|Saturday, January 29, 2000,
CM wants long-term policy on
Notice to Punjab on panchayati raj
Colonel held on cheating charge
No funds spent on Bibis kin:
Ex-Dean charged with
Badal blamed for Panthic crisis
Samata to contest byelection
Kariha files papers
Mongolian minister calls on Badal
Interim relief for sugar mill
Torn flag atop DCs
Punjab urged to review decision on
Globalisation threat to
Revenue records computerised
Officials suspended for abstention
College teachers stage dharna
Three dist attorneys promoted
One killed over land dispute
Three killed in road mishap
long-term policy on godowns
CHANDIGARH, Jan 28 The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has impressed upon the Union Food Minister, Mr Shanta Kumar, to make a long-term policy for creating sufficient godown capacity for storage of foodgrains and ensure their regular and speedy movement.
The Chief Minister at a meeting with the minister here today drew his attention to slow outflow of accumulated food stocks in Punjab and to the problems of the rice millers. He expressed concern over shortage of storage space in Punjab and the fact that there were no vacant godowns to accept custom-milled rice in the Central pool. This might delay the process of paddy milling and cause avoidable losses and undue harassment, he said.
Mr Badal reminded the minister that an assurance was given earlier that 25 trains loaded with foodgrains would leave Punjab everyday. But the assurance was not kept. Mr Badal expressed his fears that in the absence of sufficient storage space the coming procurement of wheat might suffer a serious setback, says a press note.
Mr Shanta Kumar assured Mr Badal that the Central Government would do its best in solving the problems of the rice milling industry and farmers of Punjab. He said his ministry officials had been directed to resolve the pending issues pertaining to the state and take necessary steps for improving the procurement system.
Prominent among those
present were Mr V.Sreenivas Prasad and Mr Shriram Chauha,
both Union Ministers of State; Mr M.D. Asthana,
Secretary, Public Distribution; and Mr P. Shankar,
Secretary, Consumer Affairs.
Punjab on panchayati raj order
CHANDIGARH, Jan 28 Mr Y.S. Bajwa, an advocate at the Punjab and Haryana High Court, today preferred a public interest litigation in the High Court contesting the ordinance issued by the Punjab Government on December 31, 1999, to amend the Punjab Panchayati Raj Act, 1994.
Mr Justice S.S. Sudhalkar and Mr Justice J.S. Narang, before whom the petition came up for hearing, issued notice to the state government and the Council of Ministers through the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for February 29.
In his petition Mr Bajwa alleged that the ruling SAD-BJP combine issued the ordinance with an eye on the next elections to panchayat samitis which were overdue to get political power. The ordinance provided for 70 per cent indirect elections to panchayat samiti seats.
He stated that the ordinance rebelled against Article 243-C of the Constitution which provides that all seats are to be filled by direct elections.
The ordinance also reduced the total strength of members of the samitis from 15 to 10. It also reduces the population of a constituency from 60,000 to 30,000.
The petitioner stated that in the recent Lok Sabha elections in Punjab the SAD-BJP combine had lost 10 of the 13 seats. Sensing anti-ruling coalition mood, the SAD-BJP combine was reluctant to face the electorate.
Order to trace Mining Officer
Mr Justice T.H.B. Chalapathi today directed the SSP of Patiala and DSP (Vigilance) Ranjit Singh Dhillon to trace Mr S.P. Singh, Mining Officer of Punjab Industries Department, and produce his before the court on January 31.
Mr Dhillon, who had appeared in the court pursuant to the directions issued by Mr Justice T.H.B. Chalapathi, denied the allegations that he was involved in the officer's disappearance. He also denied that he had directed the detainee to appear before him on January 24.
The Judge also
authorised the DSP and the SSP to search the premises
owned by Mr Surinder Singh Kairon, a close relative of
the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, at whose
instance the Mining Officer was allegedly summoned to
held on cheating charge
GURDASPUR, Jan 28 The police has unearthed a gang of agents engaged in duping persons with promises of jobs in Dubai. According to Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, Col Dhian Chand Dogra, at present posted at Nasik in Maharashtra, was arrested today while his accomplice Ashwani Kumar, his nephew, who runs a PCO at Pathankot is still at large. A case under Section 420, IPC, has been registered against the suspect at police station (Division No 1) at Pathankot.
Mr Varinder Kumar said Paramjit Singh of Pathankot had complained that the suspects extorted Rs 2 lakh from him against getting him a job in the merchant navy in Dubai. He paid the amount to Col Dhian Chand Dogra at Nasik in the presence of Ashwani Kumar.
Paramjit Singh and his brother had to stay at Nasik for one and a half months after which Col Dogra and his son Karan Dogra took them to Bombay. They told them that Paramjit Singh was being sent through a ship as a deck cadet. The contract, which Col Dogra gave to Paramjit, did not mention the name of ship. Col Dogra told Paramjit that the name of the ship would be revealed to him on reaching Dubai. At Dubai, Paramjit Singh was left in a scrap ship.
He borrowed money from one of his relatives to purchase the return ticket to Nasik. On reaching Nasik when he demanded refund of his money, Col Dogra promised him that he would be sent to Dubai again. Paramjit Singh was sent to Dubai again where the same fate awaited him. He found in the ship a letter addressed to the owner of the ship for making arrangements to send him back to his country.
Paramjit Singh again rang up Col Dogra who replied that this time he would not be sent back since his passport would be retained by the port immigration authorities. He had to stay there for more than four months in adverse circumstances. Paramjit managed to come back with the help of a restaurant owner in Dubai.
Paramjit Singh again reached Nasik and contacted Col Dogra who told him that he was going to file a case against the Krishna Shipping Company.
Paramjit Singh with other two victims identified as Rajesh Dogra of Delhi and Amit Kumar of Nasik went to Bombay police station with Col Dogra and gave this statement. Col Dogra asked Paramjit Singh to stay at his PCO for a week and promised him that he would be paid back his money, but in vain. Paramjit Singh said another victim namely Gurdeep Singh of Punjab had to stay at the PCO of Dhian Chand for one and a half years hoping to get back his money, but in vain.
Mr Varinder Kumar said
the other victims who have been cheated by the accused
included Kamal Kumar, Ajit Singh, both of Nasik, Rajesh
Kumar, Rahul Suri, both of Delhi, Sanjit Kumar and Balbir
Singh of Ferozepore, Jogi of Bombay, Karan Kumar of
spent on Bibis kin: SGPC
AMRITSAR, Jan 28 Apropos to the case before the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission relating to the misuse of SGPC and Golden Temple funds by the SGPC President, Bibi Jagir Kaur, during her visit to South Africa to attend the world religious conference, the SGPC tonight clarified that no funds were spent on relatives of the president who accompanied her.
The petition before the commission filed by Mr Satpal Singh Wadali, senior Vice-President of the Sarb Hind Youth Akali Dal, would come up for hearing on March 6 for which Bibi Jagir Kaur and four other functionaries of the SGPC had been summoned. The petitioner had mentioned that Bibi Jagir Kaur took her two daughters and a brother-in-law along with her and had prayed for the recovery of Rs 10 lakh she acquired from SGPC funds.
The SGPC in its press
release said that those accompanying Bibi Jagir Kaur were
chosen representatives and SGPC members, Mr Raghujit
Singh, Mr Harsurrinder Singh and Major Singh Bhandala
whose air ticket expenditure was borne by the SGPC.
charged with irregularities
PATIALA, Jan 28 The Punjabi University authorities have washed their hands off the infamous case involving grant of affiliation to the Khalsa Dental College, Nangal Kalan, which was allegedly run for three years without the approval of the Dental Council of India, by accusing its former Dean, Colleges, Dr Amarjit Singh Dhillon, of being responsible for serious irregularities in the matter.
The University Registrar has written to the Mansa district police urging it to take necessary action as may be warranted as an FIR has already been registered in Mansa against the Managing Director of the Dental College. The Registrar has informed the Mansa Senior Superintendent of the Police that an inquiry had revealed that an inspection committee headed by Dr Dhillon put aside all norms to extend provisional affiliation of the college. He also accused Dr Dhillon of ignoring government directions in the matter of withholding affiliation to the college.
However, Dr Dhillon has alleged that the communication of the university authorities to the Mansa police was motivated and mala fide. He said this step had been taken following reports appearing in the press on behalf of the Forum for Educational Action and Research (FEAR) of which he was the President, which had been criticising the functioning of University Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia. Dr Dhillon retired from the university two years back.
The university Registrar in his note has said that a committee headed by Dr Dhillon had recommended further provisional affiliation for the year 1996-97 ignoring the fact that not a single condition laid down while granting its provisional affiliation for the year 1995 -96 had been fulfilled. The note alleged that provisional affiliation for both the first and second years had been manipulated by Dr Dhillon.
It said the collusion of Dr Dhillon in the matter was clear from the fact that Dr Dhillon suppressed a letter from the Director, Medical Education and Research who wanted information about the matter. It said the then Special Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, had also conveyed the decision of the government to withhold affiliation to the college until all the requisite norms were fulfilled by the institution. It said, however, the then university authorities declined to comply with the directive and that Dr Dhillon in his own handwriting dated 3-11-97 made recommendations extending affiliation for BDS two and BDS three.
The university note said a five-member committee, including Dr Dhillon, had visited the Nangal Kalan Dental College in August, 1996, to review fulfilment of terms and recommend for extension of provisional affiliation. It said the report of the committee made it clear that no construction work for the new building for the Dental College and Hospital had been started by the college authorities on the new site. The other highlights of the report included the fact that teaching and non-teaching staff were not appointed in running grades.
Deficiencies with respect to equipment for the hospital and college had not been met and the admissions made in the 1995-96 session were not as per the instructions of the Punjab Government. It said in spire of all this the provisional affiliation of the college was extended.
Dr Dhillon, when
contacted, said provisional affiliation had been given
for the second year as the college was undertaking
construction work. He also said the committee only had
recommendatory powers and that the approval had been
given by former Vice-Chancellor J.S. Puar in anticipation
of the approval of the Syndicate and the Academic
Council. He said the case had been duly approved by the
Syndicate and the Academic Council later on. Dr Dhillon
also said the files regarding affiliation should be
transferred to the Baba Farid University of Health
Sciences under which the college was now affiliated. He
said this was the norm and that the files had not been
transferred to Faridkot intentionally even though the
college was affiliated to it since July, 1999.
Badal blamed for Panthic crisis
CHANDIGARH, Jan 28 The Panthic Vichar Manch, a pre-Tohra organisation, has blamed the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for the present crisis in the Panth and its institutions.
Mr Jasmer Singh Bala, a spokesman of the Manch, said today that Bibi Jagir Kaur was violating the edict issued by the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Puran Singh, at the instance of Mr Badal. By issuing an edict, the Jathedar had excommunicated Bibi Jagir Kaur on January 25.
Mr Bala said certain vested interests and "so-called intellectuals" were challenging the edict just to satisfy their ego. Such acts of these people would not be tolerated.
The Manch after a meeting of its members and supporters has urged Bibi Jagir Kaur to unhold the Panthic traditions and present herself at Akal Takht to accept its verdict. Even Maharaja Ranjit Singh had to obey the Takht directive, he observed.
Chandigarh unit of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal has
supported the excommunication of Bibi Jagir Kaur from the
Panth. Mr Joginder Singh Sawhney and Mr M.S. Kohli,
president and general secretary of the party, said that
"it is a right step taken by Giani Puran
out to damage Sikh Panth
JALANDHAR, Jan 28 The Gurmat Sidhant Pracharak Sant Samaj, headed by Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, has alleged that the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and his associates were out to damage the Sikh Panth and wanted to lower the dignity of Akal Takht by conniving with the forces like the RSS.
In a statement issued
here yesterday Baba Sarbjot Singh and Mr Chamkaur Singh,
secretary of the samaj, said Mr Badal was working under
the influence of the RSS and helping the latter destroy
the Sikh tenets The Baba criticised Mr Badal for having
been instrumental in the removal of Bhai Ranjit Singh as
the Akal Takht Jathedar and said the Nanakshi
calendar should not be made victim of the ongoing
fight of supremacy between Bibi Jagir Kaur
and Giani Puran Singh.
HOSHIARPUR, Jan 28 The Samata Party has decided to field its candidate for the Nawanshahr Assembly byelection. The decision was taken at a meeting held under the presidentship of Mrs Jaya Jaitley in which Mr Ajay Sood, a member of the national executive, Punjab, also participated.
Mr Inderjit Singh Saini,
senior vice-president of the state unit of the Samata
Party, said here today that Mr V.P. Bedi, president of
DAV Girls College, would be the party candidate for this
NAWANSHAHR, Jan 28 Mr Jatinder Singh Kariha, a SAD-BJP-BSM nominee, today filed his nomination papers for the Nawanshahr assembly seat. His wife, Mrs Satinder Kaur, also filed her nomination papers from here as a covering candidate.
minister calls on Badal
CHANDIGARH, Jan 28 An 11-member delegation from Mongolia, led by Dr (Prof) Ch Sodnomtseren, Minister for Agriculture and Industries, and the Ambassador of Mongolia to India, Mr Oidov Nyamdavaa, called on the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, here last evening and discussed the scope of mutual cooperation between Mongolia and Punjab in farming and other allied sectors.
The Chief Minister, while welcoming the delegation said Punjab had agriculture-based economy. The enterprising farmers had contributed in a big way in ushering the green revolution. He desired that the possibility of exchange of information between Punjab Agricultural University and Mongolia Agricultural University should be explored. The university may also find out a way to extend assistance to five students from Mongolia in different courses being run by it.
Mr Badal desired that a complete set of books and publications on agriculture and allied fields be sent to the Mangolian government.
The visiting dignitaries expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister for his offer on collaboration. They evinced keen interest in inviting the farmers from Punjab for undertaking commercial farming operations either independently or in joint participation with local Mongolians.
atop DCs office
ROPAR, Jan 28 A torn National Flag was fluttering atop the office of the Deputy Commissioner at mini secretariat here on Republic Day. This torn Tricolour has not only hurt the sentiments of the people but also shows the indifference of the administration towards the National Flag.
The fluttering of the flag at the building was brought to the notice of the mediapersons when they reached the mini secretariat after attending the Republic Day function held at Nehru Stadium where Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Punjab Food and Supply Minister, unfurled the Tricolour.
The mediapersons visited the spot and found the torn flag hoisted at the building. After the return of the mediapersons from the spot the torn flag was stitched roughly in a desperate bid to cover up the lapse. It was replaced by the authorities later in the day.
When the mediapersons brought it to the notice of the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Gurinder Singh Grewal in the afternoon he expressed ignorance about the hoisting of a torn Tricolour atop his office.
The torn flag seemed to be old and ill-maintained and not taken care of since long. However, sources in the administration said the Tricolour should be replaced on every Independence Day and Republic Day.
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Gurinder Singh Grewal, talked to TNS on the telephone in the evening, and said during the tenure of the previous Deputy Commissioner, the maintenance of the flag had been entrusted to a branch of the CID here. He was taking up matter with the SSP, Ropar.
urged to review decision on bonus
CHANDIGARH, Jan 28 Various employees of the Punjab Agriculture Marketing Board have urged the state government authorities to review the decision on bonus.
Employees told TNS that the Punjab Government had instructed the board authorities not to give bonus. This year. Class III and Class IV employees were given Rs 2,499 each as bonus by the board last year. Earlier bonus was given to all the employees but last year it was given only to Class III and Class IV staff.
The newly elected union of affected employees has submitted a representation to the Financial Commissioner (Development) for a review of the decision and to instruct the authorities to give bonus to the employees as per the norms.
Union leaders said the board was making profit and in the light of good work done by employees, they should not be denied bonus.
threat to Indian culture
PATIALA, Jan 28 Higher Education and Languages Minister Mohan Lal today said the process of globalisation was posing a serious threat to the traditions and culture of the country and leading to the alienation of the individual from his cultural moorings.
Addressing the Indian Folklore Congress in Punjabi University here, Mr Mohan Lal said the process of globalisation and commercialisation was giving birth to a materialistic world where all the noble things of life, art and culture were being reduced to commodities to earn more and more profit. We must be vigilant that our national tradition of art and culture are not mutilated, distorted and vulgarised in the name of modernisation, he added.
The minister said: We must discover India time and again to make it relevant in the contemporary situation which alone could save our culture from the onslaught of globalisation. He said the Union Government was committed to the preservation and promotion of the multi-lingual, multi-culture identity of India, realising full well that cultural diversity was a strength and not a weakness. Similarly, the Punjab Government was committed to promote folklore and culture studies in this region.
In his keynote address, Prof Jawahar Lal Handoo, President of the Indian Folklore Congress, Mysore, located the status of oral traditions and folklore in the modern context of society. He highlighted the changes and continuity of folklore in the modern context and dispelled the notion that folklore was a thing of the past and a kind of phenomenon which was non-cyclic.
The Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, in his presidential address, while elaborating on the problems of approach and methodology to the study of folklore and culture, said traditional approaches and methodologies involved in the studies of folklore and culture were becoming outdated. Referring to the Punjabi culture, Dr Ahluwalia stated that the electronic media and cyber technology had opened the floodgates of the hegemonic western cultural influences, adulteration of authentic cultural forms and mushroom growth of populist hybrid varieties being marketed as folk culture Pop Bhangra being just one instance.
Earlier Dr S.S. Joshi, Chairman of the conference, said: With astonishing advances in the area of information technology we are faced with a paradoxical situation on the one hand, distances have disappeared along with the so-called political and geographical boundaries and, on the other, folklore is facing the most serious threat. If we do not document and store information about this endangered field we are likely to lose it for ever.
In this session Prof Lee Haring of the City University of New York presented a special lecture on contemporary scene of folklore and culture studies in the USA, Dr P.H. Sethumadhava Rao, Joint Education Adviser, Ministry of Human Resource Development, was the chief guest. Dr Ram Murti Goel, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, presented the vote of thanks.
In the two technical
sessions in the evening today 15 research papers were
presented on various aspects of folklore and culture by
scholars, researchers and teachers from different
universities of the country. These sessions were chaired
by Prof Kapil Kapoor and Prof Anil Bhatti.
by bank staff
PATIALA, Jan 28 On the call of the All-India Bank Employees Association and the All-India Bank Officers Association, bank employees, including officers, today wore badges as a part of a campaign on the health of the banking industry. The employees are demanding publication of defaulters list, making wilful default of bank loans a criminal offence, stringent punishment to loan defaulters, special courts or legislation for expeditious recovery of bad loans and accelerating flow of credit to the weaker and rural sectors.
In the evening a demonstration was held before the Sate Bank of Patiala head office on The Mall in which hundreds of employees participated.
Addressing the rally, Mr N.K. Gaur, Secretary, Punjab Bank Employees Federation, stated that more than Rs 58,000 crore of loans had become bad loans.
PATIALA, Jan 28 The District Red Cross Society today adopted Devigarh village in Sanaur block of this district.
Speaking at a function organised in this connection at the village, Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh said the Red Cross would carry out a number of development activities in the village. He said concrete roads, cleanliness, drinking water supply and health facilities were on the priority list of the society.
At a sangat darshan
programme organised in the village 27 complaints were
disposed of the prominent being shifting the hadda
rohri (animal carcass disposal ground) out of the village
and lifting of the heaps of cow dung from certain places.
JALANDHAR, Jan 28 Mr Raman Kumar, a resident of Mehalanwali village in Hoshiarpur district, has become one of the few lucky winners of the Rs 25,000 prize announced by the government for help in nabbing corrupt officials.
The scheme, launched by the SAD-BJP Government after it assumed power in 1997, had run into rough weather for want of funds and other reasons.
Mr Raman Kumar, who had helped the local Vigilance Bureau in catching Raj Kumar, a patwari, in 1998, was handed over the prize in the shape of a Rs 25,000 draft by Ms Gurpreet Deo, SP, Vigilance Bureau yesterday.
The accused had sought a
bribe of Rs 200 for handing over a document to the
complainant which the latter needed for acquiring a loan
from his department. The complainant approached the
Vigilance Bureau which caught the patwari while accepting
money from Raman Kumar.
FATEHGARH SAHIB, Jan 28 The computerised printed jamabandis of revenue records were distributed among people during a sangat darshan programme organised by the district administration at Mahadian village today.
Addressing the gathering, Mr V.K. Janjua, Deputy Commissioner, said Fatehgarh Sahib had become the first district in the state where almost the entire revenue records had been computerised and the copies were being distributed. He said the 21st century would be the age of information and technology. There was, therefore, a need to shift to computer technology.
Most of the complaints
of the villagers were redressed on the spot and the rest
of the complaints were marked to respective officials
accompanying the Deputy Commissioner. The villagers
complaints related to old-age and widow pensions,
construction of roads, erratic power supply and shortage
of teachers in schools.
relief for sugar mill staff
JALANDHAR, Jan 28 Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, the Punjab Cooperative Minister, has announced a number of steps, including downsizing of the department and Rs 2.17 crore relief for sugar mill employees.
Mr Brahmpura, addressing a press conference here today, said his department has proposed to cut down the size of the bureaucracy and, as a prelude, the posts of cooperative inspectors have been reduced from 2065 to 1500. Similarly, to ensure public involvement the department has decided to open offices of the Assistant Registrar Cooperative Societies at all sub-divisional headquarters.
Mr Brahmpura said keeping in view long pending demands of the workers of cooperative sugar mills, it has been decided to provide interim relief to them till their pay scales are revised on the pattern of the new Sugar Wage Board or those adopted by UP and Haryana cooperative sugar mills. He said interim relief was being given on the recommendations of a committee constituted by the Sugarfed.
Mr Brahmpura said as
part of the measures interim relief of Rs 200 per month
will be allowed and medical allowance will be enhanced
from Rs 125 to Rs 200 per month, earned leave will be
allowed to be accumulated up to 240 days and the
provident fund will be allowed to be deducted on full
salary of workers and employees without any upper limit.
suspended for abstention
CHANDIGARH, Jan 28 Punjab's Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development Minister, Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, today placed under suspension three Senior Officers and one official of the Animal Husbandry department following a surprise visit to the office of the Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, Fatehgarh Sahib and Nabha.
He found Dr Tejinder Singh Batra, Deputy Director, Dr Jaswinder Singh Grewal, Assistant Director and Senior Assistant, Mr Behari Lal, absent from duty.
He also visited the cattle breeding farm, Nabha and found Mr Bal Kishan, Administrative Officer, absent, says a press note.
teachers stage dharna
JALANDHAR, Jan 28 Employees of nearly 160 non-government affiliated colleges of the state and Chandigarh staged dharnas at district and tehsil headquarters in the state today to protest against the non-implementation of their demands.
The call was given by the joint action committee of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), Federation of Principals Associations of Punjab and Chandigarh and Private College Non-teaching Employees Union of Punjab and Chandigarh.
anti-education policies of the SAD-BJP
government, the striking employees threatened to
intensify their agitation if the government decided to
end the grants to colleges. The district unit of the
PCCTU staged a dharna at the new administrative complex
here in which 250 representatives of 18 colleges of the
dist attorneys promoted
CHANDIGARH, Jan 28
On the recommendations of the Departmental
Promotion Committee, the following district attorneys
have been promoted as Joint Director Prosecution and
Litigation, in order of merit-cum-seniority: Mr Gurcharan
Singh Dhaliwal, District Attorney, Bathinda, now posted
to the Office of Director Prosecution and Litigation,
Punjab; Mr Amarjot Singh Sidhu, District Attorney, PPA,
Phillaur, Mr Sohan Singh Dhindsa, District Attorney,
Fatehgarh Sahib, now posted to the Vigilance department,
Punjab, Chandigarh, according to a press note of the
Principal Secretary, Home Affairs and Justice, Mr Rajesh
'not released' for schemes
CHANDIGARH, Jan 28 The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee said today that the union government had not released funds to Punjab for Jawahar Rozgar Yojana, Indira Awas Yojana and Central assistance for the rural development programmes.
Mr R. R. Bhardwaj, chairman of the economic and planning cell of the party, said even the special Central assistance meant for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes had not been released so far. The poor had been suffering badly in the state due to non-release of funds to the Scheduled Castes Corporation.
There would be a cut of
nearly 50 per cent in the state Plan if the finance that
was to be given to PSEB as book transfer taken out from
the Rs 2,680 crore of the State Plan. This type of under
financing of the State Plan had never been seen earlier
in Punjab, he said and added that the government did not
have enough funds to pay salaries, and there was no money
for the development of the state.
of Sikh relics
CHANDIGARH, Jan 28 An exhibition of rare Sikh relics and art objects will be held at the National Museum, New Delhi, by the Union Ministry of Culture to mark the Tercentenary celebrations of the birth of Khalsa, according to a press note issued here today by the Anandpur Sahib Foundation.
killed over land dispute
FATEHGARH SAHIB, Jan 28 Mr Ajaib Singh, a resident of Bahadurgarh village, 2 km from here, died due to the alleged beating by his son, grandson and son-in-law during a clash.
According to Mr Paramraj Singh Umranangal, SSP, Ajaib Singh had 33 acres of land. He distributed the land between his two sons after keeping his share with him. He said his son Harnam Singh, alongwith grandson Harinder Singh, and son-in-law encroached upon the land of his brother Nishan Singh and his father.
The younger brother Nishan Singh and Ajaib Singh objected to this encroachment and ploughing of their fields. The panchayat of the village was called for a compromise, but it could not reach on any understanding.
killed in road mishap
FATEHGARH SAHIB, Jan 28 A shock wave swept the Bassi Pathana town of the district when two residents of the town, Capt Bir Devinder Singh (retd) and Mohinder Paul Singh, died in a road accident on the G.T. Road, Sirhind.
According to information
available, the two persons died and four others were
seriously injured when a Maruti car collided with a
speeding Tata Sumo at Madhopur Chowk. The deceased were
coming from Patiala in the car after attending a marriage
and were accompanied by their wives who were injured in
the accident. The two other injured were travelling in
Tata Sumo including its driver. The Sirhind police rushed
the injured to hospital. One of the injured succumbed to
his injuries at the PGI, Chandigarh, today taking the
death toll to three.
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