CM CONVENES EMERGENCY MEETING TO REVIEW FLOOD LIKE SITUATION IN STATE

ORDERS CLOSURE OF ALL SCHOOLS & COLLEGES FOR TOMORROW, ASKS ARMY TO STAY ON ALERT

DIRECTS FCR TO CONDUCT SPECIAL GIRDAWARI TO ASSESS POSSIBLE CROP DAMAGE

Chandigarh, September 24:Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday ordered closure of all schools and colleges for tomorrow while reviewing the flood like situation triggered in the state due to incessant rains.

The Army has been asked to remain on alert to help the state deal with any eventuality arising out of the situation.

Chairing an emergency meeting here at his official residence, the Chief Minister also announced a special girdawari for assessing crop damage due to heavy rains over the past four days. He asked the Financial Commissioner Revenue (FCR) to issue detailed guidelines to the Deputy Commissioners for initiating the process of girdawari immediately after the water level recedes.

The Chief Minister also asked the Ministers and MLAs to tour their respective areas extensively to assess the ground situation and tie up with the concerned departments for immediate redressal of hardships being faced by the people. He also directed the Food & Civil Supplies and Animal Husbandry Ministers to appoint nodal officers for distribution of food packets to the affected people and dry fodder for the animals in view of the situation.

The Chief Minister also asked the FCR to seek any assistance from Army, BSF and NDRF and other paramilitary forces, if needed.

Apprising the Chief Minister about the situation, the FCR said that he was personally in touch with all the Deputy Commissioners to keep close watch on the situation and had asked them to further liaise with the concerned Army authorities within their respective jurisdiction for help in case of any eventuality.

The FCR informed the Chief Minister that a contingency fund to the tune of Rs.7.40 crore has been placed at the disposal of Deputy Commissioners to get Flood Protection Works executed besides carrying out rescue operations.

Emphasizing the need to monitor the situation on a regular basis, the Chief Minister asked the senior officers of various departments and the Deputy Commissioners to liaison closely with the FCR to tide over the prevailing grim situation.

Expressing concern over the possible outbreak of water borne diseases including diarrhea, jaundice and conjunctivitis etc., Captain Amarinder Singh asked the Health department to take preventive measures by organizing special medical checkup camps and arranging sufficient stock of medicines in this behalf. ACS Health informed the Chief Minister that the department was fully geared to face any problem and all the civil surgeons had been asked to closely monitor the situation in coordination with the concerned Deputy Commissioners.

Taking part in the deliberations, BBMB Chief DK Sharma apprised the Chief Minister that situation at Bhakhra reservoir was in control so far and they were regularly monitoring the water levels at Pong Dam.

Meanwhile, Principal Secretary Water Resources pointed out that the water level at Pong Dam was at present 1385.12 feet against the maximum level of 1390 feet, the level at Bhakhra was at 1655.49 feet against maximum capacity of 1680 feet and at Ranjit Sagar Dam which feeds river Ravi was 526.65 meter against the maximum level of 527.91 meter.

Earlier, the Chief Principal Secretary to CM said that in compliance with the red alert already issued by the state government this morning, all the Deputy Commissioners were keeping a close tab over the current situation in view of incessant rains and disaster control rooms had been activated. All the officials have been directed to remain at standby in view of the situation.

Besides, the Army had also been requested to remain on alert to help the state in such a situation. The DCs have been asked to identify hotspots with clear evacuation and relief plans ready before hand. Equipment to drain out flood waters had been kept handy. Apart from these, districts in catchment area of three rivers Satluj, Ravi and Beas had already arranged enough boats to rescue the affected people.

Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included; Health & Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra, Revenue & Water Resources Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Animal Husbandry Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, Food & Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Media Advisor to CM Raveen Thukral, Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) NS Kalsi, Financial Commissioner Revenue MP Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Health & Family Welfare Satish Chandra, Additional Chief Secretary Development Viswajeet Khanna, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, Special Principal Secretary to CM Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, Principal Secretary Water Resources Jaspal Singh, Secretary Expenditure Raj Kamal Chaudhary and Director Food & Civil Supplies Anindita Mitra.

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BADAL FAMILY RUINED PUNJAB MORE THAN EVEN TERRORISM : SADHU SINGH DHARAMSOT

CULPRITS OF DESECRATION WOULD BE SENT TO JAIL AT EVERY COST: RAVNEET SINGH BITTU

  • DUE TO REGULAR VICTORIES, CONGRESS PARTY HAS STRENGTHENED AT GRASSROOT LEVEL: MP BITTU
  • CONGRESS PARTY HOLDS MASSIVE CONFERENCE AT CHHAPAR VILLAGE TODAY

Ludhiana/Chandigarh, September 24:

Cabinet Minister for Forests and Wildlife Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot today accused the previous Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janta Party government of making Punjab bankrupt from all aspects and said that the Badal family ruined the state more than even terrorism. He said this while addressing the gathering of party workers during the Congress party conference at village Chhapar, near here today.

While speaking on the occasion, Mr Dharamsot said that before the SAD-BJP came to power in the year 2007, it was a common saying that terrorism damaged the state the most, but during the 10 years of SAD-BJP rule, people now say that the previous government damaged the state more as the state exchequer was looted and innocent people were beaten across the state.

While taking an aim at the Badal family, Mr Dharamsot said that it was during the tenure of SAD-BJP government that our youth fell prey to the vicious circle of drugs, besides the Badal family looted our natural resources as well as every business.

He said that the Shiromani Akali Dal played an important role for bringing dark days in the state, but it was former Chief Minister Mr Beant Singh who sacrificed his life for bringing golden days back. He said that whenever the state or its residents were in danger, the Badal family proved opportunistic and saved their personal interests first. On the other hand Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has always worked wholeheartedly for safeguarding the interests of Punjab and Punjabis. He said that the present state government not only continued with the previous welfare schemes, but even implemented them properly and increased the financial aid. He also presented a brief about all welfare and social works carried out by the present Congress-led state government.

While addressing the conference, Member of Parliament Mr Ravneet Singh Bittu said that the culprits of desecration of religious Granth’s as well as of Bargari issue would be sent to jail at every cost. He assured the gathering that the Capt Amarinder Singh government is following up the matter with utmost devotion and seriousness. He said that the recent massive victory of Congress party in Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections have proved that the party has strengthened at grassroots level.

Mr Bittu said that now every Congressman has got an opportunity to serve the state and soon, development works worth crores would be started in the state through these elected representatives. He also warned that if any Congress worker or elected representative tries to indulge in corrupt practices, he would not only be shown the door from the party but would also have to face the law.

Payal MLA Mr Lakhbir Singh Lakha, former Minister Mr Malkit Singh Dakha, Senior Congress leader Mr Major Singh Bhaini, DCC (Rural) President Mr Gurdev Singh Lapran, Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, Mr Manjit Singh Bharowal, besides several others also addressed the gathering. Prominent among those who attended the conference included Ludhiana East MLA Mr Sanjay Talwar, Ludhiana Mayor Mr Balkar Singh Sandhu, DCC (Urban) President Mr Gurpreet Singh Gogi, Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka, Mr Paramjit Singh Ghwaddi, Mr Ishwarjot Singh Cheema, Mr Gurdeep Singh Sarpanch, Mr Harjinder Singh Dhindsa, besides several others.

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40th Death Anniversary of Comrade Arjan Singh Today

Chandigarh, September 24-On the 40th death anniversary of Comrade Arjan Singh, the father of Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha S. Ajaib Singh Bhatti, the Bhog of Akhand Paath Sahib would be held in the Gurdwara Jeevan Prakash, Model Town, Phase-I, Bathinda at 10 am on September 25, 2018 (Tuesday).

Giving this information here, a spokesperson of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha said that the Deputy Speaker has requested all the close friends and loved ones to join the Ardaas.

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SIC SLAPS PENALTY OF RS. 25,000 ON PIO CUM NAIB TEHSILDAR, KHANOURI

Compensation in tune of Rs. 5,000 awarded to the Appellant

Chandigarh, 24 September-The State Information Commission (SIC) during the hearing of a case has imposed fine of Rs. 25,000 on the PIO-cum-Naib Tehsildar, Khanouri District Sangrur for not providing information to the applicant under RTI Act.

Disclosing this an official spokesperson of the State Information Commission said that an applicant Rajvir Singh S/o Shri Gurtej Singh, Village: Thaska, Post Office: Bhulan, Tehsil Moonak, District: Sangrur sought information information from the Public Information officer, Office of Naib Tehsildar, Khanouri, District: Sangrur under RTI, Act.

Spokesperson further said that the respondent PIO has malafidely delayed the information to the appellant without any reasonable grounds and also delayed the submission of reply to the Show-Cause notice issued to him by the Commission and thus has rendered himself liable for punishment as provided under the RTI Act, 2005. Though he was given umpteen opportunities to explain his conduct in connection with the Show-Cause Notice issued to him under Section 20(1) of the Act but he failed to come up with a satisfactory reply.

The Commission thus imposes a penalty of Rs. 25,000 on Vivek Nirmohi, Naib Tehsildar-cum-PIO, Khanouri, which has to be deposited in the government treasury and compensation of Rs. 5,000 is awarded to appellant for the loss and detriment suffered by him during this long period. This amount is to be paid by the Public Servant through a Bank Draft within 30 days and a confirmation to this effect will be furnished to the Commission on the next date of hearing.

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POLICE TRACES MUKTSAR BLIND MURDER CASE, FOUR ARRESTED OF DEVINDER BAMBIHA GANG

Chandigarh September 24: The organised crime control unit (OCCU) of Punjab Police has solved a blind murder case which occurred on 11 March 2018 in Sri Muktsar Sahib in which Gurdev Singh (52 years) was killed in broad day light by some unidentified men. A case of murder was registered in Police Station City Sri Muktsar Sahib in this regard.

Disclosing this here today Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, IGP Intelligence (OCCU) said the victim was a coal merchant in the local market and also dealing in timber business. Since then, the case was undetected and OCCU team took over the investigation which was supervised by AIG Sandeep Goel.

He added that during it was found that motive behind this killing was car-jacking as the criminals wanted to snatch swift dzire car of the victim. During the investigation, the OCCU Team found the hands of Bambiha gang in this case. He informed that one member of this gang Ajay Faridkotia was intensively questioned in this case who confessed the crime and named other culprits Amna Jaito, Amritpal Baba, Rakesh Kaku and Komaljit Singh @ Komal.

IG OCCU informed that Ajay Faridkotia was arrested sometimes back in Moga who was involved in at least two dozen cases of serious nature. Subsequently, Aman Jaito (Faridkot) was brought on production warrant who was already arrested by a team of OCCU. When the case was solved and the investigation team was able to connect the missing links, Amritpal Baba (Muktsar) and Rakesh Kaku(Bathinda) were also arrested. He said the weapon used in this crime was .32 bore pistol which was recovered from the accused.

He further said this case was being investigated by a team of officers led by DSP Vibhor Kumar consisting of Inspector Bikramjit Singh and Inspector Sanjiv Kumar. During the course of investigation, involvement of one Lakhwinder Singh @ Lakha (Muktsar) has come-to-the-fore who assisted the main culprits by arranging the car used in committing the crime. The car has also been recovered by the team.

He said all the arrested persons have been produced before a court of Muktsar who were remanded in the police custody. Further investigations were going on and some more arrests are expected in this case.

Mr. Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh reiterated said that the OCCU of Punjab Police is committed to eradicate the menace of gangs and organised crime from the soil of Punjab.