Punjab Government

  • Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal visits Chennai, Hyderabad to attract investors Yesterday

    Chandigarh: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will be on a two-day visit to Chennai and Hyderabad from Thursday to meet leading industrialists with an intention to attract investments in the state. During the meeting with industry leaders, Badal will showcase investment opportunities in Punjab along with highlighting state as...
  • Unregulated colonies: Amarinder Singh asks Punjab government to issue guidelines 4 days ago

    Chandigarh: Senior Congress leader Amarinder Singh on Sunday demanded the Punjab government to issue necessary guidelines for regularising the unregulated colonies across the state. He said that people were suffering and this has also had an adverse impact on the business sentiment. Smaller property transactions have come to a halt resulting...
  • Punjab: Centre's decision on new paddy norms anti-farmer, says Congress 4 days ago

    Chandigarh: Punjab Congress on Sunday flayed the Centre's decision fixing new norms about paddy procurement and milling as "anti-farmer" step. State Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa in a statement strongly opposed to decision of the Centre to bring down the paddy moisture content limit from 15 to 14 per cent,...
  • CM Badal orders upgrading of drainage system in Punjab 4 days ago

    Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday asked Irrigation department to upgrade drainage system to check water logging in south western districts of the state. Badal, who talked to affected people in the villages of Sri Muktsar Sahib district, emphasised the need for upgrading, widening and strengthening the existing...
  • Punjab to seek review of tax incentives to neighbouring states 6 days ago

    Talwandi Sabo (Punjab): The Punjab government will impress upon the Centre to review fiscal sops granted to neighbouring states, including Himachal Pradesh, saying tax holidays to these states had proved "detrimental" to growth of industry in Punjab. Stating this here on Friday, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said Punjab would also...
  • Punjab government to launch e-stamping next month 1 week ago

    Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Thursday said that it will launch e-stamping system for registration of land deeds by mid-October. It was stated by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal who directed all divisional commissioners and deputy commissioner to roll out e-stamping next month. All deeds and land registrations above...
  • 50 dengue cases in Punjab so far this year: Punjab Health Minister September 10, 2014

    Chandigarh: Fifty confirmed cases of dengue have been reported in Punjab so far this year, state Health and Family Welfare Minister Surjeet Kumar Jayani said on Wednesday. "These 50 cases of dengue are being treated in different government hospitals of the state," he said, adding that the state government has constituted...
  • Punjab to seek debt relief from 14th Finance Commission September 9, 2014

    Chandigarh: Faced with "burgeoning" debt, Punjab government is all set to seek debt relief through loan restructuring and change in criteria for devolution of funds to states from the 14th Finance Commission tomorrow in order to overcome financial "challenges". "We will seek debt relief from the 14th Finance Commission which...
  • Centre will bail out Punjab from financial stringency: Parkash Badal September 9, 2014

    Chhapaar: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday exuded confidence that the Centre will bail the state out of "financial stringency" in the near future. Badal, who was here for annual Chhapaar mela, while reacting to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's recent letter to Punjab government purportedly refusing any...
  • Modi government has never refused financial aid to Punjab: CM Parkash Singh Badal September 7, 2014

    Ludhiana: Accusing Congress of misguiding people by spreading "false propaganda" that the Centre was not providing funds to Punjab, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday asserted that the Narendra Modi government has never denied financial aid to the state. "The UPA government knew that they will not be able...
  • Heavy rains threaten paddy, cotton crops in Punjab September 6, 2014

    Chandigarh: Large tracts of paddy and cotton fields are affected by floods in various parts of Punjab, raising a fear of heavy loss to crops. The Punjab government has ordered for an early assessment of damage to crops due to heavy rains lashing various parts of the state. Among the...
  • Punjab government to sell sand, gravel to consumers September 2, 2014

    Chandigarh: Facing criticism over "spiraling" prices of sand and gravel, SAD-BJP led Punjab government on Tuesday decided to excavate and sell minor minerals through the state-owned departments by eliminating the role of private mining contractors in a bid to check rising prices. In a cabinet meeting held here under the...
  • Punjab government must resolve SGPC issue with Haryana: Manish Tewari July 25, 2014

    Senior Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the Punjab government must resolve the SGPC issue with the Haryana government. He said, "If Punjab government has any issues/misunderstandings then they must resolve it amicably with the Haryana government." The Hooda government in Haryana passed a legislation formatting a separate Gurudwara management...
  • Power cuts imposed in Punjab due to poor monsoon, less power July 10, 2014

    Chandigarh: Despite tall claims of availability of surplus power, Punjab power utility PSPCL on Thursday resorted to load shedding on all categories of consumers including farmers and domestic category, citing poor monsoon and less power generation. "Due to sudden increase in demand for power, owing to rise in temperature and poor...
  • Punjab: Rehab centres for drug addicts to start within 3 months, says CM June 29, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said that rehabilitation centres for drug de-addiction in 22 districts of the state will be made operational within three months. The Chief Minister asked the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) to complete and hand over the fully furnished buildings of these centres,...
  • Punjab government slashes cess on purchase of basmati June 18, 2014

    Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Wednesday said that it has decided to slash the cess levied on the purchase of basmati from 0.25 to 0.10 per cent. The money collected through this cess is meant for cancer and drug de-addiction treatment (CADA) fund. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal took the decision...
  • Punjab to provide online delivery of services in urban areas June 13, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Government on Friday proposed to set up 229 Citizen Facilitation Centres (CFCs) in the municipalities across the state to provide various services online. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday gave in-principal approval for the project to provide online delivery of services at a cost of Rs...
  • Major fire erupts in sector 17 building; 2 firefighters die June 9, 2014

    Bodies of two fireman were retrieved from the debris of a collapsed four-storey building in the wee hours, even as firefighting continued on Monday after a major fire broke out in it on Sunday night, in the Sector 17 area of the city, officials said. Bodies of firemen Amandeep Singh and...
  • Badal to take up drug smuggling issue with Vasundhara Raje June 5, 2014

    Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal on Wednesday said he would take up the issue of drug smuggling from neighbouring Rajasthan into the state with his counterpart Vasundhra Raje. "Drugs like poppy husk are being openly sold in Rajasthan due to which it is difficult for the Punjab government to check...
  • Arrest drug peddlers rather than addicts: Amarinder Singh to Punjab government May 30, 2014

    Patiala: Congress senior leader Amarinder Singh on Friday said that mere arrest of drug addicts will not help curbing the menace in Punjab as drug supply is the real concern to fight with. "The indiscriminate arrest of drug addicts across Punjab without providing them de-addiction treatment will serve no purpose unless...
  • Punjab, Haryana restrict use of red beacons atop vehicles March 3, 2014

    Chandigarh: The governments of Haryana and Punjab have pruned their respective lists of persons authorised to use red beacons atop their official vehicles, following Supreme Court directions. In Haryana, according to state Transport Commissioner Sumita Misra, the Governor and the Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice are authorised to...
  • Punjab government draws criticism for lowering VAT on tobacco products January 27, 2014

    Chandigarh: Voice of Tobacco Victims, a civil society organisation, on Monday criticised the Punjab government's recent decision to roll back taxes on cigarettes from 55 to 22 per cent. Neighbouring states like Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Jammu & Kashmir have increased VAT on tobacco products, professor of Surgical Oncology at Tata...
  • In Punjab, 17,000 booked for smoking in public October 9, 2013

    Chandigarh: Over 17,000 people have been issued tickets (challaned) by the Punjab government this year for violating ban on smoking in public places, a senior health officer said in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Punjab's Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Vini Mahajan said that 12 districts in Punjab have already been...
  • Punjab: Ex-DGP alleges involvement of political parties in drug rackets September 18, 2013

    Former DG of Prisons in Punjab Shashi Kant has alleged that major political parties in Punjab are involved in drug rackets. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has taken suo moto cognisance of the matter and issued notices to the Punjab government and the union government. In his letter Shashi...
  • Sidhu accuses Punjab govt of not giving money to develop Amritsar September 5, 2013

    Bharatiya Janata Party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has accused the Punjab government of not supporting his endeavours to develop Amritsar. He said, "Amritsar Trust is for the development of Amritsar. The corporation does not have any money for the Trust. I have not received any money for the past two...
  • E-trip system becoming bone of contention between SAD and BJP July 30, 2013

    The e-trip system introduced by Punjab government to bring transparency in transactions by traders and check tax evasion has become a bone of contention between allies SAD and BJP, which feels it might affect its vote bank in urban areas. Punjab BJP brass led by party in-charge for state affairs Shanta...
  • No need to protest just yet, says Khurshid on JuD fund allotment June 20, 2013

    The government of Pakistan's Punjab Province has recently allocated RS 400 million to the Jamaat Ud Dawa. JuD is believed to be a front for the banned terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba. Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said there is no need to protest just yet. The minister said it's only a budget...
  • Punjab government orders probe into 'vulgar' school books May 23, 2013

    Chandigarh: The Punjab government has initiated a probe into the distribution of text books containing allegedly vulgar and irrelevant content in government schools, a minister said on Wednesday. Bathinda District Education Officer Surjit Singh Khuram was put under suspension for laxity in this connection. Punjab Education Minister SS Maluka inspected the...
  • Punjab govt announces Rs 1 cr assistance to Sarabjit family May 2, 2013

    Chandigarh: Punjab government on Thursday announced a financial assistance of Rs one crore for the family of Sarabjit Singh, who died in Pakistan following a murderous assault in a jail there, and declared a three-day state mourning. Flags will fly half mast on all government buildings and there will be no...
  • Indian-Americans applaud Punjab government's announcement April 6, 2013

    Washington: The Indian-American community has welcomed the Punjab government's announcement of 10 per cent housing and plots quota for NRIs in the state. "This is a good decision," said Satnam Singh Chahal of the North American Punjabi Association. Chahal's reaction came after Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday...