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Punjab Govt
February 29, 2008

NRI businessmen hail the budget as progressive- The major highlight is the waiver of loans to the distressed farmers to the extent of Rs 60,000 crores.


Punjab Press News



Chandigarh February 29, 2008

The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today described the claim of complete loan waiver to farmers owning less than five acres of land as " an inadequate decision taken under farmer's pressure and totally insufficient to meet the burgeoning farm crisis in the country. The decision would not benefit more than twenty seven per cent of the farmers in Punjab and that too lies in the realm of uncertainty." He said that this was a mere an eye-wash by a rally-rattlled Centre.

"This is a classic case of too little, too late and done clearly under pressure of the SAD-BJP Rally. He said that the rally had so rattled the centre that even some Central leaders known to be cool had used rather intemperate language against it. This is proof enough of how the rally has worked in favour of the farmers to the extent that the budget had to be changed at the last minute to include the farm sector and it is loaded against the poor farmers who have to rely on sources other than institutional loans, like the Arhtiyas. The Centre has wasted an opportunity to get a breakthrough in this area. They had an excellent chance to come out with some formula to settle the loans taken from Arhtiyas without causing any substantial loss to either side. The Centre, he said, claimed that it was aflush with funds. Therefore, there is no reason why it should not have found a way to "adopt" the Arhtiya loans and refund them on staggered payment arrangement or on a one-time settlement basis," said the Chief Minister of the country's leading farming state.

"Further, whatever little relief that has been announced through this budget is done under the impact of the unprecedented and historic farmers rally organized by the SAD-BJP alliance in New Delhi on February 26."

In his first reaction to the Union Budget, Mr. Badal wondered "Why did the Centre have to wait for half a million farmers from Punjab to suffer cold sweat for the Insaaf Rally held at the Ram Leela Grounds on Tuesday before announcing this partial relief measure? Why could they not have done this any time during the past four years that the UPA government had been in saddle? This is typical of the attitude of the centre towards farmers in general and the Punjab's farmers in particular. Punjabis have had to wage long, relentless and difficult struggles even to get their just demands conceded. Even when our genuine demands are met, these are done only as half measures," said Mr. Badal.

In addition, there is nothing in this Budget for the beleaguered Punjab Industry, which will continue to suffer the paralysing impact of the concessions given to the neigbouring states. Similarly, the budget is totally silent on the alarming crises of unemployment and does nothing to promote the service sector

Mr. Badal added that even the figures rolled out by the Union Finance Minister were completely misleading. Punjab, which is the market leader in farm production, was not likely to get more than twelve to thirteen per cent of the total concessions announced whereas the Prime Minister had already distributed more than 15000 crore to some other states like Kerala even without their asking for it. These states would now get the same benefit for the second time as a result of this budget while Punjabi farmers had to virtually bring to standstill to force the government of India to take note of their tragedy.

Mr Badal also assailed the Union Budget as it had completely ignored the dalits, which constituted a sizeable chunk of Indian population in general and 28.85% of Punjab's population, the highest in the country in particular. Likewise, employees another important segment of the society, which was considered as the backbone of the administration had also been completely disillusioned by the Budget as it had not come upto their expectations.

The Sukhbir Impact: Bains

Chandigarh February 29 – Media Advisor to the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. harcharan Bains today described the sudden shift in the Union budget from Nuclear Energy to the country's natural resource, agriculture, as "clearly the magic of The Sukhbir impact" on national politics.

In a statement here, Mr. Bains said that there was no doubt that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal "is the tallest champion of the farmers' cause in the country, but it could not be denied that Sukhbir was truly the architect of the historic Ram Leela Ground Rally which seemed to have shaken the foundations of the anti-farming lobby in New Delhi. Mr. Bains regretted however that the Budget still fell far short of the farmers' expectations as it did not speak a word about the Arhtiya loans, the MSP, the prices of farm inputs, agri-marketing, farm labour and modernisation of agriculture. "Only 14.9 per cent of the farmers will be affected in different measures in case budgetary proposals are honestly carried through because more than 50% of the loans on 29% of farmers owning less than five acres of land had come from Arhtiyas for which the budget has evolved no formula."

Mr. Bains however complimented he Punjab government, the SAD-BJP leadership and above all the farmers for forcing 'at least cosmetic changes in the union budget."


Rally forced change in agenda from nuclear deal to peasantry:
budgetary promises do not scratch the surface of farmers' problems: SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL

Chandigarh February 29 - The Shiromani Akali Dal president Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today dubbed the so-called loan relief given to about 28 % of the farmers in Punjab as "the centre's grudging panic reaction to the historic and unprecedented Insaaf Rally organized by the SAD-BJP alliance in New Delhi on February 26.

Mr. Sukhbir Singh congratulated the Punjab farmers for altering the national agenda from Nuclear Deal to the peasantry. "More than half a million farmers, who shook Delhi with their might braving conditions of extreme cold, successfully forced the central leaders to partially wake up from their anti-farmer slumber. Yet, the SAD-BJP struggle for securing 'total and lasting justice for farmers', will continue as the Union Budget has cleverly left the issue of non-institutional farming loans completely out of its proposals. We are not going to allow them to get away with this cunning and craftiness," said the SAD president.

Attributing the belated change in Budgetary proposals to partially, and possibly falsely, promise a little relief to a small segment of peasantry to the success of the SAD-BJP rally, Mr. Badal, who is also a Member of Parliament from Faridkot, said"The rumblings of the Ram Leela Ground where the Insaaf Rally was held, have clearly sent shock waves, forcing the Union Finance Minister Mr. P.Chidambram to make last minute changes in his budget creating a little space for the farmers.'" Said the youthful new Akali president in a statement released here today.Mr. Badal said that the Congress led UPA government was seeing defeat staring in the face after the mammoth Insaaf Rally and they were trying to resort to a slew of promises to the most significant and honesty segment of national populace, the farmers. "The Congress was in power for five years in Punjab and for has been in saddle for four years in New Delhi. It is only in the throes of its death that it had been forced to think of trying to make some promises – and that too just promises – to the peasantry. On the contrary, the SAD has always considered the the peasantry as it mind and body, heart and soul and had therefore always been in the forefront of struggle for justice to this most hard working and patriotic section of society," said Mr. Badal

Punjab and Haryana Court this morning to mourn the sad demise of Mr. Justice Hans Raj Khanna

Chandigarh, February 29:

A full court reference was held at Punjab and Haryana Court this morning to mourn the sad demise of Mr. Justice Hans Raj Khanna, who left for his heavenly abode on 25th February leaving behind three sons and one daughter. As a mark of respect to the departed soul two minutes silence was also observed.

Hon'ble Mr. Chief Justice Vijender Jain while addressing the full court recalled that in his formative years as a lawyer, he had the privilege of appearing in the court of Justice H.R. Khanna at Delhi. He always encouraged young lawyers and had a soothing voice filled with compassion. His judgment in ADM Jabalpur's case has immortalized him in the annals of judicial history in this country. His judgments were short and crisp. He had unfathomable knowledge of law which inspired young generation of lawyers and Judges, he added.

Hon'ble Chief Justice further added that Justice Khanna had an unimpeachable integrity and was devoted to his work. He was thoroughly professional and dedicated to his work.

He said that on the untimely death of Justice Khanna, the legal fraternity have not only lost a legal luminary but a person who dedicated his entire life to the cause of administration of justice. Justice Khanna would always be remembered for his legal acumen, sagacity, courtesy and firmness. The loss caused by his death has crated a great void which would be difficult to be filled.

He prayed for peace to the departed soul and also prayed the Almighty to give strength to the members of bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.

Justice Khanna was born on 3rd July, 1912 and educated at D.A.V. High School, Amritsar, Hindu College Amritsar, Khalsa College, Amritsar and Law College Lahore. He was enrolled as Pleader and practiced at Amritsar till January, 1952 when he was appointed as District and Sessions Judge, Ferozepur. As District and Session Judge, Ambala he was appointed Commission of Inquiry in connection with the firing at Kalka Railway Station in 1956. As Special Judge, Justice Khanna tried the case of Ram Krishan Dalmia and others. He remained as District and Sessions Judge, Delhi till 1962 when he was appointed as Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court. After formation of Delhi High Court Justice Khanna became Judge of that Court and held inquiry into the charges against Sh. Biju Patnaik and other Ministers in Orisaa. Justice Khanna remained as Chief Justice of Delhi High Court from 1969 till September, 1971. He was elevated to the Supreme Court in September, 1971 and retired on 12-3-1977.

On the occasion Hon'ble Judges of Punjab and Haryana High Court, former Chief Justice and former Judges of this Court, Sh. H.S. Hooda, advocate General, Haryana, H.S.Sidhu, Additional Advocate General, Punjab, Sh. Jaivir Yadav, Chairman of the Bar Council, Dr. Anmol Rattan Sidhu, President of the High Court Bar Association; Law Officers of the States of Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory of Chandigarh and members of the legal fraternity were also present.



The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational Programme for irrigation for the Rabi Season through Canal water from 2 March to 9 March, 2008. The channels of Sirhind Canal System would run on priority basis from Bhatinda Branch, Bist Doab Canal, Sidhwan Branch, Patiala feeder and Abohar Branch 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 and Kasur Branch Lower with its distributaries.

Medical Education & Research Minister Mr. Tikshan Sud appreciated
of the services 10,000 GAMS/BAMS doctors

Chandigarh, February 29:

Medical Education & Research Minister Mr. Tikshan Sud today convened a meeting to consider various demands of National Integrated Medical Association consisting of BAMS and GAMS doctors.

Reacting to there demands Mr. Sud said that the government appreciated of the services 10,000 GAMS/BAMS doctors especially in the rural health network. Agreeing their demands to be considered eligible for registration purpose under PNDT/MTP Act like their allopathic counterparts, the Minister said that BAMS doctors from recognized university approved by CCIM New Delhi having adequate knowledge of science would be considered this purpose under various provision of law and other acts. He asked Secretary Medical education to take up with health Department that Punjab Government had already notified that these doctors are permitted for registration and they should not be harassed.

He also asked Secretary Medical education to take up with health department for filling the vacant posts of BAMS Doctors, grant of NPA to them and 100% parity in pay and perks with PCMS doctors. The Minister sought their cooperation for success of the National Health Programmes like pulse polio, prevention of blindness. National. Revised tuberculosis eradication programme, blood donation Camps, Aids awareness, Reproductive & Child health Programme, Prevention of smoking & Drug abuse etc.

Mr. Jagjit Puri, Secretary Medical Education issued instructions to Director Ayurveda to ensure compliance of various provisions of Act.



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