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Settle Rs 31,000-cr food account: Capt to PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in New Delhi on Monday. PTI

Settle Rs 31,000-cr food account: Capt to PM

Says previous state govt erroneously took it entirely upon itself whereas procurement was done for FCI19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

NEW DELHI: Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention for settlement of Rs 31,000 crore ‘food account’ against procurement of wheat and paddy, a matter hanging fire for long.

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 18

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention for settlement of Rs 31,000 crore ‘food account’ against procurement of wheat and paddy, a matter hanging fire for long.

Capt Amarinder said the erstwhile state government erroneously took upon itself the financial burden, which should have been adjusted between it and the Centre.

In a 30-minute meeting with PM Modi at the latter’s residence here, Capt Amarinder said the sum was on account of non-adjustment of accounts for procurements done by state agencies for the Food Corporation of India from 2003-04 onwards. He said of the Rs 31,000 crore, Rs 12,000 crore was principal and remaining Rs 19,000 crore interest.

The state was burdened with an annual interest payment liability of Rs 324 crore and the total payoff on account of accretion of interest could touch a whopping Rs 65,000 crore, which would be untenable, said the Chief Minister. The CM has raised the issue with the Centre several times and it is now in the court of the Union Finance Ministry.

Besides, he demanded a special package for the development of border areas. He reiterated the demand for central assistance of Rs 2,145 crore for the 550th Guru Nanak Dev Prakash Utsav celebrations, which kick off in November 2019. He also sought central grant of Rs 100 crore for development of surrounding areas of Jallianwala Bagh in view of the proposed observance of 100th year of the massacre on April 13 next year.

The other demands include institution of national debt waiver scheme, making Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana totally centrally funded and procurement of alternate crops such as maize, pulses and oilseeds by central agencies.

Capt Amarinder later met Union Minister for Water Resources and Road Transport Nitin Gadkari and sought early clearance of the Shahpur-Kandi dam project.

Robbers kill 2 at Patiala highway petrol station, flee with  Rs 11,000

Robbers kill 2 at Patiala highway petrol station, flee with Rs 11,000

19 Jun 2018 | 9:49 AM

PATIALA:Three robbers on a bike shot dead two persons at a petrol station on the Patiala-Rajpura highway late Sunday night and decamped with Rs 11,000.

Abrupt end to Sidhu’s demolition drive

Abrupt end to Sidhu’s demolition drive

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

JALANDHAR: Pressure from within the Congress and the Opposition seems to have finally worked as the demolition drive initiated by Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in the city on Thursday came to an abrupt end on Monday.

Categorise colonies to help needy: Cong MLA

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

CHANDIGARH: Amid Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s demolition drive, a new demand has come up from Congress quarters for categorisation of illegal colonies as ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ so as to extend some relaxation to structures that were low-cost and where even the poor could afford to live.

SGPC offers legal aid to Jodhpur ‘detainees’

SGPC offers legal aid to Jodhpur ‘detainees’

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

AMRITSAR: The SGPC has offered free legal aid to Sikhs, who were illegally detained in Jodhpur jail after Operation Bluestar, to fight their case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, if the Centre challenges the compensation awarded to them by a local court.

MLAs close ranks, take on minister

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

JALANDHAR: Post the recent demolition drive ordered by Local Bodies Minister Navjot Sidhu, most of the Doaba MLAs seem to have turned against him.

I’ntl racket:Drugs sourced from UP, MP, smuggled into Canada

I’ntl racket:Drugs sourced from UP, MP, smuggled into Canada

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

JALANDHAR: The four accused arrested in an international drug racket were sent to four-day police remand by a court here on Monday. The accused were involved in smuggling party drug ketamine and opium hidden in cooking bowls through courier to Canada.

Kheti Virasat cultivating desi seeds to counter pesticides

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

LUDHIANA: A non-profit organisation working for environmental issues and eco-sustainable rural development has started a seed-mapping exercise of desi seeds.

Residents lock hospital, hold staff captive

Residents lock hospital, hold staff captive

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

BATHINDA: Members of various organisations and NGOs, led by Baba Devinder Singh Kuttiwal of the Nihang Singh Budha Dal, on Monday locked the main gate of the Civil Hospital in Maur Mandi.

Excise raids on 6 firms in tax scam

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

PATIALA: The Excise and Taxation Department on Monday raided five firms in Mandi Gobindgarh and one in Khanna in connection with the multi-crore tax scam.

Referendum hardly an issue: AAP MLAs

Referendum hardly an issue: AAP MLAs

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

CHANDIGARH: AAP leader Sukhpal Khaira’s statement on the Sikh Referendum 2020 saw a renewed confrontation between state co-convener Dr Balbir Singh and Khaira on Monday even as a number of party MLAs termed it a non-issue.

Akali workers join Congress

Akali workers join Congress

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

AMRITSAR: The Congress on Monday claimed that a “substantial” number of SAD workers had joined the party in the presence of PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar at Majitha.

Farmers clash over canal water

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

MUKTSAR: As the paddy sowing season is set to start, the incidents of canal water theft are on the rise in the district. Two groups of farmers, reportedly owing allegiance to the Congress, clashed with each other at Gurursar village in Gidderbaha on Monday.

DGSE: Smart classes in 2,800 schools soon

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Education Department has decided to start smart classes in 2,800 government schools of the state, an official press release said here on Monday.

SHO suspended for ‘thrashing’ YC leader

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

SANGRUR: After Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh spoke to Dhuri Youth Congress incharge Mithu Ladda, who was allegedly thrashed inside the police station on Saturday, Sangrur SSP Mandeep Sidhu on Sunday evening suspended inspector Gurpartap Singh.

SUV rams into parked truck, seven killed

SUV rams into parked truck, seven killed

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

AMRITSAR: Seven persons were killed as an SUV they were travelling in rammed into a truck parked outside a dhaba at Khalchian village on the NH-1, near here, on Monday.

Wrongly parked vehicles on highways spell doom

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

CHANDIGARH: The mishap in Amritsar due to a wrongly parked vehicle is not an isolated incident. Several such accidents have taken place in the recent past.

No more misuse of stamp duty rebate now

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

CHANDIGARH: The government has amended a rule to curb the misuse of stamp duty rebate extended to women on registration of property.

Briefly

Father of Cong MLA’s aide assaulted

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

FAZILKA: Thana Singh (65), father of Balkar Singh Sidhu, media incharge of Fazilka Congress MLA Davinder Singh Ghubaya, was allegedly assaulted by two youths in Chaurianwali village of the district on Sunday evening.

AIIMS entrance topper wants to improve medical facilities in her town

18 Jun 2018 | 6:40 PM

SANGRUR: Seventeen-year-old Eliza wants to be doctor for a very noble cause—she wants to help fill the acute shortfall of doctors her town faces.

Referendum row: Sukhpal Khaira ignored my calls, says Balbir Singh

Referendum row: Sukhpal Khaira ignored my calls, says Balbir Singh

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

CHANDIGARH: Fissures within the Punjab Aam Aadmi Party appears to have widened, as Aam Aadmi Party state co-convenor Dr Balbir Singh and Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira have locked horns once again after their opposing views on the state unit’s autonomy.

Robbers shoot dead 2 men at Patiala petrol pump; decamp with money

Robbers shoot dead 2 men at Patiala petrol pump; decamp with money

18 Jun 2018 | 6:15 PM

PATIALA: Two armed motorcyclists killed two men at a petrol pump near Bahadurgarh in Patiala district in the wee hours of Monday. They decamped with Rs 5,000.

7 killed as SUV rams into stationary truck near Amritsar

7 killed as SUV rams into stationary truck near Amritsar

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

AMRITSAR: Seven people, including three women and a child, died as an SUV they were travelling in rammed a truck parked outside a dhaba at Khalchian on the national highway near here.

Punjab Diary

Writer in the making

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

Muktsar: A youth working with the personal staff of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who is even called the latter’s personal assistant at times, has expressed the desire to become a journalist.

Tail-end farmers seek adequate water supply

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

ABOHAR: Hundreds of farmers, who met Irrigation Department Superintending Engineer Harlabh Singh Chahal during his visit here on Saturday to examine the status of canal water availability, expressed dissatisfaction over the prevailing facilities.

Singla to inspect poor-quality roads

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

SANGRUR: A state-level confidential list of poor-quality roads with details of contractors and officers concerned has been prepared by PWD and IT Minister Vijay Inder Singla, who will inspect all such roads soon.

Relief from dust, but streets flooded

Relief from dust, but streets flooded

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

ABOHAR: Rains that lashed Abohar and neighbouring segments on Sunday gave relief from dust, but disrupted power supply and left streets inundated.

Farmers on toes to check canal water theft

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

MUKTSAR: Canal water theft has become a major concern for farmers in the Lambi Assembly segment.

Garbage pit in college ground irks Sangrur residents

Garbage pit in college ground irks Sangrur residents

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

SANGRUR: Construction of a garbage pit in the playground of local Government Ranbir College for surrounding areas has angered locals.

Rain brings cheer to cotton growers

Rain brings cheer to cotton growers

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

BATHINDA: A spell of rainfall in the region on Sunday has brought cheers to the cotton farmers who were worried about their crop due to alleged curtailment of canal water supply as well as the dusty weather conditions prevailing over the last few days.

Man, son ‘thrashed’ at police station

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

ROPAR: A local resident, Hazura Singh, has alleged that City police station SHO and an ASI thrashed him and his son at the police station.

Jodhpur ‘detainees’ not to back BJP LS candidates

Jodhpur ‘detainees’ not to back BJP LS candidates

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

AMRITSAR: Almost 34 years after their arrest from the Golden Temple during Operation Bluestar, the 40 Sikhs have joined hands to counter the Centre’s move to challenge the compensation awarded to them by a local court in 2017.

Farmers’ income commission need of the hour, says expert

Farmers’ income commission need of the hour, says expert

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

CHANDIGARH: The prevailing economic conditions do not favour a resource-efficient, resilient and low-carbon system.

Rs 111 crore for water supply in Fatehgarh Sahib

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

FATEHGARH SAHIB: The state government has sanctioned Rs111.

PSPCL ready to meet power needs this season

PSPCL ready to meet power needs this season

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

PATIALA: With three days to go for the official paddy sowing season to start, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has ensured 13,000 MW of power generation to meet an expected demand of 12,500 MW during the paddy season (June 20 to August).

MR drive: Govt misses target, extends deadline

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

PATIALA: The state government has extended the deadline for its measles-rubella (MR) vaccination drive, as the initiative didn’t achieve expected results in some districts.

Crown chit fund MD got bail on fake sureties

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

CHANDIGARH: Crown chit fund company managing director Jagjit Singh, prime accused in the multi-crore chit fund scam, had not only duped thousands of investors, but had also hoodwinked the police and courts by getting bail on fake sureties.

Jail officials await police probe report on mobile seizures

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

CHANDIGARH: In September last year, Ludhiana jail officials recovered a mobile phone from inmate Resham Singh.

Bambiha gang kills poultry farm owner

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

BATHINDA: Members of the Davinder Bambiha gang reportedly shot a poultry farm owner on the Phul-Gill Kalan village road in Rampura in broad daylight on Sunday.

Dhuri cops ‘thrash’ Youth Cong leader, SHO shifted

Dhuri cops ‘thrash’ Youth Cong leader, SHO shifted

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

SANGRUR: Youth Congress incharge of Dhuri Mithu Ladda, who was protesting outside Sadar police station over the registration of a “false” case against a Ladda village resident and her daughter, was allegedly beaten up by the police on Saturday.

I’ntl drug racket busted; Canadian held

I’ntl drug racket busted; Canadian held

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

JALANDHAR: The police have arrested four persons, who were using the courier service route to smuggle drugs abroad, and busted a module of smugglers reportedly being controlled from Canada.

Key dera men named, security up in FaridkotSacrilege probe

Key dera men named, security up in Faridkot

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

FARIDKOT: A day after the SIT named some office-bearers of Dera Sacha Sauda for the 2015 sacrilege incidents in the district, security personnel have been deployed near all Naam Charcha Ghars (prayer meeting halls of the dera) in the area.

Sidhu: Drive against illegal colonies on

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

KAPURTHALA: Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday reiterated that the drive against illegal colonies and buildings would continue despite resistance by some people, including from his own party.

Matrimony dispute

Ludhiana man moves SC against Jabalpur Bar

18 Jun 2018 | 1:22 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Bar Council of India (BCI) on a petition filed by a Ludhiana resident against Jabalpur District Bar Association’s instruction to local lawyers not to represent him in a matrimonial legal battle with his estranged wife.

Review scholarship guidelines, says CM

18 Jun 2018 | 1:25 AM

CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh has urged the Centre to review the revised guidelines for the post-matric scholarship scheme for Scheduled Castes, saying these amounted to the Union government indirectly absolving itself of contributing any money towards the scheme in Punjab, as the current annual expenditure in the state is expected to be much less than Rs 700 crore.

Punjab BJP chief Malik targets PPCC president Jakhar

Punjab BJP chief Malik targets PPCC president Jakhar

17 Jun 2018 | 10:37 PM

NEW DELHI: State BJP president and Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik on Sunday fired salvo in the National Capital against PPCC president and Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar asking him to direct his agitation against Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for “misgovernance and neglect of farmers”.

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