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FEST TO BE HELD ON FEB 2 AND 3
Bathinda to host 1st Kite Festival of Punjab
31.01.19 - SHAISHAV NAGRA
Bathinda to host 1st Kite Festival of Punjab



IN THE FERTILE land of China, in the 5th century BC, a Chinese philosopher named Mozi is said to have invented the kite. It was an incredible invention at that time. People from Mongolia, India, Korea and Japan welcomed this invention too after some time. The time passed and a mere combination of strings and cloth turned out to be a very useful thing. Kite was deployed for a number of purposes, such as giving signals during the war, testing the force and direction of the wind, and of course as a recreation. In the 13th century, when, Marco Polo served in the court of Kublai Khan, he for the first time saw this thing and he was really impressed with it. When he embarked back on the journey to Europe with many other things and gifts, he took it along too. Finally, with him, it reached Europe. The 18th century began and kites became more germane than ever.

Early kites which Chinese and Mongolians used were made from fine silk and bamboo sticks. Later when it became popular in masses and was being used commercially, instead of expensive and rare silk, paper and sticks were used in the making.

Basant is a popular festival of the subcontinent, having deep roots in the history and legends; kite flying was however added afterwards. Basant in Hindu tradition, as the legend goes, is a festival known as Makara Sankarnt. It is celebrated every year on 14th or 15th of January, to see off the winters and welcome the warm sun. Sikhs have also historically celebrated Basant Panchami to mark the beginning of spring.

Maharaja Ranjeet Singh used to hold a festival every year, known as annual Basant Fair, in which kite flying was added later. In his durbar situated in Lahore, he and his wife, queen Moran would dress in yellow and celebration would last for ten to twelve days. A typical scene would include army showing their prowess by marching in front of the audience followed by acrobatic stunts, women singing merrily and in colourful attire swaying from the swings. 
 
That was a brief history of kite flying and Basant through ages, now coming to the present day, The District Administration Bathinda is organizing a Kite Flying festival in order to celebrate the Basant season (Spring) in a grand manner and to connect the youth with their cultural roots. Titled ‘Bathinda Kite Festival and Fete-2019’, this one of its kind extravaganza would see passionate kite flyers exhibiting their skills through giant sized kites of various shapes besides enjoying the grooving beats of music.

Deputy Commissioner Praneet Bhardwaj informed that the fest would be held at the local multipurpose sports stadium on February 2 and 3. He further said that the District Administration would hold this fest with the active assistance of District Olympic Association and Malwa Heritage Society and the joyous occasion would see contests such as Kite Flying, Kite Making, Rangoli Making, Stone Painting, Collage Making, Visible Painting, Dig the Treasure Hunt, Wooden Ring, Best out of waste and Tambola being held in which nearly 1000 students from different schools of the district would participate. Also during the fest there would be other attractions such as Baby Show in which tiny tots would showcase their prowess.
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The added attraction would be the cultural programmes in which apart from Bhangra and Giddha, the artists from other states would present their folk art and dance forms. There would be a live musical band also to enthrall the audience.
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Apart from this, the Master Chef Bathinda competition would also be held at IHM institute in which the participants would exhibit their culinary skills.
 
The Deputy Commissioner also added that the first 3 winners of the Kite Flying contest would get Rs. 5100, Rs. 2100 and Rs. 1100 as prizes respectively whereas those bagging first 3 positions in the other competitions would also be awarded with certificates and momentoes. There would be effective arrangements of refreshments as well as clean drinking water on both days for the participating students.
 
The added attraction would be the cultural programmes in which apart from Bhangra and Giddha, the artists from other states would present their folk art and dance forms. There would be a live musical band also to enthrall the audience. The Deputy Commissioner also divulged that during this fest, a food court comprising food of different types would also be set up to satiate the appetite of the food lovers.

The Deputy Commissioner also assured that strict and foolproof arrangements have been put in place and steps have also been taken also to ensure that there would not be any usage of the Chinese string during the contest.
 

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TO BENEFIT TOTAL OF 17.76 LAKH DOMESTIC CONSUMERS
Punjab to remove upper limit of electricity units for SC/BC families
31.01.19 - TEAM PT
Punjab to remove upper limit of electricity units for SC/BC families



CHANDIGARH, JANUARY 31: The Punjab Government has decided to remove the upper annual limit of 3000 units for electricity consumption by SC, BC and BPL families, enabling all domestic users in these categories to avail 200 units per month free of cost.

The decision would bring back into the scheme’s cover the over 1.17 lakh domestic consumers who had been taken out of its ambit with the introduction of the upper limit. The move will put an additional burden of Rs. 163 Crores on the state exchequer.

With this decision, all consumers in these categories will be required to pay only for units consumed over and above 200 units a month, with billing to be done on a bi-monthly basis, according to an official spokesperson.

The move will benefit a total of over 17.76 Lakh families comprising SC Domestic, Non-SC BPL Domestic and Backward (BC) Domestic consumers with sanctioned load upto 1 KW. The subsidy would cost the state exchequer a total of Rs. 1253 Crores per annum.

The Cabinet has, however, decided to bar all income tax payees, from availing 200 units per month of free electricity facility under the scheme.




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ASKS 15TH FINANCE COMMISSION FOR ONE-TIME DEBT RELIEF
Amarinder seeks special debt relief package to revive Punjab's fiscal health
30.01.19 - TEAM PT
Amarinder seeks special debt relief package to revive Punjab's fiscal health



CHANDIGARH, JANUARY 30: Underscoring the tight financial situation faced by the state, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday sought from the 15th Finance Commission a Special Debt Relief Package to support his government’s efforts to revive fiscal health, along with a one-time package to enable payment of the entire debt of the distressed farmers of Punjab.

At a meeting of the 15th Finance Commission here, Amarinder noted with concern the permanent loss of revenue suffered by the state post GST implementation, whose compensation from the Centre will also end from July 1, 2022, resulting in a drastic fall in revenue in the range of Rs. 10,000-12,000 crore per annum. In view of the loss, the Chief Minister urged the Commission to recommend a graded compensation tapering formula to the Government of India for states like Punjab beyond June 30, 2022, so that they do not simply ‘fall off the cliff’.

Highlighting the special problems of the state, with its highest SC population in percentage terms, its long and thickly populated border with Pakistan, its riverine and sub-mountainous areas and flight of industry due to concessions to neighbouring states, Captain Amarinder Singh shared his government’s wish list with the Commission, underlining the need for a special package for Punjab, citing the various roadblocks to its development despite his government’s numerous programmes and persistent efforts.

Chief Minister, while submitting a formal memorandum to the Commission, pointed out that Punjab had the highest Interest Payments to Total Revenue Receipts ratio and Outstanding Debt to GSDP ratio amongst the GCS. The package, he said, could be provided under the General Debt Relief Scheme, linking it to the fiscal performance of the states as previously done by successive Finance Commissions.

With a debt of Rs. 2.10 lakh crore, which his government had inherited from the erstwhile SAD-BJP regime, Punjab was a revenue deficit state, the Chief Minister noted, adding that the last Finance Commission had omitted the state from revenue deficit grant states, though it was included by the 12th Finance Commission.

Even as he listed out Punjab’s strengths as a land of the brave and the food bowl of the nation, the Chief Minister said the internal security threat arising out of a hostile neighbour and threat of spillover of J&K militancy, along with the problem of drugs further made the state a fit case for a special package.

On the issue of agricultural debt relief, while his government had already announced a package of Rs. 8000 crores for over 10 lakh small & marginal farming households, there was need for a comprehensive package and assistance from the Centre, said Amarinder, urging for a one-time debt waiver to help out the farming community. Further, to give relief to the farmers, promote agriculture diversification and realize Government of India’s vision of doubling of the farm income, he requested the Commission to provide for deficiency price support in maize and cane production to the extent of Rs. 12,350 crore and Rs. 300 crore, in order to give a boost to the allied activities in the farm sector.
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Expressing grave concern about the critical water situation in the state, Amarinder Singh sought a Rs. 12000 crore grant for complete water cycle management in both rural and urban areas
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Referring to the Rs. 31,000 crore Food Account which the Akali government had taken over in its last days, the Chief Minister said the Government of India should take over the debt or Punjab should be given matching revenue deficit grant to offset the committed annual interest payment liability of Rs. 3240 crores.

Mooting increase in devolution to states to allow greater flexibility to use devolved funds qua relevant Centrally sponsored schemes, the Chief Minister also sought an increase in Punjab’s share in devolution from 1.5% to 2%, noting that the same had been reduced from 2.45% to 1.57% in the last 40 years. He suggested addition of certain new elements within the existing parameters like SC/ST to facilitate equitable distribution of resources among the states.

The Chief Minister also requested the Commission to consider the contribution of the State to the nation’s economy while distributing the resources amongst the states by giving a weightage of 10% to contribution by the State economy in the aggregate GSDP. In order to encourage and incentivize sustainable development, he also proposed a weightage of 1% to Renewable Energy Source (RES) Power Generation, as a supplement to the already existing parameter of Forest Cover and redefining the composite parameter as ‘Sustainability Index’.

Expressing grave concern about the critical water situation in the state, Amarinder Singh sought a Rs. 12000 crore grant for complete water cycle management in both rural and urban areas. On its part, his government was making considerable efforts to resolve the problem and had recently signed an MoU with Israel’s National Water Agency Mekorot, he pointed out. A pilot project of Direct Benefit Transfer of Electricity (DBTE) for agriculture consumers under the banner of "Paani Bachao Paise Kamao” scheme had been initiated with the intent of saving ground water and motivating farmers to cultivate diversified crops. The Government of Punjab had also initiated a programme to provide piped potable drinking water to every household in rural areas by December, 2019, he informed the Commission.

In line with the commitment of the State for sustainable development, he also asked the Commission to provide a financial assistance of Rs. 500 crore for river cleaning programme, and Rs. 3,682 crore for ground water improvement by river augmentation through afforestation.

Referring to the problem of drug abuse, which he said was directly attributable to the location of the State, the Chief Minister said Punjab shared its borders with Pakistan, which itself was well-connected with one of world’s largest opium-producing regions that enable narcotics to enter Punjab more easily than other parts of India. He brought to the Commission’s notice that the drug epidemic in Punjab also had strong correlation with rising unemployment among the youth. Punjab has a high youth unemployment rate at 16.60% compared to the national average of 10.20% due to slowdown in agricultural productivity, lack of industrialization, mismatch between educational qualifications, etc. He requested the Commission to provide Rs. 300 crore for expansion and strengthening of OOAT clinics to rehabilitate patients of drug abuse,

Amarinder Singh further urged the Commission to provide support of Rs. 5,500 crore and Rs. 6,719 crore to its power infra and road infra, respectively, which the State had created majorly from its own resources, much ahead of the others, and was now neither getting the capital grant nor the maintenance expenditure for same under the various Central Government schemes. He also sought Rs. 100 crore for strengthening the cancer infrastructure and Rs. 505 crore for providing sewerage facilities in the villages on periphery of our towns.
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Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal raised objections to the industrial concessions given to the neighbouring states, asserting that the central government had no right to destabilize industrial set-up in any state by offering concessions to neighbouring states.
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The Chief Minister told the Commission that despite the financial crunch, his government was making the best of efforts to boost development and improve the quality of living on all fronts. Punjab was the second best performing large state in terms of Health as per the Health Index 2018, and had achieved 100% rural electrification way back in 1976 and every town and village stands electrified, with one of the lowest Transmission & Distribution Losses (T&D) in the country, he noted. What is more, the state is ranked 2nd in the country in terms of road connectivity and our rail density is better than the national average. It ranked 2nd in Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS) Index, on account of our excellent performance on various parameters, namely, infrastructure, service, timeliness, safety & tracking and competitive pricing.

The State led the country in abolishing the practices of affidavit in citizen services as also shunning the VIP culture by abolishing the red beacon culture, much ahead of others, the Chief Minister noted. His government had, in the last two years, signed 305 MOUs with an investment potential of Rs 42,905 crore and an employment potential of about 1 Lakh in the last 20 months, he further disclosed. To ensure transparency and accountability, his government had also enacted the Punjab Transparency and Accountability in Delivery of Public Services (including electronic service delivery) Act in 2018 with an objective to provide citizen/ centric services to its people in digital mode in next three years.

The Chief Minister said he was saddened by the fact that the necessary development expenditure in Punjab has starved for want of funds against the backdrop of lack of adequate support from the Centre and the already stressed financial position of the State. He requested the Commission to pay special attention to the financial position of the State so that it comes out of the clutches of the vicious debt trap and work with utmost sincerity and integrity towards realizing its vision of a prosperous Punjab and prosperous India.

Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal raised objections to the industrial concessions given to the neighbouring states, asserting that the central government had no right to destabilize industrial set-up in any state by offering concessions to neighbouring states.

The Finance Commission was represented by Chairman N.K. Singh, Chairman, along with members Dr. Anoop Singh, Dr. Ashok Lahiri and Dr. Ramesh Chand, as well as Arvind Mehta, Secretary to the Commission and other officers of the Commission.

The state government was represented, besides the Chief Minister, by Cabinet Ministers Brahm Mohindra, Manpreet Badal, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Charanjit Singh Channi, OP Soni, and senior officers.




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Punjab cabinet approves 384 Cr ‘Smart Village Campaign’ to boost quality of life in rural areas
29.01.19 - Team PT
Punjab cabinet approves 384 Cr ‘Smart Village Campaign’ to boost quality of life in rural areas



In a major initiative to boost infrastructure and facilities in rural areas across the state, the Punjab Cabinet on Tuesday approved the ‘Smart Village Campaign’ (SVC) for overall development of villages at a cost of Rs.384.40 crore.

The decision was taken in the Cabinet meeting held here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh this morning.

The Cabinet felt the need to enhance the quality of life and living standards of people residing in the villages, said an official spokesperson after the meeting, adding that the campaign was aimed at improving the conditions in the rural areas by converging and supplementing the ongoing Governmental Schemes for building infrastructure and providing essential amenities. The campaign is based on the premise that each village would move upwards by achieving various goals in different fields like infrastructure, health, education, environment etc.

The works to be undertaken under SVC have been divided into two categories: essential and desirable. Under the scheme, the Deputy Commissioner shall get the proposals from Block Development and Panchayats Officer as well as various sectoral departments. 

Individual works up to Rs.25 lakhs would be considered and approved by the committee comprising Deputy Commissioner and Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) as its Chairman and Member Secretary respectively. The other Members of the committee would be District Development and Panchayat Officer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Zila Parishad and Executive Engineer (Panchayati Raj).

In case of individual works costing more than Rs.25 lakhs, approval would be accorded by the state level committee comprising Joint Development Commissioner and Superintending Engineer (PRC) SAS Nagar as its Chairman and Member Secretary respectively. The other Members of the committee would be Director Rural Development and Panchayats, Chief Engineer (Panchayati Raj) and Deputy Controller (F&A).

The convergence would be the key feature of the scheme and funds from different sources like RDF, 14th Finance Commission, MGNREGA, SBM, NRDWP, etc shall be utilized for the purpose of this scheme. Further, if there is any other scheme under which the proposed work can be undertaken, then the funds of that scheme would also be utilized. 

In case any work can be done from MGNREGA it would be mandatorily converged with it. Where funds of any scheme like 14th Finance Commission, MGNREGA etc. are being utilized, compliance of guidelines of that Scheme would be ensured by the Deputy Commissioner and the Executive Agency.

DCs would be competent to select and decide the Executive Agency, which may be the Panchayat, Panchayat Samiti, Zila Parishad or any sectoral administrative department of the State Government. DCs would release funds to the Executive Agency in two equal installments. The second installment would be released by Deputy Commissioner to the Executive Agency when Utilization Certificate of the first installment is submitted.

With regard to benchmarking of villages, all the villages would be graded/ranked on the basis of a survey, detailed guidelines for which would be subsequently notified by the Rural Development & Panchayats Department. Each district would benchmark all villages after a survey to assess the existing level of facilities of all village within the district.
 

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Amarinder asks Deputy Commissioners to ‘tighten their belts’
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Amarinder asks Deputy Commissioners to ‘tighten their belts’



Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered the Deputy Commissioners of all the districts to tighten their belts and work harder to strengthen their public interface to deliver on the promises on which his government had come to power 22 months ago.

Making it clear that corruption will not be tolerated at any level, the Chief Minister said his government was ready to extend any help needed by the DCs to ensure timely completion of projects for the development of the state and welfare of its people.

Days after soliciting feedback from Congress MLAs on the functioning of his government, the Chief Minister sent out a strong message to the state’s administration to pull up their socks, and ensure that the pace of hard work and commitment is upped over the next two months to ensure the fulfillment of the government’s development agenda for the state.
The Chief Minister made it clear that respect for elected representatives needed to be ensured at all costs, and directed the DCs to extend due courtesy and regard to all elected persons, be it MLAs or Sarpanches. "They represent the people in a democracy and we must be cordial with them in our dealings,” said Captain Amarinder.

At a meeting with the DCs to review government programmes, the Chief Minister also directed the Secretaries to be in regular touch with the Deputy Commissioners to ensure that there are no gaps in the implementation of the various schemes and the benefits reach the people at the grassroots.

Let us put in our best, the Chief Minister told the DCs, while directing them to identify the bad eggs in the various offices, be it at the tehsils, BDO offices, Police Stations or the municipality level, and ensure that corruption is eliminated completely down to the grassroots.

Asking the DCs to ensure punctuality and discipline among their staff, the Chief Minister made it clear that delay in implementation of programmes and development works would not be tolerated. Enough is enough, a plain-speaking Captain Amarinder told the DCs, expressing concern over people reporting that pace of work in the field is very slow. The DCs must monitor the working of their office and other subordinate offices in the district effectively, he directed.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister announced allotment of one lakh plots of five marlas each to the homeless SC families, with at least 10 plots in each village across the state in the first phase where land is available with the village Panchayats. In case where land is not available and is to yet to be arranged, such SC beneficiaries would be considered in the second phase, he said, announcing a series of measures to ensure development at both, the rural and urban levels. The Rural Development & Panchayats Department has been asked to monitor the allotment process.

On the issue of debt waiver, the Chief Minister asked the DCs to involve the local representatives and ensure that no eligible person is left out on any account. Underlining the need to sustain the momentum of the anti-drug campaign, he asked the DCs to review the NDPS Act cases where bail has been granted due to non-filing of charge sheets. The DCs must visit OOAT Clinics regularly and interact with all stakeholders to ensure success of treatment, he said, further asking the officers to check misuse of Buprenorphine tablets by unscrupulous elements. The DCs were also directed to revitalize the DAPO and Buddy programmes through involvement of all elected Panchayati Raj representatives to proactively curb drugs in their villages. 

Referring to the Smart Village Campaign for rural areas and Urban Environment Improvement Programme for urban areas launched by his government, the Chief Minister asked the DCs to ensure that all their proposals reach the Secretary Rural Development & Secretary, Local Government, latest by January 31. Works must be commenced through the respective agencies, preferably by February 15, he said, asserting that this was top priority for his government and he did not want any delay in implementation.

Expressing concern over the pollution caused by the Budha Nala, the Chief Minister asked the Ludhiana DC to coordinate with the Naamdhari Darbar ,who have already taken up the noble task of its cleaning in a time-bound manner.

The Chief Minister directed expeditious acquisition for Kartarpur Corridor in Gurdaspur to ensure timely completion of the project. 

The Chief Minister asked the DCs to complete, in time and with due diligence, the various flood control and canal desilting works, asking them to converge works with NREGA to do more with State funds. Canal cleaning works in southern Punjab must be completed during the period of closure to allow cotton sowing to commence latest by April 20, he said, recalling that the Irrigation Department had failed to do so in time last year.

Captain Amarinder asked the DCs to make all necessary arrangements for Rabi procurement in time as wheat procurement will clash with Lok Sabha elections this time. Transportation and labour contracts must be finalized well in time, he said, making it clear that hassle-free procurement had to be ensured at any cost.

The DCs have also been asked by the Chief Minister to supervise repair of link roads to ensure that the quality of road repair being undertaken by Mandi Board or PWD is good and not compromised at any cost.

Expressing concern over the stray dog menace, the Chief Minister asked the DCs to start sterilisation programme as the dogs were now attacking human beings in herds, causing grievous hurt or sometimes even loss of life.

During the meeting, Principal Secretary Rural Development and Panchayats Anurag Verma highlighted the key initiatives to be undertaken by the Department under the Smart Village Campaign (SVC). Principal Secretary Local Government A Venu Prasad listed out the main features of the Urban Environment Infrastructure Project (UEIP).

All the Deputy Commissioners gave their inputs and suggestions on farm debt waiver, drug abuse prevention programme, state-run employment programmes under the Ghar Ghar Rozgar and Karobar Mission, stray cattle menace and state run Gaushalas.

Prominent amongst others present at the meeting were Cabinet Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar, Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Home N S Kalsi, Additional Chief Secretary Cooperation Viswajeet Khanna, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, Principal Secretary Governance Reforms Seema Jain, Principal Secretary Food & Civil Supplies KAP Sinha, and Principal Secretary Technical Education DK Tewari.
 

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