Chandigarh, July 11: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday expressed disappointment at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s failure to address any of the major concerns of the farmers at his Malout rally, while lashing out at the Akalis for betraying Punjab by allowing the Haryana Chief Minister to be present on the occasion.

The distressed farmers who had gathered to hear Modi found no succour for their problems in his long speech, which was high on fluff and short of substance, said the Chief Minister, expressing shock at the fact that the Prime Minister failed to even mention farmer suicides and debts or the Swaminathan Report.

And to rub salt on the farmers’ wounds, the Badals, instead of using the opportunity to fight for Punjab’s rights on the water and SYL issue, actually shared the dais with Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar, who was actively working against the interest of our state, said Captain Amarinder Singh.

In a statement issued here, the Chief Minister said the rally turned out to be a sorry spectacle for the farmers, who had braved the sweltering heat in the hope of some concrete announcements from the Prime Minister. Instead, Modi’s speech turned out to be an insipid affair, focused on tom-tomming of his government’s four-year rule, which has been a complete failure on all counts.

The Chief Minister said it was unfortunate that Modi had let go of such a major opportunity to address the serious concerns of the farming community. If he really wanted to thank the farmers for contributing to the nation’s green revolution and for continuing to feed millions of Indians day after day, Modi should have come out with some concrete announcements on the critical issues of farm loan waiver and in toto implementation of the MS Swaminathan report, said Captain Amarinder Singh.

In any case, said the Chief Minister, in his zeal to criticise the Congress, Modi had conveniently forgotten that it was this party that was responsible for ushering in the Green Revolution and ensuring the country’s food security. He should have had the decency to at least acknowledge that it was the Congress which had waived off the loans of the farmers while his government had completely failed to provide them with relief from their massive debts, said Captain Amarinder Singh.

The farmers are unable to make both ends meet and yet the Prime Minister did not find it necessary to even make a reference to their problems, the Chief Minister pointed out.

The Chief Minister also came down heavily on the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for betraying Punjab by letting Khattar participate in the rally. Considering Khattar’s stand on SYL and Punjab water, the Akalis should have not let him be a part of the event in the first place or should have used the opportunity to corner him over these important issues, which are vital for the interest of Punjab and its farmers, said Captain Amarinder Singh.

He lambasted SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal for not pursuing Punjab’s demand on Chandigarh with Modi, with whose BJP the Akalis had an alliance. His father, former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had passed several resolutions on the issue in the past but by failing to take up the matter with the Prime Minister, the Akalis had proved that those resolutions were political gimmickry aimed at garnering votes, said Captain Amarinder Singh.


Chandigarh, July 11: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has lauded the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, for being top ranked among all the State Agricultural Universities by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

It has also been ranked third amongst all the component institutes of the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) in the country.

Dr. AS Nanda, Vice-Chancellor GADVASU, will receive the Award at the ICAR Foundation Day Award Ceremony, to be held on July 16, 2018, in New Delhi.

The university has been recognised for its innovation as well as research & development activities in the field of livestock and fishery sector, which contributes nearly 36% of the State Agricultural GDP. The Chief Minister has been advocating promotion of these sectors to encourage the state’s beleaguered agricultural community to shift from the traditional crops in order to boost their incomes.

ICAR has been ranking Agricultural Universities in the NARS with the larger objective of improving the standard of Indian Universities in the World University Framework.


Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa castigates Akali bigwigs

‘Use your leverage with Modi to demand just rights of Punjab’

(Explain need to invite Haryana Chief Minister to Malout Rally)

Chandigarh, July 11:The Senior Congress leader and the Jail & Cooperation Minister, Punjab, S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has lashed out at the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leadership for backstabbing Punjab instead of raising their voice in favour of demanding just rights of the state.

Castigating the SAD leadership especially its President Sukhbir Singh Badal and former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for acting contrary to the interests of the state, S. Randhawa said that the SAD invited Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for the malout rally and conveniently choose to forget that it was the same Haryana Chief Minister who had demanded Chandigarh but his claim was rejected in clear cut manner by the Chief Minister, Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh. S. Randhawa questioned that how could SAD leaders forget that the Haryana Chief Minister has also been demanding completion of SYL canal which would rob Punjab of its precious water thus turning Punjab into a barren land.

S. Randhawa reminded Sukhbir Singh Badal that being alliance partner of the BJP, he must use his leverage on Modi to resolve the issue of Chandigarh which could be done by transferring it to Punjab. The Congress leader also said that former Chief Minister Parkash Badal had passed several resolutions with regard to protecting Punjab’s interests on river water and Chandigarh issues and used these issues only to garner votes and befool the people of Punjab.

Cautioning the SAD leadership to come clean on both the vexed issues, S. Randhawa warned that the people of Punjab have seen through the devious game plan of SAD and would not pardon SAD for its betrayal of honouring those who had never acted or done anything even remotely favourable to Punjab.


Punjab achieves another digital milestone

Amloh Revenue Courts go online

Sarkaria launches the pilot project through video conferencing

The system would helpful in providing hassle-free and transparent services - Vini Mahajan

Chandigarh, July 11:Punjab is all set to create another first. Yes, barely two weeks after becoming the first state to become digital in property registration, the Punjab Revenue Department is all set to achieve another digital milestone.

On Wednesday, Revenue Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria launched a pilot project of Revenue Court Management System (RCMS) in the revenue courts of Amloh (Fatehgarh sahib) through video conferencing from Chandigarh.

The system is integrated with land records. Under this system during the filing of a case reference will be made in ''Remarks” Column of Jamabandi.

Mr. Sarkaria said under the stewardship of the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab is moving fast towards total digitization. Besides the digital property registration in the state, the department has already launched a 'Digital Mapping' pilot project to demarcate land boundaries in two villages -- Mundi Kharar and Harlalpur -- of SAS Nagar (Mohali). This project will help land owners to find their lands easily. He further said that the 'Tatkal' system of appointment would also be launched soon.

The Additional Chief Secretary Revenue-cum-FCR, Mrs. Vini Mahajan, said this people-friendly system would be helpful in providing hassle-free and transparent services to the people of the state. She directed the Deputy Commissioner of Fatehgarh Sahib to monitor the pilot project.

Giving details, the Deputy Commissioner said they would be uploading details of 7 new cases on the first day of the system launch.

“If the pilot project is a success it will be launched across the state,” Mrs. Vini Mahajan added.

According to a spokesman, once a case is filed the system will capture the details of properties along with Petitioners and Respondents. It will automatically generate date-wise cause-list of different courts and interim orders and final judgments will also be uploaded.

Besides generation of summon notices, the system enables all stakeholders to get SMS Alert. They can check the status of their case anytime. It also shows the backlog of cases in revenue courts.

Prominent amongst others, who were present on the occasion, were Secretary Revenue Deepinder Singh, Punjab Revenue Commission Chairman Justice (Rtd) SS Saron, Members of Revenue Commission NS Kang, SS Gill, GS Mangat and Jaswant Singh, besides Punjab Land Records Society Advisor NS Sangha, the project Manager Sunita Thakur and NIC Punjab team members.




Chandigarh, July 11:Adopting a policy of far reaching effects, The Punjab Government would promote the animal of indigenous breeds like Sahiwal & Gir cows and Murrah & Nili Ravi buffalos, Beetal Goats and Kadaknath Chicken breed. It was disclosed by Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries while chairing a brief meeting with the representatives of Farmers’ Help Society, Dhira Patra.

The Minister said that the global warming has rendered catastrophic effects on agriculture as the cultivable land under green fodder has been decreasing at alarming pace and there is acute shortage of quality milk. He said that in this scenario the demand for meat is rising fast. He said that due to the increase in demand of meat, the Punjab Government has decided to promote the indigenous breeds of animals instead of foreign breeds.

Divulging the details he said that besides providing subsidy to set up dairy farms of indigenous breeds of cows and buffalos, poultry units of indigenous breeds of chicken like Kadaknath would be set up at the backyards of the farms. Likewise units to domesticate Beetal breed of goats would also be set up for landless farmers. He said that the high quality semen of Sahiwal and Gir cows would be used to improve the breed of indigenous cows. At the same time the government would establish coordination with the successive farmers of countries like Brazil and Australia with the motive to improve the breed of indigenous milch animals. The Minister said that the landless farmers could fulfill their daily household requirements by domesticating goats, cows and chickens of indigenous breeds as their marketing is much easier than the foreign breeds.

Mr. Sidhu also lauded the efforts of farmers’ help society, Dhira Patra, district Ferozpur for promoting organic farming. The Minister said that he has himself seen it during his visit at the society’s farm that they cultivate crops at zero input cost.

Animal Husbandry Minister exhorted the farmer help society to generate awareness regarding the techniques of organic farming amongst other farmers of the state. He also directed the officers of the department to establish such type of groups in other areas of the state. Prominent among others who were present in the meeting included Dr. G. Vajralingam, Additional Chief Secretary, Dr. Amarjit Singh, Director Animal Husbandry, Mr. Inderjeet Singh, Director Dairy Development and Dr. Madan Mohan, Director Fisheries.


Work on Chakki-KatoriBangla National Highway soon

  • Singla to personally oversee timely completion of the important inter-state link

\Chandigarh, July 11:The Chakki-Dhar-Dunera-Katori Bangla road up to Himachal Pradesh boundary having Length 39.36 km has been declared as NH-154A. Keeping in view the fact that this is an important stretch of road which connects Punjab with the Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir, State government is keen to commence the work at the earliest, informed Mr. Vijay Inder Singla, PWD Minister Punjab.

Giving details, Mr. Singla said that the work of feasibility study and preparation of Detailed Project Report(DPR) for the improvement of geometrics and strengthening of existing road has been proposed in the annual plan for the year 2018-19. Accordingly, the tender for the same has been called and shall be received on 31st July 2018. Thereafter DPR will be submitted to the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MORT&H), New Delhi for approval and the work will commence as soon as the consent is received. The tentative cost of the project is expected to be around Rs. 25.00 Crore.

Coupled to this, another important road project for Pathankot has been approved, said Singla and added that Dunera-Saliali-Lehrun- Gaal road will be upgraded at a cost of Rs.5.58 cr. He said that it is an important interstate link which connects Nurpur, Himachal Pardesh with Dunera village of Punjab. In fact, this road is a shortcut for tourists and localities to reach Dharamshala from Chamba, Dalhousie. This stretch is also very important pathway for the pilgrims visiting Dev Bhoomi, Himachal. Added to this is the fact that due to the construction of River over Bridge (ROB) on Ravi at Basoli, the stretch is oft used for movement of public as well as army to Jammu & Kashmir. But, due to heavy traffic and landslides during rainy season, this hilly terrain is in want of repair since last three years. So, the tender has been floated and work allotted for immediate up gradation of this important stretch of road which includes widening, strengthening, construction of retaining walls, increasing the width of culverts and repair of existing bridge.

Expressing satisfaction over the projects for district Pathankot, Mr. Singla said, “I would personally oversee the projects and leave no stone unturned towards their timely completion.”


Rs.5 lakh Reward for information of bribery in teachers’ transfers: Soni

Says, step taken to ensure transparency in education department

Education Minister instructed officers to make sure printing and distribution of books well before academic sessions

Online Tendering System be adopted for all department related works

Chandigarh; July 11:Punjab Education Minister Mr. Om Prakash Soni today said that corruption in teachers' transfers will not be tolerated at any cost. He announced that any whistle-blower, who gives information with concrete proof of bribe in the teachers’ transfers, will be rewarded with Rs.5 lakhs. He said that transfers are being done in transparent manner and any political pressure or monetary activity has not been allowed in any way.

Presiding over a high-level meeting of officers of the education department and Punjab School Education Board, Mr. Soni directed officers to ensure printing and distribution of books well before the session begins as every year stock of books of many subjects has been piled in board premises sans distribution and afterwards these were announced as trash. He said that delay in publications of books benefitted to private publishers and this trend needs to be restrained. He categorically instructed the officers to fix the responsibility of school principals for the distribution of books in time bound manner.

“All the books will be published by the board with the suggestion of experts so that growing trend of guides could be discontinued”, he cautioned the officers adding that the quality of books should be maintained by using good quality paper. He further said that to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of the information, experts should be roped in. He also directed to shut down the schoolsfunctioning from homeswith the help of local government department.

Mr. Soni directed that online tendering process will be adopted for all department related work besides checking revenues and expenditure of the Punjab School Education Board so that the board could increase its income and reduce expenditure. He also emphasized to make Punjab School education board financially self-reliant. The Education Minister asked to constitute a committee for comparative study of education boards of other states to further improve the functioning of the Punjab School education board.

Mr. Krishan Kumar, Secretary Education, Mr. Prashant Kumar Goyal, Director General of School Education, Mr. Manohar Kant Kalohiya, Chairman of Punjab School Education Board, Mr. Paramjit Singh, DPI (Secondary) and Mr. Inderjit Singh, DPI (Elementary) and other officers were present in the meeting.



Chandigarh, July 11 :The Punjab Government today issued Transfer/ Posting of 18 IPS and 12 PPS officers with immediate effect.

Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson said that out of 18 IPS officers, Mr. Jaskaran Singh, has been posted as IGP PAP, Mr. Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, as AIG CI, Punjab, Mr. Surjit Singh, as AIG Crime Punjab, Mr. S. Boopathi, as AIG Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, Mr. Sukhminder Singh Mann, as AIG/SSOC, ASR Additional charge of AIG CI Amritsar (in addition to his own duties), Mr. Naveen Singla, as AIG SB-1, Mr. Swapan Sharma, as SSP Ropar, Mr. Patil Ketan Baliram, as Commandant 5th IRB, Amritsar, Mr. Gaurav Garg, as AIG SPU, Mr. Dr. Nanak Singh, as SSP, Bathinda, Mr. Deepak Hilori, as SSP SBS Nagar, Mr. Sandeep Garg, SSP Sangrur, Mr. Dhruv Dahiya, as SSP Khanna, Mr. Akhil Chaudhary, as Commandant 36th Bn., PAP Bahadurgarh, Mr. Gulneet Singh Khurana, as SSP Fazilka, Mr. Charanjit Singh, as SP SPU, Mr. Bhagirath Singh Meena, as SP SPU and Gaurav Toora, as ADCP Hqrs, Amritsar.

Similarly in respect of PPS officers Mr. Swarandeep Singh, as SSP Batala, Mr. Satinder Singh, as SSP Kapurthala, Mr. Varinder Singh Brar, as SSP Ludhiana (Rural), Mr. Navjot Singh, as SSP Jalandhar (Rural), Mr. Mandeep Singh Sidhu, as SSP Patiala, Mr. Manjit Singh Dhesi, as SSP Sri Muktsar Sahib, Mr. Mandheer Singh, as SSP Mansa, Mr. Opinderjit Singh Ghuman, as Commandant 27th Bn. PAP Jalandhar (with addl. charge of AIG OCCU, Jalandhar), Mr. Sushil Kumar, as AIG Crime Punjab, Mr. Parambir Singh Parmar, as Commandant 9th Bn., PAP Amritsar, Mr. Sandeep Kumar Sharma, as AIG Personnel-3, CPO Punjab, Mr. Raj Bachan Singh Sandhu, as SSP Faridkot.