PUNJAB GOVT. NOMINATES MALHA, LOPOKE AND ANOKARWAL
AS CHAIRMEN OF DISTRICT PLANNING COMMITTEES
CHANDIGARH DECEMBER 18:
The Punjab Government today nominated former MLAs Mr. Bhag Singh
Malha and Mr. Veer Singh Lopoke, besides SAD youth leader Mr. Jaswinder
Singh Anokharwal as the Chairmen of the District Level Planning
Committees of Ludhiana, Amritsar and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar
Disclosing this here today an official spokesman of the Punjab
government said that with the 3 more Chairmen, Planning Committees
of 15 out of the 20 districts had been constituted in the state.
A Notification to this effect had been issued under Punjab District
Planning Committees Act 2005.
The composition of Planning Committees in 5 districts of Roop Nagar
(Ropar), Hoshiarpur, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur and SAS Nagar (Mohali)
would be announced shortly.
Meanwhile, the Punjab government also nominated Mr. Joginder Singh
as Chairman of the Market Committee Samrala in Ludhiana district
and Mr. Maghar Singh Waraich and mr. Sadhu Singh as Chairman and
Vice Chairman of Market Committee Dakha in Ludhiana district, added
the spokesman .
DHINDSA CALLS FOR STRENGTHENING OF STATE
CHANDIGARH DECEMBER 18, 2008
Shiromani Akali Dal Member Parliament from Sangrur Mr. Sukhdev
Singh Dhindsa today called upon the Centre to strengthen the states'
police forces in the country rather setting up an exclusive National
Investigation Agency (INA) to combat terrorism.
Taking part in the discussions on a Bill – to set up of a
National Investigation Agency (INA) on anti-terror in Lok Sabha
on Wednesday, Mr. Dhindsa said that there were many other federal
agencies in the country viz. IB, CBI, RAW, Military intelligence
besides many task forces and anti terrorist squads already functioning
in the different states. He pointed out to bring this Bill hurriedly
was not merely a redundant exercise but also tragic and unfortunate
also especially in wake of Mumbai terror attacks after which the
government had contemplated to introduce this Bill in the Parliament.
Mr. Dhindsa asked the Central government after taking the resignations
of Union Home Minister and Chief Minister of Maharastra, what action
had been taken on the intelligence inputs given by these agencies
which had given divergent views on this horrific incident, few saying
that they had given this information much earlier while others maintaining
they did not receive any information before hand. Had any action
taken by the Central Government so far and was any officer made
accountable? questioned Mr. Dhindsa
Mr. Dhindsa asserted: "We are against terrorism because the
quantum that we had suffered in Punjab no other state had ever suffered.
But it doesn't mean that you make any agency or police as powerful
as Punjab had seen this for a long period of nine years which resulted
in many innocent killings by police and several others were imprisoned
for none of their fault. We had not seen all this but actually suffered".
Mr. Dhindsa urged the Union Home Minister Mr.P. Chidambarm not
to delegate his powers to any agency with which innocent people
might be subjected to undue harassment. He said that SAD was totally
averse to such attitude.
Mr. Dhindsa also asked the Union government that since this agency
was being formed and was there any room for coordination between
an agency and the state? How much coordination was there between
the States and the Center during the Mumbai incidents? He underlined
the need for perfect coordination amongst Center, States, Central
Forces and State Forces which was the need of the hour and could
not be over sighted at any cost. "It should not happen that
we go on bringing such legislations without realizing the significance
of coordination", affirmed Mr. Dhindsa.
Allying apprehensions about the genuineness of this agency, Mr.
Dhindsa said that he was certain that it would also work on the
lines as warranted by the nation but can we guarantee that this
agency would not be misused by political leaders to settle their
personal rivalry. It was a big question today and therefore, my
party opposed it. "If Center had to constitute such an agency
it should have summoned all the Chief Ministers for thorough discussion
in this regard to evolve consensus which he hoped would not happen
because ultimately these states would be affected by and large",
said Mr. Dhindsa.
He pointed out that all the regional parties were of the view that
there must be a federal system in true sense. The States should
have autonomy of powers without any interference. To substantiate
his claims, he said our Party's Anandpur Resolution supported this
view point firmly.
The States should be given powers, funds to fight against terrorism.
Likewise, State Forces must be equipped with modern infrastructure
and technology. He said that during 1984 riots three to four thousands
Sikhs were killed but none of the culprit had been so far sentenced.
Had these culprits been punished then the Godhra incident would
had not taken place.
Mr. Dhindsa said that he was against the attack on Pakistan after
Mumbai incidents because Pakistan was totally under the pressure
of ISI and its own democracy too was in peril. He said that if Indo-Pak
war out breaks it would hamper the bilateral relations being developed
steadily over a period of 10 to 12 years. He said that this situation
should be tackled with utmost care by exercising political, diplomatic
as well as international pressure. "War is not the solution.
We have already suffered a lot due to terrorism in past and we are
not in favour of it anymore. My party is of firm view that terrorism
should be wiped out off from the world but as far as this bill is
concerned we are of the view that no agency should be given absolute
power to enable the forces to kill any innocent person anywhere.
We must do soul searching", added Mr. Dhindsa.
Twenty one committees constituted for 14th
National Youth Festival 2009 in Amritsar
CHANDIGARH: DECEMBER 18, 2008
Punjab Youth Services Department constituted twenty one committees
for 14th National Youth Festival 2009 organised in Amritsar from
January 12 to 16-2009. It would be for the first time that this
festival would be held in Punjab.
Giving details about committee in official Spokesman said that
the Punjab Chief Minister would be the Chief Patron of Organizing
Committee and Minister Youth Services and Sports would be the Chairman,
Chief Secretary Punjab would be Senior Vice Chairman. He said that
besides this the organizing committee has 27 members.
Giving more information regarding the committees the Spokesman
said that the other committees more Executive Committee. Chief Secretary
Punjab would be the Chairman of Executive Committee along with the
nine members. Nineteen Sub-Committees were constituted at local
level day today functions at Amritsar. Deputy Commissioner, Amritsar
would be the Chairman of Reception-cum-Registration Committee along
with thirteenth members. Director Youth Services Punjab would be
the Chairman of Co-ordination Committee along with five members.
Commissioner Municipal Corporation, Amritsar would be the Chairman
of Accommodation Committee along with the eight members. District
Transport Officer, Amritsar would be the Chairman of Transport Committee
along with three members. District Food Supplies Controller, Amritsar
would be the Chairman of Food Committee along with seven members.
Director Public Relations, Punjab would be the Chairman of Media
Committee along with five members. Principal Secretary Youth Services
and Sports Punjab would be the Chairman of Opening and Closing Ceremony
Committee along with nine members. S.P.Traffic, Amritsar would be
the Chairman of Traffic Control Committee along with two members.
S.J.P.Negi Deputy Director NYK New Delhi would be the Chairman of
Competitive Events Committee along with seven members. Sh.Alwin
Masih, Zonal Director, NYK, Haryana would be the Chairman of Non-Competitive
Events Committee along with two members. Sh.Satish Shawny, Deputy
Programme Advisor, NSS, New Delhi would be the Chairman of Subvichar
and Youth Convention Committee along with four members. Additional
Deputy Commissioner (D) Amritsar would be the Chairman of Finance
Committee along with three members. Chief Medical Officer, Amritsar
would be the Chairman of Medical Aid and Health Committee along
with three members. Divisional Forest Officer would be the Chairman
of Exhibition Committee along with three members. Sh.M.S.Randhawa,
IFS Divisional Forest Officer, Amritsar would be the Chairman of
Central Control Room along with three members. DIG Police Border
Range, Amritsar would be the Chairman of Securities Arrangement
Committee along with two members. Ceremony will be conducted by
Officers of Youth Affairs and Sports Government of India under the
presentation of Youth Award Committee. Chief Engineer PSEB, Amritsar
would be the Chairman of Water Sanitation Electrification Committee
along with five members. District Transport Officer Amritsar would
be the Chairman of People's Participation Committee along with five
LOK ADALTS BEST PLATFORM TO REDRESS DISPUTES
CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 18, 2008
Punjab Government has taken effective steps to educate general
public regarding the benefits of Lok Adalats and to persuade the
parties to resolve the disputes and work out modalities, before
the actual holding of Lok Adalats on 20th and 21st December, 2008
in the State.
Giving this information here today an official spokesman said
that Lok Adalat was a platform for the resolution of disputes by
way of compromise. All types of Civil Disputes and Criminal offences
except those which were non compoundable were also settled and compromised
by the Lok Adalats. Those disputes which have not reached the courts,
could be settled at pre litigative stage without filing any suit,
with the consent of the parties by way of giving an application.
He said the decision of Lok Adalat was binding and final on both
the parties. There was no appeal against the decision of Lok Adalat.
The decision of Lok Adalt could be executed in a similar way as
a decree passed by the civil court. The court fee deposited by the
parties was also refunded to the parties after the settlement of
the dispute in the Lok Adalat. The partieis were not required to
wait for years for the decision. The Lok Adalat takes very less
time and the disputes were compromised in a peaceful manner with
the consent of the parties.
Giving more details regarding the benefits of Lok Adalats, the
spokesman said, the parties were not required to go to the courts
repeatedly but the litigation was finished after a single decision
pronounced by the Lok Adalat. The feeling of hatred between the
parties gets transformed in to one of friendship and brotherhood.
Besides this by way of decision of Lok Adalat, neither of the party
becomes a winner nor the loser but both the parties get justice
equally, he added.
BADAL WRITES TO UNION RAILWAYS MINISTER FOR PLYING SHATABDI
EXPRESS TRAIN BETWEEN DELHI – BATHINDA
CHANDIGARH DECEMBER 18, 2008
Punjab Chief minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today urged the Union
Railways Minister Mr.Lalu Prasad to immediately to start the Shatabdi
Express train between Delhi-Bathinda (Delhi-Rohtak-Jind-Bathinda)
to cater to the need of comfortable and hassle free travel facility
to the people of the Malwa region.
In a letter to Mr. Lalu Prasad, the Chief Minister said that there
was a dire need to playing this train on the persistent demands
of professionals, executives, government officials, politicians,
agriculturist, traders, businessmen, etc. of the region. He sought
Mr. Prasad's personal intervention to look into matter and expedite
the long pending demand of the people of this belt.
Mr. Badal further mentioned that Bathinda city was surrounded by
more than 12 small cities with total population in excess of 15
lacs and was an important center of grain and cotton markets. Besides
business activities were picking up speed in the growing Steel,
Power and Refinery sectors. The Rs.18919 crore JV Refinery-GGSRL,
being developed by HMEL (HPCL-Mittal Energy Limited), would provide
a much needed thrust to the already fast growing economy of the
city. The proposed Rs. 13500 crore Power plant to be executed by
Vendanta Group was also situated just 40 Km from Bathinda and would
hugely contribute to the economy of the region. The city had also
elaborate set-up of all 3 Oil PSUs, most private and public sector
Banks and Insurance companies, major telecom companies, NFL Plant,
2 Thermal Power Plants, Citrus Fruit Belts, Sugar Mills, Yarn and
Textile Plants and Petrochemical Plants. The Punjab Government had
plans to set up a special economic zone for textile, a flying school,
an international cricket stadium and academy, a domestic airport
and an air conditioned bus terminal-cum-commercial complex besides
Bathinda has the largest military cantonment of Asia.
Apart from these, tourists/religious destinations like Takhat Damdama
Sahib, Maiser Khana Mandir and Quila Mubarak attracts a large number
of tourists from all over every year. A large MNC group had recently
acquired prime location land in Bathinda and would be developing
a city centre. Key real estate players of the country are also building
world class residential and commercial complexes in the city, mentioned
PUNJAB TO DEVELOP EMBRYO TRANSFER TECHNOLOGY
TO BOOST DAIRYING
CHANDIGARH DECEMBER 18, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today stressed the
need to make use of the Embryo Transfer Technology on commercial
scale to boost the growth of dairy and achieve the quantum jump
in the milk production of the state.
Chairing the 5th meeting of the Punjab Dairy Development Board
here in Chief Minister office, Mr. Badal desired that a committee
consisting of Secretary Animal Husbandry, Vice Chancellor Guru Angad
Dev Veterinary Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) and two progressive
dairy farmers should be constituted to prepare an action plan within
15 days for the implementation of the Embryo Transfer Technology
programme in the state.
The Chief Minister particularly mentioned that the talent generated
through training in Embryo Transfer Technology by GADVASU must be
gainfully utilized for the benefit of the state and should be ensured
that the same does not go waste.
While discussing the issue of mechanization of dairy farming and
providing assistance for the purchase of hi-tech machinery and equipment,
Mr. Badal pointed out that a list of ultra-modern machinery and
equipment should be drawn in consultation with the experts of GADVASU
so that a scheme to provide subsidy on the same was approved.
Taking a serious view of the prevalent menace of adulteration in
milk and milk products and preparation of spurious milk and milk
products by unscrupulous elements, the Chief Minister ordered that
the work of quality control on milk should be given to the Dairy
Development department and a District level Committee consisting
of Deputy Director, Dairy, Deputy Manager, Milkfed and a Progressive
Dairy Farm should supervise the work of quality control in the district.
The Chief Minister appreciated the need for the implementation
of clean milk production programme at those dairy farms, which did
not come in the ambit of Cooperative network and were deprived of
the benefit under Govt. of India's Clean Milk Production programme.
He agreed with the scheme prepared for this purpose under Rashtriya
Krishi Vikas Yojna, but desired that the level of subsidy should
be raised to 50% from the level of 25% proposed earlier.
During the course of review of progress of the training programmes
run by the Punjab Dairy Development Board, the Chief Minister asserted
that training programmes should be constantly reviewed and updated
so that the know how of the trainees was upgraded and they were
optimally benefited from it. The structuring of training courses
should be need based. The opinion of the experts of the GADVASU
should be taken into consideration while revamping the training
courses, said Mr. Badal.
Mr. Badal emphasized that the Progressive Dairy Farmers should
suggest ways and means to boost the dairy sector because they were
fully aware with the ground realities and thus the programmes/schemes
by the departments should be prepared on the basis of those suggestions
so that the real progress was achieved as there was tremendous scope
for the growth and development of dairy in the state.
The meeting was attended by Animal Husbandry Minister Mr. Gulzar
Singh Ranike, Media Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Harcharan Bains,
Vice Chancellor GADVASU Dr.Vijay Kumar Taneja, Chairman Milkfed
Mr. G.S.Babehali, Secretary Animal Husbandry Mrs. Usha R. Sharma,
Director Animal Husbandry Dr.Baljit Singh Sidhu, Director Dairy
Development Department Mr.Inderjit Singh, besides Manager Procurement
Nestle India Ltd. Moga Dr. B.S.Bhullar, President Progressive Dairy
Farmers' Association Mr.Daljit Singh Sadarpura, Mr. Randhir Singh
Rode, Mr. Narinder Singh Ranike , Mr.Inderjit Singh Bagi, Mr. Yadvinder
Singh, Mr. Swaran Singh Haripur and other officials.
PUNJAB TO LAUNCH SPECIAL CAMPAIGN TO EDUCATE
CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 18, 2008
The Punjab Government would launch a week long special campaign
to educate the consumers regarding their rights and duties and it
would begin with the celebrations of National Consumer Day on December
According to an official spokesman a multi-media campaign would
be organized during this week to make consumers aware regarding
protection given to him under various consumer protection acts including
Weights & Measures Act, Prevention of Food Adulteration Act,
1955, Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940, Environment Protection Act,
1986, Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986, Agriculture Produce
(Grading & Marketing) Act, 1937etc and their provisions benefiting
The spokesman said that since most of the public service organizations
belong to government sector including public sector, it would be
imperative for these organizations to upgrade their services to
meet the high consumer expectations. He said that consumer would
also be educated that what kind of remedial measures he can take
in the case of deficiency service by any organization whether government
The spokesman further said that as a part of this campaign educative
literature would be distributed to the consumers. Exhibitions, film
shows would be organized to make consumer aware about his rights
and duties. Debates, declamation contests, quiz programmes, dramas,
skits and other programmes would be organized during this week to
take the message of importance of consumer protection acts to the
It may be added that the National Consumer Day is organized on
December 24 every year, as on this day in the year 1986 Consumer
Protection Act came into force, recognizing consumer as important
part of society.