Punjab ready with Strategy & Action
Plan for promoting IT/ITeS investments
Chandigarh October 10, 2008:
Punjab Infotech, the nodal agency for IT/ITeS sector promotion,
today presented the strategy and action plan, prepared by global
consultants E&Y, for attracting IT/ITeS investments in the State,
before the Industries Minister, Mr. Manoranjan Kalia. The meeting
was held at the Udyog Bhavan premises this afternoon. Also present
for the meeting were several senior officials from the Industries
The proposed strategy has immediate focus on developing Mohali
and Kapurthala as key IT/ITeS clusters by providing dedicated uninterrupted
power-supply. To discuss the same, the Punjab Infotech will be taking
up the issue with the PSEB during a one-to-one meeting scheduled
for October 20th.
Further, as part of the strategy implementation, the Government
will be launching a 90-day action plan to include amongst others
- formalising the industry led Vision Group, setting up an IT Action
Group and Task Forces, mapping out land- parcels under the OUVGL
scheme across key districts and undertaking a round of follow-up
meetings with NASSCOM to progress on proposed HR development initiatives
RS. 5500 CRORE MULTIFACETED DEVELOPMENT
PLAN FOR PUNJAB
LUDHIANA OCTOBER 10, 2008
The Punjab Government has prepared a comprehensive plan of Rs.5500
crore for the multifaceted development that includes up-gradation
of sewerage, roads, water supply and lighting net works of all the
towns in the state.
An announcement to this effect was made by Punjab Chief Minister,
Mr. Parkash Singh Badal during the first round of 'Sangat Darshan'
Program being organized first time in Ludhiana. The Chief Minister
today covered 11 wards of Dakha Constituency. On this occasion,
Mr. Badal made it clear that he had no political motive behind Sangat
Darshan Program except redressing the problems and complaints of
general public on the spot in the greater interest of the people.
"Sangat Darshan is providing a unique platform for the elected
representatives of the public, Officers and the public itself to
carry out state's various development programms in true spirits,"
said Mr. Badal.
Mr. Badal also announced that Rs. 240 crore would be spent to
revamp the entire sewerage system in Ludhiana city and a 220 KV
Grid- Station at a cost of Rs. 20 crore would also be setup by the
end of year 2008 to ensure better power supply in the city. He also
announced that to facilitate the people regarding the property registration,
two new offices would be soon setup.
A large number of local residents representing all section of
society came to highlight their problems. The Chief Minister today
covered as many as 11 wards (ward No. 27, 28, 31,57,58,62,63,64,66
and 71) in the city and listened to the grievances of the residents
both individually and collectively on the spot, as most of the grievances
and demands raised by them related to drinking water, sewerage,
electricity and street lighting. The Chief Minister asked the district
administration and Municipal Corporation to jointly prepare an action
plan to address to these problems at the top priority within a stipulated
time frame. He also directed the senior officers of different departments
to sort out each and every complaint brought into his notice at
once. He assured the residents that the scarcity of funds would
not to be allowed to come in way of the overall development of the
Later, talking to media persons Mr. Badal said that all the work
estimates would be thoroughly checked by a team of experts headed
by Technical Advisor to Punjab Government Lt. Gen. (Retd.) B.S.
Dhaliwal and Chief Engineers (Quality Control ) from PWD (B &
R) and Mandi Board so that the entire schemes and projects could
be implemented efficiently with in a stipulated time schedule.
Mr. Badal was accompanied by Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister
Mr. Hira Singh Gabria, Member Parliament Mr. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon,
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Harish Rai Dhanda, Mayor Municipal
Corporation, Mr. Hakam Singh, MLA Mr. Darshan Singh Shivalik, Deputy
Commissioner Mr. Sumear Singh Gurjar, DIG Ludhiana Range Mr. Ishwar
Singh and SSP Ludhiana Mr. R.K. Jaiswal besides party leaders and
workers of SAD & BJP.
Rs.123 CRORE TO BE SPENT TO REHABLITATE
CHANDIGARH OCTOBER :10
The Punjab Government was going to rehabilitate first Patiala
Feeder Kotla branch with a cost of Rs. 123.30 crore which would
cover 500 villages of Sangrur, Mansa, Bathinda, Ludhiana, Barnala
and Patiala districts of the state.
Disclosing this here today Mr.Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Irrigation
Minister Punjab said that Punjab Chief Minister S.Parkash Singh
Badal would lay foundation stone of this historic project which
was taken up after 60 years on 12th October, 2008.
Mr.Sekhon said that with the rehabilitation of first Patiala feeder
and Kotla Branch, capacity of canals would be increased which discharge
30 percent more would water. Four lakh farmers would get benefit
to Irrigates their fields from this historic step taken by S.Parkash
Singh Badal. Sidelining of 24 Km of first Patiala Feeder and 130
Kms length of Kotla Branch Canal would be done under this scheme.
Sidelining of first Patiala Feeder of 24 Km has already been completed.
Capacity of this canal to carry water was reduced to 3600 cusecs
from 4010 cusecs and after rehabilitation capacity would be increased
to 4914 cusecs, said Mr.Sekhon.
Giving more information regarding Kotla Branch, Mr.Sekhon said
at present Kotla Branch could discharge only 2550 cusecs of water,
earlier which was 3018 cusecs after rehabilitation the capacity
would increase to 3304 cusecs, which means farmers would get 754
cusecs more water.
On completion of this project 265485 hectares of present area
would get better facilities of Irrigation and drinking water.
THREE MINISTERS COUNTER CONGRESS CLAIM ON
NEGLECT OF MAJHA & DOABA
Chandigarh October 10:- Three Punjab Ministers today charged the
successive Congress governments at the Center and in the State for
systematic and sustained neglect of the Majha and the Doaba regions
In a hard hitting statement, the three ministers said that if
it was not for exemplary and unparalleled growth-incentives and
investments made by the SAD-BJP Governments, there would neither
have been an International Airport at Amritsar nor three universities
(including a World Class varsity) nor a Ranjit Sagar Dam and nor
an All India Medical Institute at Amritsar nor two regional passport
offices in these regions , not to speak of the world class infrastructure
network of four -lane and six lane expressways now launched in these
"We challenge Mrs. Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Mohinder Singh
Kaypee and Capt. Amarinder Singh to a direct and live television
debate on the criminal neglect of the Doaba and the Majha areas
by the Congress Governments. In the past 18 months alone, the SAD-BJP
Government has started projects worth over Rs. 55,000 crores in
these two areas which are at different stages of completion. This
is more than the total investment made by the Congress governments
in over 50 years of their misrule", said Mr. Manoranjan Kalia,
Mr. Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, and Mr. Sucha Singh Langah, Local Government,
Rural Development and Agriculture Ministers respectively.
These ministers further said that the entire border belt remained
in a state of utter neglect during the Congress Governments and
it was left to Mr. Parkash Singh Badal to not only give ownership
rights and border area compensation to the farmers along the border
especially those engaged in farming across the fence on international
The Ministers said that whereas the Congress neglected these regions,
the SAD-BJP Government this year alone has completed infrastructure
projects in Majha and Doaba areas to the tune of Rs. 3372 crore
where as ambitious projects to the tune of Rs.28661 crore are on
anvil, to change the face these two regions.
Listing out the projects the Ministers said that 27 road projects
with an estimated cost of Rs. 450 crores have already been completed
whereas 7 high level bridges with an estimated cost of Rs. 125 crores
were at the advanced stage of completion. They said that in the
Majha and Doaba area 8 ROBs at the cost of Rs. 110 crore and 5 other
infrastructure project costing Rs. 80 crores were completed by the
The Ministers said that work on 22 ROBs/RUBs, high level bridges
and other projects costing Rs. 505 crores were in full swing.
Determined to change the face of Punjab, the Ministers said that
the government has initiated 23 more ROBs costing Rs. 400 crores.
Similarly 3 roads from Chandigarh to Anandpur Sahib, Chandigarh
Mullapur Roads and Southern Bye Pass Ludhiana were being constructed
at the cost of Rs. 700 crores. Similarly construction on 12 other
projects costing Rs. 1082 crore was on anvil.
Unfolding the vision of SAD-BJP Government the Ministers said
that besides these projects our government has initiated 89 projects
at an estimated cost of Rs. 28661 crore to put Punjab on fast track
of development and growth. They said that Punjab has planned Mohali-Phagwara,
Mohali-Banur-Baddiand Pathankot-Ajmer Expressway at the cost of
Rs. 14600 crores. Two ring roads for Amritsar and Ludhiana has been
planned at the cost of Rs. 4300 crore. The Minister said that two
metro rail projects for Ludhiana and Amritsar to be constructed
at a cost of Rs. 6600 crore on anvil.
Calling upon Congress leaders to tender public apology for misguiding
the people, the ministers said that results of ensuing Lok Sabha
poll would put a stamp of approval on the development agenda of
SAD-BJP Government, calling a bluff of Congress propaganda
SENIOR OFFICERS TO SUPERVISE PROCUREMENT
Chandigarh October 10: On the directions of the Chief Minister
S Parkash Singh Badal , Mr. RI Singh the Chief Secretary Punjab
has deputed seniors from the state headquarters to supervise the
ongoing procurement operations in Punjab .
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab Government
said that districts have been assigned to individual officers for
this purpose. Mr. P. Ram has been given Amritsar and Tarn Taran,
Mr. Vijay Kain- Ropar and Mohali, Mr. S.C. Aggarwal- Jallandhar
and Kapurthala, Mr. D.S.Jaspal- Faridkot and Muktsar, Mr. B.K. Srivastava-
Hoshiarpur and Nawan Shahr, Mr. G.S Sandhu- Barnala and Sangrur,Ms.
Kusumjit Sidhu- Patiala, Mr. D.S..Bains- Bathinda and Mansa, Mr.
R.C. Nayyar-Ferozepur, Dr. Swaran Singh-Moga, Mr. N.S.Kang- Fatehgarh
Sahib, Mr. D.P.Reddy –Gurdaspur and Mr. Arun Goel- Ludhiana.
The officers have been requested to undertake extensive tours
of the mandis. All issues relating to procurement of paddy would
be supervised by them within the assigned districts, added the spokesman.
FIRST EVER MEGA LOK ADALAT TO BE HELD IN
DECEMBER: R I SINGH
Chandigarh October 10:
In order to ensure the early disposal of long pending cases in
the courts, the Punjab Government together with Punjab State Legal
Services Authority (PSLSA) has decided to organize a two-day first
ever Mega Lok Adalat on 20th and 21st of December 2008 as a special
campaign to settle pending civil and compoundable cases in the state.
This was stated here today by the Chief Secretary Punjab Mr. RI
Singh while addressing a meeting of the officers concerned of various
departments. The Chief Secretary has asked the officers to identify
the cases which were to be taken up and provide speedy and inexpensive
justice to the people and accelerate the process of monitoring legal
aid cases during this mega lok adalat. He also said that during
the mega lok adalat some of the cases under Punjab tenancy Act,
Land Revenue Act, Punjab Village Common Land Acts, Public Premises
Ejectment Act, Northern India Canal and Drainage Act, Revenue cases
particularly lambardari, partition and mutation proceedings, Land
Acquisition Act and compensation disputes, Cooperative Societies
Act and recovery proceedings , Election petitions or matters pending
before the Executive Authorities under various relevant laws relating
to urban and rural local bodies ,Excise and Taxation cases, cases
under electricity Act and Motor vehicles Accident claims would be
taken up for on the spot settlement.
The Chief Secretary urged the litigants and their counsels for
full participation and cooperation so that their cases could be
settled on the spot and justice could be delivered at the earliest.
IRRIGATION PROGRAMME FOR KHARIF SEASON ANNOUNCED
CHANDIGARH, October 10, 2008
The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational
irrigation Programme for the Kharif Season through Canal water from
10 October to 19 October, 2008. The channels of Sirhind Canal System
would run on priority basis from, Bist Doab Canal, Sidhwan Branch,
Bhatinda Branch, Abohar Branch and Patiala feeder respectively.
Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the Irrigation department
said that direct distributaries of Bhakra Main Line, in Group 'A'
being in the first preference would run to their indent. Balance
water supplies would be utilised in Ghaggar link and its off taking
channels i.e. Ghaggar Branch and Patiala Minor in Group 'B' respectively.
The spokesman further said that the Punjab channels off taking
from Harika and Ferozepur Head Works & Branches i.e. all the
direct distributaries of Sirhind Feeder in-group "A" being
in the first preference would run to their indent. Balance water
supplies would be utilised in Abohar Branch off taking from Sirhind
Feeder and its distributaries/minors in-group "B".
The spokesman also said that the channels off taking from upper
Bari Doab Canal i.e. in Main Branch Lower with its distributaries
being in first Preference would run to their indent. Balance Surplus
water available would be utilised Lahore Branch, Sabraon Branch,
Kasur Branch Lower with its distributaries.
PADDY PROCUREMENT CROSSES 24 LAC TONNES
Chandigarh, October 9:
Paddy procurement by six government agencies and traders crossed
24 lac tonnes in Punjab on Wednesday.
According to an official spokesman by Wednesday PUNGRAIN procured
5, 49,096 tonnes of paddy (26%) whereas MARKFED procured 4, 91,046
tonnes of paddy (23.3%). PUNSUP procured 4, 83,088 tonnes of paddy
(22.9%) whereas Punjab State Warehousing Corporation procured 2,
92,477 tonnes of paddy (13.9%) besides 2,63,438 tonnes of paddy
(12.5%) procured by Punjab Agro. The Central Government Agency FCI
procured only 31,483 tonnes of paddy (1.5%). The Millers procured
2, 97,268 tonnes of paddy (12.3 %) by Wednesday.
The mandis in Amritsar Division recorded 9, 07,669 tonnes of paddy
with Tarn Taran recording maximum paddy by Wednesday to the tune
of 2,26,407 tonnes. The mandis of Ferozepur division recorded 13,
02,760 tonnes of paddy with maximum of 5, 24,548tonnes of paddy
being recorded by Ferozepur district.
The Punjab Food Supply had setup 1622 procurement centres throughout
the state to ensure smooth procurement of paddy.
The spokesman said that farmers of the state have been assured
payment of paddy procured by the government agencies within 48 hours
of lifting of paddy from the procurement centres