CHANDIGARH, MARCH 22: Listing the various initiatives taken in this regard, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday reiterated his government’s commitment to the welfare of the freedom fighters in the state.

 In response to a question by Budhlada MLA Budh Ram regarding bus travel facility for freedom fighters, the Chief Minister informed the House that the state government was already providing free bus travel facility to the freedom fighters in Punjab Government buses.

 Facility of free bus travel in AC and Non-AC buses run by the state government was being provided to the freedom fighters and also to widows of deceased freedom fighters. After the death of his widow, a deceased freedom fighter’s unmarried unemployed daughter was eligible to get this facility, he said, adding that even attendants of freedom fighters were allowed free travel facility in state government buses while accompanying them.

 The Congress government, said Captain Amarinder Singh, was also giving one out-of-turn tubewell connection each to the freedom fighters, besides exempting them from payment of toll taxes on the State Highways.

 He said that the State Government had also decided to provide 300 units of free electricity to freedom fighters.



  • The fully automated process enables the buyer of a property to get it registered in his or her name without repeated visits to registration office

Chandigarh March 22: The new state-of-the-art cloud-based National Generic Document Registration System (NGDRS) rolled out by the State Revenue Department is fast gaining ground. As many as 16201 documents have been registered online since the launch of the pilot project in November, 2017.

Reviewing the progress of the project, Mrs. Vini Mahajan, Financial Commissioner Revenue informed that the Government wishes to provide a fully transparent, hassle free property registration mechanism. In line with it, the online property registration facility has been created in the NGDRS portal. It is running successfully in eight districts namely SAS Nagar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Rupnagar, Kapurthala, Faridkot, Pathankot, Patiala and Bathinda alongwith at tehsil level in Moga and sub-tehsil level in Adampur, said she.

There have been 8279 online registries in Mohali with no manual registration what so ever, 1078 in Fatehgarh Sahib , 793 in Rupnagar , 1529 in Kapurthala, 1175 in Faridkot, 2242 in Moga, 830 in Adampur coupled with 55 in Bathinda and 19 in Patiala where in it was launched just 2 days ago, informed FCR. She said that the switch-over from manual to online property registration has been smooth. The Consumer confidence has increased and the project is making a clear headway. Soon, it would be initiated in the remaining districts of the State.

The Online Property Registration System is very simple and citizen friendly. It provides an online interface to the citizens to enter data related to Registration and uploading of property documents 24X7, enables automatic calculation of Stamp Duty, Registration fees and other fees based on Collector Rates. The citizens receive SMS alerts at Data Submission, Appointment and Completion of Registration, eliminating the scope for fraud. Further, the online appointment system gives flexibility to the citizens to choose their date of appointment for the registration thereby making the process hassle free.




 Chandigarh, March 22: Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Rana KP Singh on Thursday ordered a probe into the reported live streaming of proceedings of the House on social media by some opposition members, after Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh raised the issue.


While the Chief Minister expressed grave concern over the violation of the Assembly rules, Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi sought an inquiry into the matter, to which the Speaker agreed.


Raising the issue, the Chief Minister said opposition members going live on Facebook from the House was a serious matter. He requested the Speaker to direct all members to strictly follow the rules and maintain the dignity of the august House.


Without naming any member, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh informed the House that it had come to the Government's notice that an opposition member had put the proceedings of Assembly in public domain by live-streaming them yesterday. Channi then intervened in the ensuing discussion to demand an inquiry into the reported incident.


While directing all members to strictly adhere to the Assembly Conduct Rules, Speaker cited Rule 90 which states that all members should switch off their mobiles or other communication devices which they were carrying on their person before entering the House.


The issue was earlier highlighted by the media after reports of LIP MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains live-streaming the House proceedings on Wednesday.



 Chandigarh, March 22: The Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution thanking Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for waiving off the state’s share in GST on Langar at Sri Darbar Sahib.

The resolution was moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra after MLA Dera Baba Nanak Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa suggested the same.

Speaking in the House, Randhawa, while thanking Captain Amarinder Singh for respecting the religious sentiments of Punjabis all over the world, condemned Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for trivialising this solemn and very serious issue.

Randhawa termed as demeaning for the Sikh community Jaitley’s statement that accepting waiver of GST on Langar items at Sri Darbar Sahib would trigger similar demands for waiver on building materials for religious places.

The Akalis, he said, should have strongly protested against the Central Government’s decision to levy the GST on Langar since their ally, the BJP, was in majority at the GST Council. They should have forced the Central government to roll back this tax, he said.

Randhawa also lashed out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for trying to take credit for the Government's decision, and said the party had no role in the matter and had, in fact, completely lost the trust of Punjabis.

It may be recalled that the Chief Minister had on Wednesday announced waiver of the state government’s 50% share in GST on Langar/Prasad at Sri Darbar Sahib, Durgiana Mandir and Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal. At the same time, the Vidhan Sabha had passed a unanimous resolution to press for total waiver of GST on these items by the central government.