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December, 2008



Chandigarh, December 12, 2008

The government has decided to pay paddy bonus @ Rs. 50 per quintal to the farmers on paddy purchased by the government agencies as well as private traders through payees' account by 31-12-08.This was stated here today by Mr. R.I.Singh, Chief Secretary Punjab while addressing a meeting of the Deputy Commissioners of the state. He said that the total amount of Rs. 650 Crores is to be paid for over 130 lakh MT of paddy procured during the season 2008.

The Chief Secretary has directed all the Deputy Commissioners of the State to ensure the committed district level participation of the official as well as non-official members of various committees constituted to review the development works in the districts. He has asked them to hold regular meetings to review the progress works and send the reports to the headquarters regularly. Referring to the repair works of the minor distributaries and canals, he said that the repair work should be finished well in time before the monsoon season. He has also asked the DCs to closely monitor the repair works and send the report by 15th of February 2008 so as to take adequate and timely action to prevent flood like situation in the flood prone areas. Meetings of Flood Review Committees be held regularly, he added. While taking up another vital issue of saving power for the state, Mr. R.I.Singh asked the DCs to ensure the implementation of the Government's directions to switch over from the ordinary bulbs to the CFL in all the government offices as well as houses which would save up to 600 MW of power for Punjab.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. D.S.Guru Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister asked the deputy commissioners to ensure proper and effective implementation of the schemes and programmes launched by the state government for the welfare of the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. It hasgot to be monitored on priority, asserted Mr. Guru.

Mrs. Romila Dubey, FCR, Mr. RPS Pawar Principal Secretary Food and Civil Supplies, Mr. G. S. Sandhu, FCRDP, Mr. P.S.Aujla, Secretary Water Supply and Sanitation were also present among others.

Merit scholarships for the wards of ex-servicemen

Chandigarh, December 12, 2008

Brig. (Retd.) I.S. Gakhal, Director Sainik Welfare Punjab said in a meeting here that Kendriya Sainil Board, Ministry of Defence has asked for applications from the eligible candidates of Ex-servicemen/Widows for the Prime Minister's Merit Scholarship scheme for the academic year 2008-09 who has secured at least 60% marks and above in 10+2/MEQ (minimum Entry Qualification) level for the initial sanction of scholarship. Copy of the Brochure-cum-application form for the Prime Minister's Merit scholarship Scheme are available with District Sainik Welfare Officers. It is also available on website . Applications duly filled up as per checklist and required documents must reach Directorate of Sainik Welfare Punjab through District Sainik Welfare Officers or directly before 31-12-2008.



Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today hailed the appointment of leading NRI entrepreneur Lord Swraj Paul who has created a history by becoming the first Asian Deputy Speaker of the British House of Lords.

In a congratulatory message, Mr. Badal said that Lord Swraj Paul has made Indians in general and Punjabis in particular proud on his appointment to such a high position in UK Parliament. He said that Lord Paul being a son of Punjab had depicted unflinching courage and indomitable spirit to attain the highest position ever held by any Indian in UK's Parliament. He wished him a very successful tenure.

Meanwhile, the State Chief Secretary RI Singh also congratulated Lord Swraj Paul, the founder of multi-national Caparo group for his appointment as Deputy Speaker in House of Lords and described it as a great honour to the Indians as well as Punjabis whom he represented.


Chandigarh December 12, 2008

Mr. Mohinder Bhagat Chairman Medium Industry Development Board Punjab assured the Industrialists that their problems would be solved on priority basis. Addressing a meeting of the board at Udyog Bhawan here today he asked the officers of the industry department to take care of the problems being faced by the industrialists.

The members of the Board discussed various issues relating to industry such as VAT, electricity charges and the problems being faced by industrialists in the Focal Points. They also discussed for the betterment of industry in the state.

The meeting was attended by Mr. S.S. Channi IAS Principal Secretary Industries & Commerce, Mr. V. K. Janjua IAS Secretary-cum-Director Industries & Commerce, Mr. Satish Dhanda Vice Chairman and members others of MIDB namely Mr. S.C. Ralhan, Mr. Subhash Bansal, Mr. Surinder Singh Rait and Mr. Dinesh Lakra.



Daily Punjab press release