Grant for construction and
Repair of Dharamshala increased –Ranike
Chandigarh, November 18, 2008
Punjab Government has enhanced the rate of grant for the construction
of new Dharamshalas from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. One lac for the scheduled
Disclosing this here today Mr. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Welfare of
Scheduled Caste and Backward Classes Minister Punjab said that the
Punjab government was committed to provide better facilities to
the scheduled caste people in the state to organize social get-to
gather at the time of their ceremonial functions such as marriage
or other community gatherings.
Mr. Ranike further said that grant for the repair of old Dharamshalas
has also been increased from Rs. 15000/- to Rs. 50,000/-. He said
that Rs. 5 crore has been allocated for this purpose.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO 102074
DISABLED PERSONS-SWARNA RAM
Chandigarh, November 18, 2008
Punjab government was committed to provide equal opportunities
with disabilities to enable them to lead a life of Independence
& dignity and for this purpose Punjab government was giving
Rs. 250/- per month per person as financial assistance to 102074
disabled persons in the state who were having at least 50 percent
Disclosing this here today Ch. Swarna Ram Social Security and
Welfare of Women and Child Development Minister Punjab said that
this assistance was giving to permanently disabled blind, orthopedically
handicapped deaf and dumb and mentally challenged persons. The Financial
assistance would provided from the first of the month in which the
medical certificate issued by the Medical Officer.
He further said that the monthly income of the applicant would
not exceed Rs. 1000/- per month in case of individual and Rs. 1500/-
if husband and wife both are alive. In case a applicant is not earning
then the income of his parents would not exceed Rs. 2500/- per month
in case such parents have more than two children, their income would
not exceed Rs. 3000/- per month.
The Minister also said that the Punjab Government has earmarked
Rs. 2600 lac as budget provision for the year 2008-09 to provide
financial assistance to disabled persons.
PUNJAB CM REVIEWS PROGRESS OF CIVIL AVIATION
CHANDIGARH NOVEMBER 18, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today reviewed the
progress regarding the various ongoing projects of civil aviation
in the state including the prestigious Mohali International Airport,
Talwandi Sabo Flying Training Academy and expansion of Amritsar
Taking part in the deliberations, Mr. Badal asked the Secretary
Civil Aviation to get these projects expedited so that they could
be completed with in the stipulated time schedule. He was apprised
in the meeting about the presentation made by Price Waterhouse at
New Delhi about the Mohali International Airport in which Airport
Authority of India (AAI) and officers of Governments of Punjab and
Haryana participated at Delhi on November 17 for setting up of joint
venture in this regard.
The Chief Minister was also informed that the government of Haryana
had already given its due share of Rs.230 crore for the setting
up of Mohali International Airport as per the terms and conditions
of the tripartite agreement signed amongst the governments of Punjab,
Haryana and AAI.
It was also informed in the meeting that the Civil Enclave Bathinda
and the extended Cargo and bonded Warehouse facility at Amritsar
International Airport had already been cleared by the AAI apart
from approval by the Ministry of Defence GoI for setting up of Talwandi
Sabo Flying Training Academy. Mr. Badal also directed the Civil
Aviation department to immediately initiate the proceedings for
the acquisition of land for setting up of Flying Training Academies
at Talwandi Sabo and Faridkot.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included
Education & Civil Aviation Minister Mrs.Upenderjit Kaur, Finance
Minister Mr.Manpreet Singh Badal, Chief Secretary RI Singh, Principal
Secretary to Chief Minister DS Guru, Principal Secretary Finance
SC Aggarwal, Secretary Civil Aviation Viswajit Khanna, Director
Civil Aviation Gagandeep Singh Brar and Advisor Civil Aviation Capt.
BADAL CALLS UPON CENTRE TO MAKE PRO-PEOPLE
LUDHIANA NOVEMBER 17, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today called upon
the Centre to make policies as per the felt needs of the people
to make them prosper rather it should not impose on them forcefully.
Addressing a mammoth gathering of Cooperators at a state level
function to observe 55th All India Cooperative Week here at Baddowal,
Mr. Badal who was the chief guest said: "You can not expect
of the policy makers sitting in the air conditioned rooms to formulate
policies for the people, who do not have even an iota of any knowledge
about their socio-economic conditions". He said that these
policies could only be realistic and meaningful if they were based
on the ground realities rather than jugglery of bare statistics.
Lauding the role of Cooperation movement in the development of
agrarian sector of the state, Mr.Badal said that no doubt it has
played a pivotal role in restructuring and strengthening of the
agriculture and its allied sectors but still lot more was to be
done to bring awareness about its significance amongst the cooperators
at the grass roots level. He underscored the need to shift from
traditional agriculture in terms of wheat-paddy rotation, which
was no more remunerative due to low returns as compared to high
cost of inputs. He pointed out that the transformation of agriculture
sector by way of adopting dairy farming was not merely an alternative
but an integral part of diversification which was too the need of
the hour. He solicited the services of progressive dairy farmers
to motivate the farmers to take up dairy farming and should develop
few advanced dairy farms as role model to promote dairy farming
as a vocation in a big way.
Blaming the Centre for anti-farmer policies, Mr.Badal said that
though Punjab was an agrarian state but the entire policies for
the procurement of foodgrains, fixation of minimum support price
and supply of DAP and fertilizers was framed by the Centre without
taking states into confidence. Taking a strong exception to the
callous attitude of the Centre for adopting discriminatory approach
towards Punjab farmers, Mr. Badal said that instead of appreciating
us for bailing out the country out of the severe food crisis by
contributing 70% in the national food pool they even denied our
justified right to give us remunerative MSP on paddy during the
current Kharif marketing season. Mr. Badal pointed out that it was
a cruel joke with the farmers that the Central government had fixed
Rs 850 per quintal as MSP for paddy, which was even much below Rs.1000/-
per quintal recommended by Commission for Agriculture Costs and
Prices (CACP). He said: "Probably it is for the first time
in the Indian agricultural economy that the Centre had fixed the
MSP of paddy below the recommendation of the CACP".
On the occasion, Mr. Badal disbursed bonus of Rs.1.87 crore to
the profit making milk producers cooperative societies of Payal
and Hans Kalan in Ludhiana district, besides this he also honourd
the best performing societies and owners of the prize winning animals
of best breed.
Presiding on the occasion, Cooperation Minister Capt. Kanwaljit
Singh said that the cooperation department was committed to tone
up the functioning of all the cooperatives in the state to bring
efficiency in their functioning. He said that brand 'VERKA' had
already captured a sizeable chunk in the marketing of milk and milk
products in the country and hoped that it would soon emerge as a
brand ambassador in the international market also. He pointed out
that with the introduction of concept of hiring of agriculture implements
and tractors at nominal rates and marketing of Verka products through
the cooperative societies had not only make them self sustaining
but also economically viable. He emphasized the need to run cooperative
milk plants on commercial lines to compete with the private key-players
in this sector like Nestle and Reliance. He said that to encourage
the dairy farming the state cooperative banks would provide
soft loans to the prospective dairy farmers at nominal rate of interest.
For women empowerment, 'Punjab Women Dairy Project, had been started
and 390 women milk producers societies consisting of 19000 members
have been organized under this scheme, added Capt. Kanwaljit Singh.
Chairman Milk Ajmer Singh Bhagpur demanded the sanction to recruit
more staff in Milk Plant Ludhiana keeping in view the shortage.
Prominent amongst others those who also spoke on the occasion
included Deputy Speaker Lok Sabha Charanjit Singh Attwal, Chief
Parliamentary Secretary Cooperation Jagdeep Singh Nakai, Chairman
Milkfed Gurbachan Singh Babehali, M.D. Milkfed V.K. Singh, Chairman
Punjab State Cooperative Bank Jasjeet Singh Banni, Chairman Milk
Union Ludhiana Ajmer Singh Bhagpur, MD Markfed Jarnail Singh Wahid.
The function was also attended by the Financial Commissioner Cooperation
AR Talwar, MD Sugerfed VK Bhalla and President Progressive Dairy
Farmers Punjab Daljit Singh.
SIKH EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY
bestow Gurmat Awards
CHANDIGARH, November 17, 2008
The Sikh Educational Society (SES) has decided to bestow Gurmat
Awards, being given in the memory of Panth Rattan Jathedar Gurcharan
Singh Tohra every year, upon two prominent Sikh scholars, namely,
Dr. Gurbakhash Singh and S. Harinder Singh Mehboob, this time. The
SES is a prestigious organization, which is managing over half a
dozen prominent educational institutions in Chandigarh and Punjab.
Disclosing this in a press note released here, today, Col (Retd.)
Jasmer Singh Bala, Secretary, SES, said that these awards would
be given in a special function, being organized in Guru Gobind Singh
College, Chandigarh on 22 November, 08. Mr. Hira Singh Gabria, Jails,
Cultural Affairs and Printing & Stationary Minister, Punjab,
will preside over the function, while Sant Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal,
a world renowned Environmentalist will be the Chief Guest on the
Col. Bala intimated that Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra had been
associated with SES as its President for a long time. During his
able and dynamic leadership, the SES and its educational institutions
achieved highest achievements in education & sports fields,
and also made valuable contributions in the spheres of religion,
culture, literature, etc. He said that the SES instituted these
Gurmat Awards in 2005 in the memory of Jathedar Gurcharan Singh
Tohra who had set the example of selfless service & value based
way of life.
He informed that Dr. Kharak Singh Mann, Prof. Manmohan Sehgal,
Dr. JS Grewal, Dr. Kirpal Singh, Prof. Prthipal Singh Kapoor, Dr.
Balkar Singh, Dr. Sarup Singh Alag, Dr. Gurnam Singh and Dr. Madamjit
Kaur have been honored with these awards so far.
Col. Bala stated that Dr. Gurbakhash Singh, who is active in the
functioning of Institute of Sikh Studies, Chandigarh, has make unique
contribution in the field of Sikh History & Theology at the
International level. Similarly, S. Harinder Singh Mehboob, who has
been conferred with prestigious Sahit Academy & Shiromani Kavi
Awards, is a major Punjabi Poet and a Sikh Scholar.