Punjab Governor accepts Sidhu’s resignation, CM to hold power portfolio for time being
20.07.19 - Team PT
Punjab Governor accepts Sidhu’s resignation, CM to hold power portfolio for time being



Chandigarh, July 20: Navjot Singh Sidhu is formally out of the Punjab Cabinet with both Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Governor VPS Badnore accepting his one-line resignation.

Within hours of the resignation letter being forwarded to him by the Chief Minister, the Governor conveyed his acceptance of the same.

The Power portfolio will, for the time being, remain with the Chief Minister, an official spokesperson disclosed.

Captain Amarinder, who had been indisposed for the last two days, since arrival from Delhi, saw the resignation letter this morning and sent the same to Badnore for formal acceptance.
The Chief Minister had earlier, in Delhi, said he would see the resignation letter, which was received at his Chandigarh residence in his absence, and take a decision. The letter, however, was just a single sentence tendering Sidhu’s resignation, with no explanation or elaboration, said the spokesperson.

Sidhu had reportedly sent his resignation on June 10 to Congress president Rahul Gandhi and tweeted the same more than a month later. Thereafter he had tweeted that he would formally send his papers to the Chief Minister, in whose cabinet he had been allocated the Power Ministry as part of a reshuffle post the Lok Sabha elections. He finally sent his resignation to Captain Amarinder’s official residence while the latter was in Delhi.

It may be recalled that Sidhu had refused to take over his new portfolio, which the Chief Minister himself has been monitoring during the ongoing crucial Paddy season, with a harsh summer sending the power demand in the state to unprecedented levels.
 

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CHIEF MINISTER KEEPING AN EYE OVER THE SITUATION: DC
Sangrur DC, SSP take stock of Ghaggar; assure breach in the river will be plugged soon
18.07.19 - TEAM PT
Sangrur DC, SSP take stock of Ghaggar; assure breach in the river will be plugged soon



Taking note of the 25 feet breach in the Ghaggar river at Phulad village of Moonak, Sangrur Deputy Commissioner Sangrur Ghanshyam Thori and SSP Dr Sandeep Garg immediately reached the spot and reviewed the situation. DC assured the residents of villages that the Punjab government was fully committed to safeguarding the lives of the people living near Ghaggar and breach will soon be plugged.

He said that every situation related to possible floods was being monitored by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. DC Thori said that to deal with any critical situation, the district administration and police personnel along with the army personnel are keeping tab over every situation. Thori and SSP also surveyed the situation on the rough roads along Ghaggar while riding a motorcycle.

DC said although the water level in the Ghaggar river has decreased in the neighboring districts, still there is no slowdown in the vigilance of the district Sangrur and the villagers have also been appealed to be cautious about the rumors.

Deputy Commissioner revealed that in order to deal with the possible flood situation, all arrangements have been made to provide the relief material as required at the time of urgency like filled, empty bags of sands, ropes, nets etc. He said that as soon as the administration detected the breach the 7th battalion of the NDRF and the 80th Battalion of SDRF were immediately contacted and their teams have already reached the spot.
 
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The Deputy Commissioner said that the district administration is fully prepared to deal with any situation of possible floods and has been directed to make adequate arrangements for the safety, property and livestock security of the people.
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The Deputy Commissioner said that the district administration is fully prepared to deal with any situation of possible floods and has been directed to make adequate arrangements for the safety, property and livestock security of the people. He said that the personnel posted in the Flood control room set up at Khanauri have been asked to keep in touch with the State Flood Control Room immediately to ensure quick and prompt action in case of any crisis.

He claimed that district administration is continuously coordinating with the top officials of the Punjab Government and the NDRF. On the sensitive areas of Ghaggar, strict vigil is being kept and on receiving information about any breach appropriate arrangements have been made for the immediate plugging of the breach.

Thori said that on July 1, the district administration at Khanauri had held a meeting with the officials of the Indian Army's 3 Guards unit and informed about the situation in advance, after which on July 6, a mock drill was also conducted.

Meanwhile, Thori instructed all the Sub-Divisional Magistrates of the district to keep a close watch on the drains and inform about the situation of any crisis immediately. SDM Moonak Suba Singh, XEN Drainage Kuljeet Singh, DSP Buta Singh and other civil and police officers were also present.
 

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If Sidhu doesn’t want to do his job, there’s nothing I can do about it: Amarinder
15.07.19 - Team PT
If Sidhu doesn’t want to do his job, there’s nothing I can do about it: Amarinder



Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday said if Navjot Sidhu did not want to do his job, there was nothing he could do about it.

The minister should have accepted his new portfolio instead of shunning the work in the middle of the crucial Paddy season, said the Chief Minister, reiterating that Sidhu was given a job, which he should have accepted and done.

"If Sidhu doesn’t want to do the job, there is nothing I can do about it,” said Captain Amarinder, questioning how a soldier could refuse a job assigned by the General. There has to be some discipline in the government if it is to function effectively, added the Chief Minister.

Asked if Sidhu had made any attempt at reconciliation, the Chief Minister said there was no need for it. "I do not have any issues with him. If Sidhu has any issues with me, you’ll have to ask him about them,” he added, in response to a question.
 

The Chief Minister, however, said he did not see any harm in the minister sending his papers to the Congress president. The cabinet was decided in consultation with the Congress high command so it was ok for Sidhu to send his resignation to the party president, said the Chief Minister, in response to media queries. He was talking informally to reporters at Parliament House after a courtesy call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Captain Amarinder said he had called on the prime minister since he had not met him so far during the latter’s second term. However, he took the opportunity to discuss the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji. The prime minister confirmed his participation in the mega event and assured of all possible help to make the programme a grand success, befitting the historic occasion, said the Chief Minister.

The legacy issue of the Rs 31000 crore food debt also came up for discussion and the prime minister said that he was seized of the matter, said Captain Amarinder.

On the issue of Sidhu’s resignation, the Chief Minister said he had been informed that the resignation was sent to his residence in Chandigarh but he was yet to see it. He would have to read it first to be able to comment on it, he added.

Pointing out that he had reshuffled the portfolios of 13 of the 17 ministers in his cabinet after the Lok Sabha elections, Captain Amarinder said Sidhu was the only member who had problems. The reshuffle was decided on the basis of the performance of the ministers, and Sidhu should have accepted his new department, he added

Sidhu was given the crucial Power portfolio, which was particularly important at this time in view of the Paddy season, from June to October. With many parts of Punjab not receiving adequate rainfall, the power situation was critical, requiring day to the day monitoring, said the Chief Minister, adding that he was himself doing this job now. 

The Chief Minister expressed his unhappiness with the statement issued by Sidhu and his wife regarding the latter’s candidature for the parliamentary elections. He clarified that he had never opposed Mrs. Navjot Sidhu’s candidature and had suggested she should contest from Bathinda, which the couple rejected. 

On a question about Rahul Gandhi, the Chief Minister said he would certainly be meeting him. Rahul continued to work for the party, which was not at a standstill, as being projected by the opposition and sections of the media. The work (in the Congress) is going on, with a whole team to lead, said Captain Amarinder.
 

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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KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

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REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties 
A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION
BAD, BAD WOMAN! 

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL

 

_______________________________________________________________


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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EASE OF BUSINESS
CM Punjab gives power to DCs to clear investment projects up to 10 cr
12.07.19 - Team PT
CM Punjab gives power to DCs to clear investment projects up to 10 cr



Chandigarh, July 12: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday issued directives to empower DCs to independently clear investment projects up to Rs 10 crore, thus taking another major step forward to boost ease of business with simplified online clearance process.

The Chief Minister was chairing a high-level meeting with the DCs to review various programmes and projects, and draw out a roadmap to plug gaps in execution to make the systems more people-friendly and, at the same time, more secure.

Issues ranging from prison safety to drugs, water management, education and the 550th celebration of the birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Devi ji were discussed at the meeting. The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction at the investments facilitated so far in the state, with Rs 50,000 crore worth of projects already grounded.

The Chief Minister announced the government’s decision to give incentives to villages that turn drug-free and work concertedly towards providing treatment and rehabilitation to the addicts. Expressing concern over the acquittal rates in drugs cases, he called for tightening of the prosecution procedures to ensure that drug smugglers do not easily procure bail. He directed the district police to strictly enforce the law to control drug peddling and smuggling, pointing out that the STF alone could not handle the gigantic task.

On the matter of prison security, the Chief Minister said his government was contemplating getting security battalions from southern states, on the lines of Delhi’s Tihar Jail, to create a language barrier between the security personnel and the prisoners & their families. This, he stressed, would prevent the security personnel from getting close to the prisoners.

Captain Amarinder directed the DCs to undertake personal inspections on regular basis, and ensure the welfare of the inmates. Underlining the importance of prisoner welfare, he said jails were not slaughter houses where inmates could be kept and forgotten. It was important, he added, to find ways to keep them busy, including physical training.

Expressing grave concern over the critical water situation in the state, the Chief Minister asked the DCs to go all out to check water wastage and create awareness among the people in their respective districts. He directed them to prepare Water Conservation & Rainwater Harvesting Plans for their districts, with inter-departmental coordination to ensure seamless execution. He further asked them to regularly monitor cleaning of village ponds to store rain water, and also to take steps to promote less-water intensive crops and cropping techniques.

Reviewing the cleanliness drive initiated across the state by his government, Captain Amarinder announced launch of a garbage segregation scheme at the home level to ensure that wet and dry garbage is collected and disposed separately.

Taking stock of the arrangements under way for the 550th Prakash Purab celebrations, the Chief Minister asked the DCs to check the progress of the development works to ensure high level of quality, with community participation in the improvement and cleanliness of the villages linked with the life of the first Sikh Guru and earmarked for the celebrations. He emphasized the need to accelerate the plantation drive identified as an area of improvement and ordered strong focus on maximum plantation for the next 30 days. He underscored the need for plantation of trees in open areas and the roadside, as well as fruit trees in every house.

On the subject of education, Captain Amarinder congratulated the Education Secretary for improving results as well as school infrastructure in the state. He underlined the need for continued and concerted efforts to further strengthen the education system.

The Meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, ACS Housing and Urban Development Vini Mahajan, ACS Forest and Wildlife Roshan Sunkaria, ACS Health Satish Chandra, Financial Commissioner Revenue KBS Sidhu, Financial Commissioner Taxation MP Singh, Financial Commissioner Development Viswajeet Khanna, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, Principal Secretary Local Government A Venu Prasad, DGP Dinkar Gupta, Secretary Employment Generation Rahul Tiwari, Secretary School Education Krishan Kumar and ADGP STF Gurpreet Deo. 

 

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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KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

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 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties 
A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION
BAD, BAD WOMAN! 

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL

 

_______________________________________________________________


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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CM REVIEWS PRISON SECURITY
Amarinder proposes shifting of under trial gangsters/radicals outside Punjab
04.07.19 - Team PT
Amarinder proposes shifting of under trial gangsters/radicals outside Punjab



Chandigarh, July 4: Drones and CCTV cameras will be made available in all Punjab prisons as part of a slew of strong measures announced on Thursday by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to strengthen jail security.

The Chief Minister, who chaired a high-level meeting to review the prison security system, decided on sending Punjab Police intelligence officials on deputation to the jails department to assist the staff in collecting intelligence that might be vital to ensuring fool-proof security in jails.

In another important move, Amarinder asked the Jails Department to formulate a comprehensive strategy to segregate undertrial gangsters and radicals from other prisoners, possibly by shifting them out to other jails outside the state. The proposal was aimed at preventing radicalisation and planning of terrorist/gangster/criminal activities from jails.

The Chief Minister also directed the DCs to visit the prisons in their respective districts once a month to ensure proper monitoring of the security arrangements and welfare measures there. The DCs have been asked to make a personal inspection to identify lacunae, if any, in the security apparatus and ensure that the same are plugged without delay, an official spokesperson said after the meeting.

Captain took serious note of the recent incidents of murder of the main accused in the Bargari sacrilege case in Nabha as well as a rioting in Ludhiana jail.

He ordered all the 700 vacant posts of wardens to be filled without delay. While the government is already in process of recruiting 400 wardens, for which the Finance Department has given approval, the Chief Minister directed immediate clearance by the Department for the filling up of the remaining 300 odd vacancies also.

The Chief Minister also directed making physical tests and minimum criteria of physique mandatory for recruitment of wardens, in place of the existing practice of holding only written tests for them.

Amarinder also instructed the Jails Department to review the Prisons Manual and make suitable amendments to make parole difficult for prisoners found to be creating problems during their stay in jails.

Citing the approval given by Union Home Minister Amit Shah during their recent meeting for deputing four companies of the CRPF in exchange of IRB, the Chief Minister ordered modalities for the same to be worked out at the earliest. He directed that the CRPF companies be posted on jail duty as soon as possible.

Taking cognizance of complaints about involvement of PESCO employees in smuggling of mobile phones etc into the prisons, the Chief Minister ordered that all such personnel deployed at jails be scrutinized.

Amarinder also asked the DCs to work with NGOs to come out with ways of keeping the prisoners productively busy, either in the prison factories or as part of the schemes undertaken by the NGOs.

During the meeting, the chief minister approved the Jails Department’s proposal for establishing of a new prison in Mohali to ease congestion and pressure.

The meeting was attended by Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, ACS Home Satish Chandra, DGP Dinkar Gupta, DG Intelligence V K Bhawra, DG Prisons Rohit Choudhary, AIG Prisons HS Mann, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, Principal Secretary PWD (B&R) Hussan Lal and Special Secretary Finance Garima Singh.
 

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