PROGRAMME FOR RABI SEASON ANNOUNCED
Chandigarh, January 21:
The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational
Programme for irrigation for the current Rabi Season through Canal
water from 22 January to 29 January, 2008. The channels of Sirhind
Canal System would run on priority basis from Patiala feeder,
Abohar Branch, Sidhwan Branch, Bhatinda Branch and Bist Doab Canal
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the irrigation department
said that direct distributaries of Bhakra Main Line, Ghaggar link
and its off taking channels i.e. Ghaggar Branch and Patiala Minor
being the channels of first preference would run to their indent.
Balance surplus water available would be utilised in direct distributaries
of Bhakra main line on second preference.
The spokesman further said that the Punjab channels off taking
from Harika and Ferozepur Head Works & Branches i.e. Abohar
Branch off taking from Sirhind Feeder and its distributaries of
group "B" would run on first preference to their indent.
Balance water supplies available would be utilised in direct distributaries
of Sirhind Feeder in Group "A".
The spokesman also said that the channels off taking from Upper
Bari Doab Canal i.e. Lahore Branch Lower with its distributories
being in first Preference would run to their indent, Balance Surplus
water available would be utilised in Main Branch lower, Kasur
Branch Lower, Sabraon Branch and with its distributaries.
The Reserve Bank
of India has proposed to float a state loan of Rs. 456.101 crore
Chandigarh, January 21:
The Punjab Government in line with the Reserve Bank of India
has proposed to float a state loan of Rs. 456.101 crore to raise
part of the barrowings through auction system.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the government said
that the consent of the Central Government has already been obtained
to the floatation of this loan required under Article 293 (3)
of the constitution of India. The stocks would be of 10 years
tenure and the tenure of the stock would commence on January 25,
2008. The loan would be repaid at par on January 25, 2018, he
added. The interest however, would be paid every half yearly on
July 25 and January 25.
Completion of important,
flagship projects of the Government
Chandigarh, January 21, 2008 - The Chief Secretary, Punjab, Sh.
Ramesh Inder Singh today exhorted administrative secretaries to
ensure timely completion of important, flagship projects of the
Presiding over a meeting of Administrative Secretaries, the Chief
Secretary emphasized that the Government was committed to deliver
on its promises. He pointed out that work on several projects
could be expedited merely by greater coordination and enforcement
of good governance practices.
The Chief Secretary desired that priority should be given to
the projects and schemes which are tied up with Government of
India funding and Administrative Secretaries should ensure that
these funds do not lapse.
The Chief Secretary also urged the administrative secretaries
to personally monitor cases pending in the judicial courts since
delay adversely affected Government efficiency and, at times,
also resulted in adverse financial implications.
In the discussions, several administrative secretaries gave
feed back and suggestions. While highlighting the financial constraints
facing the Government, Principal Secretary Finance requested the
concerned Departments to identify the areas where resources can
be saved or mobilized.
It was also decided that concerned administrative Departments
will send proposals immediately for taking maximum benefit of
the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme of Government of
India. The NREG had tremendous employment potential and substantial
funds were available with the GOI which could be tapped by the
State Govt. for various labour intensive projects.
The Chief Secretary also highlighted the concern of the Hon'ble
Chief Minister, Punjab to make the administration more transparent,
corruption free and accessible to the public and requested the
cooperation and personal involvement of the officers towards achieving
RS. 5 LACS FOR TREATMENT OF AJMER SINGH AULAKH
Chandigarh, January 21:-
Punjab Chief Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today sanctioned
a grant of Rs. 5.00 lacs for the treatment of Punjab's ailing
writer Ajmer Singh Aulakh. He stated that he was pained to learn
that Sardar Aulakh was suffering from cancer and presently undergoing
treatment in Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute in Delhi. Mr. Badal
wished him a speedy recovery and stated that further assistance,
if required, would also be provided by the State Government.
In another significant decision, the Chief Minister announced
the increase of the monthly pension allowance of Smt. Gurcharan
Kaur daughter of Punjab's famous freedom fighter Late Sardar Sewa
Singh Thikriwala from Rs. 2500 to Rs. 5000 per month.