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Punjab Govt- Jan 25, 2008




The border district of Amritsar today witnessed a "development wave" as Member Parliament and Working President of SAD (B), Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today laid the foundation stone of 16 projects in Majitha constituency District Amritsar, to be completed at the cost of Rs. 32 crores.

In a whirlwind tour of Amritsar district, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal accompanied by Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Information & Public Relations Minister Punjab laid the foundation stone of 220 KV power grid sub station at Majitha and three 66 KV sub stations at Nag Kalan, Wadala Veeram and Dhade to be constructed at the cost of Rs. 22 crores to strengthen the power distribution infrastructure in the border district. The work of setting power stations in the constituency would be completed within 2 years. With the commissioning of grid sub stations at least 40 villages in the region would get quality and reliable electricity supply. Mr. Badal also laid the foundation stone of a sub tehsil office at Majitha to be constructed at the cost of Rs. 30 lac.

Power is the lifeline of an economy so our Government has given priority to the generation of power to make the State strong in both agriculture and industry, said Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal. Punjab Goverment is making special effort to make the State power surplus during the next five years as Rs. 12948 crore, one third of the total allocation of the 11th plan, have been assigned to the power sector, he informed while interacting with media persons here this afternoon.

Mr. Sukhbir said that the State presently had an availability of 6000 MW of power while the demand was 9000 MW but the Government is anxious to double its capacity with in next three years to make it a power-surplus state. To bridge the huge gap between demand and supply, the Punjab State Electricity Board is going to install 1800 MW Thermal Power Plant at the Talwandi Sabo for which basic an mandatory studies have been completed. Similarly for Goindwal Sahib Thermal Project, notification for actuation of land has been issued by the Government. In addition, 1320 MW Coal based Thermal Power Plant at Rajpura would come on BOO(Build, Operate and Own) basis. Also for development Thermal Power Plant at Hazipur in Mukerian and Abhor sites have been identified. In addition, Punjab has share in 5 ultra mega power projects.

Laying emphasis on quality education of children of rural areas Mr. Sukhbir Badal laid the foundation stone of 5 NABARD schools, one Airtell school and one Government school at Nag Kalan, Bhangali Kalan, Chawinda Devi, Mattewal, Ram Diwali, Chananke and Kotla Sultan Singh to constructed at the cost of Rs. 2.90 crore.

Strengthening the Agro Marketing system and to disseminate agri-expertise Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal also laid the foundation stone of Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Nag Kalan and 3 grain markets at Sohian Kalan, Wadal Veeram and Dhade to be constructed at the cost of Rs. 3 crore and Rs. 2.60 crore respectively.

Punjab would soon have surplus power, revamped irrigation system, Adarsh schools, more number of teachers, better health facilities, clean drinking water, improved roads and sewerage project under World Bank funding, claimed Mr. Sukhbir Badal. The Government would observed year 2008 as the year of employment and development, he said, adding that laying four lane express ways would be his top goals.

Mr. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fishery Minister Punjab announced that the Punjab Government has chalkedout a plan to set up new Veterinary Hospitals and Poly Clinics and upgrade the existing infrastructure with the cost of Rs. 30 crore. He also announced to set up a Veterinary Hospital at Village Harrian (Majitha).

Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu , Member Parliament announced a grant of Rs. 1.75 crore for the developmental works to be spent within next 6 months in Majitha constituency. He also declared Rs. 2 lacs for Youth Club of village Mattewal.

Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Public Health and Information & Public Relations Minister Punjab given details of projects. Mr. Rajmohinder Singh Majitha, Member Rajya Sabha, Mr. Hardev Singh Mattewal, Advocate General also addressed, on this occasion Mr. Amarpal Singh Boni, Mr. Dalbir Singh Verka, Mr. Manjit Singh all MLAs, Bhai Manjit Singh, Senior Vice President SAD (B) were also present.



Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal released a 'Gurmat Diary' in the form of table calendar for the year 2008 published by Patiala Kala Prishad here at Punjab Bhawan late last evening.

Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab government said that the Gurmat Diary had 365 leaves with pictures of historical Gurdwaras of the Patiala district alongwith Gurbani quotes from Sri Guru Granth Sahib on every leaf and its foreword had been written by SGPC Jathedar Avtar Singh Makkar.

Lauding the initiative of the Patiala Kala Prishad for bringing out this unique publication, Mr.Badal said that it would be useful for everyone to start one's daily routine by seeking direction from the 'Shabad Guru'.

Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Local Government & Industries Minister Manoranjan Kalia, Chief Secretary RI Singh, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister DS Guru, Director Information & Public Relations Tejveer Singh besides Mr.SK Ahluwalia and Mr.DS Grewal, Commissioner Patiala Division & President and Deputy Commissioner Patiala & Vice President of Patiala Kala Prishad and an eminent writer Prof.Achru Singh. Dr. Dharminder Singh, Head Business Management Department, Mata Gujri Collage, Fatehgarh Sahib.




Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Member Parliament and Acting Chief of SAD (B) during his visit to Majitha informed the people that the former Deputy Prime Minister and the Senior BJP Leader, Mr. L.K.Advani met the French President Mr. Sarkozi, this afternoon at Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi and raised the turban issue with him. The Senior Leader brought home the religious sentiments of the Sikh Community attached to the turban. He tried to convince the French President that ignoring this issue would hurt the sentiments of sikh community all over the world and stressed on the permission to wear turban be granted to the Sikhs. Mr. Sukhbir Badal appreciated Mr. Advani's initiative and revealed that he to had met the hon'ble Prime Minister of India on the same issue.

Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu, Member Parliament, Mr. Rattan Singh Ajnala, MP and Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Information & Public Relations Minister Punjab also appreciated Mr. Advani's initiative.