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May 16, 2008



Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today constituted a task force consisting of officers from Punjab State Pollution Control Board, Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, Water Supply & Sewerage Board to prepare a blue print for making Sirhind Canal free from pollution to achieve the objective of 'safe drinking water for all'.

Chairing a meeting to review the progress of different schemes of drinking water and sewerage in both urban as well as rural sectors here this morning, Mr. Badal asked the State Chief Secretary to make the entire programme to implement these schemes in a time bound manner. He also directed the Secretary Irrigation to jointly conduct a fresh survey of Sirhind Canal with Punjab State Pollution Control Board to identify the entry points of pollution caused by sewage, industrial wastes and garbage disposals before taking up the operation for its cleaning. He also entrusted the Executive Director of Punjab State Council for Science & Technology with the task to finalize the modalities to implement the schemes aimed at purifying water especially in the most polluted zones of the state with a high level of toxicity due to industrial pollutants and pesticides. He also asked the Secretary Water Supply & Sanitation to undertake proper monitoring of rural water supply schemes by application of Reverse Osmosis (RO), Silver Ionization and Ultra Violet techniques depending on the factor of water impurities.

Mr. Badal asked the task force to submit the report on the Sirhind Canal in the first phase within a fortnight and the remaining canals and drains in the second phase within a month. He assured that there was no shortage of funds for the implementation of the schemes of drinking water and sewerage. He also underscored the need for enforcement by the Punjab State Pollution Control Board to check the untreated industrial effluents in the rivers which were hazardous for the health of the people and consequently there was also a threat of out break of diseases like viral hepatitis and gastrointestinal infections. He asked the officers to device a methodology to make use of recycled water for irrigation purposes. The chief minister also directed the Chief Secretary to work out the modalities for these schemes in order to project its demand to the 13th Finance Commission.

Briefing the Chief Minister the Chief Secretary RI Singh emphasized the need to adopt a holistic approach to check the menace of water pollution caused by the industrial effluents and industrial wastes. He said that the upcoming housing colonies should only be given 'No Objection Certificate' provided if these colonies were properly installed with the Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) as certified by the pollution control board. He also informed the Chief Minister that a detailed project report for these schemes could be posed to the World Bank for financial aid.

Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Principal Secretary to Chief Minister DS Guru, Secretary Water Supply & Sanitation PS Aujla, Executive Director PSCST NS Tiwana and Chairman Punjab State Pollution Control Board Yogesh Goel and Managing Director Water Supply & Sewerage Board Pardeep Chaudhary.



The Punjab government has asked the Centre to include the entire state in the National Food Security Mission (NFSM)-Rice to ensure better contribution to the Central Pool of food-grains on one hand and the long term National Food Security due to improved ecological sustainability of agriculture production pattern in the state, on the other.

In a letter to the Union Minister for Agriculture Mr. Sharad Pawar, the Chief Minister, Mr.Parkash Singh Badal mentioned that none of the districts had been included in the programme for implementation in Kharif-2008. Mr. Badal pointed out that the NFSM-Wheat was being implemented in 10 districts of the state for increasing the productivity and production of wheat crop. The state had implemented this programme in right earnest which had shown tangible results in NFSM districts and the same interventions have been made in other districts of the state as well though from its own resources. Though there was contribution to the central pool from every nook and corner of the state yet there still existed a gap in the potential yield (i.e. productivity achieved in the large scale scientific research trails) and the yield at farmer's field, stated Mr. Badal.

The Chief Minister revealed as in case of Wheat, Punjab was regularly contributing 35-40% of Rice in the Central Pool. He said that the objective of the NFSM was to improve the productivity of foodgrain crops so as to achieve the National Food Security. Mr. Badal also referred to System of Rice Intensification (SRI) that had already been introduced in some districts of the state and the results were also very encouraging in terms of saving 30 to 35% of irrigation water and higher yield potential than the traditional method of planting paddy. In case of paddy as well, there was an untapped potential and the sate would strive to bridge this gap under NFSM-rice.

It may be recalled there had been a quantum jump in the production and procurement of wheat in the state during Rabi 2007-08. The market arrivals were likely to touch 10.5 million Meteric Tonnes out of which the procurement for the central pool was likely to be 10.00 million Meteric Tonnes. Thus, the state continues to play a pivotal role in the national food security even in the face of challenge of ecological sustainability of agricultural production pattern.




Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today urged the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to take effective measures immediately to restore the norms of deputation policy, under which all posts in Chandigarh Administration are to be filled by deputation from Punjab and Haryana in the ratio of 60:40, besides checking the systematic erosion of Punjab's share over past few years.

In letter to the Prime Minister, Mr. Badal lamented that lot of erosion had taken place to dilute the role of Punjab in the Chandigarh Administration. He said even the distribution of Departments was to be such so as to reflect the ratio of 60:40 - 60% departments to be handled by the officers of Punjab cadre and 40% by Haryana cadre officers.

Citing the background of entire case, Mr. Badal mentioned that the first Chief Commissioner of Union Territory, Chandigarh was a Punjab cadre officer. Subsequently, the Chief Commissioners and now the Advisors to the Administrator are UT cadre officers. Earlier, the post of Advisor to the Administrator was an ex-cadre post which had now been converted into cadre post of IAS of Assam, Goa, Meghalya & other Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre. Even with above arrangement, only the post of Chief Commissioner/ Advisor to the Administrator was supposed to be handled by an IAS officer of AGMUT cadre. Today, atleast 4 IAS officers of AGMUT cadre were working in Chandigarh Administration. Similarly, earlier only the post of IGP was occupied by an IPS officer of AGMUT cadre. Now, apart from the IGP, two posts of DIGs were also being manned by IPS officers of AGMUT cadre.

The Chief Minister also pointed out that the Departments like Vigilance, Education, Health, Transport, Housing, Local Government, Social Welfare etc. had always been held by the Finance Secretary who was a Punjab cadre officer. Over a period of time, these departments have been transferred to the Home Secretary who was now a Haryana cadre officer. Today, Finance Secretary, a Punjab cadre officer, was only handling 11 departments whereas the Home Secretary was handling more than 25 departments. Earlier, some of the posts like DPI (Schools), Joint Secretary Home, Assistant Estate Officer, Divisional Forest Officer were normally filled from Punjab cadre officers. However, all these posts were now being manned by Haryana cadre officers.

The Chief Minister further stated that employees working in the Union Territory were to be taken on deputation from the States of Punjab and Haryana in the ratio 60:40. However, as on today 20261 employees working in the Union Territory, Chandigarh, only 1580 employees were deputationists. Thus, only were very small size of officials was on deputation and mostly, employees are from UT Administration.

Seeking personal intervention of the Prime Minister, Mr. Badal asked him to restore the share and role of Punjab in the Chandigarh Administration by issuing suitable instructions in this regard to concerned authorities at the earliest possible. He impressed upon Dr. Manmohan Singh to fill all the posts of IAS and IPS Officers in the Union Territory, Chandigarh from Punjab and Haryana in the ratio of 60:40. In future, all the posts of employees in the Chandigarh Administration should only be filled on deputation from Punjab and Haryana in the same ratio. Of the departmental officers, all those posts which were earlier manned by Punjab cadre officers needed to be restored to Punjab cadre officers and all those departments which were earlier with the Finance Secretary should immediately be restored to him.



Taking Cognizance of the media reports published in a section of press regarding quarrel among CRPF personnel deployed at Punjab Chief Minister's residence, Deputy Inspector General of Police CRPF, Chandigarh (U.T) Mr. A.S. Sidhu said that all three constables have been placed under suspension with immediate effect.

Enquiry had been ordered and Security at CM's residence had been also been beefed up.

Clarifying the position about the unfortunate incident, Mr. Sidhu mentioned that on May 14 at about 11.00 hours two personnel, Constable Narinder and Constabale Arun Kumar had a tussle over a minor issue in CRPF lines and not CM's residence.

Constable Surajbhan who was standing nearby intervened to stop them from quarrelling in this process Constable Surajbhan sustained injury on his left ear and constable Arun Kumar on his upper lip. Both were sent to PGI and have since been discharged after treatment. In this connection, preliminary enquiry has been done and no such thing as use of Rifle butts, sharp edged weapon or dagger etc. as reported in the press reports had been found. Both personnel had received minor injuries and they have been discharged from hospital after administering first aid. The DIG CRPF Chandigarh and commandant 134 Bn, CRF have visited the coy and reviewed security arrangement at CM's residence.




Taking serious review of the incident of clash between BJP and Akali Dal workers at village Daburji in District. Tarn Taran on May 11, the Director General of Punjab Police Mr. N.P.S Aulakh today directed the Inspector General of Police (Border) Mr. RP Meena to conduct a detailed fact finding enquiry into the said incident.

The enquiry would also take into account the role of various district officials in handling the situation and submit the report within a week positively to the DGP for onward submission to Govt.



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