Chandigarh, June 15:-Urging Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to ensure all necessary steps to provide protection to Punjabi settlers in the North-Eastern state, Captain Amarinder has decided to immediately rush a four-member delegation to the state to resolve the issues concerning the settlers.

The delegation, to be headed by Water Resources Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, will meet the Chief Minister and other concerned people in Meghalaya, an official spokesperson said here on Saturday.

The delegation will include MPs Ravneet Singh Bittu and Jasbir Singh Gill, along with MLA Kuldeep Singh Vaid. DS Mangat, Special Secretary, Planning, has also been directed to accompany the delegation, which the Chief Secretary has been asked to coordinate.

The directions come amid media reports that the settlers have received threats from certain local banned terrorist organizations warning them of dire consequences if they resisted the State Government’s attempts to evict them.

“These reports have naturally caused great concern back in Punjab as these families have been settled in Shillong long before the country’s independence,” said Captain Amarinder Singh in a letter to Sangma requesting him to initiate urgent measures to instill a sense of security among the Punjabi settlers.

Underlining the sensitivity of the issue, the Punjab Chief Minister stressed the need for it to be carefully and amicably resolved to the satisfaction of all parties. He said it was important that the issue not be allowed to acquire a religious or parochial colour.

In his letter, Captain Amarinder Singh referred to the visit to Meghalaya last year by a Punjab delegation headed by Cooperation Minister to meet the Chief Minister on the same issue. The delegation had also met the settlers as well as other officials in the Government and was assured by all quarters that due regard would be taken not to displace them.


Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa becomes Life President of Punjab Olympic Association

  • Brahm Mohindra nominated Working President till Punjab Olympic Association elections
  • Dhindsa's 41 year long services as President come in for appreciation in Executive Meeting & Annual General House of POA
  • Cabinet Ministers Brahm Mohindra & Bharat Bhushan Ashu announce grants of Rs. 10 lakh each

Mohali, June 15:The President of the Punjab Olympic Association (POA) Mr. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa today voluntarily resigned from his office after which the Vice President Mr. Brahm Mohindra was nominated as the Working President till the elections to the association are held.

In the Executive Meeting and Annual General House of the POA here today at the Punjab Olympic Bhawan, the services of Mr. Dhindsa as President for 41 years were applauded and it was unanimously decided to make him the Life President of POA in order to enable him to keep guiding the association. The meeting also saw congratulations pouring in for Mr. Dhindsa for being bestowed with the Padma Bhushan and the award was applauded as a matter of honour for the association. It was further decided to felicitate Mr. Dhindsa in a grand function by all the sports associations and the players in recognition of his exceptional services rendered.

The meeting saw the unanimous passing of the proposal to nominate the Vice President of the association and Local Government Minister, Punjab, Mr. Brahm Mohindra as the Working President. The proposal afterwards also got the green light from the Annual General House. During the meeting, the decision was also arrived at to form a committee under the leadership of Mr. Brahm Mohindra which would coordinate with the Punjab Government concerning matters related to the association. On the occasion, Mr. Brahm Mohindra and Cabinet Minister Mr. Bharat Bhushan Ashu announced grants to the POA to the tune of Rs. 10 lakh each from their discretionary quotas which was greatly appreciated by all the members.

Earlier, the Secretary General of the POA Raja K.S. Sidhu while conducting the proceedings presented the report detailing the various works undertaken during the previous period. He disclosed that under the stewardship of Mr. Dhindsa, a sprawling Punjab Olympic Association bhawan came up at Mohali. The efforts done by the Senior Vice President of the POA Mr. Rajdeep Singh Gill with regard to constructing a Hall of Fame within the bhawan were also greatly appreciated. The Hall of Fame depicts photographs plus achievements of the international level players from Punjab.

It was also decided in the meeting that the convention hall in the bhawan be christened as 'Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa Convention Hall'. In the aftermath of the meeting , all the office bearers visited the Hall of Fame at the ground floor. Earlier, at the start of the meeting, all the office bearers observed 2 minutes of silence in the memory of the Treasurer of the association Mr. P. S. Virk who passed away in 2015.

Among other office bearers of the POA present on the occasion included Mr. Sikander Singh Maluka, Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Padam Shri Kartar Singh, Mr. N. S. Kalsi, Mr. K. S. Kang, Mr. Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu, Mr. Teja Singh Dhaliwal, Mr. Rajinder Kalsi, Mr. Prabhjit Singh, Mr. Karambir Singh, Mr. Gurbir Sandhu, Mr. Harcharan Singh Bhullar, Mr. P. R. Sondhi, Arjuna Awardee Mr. Tara Singh, Arjuna Awardee Mr. Jaipal Singh, and Deputy Director, Sports Department, Punjab, Mr. Kartar Singh Sehambi and Media Advisor of POA Mr. Navdeep Singh Gill


Water Resources Minister Sarkaria meets Israeli water experts

Discusses ways and means to tackle declining groundwater level

Chandigarh, June 15-To prepare a Comprehensive Water Management Master Plan for conservation and management of water Resources to tackle declining ground water in state, Water Resources Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria on Saturday met three-member team of experts from Israel at Amritsar.

The experts team along with senior officers of Water Resources Department had earlier visited various parts of the state to assess the present situation and the challenges being faced by Punjab in dealing with the water sector. During their three-day visit, the team of experts has got an overview of the existing water resources and infrastructure in the state.

The experts team of International Special Projects Coordinator of Mekorot Dr. Diego Berger, Project Manager Mr Niv Pintow, Water Engineer of Mekorot for North district Tomer Malol discussed the ways and means with the Minister to deal with grave problem of deteriorating condition of water resources in the state.

The team apprised Mr. Sarkaria that they will submit 6 reports 'Study in current situation of water sector', 'Water based economy regulations', 'Projections of the water Resources', 'Projection of Water demand', 'Alternative water supply schemes', 'Economic analysis and master plan summary and recommendations' for Punjab.

Notably, the National Water company of Israel M/s Mekorot and Punjab Government had signed an agreement in April, 2019 after the visit of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to Israel in October, 2018.

As per the agreement, the recommendations of the M/s Mekorot shall be submitted in 18 months. The final report of the master plan is expected in October 2020.

Prominent among others presented in the meeting included Chief Engineer/ IPRI & UBDC Water Resources Department Mr. Jasbir Singh Sandhu, SE/ Policy Evaluation and Education Circle Mr. Sandeep Saluja, and SE/ UBDC Circle Mr. Manjit Singh.


Education Minister prohibits sale of uniform and books in school premises

Directs private schools to upload the list of Board approved books on school website

Colour and design of school uniform not to be changed before three years

N.O.C of defaulting schools to be cancelled

Chandigarh, June 15:Taking strict note of the reports of economic exploitation of parents by the managements of certain private schools, Mr.Vijay Inder Singla Education Minister Punjab has issued directions that all the private schools affiliated to CBSE/ICSE and Punjab School Education Board across the State shall not direct or compel parents to buy school uniform and books from an earmarked shop/firm. The sale of uniform and books within the school premises has also been prohibited, henceforth.

The guidelines issued in this context also state that the uniform once introduced in school should be carried on for at least three years and no change in the colour and design of school uniform be introduced in that period. The details pertaining to design, colour, texture/material etc. should be uploaded on the school website so that parents may buy ready-made uniform or get them tailor made as per their choice and resources.

Besides, it has been made mandatory for school authorities to use approved books based on the board syllabi and upload the list of those books on the school website, leaving the choice of buying books solely to the discretion of students/parents. The guidelines issued to private schools state that it has been observed that certain schools recommend books of private publishers who in connivance with school management change the chronology of chapters of last year’s books, irrespective of the fact that Board made no changes in the syllabi. This is being done in order to befool the parents and children so that they may not use second-hand books and incur fresh expenditure on new books. So, the malpractice needs to be checked and the parents/students may not be compelled to buy new books.

Giving a week’s time for compliance, it has been informed that nonexistence of school website would not be accepted as an excuse towards failure in uploading the said details, so the schools may create their website and upload the information regarding the approved books as well as the school uniform. Random checks would be made to ensure conformity.

The orders clearly state that the N.O.C of the schools failing to comply the directions of the department would be cancelled.