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PSIDC organize Entrepreneur’s meeting in Chandigarh

Chandigarh May 26:

An Entrepreneur’s meet was successfully organized by the PSIDC Ltd. today in the CII, Chandigarh. The objective of the meet was to have an open session with the industrialists so as to formulate a future working plan to take the State ahead towards its overall social & economic development. In today’s conference, the industrialists from not only Punjab but from other parts of the country including NRIs participated and shared their experience and problems with the officials of Department of Industries and PSIDC Ltd.

The meet was held under the chairmanship of Sardar Onkar Singh Thapar, Chairman, Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd., who himself is a qualified graduate engineer. From Government side Dr.S.S.Channy, Principal Secretary Industries & Commerce; Sh.Anurag Agarwal, Managing Director, PSIDC who is also the Chairman of the Management Committee of PSEB after unbundling; Sh.S.S.Bains, Director, Industries & Commerce; Sh.G.K.Singh, Addl.Managing Director, PSIDC attended the meet. The dais was shared by the leading industrialist Sh.N.R.Munjal, Vice Chairman, Ind Swift Group of Companies and Sh.N.P.S.Pali, MD, Nancy Krafts Ltd., one of the leading manufacturer and exporter of readymade garments who is also a National Awardee.

Sh.Onkar Singh Thapar, Chairman, PSIDC highlighted the initiatives being taken by PSIDC for promoting new ventures in the State such as Petroleum Oil Refinery being set up in collaboration with HPCL Mittal Group at an estimated cost of Rs.18000 crores; Laying of Gas Pipeline in Punjab at an estimated cost of Rs.2000 crores; Setting up of Green Field International Airport at Macchiwara at an estimated cost of Rs.2000 crores; multimodal Logistic Park; maintenance, repair and overall (MRO)/Flying School; Setting up of Flying Training Academy

All these initiatives have been undertaken under the dynamic leadership and guidance of Sardar Parkash Singh Badal, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Punjab and Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal, Hon’ble Dy.Chief Minister, Punjab. The Chairman informed that the Government is committed for the industrial development of the State and all these projects would be completed in a timebound manner. As regards the availability of power in the State, Sh.Anurag Agarwal, MD, PSIDC informed the august gathering that the power position in the State will ease with the setting up of new power projects and power would be surplus in the State in the coming years.

The future of Punjab is bright under the leadership of Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal, Dy.CM, Punjab. Sh.Thapar assured that all the genuine demands of the industrialists would be favourably considered and the recommendations of the Government and the PSIDC will be forwarded to the Dy.Chief Minister and Chief Minister for their consideration. Dr.S.S.Channy and Sh.S.S.Bains explained, in principal, the various schemes of the State Govt. such as OTS and Cluster Development and asked the entrepreneur to take advantage of these schemes. As regards the demand from the industrialists for extension of the OTS Scheme and adjustment of state subsidy against principal, it  would be looked into.

Sh.N.R.Munjal who is a leading industrialist of Ind Swift Group shared his success story with the participants. He informed that his experience with PSIDC has been wonderful and this has resulted in expanding in other sectors such as real estate, R&D Centre, Educational Institutions, printing etc. Sh.Kaushik Banerjee, Senior Vice President of Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd. explained in brief about the Greenfield airport project being promoted at Macchiwara in facilitation with PSIDC Ltd. Sh.J.S.Saini, General Manager, HPCL also informed the august gathering about the coming up of the prestigious oil refinery project and informed that this would be commissioned ahead of schedule with the support of PSIDC Ltd.

The senior officers of various industries namely Satia Synthetics Ltd., Dy Plast, Punjab Woolcombers, Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd., Abhin Steel (P) Ltd., Rama Hitek Engineers (P) Ltd., Piccadily Sugars, Cheema Spintex Ltd., Avon Meters Pvt. Ltd., Contour Automotive Products Ltd., Supreme Fab, B.K.Krafts Ltd., Param Metal Tech (P) Ltd., M.G.K.Bearings Ltd., Cremica Group of Companies, Vardhman Group of Industries attended the meet.

During the interactive session, the industrialists raised some of the issues such as extension of OTS Policy, definition of willful defaulters as provided under the RBI list, adjustment of state subsidy against the principal, rehabilitation of sick units by providing various reliefs and concessions at par with other secured creditors, change of land use, permission for the women workers to work during night shift and also issues relating to the availability of power to the industry as also the reduction of charges for power being obtained under open access scheme. Dr.S.S.Channy, Sh.Anurag Aggarwal, and Sh.Onkar Singh Thapar were responsive to the suggestions put forth by the industrialists and assured that all their genuine demands will be looked into and favourable decision would be taken in consultation with the Government.







Mr. Harcharan Bains Media Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today suffered a major bereavement and a huge personal loss as his eldest sister Mrs. Manjit Kaur Sandhu expired after a brief illness at Ludhiana this morning.  She was 67 and is survived by her husband former PCS Officer Mr. Daljit Singh Sandhu and two sons.

In a condolence message, Mr. Badal described the sudden demise of Mrs.Manjit Kaur Sandhu as “an un-bearable loss which has left a void difficult to be filled in the family".

The Chief Minister immediately got in touch with Mr. Harcharan Bains and his family from USA to offer "support, solace and emotional strength to his Media Advisor.

The Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal also shared his grief and heart-felt condolences with Mr. Harcharan Bains and prayed to the Almighty to give strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss and grant peace to the departed soul.

Information & Public Relations Minister Mr. Sewa Singh Sekhwan also mourned the passing away of the sister of Mr. Bains and expressed his sympathies with the members of the bereaved family.

Meanwhile, the Chief Secretary Mr. SC Agrawal, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. DS Guru, DGP Mr. PS Gill and Director Information & Public Relations Mr. DS Mangat also condoled the sad demise of Mrs. Manjit Kaur Sandhu.

According to the family sources, the cremation will take place at Sunet Cremation Ground behind ‘B’ Block Agar Nagar Ludhiana tomorrow at 10.30 am. The funeral will start from their residence 58 – Shamsher Avenue at 10.00 am.







Patiala May 26:

Punjab today became the first state in country to launch online National Permit for Trucks and heavy vehicles as Deputy Chief Minister  Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal handed over permits to truck operators within minutes of their filing application.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Badal said that Punjabi transporters are the back bone of the country’s transport system and it was the primary duty of SAD-BJP to solve their problems on priority. He said that he himself being from the family of transporters understood the grass root problems faced by a transport operator at every Naka in every state and he came out with a series of administrative reforms to make the life of truck operators easy.

Mr. Badal said that obtaining national permit was a cumbersome as well as costly process with transporters being forced to shell out Rs. 3000 per state every year for the permit. He said that he moved with the principal of ‘one country one permit’ and this national permit at a meagre cost of Rs. 15000 would give freedom to the truck operator to operate his truck from Kashmir to Kanyakumari without any additional tax. Mr. Badal also launched a unique SMS service for the truck operators. This 24 X 7 SMS service would come to the aid of any truck operator who has been illegally stopped by any state authority. An SMS by any truck operator would elicit immediate reply by Punjab Transport Department confirming the authenticity of said truck permit.

Reiterating the commitment of the government to computerise the total functioning of transport department by December this year Mr. Badal said that ushering in the New Year would see total computerisation of driving licence process issuance of registration by dealers and on line deposit of various dues of the department.

Promising to make life of citizens easy with series of administrative reforms Mr. Badal announced extension of Suvidha Centre facility to Sub Tehsil level. He said that by December this year 154 Suvidha centres all over the State would provide 24 services under one roof. He said that the suvidha centres provide services like Payment of taxes like collection of VAT/CST, issue of bus pass, issue of senior citizen cart, issue of disability ID card, disbursement of old age pension to widows and disabled persons, disbursement of Shagun Scheme benefit, Payment of Electricity and water bills, payment of Abiyana in villages, issue of birth and death certificates, payment of water and sewerage bills, open space bookings, community hall bookings, school fee, Tenant Registration, General, Sticker and postal challan, sale of stamp papers, sale of stamps and special adhesive stamps, Sale & Receipt of PUDA and GMADA Forms, all deposits for dwelling Units of PUDA and GMADA Sale of, passport application submission for onward submission to passport authority. Mr. Badal said that Punjab was studying various models including Chandigarh and Gujarat Model and best suitable model would be implemented in Punjab.

Expressing satisfaction at successful unbundling PSEB, Mr. Badal said that Punjab has become a pioneer state by achieving smooth transition from PSEB to two unbundled corporations. Mr. Badal said that Punjab was spending Rs. 650 crores to strengthen power transmission network.

When asked about action against erring DTOs engaged in financial misappropriation, Mr. Badal said that Chief Secretary has been asked to study the inquiry report and suggest suitable action.

Prominent amongst those who were present on the occasion included Master Mohan Lal, Transport Minister Punjab, Mr. Raj Khurana, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr. Prem Singh Chandumajra, General Secretary SAD, Mr. Surjit Singh Rakhra Chairman District Planning Board, Mr Ajit Pal Singh Kohli, Mayor and Mr. D.S.Jaspal, Principal Secretary Transport Punjab.






The work of registration of voters for elections of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee shall begin with effect from Ist June, 2010 by which date blank declaration Form 1, to be filed by Keshadhari Sikhs would reach and are available with the Patwaris in rural areas and the Secretaries of the Local Authorities or persons (s) appointed by the Deputy Commissioners for the urban areas and at the notified Sikh Gurdwaras. Prospective voters can obtain these forms 'free' of cost for getting themselves registered as voters. This was disclosed by a spokesman of Gurdwara Election Commission, Government of India here today.

He said that for becoming a voter, a person should be more than Twenty-one years of age and be a Keshadhari Sikh as specified in section 49 of the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925. These details are given in the prescribed declaration Form 1. Punjab and Haryana High Court in its decision in Civil Writ Petition No.14859 of 2008 has held that retaining bodily hair in tact is an essential tenet of a Sikh as defined in Section 2 (9) of the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925. Persons belonging to the Scheduled castes are required to fill in an additional declaration, which is also given in the Form 1. For registration as voter duly filled Form 1 should be deposited with the concerned Patwari in the rural area and with the Secretary of the Local Authority or the person (s) appointed by the Deputy Commissioner in the urban areas. If these official decline or neglect to enter the name of any person who applies to have his name registered such person may at any time during the preparation of electoral rolls may apply to the Deputy Commissioner to have his name registered and if the person is entitled to have his name registered, the Deputy Commissioner shall direct the registration of his name.

He further said that parties, organizations/institutions or individuals interested in getting prospective voters enrolled may, if they so desire, also get Form 1 printed, cyclostyled or types, for distribution amongst the prospective voters. Hand-written, printed, cyclostyled etc. Form 1 should, however, be in conformity with the Form 1 printed by the Controller, Printing and Stationery, Punjab. A set of sample copies of the Form 1 can be collected from the office of the Commissioners Gurdwara Elections of the State concerned or the Deputy Commissioners, on working days, during working hours. Work of enrolment of voters will continue for 45 days starting from 1.6.2010 and ending 15.7.2010.

The spokesman further said that all organizations and individuals of the Sikhs, be they social or religious who were interested in the forthcoming Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee elections, are requested to extend their full cooperation and active assistance in this stupendous task, by motivating the eligible persons to get themselves enrolled as voters within the stipulated period.





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