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June, 2008




The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr.Parkash Singh Badal will meet the Union Home Minister, Mr.Shiv Raj Patil in New Delhi tomorrow (Wednesday) to push for a special development package for blocks bordering Pakistan. He would present a detailed case for the development of education, health and road-infrastructure, besides seeking special funds for sewerage, water supply and power transmission projects along the border areas.

Chief Minister's Media Advisor, Harcharan Bains told newsmen that a detailed report on various development ventures to be under-taken in the border blocks, would be submitted to the Centre. Mr. Badal would also press for compensation to farmers whose lands are being used by the BSF or other security forces for defence purposes, said Mr.Badal.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Chief Minister today approved a Plan of Rs. 151.64 crore for Valtoha Block in the Amritsar District. The decision was taken at a high level meeting chaired by the CM in this connection.

The Chief Minister has also asked the Deputy Commissioners of the border districts to prepare a comprehensive plan for the rehabilitation of people of border areas. This would include bestowing ownership rights on farmers and tillers for the Govt. land they have been cultivating over the years.


Chandigarh, June 10, 2008

Mr. Ramesh Inder Singh, Chief Secretary Punjab today took stock of the security arrangements to be observed in the banks and ATMs all over Punjab and urged the senior bank officers to strengthen their internal security systems so that the frequent bank robberies could be restrained. The banks must introduce a periodical drill to check whether all the security equipments were functional or required any change.

Presiding over a meeting of the senior officers of SBI, SBOP, PNB, OBC, ICICI and RBI here today, Mr. Singh expressed concern over the frequent incidents of the bank robberies over the period in Punjab and said that most of such incidents occurred due to security lapses. He said that security arrangements must be increased especially when the cash is being carried out or taken in the banks. It should be adequately guarded, he said. The government has already constituted district level security committees with SP Headquarters as the in-charge and senior bank employee as its convenor. These committees have been asked to send their monthly reports regularly at the office of the DGP so that further action could be taken if required, said Mr. Singh.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. N.P.S. Aulakh DGP Punjab said that as per the directions of the Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, the Punjab Police Housing Corporation has imparted six week security training to 250 unemployed youth. They have been fully trained to handle the security weapons also. On the recommendation of the Punjab Police they could be engaged by the banks for purposes of security, against leave vacancy or otherwise, said Mr. Aulakh. Pointing out a number of incidents of robberies in the banks, Mr. Aulakh said that most of these incidents occurred due to the security lapses on the part of the banks. Where as he agreed to the suggestion of RBI to constitute a high level committee with Deputy General Manager of the bank and DIG along with other officers of both sides to monitor the security arrangements especially in bigger cities of Punjab. Referring to the recent Amritsar robbery case, Mr. Aulakh said that vital leads have been found and on the bases of this the culprits would be nabbed shortly. He however said that basic security precautions need be taken to check such incidents. He also said that Punjab Police would provide security to the vehicles of the banks where ever huge money was being shifted from one place to another. He emphasised on the need to have better coordination between the police force and the bankers in matter of security arrangements.

Dr. J. Sadakkadulla, Regional Director RBI, Mr. Lalit Srivastava, General Manager RBI, Mr. B.C. Gupta Principal Secretary Home, Mr. Shashi Kant Addl. DGP Punjab and Mr. Chander Shekhar ADGP Law and Order Punjab were also present in the meeting.


Chandigarh, June 10, 2008

The Vigilance Bureau today caught red handed Jagdish Chander Tanuja, Assistant Controller, Local Audit posted in Market Committee Hoshiarpur, while accepting bribe of Rs 3000.

According to an official spokesman Mr.Tanuja had demanded Rs. 3000/- from Sh. Arvinder Singh, Clerk, Market Committee Dasuya for calculating the arrear of last two and a half years. The Vigilance team headed Daljit Singh, DSP caught the culprit red-handed and the money was recovered from him. The Vigilance department has registered a case under Prevention of Corruption Act. Further investigations were still being carried by the Vigilance department.




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