Elections to two Panchayat
Samitis Pherurarian and Thandewala postponed for 26th May
Chandigarh May 9, 2009
The State Election Commission, Punjab today postponed the election
to the Panchayat Samiti Zone No.11 Pherurarian and Panchayat Samiti
Muktsar Zone No.13 Thandewala for 26th May which were scheduled
to be held on 12.05.2008.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the State Election
Commission, Punjab said that on the directions of Hon'ble Punjab
and Haryana High Court, in the case of Shri Karam Din and others,
whose nomination papers were earlier rejected and now have been
permitted to participate in the election subject to the final
decision of the writ petition, are being treated as candidates.
However, as per the election schedule, specific date has to be
fixed for withdrawal and allotment of symbol for this Panchayat
Samiti Zone. Thereafter, period of campaigning is also to be allowed.
Accordingly the Commission has directed that poll to Panchayat
Samiti Zone No.11 Pherurarian, which was scheduled to be held
on 12.05.2008 was hereby postponed. Further, the poll to this
Panchayat Samiti Zone No.11 Pherurarian would be held on 26.05.2008.
The date of withdrawal would be 19th May 2008 and symbol would
be allotted thereafter.
Giving these instructions to the Additional Deputy Commissioner
(Development)-cum-Additional District Electoral Officer, Ludhiana,
the Commission has directed to take further necessary action immediately
under intimation to the Commission.
He further added that election to Panchayat Samiti Muktsar Zone
No.13, Thandewala has also been postponed on the orders of Hon'ble
Punjab & Haryana High Court. In this order Hon'ble Punjab
and Haryana High Court has directed vide order dated 08.05.2008
in CWP No.7654/08 that the nomination papers of S. Gurpinder Singh
son of Gurdial Singh, resident of Village Thandewala district
Muktsar be accepted provisionally and the petitioner be permitted
to participate in the election subject to the final decision of
Pursuant to the directions of Hon'ble High Court S. Gurpinder
Singh son of Gurdial Singh would be treated as a candidate for
election to Panchayat Samiti Muktsar Zone No.13 Thandewala. As
per the election schedule, specific date has to be fixed for date
has to be fixed for withdrawal and allotment of symbol. Further
period of campaigning is also to be allowed. Accordingly it is
hereby directed that poll to Panchayat Samiti Muktsar, Zone No.13
which is scheduled to be held on 12.05.2008 is hereby postponed.
Further, the poll to Panchayat Samiti, Muktsar Zone No.13 shall
be held on 26.05.2008. The date of withdrawal shall be 19th May
2008 and symbol shall be allotted thereafter.
Giving these instructions to the Electoral Registration Officer-cum-Sub
Divisional Magistrate, Muktsar the Commission has directed to
take further necessary action immediately under intimation to
Lauding India's triumphant advances in different fields of endeavour,
the Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh,
Gen. (Retd.) S.F. Rodrigues, PVSM VSM, today called upon the people
to take a leadership role in the Red Cross Movement and give an
example of care, concern and compassion to the world.
We have to change our mindset and attitudes and work with commitment
and dedication for creating a strong network of selfless service
for the poor and needy, rising above all considerations of caste,
creed and religion-the basic doctrine of the Red Cross Movement.
Presiding over the State Level World Red Cross Day, at the Law
Auditorium of Panjab University, here today, General Rodrigues
said that at the time of Independence, our country had numerous
problems with meager resources and we had to depend on foreign
countries to meet our food and other needs.
It is a matter of great satisfaction that after 60 years of
Independence, we are self-sufficient in every field and are respected.
We have graduated from "receiving" to "giving"
and have created solid foundation for building a bright future.
We have to conduct a performance audit and take corrective measures
after identifying shortcomings and inadequacies in our systems.
We have to work with true Indian spirit and moveahead with faith
and confidence, to tackle the various problems facing the nation.
Appreciating the theme of World Red Cross Day during the year
2008-09 "Working Together to Combat Climate Change",
General Rodrigues said that this issue is a matter of serious
concern for the whole world, as there have been a massive increase
in natural disasters and calamities during the year 2007and climate
change is causing cyclones and floods. He expressed anguish over
the recent Myanmar tragedy, in which a huge loss of life and property
has been reported. Expressing serious concern over the alarming
increase in drug addiction in the State, General Rodrigues said
that this is posing a serious threat to our social system.
He emphasized the need of collective action, by the community
as a whole, to check drug abuse, by adopting multi-prolonged supportive
strategies at different levels, including education, preventive
and therapeutic treatment, training and the rehabilitation of
drug addicts. Suitable programmes must be adopted by combining
all these components to get results. He said that, besides generating
awareness and counseling of drug addicts, there is a need of bringing
them into the main stream, by giving them vocational training
and rehabilitation in productive ventures. He called upon the
participants to genuinely involve themselves in various programmes
and to work with devotion and dedication to fight against this
societal problem by educating public opinion and contributing
according to their capacities and capabilities.
This is indeed a challenge for all of us, which can be only met
with commitment and a practical approach. Lauding the role of
Punjab State Branch of the Red Cross for undertaking various activities
for the eradication of social evils and promotion of blood donation
movement through its volunteers, the Governor emphasized the need
for bringing maximum committed people to the fold of this movement
and said that no voluntary movement could be success unless and
until it motivated the people to become part of it and contribute
in a practical way by sparing their time, energy and effort. Speaking
on the occasion Agriculture Minister, Punjab, Shri Sucha Singh
Langah, expressed his concern over the erosion in value system
and increase in incidents of drug trafficking in Punjab from across
the border. He said that there is a need of generating awareness
among the youth to desist from using drugs. He also strongly pleaded
for educating the children to respect family values and take care
of their elders. Accompanied by Mrs. Jean Rodrigues, General Rodrigues
went round the educative stalls put up by Red Cross Society. He
also interacted with the students, teachers and motivated them
to bring maximum children to the fold of Red Cross Movement.
He also hoisted the Red Cross Flag and took the oath with the
Red Cross Volunteers on the occasion. He honoured Sardar Sucha
Singh Langah, Cabinet Minister for hissignificant contribution
towards Red Cross Movement and taking lead in drug de-addiction
programmes in border district of Gurdaspur. He also presented
mementos to eminent philanthropists and heads of various NGOs,
for their contribution towards the Red Cross Movement.
He also gave away prizes to the children who got distinguished
positions in on the spot painting competition and paper reading
contest on the theme of Red Cross. Surg. Cmde, V.K. Puri, (Retd.)
Secretary, Red Cross, while giving an account of the activities
and achievements of the Punjab State Red Cross said that the organization
had made all efforts for giving relief to the needy people with
special focus on giving safe blood to the patients, an awareness
campaign against drug abuse & narcotics, medical check up
of students, youth training camps and financial assistance and
medicines to the needy patients. Dr. S.P. S. Sohal, Director Health
Services also spoke on the occasion. Mr. Rajan Kashyap, State
Chief Information Commissioner, Mr. M.P. Singh, Secretary to Governor
and the senior officers from different departments were present
on the occasion.
Wheat procuremernt in Punjab
crosses 100 lakh MT mark
Punjab earns Rs.1250 crores revenue from higher wheat production
Chandigarh, May 9,2008
Office of Minister of Food and Civil Supplies,
Government of Punjab, Chandigarh.
Punjab today crossed the mark of 100 lakh Metric Tonnes of wheat
procurement despite many hurdles faced due to delayed and shortest
procurement season this year.
Mr. Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, minister of Food and Civil Supplies
and Information Technology in a statement said that Punjab government
had very smoothly and successfully almost completed the wheat
He said that state government has earned total revenue of Rs.1250
crores which is almost double of the collection made in previous
year and an all time record. He said that a sum of about Rs.380
crores of tax was earned due to higher procurement and difference
of revised MSP.
Mr.Kairon stated that center government had fixed a target of
80 lakh MT for central pool from Punjab but has contributed 93.47
lakh MT so far. He said that with higher wheat production of 20
lakh MT, the farmers of state have earned an additional income
of Rs.20,000 crores.
He said that except for year 2001-02 when total procurement was
105 lakh MT, this is the highest ever procurement in the state.
He hoped that since arrival of wheat still continued, the procurement
may set a new record. He said that untimely rains had delayed
the harvesting season which resulted in heavy rush in the mandis
in second half of April.
Mr.Kairon said that farmers didn't face any problem despite the
fact that there was shortage of labour for handling and for lifting
of stocks in the procurement centers. He added that no complaints
regarding payment for their produce and any sort of corruption
by field staff were received. He complimented the department and
other agencies involved in operation for smooth procurement of
Mr.Kairon informed that Punjab has contributed a record 93.47
lakh MT wheat for central pool and procured 2.70 lakh MT for the
state pool. The private traders have made meager purchase of 2.7
lakh tones against 6.26 lakh tones last year. The Food Corporation
of Inida has procured only 10.14 lakh MT of wheat.
The minister further said that highest wheat procurement of 1141003
tones was made in Ferozepur district followed by Sangrur district
which has procured 938850 tonnes. The detail of other districts
is Amritsar (557338 tonnes), Tarn Taran (537495), Gurdaspur(521508),
Kapurthala(347222), Jalandhar (470410), Hoshiarpur (217467), Nawanshehar(
176265), Patiala(792610), Barnala(376270), Ludhiana(834699), Fatehgarh
Sahib( 258341), SAS Nagar (60535), Ropar(113726), Moga(598350),
Faridkot(381653), Mukatsar(595722), Bathinda(582826) and Mansa(