BADAL TO MEET SHIV RAJ PATIL TODAY, WILL SEEK
PACKAGE FROM BORDER BELT
CHANDIGARH JUNE 10, 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,
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
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.
CS ASKS BANKS TO STRENGTHEN THEIR INTERNAL SECURITY SYSTEM
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.
ASSISTANT CONTROLLER CAUGHT RED HANDED ACCEPTING
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.