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July, 2008


Manish Tiwari Bereaved
CM, Majithia & Sukhbir Mourns the sad demise of Dr. V.K Tripathi,
father-in-law of Manish Tiwari

Chandigarh, July 5, 2008

The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Dr. V.K Tripathi father-in-law of Mr. Manish Tiwari, Chief of Bureau, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh. Dr. Tripathi died here this morning in a private hospital after a brief illness. He was 59 and survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

Mr. Badal also shared his heartfelt sympathies with the members of the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty to give strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss and grant peace to the departed soul.

Meanwhile, Information & Public Relations Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia and Member Parliament & President of Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal also shared their condolences with the family members of Dr. Tripathi.

Later in the afternoon, the mortal remains of Dr. Tripathi were consigned to the flames here at local cremation ground amidst several mourners from the deferent walks of the life. The deceased's son Mr. Abhishek Tripathi lit the pyre. Media Advisor to Chief Minister, Mr. Harcharan Bains and Principal Secretary, Information & Public Relations, Mr. D.S Jaspal placed wreaths on the body of Dr. Tripathi on behalf of Punjab Chief Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal and Information & Public Relations Minister, Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia.

Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. D.S Guru, Director General of Police, Mr. N.P.S Aulakh, Director Information & Public Relations, Mr. Tejvir Singh, and Resident Editor Hindustan Times Mr. Kanwar Sandhu also placed wreath on the body of Dr. Tripathi.

Prominent amongst others who attended the cremation included union Minister of State for Finance, Mr. Pawan Bansal, Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab, Dr. Daljeet Singh Cheema, and Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. A.K Mahajan. Besides the senior officers from the State, Civil and Police Administration and the Members of the Journalists fraternity also attended the cremation ceremony.


Cooperative needs professionalism:
Capt. Kanwaljit Singh Pb. Coop Minister inaugrates National conference in TamilNadu

Chandigarh, July 5, 2008

Punjab Cooperation Minister Capt. Kanwaljit Singh while inaugurating the programme on financial and reporting and analysis for Directors and Senior Exevcutive of Cooperatives at KodaiKanal (TamilNadu) organized by VAMNICOM (Vakunth Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Managenment, PUNE), emphasized the necessity of professionalism in the cooperative in view of changed market scenario for providing improved delievery systems to public. He inaugurated the conference in which the Directors and Senior Executives of Cooperative acroos the country participated. He laid emphasis on training of sharing experiences for further improving the efficiency of cooperatives. The market economy system prevailing at present was not suitable for developing countries especially for India where more than 50 percent of population was deprived of the basic necessities for survival. The system of market economy had many pitfalls and the cooperative, however can serve their members and the public in a better way but at the same time, the cooperative have to equip them to face the competition as they can't enjoy the benefits of protective era prevailing earlier. They need to have introspection.

He said that cooperatives had to bring in efficiency by professionalism and result oriented managements to improve their delivery system by changing their mindset and have to become consumer friendly for their own survival and the benefit of public.

Capt. Kanwaljit Singh said that the corporate system has a strong lobby to impress upon their viewpoint and monopolise the benefits whereas the cooperatives suffer on account of this. The cooperative have therefore to bring in dedicated leadership for better management and also have to re look into the legal aspects of bringing in changes in the system for encouraging the experienced and dedicated leaders. The cooperatives have to develop a strong lobby for their survival and for the benefit of their members failing which the monopoly of corporate sector will exploit the consumers

He said that the rural indebtness has attained alarming magnitude due to the stagnation in agriculture production resulting in leaving the profession and are being forced to opt for other jobs. The cooperative credit structure in such a scenario has to undertake effective measures to provide cheap and adequate credit so as to wean away the farmers from the money lenders.

He said that the total dependence of credit Cooperative on NABARD, has adversely effected tha loaning programme especially long term cooperative credit Institutions. Credit Cooperative have to find out new avenues for financial resources for funding agriculture programmed at lower rate of interest, he added.

The Minister said that the debt waiver announced by the Government of India has benefited the defaulters and has rather penalized good pay masters. He said that the Punjab farmers who had been traditionally repaying loans on time, have not benefited from the scheme.Punjab farmers were expected to get only 1 percent from the entire package of 71000 crore rupees against 45 percent contribution to the food bowl of the country at the cost of loss of soil fertility and lowering of water table.

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