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Punjab Govt
February 27, 2008


Empowered Committee Approves a standard package of incentives
and conditions For Super Mega Projects

CHANDIGARH February 27, 2008

In a significant move to boost Urbanization and Industrialization in the state, the Punjab Government's Empowered Committee on mega projects under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal here today approved a standard package of incentives and conditions for Large Scale Super Mega Mixed Use Integrated Industrial Park Projects.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the Punjab Government said that this would bring an organized urban growth in the state followed by a massive expansion of Industrial sector. This package would make available industrial spaces for knowledge Industries such as I.T & Biotechnology and will attract large Investments through planned development of urban areas. These Large Scale Super Mega Mixed Use Integrated Industrial Township Projects have been categorized into 'A', 'B' and 'C' Categories with 750 acres or more, 500 acres or more and 250 acres or more of land respectively. The projects have been granted exemption from stamp duty and registration charges on first sale / lease of developed area and build up spaces, exemption from change of land use charges on industrial component of the project and reduction in External Development Charges and License Fee on all components of project. Further, reduction in Change of Land Use Charges on residential and commercial components of project has also been granted.

Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Local Govt. & Industries Minister Manoranjan Kalia, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, Chief Secretary RI Singh, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister DS Guru, Principal Secretary Finance DS Kalha, Principal Secretary Industries & Commerce A.R. Talwar, Secretary Housing & Urban Development Arun Goel, MD PIDB S.S. Sandhu, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Gagandeep Singh Brar, Director Industries V.K. Janjua, and Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Ajay Mahajan.


Chandigarh, February 27, 2008

Punjab Cooperation Minister and SAD General Secretary Capt. Kanwaljit Singh today profusely thanked the people of Punjab who converged in large number to national capital to participate in historic 'Insaaf Rally' jointly organised by SAD-BJP combine and making it a grand success.

In a press statement, Capt. Singh described the 'mega rally' as an eye opener for congress led UPA government in the Centre and pointed out that even now if the Centre Government continues to ignore the genuine and rightful demands of the Punjab especially of its peasantry, then yesterday's historic and unprecedented turnout would play a significant role in dethroning the UPA government in coming general elections.

Capt. Singh revealed that not only the farmer but also the Industrialists of the state were also the victim of Centre's vote politics. On one hand the state was instrumental in making country as self reliant in food production on the other the farmers were not getting remunerative prices for their produce. The industry in the neighbouring states like Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand were entitled to 10 years' tax holiday which had badly hit the state's industry and ultimately led to its flight to these states, thereby bringing our economy at the brink of disaster.



The State Cabinet in its meeting held under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today approved the Excise Policy for the year 2008-09 with a view to generate total revenue of Rs.1728 crores (approx), an increase of Rs.72 crores over the last year.

Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab Government said that the Licensing Units would be allotted by draw of lots on fixed fee as done in 2007-08 and the entire process of draw of lots would be supervised by the Deputy Commissioners of the concerned district and senior officers of the Excise & Taxation Department. The Cabinet also approved to increase the quota of PML by 3% over the last year and there would be no increase in quota of IMFL. With this, the quota for the year 2008-09 would be 618 lakh PL for PML and 325 lakh PLs for IMFL. The Minimum Retail Price on PML would be increased by Rs.5/- and IMFL by Rs.10/- per bottle over the last year.

The spokesman further said that no maximum retail price of IMFL was fixed for the year 2007-08. The Cabinet decided that now the maximum sale price (brand-wise) of IMFL and would be fixed by the ETC both at L-1 and L-2 stages. The area-wise classification proposed for the year 2008-09. The rate of VAT on molasses would be decreased from 22% to 4% and rate of VAT on liquor would be increased from 4% to 12.5%.

The Cabinet also approved the revival and filling up of 13998 vacancies of school teachers on contract basis. Out of these, 9998 and 4000 teachers would be appointed in the primary and secondary education cadres respectively.

The Cabinet also approved in principle to establish Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University sponsored by Sri Guru Granth Sahib 4th Centenary Memorial Trust through introducing "The Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University" Bill, 2008 in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha for enactment. The said trust would be established under the Indian Trust Act, as a constituent unit of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.

The Cabinet also decided to introduce the Punjab Compulsory Registration of Marriages Bill, 2008 in the forthcoming session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha for enactment. Likewise it was also decided to convert the Punjab Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Ordinance, 2008 into an Act through the presentation of Bill in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

The Cabinet also decided to amend the Punjab School Education Board Act, 1969.

The Cabinet also gave a go ahead for the enhancement of limit of disbursement of "discretionary grants" for development purposes by the Chief Minister, Ministers and Chief Parliamentary Secretaries from Rs.5 lakh to Rs.10 on one occasion for single purpose.

The Cabinet also approved the creation of Punjab State Relief Fund. The collection would be primarily used to pay the premium on insurance for the poor, needy and destitute.

The Cabinet also approved to raise the borrowing limit of the Punjab state Electricity Board from Rs.11000 crore to Rs.15000 crore to meet with the crash crunch position.

The Cabinet also approved the constitution of Educational Tribunal covering all aided and un-aided Educational Institutions in the state of Punjab. The additional Deputy Commissioner General at the district level be vested with the powers of the Tribunal for hearing the appeals at the district level within their respective districts.

The Cabinet also approved the creation of the Punjab State Development & Welfare Fund for the smooth flow of funds for the activities in the field of education, health and social welfare. The corpus of the fund would consist of 5% of the total amount realized from the bidder by way of sale proceeds of all immoveable properties auctioned by the agencies after 1.4.2007 such as Urban Development Authorities, Punjab State Industries Export Corporation, department of Colonization and any other government instrumentality as may be specified by government.

The Cabinet also gave approval regarding amendment in Punjab Value Added Tax Act, 2005- provisions for VAT at source on Petroleum products. It may be mentioned that with this amendment the state would be able to collect full VAT through the Oil Companies instead of collecting a small portion of it (VAT) from a large number of Petroleum Dealers. This new system would also generate Rs. 20 crore per annum without any enhancement of VAT just by reducing the extra workload on the department.

The Cabinet approved lumpsum levy of tax on Brick kiln owners alongwith the levy of VAT on Tobacco and abolition of Form-D. The Cabinet also gave its approval for the amendment in Punjab Value Added Tax Act, 2005 regarding Deemed assessment scheme for cases. The Cabinet also gave approval regarding amendment in section 19 of the Punjab VAT Act, 2005-Input Tax Credit on Schedule 'H' goods.

The Cabinet also approved the acquisition of 120 Acre 3 Kanal 16 Marla land for Wagah (now Attari) Border for setting up integrated check post as demanded by GoI in view of the increasing trade between India and Pakistan.

The Cabinet also approved the appointment of Substitute Teachers in Punjab Information Communication Technology Education society (PICTES). The Cabinet also approved the filling up of 19 vacant posts against 29 sanctioned posts of Analyst in the Health and Family Welfare Department by direct recruitment in Food, drugs and Excise laboratories in the state.

The Cabinet also approved the annual reports of the Department of Hospitality for the year 2006-07, Department of Employment for the year 2002, 2003 & 2004 and Department of Jails for the year 2001-02.

Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Science and Technology Minister, Punjab will inaugurate eight cogeneration projects with combined generation capacity of 100MW tomorrow i.e. 28 February 2008 at 11:00 AM at Punjab Development Agency Solar Passive Complex (PEDA Bhawan) Sector-33D, Chandigarh.

Sukhbir Singh

NEW DELHI FEB 27, 2008

The Shiromani Akali Dal President Mr.Sukhbir Singh

Badal declared the parliament will not be allowed to function till the demand of loan

Waver of poor farmer of Punjab is not excepted by the Centre Govt.

In a statement released to the press Mr.Badal said that his party

Strongly committed to the cause of farmers community. He said that the farmers in

the whole country and specially of Punjab are committing suicide but still govt. of

India is delaying the acceptance of its legitimate demand.

It may be mention here that all members of the S.A.D. including

S.A.D. Chief Mr.Sukhbir Singh Badal, leader of the Parliamentary party

Mr.S.S.Dhindsa all other members of Parliament of S.A.D. installed the proceeding

of the above said issue.


Chandigarh February 27, 2008

Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Information & Public Relations Minister today said that thunderous response of people of Punjab in Insaaf Rally was indicative of the fact that countdown has begin for Congress led and Left supported UPA Government at the Centre.

Thanking the people of Amritsar for braving the chill and rough weather by spending night on the roads of New Delhi to participate in Rally Mr. Majithia said that a sea of humanity present in the Insaaf Rally gave a clear warning to the fascist Union Government to desist from discriminatory Anti-farmer and Anti-Punjab polices. He said that in one of the biggest rally in the history of New Delhi, people of Punjab have warned the Union Government to desist from interfering in the religious affairs of Sikhs by creating state wise SGPCs.

Mr. Majithia said that the Insaaf Rally was reminiscent of student rally organized by Mr. Jai Prakash Narain against Emergency at Patna that proved death knell for the Indira Gandhi at that time. He said that enthusiastic response in the rally was reflection of anger of people against anti people polices of UPA government who are itching to overthrow this government at earliest possible opportunity.


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