PUNJAB CM WRITES TO RAJNATH SEEKING CADRE PROTECTION IN CHANDIGARH UT

  • SAYS FINE BALANCE BETWEEN PUNJAB & HARYANA SHOULD NOT BE DISTURBED
  • ALSO CALLS FOR RESOLUTION OF PENDING TERRITORIAL DISPUTE & RESTORATION OF CHANDIGARH TO PUNJAB

Chandigarh, July 20: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, seeking cadre protection for Punjab in Chandigarh and his intervention to ensure that the fine balance in sharing of resources and officials in the Union Territory between the states of Punjab and Haryana is not allowed to be disturbed.

The Chief Minister also urged the Home Minister to resolve the pending territorial dispute and restore Chandigarh to Punjab, being its legitimate original capital.

Expressing concern over the constant effort seen over the past few years to disturb the 'fine balance' in sharing officers/officials and other resources of Union Territory, Chandigarh between Haryana and Punjab, the Chief Minister urged Rajnath to advise the Ministry not to induct UT cadre officers into the administration of Union Territory, Chandigarh.

Captain Amarinder Singh also asked the Home Minister not to curtail the role and responsibilities of the officers of Haryana and Punjab, as assigned to them in a pre-determined ratio of share. He further sought restoration of the role of Senior Superintendent of Police, Chandigarh, as Head of the District Police as earlier.

In his letter, the Chief Minister urged the Home Minister not to induct DySPs and other officials from UT cadre into Chandigarh, thus maintaining the share of Haryana as also of Punjab, till such time the pending territorial dispute between these two States is finally settled.

Captain Amarinder Singh noted that recently, the powers of Senior Superintendent of Police, who is an IPS Officer of Punjab cadre, have been curtailed, making him SSP (Law & Order). Likewise, a decision seems to have been taken to induct more DySPs of UT cadre though all posts of DySPs in Chandigarh are filled with officers from Punjab and Haryana in a pre-determined ratio, he said, adding that that these decisions were clearly avoidable as they had the potential of causing bigger unrest in the region.

Asserting that Chandigarh undoubtedly was an integral part of Punjab, the Chief Minister said that being Punjab’s capital, no other can have any claim on it, denying parent State its territorial jurisdiction thereon. Nevertheless, subsequent to the Punjab Reorganization Act, 1966, territorial dispute remains unresolved, he added, pointing out that, “During this period a fine balance in sharing officers/officials and other resources of Union Territory, Chandigarh between Haryana and Punjab has been achieved with an advantage of hard earned peace in Punjab.”

The letter further said, “Unfortunately, during the past few years, it has been observed that there is a constant effort to disturb this fine balance achieved after a great deal of effort. The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, has been inducting more officers of UT cadre and other Union Territories into administration of Chandigarh without realizing implications of such avoidable decisions. There has been reduction in departments allocated to officers of Punjab and Haryana as also increase in number of UT cadre officers in Chandigarh.”

The Chief Minister asked the Home Minister to consider the matter and issue appropriate instructions accordingly.

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INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT IN PUNJAB GETS MASSIVE BOOST AS CAPT AMARINDER LED GOVT’S NEW POLICY YIELDS DIVIDENDS

·Q1 OF FY19 SEES 50% INCREASE IN PROJECT PROPOSALS & 125% GROWTH IN MONTHLY AV. OF ACTUAL INVESTMENTS OVER Q1 FY18

Chandigarh, July 20: Punjab’s industrial investments have received a massive boost in the first quarter of the current fiscal, with project proposals going up 50% and monthly average of actual investments increasing by 125% over Q1 of FY2017-18.

The whopping increase has come at the back of the massive industrial push by the Captain Amarinder Singh led government, and the ease of business resulting from the new industrial policy, according to an official spokesperson.

The spokesperson said that Punjab Bureau of Industrial Promotion (PBIP) had received 161 project proposals with a proposed investment of Rs.8644 crore from April 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. The first quarter of FY2018-19 alone had received 45 proposals (monthly average 15) with an investment of Rs.3112 crore (translating into monthly average of 1037). The figure for FY2017-18 stood at 116 (monthly average 10) at a total project cost of Rs.5532 crore (monthly average 461).

Faster grant of regulatory clearances along with support to the industry in resolving any issues related to field, land, local offices etc has been enabling early ground of the projects, said the spokesperson, adding that the Chief Minister had directed the Bureau to ensure total ease of business for investors and industries who are looking to enter or strengthen their presence in Punjab.

Of the project proposals received since April 2017, the maximum of 61 have come from the Manufacturing sector (Rs.2946 crore), followed by Agri & Food Processing (37 projects at Rs.1977 crore), Tourism (23 at Rs.916 crore), Infrastructure (12 at Rs.738 crore), Education (9 at Rs.156 crore), IT/ITeS & ESDM (7 at Rs.150 crore), Health & Biosciences (1 at Rs.1 crore) and Others (4 at Rs.59 crore). New & Renewable Energy is another area that has witnessed significant interest, with seven project proposals Rs.1701 crore coming in during FY17-18 and FY 18-19 (Q1).

District-wise break-up of the project proposals shows Mohali (44 at Rs.1277 crore) leading, along with Ludhiana (30 projects at Rs.1485 crore). Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala and Sangrur are other top destinations favoured by industrialists, according to PBIP data.

Among the key industries that have come out with investment proposals, under Invest Punjab, during the first quarter of the current fiscal are: Varun Beverages (Rs.799.7 Cr.), CRM Services India Private Limited (Rs.53.07 Cr.), Frigerio Conserva Allana Private Limited (Rs.125 Cr.), Hindustan Uniliver Ltd. (Rs.84.66 Cr.), Verbio India Pvt. Ltd. – Germany (Rs.71.68 Cr.), Arora Iron & Steel Rolling Mills Limited (Rs.148 Cr.), United Biotech Private Limited (Rs.100 Cr.), IOL Chemical and Pharmaceuticals Limited (Rs.231.22 Cr.), Madhav Alloys Private Limited (Rs.152.34 Cr.), Neway Renewable Energy (Rs.20 Cr.) and Betelgeuse Infra Private Limited (Rs.642 Cr.).

The major investment proposals of FY2017-18 included Ludhiana Beverages (Rs.220 Cr.), Pepsico India Holdings Private Limited (Rs.83 Cr.), Preet Tractor (Rs.67.44 Cr.) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (Rs.684 Cr.).

Besides, the state has also witnessed a major fillip in the number of MoUs signed since the Captain Amarinder Singh government took over. A total of 170 MoUs have been signed for a total investment of Rs.47116 crore between July 2017 and July 2018. A string of events facilitated the signing of the MoUs. In contrast, only 157 applications for Rs.8500 crore were received from July 2016 to July 2017.

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PUNJAB AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTION JALANDHAR REWARDED AT NATIONAL LEVEL FOR GOOD SERVICES

  • NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE COOPERATIVE BANKS MUMBAI GAVE AWAY AWARD
  • COOPERATION MINISTER SUKHJINDER SINGH RANDHAWA CONGRATULATES OFFICERS, PERSONNEL

CHANDIGARH, JULY 20:The staff training institution of the Punjab State Cooperative Bank at Jalandhar has been awarded the National Honour by the National Federation of State Cooperative Banks, Mumbai for rendering exceptional services. The award was received at Mumbai by the Additional Chief Secretary Cooperation cum Chairman Punjab State Cooperative Bank Mr. D.P. Reddy, MD Dr. S.K. Batish and Principal of the training institute Dr. S.S. Brar.

The Cooperation Minister, Punjab, S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has congratulated the officers and the personnel of the institution for this prestigious honour. He further termed the cooperative bank as the backbone of the farmers of Punjab and also said that the training institution has played a leading role in making the cooperative movement reach every nook and corner of the state by imparting training through novel methods to the officers, personnel and other people connected with the sector.

It is worth mentioning that the `Agricultural Cooperative Staff Training Institute’ was established in 1986 at Jalandhar and trains the officers and personnel of the bank, employees of the primary agricultural branches, chosen representatives of the managing committee and also the employees as well as officers of the Cooperation Department in keeping with the latest trends.

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Navjot Singh Sidhu unveils plan to develop Virasat-e-Khalsa as a major tourist destination

  • Underlines need to spruce up infrastructure and basic amenities for devotees

Chandigarh, July 20:In order to give impetus to ethnic tourism in the state, the Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu has finalized a blue print to further develop Virasat-e-Khalsa as a ‘Strategic Tourist Spot’ in the state besides upgrading the basic amenities and infrastructure at Sri Anandpur Sahib-the birth place of Khalsa for the convenience of devotees.

Presiding over a meeting of Anandpur Sahib Foundation, the Minister said that since Virasat-e-Khalsa was attracting heavy tourist footfall from across the globe, it was a high time to develop tented accommodation, budget hotels, food courts and souvenir shops in its vicinity. The Minister also asked the foundation to get a comprehensive layout plan prepared from the architects of prestigious project to further develop these infrastructural facilities over remaining chunk of nearly 60 acres land.

The Tourism Minister entrusted the task of making a detailed presentation in this regard to foundation so as to ensure continuity of the project without disturbing its basic design and structure.

The Minister also informed in the meeting that the Government of India under ‘Swadesh Darshan Scheme’ had already approved a sum of Rs. 99 crore for the development of historical and religious sites across the state, of which 29 crore would be exclusively incurred on the all round development of Sri Anandpur Sahib.

Acknowledging the proposal mooted by the Finance Minister Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal to connect Sri Anandpur Sahib with Sri Naina Devi through rope way which was hanging fire since long, Mr. Sidhu said he would soon take up this issue with his Himachal Pradesh counterpart to expedite the project, which would further enhance the tourism potential in the region.

Underscoring the need to create a façade in the holy city of Sri Anandpur Sahib on the pattern of Sri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, Mr. Sidhu asked the Secretary Tourism Mr. Vikas Pratap to chalk out a detailed plan to ensure uniformity of all the buildings, shops and establishments in a holistic manner. Mr. Vikas Pratap apprised the Minister that the Department was already working on these lines under Swadesh Darshan Project and soon take up this project to enhance its rich cultural legacy from heritage perspective.

The Tourism Minister also stressed the need to enhance the forest cover in and around Sri Anandpur Sahib keeping in view its scenic beauty on one hand and maintaining eco-system on the other.

It was informed in the meeting that the prestigious Khalsa Heritage Project was gradually becoming the center of attraction with aggregating footfall of 92,60,564 visitors is probably the highest for country’s any memorial or monument in such a short span of less than seven years.

Prominent amongst those present in the meeting included Cooperation and Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Additional Chief Secretary Revenue Vini Mahajan, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, Secretary Tourism Vikas Pratap Secretary PWD Hussan Lal and Special Secretary Finance Dr. Abhinav Trikha.

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ROTATIONALIRRIGATION PROGRAMME FROM JULY 20 TO 27

Chandigarh, July 20:- The Punjab Irrigation Department has announced the Rotational Programme of irrigation for the Kharif Season through canals from July 20 to July 27, 2018. The channels of Sirhind Canal System would run on the priority basis from Bathinda Branch, Bist Doab Canal, Sidhwan Branch, Patiala Feeder and Abohar Branch respectively.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the Irrigation department said that distributaries and Branches of Bhakra Main Line (BML) i. e. direct distributaries of BML in Group 'A' being in the channels of first preference will run to their indent. Balance water supplies available will be utilized in Ghaggar Branch and Patiala Minor in group 'B' respectively.

The spokesman further said that Punjab channels and branches off-taking from Harike and Ferozepur head works i.e. all the direct distributaries of Sirhind Feeder in group ‘A’ being in the first preference will run to their indent and balance water supplies available will be utilized in Abohar Branch Lower off- taking from Sirhind Feeder and its distributaries/Minors in Group ‘B’

The spokesman also said that the channels off-taking from Upper Bari Doab Canal i.e. Lahore Branch with its distributaries being in the first preference will run to their indent and balance water supplies available will be utilized in Main Branch Lower, Kasur Branch Lower, Sabhraon Branch and with their distributaries respectively.