BAINS ASSURES OF COOPERATION TO MEDIA PERSONS
PATIALA SEPTEMBER 29, 2008
Punjab Chief Minster's Media Advisor Mr. Harcharan Bains today
asked the media persons & district public relations Office to
form a joint panel of the representatives from print as well as
electronic media to sort their genuine day-to-day problems with
the district administration far better liaison between the media
During an interaction with the media persons to redress their
grievances relating to their profession, Mr. Bains said that he
could realize their professional hardships faced by them while discharging
their duties as he himself worked as a journalist. He however said
that a balance will have to be maintained between the media's right
to report and the imperatives of security considerations. He assured
the media persons that he would personally take up the matter with
the district civil and police administration to sort out the issue
regarding the special identity cards issued by the district administration.
He also asked the media to discharge their duties objectively and
fearlessly and assured that all other demands raised by them would
be amicably settled.
Mr. Bains stated that with the Special efforts of Information
& Public Relations Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, the department
would soon fill 16 posts of Information & Public Relations Officers
and 23 Assistant Public Relations Officers through a Department
selection committee in a transparent manner. He also mentioned that
all the promotions to the various posts would be done through the
departmental selection committee with in a month. He said that the
state government had decided in principle to extend the facility
to exempt the payment of toll tax to the accredited and recognized
journalists in the state and would be soon brought before the Cabinet
for final decision.
PUNJAB GOVERNMENT TO SET UP BACKWARD CLASSES WELFARE BOARD
PATIALA SEPTEMBER 29, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today announced
to set up a board for the welfare of all the backward classes under
his chairmanship and vice chairmanship of President Backward Classes
Wing of Shiromani Akali Dal and Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria
to ensure justice and level playing to these classes in the government
jobs besides implementing different schemes aimed at the welfare
and uplift of these classes for their overall socio-economic development.
Addressing a massive state level public rally of the backward
classes organized by the Backward Classes Wing of Shiromani Akali
Dal here at new grain market, Mr. Badal said that the newly set
up board would also ensure that the backlog of the posts reserved
for backward classes over the past many years would be filled up
amongst the eligible beneficiaries of this category within a time
In another significant decision, Mr. Badal also declared that
all the different communities belonging to backward classes would
be soon conferred upon the rights of ownership of 40000 acres of
government land on which they had been continuously tilling over
the past 10 to 15 years. Mr. Badal also pointed out that a comprehensive
survey would be soon conducted by the state revenue department under
the guidelines of Financial Commissioner Revenue to ascertain the
modalities for these ownership rights. It may be recalled that the
state government had already bestowed these ownership rights on
the members of bazigar community. Likewise, Mr. Badal also extended
the benefit of conferring ownership rights upon the members of the
backward classes, who had constructed houses on the panchayati land
fairly since long. He said that government would soon bring both
these proposals in the Cabinet for taking a final decision in this
The Chief Minister also announced that the state government would
soon recommend the case of 'Gadria' community to the government
of India to declare it scheduled caste on the pattern of 'Rai Sikhs'
community which had been recently brought within the ambit of scheduled
castes category. To facilitate the comfortable stay of the members
of backward classes who had to often visit district headquarters
in connection their works, the Chief Minister announced to set up
Bhawans at these places to provide them the facility of boarding
and lodging at economical rates. He urged the interested organizations/associations
of backward classes to procure a plot from PUDA which was available
at nominal rates and the entire expenditure on its construction
ranging from Rs.50 lac to 1 crore would be spent by the state government
as per the design/plan of the building.
Mr.Badal lashed at the Congress for instigating people for disturbing
peace in the state and its indulgence in divisive politics, Mr.Badal
said that the people had already realized that Congress's policy
of 'divide and rule' which it had adopted not
only in Centre but in the states to pursue its political agenda.
Mr. Badal lamented that after 61 years of Independence , Congress
government during its successive terms in Centre and even in Punjab
for almost 50 years had not been able to provide the basic civic
amenities to the common man. He said that poor and lower strata
of the society had been completely ignored by the Congress because
it was least concerned about their welfare. He said that our government
was committed for the overall development of the state and its people.
He said that SAD being a party of a common man was sensitized to
the problems of the people at the grass root level and was committed
to serve them in the right earnest.
Taking a strong exception to the callous attitude of the Congress
for exploiting the scheduled castes and backward classes as its
secured vote bank, Mr. Badal asked the congress what tangible it
had done for their welfare except showing apathy towards them thereby
blatantly ignoring this important segment of the society for their
own vested and political interests, best known to them. He reiterated
his firm resolves that SAD-BJP government was committed for the
welfare of the backward classes at all costs. He said that SAD-BJP
government did not believe in tall claims and hollow slogans but
actually in actions. He said that merely seeking votes from a particular
community by exploiting their emotions was against the moral values
and political ethics.
Later talking to the media persons, Mr.. Badal said that the Punjab
government would ink a Memorandum of understanding with the Ministry
of Railways on October 1 to start a luxury train which would cover
all the important religious, tourist and cultural destination in
Punjab to showcase the untapped tourism potential of the state.
Asked to comment on the intention behind Sangat Darshan programme
in Patiala, Mr. Badal ruled out any political motive and said that
it was a routine programme which he had been carrying out in different
parts of the state to sort out the grievances of the people on the
spot because there was hardly any other fool proof method to redress
the public grievances promptly to the advantage of the people. He
clarified that the tremendous response which he got from the general
public during sangat darshan in Patiala was a testimony that Amarinder
Singh had pay no heed to the development of the city and the problems
of the residents.
Addressing on the occasion, President Shiromani Akali Dal Mr. Sukhbir
Singh Badal asked the members of the backward classes to organize
themselves in the form of committees with a membership of 20 to
30 representatives from different communities in each block and
district across the state to strengthen the backward classes wing
of the party. He said that these committees could regularly interact
either with him or Mr. Gabria and we would jointly pursue their
cases on the relevant issues and demands relating to the welfare
of backward classes with the Chief Minister from time to time. Bashing
at the former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for completely ignoring
the interests of the backward classes by adopting a discriminatory
approach against them, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal said that whenever
SAD-BJP had come to power it had always accorded top priority to
the agenda of lower strata of the society. He accused Amarinder
Singh for hardly sparing five minutes for these hapless people during
his tenure of five years. He said: "Whereas Mr. Parkash Singh
Badal despite his old age factor never misses an opportunity to
interact with the people through the medium of sangat darshan to
listen to their woes in general and beleaguered down trodden in
particular even in any of the remotest village, town or city.
Taking Centre to the task for showing apathetic attitude towards
Punjab farmers, Mr. Sukhbir 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 history of agriculture economy that the Centre had fixed
the MSP of paddy below the recommendation of the CACP".
Making a strong plea for a change of guard at Centre and to ensure
the acceleration of speedy development and prosperity of the state,
Mr. Sukhbir Badal underscored the need to install a government of
like minded political parties at Centre by throwing out the UPA
government in the coming Parliamentary elections.
In his address President of the Backward classes wing of the SAD
Hira Singh Gabira said that the party in consonance with the state
government would soon chalk out a joint strategy to devise schemes
for the welfare of these classes with a focus on the employment
generation, socio-economic uplift and filling of the backlog on
On the occasion, SAD General Secretary Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra
said that backward classes was the backbone of the party and it
was all due to their unstinting support and inspiration, Capt. Amarinder
Singh was defeated in Parliament election of 1998.
Prominent amongst others who spoke on the occasion included Cooperation
Minister Capt. Kanwaljit Singh, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Ch.Nand
Lal, former President SGPC Kirpal Singh Badungar, President NRI
wing of SAD Surjit Singh Rakhra, former Minister Harmail Singh Tohra,
District President SAD Rural Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur, Sukhbir Singh
Ablowal from Bazigar community, Harjit Singh Adaltiwala Kamobj community,
Ram Partap Mehra from Mehra community, Labh Singh Devinagar, Khem
Raj Kartarpur Gadria community and Ajmer Pasiana of Gujar community.
PUNJAB PROCUREMENT OF PADDY BEGINS IN PUNJAB
Chandigarh, September 29, 2008
Six official procurement agencies today initiated the procurement
of paddy in 1622 procurement centres setup throughout the state.
According to an official spokesman the procurement for the Kharif
season 2008-09 that begin today would continue upto December 31,
The spokesman said that Punjab aims to procure 125 lac metric
tonnes has fixed the procurement target of six official procurement
agencies for the Kharif season 2008-09.
According to the target Pungrain would procure 37.50 lac metric
tonnes (30%) of paddy whereas FCI has been given target of 12.50
lac metric tonnes (10%). Similarly Markfed and Punsup would procure
25 lac metric tonnes each (20%). Whereas Punjab Warehousing Corporation
would procure 15 lac metric tonnes (12%) and Punjab Agro has been
given target of 10 lac metric tonnes (8%).
The spokesman said that farmers would get Rs. 880/- MSP for A
grade paddy and Rs. 850/- for common variety of paddy as per the
guidelines of Government of India.
The spokesman said that the requisite staff has already been deputed
in all procurement centres of the state. The time of bid in each
procurement centre has been fixed from 10:00AM to 6:00PM and bids
would be done in the presence of representatives of procurement
agencies and concerned markets.
All district Food & Supply Controllers and district mandi
officers have been issued instructions to make requisite arrangement
of power, sheds for the farmers, portable water supply and equipment
to monitor the quality of paddy in each procurement centre. They
have been instructed to ensure the supply of wooden crates, bardana,
polytheen covers in sufficient quantity in each centre. Each district
controller has would ensure that each agency has requisite storage
capacity for procured paddy.
A grievances committee has been constituted by each Deputy Commissioner
with representatives of procurement agencies, mandi board, traders,
rice millers and farmers to sort out any complaint.
IRRIGATION PROGRAMME FOR KHARIF SEASON ANNOUNCED
CHANDIGARH, September 29, 2008
The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational
irrigation Programme for the Kharif Season through Canal water from
26 September to 3 October, 2008. The channels of Sirhind Canal System
would run on priority basis from Sidhwan Branch, Bhatinda Branch,
Bist Doab Canal, Patiala feeder and Abohar Branch 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. Lahore Branch with its distributaries being
in first Preference would run to their indent. Balance Surplus water
available would be utilised in Main Branch Lower, Kasur Branch Lower
and Sabraon Branch with its distributaries.
PUNJAB PUNJAB VIDHAN SABHA PROROGUED
Chandigarh, September 29, 2008
The Fifth Session of the Thirteenth Punjab Vidhan Sabha, which
was adjourned sine-die at the conclusion of its sitting held on
the 10th September, 2008 has been prorogued by an Order of the Governor
of Punjab, dated the 26th September, 2008.
This was disclosed by Mr. Madan Mohan, Secretary Punjab Vidhan
Sabha here today.
PUNJAB PROVIDE CLEAN ENVIRONMENT TO CITIZENS- KALIA
Chandigarh, September 29, 2008
Mr. Manoranjan Kalia, Local government Minister Punjab today presided
over a high level meeting of Urban Local Bodies in which all the
Municipal commissioners, Deputy Directors and Executive Officers
were present to take account of Solid waste managements. Mr. Kalia
gave strict guide lines to all teh concerned officers that it's
primary and most important duty of all the Urban Local Bodies (ULB)
to provide clean environment and better sanitation services to the
people of the state. The Executive Officers (EO's) should develop
requisite sensitivity in this matter. He said traffic problem, particularly
parking of vehicles outside on the roads in front of Hotels, Shopping
Malls and Hospitals should be controlled effectively. For this,
he said traffic regulating agency should be provided by the Urban
Local Bodies, which should be outsourced and recovery vans should
be deployed to remove such vehicles and expenditure on evacuation
should be charged from the owner of the vehicle.
Giving strict instructions Mr. Kalia said all the EO's should
inspect their respective towns twice in a day to ensure proper sanitation
and cleanliness of their respective towns. He said that debris of
buildings which were under construction should be removed through
tippers and expenditure on it showed be charged from the owner.
Keeping in view to implement Advertisement Policy of the Government
effectivity, Strict Checking of advertisements should be made on
regular basis so that income of the authority should be increased.
Earlier Mr. S. Baskaran Senior Manger of Infrastructure Development
Corporation gave power point presentation at length on solid waste
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included,
Mr. D.S. Bains, Principal Secretary Local Government, Mr. Sumeer
Kumar, Director Local Government, Mr. A.K. Parbhakar C.V.O. and
Mr. Rubinder Singh, Vice president ,Infrastructure Development Corporation
PUNJAB 174 COACHES TO BE APPOINTED SOON –RANIKE
Chandigarh, September 29, 2008
Keeping in view to provide better coaching at grass root level
to young players, the Punjab Government was going to appoint 174
coaches in near future in Sports Department, Punjab.
Mr. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Sports Minister Punjab stressing upon
the importance of Sports said that the proper coaching would provide
an opportunity to the players to exhibit. Their acumen Talents to
enable them to compete at the national as well as international
level. He said that Punjab government was committed to provide better
sports facilities at village and block level to improve the standard
of sports in the state.
The Minister further said that sports not only develop one's overall
personality but also inculcate the sense of sportsmanship and self
PUNJAB FREE ENTRY TO CHHATBIR DURING WILD LIFE
Chandigarh, September 29, 2008
: The Punjab government has decided to waive off entry fee to Mohindra
Chaudhary Zoological Park, Chhatbir, Deer Park & Bir Moti Bagh
Patiala and Deer Park and Bir, Bathinda, for the visitors from October
3 to October 8, 2008 on account of Wild Life Week.
According to an official spokesman Mohindra Chaudhary Zoological
Park, Chhatbir, Deer Park & Bir Moti Bagh Patiala and Deer Park
and Bir, Bathinda would remain closed on October 2, 2008 on account
of National Holiday on that day.
PUNJAB PUNJAB STAYS RECOVERIES FROM RICE MILLS
Chandigarh, September 29., 2008
: The Punjab Government has stayed recoveries to be made from the
rice millers on account of differential cost of custom milled and
levy rice bags for the years 1997-98 to 2000-01 on the request of
According to an official spokesman instructions have been issued
to the district controllers that till final decisions were received
from the Government of India, the millers would be required to deposit
Rs.2.25 per quintal on account of the differential between 1%
acquisition cost of one quintal of paddy and 1% of MSP. He said
that the agencies would retain Rs. 6.75 per quintal allowed by the
Government of India and a benefit of 1 Kg. paddy per quintal would
be passed on to the mil