VIGILANCE NABS 18 OFFICIALS IN BRIBERY CASES DURING APRIL (FIVE PUBLIC SERVANTS CONVICTED BY SPECIAL COURTS) Chandigarh, May 23 : State Vigilance Bureau, during its ongoing campaign against corruption, has been able to nab 18 officials red handed accepting bribes in 11 different trap cases during the month of April, which includes 6 police personnel, 4 employees of revenue department and 8 belonging to other departments. Disclosing this an official spokesperson of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau said the Bureau had submitted challans pertaining to 8 vigilance cases in various special courts in the last month. Apart from this, twelve vigilance enquires have also been registered to thoroughly probe the corruption cases against public servants. In addition to this three criminal cases have also been registered after through probe. Giving more details, he informed that special courts have decided three bribery cases filed and contested by the Bureau during last month. Bhim Singh Junior Assistant, Parwinderjeet Singh Clerk and Banti Kumar Numbardar of village Sunet, Ludhiana were convicted and sentenced with 3 years imprisonment each by the Additional Sessions Judge Ludhiana. Surjeet Singh salesman Silkeana multipurpose cooperative agriculture society Phillaur, Jalandhar was sentenced with 3 years imprisonment and fine of Rs. 10,000 by the Additional Sessions Judge Jalandhar. Similarly Vinod Kumar, store keeper, posted at civil surgeon Ludhiana was imprisoned for 5 years jail with fine of Rs. 50,000 by the Additional Sessions Judge Ludhiana.


COOPERATIVE INSTITUTIONS TO BE ROCK SOLID FOUNDATIONS FOR RESURGENCE OF AGRARIAN ECONOMY OF PUNJAB COOPERATION MINISTER DISTRIBUTES DEBT RELIEF CERTIFICATES TO FARMERS RECOVERY TO TUNE OF RS. 6.5 CRORE MADE FROM BIG TIME DEFAULTERS CHALLENGES EX CHIEF MINISTER FOR TAKING UP FARM DEBT ISSUE WITH PRIME MINISTER PUNJAB GOVERNMENT FARMER FRIENDLY: AJAIB SINGH BHATTI FARMERS OF SRI MUKTSAR SAHIB GOT DEBT RELIEF AMOUNTING TO RS. 49 CRORE TILL DATE: RAJA WARRING Gidderbaha (Sri Muktsar Sahib), May 23: The Co-operation Minister, Punjab, S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa today said that the Cooperation Department would play a leading role in the strengthening of the farming sector of Punjab and all the cooperative institutions with the inclusion of the cooperative societies would be developed as the rock solid foundations for the agricultural prosperity of the state. The minister was addressing a huge gathering of farmers here today on the eve of a function to distribute debt relief certificates to the farmers hailing from Gidderbaha and Malout constituencies. Setting a new trend on the occasion, S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and MLA from Gidderbaha Mr. Amarinder Singh Raja Warring gave a chance to the farmers to express their views in a free and frank manner. The farmers presented their views and aired their issues in a constructive manner and the minister highlighted before them the steps being promulgated by the state government for resolving their problems. This session continued for half an hour. The minister in his address revealed that a total of 10 lakh farmers across Punjab would be given debt relief to the tune of Rs. 9500 crore and after the completion of the 1st phase the second one would be commencing soon. The minister further said that the previous regime only indulged in promising moon to the people whereas the present government actually acted in the interest of the farmers by implementing debt relief scheme and lifting the previous 3 cr


VIGILANCE REGISTERS DISPROPORTIONATE ASSETS CASE AGAINST MC CLERK Chandigarh May 23: The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today registered a case against Ravinder Singh Walia, clerk posted at Municipal Corporation Bathinda for amassing huge wealth than the disclosed sources of his income by misusing his official position. Disclosing this an official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said during the investigation, the VB team have chosen a specific check period from the year 2011 to 2016 during which the accused was holding a responsible posting and found that Clerk Ravinder Singh has got total income of Rs. 1.07 crore. During the check period, accused had spent Rs. 2.47 crore on various moveable and immoveable properties including other expenditures, which was more than 130% approximately of his actual earning, he added. During the investigation it has come to light that he revealed that the accused had purchased a plot at cost or Rs. 99.45 lakh in the name of his father-in-law and constructed a house on the same by spending 74.62 lakh. The spokesperson said a disproportionate assets case had been registered against the accused under various sections of Prevention of Corruption Act at VB police station Bathinda.


PUNJAB CM WARNS AGAINST ANY LAXITY OR LENIENCY IN BEAS SPILL INCIDENT DIRECTS CONCERNED AGENCIES TO EXPEDITE PROBE, INITIATE STRICT LEGAL & PENAL ACTION Chandigarh, May 23. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday warned against any laxity or leniency in the matter of the leakage of molasses into the Beas river, and directed the concerned agencies to vigorously pursue legal and penal action against the offenders. Reviewing the progress of the action taken so far by various Government agencies, the Chief Minister also sought a detailed report, by tomorrow, from the Department of Environment on the inquiry initiated into the incident, which had damaged aquatic life and polluted the river waters as well as disturbed the canal-based water supply in the southern districts of Faridkot, Muktsar and Fazilka. Disclosing details, an official spokesperson said the Chief Minister had directed the concerned officials to ensure that no leniency is shown against those responsible for the incident and stringent action is taken against them. Captain Amarinder Singh further instructed the various agencies, which are probing the matter, to expedite their investigations so that the responsibility for the act could be pinned and the guilty could be brought to book at the earliest. The Punjab Pollution Control Board is scheduled to hold a formal hearing into the matter on May 24, said the spokesperson, adding that prosecution had already been initiated by the Department of Wildlife for the loss of aquatic life. Similarly, the Department of Water Resources had also initiated legal proceedings against the offender distillery under the Canal and Drainage Act. The Chief Minister also reviewed the steps being taken to check the quality of the canal water being supplied in the affected areas. As per reports based on samples collected by the Punjab Pollution Control Board at different places, the quality of raw canal water had almost normalised. However, the C

121.64 LMT of Wheat Procured in the State

121.64 LMT of Wheat Procured in the State Chandigarh May 6: Progressive procurement of wheat by the State Government agencies and the private traders is to the tune of 121.64 LMT in the mandis by May 5, informed an official spokesman of Punjab Government. The spokesman said that out of the total procurement of wheat in the procurement centers across the State, the Government agencies have procured 121.15 LMT while the traders have procured 49157 MT. He also informed that district Sangrur is leading with a total procurement of 10.96 LMT of wheat up to May 5, 2018 followed by Patiala at 8.93 LMT and Bathinda at 8.87 LMT. Detailing agency-wise, he said that PUNGRAIN has procured 2803357 metric tonnes amounting to 23% of the total procurement, MARKFED procured 2667962 MT which amounts to 21.9%, PUNSUP procured 2341613 MT leading to 19.3%, Punjab State Warehousing Corporation (PSWC) procured 1655305 MT which is 13.6%, Punjab Agro Food Corporation (PAFC) procured 1207390 MT approximating to 9.9% while FCI procured 1438897 MT which amounts to 11.8% of the total wheat procured so far. Adding to this is a procurement of 49157 metric tonnes of wheat by private traders that is equivalent to 0.4% of the total procurement. He said that till 5th of May 97.60 Lakh Metric tonnes wheat has been lifted from the Mandis all across the State.