Chandigarh, May 19-Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has hailed today’s developments in Karnataka Assembly as a vindication of the Congress party’s moral and political stand, and a total loss of face for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had stooped to new lows of political impropriety in its desperation to grab power in the state by hook or by crook.

            Reacting to the resignation of BS Yeddyurappa ahead of the crucial floor test, the Chief Minister said Indian democracy had been saved from total desecration at the hands of the power-hungry BJP, thanks to the Supreme Court, which had come to the rescue to uphold the Constitution of the country.

The events of the day had thoroughly exposed the dirty nexus between the party and the Karnataka Governor, who had violated all norms of Constitutional decorum and democratic principles to sub-serve the interests of his political masters, said Captain Amarinder.

            Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala should immediately step down on ethical grounds in view of the developments in the House, said the Punjab Chief Minister, adding that Vala, an RSS functionary who was clearly working at the behest of the BJP leadership, had lost all moral right to continue in office. The august office of the Governor had been maligned and denigrated by Vala and the Supreme Court should order his dismissal if he fails to resign, said Captain Amarinder Singh.

Captain Amarinder Singh lauded the role of the apex court in the matter, saying the judiciary still offered a ray of hope in the darkness into which India had been plunged by the malevolent forces spearheaded by the BJP.

The Chief Minister congratulated the Indian National Congress leadership, under the stewardship of Rahul Gandhi, for seeing the fight for democracy in Karnataka to its logical conclusion. He also commended the party leaders and MLAs in Karnataka for refusing to succumb to the pressures and temptations that were reportedly being forced their way by the BJP in the run-up to the floor test.




Chandigarh, May 19-Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday dismissed as ridiculous and baseless Sukhbir Singh Badal’s allegation that he was trying to pass the buck on farm loan waiver, lashing out at the SAD president for trying to mislead the farmers with his brazenly false and unfounded statement.

            Reacting strongly to Sukhbir’s allegation, the Chief Minister said had the SAD-BJP government done anything for the state’s farmers during their 10-year rule; the farming community would not be under such acute distress today.

            While his government, said the Chief Minister, was doing everything in its powers to bring succour to the beleaguered farmers, the financial mess left by the Badals and their government prevented it from give immediate total relief to them, necessitating the central government’s intervention.

            While he had been seeking the Centre’s intervention and support in the form of one-time debt waiver for the farmers, at no point in time had his government slowed down its own efforts to save the farmers from their debt burdens, which the Badals had allowed to pile out of control, said Captain Amarinder, making it clear that the government’s debt waiver scheme remained on track and his own commitment to waive of the farm debts was sacrosanct.

            In fact, a total of Rs. 999.98 crores worth of cooperative bank loans of 2,02,186 farmers had already been waived off, and the waiver of the remaining debt of farmers in this category would be waived off by November this year, notwithstanding the financial mess inherited by his government from the erstwhile government, said the Chief Minister.

            In any case, asked the Chief Minister, does the Centre not have any responsibility towards the farmers? How can the central government wash its hands off this responsibility, considering that the agrarian problem has assumed the proportions of a national crisis? he further asked.

            Neither the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) nor the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had ever shown an iota of concern for the farmers’ plight, the Chief Minister pointed out, adding that Sukhbir’s latest statement had once again exposed the total disdain with which they looked at the woes of the farming community.

            Instead of asking the BJP-led central government, in which the SAD was a part and his own wife was a minister, to come out in support of the Punjab government’s programmes to alleviate the sufferings of the farmers, Sukhbir was leaving no opportunity to undermine the state government’s efforts on this count, said Captain Amarinder Singh.

The people of Punjab, particularly the distressed farmers, had expected Sukhbir and his wife Harsimrat Kaur to put pressure on the central government to come to the rescue of the farming community. But far from doing so, the Badals were simply indulging in petty politicking on such a sensitive issue, which was a matter of life or death for the farmers, said the Chief Minister.

            The insensitivity being showed by Sukhbir towards the plight of the farmers, many of whom continued to resort to extreme steps to escape from their debt burdens, was characteristic of the Badals, who had never shown any interest in the welfare of the people of Punjab, Captain Amarinder said. Evidently, they had failed to learn any lessons even from the series of ignominious defeats they have faced in elections since total rout in the Assembly polls, he added.

            “While my government will continue to find ways and means of waiving off the debts of the farmers, as promised, the farming community will not forget or forgive the treatment meted out to them by the Akalis, led by the Badals,” said the Chief Minister.



Chandigarh, May 19: State Vigilance Bureau arrested an Assistant Junior Engineer of PSPCL and a private person for taking bribe in two different cases.

            Disclosing this here an official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said JE Sukhjinder Gir posted at PSPCL grid at village Rohar Jagir, Patiala was arrested on the complaint of Ranjit Singh of Village Pathan Majra in Patiala district

             The complaint has approached the VB and alleged that the above said JE was demanding Rs. 2,000 to replace a non-working electricity transformer on his land. It may be mentioned here that the accused JE had already taken Rs. 3000 to repair the same transformer.

            After verifying his information, Vigilance team laid a trap and the accused JE arrested on the spot while accepting bribe of Rs.2,000 from the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses.

            In another bribery case a private person Ramandeep Singh Ahluwalia of Khanna  nabbed red handed on the complaint of Ambika Pandit, a contractor of Municipal Council Khanna. The complaint has approached the VB and alleged that the accused Ramandeep Singh was threatening him in the name of vigilance bureau to conduct an inquiry against the construction works which were allotted to him. He was demanding Rs. 1,10,000/- as a 1% commission out the total contract and had already paid Rs. 10,000 to the accused.

            After verifying his information, Vigilance flying squad team laid a trap and the accused Ramandeep Singh Ahluwalia was arrested on the spot while accepting bribe of Rs.50,000  as a first installment from the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses.

 He informed that two cases under section 7,13 (2) of Prevention of Corruption Act have been registered against both accused at VB police station Patiala and FS Mohali respectively  further investigations were under progress.


 126.52 LMT of wheat procured; 123.41 LMT lifted

 Rs. 18911 crore released to the farmers

Chandigarh May 19:Out of the total of 126.52 LMT of wheat procurement from the grain markets across the State, up to May 18 the Government Agencies have procured 125.97 LMT while the private traders have procured 55279 MT, informed an official spokesman of the government of Punjab. While on the same date last year the wheat procurement was to the tune of 118.78 LMT.

He added that more than 123.41LMT of the wheat purchased by government agencies has been lifted from the mandis and Rs.18, 911 crore have been released to the farmers through the commission agents of the state.

 The spokesman further informed that amongst the State procuring agencies, PUNGRAIN has purchased 29.18LMT, MARKFED 27.63 LMT, PUNSUP 24.29 LMT, PSWC 17.10 LMT and Punjab Agro 12.59 LMT. Similarly, FCI has purchased 15.17 LMT of the wheat sold in the mandis of the State.


Punjab Organizes Workshop on Information Security Sensitisation Programme on Critical Information Infrastructure Protection

Chandigarh, May 19:Directorate of Governance Reforms, Punjab has organized one day Capacity Building workshop on Information Security Sensitisation Programme on Critical Information Infrastructure Protection in Coordination with National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC, Government of India) at MGSIPA , Sector 26, Chandigarh.

            Giving Details, a Spokesperson said that this workshop was organised for Punjab State Officers to sensitize about Information Security. In his inaugural address Mr. Parminder Pal Singh, Joint Secretary cum Director Governance Reforms, Punjab laid focus on importance of Information Security for Critical Information Infrastructure Protection in various government projects.  Mr. Sanjeev Chawla, Deputy Director General, NCIIPC  gave presentation on information security for critical Infrastructure.

            Mr. Tanay Bhattacharya Director NCIIPC,  Mr. Navdeep Pal Singh Sectoral Coordinator Government, NCIIPC also gave the presentations. Mr. M.K Aravind Kumar, Additional State Transport Commissioner, Punjab, Smt. Seema Bagha, DGM IT from PSPCL, Mr. Rohit Singla (PAWAN), Mr. Aman Sharma (CCTNS), Mr. Akhilesh Kumar Dwivedi (SDC) gave project presentations during the one day workshop.

            Presentations on various topics were organized during this Workshop e.g. NCIIPC roles and responsibilities and services, Mapping of Attack Vectors to NCIIPC Control Guidelines, Cyber Hygiene and best practices. NCIIPC officers also gave answers to various questions asked by the officers from Punjab during the workshop. Officers from Punjab gave presentations of following projects i.e. PSPCL, Transport, Punjab Police (CCTNS), State Data Centre, Punjab State Wide Area Network (PAWAN). 

            Smt. Gurpreet Kaur Deo, ADGP/IT& T , Punjab Police was also present. In the end Mr. Vivek Vatsa, Senior Consultant Change Management and Capacity Building Punjab thanked all the officers/officials present from various State departments for their kind presence in this workshop.