PUNJAB CM LAYS THE FOUNDATION OF RS. 123.30
MAJOR CANAL REVAMPING PROJECT
Dhuri (Sangrur) October 12, 2008
The Punjab government has enhanced the local area development fund
for the various assembly constituencies in the state from Rs. 2
crores to Rs. 4 crores.
An announcement to this effect was made by Punjab Chief Minister
Mr. Parkash Singh Badal here today while laying the foundation stone
of Rs. 123.30 crore first Patiala feeder and Kotla branch canal
Addressing a large gathering on this occasion at Desh Bhagat College
Bardwal Mr. Badal said that one crore out of this development fund
would be spent on the infrastructure of Government schools. He also
directed all the deputy commissioners to send the detailed project
reports for the utilization of funds on schools within ten days.
The Chief Minister said that Punjab Government had prepared a comprehensive
plan to strengthen the 14,500 KM century old canal system in the
state and Rs. 3468 crore would be spent for this. He 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. On completion of this project 265485 hectares of present
area would get better facilities of Irrigation and drinking water.
The project would cover 500 villages of Sangrur, Mansa, Bathinda,
Ludhiana, Barnala and Patiala districts of the state, added Mr.
Regarding the bonus on paddy he said that he was going to new
Delhi today where he would talk up this matter with the agricultural
Minister in this regard. He laminated that even though agricultural
price commission had recommended Rs. 1000 for paddy centre had announced
only Rs. 800 per quintal for Maximum support price for Paddy. He
said that he would apprise the ground realities to the agricultural
Speaking on the occasion Irrigation Minister Punjab Mr. Janmeja
Singh Sekhon appreciated the historic step taking Punjab Chief Minister
mr. Parkash Singh Badal. He said with this development four lakh
farmers would be benefited through better Irrigation facilities.
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.
Prominent amongst other who were present on the occasion included
Member Parliament S. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, former Minister Mr.
Balwinder Singh Bhundar besides senior leaders and party workers
of SAD and BJP.
FARMERS PAID RS.1607CRORES FOR PADDY PROCURED
Chandigarh, October 12: Six government agencies have paid over
Rs. 1606.80 crores for paddy procured by agencies during first 12
days of current Kharif Marketing Season.
An official 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.
He said that by Saturday, Paddy procurement by six government agencies
and traders crossed 33 lac tonnes in Punjab. He said that PUNGRAIN
procured 7, 73,994 tonnes of paddy (26.2%) whereas MARKFED procured
6, 83,118 tonnes of paddy (23.2%). PUNSUP procured 6, 81,831 tonnes
of paddy (23.1%) whereas Punjab State Warehousing Corporation procured
3, 96,667 tonnes of paddy (13.4%) besides 3,72,472 tonnes of paddy
(12.6%) procured by Punjab Agro. The Central Government Agency FCI
procured only 41,972 tonnes of paddy (1.4%). The Millers procured
3, 80,066 tonnes of paddy (11.4 %) by Saturday.
The mandis in Amritsar Division recorded 11, 92,033 tonnes of
paddy with Kaprthala recording maximum paddy by Saturday to the
tune of 2, 81,017 tonnes. The mandis of Ferozepur division recorded
17, 69,495 tonnes of paddy with maximum of 7, 01,216 tonnes 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.
CM Pays tributes to Maharaja
S.A.S. Nagar (Mohali) October 12, 2008
The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal here today called
upon the people to come forward and join the state government's
move to eradicate social evils like drug addiction, female foeticide
and dowry etc. from the society. He was presiding over a state level
function to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maharaja Agarsen
Ji , an icon of non-violence compassion prosperity and democratic
Paying glorious tributes to Maharaja Agarsen Ji, the Chief Minister
said that by following the teachings of Maharaja Agarsen a healthy
society with values like human love, compassion, equality, humanity
and secularism could be formed. Appreciating the efforts of Punjab
Aggarwal Sabha to establish its 146 sub-units in the various towns,
mandi and village level, Mr. Badal said that there was still a dire
need to generate awareness amongst the masses to make social structure
in order. He said that still there was a huge gap between rich &
poor and government was committed to provide better health and education
facilities to the people of the state.
Mr. Badal said that to maintain the communal harmony and unity
in the state, SAD-BJP government, for the first time had decided
to celebrate all the religious functions at state level.
Taking serious concern over the cancellation of land for Agarsen
Bhawan by the previous government, Mr. Badal said that he would
personally look in to the matter and allotment would be soon restored
for the construction of Agarsen Bhawan.
In his welcome address, Mr. Chiranji Lal Garg, President Agarsen
Sabha Punjab thanked the Chief Minister for showing magnanimity
for the welfare of the Aggarwal community. Earlier Mr. Badal paid
floral tributes to the portrait of Maharaja Agarsen Ji.
Prominent amongst those who spoke on the occasion included Lala
Rameshwar Dass Patron, Mr. Prem Chand Singla Vice-President of Aggarwal
Sabha Punjab, Mr. Satpal Jain former Member Parliament, Mr. Manoj
Kumar President Yuva Aggarwal Sabha Punjab and Chairman Punjab Co-operative
Bank Mr. Jasjit Singh Bunny was also present on the occasion.
BADAL ASKS C S TO ISSUE INSTRUCTIONS TO
HEALTH AUTHORITIES TO PROVIDE FREE TREATMENT TO DENGUE PATIENTS
IN THE STATE
Chandigarh October 11, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today directed the
State Chief Secretary Mr. Ramesh Inder Singh to immediately gear
up health and medical services to meet any unforeseen eventuality
caused due to outbreak of dengue in the state. Mr. Badal also asked
the Chief Secretary to issue instructions in all the government
hospitals and dispensaries to provide free treatment to the patients
inflicted with dengue.
The Chief Minister conveyed these instructions telephonically
to the Chief Secretary Mr. Ramesh Inder Singh this evening from
Ludhiana, where he was holding a series of Sangat Darshan Programme
in the city for past two days. Mr. Badal asked the Chief Secretary
to instruct Principal Secretary Medical Education & Research
and the both Secretary and Director Health and family welfare to
constitute special teams in the state medical colleges and hospitals
to effectively treat the cases of dengue. The Chief Minister also
asked the Health and Family Welfare department to create awareness
amongst the people about the causes, symptoms and treatment of the
disease through issuing advertisements in the print as well as electronic
Meanwhile Health and Family Welfare Minister Mrs. Laxmi Kanta
Chawla also held an emergency meeting here with the officers of
the local government department to take remedial measures to prevent
further spread of this disease.
SUKHBIR BADAL URGES PM TO IMMEDIATELY SLASH
DIESEL, PETROL AND FERTILIZER PRICES IN WAKE OF REDUCTION IN CRUDE
OIL PRICES IN INTERNATIONAL MARKET
Chandigarh October 11, 2008
Member of Parliament and Shiromani Akali Dal president Mr. Sukhbir
Singh Badal today called on the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh
to announce immediate cut in diesel, petrol and fertilizer prices
in view of the sharp reduction in the prices of crude oil in international
The Akali Chief also demanded that the Minimum Support Price of
paddy be fixed at Rs 1000 per quintal as recommended by the Agricultural
Costs and Prices Commission and an additional bonus of at least
Rs.300 per quintal.
"The prices of crude have registered a nearly 44 percent,
falling from the peak of 150 to the present 82 dollars a barrel.
Since the government of India had hiked diesel prices in the domestic
market ostensibly because of the rise in the price of crude in the
world markets, there is no reason why it should not announce a corresponding
reduction in the background of new market realities," said
Mr. Badal in a letter to the Prime Minister.
The SAD Chief pointed out that the costs of agricultural inputs
have shown a major increase as a direct fall out of the inflationary
pressures on the international oil market in recent months. He said
that the government of India always used the slightest increase
in crude prices as a pretext to hike the prices of agricultural
inputs such as diesel, urea and some other petroleum based products.
The farmers always had to bear the brunt of market trends in oil
prices. As a result, agriculture has become increasingly un-remunerative,
putting a massive burden on the peasantry and a severe strain on
farm economy in general. Mr. Badal said that the reduction in diesel
and fertilizer prices is the logical economic follow up to the fall
in international prices because the prices had initially been hiked
consequent upon the upward trends in these prices since July.
Mr. Badal said that the farmers of Punjab had made the most remarkable
sacrifices for ensuring food security for the country at a time
when the international food situation had given rise to very serious
apprehensions of an impending food crisis in the country. The government
of India had given a challenger to the Punjab farmers to provide
80 lakh Metric Tonnes of wheat to the national food kitty last season.
The Punjab farmer responded to the challenge by turning in a record
100 lakh metric tones. This, said Mr. Badal, had resulted in a net
saving of over Rs10,000 crore in foreign exchange for our country.
"The Union government owed a debt of gratitude to the Punjab
farmers for this remarkable service to the nation. Instead of any
encourage or rewards, the farmers had been made a target of centre's
discriminatory policies. Punjab got just one per cent of the Rs
25,000 crore Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna. This was shocking considering
that Punjab had contributed more than 60 % to the national food
A similar discriminatory attitude was also visible in the action
of the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh gave a royal ignore to
the Punjab farmers while announcing a massive relief to the farmers
of Vidharbha and some southern states in the wake of farmers suicides,
said Mr. Badal, adding that the continued indifference and neglect
of the Punjab farmers can have very serious consequences for the
future of national food security.
The Akali chief further said that a bonus of at least Rs. 300
should be announced by the centre immediately to compensate for
the sudden and adverse market trends. "With the prices of every
essential commodity registering a steep hike in the wake of inflationary
pressures, the farmers purchase power and his net income has suffered
major blows. The centre must come in with timely and well deserved
relief measures to save the beleaguered peasantry," said Mr.
Sukhbir Singh Badal in his letter.
First Punjab 'Media Telephone Directory'
Mohali, Oct. 11, 2008
- Punjab Minister for cooperation Captain Kanwaljit Singh on Saturday
released the first Punjab Media Telephone Directory at Mohali Press
The telephone media Directory published by Punjab Newsline Network
contained more than 1500 entries, giving telephone numbers, e-mails
and addresses of journalists of different newspapers placed at district
and sub division level.
Captain Kanwaljit Singh appreciated the efforts of Satinder Bains,
editor of online newspaper www.punjabnewsline.com for publishing
the state level media telephone directory of journalists. He said
that it would be easy for the people to approach the media persons
and telephone directory would help journalists to coordinate with
Satinder Bains thanked Captain Kanwaljit Singh for his support
in bringing out the telephone directory which was a major project.
He said that it took three months to collect the individual details
of journalists. He also expressed gratitude to district Public Relation
Officers for their cooperation. He said that a revised edition of
the media telephone directory along with compact disc would be published
in January 2009 and it will also be available on website punjabnewsline.com.
Mr.Jasjit Singh Bunny Chairman of Punjab State Cooperative Bank
and Mr.Sukhdev Singh Patwari President of Mohali Press Club were
also present on the occasion.
BADAL COMMITTED TO DEVELOP LUDHIANA AS ULTRA MODERN CITY
Grants Rs. 40 crore for execution of development works
Ludhiana October 11, 2008
On the second leg of his Sangat Darshan programme in Ludhiana
city, Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today declared
that Ludhiana-an industrial hub of Punjab would be soon developed
as one of the best cities with ultra modern facilities and excellent
infrastructure not only in the north region but in the country.
Addressing a massive gathering of the residents from wards of
Ludhiana west constituency here at Lions club, he handed over
a draft of Rs. 40 crore to the local Mayor Mr. Hakam Singh Giaspura
for the execution of various development works in the city. The
Chief Minister said that the master plan of the Ludhiana city
had already been finalized to ensure integrated and planned growth
of the city and its suburbs. He said the state government had
already prepared a blue print of Rs. 5500 crore to provide basics
civic amenities of water supply, sewerage, street lighting and
storm water management in all the cities and towns of the state
within next three and a half years.
He said a sum of Rs. 240 crore had been earmarked to execute sewerage
network in the entire city. Mr. Badal asked the councilors to
be vigilant in order to ensure the quality of development works
at one hand and the proper utilization of funds in their respective
wards on the other.
The Chief Minister today listened to the grievances of the residents
both at various Sangat Darshan programmes held in ward no. 54-55
(including few parts of ward no. 28 and29), 47, 48, 52, 51, 56,
53,45,46,49 and 50 and redresses them on the spot. He assured
the residents that paucity of funds would not be allowed to hamper
the progress of development works in the city. He also directed
the Deputy Commissioner and the Mayor of the corporation to jointly
evolve a time bound mechanism for disposal of their complaints
both individual as well as collective on the top priority.
The Chief Minister also sanctioned a grant of Rs. 2.48 crore for
the construction of 7 roads, 18 lac for the pavement of streets
and Rs. 33 lac for laying sewer and for ward no. 47. Like wise
he also approved the grant of Rs. 4.54 crore for construction
of 12 roads, Rs. 33 lac for sewerage in ward no. 48.
In ward no. 54, the Kichlu Nagar Welfare Association demanded
to construction of library over a 200 sq. yard vacant plant near
-6 of PAU. The residents of the Udham Singh Nagar urged the Chief
Minister to direct the authorities of PSEB to replace the old
transmission lines with new one.
Later talking to the media persons about the procurement of paddy,
the chief Minister said that the paddy procurement were in full
swing and he had deputed Administrative Secretaries in each district
to directly oversee these operation. He said that SAD-BJP Government
was committed to ensure smooth prompt and hassle free procurement
and timely payment to the farmers.
Prominent among other who were present on the occasion included
Tourism and Cultural Affairs minister Hira Singh Gabaria, Member
Parliament Sharnjit Singh Dhillon, President SGPC Jathedar Avtar
Singh, Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, Vice Chairman Punjab Trade
Board Madan Lal Bagga, DIG Ludhiana Range Ishvar Singh, Deputy
Commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar and SSP Ludhiana R.K. Jaiswal,
besides the senior leaders and party workers of SAD-BJP and members