PUNJAB CM ANNOUNCES BONANZA OF RS. 250 CRORE
FOR FACELIFT OF PATIALA CITY
SANGRUR IN MALWA AND JALANDHAR &
HOSHIARPUR IN DOABA ALSO TO BE DEVELOPED AS MODERN CITIES: BADAL
PATIALA, SEPTEMBER 14, 2008
As a part of a significant drive to put the major Punjab towns
into the global orbit, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh
Badal today unfolded a Rs. 250 crore development package for the
historic city of Patiala, covering the entire spectrum of infrastructure
transformation and upgrading the crucial sectors of basic amenities
like supply of clean drinking water, road infrastructure, sewerage
Mr. Badal, who was here on a day long Sangat Darshan programme,
declared that similar development initiatives would also be launched
in other major cities that required immediate attention, including
the neighboring district of Sangrur and the twin hubs of Doaba,
the Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur districts .
Mr. Badal launched his first phase of Sangat Darshan Programe
from ward no. 1 of Patiala and covered other nine wards by the evening
and disbursed approximately Rs. 20 Crore for the various development
works. apart from this Rs. 117 crore and Rs. 100 crore for revamping
the Electricity supply system and Sewerage in the city .
While listening to the grievances of residents of Patiala, the
Chief Minister today openly declared that he would adopt Patiala
to be developed as an ultra modern city because the development
of this historic city had been blatantly ignored by the previous
congress regime. He said the former Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder
Singh had hardly spared five minutes during his five year tenure
to listen the woes of the residents of Patiala , his own constituency.
Mr. Badal said that he was pained to listen from the people that
their wards had been devoid of basic amenities and civic infrastructure
like roads, street lighting, drinking water, Sewerage and pavements.
Mr. Badal made it clear that now a comprehensive blue print of the
development plan of Patiala city would be prepared and 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. He
said the main objective of his today's visit was mainly focused
to initiate development programs in the city sans any political
motive behind it.
A large number of local residents representing all section of
society came to highlight their problems and raise demands on the
collective as well as individual basis.. The Chief Minister directed
the senior officers of different departments to sort out each and
every problem brought into his notice at once.
Regarding the complaints related with the issuing of Blue Cards
under Atta-Dal scheme launched by Punjab Government to supply Wheat
and Dal at subsidized rates for the poor families, Mr. Badal announced
that a fresh survey would be conducted soon in the state by organizing
camps at ward levels. He advised the people and the officers to
register only eligible beneficiaries under this scheme; otherwise
the benefit of this scheme would not percolate down the line to
benefit the poor families for whom the scheme was actually meant
for. He further informed that similar survey for old age pension
and other social schemes would also be conducted soon to the advantage
of eligible beneficiaries.
He also announced that Rs. 8.50 crore would be spent to provide
free domestic electricity connection for one bulb to the economically
weaker sections of the society including installation of meter,
the charges of which would be actually borne by the PSEB. Beside
a sum of Rs. 5 crore would be spent for the up gradation and beautification
of the parks in Patiala . Mr. Badal also announced a grant of Rs.
50 lac for the development of local police line in response to the
demand raised by few Police personnel.
It may be recalled that Chief Minister handed over the cheques
of Rs. 1.51 crore for Ward No. 1 , , Rs 2.16 Crore for Ward No.
2 , Rs 1.25 Crore for Ward No. 3, Rs 2.75 Crore for Ward No. 4,
Rs. 1.51 crore for Ward No. 5, Rs. 2 crore for Ward No. 6, Rs. 2.15
crore for Ward No. 7, Rs. 1.50 Crore for Ward No. 8, Rs. 1.57 Crore
for Ward No. 9 and Rs. 1.75 Crore for Ward No. 10 to the respected
Councilors of the wards.
On this occasion Mr. Badal was accompanied by Senior Akali leaders
Chief parliamentary Secretary Mr. Raj Khurana, President NRI wing
SAD Mr. Surjit Singh Rakhra, SAD General Secretary Prof. Prem Singh
Chandumajara, Vice President SAD Balwinder Singh Saifdipur, former
SGPC President Prof. Kirpal Singh Baduangar, Ex Minister Mr. Surjit
Singh Kohli, Mayor Ajit Pal Singh Kohli, Ex Chairman SS Board Tejinderpal
Singh Sandhu, District SAD President (Urban) Indermohan Singh Bajaj,
District President BJP (Urban) Balwant Rai, President SOI Mr. Gurpreet
Singh Raju Khanna, Commissioner Municipal Corporation SK Ahaluwalia
,Deputy Commissioner Mr. Vikas Garg, DIG Patiala Range Mr. PS Gill
and SSP Patiala Mr. S.K Asthana besides party leaders and workers
SAD & BJP.
AMARINDER GUILTY OF 'CRIME WORSE THAN MURDER',
SAYS CAPTAIN KANWALJIT SINGH
QUOTES SUPREME COURT JUDGMENT ON 'RECORD TAMPERING'
CHANDIGARH: Sept 14, 2008
Quoting the Supreme Court judgment of September 11 which categorically
described record tampering as "crime worse than murder",
the Senior Punjab minister and Shiromani Akali Dal General Secretary
Captain Kanwaljit Singh today asked the disgraced former Chief Minister
Captain Amarinder Singh to stop taking shelter behind technical
issues and confront the charges regarding his involvement in the
Rs 360 crore Amritsar Improvement trust scam.
Ironically, the apex court passed this judgment "on the same
day the former CM was expelled from the Punjab Vidhan Sabha following
his severe indictment by the Special House Committee in the Amritsar
land scam and the subsequent tampering of the records of the Vidhan
Sabha. The Supreme Court cancelled the bail of the billionaire Ansal
Brothers, sending them to jail for committing the high crime of
tampering with records.
Captain Kanwaljit Singh said that Amarinder should not fail to
notice the strong irony of the timing of the Supreme Court on record
tampering and the decision of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha expelling
him from the House should not be lost on the disgraced former Chief
Both judgments came at exactly 4.20 PM on the same day (Wednesday).
The SC verdict also makes mockery of Amarinder's claims that the
issue involved mere technicalities. " The SC verdict clearly
shows that the former Chief Minister is guilty of a crime worse
than murder. As executive chief, he murdered honesty, public trust,
the dignity of the House and democratic instititutions. His hands
are soaked with blood, "said the Akali leader in a hard hitting
It may be recalled that, in its judgment on Wednesday in the Ansal
brothers case, the Supreme Court said: "Tampering with judicial
records is a crime worse than murder or dacoity." With these
words, the apex court cancelled the bail of Sushil and Gopal Ansal,
owners of Uphaar cinema where 59 cinegoers were killed in a fire
tragedy in 1997. "Amarinder Singh and the Congress party should
now realise the gravity of the crime involved that was a precursor
to the inquiry which the House launched and reached its logical
conclusion, coincidentally on the same day and hour as the Supreme
"So the message from the seats of justice is clear: those
who thwart the course of investigation shall not be allowed to go
scot free. If Amarinder Singh refuses to learn from the Punjab Assembly's
decision, he should at least pay heed to the message from the highest
court of the country, unless he thinks of Moti Bagh Patiala as a
sovereign entity devoted to the cause of the corrupt and the debauch,"
said the Punjab Co-operation Minister.
"It is surprising that at a time when the much respected Speaker
of the Lok Sabha, Mr Somnath Chatterjee, is leading a debate to
strengthen parliamentary democracy, a disgraced and expelled MLA
is asking the judiciary to quash his expulsion ordered by the House."
"Amarinder Singh seems to have a funny idea that the House
cannot decide whether tempering with its records and bringing serious
disrepute to its business of law making should deserve a response
by the House," Captain Kanwaljit Singh said.
The SAD General Secretary said that it was strange that Amarinder
Singh has asked the Punjab and Haryana High Court for relief after
his expulsion from the Assembly but has still not denied that the
records of the House were indeed tempered to escape any inquiry
into the land scam. Nor has this fact been denied by even the Congress
In fact, the Leader of the Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal even
spared the services of three MLAs of the Congress to help probe
the matter and find out who was to benefit from the tempering. The
House Committee, Mr. Badal clearly inquired into the matter to fix
responsibility for the record tamepering, at whose instance it was
done and who were its principal beneficiaries. "
The Akali General Secretary further said that no one should be
allowed to use the slogan of vendetta as a camouflage for corrupt
deals. "Crying vendetta is one thing, but Amarinder Singh is
now down to perpetrating lies. While he is asking for relief on
the basis that his actions of exempting the land and causing crores
of loss to the state was taken as an executive head of the government,
he needs to explain to the people of Punjab which capacity as member
of the executive or of the house exempts him from action for tampering
with sacred records of the august house. He said the Akali Dal can
understand the alacrity and haste with which Amarinder Singh rushed
to seek relief as he well knows that in these times of Right to
Information, hundreds of citizens will be asking the Congress High
Command the basis on which Amarinder Singh continued to be a member
of the party.He said the Vidhan Sabha, the civil society and the
people of Punjab must take notice of those who are accusing the
collective wisdom of the House as being a "premeditated conspiracy".
Ignorance of law is no excuse for those who commit contempt. As
for those who try to cause tempering of the records, the Supreme
Court has already explained it well," he said.
GENERAL RODRIGUES EXPRESSES SHOCK &
GRIEF OVER LOSS OF
LIVES IN SERIAL BLASTS IN DELHI
CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 14, 2008
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh,
Gen. (Retd.) S.F. Rodrigues, PVSM VSM, has expressed shock and profound
grief over the loss of many lives in the serial blasts in the national
Capital, New Delhi, last evening.
General Rodrigues said that there is no place for violence in a
democratic society and such ugly happenings aiming to disturb peace
and tranquility need condemnation by all right thinking people.
He conveyed his heartfelt sympathies to the members of bereaved
families and wished a speedy recovery, of the injured in this unfortunate