CM SANCTIONS RS 65 CRORE AS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO NEXT OF KIN OF FARMERS AND FARM LABOURS WHO COMMITTED SUICIDE DUE TO ECONOMIC DISTRESS

 

RS 96 CRORE DISBURSED TO 4800 AGGRIEVED FAMILIES TILL DATE

 

REVENUE DEPARTMENT ASKED TO ISSUE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS TO THE DCs FOR ENSURING PROMPT PAYMENT TO THE AFFECTED FAMILIES

 

 Chandigarh, February 18-Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today sanctioned Rs 65 crore to grant financial assistance to the next of kin of the farmers and farm labour who committed suicides in the state due to economic distress during past few years.  

Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that the Chief Minister has directed the state Revenue department to issue detailed instructions to all the Deputy Commissioners for ensuring prompt payment to all the affected families.

 

It may be recalled that the state government was making payment of Rs 2 lakh each as financial assistance to such families under its policy. The state government has already released Rs 31 crore on this account and till date a total financial assistance to the tune of Rs 96 crore had been disbursed to 4800 affected families.

 

Meanwhile, Mr. Badal also asked the Revenue department to ensure that if any such unfortunate incident took place in future then this financial assistance must be paid to the aggrieved families promptly.

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CM ANNOUNCES 10% DA FOR THE PUNJAB EMPLOYEES

 

ARREARS OF 8% DA TO BE CREDITED INTO GPF ACCOUNT OF EMPLOYEES

 

COMMUTATION OF PENSION HIKED FROM 20% TO 30%

 

PANEL HEADED BY CS TO EXAMINE SEVERAL EMPLOYEES' ISSUES

 

NOD FOR 1925 AND 4000 POSTS IN GOVERNMENT AIDED COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS

 

Chandigarh, February 18-In a major reprieve to the state government employees, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today gave his nod to grant installment of 10% Dearness Allowance (DA) to them in cash along with the salary for the month of February, 2014.

A decision to this effect was taken by the Chief Minister during a meeting with the Punjab and UT Mulazam Sangarsh Committee jointly led by its conveners Mr. Sajjan Singh and Mr. Ranbeer Dhillon here at Punjab Bhawan this evening.

 

Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that it was also decided in the meeting that the arrears of DA due from January 1 to June 30, 2013 would be credited to the GPF accounts of the employees. A decision regarding the payment of arrears of DA from July 1, 2013 to January 31 would be taken in due course of time. It was informed in the meeting that the estimated expenditure on account for release of DA @ 10% would be Rs 742. 41 crore annually, whereas the payment of arrear from January 1 to June 30, 2013 @ 8% would involve a financial liability of Rs 483 crore per annum.    

 

Conceding the long pending demand of the employees to enhance the commutation of pension, the Chief Minister also approved to hike the same from existing 20% to 30%. Mr. Badal also constituted a high level committee under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary including Principal Secretary Finance, Secretary Personnel, Legal Remembrancer, Principal Secretary General Administration and Principal Secretary Transport besides Secretary of any other concerned department as the need may be for working a time bound and uniform policy for  reviewing the existing outsourcing policy, New Pension Scheme, streamlining and management of GPF accounts of the Group D employees and to examine the possibility of extending pensionary benefits to the employees of board and corporations.

 

In a significant decision, the Chief Minister also sanctioned 1925 posts in Government Aided Colleges and 4000 posts in the Government Aided Schools to enable these educational institutions to carry out the recruitment process at the earliest with an aim to impart quality education to students.  

 

On the issue raised by the delegation regarding the ban imposed on regular appointments in various departments, the Chief Minister reiterated that the state government was liberal in giving permission to fill the vacant posts in various departments as per there requirement raised from time to time adding that 1.25 lakh regular appointments have been made since 2007.

 

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. SK Sandhu, Principal Secretary Finance Mr. DP Reddy, Principal Secretary Home Mr. DS Bains, Principal Secretary Irrigation Mr. Sarvesh Kaushal, Principal Secretary Rural Development and Panchayat Mr. Mandeep Singh Sandhu, Principal Secretary Health Ms. Vinnie Mahajan, Principal Secretary Higher Education Dr Roshan Sunkaria,  Principal Secretary Education Ms. Anjali Bhawra, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, Secretary Personnel Ms. Seema Jain and Director Local Government Mr. Priyank Bharti

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CM OFFERS TO EARMARK PREFERENTIAL SEATS FOR MOZAMBIQUE STUDENTS IN PAU

 

MOVE AIMED AT UPGRADING THE SKILLS OF AFRICAN FARMERS TO ENHANCE AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION

 

MOZAMBIQUE COMMERCIAL COUNSELLOR LAUDS CM’S GESTURE TO BAIL OUT THEIR AGRICULTURALLY BACKWARD COUNTRY

 

Chapparchiri (SAS Nagar, Mohali), February 18-In a bid to acquaint the students of Mozambique with latest farm practices and emerging strategies of Research and Development in agriculture, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today offered to earmark preferential seats in the Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) for the students of African country besides running special courses to train them for empowering their farmers with professional skills.

In a meeting with Counsellor Commercial, High Commission of the Republic of Mozambique Mr. Vicente Paulo C. Chihale here on the third day of Progressive Punjab Agriculture Summit (PPAS), the Chief Minister gave greater thrust on education and training of students of Mozambique in PAU, Ludhiana as their country was agriculturally backward. Mr. Badal desired that a long-term sustainable programme of student and farmer exchange and education and training of Mozambique students in Punjab should be worked out to enable their farmers to learn new techniques of farming. He directed the Vice Chancellor (VC), PAU to pursue this and finalize and formulate programmes in this regard.

 

The Chief Minister, while emphasising on the need for farmer exchange program between both the countries, said that it would offer a platform to the farmers of both the nations to share their experiences and expertise. He asked the Commercial Counsellor to send a delegation of Mozambique farmers to visit and live with farmers of Punjab to learn the advanced on farm practices through live demonstrations.

 

Expressing his gratitude for an invitation to the PPAS, Mr. Paulo C. Chihale said that Mozambique would be interested to train its farmers and students particularly in cotton and rice as nearly 82 to 85 percent of their agriculture land was yet not cultivated. Welcoming the proposal mooted by Chief Minister regarding the farm exchange programs he invited farmers and agricultural experts from Punjab to visit Mozambique to train and educate their students, farmers and officials.

 

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Financial Commissioner Development (FCD) Mr. Suresh Kumar and his Special Principal Secretary Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar.

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AGRICULTURE MINISTER OF CANADIAN PROVINCE SASKATCHEWAN CALLS ON CM

 

EXPRESSES KEEN DESIRE TO COLLABORATE WITH THE STATE IN GRAIN STORAGE, TECHNOLOGIES IN FOOD SECURITY, BIO-SCIENCES AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEW SEED VARIETIES IN MAIZE PROCESSING AND SOYABEAN CULTIVATION

 

SASKATCHEWAN TO EXPLORE POSSIBILITY OF TRANSFER OF WATER TREATMENT TECHNOLOGIES TO STATE

 

CM ANNOUNCES TO MAKE PPAS AN ANNUAL FEATURE  

 

UNDERLINES NEED OF FARMER EXCHANGE PROGRAMS BETWEEN PUNJAB AND SASKATCHEWAN

 

Chapparchiri (SAS Nagar, Mohali), February 18-Agriculture Minister of Saskatchewan (Canada) Mr. Lyle Stewart today evinced keen interest in collaboration with Punjab in grain storage, technologies in food security, bio-sciences and development of new seed varieties in maize processing and soyabean cultivation.

A Canadian delegation led by Mr. Stewart called on the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal here on the third day of Progressive Punjab Agriculture Summit (PPAS).

 

Mr. Stewart during interaction with the Chief Minister said that there was a tremendous scope of bilateral cooperation in these fields as both the countries have a vast working experience of agriculture. He apprised the Chief Minister that both the states were already working closely in the field of Veterinary sciences adding that there was tremendous potential for the mutual cooperation in the other allied sectors of agriculture. The visiting Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister also assured Mr. Badal that they would explore the possibility of transfer of water treatment technologies through Global Water Security Institute in Saskatoon to tackle the chronic problem of brackish water besides water logging in the southern Punjab.

 

Extending invitation to Punjab delegation for a Farm Show to be held in June this year, the Minister welcomed the proposal mooted by the Chief Minister for starting farmer exchange program between both the countries. He said that Saskatchewan would prefer collaboration with Punjab in varied fields adding that the existing arrangements of Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) with Saskatchewan University in developing new varieties of oil-seeds could be extended to cover new areas on the lines of student exchange programme with Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) also.

 

Taking part in deliberations the Chief Minister informed the delegation that this first ever Progressive Punjab Agriculture Summit would be held every year and hereinafter advance intimations would be sent to the delegates from Canada to elicit their maximum participation in this mega event. He said that Punjab would welcome collaboration between Saskatchewan University and PAU for animal health care and developing new varieties of maize and soyabean. Mr. Badal also desired that students exchange programme should be worked out and formulated mutually by PAU and Saskatchewan University. He also emphasized the need of Farmers' Exchange Programme for fast and easy transfer of technologies to the field.

 

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Financial Commissioner Development (FCD) Mr. Suresh Kumar and his Special Principal Secretary Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar.

 

The visiting delegation comprised Assistant Deputy Minister Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Mr. Rick Burton and Chief of staff to Mr. Stewart Mr. Tyler Lynch.

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CM APROVES ALLOTMENT OF ADDITIONAL LAND OF 1.50 ACRE FOR EXPANSION OF AFPI

 

LAND TO BE UTILIZED FOR CREATING ADDITIONAL FACILITIES/ INFRA STRUCTURE FOR THE CADETS

 

SIX ACRES LAND ALLOTTED FOR SETTING UP MAI BHAGO ARMED FORCES PREPARATORY INSTITUTE FOR GIRLS IN SECTOR 66 SAS NAGAR (MOHALI)

 

Chandigarh, February 18-Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today approved the allotment of additional land of 1.50 acre for the expansion of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (AFPI) at sector 77 in SAS Nagar (Mohali).

          A decision to this effect was taken by the Chief Minister after clearing the proposal mooted by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) during a meeting with the Secretary Housing and Urban Development Mr. A Venuprasad to immediately allot the land for creating additional facilities/ infra structure for the cadets undergoing training here at this prestigious institute for recruitment as commissioned officers in the Armed Forces.

 

          It might be recalled that the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) had already allotted 8.44 acre land for the existing infra structure over the AFPI.

 

Likewise, the Chief Minister also gave his nod to allot six acres land owned by GMADA for setting up Mai Bhago Armed Forces Preparatory Institute for Girls in sector 66 SAS Nagar (Mohali).