Monthly Archives: NOVEMBER 2017
CABINET TO MEET EVERY WEDNESDAY TO ENSURE SMOOTH FUNCTIONING
Punjab Vidhan Sabha's winter session dates announced
Chandigarh: The winter session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha will be held for three days, from November 27 to November 29, 2017.
This was decided at a meeting of the state cabinet, which also agreed to meet every Wednesday at 3 p.m. to ensure smooth functioning of the government, with timely decisions to boost the momentum of reforms initiated by the Congress regime.
With the Cabinet decision, the Punjab Governor has been authorised to convene the 3rd session of 15th Punjab Vidhan Sabha as per Article 174 (I) of the Constitution of India.
The Cabinet, at its meeting today, congratulated Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for the hassle-free procurement of paddy despite the record rice production in the state. Even Basmati production in Punjab had gone up by around 60% in this season, the Chief Minister, who chaired the meeting, was informed.
Amarinder lauded the concerned department and officials for the excellent management of the procurement operations and expressed the hope that this would lead to the revival of agriculture in the state and come as a relief to the distressed farmers.
AMARINDER TO HEAD THE COMMITTEE
Cabinet sub-committee set up for regular review of fiscal situation
Chandigarh: The cash-crunched Punjab government has decided to regularly review its fiscal condition, with focus on expenditure curtailment and resource mobilization.
A cabinet sub-committee, headed by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, has been set up for this purpose.
The sub-committee will meet every Tuesday to discuss ways and means of cutting down on expenses and generate resources to meet the state’s requirements and boost its economy.
Besides the CM, the sub-committee comprises Brahm Mohindra, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Research and Medical Education, Parliamentary Affairs, and Manpreet Badal, Minister for Finance.
The decision to set up the sub-committee was taken by the Council of Ministers, which met here on Friday under the chairmanship of Amarinder Singh. Taking serious note of the state’s fiscal crisis, the cabinet stressed the need for a regular high-level review of the same and proactive steps to tackle it.
With a debt burden of Rs 2,08,000 crore, fiscal deficit of Rs 34,000 crore and revenue deficit of Rs 13,000 crore, the Congress government in the state is battling a major challenge as it strives to combat the fiscal crisis inherited from the erstwhile SAD-BJP government.
'PUNJAB DONNING A NON PERFORMING CM'
Refusal of Amarinder to meet Kejriwal a monumental blunder
15.11.17 - Bir Devinder Singh
The first seven months of Capt. Amarinder Singh's current stint as Chief Minister has established one fact beyond any doubt that for the first time, Punjab has someone at the helm who is donning the role of a non-performing and reluctant Chief Minister. It is strange phenomenon that he is avoiding to meet the general public in his office, the elected legislators and MPs, the visiting foreign dignitaries and the Chief Ministers of the Indian States to discuss the issues confronting the State and its people. The schedule of his weekly engagements has never been made public so far, detailing his office hours and also notifying the time slot as to when and where the general public could meet him for the redressing of their grievances is still a mystery.
His refusal to meet his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal is not only a monumental blunder; it smacks of a despicable royal hubris and also the stark infringement of the cherished values of Parliamentary democracy. The Delhi CM has not solicited a meeting with him for any personal favour but to discuss the alarming issue air pollution in Delhi and elsewhere caused by the persistent smog. Delhi is the capital of India and to address the severe health emergency there is a shared responsibility of all the States. No Chief Minister alone can address the issues concerning environment. It sounds unethical on the part of Punjab Chief Minister to refuse a meeting to the Chief Minister of Delhi, who was in Chandigarh to share the severity of the health emergency with his neighbourly counterparts in the dire need of their help to resolve the problem faced by Delhi residents that includes millions of people from Punjab.
This kind of condescending behavior of the Punjab Chief Minister deserves a public disdain in a severest possible manner. His hollow act has cast serious reflection on the collective wisdom of the people of Punjab and it certainly does not commensurate with the ethos of Punjabis; who are always ready to help anybody in the need of the hours of reckoning.
Author is a Former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha.
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CEO MEETS REPRESENTATIVES OF POLITICAL PARTIES
Political parties should appoint BLAs for electoral roll revision: CEO
Chandigarh: A meeting was held today at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, with the representatives of all the registered political parties concerning the revision of electoral rolls.
Chairing the meeting, the Additional Chief Electoral Officer Manpreet Singh Chhatwal appealed to all the representatives of various political parties to appoint their workers as BLAs to ensure that nobody gets deprived of the right of being registered as a voter nor does anybody's vote get deleted wrongly and everybody's vote is made in accordance with the rules.
Divulging more, he said that during the revision of photo voter lists this time it would be made sure that everybody of the age of 18 years gets registered as a voter. He further said that apart from this, the BLAs would also ensure that a probable list of those voters is made who are to attain the age of 18 years on 1-1-2018 in order to make sure that in future, they are registered as voters without any delay.
During the meeting, apart from representatives of political parties, Deputy CEO Punjab Sukhdev Lal was also present.
Sukhbir Badal announces new party structure
Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Badal today announced new party structure while making a few changes into the SAD office-bearers in order to infuse a new energy in the party’s rank and file.
Disclosing here, Sukhbir said that five time Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal would continue as the patron of the party and the Party MP and senior Akali leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa would remain the Secretary General of the SAD as well.
Releasing the new list of Vice-Presidents, Badal said that 14 senior SAD leaders who have been appointed as the vice presidents of the party includes Ranjit Singh Brahampura, Balwinder Singh Bhundar, Tota Singh, Dr. Upinderjit Kaur, Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra, Nirmal Singh Kahlon, Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Charanjit singh Atwal, Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema, Naresh Gujral and Sharanjit Singh Dhillon.
Divulging details of new General Secretaries of the SAD, Badal informed that 13 leaders who have been assigned as new General Secretaries of the party includes Dr. Ratan Singh Ajnala, Bikram Singh Majithia, Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Sohan Singh Thandal, Jeet Mahinder Singh Sidhu, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, Iqbal Singh Jhunda, Pawan Kumar Tinu, Gurpartap Singh Wadala, Manpreet Singh Ayali, Harmeet Singh Sandhu, Gaganjit Singh Barnala and Harpreet Singh Kotbhai. The core committee of party had already been constituted a while ago, he added.