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SAD slams Captain for not visiting Darbar Sahib even forty days after taking Oath
27.04.17 - TEAM PT
SAD slams Captain for not visiting Darbar Sahib even forty days after taking Oath



The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today said it was unfortunate and untoward that Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh had forsaken his religious and social duty to visit Sri Harmandir Sahib and Durgiana Mandir after taking oath of office forty days back.

In a statement issued, SAD MP's Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Balwinder Singh Bhundur said it was even more hurtful to know that the chief minister had found time to visit the Congress Headquarters in Delhi but did not find time to visit the Guru’s Takht in Amritsar.

The Akali leaders said such callous indifference to well established social norms, which had been continuing since 1947, had occurred for the first time in the history of the State. "It is customary for all heads of government to begin their tenure by seeking blessings at the holy shrines in guru ki nagri. Not doing so is tantamount to disrespecting our religion and our culture”, they said.

The MP's said the importance of guru ki nagri could be gauged from the fact that even visiting heads of government, including that of Canada, had taken out time to pay obeisance at Sri Harmandir Sahib. They said even foreign ministers of Punjabi origin followed this practice as could be seen from the visit of Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan to Amritsar recently.

Stating the shocking and unprecedented behavior of the chief minister was rubbing on others also, the Akali MP's said other government representatives, including cabinet ministers, were behaving like their boss and were not only neglecting their areas but had also neglected visiting the Harmandir Sahib and Durgiana Mandir. "This has sent out a message that this government has distanced itself from the people and does not want to even observe the traditional cultural practices”, they added.

Asking the new chief minister to learn from his predecessor, the SAD MP's said Sardar Parkash Singh Badal had always held Sri Harmandir Sahib as well as symbols of faith of all other religions in the highest esteem and had led by example by giving utmost importance to them. They said the last SAD-BJP government had not only beautified the environs of the Darbar Sahib but had also worked to uplift the Ram Teerath Sthal and construct Guru Ravi Das memorial in Khuralgarh.
 
Stating that Amarinder’s failure to visit Amritsar after being sworn in as CM despite having represented the holy city in parliament could not be an oversight, the MP's said this was emblematic of the respect the new administration gave to the gurus as well as social norms. "Amarinder even failed to pay his respects at Talwandi Sabo on the sacred occasion of Baisakhi by giving a shoddy excuse of leg pain when this did not deter him from visiting Mumbai”. The leaders said such acts were making Punjabis lose faith in the new government after only forty days in power. "Punjabi's are finding it difficult to digest that the new government has not only disrespected them but also the Harmandir Sahib and Durgiana Mandir”, Dhindsa and Bhundar added.




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BJP extended full support to Punjab govt on SYL; Claims Congress
27.04.17 - TEAM PT
BJP extended full support to Punjab govt on SYL; Claims Congress



The Punjab unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has extended its full support to the Captain Amarinder Singh government on the critical SYL issue, as well as other matters of vital interest to the state, this was claimed in a Punjab Government press release issued today.

A delegation of the BJP state unit, led by Union Minister for Social Justice and BJP Punjab State President, Vijay Sampla, State Vice President Harjit Grewal and State Secretary Vineet Joshi met Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh here on Thursday morning to discuss a wide range of issues regarding state welfare.

The Chief Minister thanked the BJP leaders for their support, saying it was important for political parties of all hues to come together in order to bring the state’s growth and development back on track.

The BJP leaders raised several issues, including setting up of a Cancer Hospital in Hoshiarpur, for which land had already been allocated and the central government had released the necessary funds. Acknowledging the importance of the project, the Chief Minister immediately directed the Health Department to expedite work on the hospital. With cancer a major problem in the state, it was important not to delay the matter any longer, he stressed.

The BJP delegation suggested introduction of telemedicine services in Talwara (Hoshiarpur) government hospital to overcome the shortfall of doctors in the region. Captain Amarinder welcomed the suggestion and instructed the concerned officials to look into the feasibility of starting such services.

Responding to the BJP’s plea in this regard, Captain Amarinder also directed the concerned department to expedite the civil works at Adampur Airport to make it functional as soon as possible in order to facilitate travel to and from this important district of the state.

The Chief Minister promised to look into the BJP leaders’ suggestion to set up an auto industry in Hoshiarpur, reiterating his commitment to promote the much-needed industrial development across the state. The new industrial policy, which his government was in the process of formulating, will address key concerns of the industries to revive industrial development in the state, he told the delegation.

Another issue raised by the BJP delegation related to disbursement of central government funded SC scholarships post the matric scholarship scheme. The Chief Minister instructed the concerned officials to ensure that the funds allocated for the purpose reach the intended beneficiaries at the earliest.




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Wanted gangster involved in Nabha jailbreak case arrested
26.04.17 - TEAM PT
Wanted gangster involved in Nabha jailbreak case arrested



In a major breakthrough, the Intelligence Wing of Punjab Police have arrested a wanted gangster involved in the Nabha jailbreak case.
 
Gangster Sukhchain Singh was arrested after the Organised Crime Intelligence Unit intercepted a car on the Nabha-Sangrur road following intelligence inputs, Assistant Inspector General of Police Gurmeet Singh Chauhan said.

He has been booked under various sections of the IPC and Arms Act at Nabha Kotwali police station.
 
A countrymade pistol and a licensed .32 bore revolver were seized from him, apart from 630 gm intoxicant powder, Chauhan said. The Hyundai Verna car in which the gangster was travelling bore a fake registration number of Haryana, he said. 
 
Chauhan said the accused had put a fake number plate on the car recovered from him. The car was snatched by the accused from an agent of a car dealer by firing at him and injuring him on March 13 near Patran.

The AIG said that other than these, about a dozen cases of robbery, snatching, dacoity and attempt to murder were registered against Sukhchain.

He said that during the course of investigation, it came to light that Sukhchain was an accomplice of Gurpreet Singh Sekhon, the mastermind of the Nabha jailbreak case and had remained behind bars with Gurpreet at the Bathinda jail in 2014, where they came in contact.
 
Sukhchain played an important role in the jailbreak case and had fired shots upon entering the jail.
Sukchain was released on bail from Sangrur Jail in 2016 in a criminal case.
 
Of the six gangsters who escaped from the high-security Nabha Jail on November 27 last year, Harminder Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sekhon, Kulpreet Singh Neeta and Aman Dhotia have been arrested. According to the police, a dozen people, including Sukhchain, were involved in the daring jailbreak to get certain prison inmates freed. As many as 22 persons have been arrested so far in the jailbreak case.




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3rd party audit of all municipal works over Rs.10cr launched in past 3 years: Amarinder
25.04.17 - TEAM PT
3rd party audit of all municipal works over Rs.10cr launched in past 3 years: Amarinder



The Captain Amarinder Singh government has decided to get a third-party technical and financial audit done by some reputed firms of all municipal works valuing over Rs.10 crore, undertaken in the past three years, to identify lapses and take appropriate action as needed.

This was decided at a meeting of the Local Government Department, chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, here on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, besides senior officials.

The government will get the proposed audit done by well-known external firms such as PWC, Deloitte, E&Y, McKinzie, KPMG, etc, to be completed within 30 days of award of the audit work. The RPF will be issued in the first week of May, an official spokesperson disclosed after the meeting.

It was also decided at the meeting to undertake concurrent 3rd party audit of all major municipal works in the future, along with a social audit. Regular checking and monitoring of all such works will be done by the state government.
The government has also decided to go in for e-governance, in a phased manner, across all the key services of the department in order to enhance efficiency, accountability and speed, and also to reduce costs, ensure easy and quick implementation of all decisions, and build trust with the citizens. Addressing the meeting, Sidhu said e-governance would eliminate corruption to a great extent by reducing human interface, especially in matters of clearances, licences etc.

As per the proposed e-governance plan, 67 Services & Management functions will be computerized for Corporations, Councils and Nagar Panchayats, another 22 for Improvement Trusts and 21 related to Administrative Functions and Complaints & Grievances at ULBs (Corporations, Councils, Nagar Panchayats and Improvement Trusts) across two phases. In addition, 46 Management Functions will be computerized at Secretariat and Headquarters and 10 at Regional Deputy Director Offices. This will facilitate over 30 lakh service delivery transactions for citizens, and another 2 lakh for businesses every year.

The meeting also decided to launch a series of reform measures to streamline and expedite progress on all urban development mission programmes in the state. The Chief Minister has directed the department to prepare and notify the Draft Model Building Byelaws, along with a policy for waste water recycling. The department has also been instructed to prepare and notify a policy on Fecal Sludge Management(FSM), the spokesperson revealed.

In another significant measure to bring in transparency, it has been decided to migrate completely to the Double Entry System, for which a new municipal account will be prepared and notified. The Chief Minister also directed filling up of at least 50% sanctioned municipal cadre posts in all the 16 AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation & Urban Transformation) towns of the state.

Earlier, in a presentation to the Chief Minister on 'Agenda for Good Governance’, the department officials pointed out that the municipal corporations were not maintaining account books, as a result of which they had no accountability with respect to revenue and expenditure.

The meeting stressed the need for financial discipline to tackle the problems faced by the department and push urban development in the state, which has witnessed a massive increase in urban population in recent years. It was also decided to create greater synergies for better coordination between the various agencies involved in urban development, said the spokesperson.

The meeting also discussed the Rs. 495.54 crore BRTS project in Amritsar, scheduled to be fully operational by August 2017, with Sidhu suggesting a review of the same. The minister suggested lowering of bus fares to make them competitive with other modes of available transport to make BRTS viable.

The issue of stray dogs menace also came up for discussion at the meeting and the Chief Minister directed health officials to ensure availability of anti-rabies vaccine in sufficient quantities to provide timely relief to the victims of stray dog bites.




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Capt Amarinder decides to ban use of plastic in Punjab
25.04.17 - TEAM PT
Capt Amarinder decides to ban use of plastic in Punjab



The Punjab government has decided to ban the use of plastic in a bid to conserve its deteriorating environment.

A notification to this effect will be issued after a formal approval by the state cabinet on the decision taken on Tuesday at the Local Government Department meeting, chaired by Captain Amarinder Singh.

The Chief Minister directed the officials to impose the ban after giving people sufficient time to move to alternative packaging, according to an official spokesperson.

Several states across India have already banned the use of plastic bags and other plastic materials, with courts also intervening proactively to rid the environment of the unhealthy practice of using plastic.




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