy Speaker Punjab
Vidhan Sabha said that the Jain Samaj had always adopted the principles
of non- violence and service to the suffering humanity preached
by the great saints. He announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the
propagation of Jain philosophy by the three newly joined Vairagans
in the function.
Mr. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Mr. Harish Rai Bedi MLA and Mr.
Hira Lal Jain Chief Advisor S S Jain maha Sabha were also addressed
Mr. Manpreet Singh Ayali, Mr. Rakesh Jain President S S Jain
Maha Sabha Punjab, Mr. Sanjay Jain Sr. Vice President, Mr. Mukhesh
Jain Navkar Chairman Amar Jain Hostel, Mr. Kala Jain Navkar Chairman
S S Jain Sabha Sunder Nagar, Mr. Parfool Jain Cashier, Mr. Kimti
Lal Jain Secretary were also attended the function.
PUNJAB CM CONDOLES
THE SAD DEMISE OF THE MOTHER OF VENOD SHARMA
CHANDIGARH APRIL17, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today expressed
profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Smt.Raj Rani
Sharma, the mother of Haryana MLA Mr.Venod Sharma.
Mr. Badal expressed his heartfelt sympathies with the members
of the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty to grant peace
to the departed soul and give strength and courage to them to
bear this irreparable loss.
Meanwhile, Mr.Badal also attended the cremation and paid last
respects to the deceased. Mr.Badal was accompanied by his Principal
Secretary DS Guru.
Member Parliament and President Shiromani Akali Dal Mr. Sukhbir
Singh Badal also condoled the death of Mrs. Raj Rani Sharma.
Information & Public Relations Minister Mr.Bikram Singh Majithia
also shared his condolences with the bereaved family.
CLERK AND STENO
NABBED RED HANDED BY VIGILANCE
Chandigarh, April 17
State Vigilance Bureau, during its ongoing campaign against rampant
corruption today nabbed a Clerk and Steno posted at civil Surgeon
Tarn Taran red handed accepting bribe in a trap case.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of Vigilance Bureau Punjab
said that Mr. Harsimrat Singh, Steno, posted at Civil Surgeon,
Tarn Taran and Sandeep Nanda, clerk posted at District Health
Officer Tarntaran were nabbed red handed by a Vigilance team led
by Mr. Ashok Kumar, DSP/VB Tarn Taran while he was accepting bribe
of Rs. 2000/- from Balraj Singh, a complainant of village Dubali,
Distt Tarn Taran for verifying date of Birth certificate of his
The complainant approached the VB and alleged that the above
named accused were demanding bribe from him. After this VB laid
a trap and the accused was caught red handed and tainted money
was recovered from him in the presence of two official witnesses.
In this regard a case under Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA)
at Police Station /VB Amritsar has been registered against both
of them and further investigation was under progress.
PUNJAB CM GREETS
PEOPLE ON THE OCCASION OF MAHAVIR JAYANTI
CHANDIGARH APRIL 17, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today felicitated
to the people of the State on the auspicious occasion of Mahavir
In a message Mr.Badal called upon the different sections of
the society to follow the philosophy and teachings of Lord Mahavir,
who propagated the principles of simple living and high thinking
to achieve the ultimate goal of salvation. Mr.Badal said that
the message of Lord Mahavir for universal brotherhood, communal
harmony and peace was even far more relevant in the present materialistic
The Chief Minister appealed the people to follow the path shown
by Lord Mahavir ji to celebrate this auspicious occasion in unison
and with religious fervour to further strengthen the secular and
social bonds of our society.