PUNJAB GOVERNMENT

  • Punjab: Congress moves no-confidence motion against SAD-BJP government 4 days ago

    Chandigarh: Congress on Tuesday moved a no-confidence motion against the Akali Dal-BJP alliance government in the Punjab Assembly. Leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar moved the motion on issue of drug menace in Punjab and the failure of the Parkash Singh Badal-led government to check the trade and providing patronage to...
  • Punjab government to spend Rs 120 crore for harvesting rainwater November 9, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab government said it has earmarked Rs 120 Crore on the development of Underground Pipeline System (UGPS), seeking to harvest rainwater to solve various water problems in the state. Punjab's Agriculture Minister Tota Singh said in a statement today that "the funds will be used this fiscal for the...
  • Cut in fuel prices may cause revenue loss to Punjab November 1, 2014

    Chandigarh: The reduction in prices of petrol and diesel may have brought cheers to consumers, but the cut is likely to cause tax revenue loss of up to Rs 35 crore to the state exchequer in Punjab. "It is estimated that there will be an effect of Rs 30-35 crore...
  • Punjab: Farmers should be given subsidies in a big way, says CM Badal October 29, 2014

    Chandigarh: Amid facing criticism on giving free power to farmers from several quarters, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said that the farming sector should be given subsidies "in a big way" for producing sufficient foodgrain to meet country's requirement. Badal also sought cooperation of all the MPs...
  • Navjot Singh Sidhu attacks Punjab govt after removal of security cover October 14, 2014

    Chandigarh: Former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday claimed that his security cover has been withdrawn, as he attacked the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) government in Punjab for indulging in "petty" politics and hitting "below the belt". The move comes close on the heels of Sidhu's attack on SAD...
  • Punjab government announces 10 per cent DA for employees October 14, 2014

    Chandigarh: Ahead of Diwali, the Punjab government on Tuesday announced to release 10 per cent Dearness Allowance (DA) to employees with October's salary. Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa on Tuesday gave his nod in this regard, an official spokesman said. The increased DA would be given with the salary...
  • AAP's Bhagwant Mann slams Punjab government for drug menace October 9, 2014

    Amritsar: Comedian and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann on Thursday slammed the Punjab government alleging that drug dealers were freely roaming in the state while police was making poor drug addict youths as scapegoats. "The Punjab government never thought to eradicate unemployment in the state, due to which...
  • Punjab: Tax raised to mobilise funds for development, says SAD October 5, 2014

    Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday supported the SAD-BJP led Punjab government's move to increase VAT on diesel, cold drinks and cigarettes, saying tax was raised to mobilise funds for development. In a statement, SAD general secretary and core committee member Maheshinder Singh Grewal said the rate of...
  • Punjab: 645 teachers to be promoted as headmasters September 24, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab government, in its effort to fill up the vacancy in education department, has decided to promote 645 teachers as headmasters by next month while recruitment of over 5,000 teachers will be completed by the end of this month. Disclosing this on Wednesday, an official spokesperson said that direction to this...
  • Parkash Singh Badal seeks financial package from Centre for Punjab September 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday sought a "liberal financial package" for his state from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Badal accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal called on Modi at his residence and sought a relief package of Rs 2,330 crore for farmers due...
  • Punjab government to start campaign for clean, green schools September 22, 2014

    Chandigarh: In a bid to make government schools clean and green in Punjab, the state Education department will start a monthlong campaign from Friday. This decision was taken during a highlevel meeting held under the chairmanship of Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema at his office on Monday, an official spokesperson...
  • Modi government very decisive, will change system, says Sukhbir Badal September 21, 2014

    Chandigarh: The 'decisiveness' in decisionmaking and 'cutting redtapism' of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre will change the country's governance system, Punjab's powerful deputy chief minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, feels. "He is moving in the right direction. He has shown twothree things decisiveness and cutting off redtapism in decision...
  • Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal visits Chennai, Hyderabad to attract investors September 17, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will be on a twoday 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 September 14, 2014

    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 antifarmer, says Congress September 14, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Congress on Sunday flayed the Centre's decision fixing new norms about paddy procurement and milling as "antifarmer" 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 September 14, 2014

    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 September 12, 2014

    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 estamping next month September 11, 2014

    Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Thursday said that it will launch estamping system for registration of land deeds by midOctober. It was stated by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal who directed all divisional commissioners and deputy commissioner to roll out estamping 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...
  • Vocational courses to be taught in Punjabi: Education Minister September 7, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Government has decided to substitute the medium of instruction for teaching vocational course in the state with Punjabi. The syllabus of six vocational courses, recently started by the education department, was translated into English and uploaded on the official website, Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema said in a statement...
  • 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, SADBJP led Punjab government on Tuesday decided to excavate and sell minor minerals through the stateowned 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 deaddiction 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 deaddiction 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 inprincipal approval for the project to provide online delivery of services at a cost of Rs...