CAPT AMARINDER GOVT IMPOSES Rs. 5 CR PENALTY ON CHADHA SUGAR MILL IN BEAS SPILL CASE

  PPCB ORDERS INITIATION OF CRIMINAL ACTION AGAINST OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CATASTROPHE

 CM SETS UP HIGH-LEVEL COMMITTEE TO SUGGEST WAYS TO CLEAN UP STATE’S RIVERS, SEEKS REPORT IN 10 DAYS

 Chandigarh, May 24: The Punjab Government, led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has decided to take stringent penal action, including Rs 5 crore penalty, against the Chadha Sugar Mill in the Beas spill case.

 It has also been decided that the mill, responsible for an “environment catastrophe of a very high level’, shall remain sealed as per the directions already issued on May 17, 2018. The industry will not be allowed to restart any process unless all necessary pollution control measures are taken, as per the decisions taken by PPCB, which submitted its report to the Chief Minister at a high-level meeting here today.

 The Board has recommended to the competent authority under the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 for initiating criminal action against the responsible persons of the mill after due investigation.

 The Chief Minister had on Wednesday directed PPCB to submit its report in the matter by today. The PPCB report requires the mill to take fresh consent to operate under Section 25/26 of Water (Prevention of Control & Pollution) Act, 1974, an official spokesperson disclosed after the meeting.

 Directing the concerned authorities to take necessary action against the mill as per the recommendations and decisions of PPCB, the Chief Minister has also constituted a high-powered committee under the chairmanship of Environment Minister OP Soni to suggest measures for cleaning of the rivers in the state. The Committee, which has also been tasked with suggesting ways to ensure supply of clean potable water, has been asked to submit its report within 10 days, said the spokesperson, adding that the Chief Secretary has been directed by the Chief Minister to work out modalities for making funds available for this gigantic project.

 Giving further details of the meeting, the spokesperson said PPCB Chairman Kahan Singh Pannu apprised the Chief Minister about the punitive action taking against Chadha Sugar Mill on the 'principle of polluter pays'.

 The Chairman said that the mill had not only violated the provisions of the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, but also the East Punjab Molasses (Control) Act, 1948 and the Factories Act, 1948. The storage arrangements for the molasses were neither approved by the Excise Commissioner nor were these made as per the requirements of the Molasses Act.

 Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has asked the Managing Director, Water Supply and Sewerage Board, to give a detailed presentation on the cleaning of Buddha Nullah in Ludhiana, besides focusing on the causes of water pollution due to excessive discharge of industrial waste and effluents into it. Captain Amarinder Singh also underlined the need to study the reasons for water pollution due to reckless flow of effluents from leather tanneries into Kala Sangian drain in Jalandhar district.

 On a request by Soni, the Chief Minister asked Managing Director Water Supply and Sewerage Board to take inputs from the Commissioners of Municipal Corporations of Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar for cleaning of river waters and provision of safe drinking water to the people. It was decided that on the basis of this exercise, a comprehensive time bound action plan would be prepared for cleaning of river Satluj, Beas and Ravi in a holistic manner.

 The Chief Minister underscored the need to immediately make all the Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETP) in Ludhiana functional and asked the PPCB to monitor the progress in this regard on regular basis. He also asked the Chairman PPCB to ensure installation of ETPs in all the industrial units, especially of dying, textile and leather, as per the requisite norms and parameters.

 Prominent amongst those who attended the meeting included Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar, Principal Secretary Science & Technology and Environment Roshan Sunkaria, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, Principal Secretary Irrigation Jaspal Singh, Excise and Taxation Commissioner Vivek Partap Singh, Secretary Water Supply and Sanitation Jaspreet Talwar, Chairman Punjab Pollution Control Board Kahan Singh Pannu, Managing Director Water Supply and Sewerage Ajoy Kumar Sharma and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden Dr. Kuldip Kumar Lomis.

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CAPT AMARINDER CASTIGATES SUKHBIR FOR SPREADING MALICIOUS LIES OVER FREE COLLEGE EDUCATION FOR DALIT STUDENTS

 SAYS RS. 152 CR ALREADY RELEASED UNDER SCHEME AFTER AUDIT OF 1683 INSTITUTES

 AUDIT CONDUCTED SO FAR HAD EXPOSED OBJECTIONABLE AMOUNT OF RS. 427.28 Cr.

Chandigarh, May 24: Castigating Sukhbir Singh Badal for spreading malicious lies over free college education for SC students, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said that, contrary to the SAD president’s claims and allegations, his government had already disbursed Rs.152 crore, post audit of 1683 Government and Private institutes.

 Sukhbir’s brazen falsehoods had once again exposed the total lack of concern the Akalis had for the Dalits, who were not only deprived of their rightful dues under their rule but were subjected to all kinds of victimization and harassment at their hands, said the Chief Minister, lashing out at the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president for misleading the community with his false propaganda.

 The Badals had always played with the sentiments of the Dalits and Sukhbir’s latest statement was another instance of the false and mischievous propaganda they had unleashed against the community, said Captain Amarinder Singh.

 The Post Matric Scholarship to SC students to which Sukhbir was referring had been found to be full of grave financial malpractices under the SAD-BJP rule, said the Chief Minister, adding that a whopping Rs. 427.28 Cr. had been found objectionable in the audit, which had exposed the extent of wrongdoings that prevailed under the Badals, he said.

 

Sukhbir’s statement that the Congress government had not disbursed the Post Matric Scholarship to SC students for more than a year now was a blatant lie, which the SAD president was trying to propagate with an eye on the Shahkot by-election, said the Chief Minister, adding that the shameless fabrication had exposed the panic of the Akalis over their imminent defeat in the ensuing bypoll.

 

Dubbing Sukhbir’s charges as a bundle of lies, the Chief Minister said contrary to Sukhbir’s claims that the state had received the central government’s share under the scheme, there was a massive backlog of arrears yet to be received from the Centre. Apart from a Rs. 328.72 Cr. backlog of 2015-16, another Rs.719.52 Cr. was pending for 2016-17 and Rs. 567.55 Cr. for 2017-18, he disclosed.

 

The Chief Minister said the audit launched on his directives by the Department of Finance in July 2017 had exposed grave lacunae in the implementation of the scheme by the Badal government. It had been found that from 2011-12 to 2016-17, approximately 3606 Govt. & Private Institutes had claimed as fees under PMS SCs scheme, and out of these, audit of 1683 institutes had been completed while 1923 institutes were still pending for special audit.      

 

To plug the malpractices, the Welfare Department had undertaken various changes in the scheme portal from the 2017-18 session, said the Chief Minister, adding that besides making Aadhar authentication and digital/scanned signature mandatory for every student, it had also been decided to fix the responsibility of the institute in case of bogus claims. Along with other measures, these changes had reduced the number of claims/forms received during the current 2017-18 session for SC students alone from 3,21,060 to approximately 2,90,000, resulting in savings of Rs. 151.96 crore under PMS-SC.

 

The audit, said the Chief Minister, had completely laid bare the extent of mismanagement and misconduct of the social welfare schemes under the Badal regime, as a result of which the real beneficiaries had been deprived of their rightful dues while the non-deserving had been fraudulently taking the benefit of various programmes meant for the Dalits.

 It was the Congress government which had always increased the coverage of the Shagun scheme, hiking the amount from Rs.15000 to Rs.21000 after taking over the state’s reins last year, Captain Amarinder Singh pointed out, lashing out at Sukhbir for indulging in false claims and allegations for petty political gains. What’s more, despite the fiscal debt it had inherited from the SAD-BJP regime, the Congress government had, till December 2017, released Rs.122 crore to clear pending dues upto December 2016, he added.

 Reiterating his government’s unwavering commitment to the uplift and welfare of the Dalit community, the Chief Minister further pointed to the waiver of loans upto Rs.50,000 from SC/BC finance corporations.

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PUNJAB CM WARNS DAMDAMI TAKSAL OVER ALLEGED THREATS TO DHADRIANWALE

  • ORDERS ENHANCED SECURITY FOR SIKH PRACHARAK, DIRECTS POLICE TO EXAMINE THREAT VIDEO

 Chandigarh, May 24: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has issued a stern warning to the Damdami Taksal over their alleged threats to Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale, cautioning them against any attempt to take the law in their hands.

The Chief Minister has also ordered the police to enhance the security of the Sikh pracharak, and to thoroughly examine the incitory video in which the purported death threat is reported to have been issued to him.

The video, which went viral on May 20, 2018, reportedly shows Damdami Taksal’s spokesperson Charanjit Singh Jassowal issuing a death threat (“notification” to kill) to Dhadiranwale. The Chief Minister has taken suo motu cognizance of reports regarding Jassowal’s instigatory video, according to an official spokesperson.

Taking grave note of reports on the issue, the Chief Minister asked the Damdami Taksal not to step out of their religious boundaries, and warned that he would treat any such intimidatory acts as a threat to the state’s peace and harmony and those found guilty would face stern action.

Making it clear that he would not tolerate the misuse of religion to spread terror or score personal brownie points, the Chief Minister warned the Damdami Taksal that if they did not put an immediate stop to such activities, he would take it as an act of hostility and would respond to it accordingly.

The Chief Minister said he was completely in favour of granting full freedom to religious organisations to propagate and uphold their religious tenets, but would not allow them to indulge in any act that has the potential to disturb the peace and amity of the state. Inflammatory speeches and hate crimes had no place in Punjab, which had suffered enough at the hands of terrorism, said the Chief Minister, adding that he had already ordered the police to intensify their crack down on religious hate mongers.

Ordering a detailed investigation into the matter, the Chief Minister asked the police to identify and scrutinise the video in which the Damdami Taksal spokesperson was alleged to have made open threats to Dhadrianwale. The Chief Minister also directed the police to take suitable action, under the law, against the perpetrators of the video threats against Dhadrianwale, who had escaped an attempt on his life around two years back.

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Mohali court sentences two accused with ten years imprisonment and fine under NDPS Act

Chandigarh 23 May : SAS Nagar court today sentenced two accused with ten years imprisonment and one lakh fine each after finding them guilty of selling narcotic drugs.

Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of vigilance bureau Punjab said a flying squad of the bureau on a specific information have conducted raids at the houses of accused Jodh Singh and Badal Singh residents of village Dhulkot, Sri Multsar Sahib district. During the searches the VB had found large number of narcotic drugs from their houses and both were arrested by the bureau under various sections of the NDPS act and 420 IPC.

he further added that the special court after finding them built guilty on the evidence of bureqau have sentenced both the accused with imprisonment and fine.

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DGP Suresh Arora honors Jasmine with laptop for getting second rank across the country in class X exams

 Chandigarh 24 May: Punjab DGP Suresh Arora today honoured Jasmine Kaur Chahal here at Punjab Police Headquarters who have secured second rank in class X ICSE examination across the country. Jasmine Kaur, student of St. Joseph Convent School at Jalandhar have secured 99 percent marks in this examination.

            Giving information here today, an official spokesperson of the Punjab Police said DGP Arora congratulated Jasmine Kaur on her extraordinary achievement and expressed that her success would prove to be a source of inspiration for the students especially children studying in the schools being run under the control of Punjab Police.

            Sharing his experiences, DGP Arora asked Jasmine’s parents to provide more opportunities in future to this well deserving girl so that she could do better in higher education and make the Punjab proud.

            On this occasion, DGP Arora and Chief Director Punjab vigilance bureau BK Uppal presented a laptop to Jasmine as a gift from the Bureau. It is mentioned here that Jasmine's father Karamvir Singh is posted as DSP Vigilance Bureau at Kapurthala and mother Gurpreet Kaur is working as English lecturer at Government Senior Secondary School Model House, Jalandhar.

            Jasmine said she would study with non-medical subjects including computers in class 12th and she aspires to take admission in IIT.

            After passing class 12th examination. He revealed that she has got this achievement due to her persistent hard work as inspired by her parents.

            Prominent among others present on the occasion included DGP Administration M.K. Tiwari, ADGP Welfare, Sanjeev Kumar Kalra, ADGP Litigation Gurpreet Kaur Deo and SSP Vigilance Bureau Jalandhar Daljinder Singh Dhillon along with the girl's parents.

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127.04 LMT of wheat procured; 125.35 LMT lifted

 Chandigarh May 24:-Out of the total of 127.04 LMT of wheat procurement from the grain markets across the State, up to May 23 the Government Agencies have procured 126.48 LMT while the private traders have procured 57107 MT, informed an official spokesman of the government of Punjab. More than 125.35LMT of the wheat purchased by government agencies has been lifted from the mandis and Rs.19169.28 crore has been released to the farmers through the commission agents of the State.

The spokesman further informed that amongst the State procuring agencies, PUNGRAIN has purchased 29.39LMT, MARKFED 27.71 LMT, PUNSUP 24.37 LMT, PSWC 17.12 LMT and Punjab Agro 12.63 LMT. Similarly, FCI has purchased 15.25 LMT of the wheat sold in the mandis of the State.

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 FIRST CNG MOTHER STATION OF PUNJAB TO BE INAUGURATED AT MANDI GOBINDGARH

 CHANDIGARH/ FATEHGARH SAHIB, MAY 24:IRM Energy Private Limited (A Group Company of Cadila Pharmaceuticals Limited is commissioning the first CNG Mother Station of Punjab at Mandi Gobindgarh in Fatehgarh Sahib District. The Inauguration will be done by Shri Kahan Singh Pannu, IAS Chairman of Punjab Pollution Control Board(PPCB) with Kanwalpreet Brar DC Fatehgarh Sahib.  The Mother Station has facility of CNG dispensing for Cars, Autos and Buses. This CNG Mother station would greatly benefit the people of the state especially cities of Mandi Gobindgarh ,Sirhind, Amloh, Khanna and Fatehgarh Sahib. This is a Company Owned Company Operated (COCO) Station and going forward IRMEPL would operationalise at 5 more CNG stations in Fatehgarh Sahib District.  The ecosystem of CNG stations will gradually spread across the state by the end of 2018 with 3 stations in Ludhiana, 2 in Jalandhar, 3 in Rupnagar being operated by other companies. In the near Future, the mother station facility at Mandi Gobindgarh would be a source for CNG to all these adjoining cities. The supply to other cities would be done through cascades.

 

Natural gas offers many advantages over conventional petroleum products. Compressed natural gas (CNG) is the smart and affordable choice for public transport fleet vehicles, stage and contract carriages, delivery vehicles, autos, school college buses and more. With CNG, people of Punjab will save money on fuel, reduce emission levels, and extend the life of your vehicle. Natural Gas (CNG) represents almost a 55% savings over conventional products such as petrol and diesel fuel.  CNG burns cleaner than petroleum based products because of its lower carbon content. CNG produces the fewest emissions of all other fuels and contains significantly less pollutants than conventional liquid fuels. CNG produces 20-30% fewer greenhouse gas emissions and 95% fewer tailpipe emissions than petroleum products. And because CNG fuel systems are completely sealed, CNG vehicles produce no evaporative emissions. CNG also reduces maintenance costs while extending the overall life of the engine. The fuel storage tanks are stronger and safer than gasoline or diesel tanks reducing the likelihood of accidental release. If released, CNG disperses quickly into the air instead of on the ground, reducing the risk of fire and ground contamination. Plus, CNG gives off little to no emissions during refueling.