MEDIA ADVISOR BAINS' GESTURE TO THE NATIONAL HERO
CHANDIGARH MARCH 7, 2008
In an extraordinary gesture, Mr.Harcharan Bains, Media Advisor
to the Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today decided to
donate one kanal plot from his ancestral property at Mahilpur
(Hoshiarpur) to the patriotic national hero Mr.Kashmir Singh to
help him have a house of his own.
Mr. Kashmir Singh who called on the Chief Minister this morning,
told Mr.Badal that he was having difficulty in finding a personal
accommodation for him and his family as his old house in Nangal
Khilarian was too small and was in a dilapidated condition. Mr.Badal
immediately enquired from the Chief Secretary over the telephone
as to the procedure for allotment of government land in Mahilpur.
At this point Mr.Bains intervened to say that he and his family
owned ancestral land some of which fell in quality residential
areas, and said that he would be more than happy to give one kanal
free of cost to Mr.Kashmir Singh and his family for building a
house. A beaming Mr.Badal lauded his media advisor's gesture and
promptly offered government assistance to meet full expenses on
the construction of a decent house on the piece of land to given
for Mr.Kashmir Singh by Mr. Bains.
Later, Mr.Bains said that since the country lived only because
heroes like Mr.Kashmir Singh were willing to die for it, this
is the minimum that he could think of doing in this case. He said
that since he belonged to Mahilpur, he would be available to Mr.Kashmir
Singh for any further possible help that he could lend him.
Mr. Bains has asked Mr. Kashmir Singh to get the formalities
for the transfer of the plot immediately.
BADAL GRANTS PENSION OF Rs.10000 PER MONTH TO
KASHMIR SINGH AND HIS WIFE
CHANDIGARH MARCH 07, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today announced
a pension of Rs.5000 per month each to Mr.Kashmir Singh and his
wife Parmajit Kaur in recognisition of Mr.Kashmir Singh's outstanding
services towards the nation. Mr. Kashmir Singh was in death row
in Pakistan and had been recently released by the Pakistan government
after 35 years of imprisonment. The pension announced by Mr. Badal
will be for life.
Mr.Badal also promised to grant government job to one eligible
dependent of Mr. Kashmir Singh. The National hero has a physically
challenged son, Mr. Shishpal Singh who is a graduate in Arts.
Mr. Badal said that, if necessary, the Punjab Government would
go beyond the existing policy for such cases and take the matter
to Cabinet as a "one off" case, because, in the Chief
Minister's view, Government rules were not above the sacrifice
To overcome his hardships being physically handicapped, Mr.Badal
promised him to post in Mahilpur or nearby. The Chief Minister
also announced to bear the entire expenditure for the construction
of a house for Mr.Kashmir Singh and his family over one kanal
plot donated by his Media Advisor Mr.Harcharan Bains in Mahilpur
to the national hero.
On the occasion, Mr.Badal and his wife Mrs.Surinder Kaur Badal
honoured the couple with a shawl and a garland and assured fulsome
support and cooperation to them on behalf of the Punjab government.
STATE ELECTION COMMISSION, PUNJAB-S.C.O. No. 54-55, Sector 34-A,
Panchayat Elections to
be held on April 7
Chandigarh, March 7: Pursuant to the notification of Government
of Punjab for holding General Elections to Gram Panchayats, Panchayat
Samitis and Zila Parishads, the State Election Commission, Punjab
has decided that general elections to all these three rural local
bodies shall be held simultaneously and the date of poll shall
be 07.04.2008. The detailed programme in this behalf shall be
issued separately. Model Code of Conduct comes into force with