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Capt orders probe into purchase of computers
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 7
Minister for cooperation Kanwaljit Singh has ordered an inquiry into the purchase of computers for Punjab state cooperative banks. The inquiry has been marked to the registrar, cooperative societies, who has been directed to submit the report within 10 days.

Smell of Scam

Complainants had alleged that in the tendering process for the purchase of computer hardware and software worth Rs 20 crore for cooperative banks, certain suppliers were not provided with the tender forms. They were ready to supply the equipment at 25 per cent less cost, which could have saved the department about Rs 15 crore.

Talking to The Tribune here today, Capt Kanwaljit Singh said financial commissioner, cooperation, Kusumjit Sidhu had forwarded a note to him regarding the complaints of alleged bungling in the purchase of the computers.

He said manipulations had been alleged in tendering process for the purchase of the computers. Complaints of poor quality equipment being supplied to the banks were also received.

A drive had been launched to computerise all cooperative banks in the state. Sources in the department concerned said complainants had alleged that in the tendering process for the purchase of computer hardware and software worth Rs 20 crore, certain suppliers were not provided with the tender forms. They were ready to supply the equipment at 25 per cent less cost, which could have saved the department about Rs 15 crore.

The sources said the tenders were awarded to kin of certain officials. Moreover, the quality of the equipment supplied to a number of banks was poor. There had been regular complaints of malfunction in computers.

The complainants have alleged that the department floated another tender for the purchase of equipment worth about Rs 2.5 crore recently.

Again, the lowest bidder was not awarded the tender. Officials did not made public the tenders, without giving any reason for that, the sources added.

The minister said the tendering process in the department of cooperatives would be made transparent to remove such anomalies. Efforts would be made to put the tenders on the Internet.


Amrit Sanchar Samagam at Jammu
Vedanti, SGPC chief endorse move
Prabhjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Jammu, June 7
Rejecting the plea of a Sikh delegation from Jammu for boycott of Dera Nangali Sahib, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh have endorsed the move of the Dera chief Mahant Manjit Singh to organise “Amrit Sanchar Samagam” here on June 10.

The Akal Takht Jathedar would be presiding over the samagam along with the high priests of the four other Takhts. Around 11,000 Sikhs would be baptised by the Sikh clergy at the samagam.

On the heels of the Dera Sacha Sauda controversy, a Sikh delegation, under the aegis of the Jammu District (ad hoc) Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (JDGPC), had called on the SGPC chief and also the institution of the Akal Takht at Amritsar, opposing the event, raising their objections to the practices followed at the dera here.

“The Singh Sahibans (high priests) and the SGPC president are coming to Jammu for the Amrit Sanchar Samagam,” a spokesman for the SGPC told The Tribune here on the phone from Amritsar.

According to sources, SAD president and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had advised the SGPC chief to stay away from the dera chief’s event, after the Sikh delegation from Jammu had called on the latter with the proposal that the “Amrit Sanchar” be organised by the SGPC along with the J&K State Gurdwara Board or the local Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, and not by any dera chief.

Meanwhile, at an emergency meeting here today, JDGPC general secretary Gurdev Singh, Jammu-Kashmir State Gurdwara Board president Tirlochan Singh Wazir, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) Jammu unit chief Harjinder Singh Raina and other Sikh leaders expressed their concern over the rebuttal of their appeal to the Akal Takht Jathedar and the SGPC chief. 


Guru’s Kalgi
Demand to check authenticity of Crest
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 7
Adding another dimension to the controversy over "Guru's Kalgi"the Baba Sangat Singh Khalsa Dal and the Shaheed Baba Sangat Singh Memorial Trust today sought cross-checking of the authenticity of the "Kalgi" (Sacred Crest) of Guru Gobind Singh, before sending a delegation to Canada or any other country.

A press note by Tarlochan Singh , Gurdial Singh Lakhpur, Prof Harbans Singh Bolina , Prof Niranjan Singh Dhesi and Mohinder Singh Mahal of the Baba Sangat Singh Khalsa Dal expressing serious concern over the controversy alleged concealing of historical aspect that Guru Gobind Singh had handed over his "Kalgi" to Baba Sangat Singh before leaving "Chamkaur di Garhi" led to confusion in Sikh circles . They rued the attempts to bring "Kalgi" from foreign shores without taking direct descendants of Baba Sangat Singh into confidence.

Meanwhile Gurinder Singh Sahbi , general secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (SC/ST Cell) has sought the resignation of Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti as Jathedar Akal Takht since his kin had tried to denigrate the Sikh institution by attempting to send "un-authorised persons" to Canada .

A former Jathedar Akal Takht Bhai Ranjit Singh , however, said he had got all proofs the letterhead of the Jathedar was misused to seek visas for Canada .

The Sikh circles are disappointed over the "studied silence" of Jathedar Akal Takht despite world-wide debate on this issue.

The SGPC on the other hand has decided to revamp the Akal Takht secretariat so that its high office should not be misused by anybody in future. 


VB grills Jagjit Singh for 6 hrs
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
Vigilance Bureau officials, probing into the multi-crore City Centre Project scam, today claimed that former local bodies minister and one of the main accused Jagjit Singh has during questioning stated today that he had verbally told Amarinder Singh about a few irregularities in the project.

The former minister reportedly denied his involvement in the scam in any manner and pointed finger at Wg Cdr P. S. Sibia (retd) for the alleged irregularities, if any. SSP Kanwarjit Singh said the former minister had written letters to Sibia regarding the irregularities brought to his notice.

Sources revealed that bureau officials had asked him to furnish within 10 days the details of all real estate investments made by him and his family members in the past five years. He has also been told to submit his income tax returns of the same period. The Vigilance officials would also take the help of the Income Tax department in ascertaining the veracity of his claims.

The former minister was asked 29 questions in which the scope of vigilance inquiry has widened with he being also asked to respond on allegations levelled against him by Congress MLA Bir Devinder Singh, who had called him “mother of thieves”. He was also asked on whether he sold promotions, key postings on a premium in all local bodies minister through Chief Engineer Manmohan Singh.

Jagjit Singh was today finally grilled for about six hours in two separate sessions at the bureau's office near old lakkar bridge.

The Vigilance officials also claimed that the former minister evaded direct replies and was not very cooperative during questioning.

He said the charges against him were part of a political vendetta planned by the SAD-BJP government against Congress ministers.

The Vigilance has charged Jagjit Singh for buying huge property in Kharar from kickbacks received in the City Centre project scam.


Raninder sent money via hawala to JD: VB
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
Even as the Punjab Vigilance Bureau has placed on the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s record the details of the bank accounts of Delhi-based businessman Chetan Gupta, currently in judicial custody, whose pen drive has opened a pandora’s box and given important leads to the bureau, another important aspect relating to the accounts has come to the fore.

This aspect, not mentioned in the details submitted before the high court, relates to hawala transactions where the conduit is a person code-named JD, who, the Vigilance says, is one Jatin Kothari. As per Vigilance’s records, in possession of The Tribune, Kothari had received Rs 48.25 lakh on July 25 as reflected in his account sheet for the period of 2003-2004.

Interestingly, the Tiku’s (Amarinder son Raninder’s account as per Vigilance) account shows the debit of exactly Rs 48.25 lakh on the same date. The Vigilance Bureau alleges that according to the statement of Chetan Gupta, the said money was sent by Tiku through hawala channel to one Sachin Duggal, which later found its way to JD’s account. Incidentally, Sachin Duggal’s name had cropped up during the Intranet scam.

As many as 148 accounts, allegedly being operated by Chetan Gupta, have been revealed so far, the Vigilance says. The reason for holding such a large number of accounts is obviously to manage the hordes of illegal money Gupta was getting, the Vigilance alleges.

The Vigilance Bureau has already placed four accounts of Capt Amarinder Singh (Tikku, Amarinder Singh, Maharaja Amarinder Singh and Maharaja PTA) two of his son Raninder (Tiku and Tiku-(P) ), four accounts of Natwar Singh and his family, those related to Amarinder’s brother Malwinder and Rajmata Mohinder Kaur and of Jaya before the high court. Also accounts of one Kim Sinha and a sample file of Ashok Gera have also been submitted before the court. All this information is also on police records.

Importantly, according to Chetan Gupta’s statement to the Vigilance Bureau, B.I.S. Chahal, media adviser to Amarinder, was invited to a meeting in early 2005 where Amarinder, Raninder and Today Home’s G.K. Ghambir were also present.

Chahal was introduced to Ghambir and was told to handle money and documents related to various transactions, Chetan told the Vigilance Bureau. He also revealed that during 2005-2006, Rs 21.62 crore was the cash inflow into the accounts of Tikku (Amarinder), and Tiku (Raninder).

The Vigilance sources alleged that in early 2000, an envelope containing the details of properties purchased and foreign accounts was handed over to Chetan Gupta by Raninder and in February 2007, Raninder rang Gupta up to give that envelope to Chahal, who shortly thereafter left the country for the UK.


Embryonic Stem Cell
India-born doc’s effort to change US attitude
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
Shelley Chawla, an India- born doctor practising medicine in the United States, has questioned the conservative American mindset against the embryonic stem cell research. He has scripted a movie, 'Hope' and also brought out its printed version. The movie and novel reflect the liberal American paradox that questions embryonic stem cell research in too conservative fashion.

Chawla studied in the Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar and the Dayanand Medical College here and is the son of Dr LS Chawla,a former vice- chancellor of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences. He was here to shoot 'Hope' which mostly has been shot in America. Some parts are being filmed in Chandigarh also.

According to Chawla, the novel and the movie seek to challenge the Americans to examine their attitudes to embryonic stem cell research. It tries to break new ground in conveying the complexity of bio-ethical issues while sharing raw, often tender accounts of patients and families suffering under the burden of catastrophic illness and injury.

The story is of a Conservative (US) Congressman whose son suffers serious spinal injuries in an accident. He is told his only hope was the embryonic stem cells. He is caught between his Conservative beliefs and the duty towards his son as all through his career he has opposed embryonic stem cell research. He is advised to go to India where embryonic stem cell research has reached an advanced stage. The story has been narrated passionately.

Chawla said, his novel and movie might not bring an instant resolution of the problem. "But it will certainly throw up a debate and may hopefully lead to some conclusion", he said, adding, the medical and scientific community in America is faced with a strange dilemma. "It is a paradox the embryonic stem cell research is forbidden in the US, the so called modern and progressive nation, where it could lead to positively conclusive results", he remarked, hoping the debate the movie and novel might generate may make people reconsider their attitudes. 


BSP hopes to repeat UP
Tribune New Service

Amritsar, June 7
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) hopes to repeat Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming local body elections in Punjab. BSP’s national general secretary Narendra Kashyap stated this here yesterday.

Denying alliance with any other party for these elections, Kashyap said the party would endeavour to project and strengthen its ideologies rather than depending on others.

He admitted that people in this part of country did not consider BSP as an alternative to the Congress and the Akali-BJP combine. However, he added that the party had decided to strengthen itself in Punjab.

He said the party was trying to create a balance between various castes by giving them equal representation in the party. When asked about the party’s stand on the presidential election, he said the party had authorised Mayawati to take the decision.


Development authority in fortnight, says Sidhu
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, June 7
Navjot Singh Sidhu, MP, today categorically asserted that Amritsar Development Authority would be given a concrete shape within a fortnight.

Talking to newsmen, Sidhu said a high-power delegation comprising him, minister for local bodies Manoranjan Kalia, chief parliamentary secretary of the same department Harish Rai Tanda and principal secretary, local bodies, D.S. Bains would have wide-ranging talks with their counterparts in Ahmedabad in this regard. 
Sidhu said Chief Minister Narendar Modi had invited them and urged the department to extend full support and offer complete concept of a development authority for successful implementation of the same in Punjab.

He said the Bill on the development authority would be tabled in the state Assembly in the Budget session commencing on June 19. He said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had already given a tacit approval to go ahead with the framework.

The MP said he would take up the issue of developing Amritsar with the union environment minister and rural development minister tomorrow in Delhi. 


State Round-up
Officers’ meeting hours with public fixed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today directed all senior officers to be available in their offices daily between 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. to meet the public.

In addition, Badal asked the officers to regularly tour the state, especially the countryside, for the redress of people's problems.

Presiding over a meeting of the officers, Badal asked them to assess the ground realities and concentrate on the critical areas where special attention was needed, especially in the fields of health, education and employment.

PEDA to achieve target

The Punjab energy development agency (PEDA) is all set to achieve a power potential of 1,581 MW from new and renewable sources of energy by 2010.

This was stated here today during a presentation made by PEDA on its projects and programmes to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

School sites offered for free

In a bid to provide quality education in the rural areas, the Punjab government has offered land free of cost to educational institutions to run adarsh schools in the state.

A statement to this effect was made by the Chief Minister while presiding over a meeting of Chandigarh-based academicians and scholars here last evening.

He urged them to set up world-class educational institutions in the villages to impart vocational and technical education.

Sohal takes over

Dr S.P.S. Sohal today took over as director, health services and family welfare, Punjab.

Dr Sohal an MS in general surgery and joined the Punjab medical services as medical officer at Kapurthala in 1977. He had earlier worked as registrar, department of surgery, medical college, Amritsar. He had also served as civil surgeon for more than six years in the districts of Faridkot, Patiala, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur and Amritsar.

Temporary arhtiyas

The Chief Minister today asked the financial commissioner, development, to immediately notify a committee for the allotment of plots to arhtiyas in the upcoming grain markets in the state. He also said that the licences of temporary arhtiyas should not be suspended.

He also directed the FCD to bring a bill in the coming budget session for granting licences to such arhtiyas for life instead of renewal every three years as per the existing law.


Teacher threatens suicide

Abohar, June 7
A woman who had recently been temporarily reinstated as a centre head teacher and posted at a government elementary school here by the district education officer has allegedly threatened her colleagues that she would commit suicide and blame them for the drastic step.

N.S. Brar, SDM, today asked Sham Sunder Sharma, block primary education officer, to investigate the matter.

Six teachers working in the same school told the SDM that their abovesaid teacher was involved in many controversies and had been removed first as officiating block primary education officer and later deprived of the charge as centre head teacher. — OC


Construction of Urdu academy stopped
Our Correspondent

Malerkotla, June 7
The DPI (Colleges) has started an inquiry into the demolition of a hostel of the local government college for constructing a new building of Punjab Urdu Academy allegedly without taking prior approval from the government.

Department officials recorded the statements of college principal Kulwant Kaur and secretary of Punjab Urdu Academy Mohd Rafi and stopped its construction for the time being.

The principal said today that the work would start only after the completion of an inquiry.

President of the Anjuman Ittehad-e-Millat Abdul Wahid Aziz in a complaint lodged with the DPI had alleged that the hostel’s building was demolished without taking any approval from the government. The DPI recorded the statements of both parties.


MLA stalls demolition

Amritsar, June 7
Local BJP MLA today stalled the demolition of two shops at the entrance of the Jallianwala Bagh.

A senior officer of the district administration expressed his dismay over the behaviour of the local MLA and some other BJP leaders who came in front of the bulldozer to stop the demolition of shops. He said the shop owners had lost the case in this regard in court. — OC


Unidentified disease claiming wild boars
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 7
Wild boars in Punjab forests are hit by an unidentified disease, killing many in the Shivalik hills forests in the recent past. Department of Wildlife sources said wild boars were found dead in Kandi areas by villagers.

Honorary wildlife warden Sukhdeep Singh Bajwa has reported the deaths of boars in the Shivalik forests, requesting the department to send teams to identify the disease that was killing boars.

Deputy director, wildlife, Gurmeet Singh admitted getting reports in this regard. The wildlife authorities of the districts concerned have been directed to collect the carcasses and send these to Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, for examination.

Principal chief conservator of forests, Punjab, B.C. Bala said he would get the matter investigated. Further action in the matter could be taken only after the disease affecting wild boars was identified, he said.

The wildlife experts apprehend the wild boar population might have got infected with the foot-and-mouth disease. Domestic cattle are the carriers of the disease in forest areas. Since it is a viral disease it can either spread through direct contact with sick animals or water contaminated with the virus.

The population of wild boars in the state had increased in the recent past due to the ban on hunting.

Farmers of the areas near the forests had raised a hue and cry over the damage to crops by wild boars following which the previous government had authorised the SDMs to issue hunting permits for the same. 


Martyr’s statue gets security
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, June 7
The district police has set up a temporary police post near the statue of Jarnail Singh, commando, Punjab Police, who laid down his life while performing duty during the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir in 2002 as the same was set on fire by anti-social elements recently.

Though the statue was installed in Guru Nanakpura locality of this town in December 2006, it could not be unveiled due to reasons best known to the authorities concerned.

Residents of Guru Nanakpura locality and members of Rathore community, to which the martyr belonged, had given an ultimatum that if the culprits were not arrested within 72 hours, they would take out a silent protest march in the city.


Govt not to sell tourist complexes
Tribune News Service

Ropar, June 7
Punjab has abandoned the idea of selling the tourist complexes in the state. Minister of tourism Hira Singh Gabria at a press conference here today said tourist complexes were government property. We do not want to part with that property.

However, for better management of complexes these would be given on lease or rent to private parties.

The previous government had sold off a few tourism complexes ,including Gulmohar at Pathankot, Coral at Madhopur and Neelon. There was allegations that complexes had been sold at lesser rates.

He added the Union government had sanctioned Rs 3.5 crore for the development of tourism in Ropar district. The grant would be used for upgrading the Ropar boat club into three -star hotel. The passages for tourists visiting the Ropar wetland would also be constructed. An aquarium would be brought up at the fish seed farm at Ropar that would be added attraction for the tourists.


State to restart night bus service
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 7
The Punjab government has been contemplating insurance scheme for passengers travelling in buses.

Minister for transport Master Mohan Lal told The Tribune the scheme was being implemented on suggestions from the bus commuters. Under the scheme each passenger would have pay 10 paise per ticket extra while travelling in state’s buses. In lieu of it he would get an insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh. The victims of bus accidents have to look towards government for compensation that generally is delayed due to bureaucratic bottlenecks causing harassment to the dependants. However, after the implementation of the scheme the passengers would be able to get insurance amount automatically as compensation. The draft for the scheme was ready and would be soon put before the cabinet for approval, he said.

The minister added the Punjab Roadways would restart night bus service in the state. The night bus service was suspended in the state during militancy and was not revived after that. The state transports of other states like Himachal and Haryana and private bus service were operating night service in the state.

However, now night bus service would start again initially on select routes as the Pathankot-Hardwar, Chandigarh-Amritsar and Chandigarh-Katra etc.

In survey by the state Transport Department the passengers have suggested the seats in state buses were uncomfortable. A proposal is being made to reduce the number of seats in state buses to make seats more spacious. This would make the journey of passengers comfortable.


Sikh leaders hurt

Ludhiana, June 7
Kanwarpal Singh, general secretary of the Dal Khalsa, and Daljeet Singh Bittu of the SAD (A), who were refused audience by the Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F. Rodrigues, are feeling hurt. — TNS


high court
Conduct probe against MLA, VB chief told
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Punjab Vigilance Bureau director Sumedh Singh Saini to conduct an inquiry while hearing a petition filed by Sukhdev Singh.

The petitioner had submitted during earlier hearings that the state and the SSP, Gurdaspur, should be directed to take action against Gurbachan Singh Babbehali, MLA, Gurdaspur, Joga Singh, SHO, and constables Shri Kalia and Ajwinder Singh, Gurdaspur.

The petitioner had alleged that they were trying to rope in the petitioner in a false case in connivance with Surta Singh of Gurdaspur under the NDPS Act.The petitioner had also prayed that the police officials and the MLA should be removed from their office for misusing their position.

The court had on June 4 directed the Vigilance Bureau to look into the matter and submit a report within two days and directed that the director, Vigilance, should be present in the court on the next date of hearing on June 7.

Today, Saini submitted his detailed report in which he stated that he agreed with the inquiry conducted by SSP Lok Nath. It was also mentioned in Saini’s report that Sukhdev Singh and his uncle Surta Singh were criminals.

Saini told the court that he had asked the SSP to take action against the petitioner, who was allegedly evading the police, under Section 110, CrPC.

The Division Bench, comprising Justice Uma Nath Singh and Justice Pritampal, perused the inquiry report and entrusted Saini with the task of conducting a fresh inquiry, independent of the Gurdaspur SSP, by the next date of hearing on July 19.

Notice to Punjab DGP

The high court today issued a notice of motion to the DGP, Punjab, and others over a petition filed by Amarjeet Singh Samra, MLA, Nakodar, and former revenue minister. The petitioner had prayed for the quashing of the order, dated June 4, whereby his security had been withdrawn, by the present government allegedly due to political vendetta. The next date of hearing is July 3.


Tenant farmer’s wife gangraped
Punished for resisting land grab
Chander Parkash 
Tribune News Service

Muktsar, June 7
A woman(28) was raped in Kaniawali village in this district allegedly by Surjeet Singh Fauji and others last night after she and her husband resisted bid to dispossess them of land cultivated by them on lease from owner.

Four persons raped the woman after tying her husband with ropes .Her son and husband were beaten up by the accused led by Surjeet Singh Fauji, of Udekaran village of this district. Police sources said the accused numbering14 descended on the land in Kaniawali village cultivated by Darshan Singh after taking it on lease from owner Major Singh, last night, with the intention of occuping it .

Sources said Darshan Singh and his wife resisted the accused when they started ploughing vegetables grown by them on the land, measuring 5 kanals.They were beaten up by them.

The accused, including son of Surjeet Singh Fauji, tied Darshan Singh with a rope and dragged the woman inside a room where four persons raped her for one and a half hours.After that the accused took the entire family Udekaran village and left them at the house of a prominent person of that village. The victims informed the matter to the owner of land Major Singh and then the matter was reported to the police. Before that the rape victim was admitted to local civil hospital for treatment.

Rajan Parminder, SHO, Sadar police station, said a case under Sections 376, 323, 447,511,427, 148 and 149 of the IPC had been registered against the accused .


Man killed over Rs 5
Tribune News Service

Mansa, June 7
Balbir Singh, who was found murdered at a liquor vend in Burj Harika village on Tuesday, lost his life for refusing to give Rs 5 discount on liquor of a particular brand to two residents of the village. He was a salesman at the vend.

Lachhman Singh and Gurdas Singh allegedly murdered Balbir Singh on the night of June 5, when Balbir refused to give them liquor for Rs 45, Rs 5 less than the normal price.

Ram Singh, SSP, said on Balbir’s refusal to give them discount on liquor, they left the vend. However, they came at night and hit the salesman in the head leading to his death. Both suspects have been arrested.


Woman kills herself

Sangrur, June 7
Manjit Kaur (22) of Fammanwal village allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at the village on the Bhawanigarh-Patiala road last night. — TNS


Man shot dead

Amritsar, June 7
Sukhwinder Singh of Khapar Kheri, near Chheharta, was shot dead allegedly by his brother-in-law Veer Singh of Lohia village, near Jalandhar, over a family dispute here today. Veer Singh was accompanied by an accomplice in the crime. Sukhwinder was shot while he was going to his office early in the morning. The police has registered a case. Both suspects have absconded. — TNS


Govt keeping close watch on Punjabi University: Minister
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 7
Minister for education Upinderjit Kaur said today that the government was keeping a watch on developments taking place in Punjabi University. She held vice-chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai responsible for vitiating the atmosphere in the campus.

This is for the first time that a senior minister has openly spoken against the vice-chancellor. While responding quarries regarding the uncertainty prevailing in the university due the ongoing agitation by the joint action committee and the government’s decision to restrict the vice-chancellor’s from appointing or promoting people, the minister said the final decision to put things on the right track would be taken soon.

The government and the vice-chancellor have been at loggerheads for quite sometime now. Initially, government representatives in syndicate had walked out of the meeting over the issue of regularization of appointments. Later, the government issued orders barring vice-chancellor from making any fresh appointments or promotions.

The minister was here to hold meeting with the district education officers of the region. The government has decided to recruit 22,000 teachers in government schools. They would be recruited in phased manner. In the first phase 10,000 teachers would be recruited.

She also said promotions in the department of education had been lingering since long. It had given rise to lot of litigations in the department. The process had been initiated to give due promotions to teachers. It was likely to be completed within a few months.

While responding to question regarding allocation of a hanger to Birmi flying club of the former Congress minister at Patiala flying club, she said we were encouraging private flying clubs to operate in the state. The minister who also holds the charge of aviation said the government would promote private flying clubs as these could help in providing jobs and training to youths in this sector.


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