BADAL SEEK PRAFUL PATEL'S INTERVENTION TO
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CRISIS
CHANDIGARH NOVEMBER 07, 2008
The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today urged the
Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mr. Praful Patel to direct
the concerned quarters to quickly take remedial measures in order
to not only retain but improve the passenger traffic at Amritsar.
In a letter addressed Mr. Patel, the Chief Minister also asked
him to use his good offices to direct all the airlines flying to
Amritsar to maintain their normal schedule of services. Mr. Badal
further said that it was a matter of great concern for Punjab relating
to the decision taken by certain airlines to curtail their flights
from Rajasansi International Airport. Already, flights from Rajasansi
airport have been reduced from 89 international and domestic flights
per week in November 2007 to 61 presently out of which 31 were international
and 30 were domestic flights.
"One reason highlighted by the airlines with which my government
has had discussion is the excessive landing charges charged at Rajasansi
Airport by the Airports Authority of India, which has been categorized
as a domestic airport in spite of the fact that there are more international
flights as compared to domestic flights from this airport",
said Mr. Badal.
The Chief Minister pleaded that since Rajasansi International Airport
was an international airport, it was illogical that domestic airport
rates, which were much higher, should be charged at this airport.
"One simple solution is to charge domestic rates from domestic
flights and international rates, being lower from international
flights in order to encourage airlines to fly to this destination",
said Mr. Badal. He also highlighted the lack of proper facilities
for passengers at Rajasansi International Airport and the delay
in renovation and modernization work already undertaken by the Airports
Authority of India. However, the progress was very slow and causing
grave inconvenience to passengers and forcing them to divert to
Delhi, which was further causing a drop in passenger traffic at
this international airport, compounding the problems for airlines.
PUNJAB NOTIFIES EWS HOUSING POLICY
CHANDIGARH, November 7: In a significant decision, the Housing
and Urban Development Department today notified its policy for the
economically weaker sections in the real estate projects in the
Giving details, a spokesperson of the Department stated that that
under the mega/super mega housing projects in the State, 5% area
has been reserved for housing for financially weaker sections. The
Government has brought out a comprehensive notification elucidating
the eligibility criteria for allotment of one room/two room tenements.
Under the new policy,it has been mandated that the applicant must
be an Indian citizen and resident of Punjab for the last ten years.
The applicant either in his/her name or in the name of his/her spouse
or in the name of his/her dependent members/relatives must not own
any pucca house or residential plot in the tricity of Chandigarh
or anywhere else in the State of Punjab. Cut-off income limit has
been kept at Rs.10,000 per month for one room tenement and Rs.15,000
for two room set, said the spokesperson.
In the mega/super-mega projects, the one and two room tenements
shall be constructed in the ratio of 50:50 in the area reserved
for the purpose. The covered area of the single room tenement shall
be.300-400 sq. ft. and for a two room tenement, approximately 450-600
sq. ft. The policy provides for the allotment of one scooter parking
per dwelling unit. 15% of the total site area is to be reserved
as open parking and for organized parks respectively, he added.
The cost of these tenements would be determined by the concerned
local development authority in consultation with the promoters.
The policy encourages use of latest low cost technique so that the
housing needs of the poor can be met at affordable rates. The Department
has also laid down the allotment procedure for eligible persons
through publication of notices in atleast two vernacular and English
newspapers. The allotment shall be made to the eligible applicants
under a computerized draw under the supervision of the competent
authority. The policy also lays down certain safeguards to prevent
duplication of claims and applications as well as to prevent unauthorised
transfer of the allotted tenement by successful allottee.
The Punjab Chief Minister S.Parkash Singh Badal who is also the
Housing and Urban Development Minister stated the Government was
committed towards the welfare of the poor sections of the society
living in both rural and urban areas and stated that this policy
would go a long way in fulfilling the housing needs of the economically
weaker sections in the urban and peri-urban areas. Due care has
been taken while drafting the policy to ensure that affordable housing
is provided to the poor and marginalized sections of the society,
keeping in view Government's strong commitment for their welfare,
said the Chief Minister.
MoD GIVES NOC TO SET UP FLYING TRAINING
INSTITUTE AT TALWANDI SABO
CHANDIGARH NOVEMBER 07:
In a significant development, the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Government
of India had given a 'No Objection Certificate' for setting up a
flying training institute at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district.
Disclosing this here today Chief Minister's Media Advisor Mr.
Harcharan Bains said that the Punjab government had received in
principle approval from the MoD, GoI through a communiqué
saying that the Air Headquarters had no objection from aviation
security angle for setting up of flying training institute at village
Bahman Jassa Singh near Talwandi Sabo. The Ministry of Defence had
also stipulated that all local flights would be restricted with
in the local flying area of 5 Nautical Miles radius centered round
the Airport Reference Point (ARP) at the proposed location and vertically
from ground level to 2500' Above the Ground Level.
The communiqué also referred that all flying training operations
at the proposed institute would be subject to prior clearance from
Chief Operations Officer, Air Force Stations Sirsa and Bathinda.
The NOC was subject to the final approval from other regulatory
agencies like Director General Civil Aviation and Airports Authority
It may be recalled here that the strenuous efforts of Punjab Chief
Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal had resulted in the clearance
from MoD, GoI for setting up of Mohali International Airport, Flying
Training Academy at Faridkot and Civil Air Terminal at Bathinda
Air Force Station, added Mr. Bains.
PUNJAB CABINET ADOPTS UNANIMOUS RESOLUTION
AMRITSAR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ISSUE
CHANDIGARH NOVEMBER 07:
The Punjab Council of Ministers urged the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan
Singh, Union Civil Aviation Minister, Mr.Prafull Patel and Union
Commerce Minister, Mr.Kamal Nath to take immediate steps to ensure
that ongoing international as well as domestic flights to Raja Sansi
Airport, Amritsar were not discontinued and expansion work of Amritsar
Airport be completed at the earliest.
Disclosing this here today Chief Minister's Media Advisor Mr. Harcharan
Bains said that the resolution was moved by the Information &
Public Relations Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia which was unanimously
adopted by the Council of Ministers in a meeting held here late
last evening under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Mr.
Parkash Singh Badal. The resolution urged the Union Civil Aviation
Ministry to immediately lower the landing charges and make it lower
than Delhi Airport so that Delhi Airport could be decongested besides
helping the NRI population of Punjab.
It may be recalled that Mr. Majithia had earlier led a deputation
of MLAs and Members of Parliament from Majha to impress upon Mr.
Badal to personally take up this issue immediately with the GoI.
The resolution requested the Union Government that it should take
all the steps to restore the international character of Raja Sansi
Airport Amritsar as stoppage of international flights at Amritsar
would hit lakhs of religious pilgrims coming to Sri Darbar Sahib
and Mata Vaishno Devi at Jammu.
The council of Minister through this resolution also urged the
Union government as stoppage of international flights to Amritsar
would adversely affect the trade, industry and overall economy of
Amritsar causing lot of distress in economic scenario of Punjab
The resolution also urged Mr. Kamal Nath, Union Commerce Minister
to direct his Ministry to issue requisite notifications so that
duty drawback claims for cargo booked from Raja Sansi Airport were
cleared within 7 days as being done in Delhi Airport. It said that
presently duty drawback claims from Amritsar Airport were cleared
in 3-4 months and businessmen were not opting this airport as they
don't want to block their money for a longer period.
The resolution said that basic purpose of starting international
flights from Amritsar was to decongest Delhi Airport as 29% international
air traffic at Delhi was from Punjab.
The resolution further highlighted that presently Union Civil Aviation
Ministry was charging Rs.1.54 lac landing charges per flight in
Amritsar from Singapore Airlines as compared to Rs.75,000 as charges
by Delhi Airport. Similarly Jet Airways was shelling Rs.94,000 as
compared to Rs.69,000 paid by them in Delhi. The resolution also
pointed out that nearly double the landing charges in Amritsar are
making flights from this airport unviable for the airlines.
The council of Ministers through this resolution also wanted to
bring to the notice of Union Civil Aviation Ministry Rs.140 crores
expansion work of Raja Sansi Airport was to be completed by 31st
October, 2008 but till date not even 40% work had been completed
causing inconvenience to passengers coming to airport. This was
also resulted in drop of traffic in Amrtisar Airport. The Council
requested the Ministry to get the work of airport completed at an
The council of Minister through this resolution wanted to bring
to the notice to Union Civil Aviation Ministry that arrangement
of Raja Sansi Airport were very poor as all trolleys were broken
and coolie Mafia was ruling the roost, added Mr. Bains.
7523 FISHERY UNITS ESTABLISHED IN PUNJAB-
Chandigarh, November 7:
In order to bring 'Blue Revolution' in the state, Fisheries department
of Punjab has established 7523 Fishery Units in Punjab, out of which
2698 Units have been established in Private lands and 4825 villages
ponds have been brought under fish culture.
Disclosing this here today Mr. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Animal Husbandry,
fisheries and Dairy Development Minister Punjab said that the State
has achieved 6094 Kg per hectare fish production which was highest
in the country. He said under the able guidance and dynamic efforts
of Punjab Chief Minister S. Parkash Singh Badal, more than 10,000
hectare of area will be brought under fish culture in the state.
With this 50000 people will get direct and indirect employment in
Mr. Ranike further said that eleven model fish ponds have been
established in different districts of the state in which intensive
fish culture on scientific line is being done. A target to produce
8-10 tonne fish per hectare has been set-up. The farmers will be
motivated to adopt fish culture.
PADDY PROCUREMENT TOUCHES 125 LAC TONNES
Chandigarh, November 7
Six government agencies and millers procured over 125,48,006 tonnes
of paddy on Thursday .
An official spokesman today said that PUNGRAIN procured 34,58,562
tonnes of paddy (29.8%) whereas MARKFED procured 26,65,312 tonnes
of paddy (23.0%). PUNSUP procured 26,08,800 tonnes of paddy (22.5%)
whereas Punjab State Warehousing Corporation procured 14,44,397
tonnes of paddy (12.5%) besides 12,13,731 tonnes of paddy (10.5%)
procured by Punjab Agro. The Central Government Agency FCI procured
only 2,00,025 tonnes of paddy (1.7%). The Millers procured 9,57,179
tonnes of paddy (7.6 %) by Thursday.
The mandis in Amritsar Division recorded 26,03,070 tonnes of paddy
with Jalandhar recording maximum paddy by Tuesday to the tune of
7,08,133 tonnes. The mandis of Ferozepur division maintained their
lead by recording 45,53,502 tonnes of paddy with maximum of 11,99,113
tonnes of paddy being recorded by Ferozepur district. Meanwhile
procurement in the mandis Patiala division recorded 53,91,434 procurement
of paddy with Patiala district recording maximum paddy to the tune
of 15,54,347 tonnes.
Six government agencies have paid over Rs. 9302.60 crores for
paddy procured by agencies current Kharif Marketing Season. The
spokesman said that farmers of the State are being made payment
of paddy procured by the government agencies within 48 hours of
lifting of paddy from the procurement centres.
The Punjab Food Supply had setup 1622 procurement centres throughout
the state to ensure smooth procurement of paddy.
Sainik Welfare Department Punjab
Chandigarh November 7
In order to streamline the functioning of the Sainik Welfare Department
Punjab and to redress the grievances of the Ex-servicemen, widows
and the Punjab Government has designated the district sainik welfare
officers as the nodal officers for this purpose. Disclosing this
here today Brig.I.S..Rakhal, Director Sainik Welfare department
Punjab said that although most of their grievances were being addressed
during the ongoing Sangat Darshan Programmes but still district
sainik welfare officers would remain available for providing any
kind of assistance to the Ex-servicemen, their families and widows
He reiterated that the department was committed to look after
the welfare of approximately 7 lakh Defence Services personnel,
serving and retired and their families. Among them 1,915 were soldiers
decorated for gallantry, 979 War Windows and 2,643 War Jagir beneficiaries.
There were 8,330 veterans of World War I & II drawing old age
pension. As many as 136 soldiers/dependents drawing Monthly Maintenance
Grant. In the rehabilitation and resettlement scheme, 8,000 individuals
had been trained and most of them placed in suitable government
jobs. Every year approximately Rs. 40 lakh were being spent from
Punjab Amalgamated Fund for the welfare activities of Ex-Defence
personnel, widows of ex-defence personnel. Stipends and financial
assistance were given to blind persons, medical aid to those suffering
from chronic diseases and serving machines to widows and orphan
daughters. Construction of Sainik Rest House at Fatehgarh Sahib
was presently underway. Prestigious institutions, such as the Punjab
Sainik Bhawan and Defence Service Officers' Institute at Chandigarh
and War Museum at Ludhiana have already been completed.
APPROVAL TO REFUND AGREEMENT FEES OF LIG
Chandigarh, November 7: Punjab Government has given approval to
refund the fees of Agreement Deed to those applicants who applied
for L.I.G. flats under Indra Puram Scheme of Town Improvement Trust
Disclosing this here today an spokesman of Local Government department
Punjab said that the agreement deed fees would be refunded after
deducting 10% of total amount of the fees.
PUNJAB OFFERING A SLEW OF INCENTIVES TO
WOO IT INVESTORS- KALIA
CHANDIGARH NOVEMBER 7:
Appreciating the achievements of the state of Karnatka in the field
of IT sector, Mr. Manoranjan Kalia, Industries and Commerce Minister
Punjab said in his inaugural address in the three day ICT flagship
event held in Banglore today, and said that it has become a role
model to be emulated by other states. Mr. Kalia said that Punjab
Government was offering a slew of incentives to woo the IT investors.
Mr. Kalia said that Punjab had led the Green Revolution when the
country needed food security and that it would rise to the occasion
again to contribute to the IT sector's growth in the country. In
his speech, the Minister shared details on various initiatives being
taken by the Government of Punjab to create a conducive business
ecosystem for investors. He mentioned that the State is pursuing
a holistic strategy which encompasses interventions related to infrastructure,
human resources, policy and investor relations. He highlighted unique
initiatives such as the 380 acre Knowledge City at Mohali, the new
IIT at Ropar and the Industrial Facilitation Act. He also invited
industry to visit the two proposed project sites - the 100 acre
site at Kapurthala for ITeS projects and the 280 acre site at Ropar
for high end software development projects.
A high level delegation headed by Mr. Kalia and Principal Secretary,
Industries & Commerce, Dr S.S. Channy; Punjab Infotech Chairman,
Mr. H S Grewal and Managing Director, Punjab Infotech, Mr. RakeshVerma.
Travelled to the Infosys campus in the afternoon and engaged in
one-to-one discussions with Mr HR Binod, Senior Vice-President and
head of Infosys India Business Unit; and Mr. Chandraketu Jha, Head,
Infosys's Commercial Unit. Both of them are also on the Infosys's
Board of Directors