PUNJAB TO HAVE WELFARE FUND FOR CONSTRUCTION
Chandigarh, December 15, 2008
The Punjab government has enacted series of acts to regulate the
employment and conditions of service of building and other construction
workers and to provide for their safety, health and welfare measures.
Disclosing this here today Mr. Tikhan Sud, Labour Minister said
that in order to provide and monitor the social security schemes
and welfare measures for the benefit of building and other construction
workers, the Punjab Government has constituted the Punjab Building
and other Construction Workers Welfare Board and to augment the
resources for the Board has decided to formulate a Building and
other Construction Workers Welfare Fund.
The Minister said that after raising the minimum wages by 21%
of scheduled employments, this was second major labour welfare step
taken by the government. The Minister said that it has been decided
to levy 1% cess on cost of construction of any building constructed
in the state. Building or other construction would include construction,
alteration, repairs, maintenance or demolition , of or in relation
to, building, streets, roads, railways, tramways, airfields, irrigation,
drainage, embarkment and navigation works, flood control works (including
storm water drainage works), generation, transmission and distribution
of power, water works (including channels for distribution of water)
oil and gas installations, electric lines, wireless, radio, television
, telephone, telegraph and overseas communications, dams., Canals,
reservoirs watercourses, tunnels, bridges , viaducts, aquaducts,
pipelines, towers, cooling towers, transmission towers and such
other work as may be specified in this behalf by the appropriate
government, by notification but does not include any building or
other construction work to which the provisions of the Factories
Act, 1948 (63 of 1948), or the Mines Act , 1952 ), apply .
The Minister said that cess would be collected from every employer
either by deduction of cess at source in relation to building and
other construction work of government or PSU, or by advanced collection
by cess through a local authority where approval of building or
construction was granted or employer may pay in advance an amount
of cess calculated on the basis of estimated cost of construction
along with the notice of commencement of work.
He said that for implementation of act Assistant Labour Commissioners
has been designated as Registering Officers and Labour Inspectors
as Inspectors. All government department PSUs, Boards and Corporations,
Cooperative, Local Authorities would remit cess @ of 1% cost of
construction through Area Cess Collectors by cheque. In case of
work being implemented through contactors they would be required
to deduct the cess of source @1% of the amount of cost approved
as per tender and remit the amount to the Board by 10th of succeeding
The Minister clarified that with regard to Private construction
all local authorities e.g. PUDA, GMADA, GLADA, Municipal Corporations,
Municipal Committees, Zila Parishads, Nagar Panchayats etc. would
collect 1% cess at the time of approval of building plan. However,
in the case of individuals in relations to own residence, the cess
would be collected if cost of construction was 10 lac or more. In
Groups Housing Societies, Managing Committees were liable to pay
cess. If employer fails to pay cess within specified time he would
be liable to pay interest @ 2% per month on assed amount.
RBI TO EDUCATE STUDENTS REGARDING CURRENCY
Chandigarh, December 15, 2008
Reserve Bank of India, Chandigarh has launched a scheme educate
the students regarding bank notes and clean note policy.
According to an official spokesman as a part of this campaign
RBI Chandigarh as invited to all schools in state of Punjab, Haryana,
Himachal Pradesh and Union Territory Chandigarh to sponsor their
students to participate in Essay competition with to create awareness
on "Know your banknotes" and "Clean Note policy".
The students have been invited into three categories Class VI-VIII
(Junior), Class IX-X (middle) and Class XI-XII (Senior). Length
of Essay or Junior, Middle and Senior level has been fixed 1000,
1500 and 2000 words respectively and students have option to submit
essay in English, Hindi or Punjabi. The spokesman added that management
and Principal of the school forward the essays to DGM, RBI by 15th
January, 2009. The topics junior category is 'How to keep Indian
Currency Notes clean and Crisp-Your Suggestions, for Middle category
"Quality of Indian Currency Notes-Experience and Expectation
and for Senior category "The Menace of forged notes-challenges
before Reserve Bank and Government.
The spokesman said that for all categories first, second, third
and consolation prize would be Rs. 5000, Rs. 3000, Rs. 2000 and
Rs. 500 respectively.
PUNJAB GOVERNMENT ISSUES PUNJAB STATE DEVELOPMENT
CHANDIGARH, December 15, 2008
The outstanding balance of 12.47 percent Punjab State Development
Loan 2009 issued in terms of the State government vide notification
no.7/2/88-2FBII/121 dated 07.12.1999 would be repaid on 14.1.2009
with interest due upto including 13.1.2009.
Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the Punjab Government
said that in the event of a holiday being declared on the aforesaid
date by State Government under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881,
the loan would be repaid by the paying offices on the previous working
day. No interest would accrue on the loan from and after 14.1.2009,
He also said that to facilitate repayment on the due date, holders
of 12.47 percent Punjab State Development Loan, 2009 should tender
their securities at the Public Debt Office 20 days in advance.
It should be particularly noted, said the spokesman, that at places
where the treasury work was done by a branch of the State Bank of
India or any of its associate banks, the securities, if they were
in the form of Stock Certificates, should be tendered at the branch
of the bank concerned and not at the Treasury or Sub-Treasury.
15 Chairmen & 9 Vice Chairmen Nominated
in 15 Market Committees
CHANDIGARH DECEMBER 15, 2008
The Punjab Government today nominated 15 Chairmen and 9 Vice Chairmen
in 15 Market Committees of Kapurthala, Bathinda, Fatehgarh Sahib,
Mohali and Rupnagar district.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab government
said that these Chairmen and Vice Chairmen had been nominated under
Sub Section (1) of Section 16 of Punjab Agricultural Produce Markets
Act, 1961. The respective notifications relating to these nominations
had been issued by the State Agriculture department.
According to these Notifications, Mr. Baldev Singh and Mr. Gurcharan
Singh have been nominated as Chairman and Vice Chairman of Market
Committee Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala district; Mr. Sarwan Singh
Kullar as Chairman of Market Committee Phagwara in Kapurthala district,
Mr. Narinder Singh as Chairman of Market Committee Kapurthala, Mr.
Lakhwinder Singh and Mr. Natha Singh as Chairman and Vice Chairman
of Market Committee Dhillwan in Kapurthala district; Mr. Swaran
Singh Josh and Mr. Ravi Charan Ghai as Chairman and Vice Chairman
of Market Committee Bholath in Kapurthala district; Mr. Gurjeet
Singh as Chairman of Market Committee Rama in Bathinda district;
Mr. Jagwinder Singh and Mr. Gurtej Singh Malkana as Chairman and
Vice Chairman of Market Committee Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district;
Mr. Parveen Kansal as Chairman of Market Committee Rampura Phul
in Bathinda district; Mr. Gurmit Singh and Mr. Nirmal Singh as Chairman
and Vice Chairman of Market Committee Bhagtan Bhai Ka in Bathinda
district; Mr. Swaran Singh and Mr. Sarbjit Singh as Chairman and
Vice Chairman of Market Committee Chanarthal in Fatehgarh Sahib;
Mr. Jasbir Singh and Mr. Pal Singh as Chairman and Vice Chairman
of Market Committee of Kharar in Mohali district; Mr. Surinder Pal
Singh and Mr. Mam Chand as Chairman and Vice Chairman of Market
Committee Dera Bassi in Mohali district Mr. Hakam Singh and Mr.Nand
Lal as Chairman and Vice Chairman of Market Committee Lalru in Mohali
district; Mr. Jaidev Singh as Chairman of Market Committee Kurali
in Mohali district and Mr. Rajinder Singh as Chairman of Market
Committee Morinda in Rupnagar district.
SANGHA, PANDHI TO HEAD COMMISSIONS ON WOMEN
AND SC WELFARE
Chandigarh, December 14, 2008
The Punjab Government today appointed Mrs. Gurdev Kaur Sangha as
chairperson of the Punjab State Women Commission.
The State Government has also appointed former Minister Mr. Dalip
Singh Pandhi as the Chairman of Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission.
Giving the details of government's decision, Mr. Harcharan Bains,
Media Advisor to Chief Minister said that Mrs. Kiranjit Kaur and
Mrs. Ranjit Kaur Bhatti has been appointed as the members of the
Punjab State Women Commission from General category and Mrs. Pushpinder
Kaur Mazboor from SC category. Mr. Bains further said that former
MLA Mr. Parkash Singh Gardhiwala had also been appointed as the
Member of the Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission.
Both these commissions had been recast to ensure efficient and
result oriented functioning for the empowerment of the women and
amelioration of the lot of disadvantaged sections of the society,
added Mr. Bains.
"DEVELOPMENT SAD'S SOLE POLL PLANK"
SUKHBIR CALLS FOR CONSTRUCTIVE POLITICS SHIROMANI AKALI DAL
Chandigarh, December 14, 2008
The Shiromani Akali Dal President Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today
gave a call for constructive politics in the state and said that
the SAD-BJP alliance would go to the people in the Lok Sabha elections
on the twin plank of development and clean politics. "We will
contest this election on issues, policies, programmes and principles,"
Asserting that some parties and leaders in the state were running
away from a direct comparison between the performance of the present
government and that of the previous regime by raising the bogey
of vendetta, Mr. Badal said, "All this talk of alleged vendetta
is a mere slogan to evade accountability for the non-performance
of the previous regime. At the same time, it is an attempt to divert
the government's attention from its real tasks and to mislead the
people of the state. We know how to deal with such elements but
we would not allow our focus on governance, development and people's
prosperity to be diluted by these antics," said the Akali leader
in a statement here this evening.
The SAD chief said that leaders who had delivered nothing in five
years of their regime were now un-nerved by the hectic pace at which
this government has taken up development tasks and gone about removing
the problems and long-standing grievances of the people of the state.
"Everyone in Punjab knows that, unlike some others in the state
who took to politics as a tool for promoting their personal leisure
and pleasure, Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal has no time
away from the service of the people to even think of rest and comfort.
The SAD president reminded his detractors that people elect their
representatives for the latter to tend to their problems and not
to engage in a theatre of personal score settling or one-upmanship.
People's problems and the issues of development are too important
to lose focus on because of the atmosphere of confrontation and
cheap sensationalism in politics. "Unfortunately, some leaders
have a street fighter's mentality and believe that high-sounding
slogans and building an atmosphere of bitterness and confrontation
are substitutes for responsive and responsible leadership,"
said Mr. Badal, asserting that during the past 20 months, the state
had seen unprecedented development activity with projects like Thermal
plants and international airport being put firmly on course. "We
do not believe in making false promises or fake claims. We promised
cheap 'Atta-Daal' and enhancement in 'Shagun' scheme amount. We
delivered it within first few weeks of taking over. Similarly, our
promises on disbursement of Rs. 100 crore subsidy to industry and
drastic reduction in the turn-over-tax (TOT) were fulfilled within
a month of our coming to power. We promised Rs.4000 crore for urban
development and we have already projects worth Rs. 6000 crore at
various stages of implementation in Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana,
Patiala and Bathinda, said Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Mr. Badal said that although the SAD-BJP would not allow anyone
to vitiate the political atmosphere in the state through cheap publicity
gimmicks, it would however appeal to all right thinking representatives
of the people to join hands on a common plank of development, progress
and prosperity of the state.
IRRIGATION PROGRAMME FOR RABI SEASON ANNOUNCED
CHANDIGARH, December 13, 2008
The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational
irrigation Programme for the Rabi Season through Canal water from
15 December to 22 December 2008. The channels of Sirhind Canal System
would run on priority basis from Bhatinda Branch, Bist Doab Canal,
Sidhwan Branch, Abohar Branch Patiala feeder and respectively.
Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the Irrigation department
said that direct distributaries of Bhakra Main Line, in Group 'A'
being in the first preference would run to their indent. Balance
water supplies would be utilised in Ghaggar link and its off taking
channels i.e. Ghaggar Branch and Patiala Minor in Group 'B' respectively.
The spokesman further said that the Punjab channels off taking
from Harika and Ferozepur Head Works & Branches i.e. all the
direct distributaries of Sirhind Feeder in-group "A" being
in the first preference would run to their indent. Balance water
supplies would be utilised in Abohar Branch off taking from Sirhind
Feeder and its distributaries/minors in-group "B".
The spokesman also said that the channels off taking from upper
Bari Doab Canal i.e. Main Branch Lower with its distributaries being
in first Preference would run to their indent. Balance Surplus water
available would be utilised in, Lahore Branch, Sabraon Branch, Kasur
Branch Lower and with its distributaries.
QUATERLY LOK ADALATS DISPOSE OFF 16119 CASES
Chandigarh December 13, 2008
In order to provide speedy justice and to bring down pendency of
the cases in the Punjab,26871 cases taken up in quarterly Lok Adalats
for the financial year 2007-08 for the State of Punjab, out of which
16119 cases were disposed off.
Stating this here today an official spokesman of Punjab Government
said that out of total cases taken up ,5420 were Civil cases,31
Land Acquisition,476 HMA,150 MACT,356 Bank Loan cases and 4235 were
other cases. He said that total amount awarded in other cases was
Rs 114.88 crores.
To reduce the pendency of court cases in the state, the Punjab
Government has taken effective steps to educate and persuade the
parties to redress their disputes by the medium of lok Adalats,because
the decisions of Lok Adalats was binding and final on both the parties.
There was no appeal against the decision of Lok Adalats. Parties
should bring their disputes in Mega Lok Adalats going to be organized
on 20th & 21st December 2008, at State , district ,Sub-Division
level and at headquarters of state of Punjab.