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KHAIRA HITS TARGET
Rana Gurjit resigns, but Amarinder may have little respite
15.01.18 - PT Bureau
Rana Gurjit resigns, but Amarinder may have little respite



CHANDIGARH: In an explosive development in Punjab politics, the state Power and Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit Singh, who was facing serious charges of a scam related to sand mine contracts, has finally resigned.

Sources, however, said this could bring little respite to the beleaguered Amarinder Singh government as the development may actually boost the morale of the opposition, particularly of the Aam Aadmi Party which has been in the forefront to demand the minister's sacking.

Rana Gurjit faced allegations of being the proxy man behind his former employee walking away with contracts of sand mines in Nawanshahr. 

The development may hardly gladden the hearts of either CM Amarinder Singh or Akali Dal's Sukhbir Singh Badal as both view AAP's Sukhpal Singh Khaira, who had been persistently upping the pressure on this issue, as an upstart and a challenge.
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The development may hardly gladden the hearts of either CM Amarinder Singh or Akali Dal's Sukhbir Singh Badal as both view AAP's Sukhpal Singh Khaira, who had been persistently upping the pressure on this issue, as an upstart and a challenge.
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"Yes, I have resigned. Now, it is up to the Chief Minister and the party high command to take further action. In fact, I had resigned earlier also when my name was dragged into the sand mine auction controversy,” The Indian Express quoted the outgoing minister as saying. The newspaper had relentlessly pursued the story, coming up with a series of reports regarding the alleged links of Rana Gurjit with firms involved in the sand mine auction.

The Indian Express had recently reported that a contractor, who was sent to jail in December 2017 after large scale irregularities were uncovered in the irrigation department, "had partly funded the successful sand mine auction bid of Rajbir Enterprises, the firm in which Rana Gurjit’s former employee Amit Bahadur was a working partner."

Amarinder Singh would have little option but to accept the resignation of the minister he was seen as defending a little too keenly. The scandal took away the sheen from any claims of zero tolerance towards corruption.

Rana Gurjit's resignation comes just before the Punjab Congress top brass is to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi in a couple of days.

Ironically, the resignation also follows a clean chit that the minister procured from a Commission of Inquiry which was tasked by the CM to probe the scam. 

The AAP, particularly its Leader of the Opposition, Sukhpal Singh Khaira, had been making allegations of Rana Gurjit having directly pumped money from his company into another firm, which, in turn, paid money for two sand mines in Saidpur Khurd and Mehdipur in Nawanshahr.
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Rana Gurjit's resignation comes just before the Punjab Congress top brass is to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi in a couple of days, and just after the minister procured a clean chit from a Commission of Inquiry set up by CM Amarinder Singh.
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Khaira and his party had been seeking a CBI probe into the auction of sand mines in the state.

The contracts for the two mines were bagged by the minister’s former employees, Amit Bahadur and Kulvinder Paul Singh, at Rs 26.52 crore and Rs 9.21 crore, respectively. After the controversy broke out, the minister was accused of using his proxies to win the mining contracts, but he denied any involvement. 

Reports had brought out that as per documents submitted to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the address of a firm linked to sand contracts, RGS Traders Co, was the same as the address of Rana Sugars owned by the tainted minister as also the fact that the minister and his wife Rajbans Kaur had availed a loan of Rs 4.07 crore from the same firm, as per the documentation Rana Gurjit filed when contesting polls.
 
While the Congress government in Punjab was hit by such a serious charge of corruption by a Cabinet minister embarrassingly early, Amarinder Singh was never able to come up with a reasoned defence.  

As early as May 31, 2017, The Tribune had editorially commented that if Amarinder Singh hoped "to reaffirm his claim that the Congress indeed means to end corruption in the state, the least he has to do is to remove the minster from his position to facilitate a fair inquiry."

"Rana Gurjit Singh’s continuation as minister is untenable for reasons more than just the attempt to get his employees to corner mines. He handles two ministries — irrigation and power — and has apparent personal business interests in both. His company is selling power to the Punjab Government and many of the sand mines are in rivers that he is expected to guard. This conflict of interest was way too obvious for the Chief Minister to ignore in the first place," The Tribune had said in a scathing comment. 
 

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RS FIVE PER UNIT TARIFF CLAIM A HOAX
Cong govt proposing to commit fraud with industry sector: Sukhbir Badal
15.01.18 - TEAM PT
Cong govt proposing to commit fraud with industry sector: Sukhbir Badal



CHANDIGARH: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the Congress government was proposing to play a fraud with the industrial sector by promising power at Rs five per cent unit but actually delivering the same at even higher rates than those prevailing during SAD-BJP tenure.

In a statement here, the SAD president said, the proposed tariff plan, which had been promised since the last nine months and was expected to be implemented this month, had very cleverly cloaked the final cost which would be borne by the industry. "The tariff plan of Rs 5 per unit has a variable factor which includes an additional levy of Rs 195 per kva at 80 per cent of connected load besides electricity duty, octroi and infrastructure development fee. This effectively will make the tariff more than Rs 6 per unit. Small scale units, particularly those who don’t run for more than 12 hours per day will see their tariff going up even further because they will have to pay additional levy on sanctioned load whether they run their units or not”.

Terming the entire exercise as a cruel joke on the industry which had been promised a flat tariff of Rs five per unit by chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, the SAD president said "you will see a majority of consumers getting even more enhanced bills than they received during the SAD-BJP tenure. This move will also make the small scale industry unviable as they will have to bear the brunt of variable charges”.
 
Badal said this was not all. The Congress government had recommended and implemented a draconian power tariff hike on domestic consumers in the garb of subsidizing the industry. "The truth is that the industry will not benefit and domestic consumers have been saddled with an unprecedented hike of 12 per cent with effect from April 2017. Besides this the government has also implemented a municipal tax equivalent to two per cent of power bills in municipal areas. "The SAD will not allow this injustice against both commercial and domestic consumers and will soon come out with an action plan to force the government to withdraw its arbitrary hikes and give power to both industrial and domestic consumers at a flat rate of Rs five per unit”, he added.

Speaking about the performance of the SAD-BJP government, he said the SAD-BJP did not raise power tariff for two consecutive years in 2015-16 and 2016-17. He said in fact the government slashed the energy rates for industrial users to promote growth in 2016. Small scale industry consumption rates were slashed by 38 paisa per unit, medium scale by 36 paisa per unit and large scale by 11 paisa per unit. "Besides this peak load hour restrictions were also removed”, he added.
 

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NEW CONDITION ON DEBT WAIVER - Self-declaration of land holding; no waiver for govt employees, tax-paying pensioners
15.01.18 - TEAM PT
NEW CONDITION ON DEBT WAIVER - Self-declaration of land holding; no waiver for govt employees, tax-paying pensioners



CHANDIGARH, JANUARY 15: The Punjab government, led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, has decided to introduce a system of self-declaration on land holdings by the beneficiaries of the farm debt waiver scheme to ensure that only deserving and eligible farmers get the benefit of the scheme.

It has also decided to exclude government employees and retired pensioners who pay income tax from the scheme to ensure that the poorest of the poor get its benefit. A notification to this effect will be issued soon, it was decided at a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister.

Such self-declaration should relate to the farmers’ land holdings in villages in Punjab as well as in other states, said the chief minister, pointing out that data from the secretaries of the cooperative societies could not alone be relied upon as they were all appointed by the Akalis during their regime.

Self-declarations, followed by random checks, would ensure fool-proof mechanism to plug any loopholes in the farm debt waiver scheme, said Amarinder, adding that it would also help prevent the Akali wrongdoings from adversely impacting the farm debt waiver scheme. These measures would help address the various concerns of the MLAs, he said, responding to the issues raised by the elected representatives regarding the implementation of the loan waiver scheme.

Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar explained to the MLAs how the phased implementation of the scheme would work. Waiver of loans for farmers who committed suicide would be taken up after the committee set up by the Vidhan Sabha in this regard submits its report, he added.

The MLA pointed out that there were many big farmers who had transferred a small part of their big land holding to their son/sons to take benefit of the cooperative loans, resulting in waiver of their loans despite their huge land holdings.

Some big farmers with land in Rajasthan but holdings less than 2.5 acres in Bathinda had been included in the debt waiver, leading to resentment, they said, suggesting that the government take affidavits about the land holdings before finalising beneficiary lists.

In fact, they said, some NRIs had also ended up getting the benefit of loan waiver, which should have been limited to the deserving small and marginal farmers.  There was a suggestion for issuance of waiver certificates district wise, with proper checking of revenue records to ensure that the real beneficiaries get the waiver.

The Chief Minister assured the MLAs that all steps would be taken by the government to prevent misuse of the waiver benefit and ensure that no undeserving farmer is able to take its advantage.
 

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SURGICAL STRIKE YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT: When Indian jawans killed everyone at Pak post

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: Punjab, more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from modernity

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Avenge Amarinder's Thaggi - Help SAD-BJP win all 13 LS seats: Sukhbir on Maghi Mela
14.01.18 - PT Special Correspondent
Avenge Amarinder's Thaggi - Help SAD-BJP win all 13 LS seats: Sukhbir on Maghi Mela



Akali Dal president said Manpreet Badal's zulm as bad as Mughal's zulm; Quotes Sikh principle of Miri-Piri to defend political rally of SAD
 
MUKTSAR SAHIB, JANUARY 14: In an overtly political speech on the occasion of Maghi Mela, Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal today slammed those arguing against political rallies on historical Sikh religious occasions, said the principle of Miri-Piri intertwines politics and religion, and gave a clarion call to Punjab's electorate to help the Akali Dal-BJP combine win all 13 seats.

"Aapan hankari raje tau badla laina hai, vote paa ke. Ikk vari tusi saariyan teran (13) diyan teran (13) seeta jita diyo, phir bus tuhada hee raaj challooga. It's just a matter of eight-ten more months," Sukhbir Singh Badal told the huge gathering.

Resorting to a dramatic presentation of Amarinder Singh's promise to the farmers and farm labourers of waiving off their debts, ensuring a job for each household and promise of unemployment allowance, Sukhbir Singh Badal said it all turned out to be a bunch of deliberate false promises.
 

He said Amarinder government had promised the moon, but delivered a farm waiver of negligible scale. "They have not even looked towards the farm labourers,” he added.

 Pani wali bus, sadak utte bhaven bomb sutt diyo 
 
Ridiculing the government's claims of inheriting an empty treasury, Sukhbir Singh Badal said the government should know how to manage things, and then went hammer and tongs after cousin Manpreet Singh Badal, the Finance Minister of Punjab.
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"Manpreet ne zindagi vich koyee kamm keeta ae?..Asli mughlan di rooh Manpreet vich aa gayee hai...Tusi kadi Manpreet Punjabi bolda suniya hai? Bus, Urdu..Urdu! Ghalib tau thalle utarda hee nahi!
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 "Manpreet ne zindagi vich koyee kamm keeta ae?..Asli mughlan di rooh Manpreet vich aa gayee hai...Tusi kadi Manpreet Punjabi bolda suniya hai? Bus, Urdu..Urdu! Ghalib tau thalle utarda hee nahi! He has even given the grant to Urdu, not to Punjabi language," Sukhbir SIngh Badal said.

"Jinna zulm Manpreet Badal ne Gidderbaha halke walian utte keeta, jiven Mughal karde si," he added.

"In contrast, (Parkash Singh) Badal Sahib fulfilled every promise that he had made, including free power to farmers and compensation for crops destroyed due to inclement weather," the SAD chief said.

"Aseen jo kiha tuhanu, uh poora keeta ke nahi? Main kiha si sadka eho jihiyan bana diyange, bhaven bomb sutt diyo.. hun ja ke sadak dekho Bathinda-Chandigarh wali!"

"Sikh community respects all religions...Sikhs made the maximum sacrifices for the country before the Independence as well as after it," he said.
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"Aseen jo kiha tuhanu, uh poora keeta ke nahi? Main kiha si sadka eho jihiyan bana diyange, bhaven bomb sutt diyo.. hun ja ke sadak dekho Bathinda-Chandigarh wali!"
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"Our Shiromani Akali Dal is a 97 year old party. Sikh quom di numainda jathebandi hai," Sukhbir Singh Badal said, adding, "Whenever Punjab has made any progress, whatever has been achieved in Punjab, it has been only during the chief ministership of Parkash Singh Badal...There would not be a single household in Muktsar which my father Parkash Singh Badal would have visited."

  Manpreet kade Ghalib tau thalle nahi uttarda; Doesn't speak Punjabi, only Urdu...Urdu!
 
The Akali Dal president also slammed the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress for joining hands in fooling the Punjabis, who, he said, fell for "their lies." 

"Aapa'n thagge gaye (We have been robbed)," he said.
 
Manpreet Badal pays tribute at Maghi Mela 
 
Meanwhile, Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal on Sunday announced several projects for the development of Muktsar, including construction of Railway over Bridge (ROB) on the Jalalabad Road, as well as upgradation of the stadium and the Panjab University Regional Centre.

The Minister made the announcements at a press conference after paying tributes, on behalf of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, at the Maghi Shaheedi Jor Mela, in remembrance of the 40 Muktas, and after paying obeisance at the Muktsar gurdwara.

On the issue of the Akali decision to hold political conference at the Mela, Manpreet said religious functions should be free from politics, as also asserted by the Chief Minister. The Congress had strictly followed the directive of the Akal Takht by not holding any such conference at Fatehgarh Sahib, and now at Muktsar, and all other parties should also do the same instead of trying to take political mileage through such programmes, he added.
 

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SAD HAS GOT NO MORAL RIGHT TO CRY HOARSE
Akalis always misused Panth to score political gains: Jakhar
13.01.18 - TEAM PT
Akalis always misused Panth to score political gains: Jakhar



Chandigarh: PPCC President and Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar have lambasted Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for misusing the Panth to score political gains. 

Asserting that Congress had in principle followed the directions issued by the Akal Takht in letter and spirit to avoid holding political conferences during the religious congregations, broadly known as Jor Melas, he said the party believed in allowing devotees concentrate on paying reverence to the holy places. The decision to not organize conference during the Maghi Mela at Muktsar was a part of the revised policy adopted following the Akal Takht directions. "We are against vitiating the spiritual environment at holy places, he added. 

Stating that SAD has got no moral right to cry hoarse against others during the political conference in Muktsar, he asked why Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Badal who belong to this district did nothing to make the holy city beautiful during their 10-year rule. 

Recalling that Congress government had upgraded Muktsar as district in 1995, Jakhar said that historic gates were erected in the holy city during the tenure of Captain Amarinder Singh as Chief Minister (2002-2007). Congress led government had also erected a memorial (Mukt-e-Minar) to pay respects to 40 Muktas. Later SAD led government completely ignored Muktsar in development work even as it was the ruling Badals’ home district. "The Akalis only know to exploit feelings of people on the garb of religion, they do not care for religion and tenets,' Jakhar observed.
 

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