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Capt meets Jaitley; Assured of full cooperation for smooth wheat procurement
22.03.17 - team pt
Capt meets Jaitley; Assured of full cooperation for smooth wheat procurement



Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely on Wednesday assured Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh that he would direct the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to ensure that all arrangements for wheat procurement in the state are in place by March 25.
 
The assurance came after Captain Amarinder met the Union Finance Minister at his residence here to seek immediate authorization and release of Rs. 20,683 crore Cash Credit Limit (CCL) from the central government for smooth and timely wheat procurement in the state.
 
Amarinder informed the Finance Minister that a proposal seeking the CCL had already been sent to the Reserve Bank of India by the state government, which hoped to procure over 100 LMT of wheat in this procurement season, commencing April 1. 
 
Jaitley assured the Chief Minister of the Centre’s full cooperation in ensuring that the farmers in Punjab do not face any problems in the procurement of their grain, Raveen Thukral, Media Advisor to CM, disclosed after the meeting.

The Chief Minister described the luncheon meeting as fruitful and thanked the Finance Minister for his prompt and positive response.
 
During the meeting, the Chief Minister, pointing out that Punjab was the largest contributor to the Central Pool of food grains, requested the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, to ensure timely authorization of CCL, which was still pending.
 
The Chief Minister had on Saturday directed all DCs to personally monitor the procurement process and ensure smooth and hassle-free procurement of the farmers’ crop. Arrangements are being made on war-footing to streamline the procurement process in all the 1800 mandis of Punjab.

Captain, who is in charge of the Food and Civil Supplies department, has also cancelled all labour and transportation tenders finalized for the wheat procurement process by the previous SAD-BJP government. Fresh tenders have already been called for. 

The Chief Minister has issued stringent orders to ensure that the farmers and arthiyas do not face any problems in the mandis. The state mandi board has been directed to provide all basic amenities and facilities in the mandis, in addition to smooth and timely payments, as well as complete transparency in the process, which the new government has decentralized to make it more structured and effective.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and his Chief Principal Secretary Suresh Kumar. 




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Brahm Mohindra is Number 2: Amarinder clears all doubts
22.03.17 - PT Bureau
Brahm Mohindra is Number 2: Amarinder clears all doubts



CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today once again reiterated that six-time MLA and now minister in his cabinet, Brahm Mohindra, is number two in the Council of Ministers, thus establishing the Patial (Rural) legislator firmly as the most senior minister.

Amarinder's comments came during an interaction with journalists and echoed his earlier stance. Mohindra was the one to be sworn in immediately after Amarinder Singh took oath of office on March 16.

Seen for long as someone who has an independent mind and often refused to tow the Patiala royal's line in politics, Mohindra is also respected by even his critics for the talent he brings to politics. 

Mohindra's prime positioning in the Council of Ministers follows much speculation about a Deputy CM office for Navjot Singh Sidhu, which never materialised. 

Amarinder has now said seniority cannot be ignored. Sidhu is a first time MLA and a recent entrant to the Congress, while he has been an MP from Amritsar multiple times on BJP ticket.




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Won't tolerate any kind of corruption at any level: Brahm Mohindra
22.03.17 - team pt
Won't tolerate any kind of corruption at any level: Brahm Mohindra



THE HEALTH department will not tolerate any kind of corruption at any level. Chairing his maiden meeting with the civil surgeons from across the state, Brahm Mohindra, Punjab Health Minister said that the Chief Minister of Punjab Capt. Amarinder Singh has already made his vision clear to eradicate the corruption from the state and make it zero tolerance.
 
Carrying his vision forward today Brahm Mohindra told the officials to strictly implement this at every level. He said that special focus will be given on the De-Addiction centers running across the state and responsibility of every civil surgeon will be fixed for any kind of lapses if found. He instructed them to regularly visit the centers and report back to him.
 
Mohindra also asked the officials from the field to prepare the duty roster for the doctors on duty in emergency services atleast 15 days in advance so that absentees from the crucial duties is minimized. Civil surgeons will also be held responsible for the availability of essential drugs and medicine shortage in the hospitals. The surgeons have been directed to conduct surprise checks on the 108 ambulances and report back. He also asked the officials to behave politely with the patients.
 
The minister also asked about the 104 helpline working and its report in the last two months. The civil surgeons were asked to keep the essential equipment in working order.
 
He also assured the people of Punjab that the government is bound to give them best health facilities, which will be given them in this regime. He also directed the officials to come upto the expectations of the people of Punjab.




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'What I Do With My Own Time Is Nobody's Business': Sidhu after CM seeks legal advice on his TV show
21.03.17 - TEAM PT
'What I Do With My Own Time Is Nobody's Business': Sidhu after CM seeks legal advice on his TV show



Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday reiterated his wish to continue with his work on popular TV programme The Kapil Sharma Show. "What I do after work hours is no one’s business,” he said. "Sometimes I work all seven days from early morning till 6 pm. So what I do after 6 pm is nobody’s business. It’s not an office of profit.”
 
"I have left 70 to 80 per cent of work in television entertainment industry... I do office work from 9 am to 6 pm... What I do at night is nobody's business," the Congress minister said.
 
Yesterday, Capt Amarinder Singh said he will seek legal opinion after Sidhu made it clear that he will continue his role as a celebrity-judge on a popular TV comedy show.

"We will have to ask our advocate general to give us an opinion... whether a person who is a minister can do what he wants to do. It will depend entirely on what legal position is," the Punjab chief minister said.
 
Speaking to the media outside his office on Tuesday, Sidhu said, "On what Captain Amarinder Singh has said, all I have to say is that the boss is always right. However, office of profit only concerns government positions. Kirron Kher (BJP leader) goes and shoots programs for 11 months. I, on the other hand, have stopped my work with the IPL and I have given up 70-80% of the TV shows I did. From 9 am to 6 pm, I will carry out my duties as a government servant. As long as I am in office by 9 am, it should be nobody’s business what I do after 6 pm. I think nobody should have any interest in this. What I do is my profession, my passion, my interest and my work.”
 
As he invited criticism for saying he will continue to appear on the show, his wife and former state legislator Navjot Kaur Sidhu came out in his support.

In a Facebook post, Kaur on Sunday said her family had no other source of income but television, and undue hype was being created over the issue.

"Such hype has been created about Navjot earning a living from television. When I was working as an MLA, my electricity bill and tea for guests cost more. We have no other business or source of income except television. He has left 80 per cent of shows, which included IPL, commentary, etc.

"Shooting for two shows (of the comedy show) takes only five hours a week and that also mostly on Saturday night. I think it is a meagre time for a non-socially active God-fearing workaholic (sic)," she wrote.
 
Sidhu took charge as the Punjab minister of tourism, culture and local bodies on March 16.




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Amarinder on SYL: "Pakistan is waiting to revive terrorism if SYL is built"; says Punjabi Suba was a mistake
21.03.17 - PT Bureau
Amarinder on SYL:



CHANDIGARH: Faced with an unenviable situation of responding to the Supreme Court on March 28 on its stand on the SYL canal, and knowing fully well that the apex court has drawn a hard line, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has now played the "terrorism will come back" card and dragged even Pakistan into the narrative in his efforts to mount a credible argument against a possible adverse verdict.

In his first detailed remarks dwelling upon the strategy Punjab plans to adopt in the Supreme Court, Amarinder Singh said any decision to force Punjab to construct the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal "can lead to terrorism." 

Arguing that the construction of the SYL canal may adversely impact hundreds of villages in southern Punjab, Amarinder Singh said the region could see not just a plunging water table or crop yields falling, but even a revival of terrorism. "It always starts in southern Punjab. In the 1960s, naxalism started in southern Punjab. The militancy hotbed was in southern Punjab. There is a great emotional upset in this area...If you go back to the Anandpur Sahib Resolution, you will see that the issue of river waters or SYL was a key issue," Amarinder Singh told India Today's Karan Thapar in a TV interview, his first after becoming CM. 

"If there is an upheaval in Punjab, will Pakistan not take advantage of it?" the Chief Minister said.

Meanwhile, Punjab Advocate-General Atul Nanda said the state will be approaching the Central government on the SYL issue, clearly a move that efforts will now be directed towards finding an out of court settlement. Amarinder Singh's scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi now assumes a new importance in this context.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has asked for a special session of Vidhan Sabha on the SYL issue.

A senior AAP leader said it was very important for the party to take the sheen away from Amarinder and Akali Dal (Badal) on the issue of being protecters of Punjab's river waters.

"Our party has throughout said both Akali Dal and Congress has hand in glove with each other. Now, Akali Dal is silent about scrapping the water already flowing to Rajasthan and Haryana. Even Amarinder had protected this water flow by introducing Clause 5 in the Termination of Agreements Act, 2004. The Akalis promised to scrap the clause but did not. Now, both have stopped talking about this part. A special session of Assembly on the issue will bring the focus on it," said a senior AAP MLA now holding a key position and thus capable of deciding AAP's stance in any such session.

Amarinder Singh did not miss a chance to hit out at the Akalis, and questioned the long drawn agitation waged by the Akali Dal for Punjabi Suba in the 1960s, a legacy Akali Dal is proud of and something it celebrates with great gusto every year.

"We gained nothing from Punjabi Suba's formation. We lost our industrial belt, we lost our forest belt, we lost our river belt, we lost 40 percent of our territory -- and all of it so that it becomes a Sikh majority state so that Badal can become its CM at some point of time," Amarinder Singh said, his remarks coming without much provocation on the part of the interviewer.

Also, in observations that will gladden the hearts of Punjab's business and industry community, Amarinder Singh said his government will follow a policy of extreme liberalism and liberlisation. 

"Punjab's industry policy will be liberalised very, very soon. We have been working on it for two years now. Top industrialists have been calling me already to tell me they want to set up industry in Punjab. I had brought in a lot of IT industry in Mohali which Akalis have shut down," Amarinder Singh said.




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Comment by: bs khosa

If syl built what we do I'm a farmer tail end of canal System of sarhind feeder we have no sufficient water now for my crops need . I urge govt of punjab to review water treaty with Rajasthan also .

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