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  CHANDIGARH OCTOBER 24: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today announced that all the genuine demands of various employees’ associations would be examined sympathetically by the three member cabinet sub-committee in consultation with representatives of employees’ unions.
An assurance to this effect was given by Mr. Badal to a deputation of Punjab Mulazam Front Punjab led by its President and Chairman of Punjab Mulazam Bhalai Board Mr. Surinder Singh Pehalwan here at Chief Minister's Residence late this evening.
Taking part in the deliberations, Mr. Badal asked the Chief Secretary to expedite the process to resolve various issues concerning employees like the grant of promotional increment of 4-9-14 and regularization of the work-charged and daily wagers at officers’ level committee headed by him so that a final view could be taken at the level of cabinet sub-committee in a holistic manner. He apprised the deputation that the cabinet sub-committee had been asked to submit its report to the government by October 31.
Mr. Badal also directed the Chief Secretary to hasten the procedure for the regularization of the work charged employees’ with a service of 16 years. He also agreed to the proposal to grant administrative allowance to the incharge of the Govt. Middle Schools on the pattern of headmasters. He also informed that the process for the recruitment of 5000 B.Ed teachers had been initiated and would be completed by November 28. He asked the Principal Secretary Finance to take adequate steps to ensure autonomy to the Punjab School Education Board with in the prescribed parameters. Mr. Badal also directed the finance department to release the arrears of the employees of the cooperative sugar mills on account of voluntary retirement scheme within a week. He also accepted the demand to enhance the pay of pharmacists working in the rural veterinary dispensaries from Rs.6250 to Rs.7000 per month.
The Chief Minister also asked the Chief Secretary to look into the demand of the employees to enhance the rate of increment from three to five percent. He also directed him to get all the decisions implemented taken in different meetings so far under his chairmanship with various employees’ organizations immediately.

Prominent amongst other who were present in the meeting included Media Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Harcharan Bains, Chief Secretary Mr. SC Agrawal, Financial Commissioner Revenue Mr. AR Talwar, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. DS Guru, Principal Secretary Finance Mr. KBS Sidhu, Principal Secretary Rural Development Mr. Mandeep Singh Sandhu, Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare Mr. Karan Avtar Singh, Secretary Personnel Mr. B S Sudan, Secretary Education Mr. Husan Lal, Director General School Education Mr. B Purshartha and CMD PPSL Mr. KD Chaudhary.




CHANDIGARH OCTOBER 24:The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today reviewed the progress of the restoration work of Bassian Kothi near Ludhiana to develop it as the first memorial in the fond remembrance of Late Maharaja Dalip Singh, where he was kept in captivity arrested by the British in 1849 prior to his exile in Uttar Pradesh.
Disclosing this here a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's office said that while presiding over a meeting in this regard, Mr. Badal asked Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) the executing agency to develop this memorial keeping in view the historic values and architectural designs of this momentous building. He further asked the representatives of INTACH to introduce a section dedicated to the Kuka Martyrs in the museum.
On the occasion, the Chief Architect of INTACH Mr. Divya Gupta, informed the Chief Minister that their one team had already started restoration work over the Heritage Zone comprising Main Building of the Monument, which would be completed within next three months. Explaining the complete restoration work of Entrance & Parking-Zone and Visitor Facilities-Zone which included Interpretation Centre, Audio Visual room, out house and Cafeteria, Mr. Gupta assured the Chief Minister that INTACH would try to revive the original architectural spirit at Bassian Kothi. He further said that to accelerate the pace of the work at the site, INTACH would soon depute two additional teams.
It was also informed in the meeting that the total cost of the project was above Rs. five crore, the state Government had already provided Rs. 80 lac to INTACH as initial money to initiate the work and next installment of Rs. one crore was being provided shortly. A statue of Maharaja Dalip Singh would also be installed at Bassian Kothi.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Chief Secretary Mr. SC Agrawal, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. KJS Cheema, Director Tourism & Cultural Affairs Dr. Karamjit Singh Sra and Governing Council Member of INTACH Dr. Sukhdev Singh.






CHANDIGARH OCTOBER 24: The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today demanded that the minimum support price of Wheat be fixed at Rs.1800 per quintal for 2012-13 to account for the massive increase in the cost of agricultural inputs which had put a burden of Rs.800 crore on the already beleaguered peasantry.
In a statement, the Chief Minister said that his demand was based on a study on the impact of recent hike in prices of farm inputs conducted by the experts of the Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana.
Mr. Badal described as “cold-blooded and inhuman” the Centre’s opposition to the already inadequate recommendations by the Commission on Agriculture Costs and Prices (CACP) which had asked the Union Ministry of Agriculture to raise the MSP by a meager 10%. “Have the costs of agricultural inputs gone up by just 10%? Also has the increase in the prices of essential commodities risen only by that margin? If not, what is the basis for a highly discriminatory MSP of Wheat”, asserted Mr. Badal.
Mr. Badal also lashed out against the Congress party and the UPA for its anti farmer bias. The Chief Minister said that one hand the prices of major agricultural inputs like Diesel and fertilizers have already increased manifold in the recent past but on the other hand by making such reckless proposals and subsequently back tracking on them the Union government was trying to rub salt into the wounds of the distressed farming community which was already reeling under the mounting debt. Mr. Badal said that such a negligible hike in the MSP of Wheat at a time when the prices of the agricultural inputs, especially the DAP and Urea had touched the sky would break the back of peasantry as the agriculture profession already not a profitable proposition now due to its anti-farmer policies.
The Chief Minister cautioned if the Centre does not desist from implementing such anti-farming policies then Union government would be solely responsible for the decay of agriculture thereby leaving the nation’s entire peasantry in quandary especially of the Punjab.






CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 24: The Punjab Government today provided the regular status to 114 employees of teaching and non-teaching staff of its five engineering colleges, who were working on contractual and daily basis.

Technical Education Minister Mr. Surjit Kumar Jiyani handed over the regular appointment letters to employees in Technical Education and Industrial Training Department’s headquarter here. The employees getting the regular status in the department were from Baba Hira Singh Bhatthal Institute of Engineering and Technology Lehragaga, Giani Jail Singh College of Engineering and Technology Lehragaga, Giani Jail Singh College of Engineering and Technology Bathinda, Malaout Institute of Management and Technology (MIMT) Malaout, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College of Engineering and Technology Ferozepur and Beant College of Engineering and Technology Gurdaspur.
Appreciating the services of employees working on contractual and daily basis, Mr. Jiyani said that the Punjab Government has come with a strategy that no employee would be recruited on contract and daily basis. He said that the contractual and daily basis employees, who have completed the services of three years, would also get the regular status. He said that to uplift the standard of education and provide quality education in ITIs and Polytechnic Colleges, the Government would soon initiate the recruitment drive to resolve the shortage of staff problem.

Prominent amongst others, who were present on the occasion included Commissioner of Technical Education Department Dr. Usha Sharma, Deputy Director Mr. Mohanbir Singh, Deputy Director Navneet Singh Walia along with principals of five engineering colleges Dr. Shabina Bansal, Dr. Jasbir Singh Hundal, Dr. Dyal Chand, Dr Nirmal Singh and Dr. T.S. Sidhu.






Chandigarh October 24: The Punjab government today promoted two IAS officers of 1981 batch Mrs. Anjuly Chib Duggal and Mr. Dhanbir Singh Bains to the Chief Secretary scale i.e. in the pay scale of Rs. 80000/- (fixed) with immediate effect.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesman said that Mrs. Anjuly Chib Duggal who is on central Deputation has been given proforma promotion. She would get the benefit of above promotion to this scale on actual basis i.e. from the date of her joining in the state cadre on repatriation after the completion of Central deputation tenure.






CHANDIGARH OCTOBER 24:Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today gave nod to fill 2251 vacant posts lying in Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (POWERCOM) and Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL), on the regular basis.
A decision to this effect was taken in a high level meeting presided over by the Chief Minister here at his official residence, this morning. Mr. Badal was apprised by the Secretary Power Mr. Anirudh Tiwari that of 2251, as many as 293 new posts would be created while 1958 posts be revived, which had been abolished earlier. He also informed Mr. Badal that recruitment would be carried out in various categories viz. AE's (Electrical and civil), AAEs (Electrical, Testing and civil), JEs (Civil), UDC, Account Officers, Law Officers, Revenue Accountant, Division Accountant, Assistant Manager HR and IT, Safety Officer, SSA (Additional SSO), Draftsman and Electrical Grade-II employees and officers.
Mr. Tiwari also assured the Chief Minister that the entire process of recruitment would be done in a transparent manner. The Chief Minister directed the officers present in the meeting to complete the requisite recruitment modalities of these posts at the earliest so that residential, industrial and agricultural consumers could be provided quality, uninterrupted power supply at affordable rates. .
Prominent amongst those present in the meeting included Chief Secretary Mr. SC Agrawal, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. DS Guru, Principal Secretary Finance Mr. KBS Sidhu, Secretary Power Mr. Anirudh Tiwari, Special Secretary Power Mr. MR. Aggarwal, CMD PSTCL Mr. Anurag Aggarwal and Chairman POWERCOM Mr. KD Chaudhary.



Upinderjit Kaur extends greetings on diwali


Chandigarh October 24: The Finance Minister Punjab Dr. Upinderjit Kaur today greeted the people on the occasion of Diwali, the festival of lights.
In a message, the Minister said Deepawali, the festival of lights, inspires us to fight against darkness in all spheres of life. "May this Diwali usher in prosperity and happiness to all and illuminate the path of progress and well being," Upinderjit Kaur said.
Stressing that "the spirit of Diwali encompasses one and all", she urged "let us resolve to share our joy with the least one, the underprivileged poor who cannot celebrate the festival as it is a festival of all the young and the old, rural and urban, rich and poor". Highlighting the universality of the festival, Upinderjit Kaur said "Diwali brings a new ray of hope for millions across the world and I extend my heartiest greetings to all".






Chandigarh, October 24:-Punjab Social Security, Women & Child Development Minister Prof. Laxmi kanta Chawla today extended her warm greetings to the people of Punjab on the eve of Diwali. In her message, Prof Chawla urged people to celebrated Diwali with great fervor and simplicity. On the occasion, she urged people to shun away evils like gambling and alcohol and further exhorted them not to burn crackers as it result in pollution of environment and also gives rise to health problems and mishaps. While appealing the entire nation to celebrate Diwali with zeal, she stated that all of us must work together in the direction to bring back Ram Rajya in the country.





Chandigarh, October 24: More than 71.87 lakh tonnes of Paddy was procured by the Government agencies and private millers in Punjab till last evening against 62.72 lakh tonnes procurement of previous year.
An Official Spokesman here today said that out of total procurement of 71,87,780 tonnes of paddy, Government agencies procured 68.65 lakh tonnes (95.5%) and private traders procured 3,22,487 tonnes (4.5%) of paddy till date.
He said that PUNGRAIN had procured 19.29 lakh tonnes (28.1), followed by PUNSUP with 17.24 lakh tonnes (25.1%), MARKFED with 15.30 lakh tonnes (22.3%), PSWC with 08.42 lakh tonnes (12.3%) and PAIC with 07.16 lakh tonnes (10.4 %) of paddy. The Central Government agency FCI had been able to procure 1,22,591 (1.8%) tonnes.
Patiala District with 07.34 lakh tonnes of procurement was leading in procurement operations whereas Ludhiana District with 06.47 lakh tonnes of procurement was at second slot and Jalandhar District with 06.22 lakh tonnes of procurement ranked at third position, he added.
The State Government has set up 1745 procurement centres and activated its total machinery to ensure smooth procurement of paddy, the spokesman added.








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