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Press release for Punjab Govt
Jan 16, 2008




The Punjab Government would complete its prestigious Rs. 40 crore project of setting up the Punjab Security Training Institute (PSTI) at Jahan Khelan to impart two month vocational training for unemployed youth of the state to help them getting security related jobs in various private organizations, within next two years.

A decision to this effect was taken by Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal while presiding over a high level meeting here today. Taking part in the deliberations he asked the Home Department to finalize the modalities to notify the rules for this Institution.

While approving the model of State-of-the-Art institution Mr. Badal said that Rs. 20 crore were being released by the state government to start the construction of its 1 st phase. He also asked the officers to complete the work of structural designing in two weeks and go for tendering.

Underlining the aims and objectives of the Institution Mr. Badal said that presently the Security Agencies working in the field were not providing any specialized training to the youth; this new Police Institution would not only impart the ultramodern and technical training of Security Guards but also impart the training of Security Supervisors and Security Managers.

It was also informed in the meeting that the 1 st phase of the PSTI would be completed within a year to impart training to 4500 boys and 1500 girls every year in five batches and the number would be doubled after the complication of 2nd phase. The new infrastructure of PSTI would comprise Administrative Block, Auditorium, Multi media hall, Class rooms, Laboratories, Girls' and Boys' Hostels, Officers' residential houses and a Hospital. Under this training the youth would be taught the Basics of Security, Law, Behavioral Sciences, theoretical aspect of Technology in Security, basics of Disaster Management, first aid and public order. Besides, modern equipment and weapon training would be included as practical training under this course.

Punjab DGP Mr. N.P.S. Aulakh along the Senior Police Officers was present in the meeting.



Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today said that the state government could not alone ensure all round progress and prosperity in the state unless people's participation in the development process.

Later addressing the media persons after dedicating an ultra-modern Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Bus Terminal built at a cost of Rs.3.22 crore on BOT basis, Mr.Badal blamed the previous Congress Government for creating a financial mess due to its wrong economic and fiscal policies. He indirectly admitted that the state's financial position was not good and urged the people to come forward to contribute towards its development plans and schemes. "It is not feasible for the government to pay every thing free and subsidized every facility and now they should ready to share the burden gracefully in this hour of financial crisis", said Mr.Badal. He however, did not specifically stipulated any taxes or octroi likely to be introduced in near future but also maintained that the once the state was out of financial crisis it would again restore concessions and subsidies gradually in a phased manner.

Replying to another question about the nomination of chairmen of boards and corporations, Mr.Badal categorically said that there was complete unanimity between the SAD & BJP and a final decision would be taken shortly.

Earlier, addressing on the function Mr.Badal asked the civil and police administration to pay due regard and respect to the party workers of the Shiromani Akali Dal and Bhartiya Janta Party. He urged the officers for a change in the mind set and said: 'they being civil servants are actually the servants and the public was the real master and they should serve the common man with a missionary zeal and rather should not rule over them'.

Appreciating the Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal for naming this ultra-modern interstate bus terminus after founding father of Constitution of India and a great political thinker Dr.B.R.Ambedkar, Mr. Badal said that it was a right step to perpetuate the memory of eminent personalities and national heroes to infuse the spirit of patriotism and nationalism amongst the future generations. He also announced a grant of Rs.25 lakh for a community center at Phagwara.

Mr.Badal said that our government since its inception had taken several initiatives for the overall development of the state and the welfare of people. He said that SAD was a party of grass root people and we were committed to serve them in the right earnest. He said that our government had taken various measures to ensure overall development and progress in the areas of power, industry, agriculture, education, infrastructure and health care. He reiterated that with our concerted efforts Punjab would soon emerge as a front runner state in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, State Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal said that the Transport Department had chalked out an ambitious programme to modernize and upgrade the 32 bus stands in the state on the Built Operate and Transfer basis. He said that bus terminals at Pathankot, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and phagwara had been made functional. He said that the Punjab government was committed to provide the best transport infrastructure in the state to the people and urged them to maintain it in the larger public interest since they also owe a duty to safeguard the public property. He also said that Rajpura bus stand would be dedicated soon to the public and a world class bus stand at the holy town of Anandpur Sahib would be developed on the priority. He informed that all the up-coming new bus stands would be named after the great martyrs and warriors for their heroic deeds besides eminent personalities. He said that with the commissioning of this prestigious project the long pending demand of the local residents had been fulfilled. He thanked Mr.Badal for formulating a pro-passenger transport policy aimed at providing best public transport services at the affordable rates. He said that the state government would soon press in 200 AC buses at a fare which is a just 10 to 20% more than the ordinary bus fare to enable the common man to travel in AC buses. He also pointed out that the transport department would soon launch radio taxis to enable the passengers to commute to and fro from the bus stand with a radious of 40 KM. Initially this service would be started from Mohali, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Jalandhar and later on it would be extended to the other districts also.

Prominent amongst others who spoke on the occasion included Technical Education Minister Ch.Swarna Ram, Deputy Speaker Lok Sabha Charanjit Singh Attwal and Member SGPC Jarnail Singh Wahid. The function was also attended by Principal Secretary Transport DS Jaspal, State Transport Commissioner Venkat Rattanam and Managing Director PRTC Manvesh Singh Sidhu and Deputy Commissioner JM Balamurugan were amongst the senior officers.


Chandigarh January 16: The Punjab Government will seek one time special Central Grant to meet the target of 15% forest cover in the state by the year 2017.

Disclosing this here today Mr.Tikshan Sud, Forests & Wildlife Minister, said that in the ensuing conference of Forest Ministers at New Delhi on February 14, 2008, the Punjab would present a strong case for Central Grant for this project as increase in forest cover to 15% was necessary to protect the fragile eco system in the area located at the foothills of Shivaliks. The Minister said that Punjab Government from its own funds cannot achieve this ambitious target and it was imperative for the Central Government to foot the bill of this project of National interest.

Mr.Sud said that the Punjab Government would again raise the issue of compensation by Central Government to the Farmers in the cases of Man-Animal conflicts especially in the fields falling near the forest areas. The Minister said that keeping in view the changed scenario of Urbanization and rapid industrialization in the State, the Punjab Government would seek relaxation from Union Government in Forest Conservation Act & P.L.P.A.

It may be added that Chief Minister S.Parkash Singh Badal alongwith Forest Minister Mr.Tikshan Sud had gone to New Delhi to plead these issues and had also forcefully raised these issues in Forest Ministers Conference held in Chandigarh two months ago and Union Forest Minister S.Regupathy had assured early decision on them.


Chandigarh, January 16: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Punjab Pollution Board would initiate a joint scientific study to save most sacred religious place of Sikhs, Golden Temple from the ill effects of rising pollution in its vicinity.

Disclosing this here today Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Science and Technology & Environment Minister said that assistance of CPCB has been sought of because it had a vast experience of suggesting measures for protection of Taj Mahal.

The Minister said that Punjab government was worried about the increasing pollution level in the surroundings of Golden Temple and its ill effects on it. He said that Sri Darbar Sahib Complex as a whole was an example of architectural skills and precious paintings other symbolic heritage of Sikh Gurus. But due to urbanization, industrialization and other domestic activities pollution level was increasing in the city if Amritsar day by day hence threatening this precious Heritage site. The Minister said that many scientists, intellectuals, writers & Sikh-thinkers had raised their voice against the threats of pollution to Harmander Sahib through their writing and media reporting. According to the initial studies the probable reasons identified were transportation, industrial & commercial activities, huge buildings & their emission around the complex. Similarly with in the complex also the use of fuel in community Kitchen & other domestic activities and non-point sources of pollution were also identified reasons. Mr. Majithia said that since no scientific & systematic study had been conducted with regard to identifying & quantifying the factors affecting the Sri Harmander Sahib, it has been decided to rope in CPCB in this exercise.

He said that Sri Harmander Sahib is the most sacred religious site for crores of Punjabi living around the World. This is the only symbol of religious, environment & natural harmony available worldwide. The sarovars, Guru Ka Bagh, Parikarna marble work particularly the sun-watch and marble tomb build by the late Sardar Lahna Singh Majithia are the heritage that guided the generations over the last 400 years.

Mr. Majithia further said that like Harmander Sahib, Punjab Govt. was committed to protect and preserve all the heritage sights are the symbol of glorious past and the source of inspiration for the future generations.