The functionary argued that the purchase of vehicles for MLAs was the need of the hour as many of them were complaining that their vehicles had outlived their fitness and would break down in the middle of the road, leaving them stranded.
The recommendation, out of purview of the CACP, is set to evoke protests from Punjab, a state that depends largely on agriculture.
The IAS officer is a director of a department and the complainant is his subordinate in the same department.
PPAs were signed with Rajpura Thermal Power Plant, Talwandi Sabo Power Project, and Goindwal Sahib Power Plant. Under the agreements, fixed charges are to be paid to these three plants even if the state does not require power.
Sources said that she told the Chief Secretary that she had been a victim to her senior’s “inappropriate” behaviour more than once.
Punjab, which blames Afghanistan and Pakistan for narcotics making way into India, is now blaming both the countries for locusts reaching Rajasthan.
Punjab is facing a severe water crisis with the wheat/paddy cycle and over-exploitation of groundwater for agriculture wreaking havoc on its resources.
The Punjab government has invited all political parties including SAD, BJP, AAP and Lok Insaf Party to take a decision on the issue. The decision will then be conveyed to the Centre.
The relationship between Amarinder and Sidhu reached a low point when Sidhu, at an election rally at Bathinda, indicated that Amarinder and Akalis had a nexus.
While power tariff and CAA issues were raised in the common meeting, the matter of Rajya Sabha MP Partap Bajwa’s tirade came up in Amarinder’s one-on-one with Sonia Gandhi.
Amarinder flew to Delhi in his chopper on Sunday morning itself. PPCC president Sunil Kumar Jakhar and AICC general secretary in-charge Asha Kumari is also likely to accompany him for the meeting.
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Gupta was selected by the UPSC out of a panel of three officers sent by the state government. Gupta had superseded five officers - Mustafa, Hardeep Dhillon, Jasminder Singh, Chattopadhyaya, and Samant Goel (on central deputation).
Under the law, an MSME unit can be set up after ‘In-Principle’ approval from the District Bureau of Enterprise, headed by the Deputy Commissioner, working under the guidance of the State Nodal Agency, headed by the Director, Industries.
Jakhar’s broadside comes at a time when the Akali Dal has been accusing Punjab government for losing cases against private thermal plants and then burdening consumers with a power tariff hike.
Only last week, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had opposed the CAA and supported Kerala Vidhan Sabha strongly.
The security breach took place during Punjab Investment Summit when a resident of Dera Bassi had entered the Chief Minister’s session, wearing a ribbon of the ID cards with QR and colour coding issued to the invitees.
“What is the point in raising the issue in the Cabinet now and write letters to the Chief Minister after SAD chief Sukhbir Badal accused the government of wrongdoing over something that his (Sukhbir’s) government had done?," asked Gurjit.
The issue of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) was made a pre-poll issue by Congress. The party had promised that after coming to power it would terminate the agreements. But the promises was not kept on the plea that there was no legal way to do this.
An inquiry into the incident has indicted Punjab’s Public Relations Department and the Close Protection Team (CPT) of Special Protection Unit (SPU) for “cursory” and “cavalier” checking. being lax responsible.
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