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Punjab News: 2010



Questions his silence on clean chit to Tytler

Chandigarh, May 31

Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia former Minister and Patron Youth Akali Dal today lambasted Member Parliament from Ludhiana and AICC Spokesman Mr. Manish Tiwari for misguiding the people of Punjab by saying that Punjab was surviving on Central funds.

In a statement issued here today Mr. Majithia asked a pointed question that Mr. Tiwari should first make clear that what he meant by Central Funds. He should make it clear that whether the Union Government was printing or importing the currency for creation of these Central Funds. He said that fact was that Centre was collecting taxes from the states and keeping 70% share with it and distributing 30% share to the 28 States and Six Union Territories by the age old anti-Punjab Godbole’s formula. He said that by this formula Punjab was getting only 1.29% shares of taxes collected from the state which Mr. Tiwari is crying hoarse as Central Funds. Mr. Majithia questioned that if Punjab was getting 1.29% of its legitimate share in the taxes collected from the state and rest of 98.71% were being retained by Union Government, what legitimacy Mr.Tiwari has to claim that it was Central Fund. He said that Union Government was not doing any favour to Punjab by releasing not a paisa extra than its legitimate share in the taxes collected from the state. He said that during last three years of SAD-BJP rule, revenue of Punjab has grown three times resultantly increasing the share of taxes from Punjab accordingly. Mr. Majithia said that Mr. Tiwari instead of being thankful to Punjab for increasing the Central revenue was cribbing about our meager legitimate share.

Mr. Majithia said that Mr. Tiwari instead of supporting the SAD’s justifiable plea for raising the share of Punjab in the taxes from existing 1.29% to minimum 50%, was trying to garner cheap publicity by misleading that every rupee being spent in Punjab was coming from the kitty of Union Government. He said that Mr. Tiwari should first come clean on the issue whether he was satisfied with the existing share of Punjab in the taxes rather than to create issue out of non-issue.

Reminding Mr. Tiwari that Punjabi farmers after contributing 70% grains in National kitty, got just 1 percent share in Union government’s Rs. 71000 Debt waiver scheme for farming sector and he remained silent on this gross injustice. He said that he owes explanation to the people of Punjab that what steps as an MP he has taken to get the Rs. 27100 crore debts of Punjab farmers waived. Mr. Majithia said that instead of being thankful to the farmers of Punjab for feeding the nation, Centre was bent upon punishing them and Mr. Tiwari has not uttered a single word to protect the interests of Punjab farmers.

Questioning the silence of Mr. Tiwari on the issue of clean chit to Tytler by CBI, Mr. Majithia said that by deliberately remaining silent on this crucial issue concerned with the psyche of all Punjabi’s just to please 10 Janpath and raking up non issues, Mr. Tiwari was exposing his double standards.




Chandigarh May 31-

The Punjab Government would issue strict warning notices to erring educational institutes liable for deliberately violating the proper implementation of Punjabi language that is stringently required under the promulgated two legislations.

Stating this here today Dr. Upinderjit Kaur, Education and Languages Minister Punjab revealed that the reports of various DEOs and DLOs were shocking to know that some privately managed schools including few Central, Army and Navodya Vidiayalas were not implementing the Punjabi language as a compulsory subject from class 1st to class 10th under the Punjab, Punjabi and Learning of other Languages Act, 2008. Besides this, these schools were also found accountable in flouting the Punjabi Language Act-2008 for avoiding the use of Punjabi in their official work, she added.

The Minister informed that the Education Department has been directed to issue strict warning notices to such erring institutions to implement Punjabi language within fifteen days else the government would have to strictly implement the various provisions enshrined in both Acts. "The state government had already amended the clause (e) of section-2 of the Punjab, Punjabi and Learning of other Languages Act, 2008 through a notification on March 22, 2010 thereby including all Central, Navodya or Army schools affiliated to CBSE and ICSE in the state under the provisions of schools", she informed.

Dr Upinderjit Kaur, who is also the Chairperson of State Empowered Committee for implementation of Punjabi in the state, clarified that some Central and Navodya schools in the districts have been following the above mentioned Acts in its true letter and spirit. She informed that under these Acts, the state could withdraw the No Objection Certificate (NOC) issued to the schools, impose heavy fines upto two lac upon the institutes and even initiate proceedings under the Punjab Civil Service Rules against the employees. "The fines from the educational institutes could be recovered under the Punjab Revenue Act", she said.

The Language Minister further said that the Punjab Government had already promulgated the two legislations to ensure proper implementation of mother tongue Punjabi in all the offices of Punjab Govt., Boards, Corporations, subordinate Courts and educational institutes in the Punjab State. "In order to inspect the govt offices and educational institutes, the State Level and District Level Empowered Committees have already been constituted to ensure proper use of Punjabi as an official language at all levels", she added.

She further added that the state government has already directed the all the departments, boards/corporations, subordinate courts and educational institutions to designate nodal officers for proper supervision and implementation of Punjabi language as an official use in the right earnest keeping in view the true spirit of amended Punjab Languages Act-2008. "It is our constitutional, moral and social obligation to use Punjabi as an official language in our day to day work/functions in order to glorify our rich cultural and heritage," she said.

Issuing stern directions Dr Upinderjit Kaur said that for the preservation, promotion and optimum use of Punjabi language and to accord the mother tongue its due status in the state, the Punjab Government would act tough in the form of legal/departmental action against educational institutions, officials, bureaucrats, employees etc. if they fail to comply with the directives enshrined in the said act. The deterrent punishment for not using the Punjabi would be more severe for the repeated offences under this act, she added.



Chandigarh 31 May:

Senior Akali Leader Mr. Surjit Singh Ablowal today assumed the charge as Chairman of PUNSEED here at its office Sector 22, Chandigarh in the presence of Agriculture Minister Punjab Mr. Sucha Singh Langah and former Public Relations Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia.

Speaking on this occasion Mr. Ablowal thanked the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal for giving him this opportunity to serve the farmer community of the State. He said that he would protect the interests of the farmer community.

Congratulating Mr. Ablowal on assuming the charge , Mr. Sucha Singh Langah said that he has been awarded by the party for his dedication devotion and organizational ability.

On this occasion Mr. Surjit Singh Rakhra, Chairman District Planning Board Patiala and President NRI wing, Bhai Manjit Singh Chairman PEDA, Bibi Parmjit Kaur Gulshan Member Parliament from Bathinda and President Istari Akali Dal, S. Balwinder Singh Bhunder Gen. Secretary SAD, Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar Chairman Minority Commission; Chief Parliamentary Secretaries Mr. Raj Kumar Khurana and Mr. Sital Singh, Mr. Gurpreet Singh Raju Khanna Chairman Youth Vikas Board, Bibi Jagir Kaur Sr. Vice President SAD, S. Surinder Sing Pehlwan, President Mulazam wing SAD, S. Pardeep Singh Walia President Akali Dal Urban, S. Inder Mohan Singh Bajaj Chairman Improvement Trust, Mr. Mohinder Singh Chairman Zila Parishad , S. Jaspal Singh Kalyan Vice Chairman Zila Parishad , S. Harman Preet Singh Prince Ex. Sr. Vice President MC Mohali, The Chairman of Market Committees Mr. Jaswinder Singh Jassi (Banur) , Swaran Singh Josh ( Bhulath ), S. Amandeep Singh ( Samana), Mr. Nirmal Singh Hariaoo ( Patran ), S. Harjinder Singh Bal ( Dakala) and Mr. Lali Pannu, Press Secretary Chairman PUNSEED were also present.



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