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April 30, 2008




Punjab would soon emerge as a pioneer state in the hotel management, tourism and civil aviation sector. The setting up of Rs.10 crore State Institute of Hotel Management (SIHM) is also a step in this direction.

Speaking on the occasion after laying the foundation stone of SIHM, Mr.Badal said that concerted efforts of SAD-BJP Government, the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has sanctioned this prestigious institute to impart training to our youth in the hotel management and catering technology.

The Chief Minster said that the state government would accord top priority to training our youth for employment in various spheres, like hotel management, civil aviation, Information Technology etc. The government has also laid emphasis on short-term skill training for our youth in the private security sector. He said that Skill and job-oriented professional education was the need of the hour.

Referring to the national scenario of hospitality industry, Mr.Badal said that the demand for manpower in this industry is on the increase and the hospitality sector was facing a shortage of manpower. The need for qualified manpower was increasing. There was also a lack of high quality managers in our country. That's why hotel companies employed managers from other countries. Manpower was provided to hotels and restaurants in the country from both government-run and privately managed hotel management and food craft institutes. The shortfall in trained manpower would increase unless training facilities were augmented to meet the international standards.

Mr. Badal informed the institute would follow norms prescribed by the National Council for Hotel Management. It has been estimated that the hotel industry in Punjab and neighboring states would absorb over 15000 trained personnel between 2007 and 2010, said Mr.Badal.

Speaking on the occasion, President SAD & member Parliament Mr.Sukhbir Singh Badal said that the upcoming Bathinda Refinery and the International Cricket Stadium would certainly give a fillip to the hotel industry in the region. This prestigious institute would further boost the travel, tourism and hospitality industry in the region.

Mr.Sukhbir Singh Badal also said that after the setting up of the Bathinda refinery, Bathinda would soon emerge as the petro chemical hub in the North India. He said that the refinery would be later on developed as a mega refinery thereby its existing capacity 9 lac to 18 lac.

Mr. Badal said that Mr. L.N. Mittal had already given indication to put in heavy investment to the tune of Rs. 35,000 crors to 40,000 crores to enhance its capacity.

In his address Tourism Miniter Mr. Hira Singh Gabbaria said that the state government had embarked upon an ambitious programme to develop tourism sector on a large scale keeping in view its vast potential in the river tourism.

He also said that the tourism department was also considering developing few projects in the border areas to boost the tourism prospects in the state.

He blamed last congress regime for despising of prime government tourist properties at just as the price of pea nut.

He said that the SAD_BJP had not only wipeout the huge losses of Rs. 10 crore incurred by the last government but has also made the profit of Rs. 2.5 crore within a period of one year.

Prominent among Member parliament from Bathinda Mr. Parmajit Kaur Gulshan, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Cooperation Jagdeep Singh Nikai, General Secretary SAD Mr. Balwinder Singh Bhundar and district president SAD Mr. Sikander Singh Maluka.



Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today called upon the Punjabi community settled in India and different parts of the world to promote Punjabi language and culture in a big way as the charity begins from home.

Mr. Badal was addressing a galaxy of the Punjabi lovers and intellectuals from all over India and Pakistan who converged here at the first All India Punjabi Conference at Guru Teg Bahadur Hall in Punjabi University to celebrate its 47th foundation day. He said that the fairly large concentration of Punjabi Diaspora over the globe today became familiar with the fact that their families could not survive by detaching themselves from their roots. "It is our moral and social obligation that we should work together to glorify our rich cultural and heritage", said Mr. Badal.

In an emotional appeal, Mr.Badal urged the parents to start speaking Punjabi with their children from day one because it was the essence of saving the rich legacy of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat which was being fast depleted. He said that we should also make concerted efforts to declare Punjabis as a second language in our neighbouring states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi which were the part of erstwhile joint Punjab and Rajasthan especially in the Gangnagar area.

The Chief Minister declared that the Government would not wait till the next session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha to implement its decisions on the use of Punjabi language in all Government and semi-Government offices and to introduce it as a compulsory subject in schools. An ordinance to the effect will soon be issued. Mr.Badal made a firm resolve to introduce Punjabi language as a compulsory subject in all schools in the State and to strictly enforce it as a medium of official communication. Mr.Badal announced a committee comprising Veteran Journalist Kuldip Nayar, Editor-in-Chief of Ajit Dr.Barjinder Singh Hamdard, Member Parliament Tarlochan Singh, Vice Chancellor Punjabi University Jaspal Singh to minutely go through the finer details of the proposed ordinance. He emphasized the need to strengthen the bonds of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat through organizing such seminars and conferences outside the Punjab also. Mr.Badal said that it was pertinent to hold such conferences in other states as it was our pious duty to sensitize our Punjabi brethren with our rich cultural legacy.

The Chief Minister pointed out that undoubtedly English was universally accepted world over as a link language and Hindi was a national language and we should give due recognition to both these languages but not at the cost and status of our mother tongue. Mr. Badal further said that government would amend the law and introduce legal provisions under which it will be mandatory that Punjabi became a compulsory subject in all schools upto 10th class.

On the occasion Mr.Badal honoured five prominent personalities including celebrated Punjabi writer Prof. Pritam Singh, eminent Punjabi dramatist Bhaji Gursharan Singh, noted Punjabi author Mrs.Dalip Kaur Tiwana, prominent academician Dr.T.R.Sharma and Film & Theater fame Raj Babbar for their outstanding contribution in the promotion of Punjabi in the field of literature, education drama and films. Besides he also launched world's first Punjabi search engine (Punjabi Khoj) along with varsity's web site in Punjabi developed by the computer department of the Punjabi university. The Chief Minister also released a book "Maa Boli Ik Doctori Drishtikon' in Punjabi authored by Dr.Harshinder Kaur daughter of Prof. Pritam Singh and also released a varsity souvenir on the occasion.

In his key note address, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Barjinder Singh Hamdard appreciated the Chief Minister for bringing legislation for making teaching of Punjabi compulsory in all the schools and declaring Punjabi as an official language.

Vice Chancellor Punjabi University Dr. Jaspal Singh said that by organizing All India Punjabi Conference for the first time in the history of university today on its 47th foundation day would be a salutation to all those who made tireless efforts to set up this university, first of its kind in India on the basis of language. He said that world Punjabi conferences were held all over but holding such conferences was the need of the hour for the promotion of Punjabi language and culture.

Speaking on the occasion Member Parliament Tarlochan Singh called for initiating a movement to declare Punjabi as a second language in the states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan.

Veteran Journalist and former Member Parliament Kuldip Nayar feared that Punjabi culture too would die or get distorted if 'Gurmukhi script' was not taught in the schools. The bigger Punjabi population in Pakistan's Punjab had also failed to promote the culture and language with the denial of official status to Punjabi and pre-pondering position of Urdu there, Mr Kuldip Nayar said adding now it was an appropriate time to raise a movement in favour of Punjabi in Punjab and outside. He urged the parents to encourage their children to speak and learn Punjabi because it was the most important to keep the ethos of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat alive.

On the occasion, renowned Urdu poet & writer Sardar Anjum and noted film actor Raj Babbar also shared their experiences for the promotion of Punjabi language and culture. Mr. Babbar thanked Mr.Badal and Mr. Tarlochan for getting approval of GoI for his tele serial on Maharaja Ranjit Singh to be televised from Doordarshan.

The conference was attended by eminent academicians, educationists and literary figures besides Media Advisor to Chief Minister Harcharan Bains and Additional Principal Secretary to CM Gagandeep Singh Brar.


Chandigarh April 30, 2008

The Punjab Government today issued a notification making it mandatory for every Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP) to get his registration renewed after every five years.

Disclosing this here today Mr. Jagjit Puri, Secretary Medical Education said that at the time of renewal they would be required to obtain 50 hours of continue Medical Education (CME), 10 hours per year on payment of renewal fee. He said that the renewal fee would be Rs. 500 and as amended from time to time.

Mr. Puri warned that in the absence of renewal, the registration of Registered Medical Practitioners would be suspended with the expiry of registration.



Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today extended his warm greetings to the labour and working class on the occasion of May Day that commemorates the historic struggle of working people throughout the world.

In a message on the eve of May Day, the Chief Minister urged the working and labour class to strive hard to create congenial and harmonious atmosphere to usher in an era of overall development, prosperity and peace in the State. He also exhorted the workers to recognize and commemorate May Day not only in its historical perspective but also as an opportune time to resolve for certain vital issues for the welfare of the labour class. Mr. Badal assured them that the SAD-BJP government was committed for the welfare and uplift of the labour class and would implement all the welfare schemes for their betterment in letter and spirit.

Mr. Badal paid homage to all those who had sacrificed their lives for the struggle for genuine service conditions at Chicago in 1886.


Chandigarh, April 30, 2008

The Punjab Government today issued guidelines for the general postings and transfers of officers and officials of the government in the state during 2008-09

Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the Punjab Government said that the transfers would be done from 1st June, 2008 to 30th June, 2008. However, the process of transfers in the departments of Cooperation, Food and Civil Supplies and Technical Education & Industrial Training would be made from July 1st to July 31st 2008.

Giving details of the broad guidelines to be adopted for the transfers the spokesman said that as per the policy of the state government transfers would be kept to the barest minimum and would be made against vacant post except where the transfers were justified on administrative or compassionate grounds. He also said the employees whether gazetted or non-gazetted due to retire within next two years, would be allowed to continue in the same district or at the same station of postings till retirement as far as possible.

Referring to the transfer policy for couple cases, he said that when husband and wife both were serving the Government it was desirable to keep them at one station for a period of not more than five years, thereafter they would be transferred as per the policy. Even in the cases where the wife was in government service and the husband was working in private under taking, the same attitude would be adopted. However, efforts would be made to post unmarried girls and widows at stations suitable to them as far as possible. The spokesman explained that unmarried girls and widows would be given preference over couple cases in the matter of posting and transfers at stations convenient to them

The spokesman further said that to mitigate the suffering of the handicapped and the blind employees, the state government would be considerate in posting and transferring them. Sympathetic attitude would be adopted while posting or transferring a government employee or officers whose child was mentally challenged and efforts would be made to post them at the place of their choice.

Adding further, he said that a stay of three years and five years would be treated respectively as the minimum and maximum period at a particular place. Similarly for employees transferable within the state particularly Group 'A' and Group 'B' officers, no employee would be allowed to serve in one district beyond a period of 7 years in his center service, within particular office, seats having sensitive nature of work such as extensive public dealings, establishment, monetary sanctions etc. would be clearly defined and maximum stay would be kept at 2 years. Premature transfers i.e. transfer of any employee before he has completed minimum three years would not be ordered except under rare circumstances of punishment or clearly spelt out administrative reasons, the spokesman clarified.

The employees or officers who were posted in the border areas, bet areas and Kandi areas would remain there for a minimum period of 2 years, he added.


Chandigarh April 30, 2008

Senior BJP leader and Medical Education Minister Mr. Tikshan Sood today said that by not recognizing Kuka Movement as freedom movement of India, the foreigner led UPA Government has shown utter contempt to thousands of freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the freedom of our Country.

In a statement issued here today Mr. Sood said that Nation owes a public apology from UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan for showing unbelievable disrespect to those 70 Kuka Martyrs who made ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of our motherland. The Minister said that the UPA Government wearing the sunglasses of Left has mastered the art of distorting history and denigrating our freedom fighters for their petty political gains. He said that BJP would not allow this policy of deliberate 'Cultural Pollution' of history of our freedom struggle.

The BJP leader said that it had been policy of UPA government to dilute the contribution of Punjabis in freedom struggle and this was one more attempt by Congress led government to show Punjabis in poor light. He said that the Punjab with a geographical area of 1.3 % of India is proud to have made 90% sacrifices in our freedom struggle and any attempt by any government to show contempt to our freedom fighters would not be tolerated by any citizen of independent India.

Mr. Sood said that when Mr. Murli Manohar Joshi was Human Resource Development Minister in NDA government he had launched a special exercise to correct deliberate inaccuracies in the history books of NCERT but Arjun Singh as HRD Minister was blindly implementing Left agenda that would not be allowed.

The BJP leader said that Punjab government gives the due reverence to Kuka Martyrs and has already drawn out a comprehensive programme to observe 150th years of Kuka movement .A high level Committee under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal has been constituted to finalize this progamme. He said that Kuka Memorials are being set up in the villagers of all 70 Martyrs and a grand Martyr Complex in the area of 300 acres is being set up at Bhaini Sahib, the birth place of Baba Ram Singh who gave a lead to Kuka Movement.

Mr. Sood said that this declaration in the 150th years of Kuka Movement by Union Government of not recognizing this struggle as freedom movement was more unfortunate as Nation was looking towards Union Government of its programme to commemorate this historic occasion.

Mr. Sood demanded immediate apology from Union Government for this blasphemous assertion.



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