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SAD To Launch People Movement
Congress failed Punjabis, six month rule a saga of blatant lies and betrayal: Sukhbir Badal
08.09.17 - TEAM PT
Congress failed Punjabis, six month rule a saga of blatant lies and betrayal: Sukhbir Badal



Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today said the Congress government had failed Punjabi's in all aspects in the last six months by reneging on each and every promise made to them, even as it asserted that the party would launch a people movement to force fulfillment of Congress poll promises.
 
Addressing media persons here, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said "I had earlier said that we will give time to the new government to deliver. It is completing six months in office soon. Their six month tenure can at best be described as one in which they raised false hopes with false promises and indulged in blatant lies, fraud and betrayal. We will take the government to task. Our core committee will decide on an agitation programme on September 16”.
 
Taking up the major Congress failures in the last six months, the SAD president said the government had failed to waive off loan of even one farmer in the State despite a written commitment by Capt Amarinder Singh which was handed over to farmers through forms distributed to them. "This commitment was reiterated by the chief minister both inside and outside the Vidhan Sabha. "Farmers still await waiver of loan worth Rs 90,000 crore. Forget doing anything for them, the government has raised market fee and rural development cess which will affect lakhs of farmers cultivating crops like basmati, cotton and vegetables which are not covered by msp. "These farmers will get less for their produce now as private purchasers will factor in the burden imposed by the new taxes”, he added.
 
Highlighting the injustices being done to farmers, Badal said ‘kurki’ was still being done in the State because the government had not amended the relevant clause in the Revenue Act. "More than 200 farmers have committed suicide but no family has been given the promised Rs 10 lakh compensation or government jobs. The government is even resorting to petty politics by releasing balance payment of sugarcane procured from farmers only in Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency because it is going to the polls soon”.
 
Telling how youth had been be-fooled, Sukhbir said the government had promised "ghar ghar naukari” which translated to around ten lakh jobs per annum based on the figure of 50 lakh households in Punjab. "It is six months now. The government has failed to give a single job to any youth except one job of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) given to an over-age youth who happens to be the grand-son of former CM Beant Singh.” He said a fraud had been played out recently in the name of Rozgar Mela with the government appropriating the routine placement drive conducted by technical institutions every year. He said the credibility of the employment announcements could be seen from the one page government MoU signed with Assocham which he released to the media. The MoU does not even have a date.
 
The SAD president said the government had also run away from its promise to provide un-employment dole of Rs 2,500 per month to youth. He said now it was being claimed that youth would be offered skill development courses instead of giving them the promised allowance. "This is already being done under a central scheme. Whom is the Congress trying to fool?’’ He said it was a matter of days before the Congress reneged on its free mobile phone promise also.
 
Disclosing how the Congress government had failed the weaker sections, He said beneficiaries were not getting social welfare benefits including old age pension since January. "Shagun has not been disbursed since this government took over the reins of the State. Many other welfare schemes including medical insurance to farmers, cycles for girls, free 200 units of power to SC households, scholarships for SC students and Mukh Mantri Teerath Yatra have been discontinued. The weaker sections are also not getting tea leaves, sugar and ghee as promised in the Congress election manifesto.
 
Sukhbir said what was even more disturbing was that there was no sanctity of decisions taken by the cabinet or those announced in the Vidhan Sabha. He said the decision to give unemployment allowance to youth as well as smart phones was announced in the Vidhan Sabha by the chief minister. He said similarly the CM announced in the assembly that electricity tariff would be frozen at Rs five per unit for new and existing industry. "All these announcements are yet to be implemented”. He said even a decision taken in the very first cabinet meeting to regularize all contractual and ad-hoc employees had not been implemented till yet. "Nor has the cabinet decision to give free education to girls from primary to Phd level been implemented in this academic session. No money has been allocated for the Rs 100 crore start up fund for youth which was also announced by the CM in the Vidhan Sabha”, he added.  
 
Badal stressed that while nothing positive had been done, there were negatives galore. "The government has been unable to manage finances due to which for the first time in the history of the State a government has defaulted on paying salaries to its employees. All development has been stalled. All grants sent to villages have been recalled. Even ongoing sewerage work has come to a stop in towns”.

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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.

LET'S KILL PAASH: Dr Sumail Singh Sidhu unravels the layers of the latest row about the revolutionary poet’s work and asks why is Paash being summoned from the ashes to answer our allegations?

THE BLOODY VILLAIN OF PARTITION: As Radcliffe drew a line between India and Pakistan, resulting in 600,000 lives lost and 14 million displaced, we revisit the key question: Were the massacres avoidable, preventable?

A DOKLAM IN EVERY FIELD: Farmers not only produce food. They produce peace. And agitated farmers are no guarantee of a lasting peace. Not every danger lurks at Doklam. 
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?

DECONSTRUCTING NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU: This is a duel -- pistols drawn, hands on hip, 20 steps across, aim taken, fingers on trigger. Right now, it looks like Amarinder has forgotten his gun home. Sidhu is itching to shoot. 

SURGICAL STRIKE YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT: Indian jawans killed everyone at this forward post of Pakistan and brought back seven bodies besides a trophy signed by Musharraf.

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: The English writing on Punjab has constructed an urbane Punjabi universe. Punjab is more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from the promise of modernity.
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Surjit Patar assumes charge as chairman Punjab Arts council
07.09.17 - TEAM PT
Surjit Patar assumes charge as chairman Punjab Arts council



CHANDIGARH: Eminent literary personality Dr. Surjit Patar today assumed charge as the Chairman of the Punjab Kala Parishad (Punjab Arts Council) at the Punjab Kala Bhawan here in the presence of the Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu. The momentous occasion also saw noted theatre artist Dr. Neelam Mann Singh taking charge as the Senior Vice Chairperson of the council. On the occasion, the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Sunil Jakhar, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Balbir Singh Sidhu, Raj Kumar Verka, Parminder Singh Pinki, Pargat Singh, Kulbeer Singh Zira, Amit Vij and Sanjeev Talwar (all MLAs), Jaspal Singh, Principal Secretary, Tourism and Cultural Affairs were also present.

Interacting with the media-persons on the occasion, Sidhu termed today as the historic day in the annals of Punjab as the command of the council has come into the hands of a literary giant like Dr. Surjit Patar. The minister expressed supreme confidence that Dr. Patar would usher in an era of renewed cultural awakening as he is fully conversant with the glorious literary, cultural and historical heritage of Punjab. He also said that the Punjab Government under the guidance of the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh is committed to herald an era of cultural renaissance throughout the length and breadth of the state which is amply proven by the approval accorded to the cultural policy.

On the occasion, Dr. Surjit Patar while thanking the Punjab Government for the honour, vowed that he would work with all the more zest and zeal for the further popularization of tremendously rich Punjabi heritage and culture to make it resonate in every nook and corner of the globe. He also assured that his focus would be on helping the youth to connect with their cultural and historical roots.

Earlier in a meeting of the General Council of the Punjab Arts Council presided over by the Principal Secretary, Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Punjab, Mr. Jaspal Singh, Dr. Surjit Patar and Dr. Neelam Mann Singh were unanimously elected as the Chairman and Senior Vice Chairperson of the council.

Among other prominent personalities present on the occasion included TK Goel, Lakhwinder Singh Johal, Dr. Nirmal Jaura, Dr. Satish Verma, Dr. Sarabjit Kaur Sohal, Dewan Manna, Kewal Dhaliwal, Prof Rajpal Singh, Pritam Rupal, S. Harwinder Singh Khalsa, Gurmit Jaura, Dr. Yograj Singh and representative of various Universities, Literary and Culture organisations.

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Most shared Punjab Today articles:

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.

LET'S KILL PAASH: Dr Sumail Singh Sidhu unravels the layers of the latest row about the revolutionary poet’s work and asks why is Paash being summoned from the ashes to answer our allegations?

THE BLOODY VILLAIN OF PARTITION: As Radcliffe drew a line between India and Pakistan, resulting in 600,000 lives lost and 14 million displaced, we revisit the key question: Were the massacres avoidable, preventable?

A DOKLAM IN EVERY FIELD: Farmers not only produce food. They produce peace. And agitated farmers are no guarantee of a lasting peace. Not every danger lurks at Doklam. 
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?

DECONSTRUCTING NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU: This is a duel -- pistols drawn, hands on hip, 20 steps across, aim taken, fingers on trigger. Right now, it looks like Amarinder has forgotten his gun home. Sidhu is itching to shoot. 

SURGICAL STRIKE YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT: Indian jawans killed everyone at this forward post of Pakistan and brought back seven bodies besides a trophy signed by Musharraf.

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: The English writing on Punjab has constructed an urbane Punjabi universe. Punjab is more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from the promise of modernity.
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TO BOOST REAL ESTATE SECTOR
Capt govt slashes circle rates for both urban and rural areas
06.09.17 - TEAM PT
Capt govt slashes circle rates for both urban and rural areas



Chandigarh: Close on the heels of reduction in stamp duty on registration of property in urban areas, the Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab Government has slashed circle rates in both urban and rural segments to further boost the beleaguered real estate sector in the state.

While the circle/collector rate in urban areas has been cut down by 5%, that in rural regions have been lowered by 10%, an official spokesperson announced after a high-level meeting chaired by Captain Amarinder.

The reduction will be applicable only to the basic land rates and shall not apply to the rates for the super structures, according to a notification issued by Karan Bir Singh Sidhu, Special Chief Secretary and Financial Commissioner, Revenue, said later.

The reduction in circle rates has been notified under Rule 3-A of the Punjab Stamp (Dealing of Under-valued Instruments) Rules 1982, as notified by a Punjab Government amendment notification dated 22nd November 2016. All the District Collectors have been issued the necessary directive on revision in the circle/collector rates, said the spokesperson

The move follows Captain Amarinder Singh’s concerted efforts to give a revive the realty segment in the state and comes two days after the state cabinet gave in-principle approval to cut down the circle rates. The cabinet had also decided to reduce stamp duty on registration of property in urban areas from 9% to 6% till March 31, 2018 by removing the 3% additional stamp duty chargeable as Social Security Fund for this period through an amendment to Section 3-C and schedule 1-B of the Indian Stamp Act, 1899, as announced by the Finance Minister in his Budget speech in the state assembly.

In another important decision to propel the reality segment, the Council of Ministers had also decided to grant exemption from 10% increase in Change of Land Use (CLU), External Development Charges (EDC) and License Fee (LF)/Permission Fee from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2020 for real estate projects.

Prominent amongst others who attended the meeting included Health & Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra, Irrigation and Power Minister Rana Gurjeet Singh, Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Media Advisor to Chief Minister Raveen Thukral, Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar, Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, Special Chief Secretary-cum-Financial Commissioner (Revenue) K.B.S Sidhu, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Housing & Urban Development Vini Mahajan and Principal Secretary Finance Anirudh Tiwari.




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No Criteria Laid Down For Recruitment
Mega job fair is mega fraud on youth: Bikram Majithia
05.09.17 - TEAM PT
Mega job fair is mega fraud on youth: Bikram Majithia



Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today described the "mega job fair" held today as a mega fraud on the youth of Punjab who had been denied government jobs and instead been handed over offer letters of private companies which they were already getting under regular placement drives held by technical institutions. 
 
In a statement here, former minister and SAD general secretary Bikram Singh Majithia said it was unfortunate that a bogus programme had been given the nomenclature of Rozgar Mela and was being touted as fulfillment of the ghar ghar naukari promise made by the Congress party prior to the assembly elections.

Majithia said the Congress government had not gone in for any recruitment and had not even filled vacant posts in government departments. If one were to take the Congress promise of ghar ghar yojna at face value then its government needs to create one lakh jobs per month cater to 50 to 60 lakh households in the State”, he added.
 
The Akali leader said the manner in which the so called Rozgar Mela was held was a shame and had left a blot on government functioning. "Technical Education minister Charanjit Channi has refused to lay down criteria for recruitment under the Rozgar Mela despite requests and protests by students. Consequently students have been offered salaries which are even below the minimum wages prescribed for daily wagers. "Even these pay packets are being offered along with two year job bonds which is sheer exploitation of students", he added.   
 
The SAD Spokesman said this was not all. Despite the fact that the entire placement drive of technical institutions had been taken under its wing by the Technical Education department, Channi had not formulated any reservation policy to encourage recruitment of dalits and weaker sections of society. "Channi likes to project himself a champion for dalit causes, but he has failed to protect the rights of dalits and weaker sections. He must answer why no reservation policy had been made part and parcel of the so called Rozgar Mela”, he added.
 
Majithia said it was strange that while all the 21 purported job fairs held by the government had failed, the government had devised another trick to dupe students. "The government has signed rampant MoU’s with private companies with the avowed purpose of giving employment to youth. The fate of these MoU's is to be seen as the corporate sector at today's function was more interested in getting its demand for power at Rs five per unit implemented by the State government. Moreover how will these mou’s succeed when the current placement drive has failed with youth themselves rejecting the lowly paid job offers? If the government had been sincere in its effort it would have got the majority of four lakh students who applied for jobs under the placement drive adjusted right now only instead of placement given to only 8,000 to 10,000 students. What is the need to sign MoU’s? Isn’t this another fraud being played on the youth?” 
 
Stating that all these facts proved that the Congress government did not have any intention to fulfill its poll promise of providing a job in each family, he said it was now clear that the promise had been made only to attract youth votes. "More such false promises were made including free mobile phones which the youth are still coming to grip with”.
 
Majithia said the Congress government would not be allowed to get away by cheating the youth. We will create a public movement against all the frauds perpetrated by the Congress party against Punjabi youth. "We will start a movement to fill all government vacancies as well as genuine placement in private companies as per qualifications and merit along with appropriate reservation”, he added.




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Ghar Ghar Rozgar
27,000 jobless youth handed over appointment letters at employers meet
05.09.17 - TEAM PT
27,000 jobless youth handed over appointment letters at employers meet



Mohali: In a major step towards realizing his government’s ambitious `Ghar Ghar Rozgar’ scheme, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday personally handed over appointment letters to 25 youth at the culmination of the recent Mega Job Fair at an Employers Meet, marked by the presentation of a total of 27000 appointment letters, including 3000 for government posts, to young men and women.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister announced the signing of 34 MoUs providing employment to around 2.8 lakh youth, besides immediate recruitment of another 50000 people across various categories in government departments and organisations in the state.

Speaking at the Appointment Letters Distribution Ceremony, Amarinder said the salary packages provided in the appointment letters presented today ranged from Rs. 1.25 lakh to Rs. 21 lakh per annum. He recalled starting his own Army career at a small amount of Rs 350 and seeing it grow over a period of time. With their hard work and dedication, they would also go far in their careers, he told the youth, wishing them all success in their future endeavours and expressing the confidence that they would do Punjab proud.

He lauded private institutions and government departments for making the 21 district-wise job fairs, organized as part of the Mega Job Fair, a huge success, and announced that the next Job Mela would be held in February 2018.
 
Captain Amarinder Singh said Punjab was passing through difficult times, having faced the brunt of several wars and was a border state facing continuous threats from across the border. Despite these problems, his government was promoting a congenial atmosphere in the state, which would help boost the investment climate, thus paving the way for the creation of enormous job opportunities, he said.
Reiterating his commitment to `Ghar Ghar Rozgar’ and `Karobaar’ for the state’s youth, he disclosed that his government had already signed 34 MoUs for facilitating 2.8 lakh jobs, with many more set to be generated as it implements its industry friendly initiatives. These MoUs have been signed by the Department of Industries & Commerce, Punjab with various industries and industrial organisations, including CII, Mohali Industries Association (Mohali), ASSOCHAM, PHDCCI, etc.. In addition, the Department of Employment Generation & Training has inked agreements with Ola and Uber.

At the same time, the government had identified a total of around 50000 jobs for immediate recruitment, marking a beginning for large-scale recruitment across state departments and organisations, the Chief Minister said, as he unveiled the roadmap for implementing the `Ghar Ghar Rozgar and Karobaar Mission’, linking skills, employment and enterprise.

Amarinder called upon employers to capitalize on the opportunity being opened by his government and urged them to invest in Punjab’s human capital in the interest of the state’s collective progress.  

The programme was attended, among others, by Health Minister Brahm Mohindra, Finance and Employment Generation Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, Higher Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary, Media Advisor to CM Raveen Thukral, PPCC President Sunil Jakhar, MLAs Balbir Singh Sidhu and Gurpreet Singh GP besides Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh. A large number of Captains of industry and representatives of Universities & Skill Training Agencies attended the event.
        
In his brief address, Manpreet Badal described the event as a momentous one and a realization of the Congress poll promise to provide 5 lakh jobs every year in the state. Manpreet said development of infrastructure was meaningless unless the youth were equipped to compete with their peers at the international level, which was only possible through quality education. He lauded Captain Amarinder for honouring his promises to the people of Punjab and assured that, under the Chief Minister’s leadership, the state would be restored to its pristine glory. The Chief Minister, said Manpreet, had transformed the atmosphere of the state, making it congenial for industry, and these efforts had started bearing fruit on the ground.

The Employers Meet saw enthusiastic participation from leading industry experts, including  Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson, India Council for Research on International Economics; Krish Iyer, India CEO, Walmart; Shri Paul Oswal, Chairman, Vardhman Textiles Ltd.; A.S. Mittal, Vice Chairman, International Tractors Limited (Sonalika Group); Rajinder Gupta, Chairman, Trident and Sarvjit Samra, Founder & Managing Director, Capital Small Finance Bank, among other eminent industry experts and leaders. 

Apart from the Employers and Industry from the State, representations from select prominent companies included ITC Ltd, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), IBM India, Axis Bank, Mahindra & Mahindra, Max India Ltd, Apollo Hospitals, Startup Accelerator Chamber of Commerce among others. The event also had select invitees from the Sector Skill Councils, Skill Training Agencies and University representatives.




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