CHANDIGARH, FEBRUARY 10:Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday appealed to the protesting teachers and other employees to shun the path of agitation and show some patience, as the state government was committed to finding an amicable solution to their pending demands.

In a statement issued here, Captain Amarinder Singh said the employees must understand that despite the unprecedented financial crises being faced by the state, the government was doing everything in its power to resolve all pending issues of the employees. He said that agitations will not lead to any constructive solution and talks will soon be held to find a way out.

Underlining that all employees, including teachers, were the most intrinsic part of society, the Chief Minister assured them that the cabinet sub-committee formed under Health Minister, Brahm Mahindra, was already working to find a solution to their demands. The Chief Minister said that he too would soon meet the representative of various employees’ bodies to resolve their issues.

He pointed out that despite the financial crunch, his government had recently approved 6% DA, entailing an additional expense of Rs 720 crores, that would benefit 3:25 lakhs employees and 3 lakh pensioners.


Tript Bajwa writes to GoI for immediate release of overdue funds under MGNREGA

Material liabilities of Rs. 128 Crore and wage liabilities of Rs. 103 crore are pending

Chandigarh, February10 : Punjab Rural Development & Panchayats Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa has written to the Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Mines, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar to immediately release funds for clearing pending material liabilities in the State.

Mr. Bajwa, in his DO letter, said that material liabilities of Rs. 128 crore are pending in Punjab for which necessary funds are awaited from the union government. He said that proposal for release of second installment has already been submitted to Government of India, but only a sum of Rs. 8.97 crore for material component has been released to the State so far. "Further, wage liabilities of Rs. 103 crore are also pending for release of payment by Government of India from 14.11.2018 onwards" said Mr Bajwa.

The Minister said that Punjab Government has been relentlessly working to make progress in the Scheme and reach out to all eligible people apart from creating durable community assets and addressing the water issue in the State. Mr. Bajwa has also mentioned in his letter that with the meager release of pending material liabilities and delay in release of wage payments, there has been disappointment and discouragement in the department and beneficiaries working under the scheme.

Mr. Bajwa has requested the Union Minister to pass necessary instructions to the concerned officials to release both 103 crore for wage payments and 128 crore for material payments to the State.


Complete posting/transfers by February 20: instructs ECI

Chandigarh, February 10:Election Commission of India (ECI) today instructed the state government to complete posting/transfer process by February 20, 2019 regarding general elections 2019. Earlier the date for the posting/transfers has been fixed February 28, 2019 in the state of Punjab.

Issuing a letter in this regard, ECI instructed the Punjab government to complete posting/transfer process of officers with respect to general election 2019. The letter reads, "now February 20, 2019 has been fixed to complete posting/transfers of officers and compliance report shall be submitted by February 25, 2019."

It is pertinent to mention here that earlier ECI had fixed February 28, 2019 to complete the posting/transfer process and to submit compliance report by first week of March.