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Youth Akali Dal would launch an agitation (Morcha) against the Congress Govt. in Center for its discriminatory and apathetic attitude against Punjab farmers...Majathia


Ludhiana July 9, 2008

Mr. Bikram Singh Majathia Minister for Information and Public Relations, Water Supply and Sanitation, Science and Technology Punjab and Patron All India Youth Akali Dal has announced that the Youth Akali Dal would launch an agitation (Morcha) against the Congress Govt. in Center for its discriminatory and apathetic attitude against Punjab farmers and the spiraling price rise which had crushed the common man. The date of the Morcha will be fixed shortly in consultation with the SAD President.

Mr. Majithia unfolded the program while addressing a largely attended conference of Youth Akali Dal organized to mark the 47th Birth Day of Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal President SAD at Alamgir here, today.

Elaborating the program, Mr. Majithia said that during the agitation the Youth Akali Dal Workers in large numbers will gather at Delhi and will organize a Gherao (seize) of the residence of Mrs.
Sonia Gandhi chairperson of UPA, which will continue till the Union Govt. correct its anti Punjab and anti farmer policies. He said that the congress Govt. at Center had committed a number of blunders to dishonor Punjabis, as it had attacked Darbar Sahib, was responsible for 84 anti Sikh riots in which thousands of Sikhs were killed and had adopted discriminatory attitude towards Punjab farmers, who had bailed out the country from a grieve food crisis.

In the meeting Mr. Majithia also announced that a new program
dedicated to the birth day of Sukhbir Badal named "Jiwan Dan Program" was also being launched by the YAD, under which, 51000 blood units will be donated by the youth workers by organizing blood donation camps in all districts of the state. He said that the district units of YAD will shortly conduct the camps and will deposit the receipts of the donated units at the Chandigarh Office of YAD.

The Minister further announced that a special tree plantation drive was also being launched in the state by Youth Akali Dal under which one lakh trees will be planted to improve the environment. Highly appreciating the performance of the Students of India (SOI) during the recent past it had launched a number of programs to eradicate the social evils from the society including educating the youth against the drug addiction. In future SOI will also organize de-addiction campaign in the whole state to divert the youth towards the development process of the state.

Strongly criticizing Mrs. Rajinder Kaur Bhattal President PPCC raising questions on SOI and for launching a youth brigade of Congress, Mr. Majithia said that Bibi Bhattal was resorting to such gimmicks in desperation only and had no faith in the youth wings of her own party i.e. youth Congress and NSUI . Listing more achievements
of SOI He said that SOI had done excellent performance in settling
the dispute between students and bus transporters and taking the case of international level Sikh boxer Pushpinder Singh, who was being deprived of participation being a Sikh keeping beard and hair.

Highly appreciating the contribution of Youth Akali Dal for the installation of SAD- BJP Government in the state by making unmatched sacrifices and organizing big rallies under the leadership of S. Sukhbir Singh Badal before the Vidhan Sabha election elections. He added that the youth workers had also played crucial role in engineering the prestigious victories of SAD-BJP during all the recent elections to Municipal Corporations, Zila Parishads, Panchayat Samitis, Mid-term Vidhan Sabha election to Amritsar Assembly seat and now in Panchayat elections under the guidance of Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal. He said that the whole youth of the state was proud of Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, who had wisely led the Youth Akali Dal in the most trying circumstances and in various Morchas and agitations launched against the atrocities of previous congress government. He said that now after becoming President of the party.
Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal had a comprehensive plan for the fast development of the state and upliftment of the people. He asserted that now Youth Akali Dal will play a frontal role to oust the UPA government at Center during the next Lok Sabha Elections, which were eminent in the near future, as result of withdrawal of support by the Left Front. He assured the youth leaders that the Govt. will suitably adjust them as per their performance and would ensure proper respect in all the Govt. offices. He also assured that the organizational set up of YAD will be completed shortly in consultation with the Chief Minister S. Parkash Singh Badal and President SAD S> Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Addressing the conference, Mr. Karanbir Singh newly appointed President of Youth Akali dal said that the YAD will further enhance its activities in full coordination with senior leaders of SAD and will launch an effective drive will being launched by the YAD to educate the people about the development for the welfare plans of the SAD- BJP Government. He appealed the workers to get ready for the coming Lok Sabha elections, so that the Corrupt and anti Punjab Congress Govt. could be dethrone from the centre.

Mr. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon General Secretary of SAD and former President YAD who was honored with Gold medal for his excellent leadership during last 8 years as president of Youth Akali Dal said that Youth Akali Dal under the brave and far sighted leadership of Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal had always remained in forefront during all the adverse occasions for the party. He assured that the Youth Akali Dal would be given full say in the functioning of the government, as the party had great expectations from the YAD leaders.

Among others who were addressed the conference included Mr.Hira Singh Gabria jails minister, Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal Gen.
Secy SAD, Manpreet Singh Ayali, Mr. Simarjit Singh Bains President YAD (U), Mr. Inder Mohan Kadian district President YAD(R) , Jagjit Singh Talwandi, darshan Singh Shivalik, Amarpal Singh Bonni , Karnbir Singh Bularia(all MLAs) and Ajit Pal Singh Kohli Mayor Patiala city.

Earlier Mr. Majithia inaugurated a newly constructed bridge over Sidhwan Canal near Simlapuri.



has been amended as the name of the General Secretary of the blind Association had been inadvertently mentioned as Prof.Rajnish Mahal instead of Dr.Parminder Singh which has been duly corrected in para 2.

An Error to this effect is highly regreted





The Punjab Government has decided to immediately clear the backlog of the posts reserved for the blind and partially blind persons in the state.

An assurance to this effect was given by Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal to a delegation of Naterheen Jagarities Sangh Punjab (visually challenged persons) led by General Secretary Dr.Parminder Singh which called on Mr. Badal and submitted a charter of demands to him here at his official residence on Tuesday.

Mr. Badal asked the state Chief Secretary to direct all the Administrative Secretaries and Heads of the Departments to intimate the position of vacant posts in their concerned departments reserved for the blind and partially blind persons so that these posts could be filled on the top priority. The Chief Minister also asked the Secretary Social Security to undertake an exercise to identify the posts where such visually challenged persons could be adjusted as they had tremendous capabilities and capacities. Mr. Badal also asked the department of school education to utilize the services and skills of visually impaired persons for teaching the subjects like vocal & instrumental music and art & craft.

Likewise the Chief Minister also assured the members of the delegation that state government would soon seek an opinion of the Advocate General to ensure that the posts reserved for blind and partially blind persons should be strictly given to the eligible persons only under this category on the Haryana pattern and not to the other categories like hearing impaired and orthopedically challenged.

The Chief Minister also asked the Secretary Social Security to personally visit the state institute for blind at Jamalpur in Ludhiana district this week to have first hand information about the short comings in the institute in terms of infrastructure and staff besides the hardships faced by the blind students. He also promised to install a new in browsour machine for the printing of brail books and literature for the blind students at a cost of Rs.32 lakh for the Jamalpur Institute during the current financial year. The Chief Minister also assured that the state government would extent all possible help and financial assistance to the institute to make it as one of the best institutes in the region after Dheradun in Uttrakhand.

Prominent amongst who were present in the meeting included Social Security Minister Ch. Swarna Ram, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister to Chief Minister DS Guru, Principal Secretary Social Security NS Kang, Commissioner for Disabilities Harjit Singh, Director Social Security Ms.Rakhi Gupta Bhandari, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Parveen Kumar and DPI Schools Dr.JS Khatra.




Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad and tragic demise of Defence Attaché Brig. Ravi Datt Mehta, Counsellor VV Rao and ITBP personnel Ajay Pathania and Roop Singh who died in a blast near the Indian Embassy in Kabul.

Describing them as the symbols of national pride and heroes of national unity and integrity, Mr. Badal in a condolence message said that the nation would always remember their great sacrifice. "The singular example of their selfless courage and service to the nation set by the martyrs will always continue to inspire the countrymen", said Mr. Badal.

The Chief Minister assured the members of the bereaved family of ITBP Head Constable Ajay Pathania who hailed from village Kanwan in district Gurdaspur that the Punjab government would extend all moral and material support to them in this hour of crisis.

Member Parliament and President Shiromani Akali Dal Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal also saluted the great martyrs and said that his party would stand by the bereaved families. He said: "These martyrs had laid down their lives for the sake of their motherland as they had been working in extremely difficult conditions that required unflinching courage and love for their country".

The Chief Minister and President SAD expressed their heartfelt sympathies with the members of the bereaved families and prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed souls and give strength and courage to them to bear this irreparable loss.



Chandigarh, July 9: The Punjab Government today transferred Mr. Khushi Ram IAS Special Secretary, Revenue and in addition Survey Commissioner of Wakfs as Deputy Commissioner Tarn Taran relieving Mr. K.S Pannu, IAS of this additional charge.

Mr. Neelkanth S. Avhad, IAS Add ional Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Patiala has been transferred and posted as Deputy Commissioner, Nawanshahr relieving Mr. Ajeet Singh Pannu, IAS of this additional charge.



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