Amend law to check water theft,says Badal

To check increasing cases of water theft in the state,Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,on Wednesday,asked the irrigation department to moot a proposal to amend the Northern India Canal and Drainage Act.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:April 5, 2012 12:15 am

To check increasing cases of water theft in the state,Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,on Wednesday,asked the irrigation department to moot a proposal to amend the Northern India Canal and Drainage Act.

Badal asked the Chief Engineer (Canals) to submit a comprehensive proposal to make amendments to the punishment clause under the Act based on those adopted by Haryana and Rajasthan. He also asked Irrigation Minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon to improve the canal system as canal irrigation was the lifeline of the state’s agrarian economy.

The chief minister also gave in principle approval to fill vacant posts of SDOs through Punjab Public Service Commission. Badal asked the Chief Secretary to immediately allow the irrigation department to fill 50 per cent of vacant posts of patwaris which had adversely hampered the functioning of the department for long.

‘No paddy sowing before May 10’

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday asked all field officers to ensure that there would be no sowing of paddy seedling before May 10 and its transplantation before June 10 in view of the strict compliance of Punjab Preservation of Sub Soil Water Act,2009. Disclosing this here on Wednesday a spokesperson of the CM’s Office said that Badal has categorically asked the Deputy Commissioners to launch an awareness campaign to educate farmers to comply with the law. He said that since ground water was the most precious natural resource it should be judiciously used by adhering to norms of sowing paddy nursery and its transplantation within the stipulated dates under the provision of the Sub Soil WaterAct.

Complete ‘big ticket’ projects on time: Sukhbir

CHANDIGARH: Sukhbir Singh Badal,Deputy Chief Minister,of Punjab put ‘big ticket’ infrastructure projects on the fast track,on Wednesday,by constituting a high-level seven-member committee under the Chief Secretary to ensure time-bound completion of all these projects. Projects like thermal plants,road infrastructure project,industrial parks,textile park,educational institutes come under the ‘big ticket’ banner.

Seeking fixed deadlines for completion of every project in the checklist,Badal said that he said that he would personally monitor these project on a monthly basis.

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