CM CALLS ON AMIT SHAH, SEEKS KIND INTERVENTION OF GOI FOR HARSHER PUNISHMENT TO THE PERPETRATORS OF HEINOUS CRIME OF SACRILEGE

URGES UNION HOME MINISTER TO EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF SHIFTING THE BORDER FENCE TOWARDS INTERNATIONAL BORDER IN LARGER INTEREST OF FARMERS

DEMANDS LIBERAL FUNDS TO ENSURE MODERNIZATION OF THE STATE POLICE FORCE FOR COMBATING NEW CHALLENGES

New Delhi, December 9-Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday called on the Union Home Minister Amit Shah and sought the kind intervention of Government of India for getting Presidential assent for two important pending bills of state stipulating harsher punishment for the perpetrators of heinous crime of sacrilege.

The Chief Minister, who called on Amit Shah here at his office, said that sacrilege of holy books is a major challenge in the state. He said that in this context, it has been felt that the quantum of punishment for sacrilege of Holy Books as per existing provisions of Sections 295 and 295-A in the Indian Penal Code is too inadequate. Bhagwant Mann apprised the Union Home Minister that the Punjab Vidhan Sabha had passed "The Indian Penal Code (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2018 and The Code of Criminal Procedure (Punjab Amendment) Bill 2018, which stipulates punishment upto life imprisonment for injury, damage or sacrilege to Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Srimad Bhagwat Gita, Holy Quran and Holy Bible with the intention to hurt the religious feelings of the people.

The Chief Minister said that this amendment is in consonance with the principles of secularism enshrined in our Constitution. However, he said that these Bills are pending for assent of the President of India since October, 2018. Asserting that Punjab, being a border State, it is extremely necessary to maintain communal harmony, Bhagwant Mann sought the kind intervention of the Union government for getting early Presidential assent for the said bills as rigorous punishment is required to deter criminals trying to disturb communal peace and brotherhood in the state.

Flagging another important issue, the Chief Minister said that as per international norms, construction can be made beyond 150 meters of Zero Line but at some places in Punjab, the Border Security Fence is at a large distance away from the Zero Line. Citing an example, he said that the section from Border Pillar No. 2/M to Border Pillar No. 10/12 in AOR 121 Bn BSF Madhopur under Gurdaspur Sector is about four kilometers away from the International Border. Bhagwant Mann said that as a huge chunk of farming land lies between the International Border and existing fence, so a number of farmers, who have to go across the Border Fence to cultivate this land, face a lot of hardships on a daily basis.

The Chief Minister said that this also enhances the workload of the Border Security Force too. Likewise, he said that the Government has to pay substantial compensation to these farmers also. Bhagwant Mann urged the Union Home Minister to explore the possibility of shifting the Border Fence towards the International Border, wherever possible in the larger interest of farmers without compromising national security.

The Chief Minister also urged Amit Shah to provide liberal funds to ensure modernization of the state Police force for effectively combating the new challenges. He said that the need of the hour is to provide ultra modern gadgets and weapons to the state force for checking cross border infiltration and drone attack from across the border. Bhagwant Mann said that this is most important for preserving the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the country.

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CM ANNOUNCES TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN THE SINGLE WINDOW SYSTEM FOR FACILITATING THE INVESTORS

REITERATES COMMITMENT TO TRANSFORM STATE INTO A MAJOR INDUSTRIAL AND EXPORT HUB BY FACILITATING BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT

INVITES BUSINESS TYCOONS TO INVEST IN THE STATE AND BECOME A PART OF INDUSTRIAL EVOLUTION AND PROGRESS

PARTICIPATES IN FIFTH MEETING OF CII NORTHERN REGIONAL COUNCIL

New Delhi, December 9-Reiterating commitment of his government to transform the state into a major industrial and export hub by facilitating businesses and creating an investor-friendly environment, the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday said that the state government is further strengthening the single window system for facilitating the investors.

Interacting with the delegates during fifth meeting of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Northern Region Council here today, the Chief Minister said that earlier single window service was merely a sham, devoid of any meaningful purpose, which not only demoralized the potential investors but also hampered the industrial development of the state. However, he said that his government is making all out efforts to ensure that investors get all the facilities at this window smoothly and without any sort of corrupt practices. Bhagwant Mann invited the captains of industry to invest in the state and become a part of industrial evolution and progress.

The Chief Minister lauded the efforts undertaken by the CII in supporting industry and creating a business conducive environment. He said that the Punjab Government is undertaking myriad efforts to foster an investment ecosystem in the state, create suitable employment opportunities for all, provide access to quality infrastructure, enable greater transparency and accountability in governance. Bhagwant Mann said that Punjab is ranked third in Ease of Logistics in the country as the State has a strong logistics backbone with five Inland Container Depots (ICDs).

Rolling out Red Carpet to the captains of Industry, the Chief Minister said that state offers one of the most competitive rates of power for all industries and is recognized as one of the top achievers in significantly improving its ease of doing business, in the latest Business Reforms Action Plan (BRAP) report of the Government of India. He further said that Punjab has undertaken simplification and digitization of processes for compliances, decriminalization of minor offences and elimination of redundant laws and overlapping regulations. Bhagwant Mann said that the state currently houses more than 1,000 skill development centres adding that Punjab Skill Development Mission (PSDM) has more than 250 empanelled training partners thereby creating an accessible network of training facilities to create a pool of trained manpower.

The Chief Minister said that Start Up Punjab promotes entrepreneurship by creating an investor-friendly environment conducive to Start-ups and a dedicated Innovation Mission Punjab has been set up to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in the state. He further said that the Government of Punjab will soon launch its new Industrial Development Policy in next few months which will lay down the roadmap for industrial policy of Punjab for next five years. Bhagwant Mann said that the state government has received valuable suggestions from all stakeholders and efforts are being made to incorporate them into the New Industrial Policy 2022.

The Chief Minister said that recognizing the huge potential of Electric Vehicles (EVs) as a long-term sustainable solution, Punjab will soon be launching the EV Policy to promote electric vehicles and EV component manufacturing in the state. He said that Punjab is committed to improving investor experience, building a business conducive environment and further simplifying compliances. Bhagwant Mann also invited all industry representatives to attend the Progressive Punjab Investors Summit slated to take place on February 23 and 24 next year.

Showcasing the achievements of the state in various fields, the Chief Minister said that Punjab is regarded as the Granary of India and ranks third in the total rice and wheat production in the country. He said that it is a matter of great pride and satisfaction that Punjab is amongst the top 10 cotton producing states in India, accounting for 3.68% of India's total production. Bhagwant Mann said that the state is first in production of blended yarn and has the fourth largest spinning capacity in the country adding that Punjab is also first in production of Hosiery and second in the production of Sports Goods.

Asserting that Punjab's Industry is globally competitive, the Chief Minister said that the state ranks number one in exports of Bicycles in India as more than 75% of bicycles in India and 92% bicycle parts are produced in Punjab. He said that the state is number one in hand tools and machine tools production in India and accounts for 26% of export of hand tools & machine tools from India. Bhagwant Mann further said that the IT and electronics Industry in Punjab attracted investments worth Rs 770 crore, an increase of nearly 67 per cent over the previous year. He said that MSMEs have always been the backbone of Punjab’s economy and today the state has more than 3.7 Lakh MSMEs.

Earlier, Chief Executive Officer, Punjab Bureau of Investment Promotion, Kamal Kishor Yadav gave a presentation on investment opportunities in Punjab.

On the occasion Additional Chief Secretary to CM A.Venu Prasad, Principal Resident Commissioner Punjab Bhawan Rahul Bhandari, Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce Dilip Kumar, Special Principal Secretary to CM Ravi Bhagat and others were also present.

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CM URGES RK SINGH TO ALLOW 100% SUPPLY OF COAL TO STATE VIA DIRECT RAIL MODE INSTEAD OF RSR

ASSERTS THAT RSR WILL PUT UNNECESSARY BURDEN ON THE POCKET ON POWER CONSUMERS

CONSENSUS ON NOMINATING MEMBER IN BBMB AFTER MANN RAISES MATTER BEFORE UNION MINISTER

BATS FOR ALLOWING PUNJAB TO USE COAL FROM PACHHWARA CENTRAL COALMINE WITHOUT 50% TRANSFER LIMIT AND PAYMENT OF ROYALTY

New Delhi, December 9: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday urged the Union Power Minister RK Singh to review the decision of Government of India and allow 100% supply of coal to the state through Direct Rail Mode instead of existing Rail-Ship-Rail (RSR) mode.

The Chief Minister during a meeting with RK Singh here at his office on Friday said that Ministry of Power have asked State of Punjab to start lifting 15-20% domestic coal through Rail-Ship-Rail (RSR) mode from January 2023 from Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) /Talcher Mines. Bhagwant Mann said that Talwandi Sabo Power Limited (TSPL) has coal linkage of 67.20 lakh MT with MCL/Talcher. He said that as per the advisory, about 12-13 Lakh MT is to be routed through RSR mode.

However, the Chief Minister lamented that transportation of this coal by RSR mode will result in massive increase in landed coal cost by about Rs. 1600 per MT thereby causing an additional financial burden of about Rs. 200 Crore every year. He said that the distance through train route between MCL and Punjab is around 1900 kms adding that by the proposed RSR Mode, train distance will be around 1700-1800 kms in addition to sea travel of around 4360 kms between Paradeep and Mundhra. Bhagwant Mann asserted that Punjab is located farthest from MCL hence transportation cost is 60% of the total landed coal cost.

The Chief Minister also rued that the relief in freight provided by the Railways to thermal power plants located beyond 1400 kms has not been extended after its expiry on December 31, 2021, which has resulted in sudden increase in railway freight. Bhagwant Mann asserted that due to multiple transportation and handling of coal through RSR mode, the Transit loss will increase from 0.8% to 1.4% besides deterioration in quality of coal adding that due to multiple transhipment, the total transportation time from loading at source (MCL) to unloading at power plant destination will be around 25 days instead of 4-5 days through rail route. He said that considering the above-mentioned concerns, transportation of domestic coal through the proposed RSR route is not fruitful for the thermal power plants of Punjab, as it will increase energy charges burden on people of Punjab adding that if there are infrastructure constraints on the part of Railways in placing adequate rakes for evacuation, then this burden should be shared equally by all States.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also raised the issue of appointing Member Power in BBMB from the quota of state with RK Singh. Both the leaders arrived at consensus for appointing the member at the earliest for streamlining the affairs in BBMB. They agreed that the entire process for appointment of the member will be completed soon.

Flagging another issue, the Chief Minister said that Coal production at Punjab state's captive mine Pachhwara Central has commenced and this mine has sufficient surplus coal for transfer to TSPL after meeting requirement of State thermals and as such there may not be any requirement of imported coal for the power plants of Punjab in future. Bhagwant Mann asked the Union Minister to allow Punjab to use coal from its captive mine Pachhwara Central for both TSPL and Nabha Power Limited (NPL) without a 50% transfer limit and payment of royalty. He said that quality of Pachhwara coal is excellent, i.e. high GCV of 4300 Kcal/kg and low Ash Content of 29% against MCL coal which has low GCV of 3000 Kcal/kg and high Ash Content of 41%.

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CM calls on Piyush Goyal, seeks immediate release of pending payment of RDF and MDF worth Rs 3095 crore

Asserts that non release of pending arrears adversely affecting the development of state, especially in rural areas

New Delhi, December 9: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday sought the kind intervention of Union Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles Minister Piyush Goyal for immediate release of pending arrears of Rural Development Fee (RDF) and Market Development Fee (MDF) worth Rs 3095 crore.

The Chief Minister, who called on Piyush Goyal here at his office, said that the Union government has not yet released RDF worth Rs 2880 crore for KMS 2021-22, RMS 2022-23 and KMS 2022-23 and MDF worth Rs 215 crore. He said that these funds are utilised for the holistic development of the state especially in the rural areas. However, Bhagwant Mann bemoaned that due to non release of these funds the development of state, especially in rural areas, has been adversely affected.

The Chief Minister said that RDF is payable to Punjab Rural Development Board of Government of Punjab as per section 7 of Punjab Rural Development Act 1987, @3% of MSP. He said that RDF has been paid on regular basis since 1987 till RMS 2020-21 as per rate notified (3% of MSP) by Government of Punjab till RMS 2020-21. Bhagwant Mann said that the purpose of this fund is basically to promote the agriculture and rural infrastructure which ultimately add to overall development of agriculture viz rural road network, marketing infrastructure, augmentation of storage facility, land record computerization, automation, mechanization of mandis and others.

The Chief Minister bemoaned that RDF was restricted to 1% of MSP in the Provisional Cost sheet of KMS 2020-21 onwards, on the plea of its scrutiny with respect to purpose of funds. He said that the state government had submitted all clarifications, requisite documents and details of expenditure after which RDF was allowed for KMS 2020-21 and RMS 2021-22 subject to condition that Punjab had to amend RDF, Act before commencement of Kharif Marketing Season 2021- 22. Bhagwant Mann apprised the Union Minister that subsequently the state had duly amended the Punjab Rural Development Act, 1987 as per directions of Government of India.

However, the Chief Minister rued that even after compliance regarding amendment in RDF act, 1987, RDF worth Rs 2880 crore has not been allowed in Provisional cost sheets for KMS 2021-22, RMS 2022-23 and KMS 2022-23 so far. Likewise, he said that MDF @3% was paid by the Government of India to the state till KMS 2021-22. Bhagwant Mann said that despite of repeated requests, the Government of India has withheld MDF @1% amounting to Rs.215 crores. The Chief Minister urged Piyush Goyal to immediately release the pending funds of both RDF and MDF so that boost can be given to development of the state.

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PUNJAB TO FORTIFY MECHANISM TO NAB TRADERS BRINGING PIGS ILLEGALLY FROM OTHER STATES: LALJIT SINGH BHULLAR

ANIMAL HUSBANDRY MINISTER DIRECTS OFFICIALS TO LIAISE WITH DGP FOR MORE VIGIL ON BORDER VILLAGE LINK ROADS

Chandigarh, December 9:Punjab Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar has directed the officials of the department to further strengthen the mechanism for keeping a check on the inflow of wild pigs brought illegally from other states and illegal traders, which are affecting the pork market of the state. He also directed to write a letter to the DGP Punjab for the vigil on link roads of the border villages.

After listening to the problems of the representatives of the Progressive Piggery Farmers Association here at his office, Cabinet Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar said that illegal entry of wild pigs in the state, causing economic loss to the pig farmers on the one hand, there is more possibility of spreading serious diseases like African Swine Fever to farm-pigs of the state from the wild pigs.

Director, Animal Husbandry Dr. Subhash Chander Goyal apprised the Animal Husbandry Minister that to resolve this problem, the department has set up check posts at the entry points on major road of the state and deployed veterinary officers, who are taking necessary action in coordination with police officers.

Cabinet Minister Bhullar directed the officials of the Animal Husbandry Department to further strengthen the system to stop the illegal inflow of the pigs and nab the illegal traders. He asked the officials to liaise with the DGP Punjab for setting up check posts on link roads of the border villages also for strict vigil so that the pig farmers do not face any problem.

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UPLIFTING LIVING STANDARD OF LABOURERS PRIORITY OF STATE GOVERNMENT: LAL CHAND KATARUCHAK

PRESIDES OVER MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF LABOUR UNIONS FROM ACROSS PUNJAB

Chandigarh, December 9:The Punjab Government led by the Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann is fully committed to ensure the welfare of every section of the society with raising the living standard of labourers being top priority for which no stone would be left unturned.

These views were expressed here today at the Anaj Bhawan in Sector 39 by the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Mr. Lal Chand Kataruchak while presiding over a meeting with the representatives of the labour unions from across the State. He reiterated that the exploitation of the labour force would not be tolerated at any cost.

The Minister further said that the rule stands already enforced that the 50 percent share of the deductions with regard to the E.P.F. and E.S.I. would be contributed by the labourers while the rest 50 percent would be contributed by the contractors. As far as the Worker Management Committees are concerned, the same would be further strengthened and only those representatives would be included which would be recommended by the Joint Action Committee, said Mr. Kataruchak adding that the issue concerning making direct payments to the labourers without the interference of the contractors would be positively considered by the Government. The Minister also directed that the process of making payments to the labourers must be speeded up.

Among others present on the occasion included the Director, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Mr. Ghanshyam Thori.

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DIRECTION GIVEN TO OFFICIAL TO COMPLETE MALERKOTLA WATER SUPPLY PROJECT BY THE END OF THE YEAR: DR. INDERBIR SINGH NIJJAR

THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE PUNJAB GOVERNMENT LED BY CHIEF MINISTER BHAGWANT MANN IS TO PROVIDE BASIC FACILITIES AND CLEAN ENVIRONMENT TO THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE

MALERKOTLA WATER SUPPLY AND SEWERAGE PROJECT WILL BENEFIT THE LARGE POPULATION OF THE CITY

Chandigarh, December 9:The Punjab government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann is continuously striving to provide basic facilities and clean environment to the people of the state. Under this series, Development works are being done in across the state. Local Government Minister, Dr. Inderbir Singh Nijjar said that Rs 68.13 crores are being spent to expand and improve water supply and sewerage system for Malerkotla city.

While reviewing the progress of the ongoing project, Local Government Minister Dr. Inderbir Singh Nijjar directed the officials of Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board to complete this project by the end of this year.

Giving more information in this regard, Local Government Minister Dr. Inderbir Singh Nijjar said that under the approved water supply project for Malerkotla city, laying of water supply pipelines of different sizes, 9 new tubewells and other related works are covered under this project. He said that the cost of the water supply project is Rs 14.85 crores. Approximately 36 kms area will be covered under this water supply project.

Dr. Nijjar further informed that about Rs 53.28 crores are being spent to expand and improve the sewerage system at Malerkotla. The project will cover laying of sewerage lines, sewerage treatment plant with a capacity of 22 MLD and other related works.will be covered under this sewerage project. Approximately 59 Kms areas will covered under this project, he also added.

Dr. Nijjar said that the large population of Malerkotla city will benefit under this water supply and sewerage project.

He said that under this project Madevi Road, Barkatpura Road, Ravidas Road, Gobind Nagar, Naudharani Road, Nabha Road, Manak Majra Road, Lasara Drain, Dhuri Road, Janta Colony Nabha Road ITI, Maharaja Hotel, Ekta Colony, Naushehra area will covered. Apart from this, Ghumiara Mohalla, Sita Grammar School, Noor Basti, Kuka Smarak, King Colony, Apple Colony, Jodiya Mohalla, Sarud Road, Manak Majra, Gobindpura, Matoi Road, Jamalpura, Dera Baba Atma Ram Raod Ludhiana Road Left Side, Amamgarh Road, Mustaq Basti, Chetan Nagar, Khushhal Basti, Kalu Basti, Khara Khu, Sultan Basti, Chand Colony, Noor Basti, Mana Road, Raikot Roads, Madina Road, Nawab Colony, Ravidas Nagar, Loha Bajar, E.O. Residence Ludhiana Bypass, Sheetla Mata Mandir, Mandiala Road, Katcha Darwaja, Ghumlara Mohalla & Mana Road etc. are covered under Malerkotla Water Supply and Sewerage Project.

Cabinet Minister Dr. Inderbir Singh Nijjar said that the work of water supply and sewerage has been completed. Sewerage Treatment Plant with capacity of 22 MLD will also be completed by the end of this year.

The Cabinet Minister said that the main objective of the Punjab government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann is to provide basic facilities and a clean environment to the people of the state.

The Minister has directed the officials of Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board to ensure transparency and quality in the works of the department so that the dream of the Mann Government of providing corruption free administration to the people of the state can be fulfill.

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Sponsorship and Foster Care Scheme: 824 children are being given financial assistance: Dr. Baljeet Kaur

Facility of Rs.2000 per month to economically weaker children

Government provides free accommodation, health and education to 441 children in 15 homes of the state

Chandigarh, December 9-Punjab government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann is continuously making efforts for the welfare of economically weaker section and helpless children. In the 15 homes being run by the Punjab government for children aged 18 years or below, where 441 children are being provided accommodation, health and education etc. free of charge. In addition of this, under the sponsorship and foster care scheme 824 children are being helped financially.

Social Security, Women and Child Development Minister, Dr. Baljit Kaur said that the main objective of implementing the Centrally Sponsored Integrated Child Protection Scheme by the Punjab Government is to provide proper care, maintenance, treatment and equal opportunities to the children living in destitute or difficult conditions. Dr. Baljit Kaur said that the Punjab government is running 15 different homes in the state under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015. It includes 7 children's homes, 4 observation homes, 2 special homes and 2 state after care homes. 441 children are living in them and are benefiting from the accommodation, health and education facilities provided by the state government. These children include helpless children, children with special needs etc.

Government provides financial assistance of Rs 2000 per month per child through sponsorship scheme or foster care scheme to children belonging to economically weaker sections. She said that such children who are orphans or who have only one parent and belong to poor families are given 2000 rupees per month by the government. Apart from this, the responsibility of financial support of poor children is taken by various families or individuals through the Foster Care Scheme and Rs. 2000 per month is given. She said that a total of 824 children in the state are getting the benefit of this scheme.

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WILL MAKE SPECIAL EFFORTS TO PROMOTE DRAGON BOAT SPORT IN PUNJAB: MEET HAYER

SPORTS MINISTER WELCOMED PLAYERS PARTICIPATING IN THE 10TH SENIOR DRAGON BOAT RACING CHAMPIONSHIP

Chandigarh, December 9:Punjab has great potential for water sports. Like rowing, kayaking and canoeing sports, special efforts will be made to promote dragon boat sports in the state. It was stated by Punjab Sports Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer while addressing the players at the inauguration of the 10th Senior Dragon Boat Racing Championship (Men and Women) being held at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh today.

Meet Hayer said that in the sport of rowing, the players of Punjab have become champions at the Asian Games and have represented India in the Olympic Games. In the Mansa, Ferozepur and Fazilka districts of Punjab, there are many rowing sportsmen who have gained international fame. To fulfil the dream envisioned by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to make Punjab the leading state of the country in sports, the sports department is paying attention to every sport. Recently, Rs. 50 lakh was sanctioned for buying boats for rowing at Rupnagar.

The sports minister said that the sport of dragon boat is still new, but due to its similarity to rowing, the sport has a lot of potentials to grow. He expressed hope that dragon boat sport will be a part of the Olympic Games in the near future. He assured that the Punjab Government would undertake all possible efforts for the giving fillip to the sport.

On this occasion, the Sports Minister met the players from different states and welcomed them on their arrival in the capital of Punjab. The National Championship is being held from December 9 to 11 in which around 500 players from 17 states are participating.

On this occasion, Dragon Boat Federation of India President Vinod Sharma and General Secretary Vinod, Raj Kamal Dhanda, Haryana Olympic Association Vice President Mahendra Kamboj, Punjab Dragon Boat Association Secretary Krishna and Punjab Rowing Association General Secretary Jasbir Singh were also present.

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DR. BALJIT KAUR WRITES A LETTER TO THE SCHOOL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THE DIRECTIONS ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL JUSTICE REGARDING RESERVATION IN THE SELECTION OF E.T.T TEACHERS

Chandigarh, December 9:Social Justice, Empowerment and Minorities Minister Dr. Baljit Kaur has written a letter to the Principal Secretary, School Education Department, Punjab to follow the directions issued by the Department of Social Justice dated 10-07-1995 as per the Supreme Court decision regarding the reservation policy in the selection of ETT teachers.

It is worth mentioning that a delegation of ETT 6635 SC/BC Union met Dr. Baljit Kaur and brought to the notice of the Minister that in the meeting held with the higher officials of the Education Department and the Minister of School Education, it has been said by them that in the second list of E.T.T teachers' selection, SC/ BC candidates who has more marks than the last candidate of general category who have already taken jobs in their quota posts and even though now when the merit of the open goes down, their numbers are higher than the last candidate of the general category, but still SC/BC candidates will not be shifted on merit of open category.

In this regard, Dr. Baljit Kaur has taken notice and issued directions to the Principal Secretary, School Education that the instructions issued by the Department of Social Justice on 10.07.1995 based on the judgment of the Hon'ble Supreme Court are self-evident regarding reservation, compliance of these instructions should be ensured.