Tag: Punjab Govt

Punjab all Set To Deliver Ration to Beneficiaries Through TPDS

[Chd,Pb]Punjab all Set To Deliver Ration to Beneficiaries Through TPDS
As per Bharat Bhushan Ashu, the Food & Civil Supplies Minister Punjab,Smart Ration Card Scheme, the Aadhaar enabled Public Distribution System is all set to be launched in June,
To minimize diversion, leakage, pilferage and to bring transparency in the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) and to ensure that eligible beneficiaries get their entitled quota, Captain Amrinder Singh led State Government initiated the distribution of wheat to the eligible beneficiaries through ePoS (Electronic Point of Sale) devices.
At present there are 3526775 families comprising of nearly 1.37crore individuals which are covered under TPDS. Till date 98.24% families and 95.26% individual beneficiaries on the portal have been seeded with their Aadhaar numbers which will decimate the probability of bogus/ghost beneficiaries.
Further, the entire Supply Chain right from the wheat procurement from the Mandis, its transfer to godowns, thereafter its transportation to Fair Price Shops and last but not the least its distribution to the beneficiaries will be tracked on State Transparency portal.
In the State of Punjab, the Inspector Centric Model is in place and the beneficiaries are distributed wheat twice a year i.e., six months quota at one time by the concerned Inspector. There are approximately 16000 Fair Price Shops in the State and under the End to End Computerization nearly 1400 inspectors of the department would use on rotation basis an e-PoS (Electronic Point of Sale) machine each, for approximately 10-12 Fair Price Shops (FPS)falling in their domain.

Pb CM Asks Supreme Court to Sack K’nataka’s Gov

[Chd,Pb]Pb CM Also Joins Party and Raises Voice Against K’nataka’s Gov
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has hailed latest developments in Karnataka Assembly
Reacting to the resignation of BS Yeddyurappa ahead of the crucial floor test, the Chief Minister said Indian democracy had been saved from total desecration at the hands of the power-hungry BJP, thanks to the Supreme Court, which had come to the rescue to uphold the Constitution of the country.
CM Said ,Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala should immediately step down on ethical grounds in view of the developments in the House,The august office of the Governor had been maligned and denigrated by Vala and the Supreme Court should order his dismissal if he fails to resign,
Captain Amarinder Singh lauded the role of the apex court in the matter, saying the judiciary still offered a ray of hope in the darkness into which India had been plunged by the malevolent forces spearheaded by the BJP.
He also commended the party leaders and MLAs in Karnataka for refusing to succumb to the pressures and temptations that were reportedly being forced their way by the BJP in the run-up to the floor test.
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Pb CM Hails SC for Acquitting His Tourism Minister Sidhu

[Chd,Pb]Pb CM Hails SC Sparing His Tourism Minister Sidhu
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today hailed the Supreme Court’s verdict which spared state Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu a jail term in a 1988 road rage case.
CM Tweeted
“I welcome SC judgement in the road rage case against @sherryontopp. His acquittal on culpable homicide charges shows justice has prevailed. I’d always maintained that there was nothing willful in his act, and the judges have also upheld the same. Law has duly taken its course,”
The Supreme Court today convicted Sidhu for voluntarily causing hurt to a 65-year-old man but spared him a jail term in the 1988 road rage case and imposed a Rs 1,000 fine on him.
A bench of justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul reversed the findings of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which had convicted the cricketer-turned-politician for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and had sentenced him to three years in jail.
Ironically, on April 12, the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government had favoured in the top court the high court’s judgement convicting and awarding of the three-year jail term to Sidhu.
At that time, the chief minister had maintained that his government had taken the only legally tenable stand in the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, Punjab Congress chief and Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar said truth has been victorious while reacting to the Supreme Court verdict in the road rage case involving Sidhu.
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Hindu Co op Bank’s Board Suspended in Punjab

[Chd,Pb]Hindu Coop Bank’s Board of Directors Suspended in Punjab
Board of Directors of the Hindu Urban Cooperative Bank, Pathankot has been placed under suspension for failing to perform their expected duties in a transparent and professional manner.
As per Punjab Govt ,The financial health of the bank has been severely eroded thereby putting the interest of the depositors of the bank at a grave risk.
This action is based on A enquiry conducted by the Joint Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Jalandhar Division. The bank has shown its CRAR to be 9% on 31.3.2017 whereas after the inspection of RBI it has been lowered to .68% as the bank had not made the required provisions in its books of accounts.
The NPA of the bank has shot upto 48% which is very high. Further, Board of the Bank indiscriminately extended financial benefits to certain selected defaulters of the bank by charging lower rate of interest or waiving off the penal interest to be charged from them by going beyond their jurisdiction and without any policy. For e.g. Board reduced the rate of interest from
13% to 12% in case of M/s Mahajan Lamination Works,
12.5% to 12% in M/s Vikas Ventures,
13% to 12% in M/s Venus Public Resort, waived off penal interest of Rs 43.39 lacs in case of M/s Transworld Sellways, Rs. 26,49,321/- in case of M/s Sai Enterprises, Rs. 4,21,361/- in case of M/s SS Timber and Rs. 62,949/- in case of M/s Narinder Singh. There are many such cases where Board has taken a decision beyond its jurisdiction and has worked in a way detrimental to the interests of the Institution.
The enquiry report has also indicated that certain individuals/families/groups of individuals have unduly been favoured by giving very high amount of advancement to them and recovery is not effected from such loanees which has grossly affected the financial health of the bank. The Bank in fact has to recover 99.69 crores of rupees from only 44 big defaulters.
Bhupinderjit Singh Walia Deputy Registrar, Cooperative Societies, has been appointed as Administrator and he has assumed charge on 11th May.

Punjab’s Shahkot Bypoll-No Nomination on Day One

[Chd,Pb]Shahkot Bypoll-No Nomination on Day One
With the issuance of notification for Shahkot by-poll, the process of filing nomination has also commenced but no one has turned up to filed nominations on day one.
Nomination can be filed till May 10 and the voting would take place on May 28, 2018.
The result would be declared on May 31, 2018
Notification regarding Shahkot Bye election has been issued on may 3rd, 2018. After the notification, Nomination process has been started immediately.
As per Chief Electoral Officer Punjab, Dr. S Karuna Raju, due to Holiday on May 6, 2018 under the Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881, Nomination Papers will not be submitted on that day.
Due to holidays on 12th and 13th May 2018 the withdrawal of candidature cannot be presented on that day. He said that polling will be held on May 28, 2018 and counting of votes and result will be declared on May 31, 2018.

Punjab to be Open Defecation free by July,2018,Sidhu

[Chd,Pb] Punjab to be Open Defecation free by July,2018,Sidhu
:Where there is cleanliness, there is health.” These views were expressed by the Local Government Minister, Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu today at Punjab Municipal Bhawan on the occasion of a regional workshop on ‘Star Rating of Garbage Free Cities’
Minister Sidhu said that the Punjab Government under the visionary guidance of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is whole heartedly devoted to the task of generating awareness with regard to the environmental as well as hygiene issues besides taking ample measures to make sure that the vision materializes into reality. He elaborated that during the Swachh Sarvekshan in 2017 a total of 438 cities were examined on various parameters pertaining to cleanliness and Punjab was among the most lowly ranked i.e. no city of the state was within first 100 cities ..many of its cities received ranking between 400-438 but after the present Government took over the reins of the state and undertook with missionary zeal the task of making the state count on various cleanliness standards, the ranking of Punjab is expected to see a drastic improvement in Swachh Sarvekshan-2018. As of now more than 30 of its ULBs are in top-100 amongst 4041 ulbs across the country in dynamic rankings of cities based on swachhtaapp.

The minister further added that the concept of Garbage Free Cities is very closely linked with the Swachh Bharat Mission and exhorted all to devote themselves wholeheartedly to ensure that Punjab emerges at the top on the criteria of cleanliness and healthy environment. The minister also said that Punjab has made great strides in eradicating the menace of Open Defecation from the state and assured that by July, 2018 the state would be completely Open Defecation Free (ODF). .
On the occasion, the CEO of Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company . Ajoy Sharma threw light on the steps being initiated by the department in making Punjab free from open defecation as well as providing individual toilets in the households to save environment from getting polluted.
Sidhu on the occasion also honoured various NGOs and 3 Deputy Directors (Local Government Department) from Bathinda, Patiala and Jalandhar for making herculean efforts in making the cities garbage free apart from generating awareness about clean and green environment.
Among others present on the occasion included Principal Secretary Local Government Department A. Venu Prasad, and Director, Local Government Department, Karnesh Sharma

Cong MLAs Resented Punjab Expansion

[Chd,Pb] Cong MLAs Resented Punjab Expansion
Two Congress MLAs expressed disappointment today for being ignored in the expansion of the Punjab Cabinet, hours before the scheduled swearing-in of the new ministers.
Navtej Singh Cheema and
Gurkirat Singh Kotli
voiced their unhappiness a day after another Congress legislator
Sangat Singh Gilzian resigned from All India Congress Committee (AICC) and as Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee vice president over the issue.
Congress finalized the names of nine new ministers yesterday
Khanna MLA Gurkirat Singh Kotli, who is the grandson of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, said “old and traditional” families that have won elections for the party should have been considered for Cabinet berths.
Navtej Singh Cheema said “I meet all the criteria for becoming a minister but a junior person has been inducted. I fought three elections and won twice,” .
Cheema, who is from Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala district, said he was disappointed that the Doaba region was “ignored.”
“Only one ministerial berth has been given to Doaba (Sunder Shan Arora) and that too represents the Kandi area. The main Doaba region comprising Jalandhar and Kapurthala, which is known as the NRI belt, is completely ignored,” Cheema said.
“Whenever Congress won seats from the Doaba region, it formed the government,” he said.
He said the party picked three ministers from one district but had ignored Doaba.
With the induction of Dera Baba Nanak MLA Sukhjinder Randhawa in the Cabinet, Gurdaspur district now has three ministers.
Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa (Fatehgarh Churian) and Aruna Chaudhary (Dinanagar) already represented the district in the ministry.
Amritsar also has three ministers now with the induction of O P Soni (Amritsar Central) and Sukhbinder Sarkaria (Raja Sansi). Navjot Singh Sidhu from Amritsar East was already a minister.
Kotli argued in favour of Punjab’s “traditional” families.
Kotli’s grandfather Beant Singh was chief minister and his father Tej Partap Singh was a minister in previous Congress government.

Capt&H C Agree To Expand Pb Cabinet With New 9

[New Delhi] Capt&High Command Agree To Expand Pb Cabinet With New 9
9 new cabinet ministers are set to take oath tomorrow in Punjab,
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has approved their names in a meeting with state chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh.
The new ministers are
Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa,
Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria,
Vijay Inder Singla,
Bharat Bhushan Ashu,
Shyam Sunder Arora,
O P Soni,
Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi,
Gurpreet Singh Kangar and
Balbir Sidhu.
Swearing-in ceremony will take place tomorrow at 6 pm at Punjab Raj Bhawan.
The state chief minister held a second round of discussion with Rahul Gandhi today before announcing the names.
They held a similar meeting yesterday and Amarinder was asked by Rahul Gandhi to provide the seniority list of the MLAs.
At present there are nine ministers, including Amarinder Singh, and with nine new ministers, the Punjab government will touch the maximum strength of 15 per cent of the state assembly.
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Sidhu Gets Case Regd Against “Pushp Empire”

[Chd,Pb] Sidhu Had to Come Himself To Get Case Registered Against Builder
The Local Government Minister, Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu paid a visit to the zirakpur police station and got the case registered against the builders responsible for construction of an illegal building. The minister handed over all the documents pertaining to the building to SSP Mohali Kuldeep Chahal.
The minister interacting with the mediapersons on the spot said that out of the 6 collapsed buildings (No. 139 to 144) the licence of 5 buildings had expired in October 2017 while that of the remaining building expired on 31st March 2018 He asked the SSP to register a case against the builder Pushp Empire who constructed these buildings.
4 member committee has been formed headed by the Director of the department which has been directed to submit its report in 7 days. The committee also includes Chief Engineer, Town Planner and Executive Officer of the Municipal Council Zirakpur.
Sidhu was accompanied by the Director Local Government Mr. Karnesh Sharma, SSP Kuldeep Chahal, SDM Derabassi Paramjit Singh, senior congress leader Deepinder Singh Dhillon and Executive Officer of the Municipal Council Manbir Singh.

Capt,Batting for Sidhu,Turn Down Action In Rd Rage Case

[Chd,Pb] Capt,Batting for Sidhu,Turn Down Action In Road Rage Case
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today scotched speculation that the Congress leader would be resigning from the state cabinet.
The Chief Minister said there was no question of asking Sidhu, the Tourism, Culture and Local Government minister, to quit.
Last week, the state government in the Supreme Court had favoured the Punjab and Haryana High Court verdict convicting and awarding a three-year jail term to Sidhu in the 1988 case. Gurnam Singh, a Patiala resident, had died after he was given fist blow by Sidhu.
Amarinder pointed out that the apex court had stayed Sidhu’s conviction in 2007 and was yet to pronounce its final verdict on his petition challenging the high court order.
The question of the minister resigning, merely because the state government had repeated its stand of 30-years in the case before the Supreme Court, did not arise,
The categorical clarification from the Chief Minister came amid reports suggesting that Sidhu had been asked to resign, and also in the wake of the demand from the opposition that he should step down.
In September 1999, a trial court had acquitted Sidhu of the murder charge. However, the High Court reversed the verdict and held him and co-accused Rupinder Singh Sandhu guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in December, 2006.
The high court sentenced them to three-year imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on the convicts.
Opposition mounting attack on Punjab Local Body Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in this 30 years old case