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'SAD-BJP INDULGING IN FALSE PROPAGANDA'
CM rules out meters on agricultural tubewells
25.09.17 - TEAM PT
CM rules out meters on agricultural tubewells



Chandigarh: Flaying the Akali's for spreading false propaganda on the issue, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has categorically ruled out the installation of meters on agricultural tubewells.

The subsidy on power in the farming sector would continue, as already promised by the government, the Chief Minister said in a statement issued here on Monday. There was no question of withdrawing the subsidy or putting meters for tubewells in the farms, he added.

Amarinder had announced continuation of power subsidy for the agriculture sector in the state in Vidhan Sabha in June this year.

Captain has lashed out at the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for misleading the people with baseless statements with an eye on the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-election.

Reacting to inputs that rumours were being deliberately spread by SAD and BJP leaders, particularly in the Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency region, about installation of tubewell meters, he said these parties were notorious for indulging in false advocacy to further their vested political interests. The SAD and BJP had indulged in large-scale rumour mongering even during the Assembly elections but had failed to fool the people of Punjab, he pointed out.

Captain Amarinder said his government was committed to the welfare of the farming community and had already initiated several measures, including waiver of loans, to protect the interests of the farmers. After trying to mislead the farmers on the issue of loan waiver, which they themselves had failed to announce during their decade-long rule in Punjab, the SAD-BJP combine was trying to spread misapprehensions in the minds of the farmers on other issues, such as power subsidy, he added.

Far from doing away with such subsidy, his government was, in fact, striving to rescue the beleaguered farmers in the state for the abyss of debt and destruction into which the erstwhile Badal-led government had plunged them, Captain said. Not only would his government ensure that the farmers are brought out of the current crisis but also put them back on the path of progress, he promised.




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MINISTER GIVES 2 LAKH FROM HIS OWN POCKET
Sidhu gives financial assistance to folk singer Idu Sharif
25.09.17 - TEAM PT
Sidhu gives financial assistance to folk singer Idu Sharif



Chandigarh: The Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu today visited the home of famous dhadhi folk singer and living legend Idu Sharif, who is battling paralysis, and handed over the financial assistance of Rs. 2 lakh to the singer. On the occasion of visiting the home of the legendary singer at Manimajra, the minister was accompanied by the Chairman of the Punjab Kala Parishad Dr. Surjit Patar, Secretary General Lakhwinder Singh Johal and Dr. Nirmal Jaura.
            
It is worth mentioning that Sidhu was conferred the Honesty Award during Baba Farid Mela recently where he was also awarded the prize money of Rs. 1 lakh. The minister then had announced that besides the award money he would contribute Rs. 1 lakh from his own pocket and give the Rs. 2 lakh financial aid to Shiromani Dhadhi Folk Singer Idu Sharif who is struggling from poverty and indifferent health. The minister made good on his promise just 2 days after the announcement and handed over the financial assistance along with the Punjab Kala Parishad office bearers.
 
Assuring every possible help to the beleaguered family the minister also prayed for the speedy recovery of the legend. He also said that though this amount is not very big but it carries the blessings of Baba Farid Ji.
           
On the occasion, Idu Sharif and his son Vicky rendered the song 'Zindagi De Rang Sajjna' upon which Sidhu doubly assured the singer that he stands shoulder to shoulder with him in this phase of difficulty. The family of Idu sharif, having to make do with twin difficulties of economic hardship and a small and congested home, demanded that they be allotted a house or a space for it. On this, the minister vowed to take up the issue with the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and also said that the government would provide every possible help.
           
The minister further said that the BCCI had decided to give pensions to the former cricketers considering the economic problems that the ex-cricketer Salim Durrani had to undergo so as to make sure that ex-cricketers don't have to fall on bad days in their old age. Similarly, the famous artists, litterateurs and folk singers of Punjab who instead of going commercial devoted their entire life to the cultural as well as the folk arts, needed to be given assistance in the twilight of their life through the creation of a corpus fund. He said that constitution of such a fund would be seriously deliberated.
           
The Chairman of the Punjab Kala Parishad Dr. Surjit Patar on the occasion said that he is extremely thankful to Sidhu who has lost no time in providing financial help from his own pocket to the great dhadhi folk singer of Punjab. He also assured that whereas the Kala Parishad would leave no stone unturned to promote the diminishing folk arts besides cultural heritage of the State, it would also endeavour to formulate a comprehensive policy and take concrete steps for taking care of such legendary singers as Idu Sharif.
 
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EDITOR SPEAKS ON CM
Amarinder calls for collective efforts to promote healthcare, education in state
25.09.17 - TEAM PT
Amarinder calls for collective efforts to promote healthcare, education in state



Chandigarh: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday called for collective efforts by all sections of the society to bring Punjab back on the path of development.

Addressing a select gathering of healthcare luminaries at the launch of The Tribune coffee table book, `Doyens of Healthcare’ , Amarinder expressed the confidence that his government would succeed in bringing the state out of the mess it had inherited from the previous regime. He exhorted the media and other members of the society to join hands with the government in enabling fast-track growth and development of the state.

The Chief Minister formally launched the coffee table book before presenting excellence awards to several noted healthcare experts who have contributed to the promotion of the sector and played an important role in facilitating the health welfare of the people.

Identifying healthcare as a primary area of focus for his government, Amarinder reiterated his commitment to improving healthcare, along with education, in the state despite the prevailing fiscal crisis.
 
In his brief address, he pointed out that the public health sector in the state was in a bad shape and announced his government’s decision to convert primary health centres into primary healthcare centres to ensure early scanning of medical problems in children.
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Tribune Editor-in-Chief Harish Khare said that Punjab was fortunate to have a wise and intelligent Chief Minister like Captain Amarinder. 
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His government, said Captain, was also investing in the existing medical colleges in Patiala and Amritsar besides setting up a new medical college in Mohali to boost healthcare. Stressing the need for a medical college in Malwa region, the Amarinder said his government was looking into ways and means of setting up more high-end medical institutions in the state.

Asserting that India’s medical system was second to none in the world, he said people look at India for affordable and quality healthcare and treatment.

Regardless of the problems faced by the state, Captain Amarinder said he was confident that Punjab would once again lead the nation in development. His government was striving to ensure that Punjab’s education system is at par with states like Himachal Pradesh and healthcare quality is at the level of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Tribune Editor-in-Chief Harish Khare, on his part, assured Amarinder that his organisation stood with the government in every positive step it takes for the development of Punjab.

Terming the problems faced by the government as initial hiccups, Khare said the Chief Minister, with his high sense of public responsibility and great personal integrity - a rare combination among politicians - was well equipped to tackle the same.

According to Punjab government press release, Khare said that Punjab was fortunate to have a wise and intelligent chief Minister like Captain Amarinder, adding that any criticism highlighted by his publication was with the hope that the government would address it in the interest of the people. 
 
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Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Abey Tu Bahar Nikal, Chowk Mein Aa  - The 10-yard-redius protest. How do you protest in world so noisy?

Patiala, via Panchkula. Soon Reaching Your City. Hail Democracy! Halaat kharaab nahi hone chahiye!

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Mr Home Minister, will you be visiting Farooq Ahmad Dar's house? How else will PM Modi's narrative of embracing Kashmiris & Rajnath SIngh's words mean anything substantive?

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The Gorakhpur Dead Speak to Punjab: From the infants burnt alive in Patiala to those who died in Gorakhpur, India's health parametres are escaping the media's radar.

WE WILL KILL 40-50: Haryana BJP, Govt calculated death toll before firing first bullet. Haryana BJP's party affairs incharge makes explosive revelations.

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS: The utter absence of any questions about the death of 30 people on the roads of a city reeking of wealth says something stinking about its conscience.

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TO SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL, SINCE NO ONE ELSE WILL SAY IT: Speaking truth to power, and asking some tough questions to a party that refuses to behave like one. Does it even register the sense of a loss?

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Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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FARMERS PROTEST
Farmers can apply for alternative site on the outskirts of Patiala city: HC
21.09.17 - TEAM PT
Farmers can apply for alternative site on the outskirts of Patiala city: HC



Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has allowed extension of paramilitary deployment in Patiala city, till September 26, in view of the farmers’ protest scheduled to begin on Friday.

The court accepted the plea of Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda that the paramilitary forces, which were already in Punjab till September 20 in the wake of the Dera violence, should be allowed to remain in Patiala for a further period, till September 26.
         
The court, hearing the Mohit Kapoor v. State of Punjab and Others case, rejected the respondents’ objections to the continuation of the paramilitary deployment and accepted the state government’s prayer, "keeping in view the wider interest, more importantly about the public at large, the area where the assembly is to take place.”
         
The Advocate General submitted in the court that 7.5 acres area had been earmarked in Sher Majra Dana Mandi, about 5 kms from Patiala city, for holding the protest, with the authorities even providing electricity connection there. However, as the respondents opposed the same on grounds that it was located in wilderness, the court directed them to meet Deputy Commissioner, Patiala, for an alternative site "which may be on the outskirts of Patiala city.”
         
In case such an application is made by the kisan unions, the same should be decided by the concerned authorities today itself, "in accordance with law,” the judges further said, even as the respondents assured the court that "there shall be no untoward incident in Patiala city and there will be complete peace in case the agitation is allowed to be held in Patiala city.”
         
The directives came a day after the court ordered the kisan unions to take prior permission for their proposed dharna in Patiala and also directed the state government to ensure strict enforcement of Sec 144 CrPC and also that there is "no free entry to the Patiala city”.
         
According to an official spokesperson, the High Court orders came on a Public Interest Litigation filed by a Patiala based lawyer, Mohit Kapoor, who, in his petition, said that the proposed dharna was illegal and would cause immense problems to the residents, besides creating a law and order situation.
         
Various Kisan organisations, including BKU (Ugrahan), BKU (Dakonda), BKU Krantikari (Phool Group), BKU Krantikari (Shinder Group), Kirti Kisan Union, Kisan Sangharsh Committee (Pannu Group) and Ajad Sangharsh Committee, were the respondents to the petition, besides the State and Union government.




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TO TAKE OVER ENTIRE ELIGIBLE AMOUNT
Punjab Cabinet approves crop loan waiver
20.09.17 - TEAM PT
Punjab Cabinet approves crop loan waiver



Chandigarh: The Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to notify the crop loan waiver scheme announced by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh in the state assembly in June this year.

Besides taking over the entire eligible loan amount of the farmers covered by the debt waiver scheme, the government has decided to also take over the outstanding interest of farmers from 1st April, 2017 till the date of notification, which will lead to an additional Rs 400 crore benefit to the farmers.
         
The entire amount would be defrayed to the banks in a phased manner, except for the cooperative credit institutions, an official spokesperson disclosed after the cabinet meeting, adding that the proposed notification will pave the way for the state government to take up the issue of settlement of loan with respective banks as a one-time settlement.
         
The crop loan waiver scheme, based on the recommendations of an expert group headed by eminent economist Dr. T. Haque, will directly benefit nearly 10.25 lac farmers across the state. The Chief Minister had in June announced waiver of the entire crop loans (upto Rs 2 lacs) of all small and marginal farmers (upto 5 acres) and a relief of Rs.2 lac to the remaining marginal farmers irrespective of the amount of loan.
         
The notification envisages that in case of marginal farmer (less than 2.5 acres) the entire eligible amount of those farmers who have total outstanding crop loan liability upto Rs. 2 lakh shall be provided as debt relief and in case of eligible amount of more than Rs.2 lakh, only Rs.2 lakh shall be provided as debt relief. In case of small famers (from 2.5 acres to less than 5 acres), the entire eligible amount of those farmers who have total outstanding crop loan liability upto Rs.2 lakh, shall be provided as debt relief.
         
The debt waiver scheme would cover crop loan disbursed to farmers in the state by scheduled commercial banks, cooperative credit institutions (including urban cooperative banks and regional rural banks, collectively called as the 'lending institutions'.
         
The scheme shall come into force from the date of its notification in the official gazette. According to the notification, crop loan means a short term production loan given in connection with the raising of crops which is to be repaid within 6 to 12 months. It will include working capital loan, extended to marginal and small farmers.
         
In the case of a farmer who has taken loans from two separate lending institutions, the first priority shall be given to the Cooperative institutions and second to the Public Sector Banks and third to the Commercial Banks in that order. The amount eligible for debt relief shall comprise of the outstanding liability under crop loan (principal and interest) as on March 31, 2017. The interest outstanding from April 1, 2017 till date of notification shall be additional. As per data collected from State Level Bankers Committee, there are about 20.22 lac bank accounts with an outstanding crop loan of Rs. 59,621 crore as on March 31, 2017.
         
It is estimated that about 10.25 lac farmers will be provided debt relief under this scheme. For this purpose, bank branch wise lists of eligible small and marginal farmers shall be prepared under the supervision of the Deputy Commissioner of the concerned district. The funds shall be provided to the DC's and each farmer shall be issued a dept relief certificate by the concerned bank branch after crediting the relief amount in his account. In case of multiple accounts, a total waiver upto Rs. 2 lacs shall be provided as per eligibility with the priority being given to Cooperative Institutions, Public Sector Banks and Private Banks in the same order.
         
A district level bankers' meeting will be convened by the Deputy Commissioner and district-wise details of loan waiver bank-wise, farmer-wise will be recorded and sent to Director Agriculture, who will release the amount to the concerned Deputy Commissioner for settlement of accounts of eligible farmers.
         
The cabinet reiterated the government’s commitment to bringing the Punjab peasantry out of debt relief. To provide effective settlement of non-institutional loans, a Cabinet Sub Committee has also been constituted to review the Punjab Agriculture Debt Settlement Act 2016 to make settlement of debt cases more effective. Also, an all-party Vidhan Sabha Committee comprising five MLAs has been constituted to examine the suicides cases of farmers and farm labourers and suggest ways and means to check this problem.
         
Pertinently, the state agriculture scenario is quite dismal and facing a crisis both in terms of its economic and environmental sustainability. The increasing costs of inputs coupled with marginal increase in minimum support price have contributed to squeezing the margins of the farmers. As per studies carried out by Punjab State Farmers' Commission and Punjabi University, Patiala, the debt per household which was about Rs. 1.79 lac in 2005-06 had increased to Rs. 4.74 lac in 2014-15.




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