ASSURES EMPLOYEES’ UNIONS OF ACCEPTANCE OF THEIR GENUINE
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
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.
REVIEWS RESTORATION WORK OF BASSIAN KOTHI TO DEVELOP
MAHARAJA DALIP SINGH MEMORIAL
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
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
DEMANDS RS.1800 AS MSP ON WHEAT FLAYS CENTRE FOR BACK
TRACKING ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF CACP
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.
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.
GOVERNMENT REGULARISES THE SERVICES OF 114 CONTRACTUAL
EMPLOYEES OF ENGINEERING COLLEGES
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
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.
INFORMATION & PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPT. PUNJAB TWO IAS
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.
RECRUITMENT FOR 2251 VACANCIES IN POWER CORPORATIONS
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
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".
LAXMI KANTA CHAWLA GREETS PEOPLE ON THE EVE OF DEEPAWALI
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.
LAKH TONNES PADDY PROCURED IN PUNJAB
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
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
The State Government has set up 1745 procurement centres
and activated its total machinery to ensure smooth
procurement of paddy, the spokesman added.