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Punjab CM  Capt Amarinder Singh  made it clear that he would personally monitor the new ‘Guardians of Governance’ (GoG) department  as had  party proposes to set up after coming to power in the state.
“This will ensure stringent implementation of all welfare schemes at the grassroots,” said the former chief minister.
He said that the proposed department will reach out to distinguished ex-servicemen to work on the ground in the state, where they will ensure proper implementation of all government schemes and programmes.
“While providing gainful employment to ex-servicemen, the GoG scheme will ensure that the government relief actually reaches the needy and is not lost in the process of dissemination as a result of corruption and favouritism,” he said.
Captain Amarinder, himself an ex-serviceman, disclosed that a separate department under his supervision will function from the office of the Chief Minister, with key ex-servicemen trained and deputed to handle is operations.
Explaining the proposed GoG system, Capt Amarinder said that one ex-servicemen each will be appointed in each of the 12,700 villages of the state.
“Guardians of Governance will also work at Tehsil and District levels, including cities, and the Chief Minister’s office,” he said. He said that the GoGs would play an important role in bringing progress back on track in the state, which had been crippled as a result of the misgovernance of the Badal regime over the past 10 years.  

Ex-soldiers as guardians of Punjab welfare schemes: Know details, and meet the General who will lead

Former chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), a much-feted commandant of the Indian Military Academy, a decorated armoured corps officer, and a military historian, Lt Gen TS Shergill (retd) has worn a variety of hats.
Lt Gen TS Shergill (retd)
Former soldiers will guard against leaks in social welfare schemes in Punjab by keeping a close vigil at the village level, in a first-of-its-kind scheme by any state government in India. Here’s who’s heading it. Former chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), a much-feted commandant of the Indian Military Academy, a decorated armoured corps officer, and a military historian, Lt Gen TS Shergill (retd) has worn a variety of hats. Now he’s donned a new one, that of heading the ‘guardians of Punjab’. Read on for details of the scheme and excerpts from a conversation with Lt Gen Shergill.

Seed of the idea:

“We thought it would be a great way to productively use ex-servicemen, many of whom retire after 15 years of service, when they are only 35. Alexander had said a soldier was at his best at this age.”

The purpose:

The General says a study found that of every rupee earmarked for social welfare, only 15 paise reached the target group. “We will plug this leak.” Former soldiers will be appointed guardians in all the 12,710 villages of Punjab. They will educate the villagers about the various schemes, find out if they are reaching them, and then report their findings to a central control room. “It’s an information system to help the administration. It won’t replace, replicate or become a shadow of the administration,” says Shergill.

Appointing guardians:

Every village will have one guardian. “He will have to volunteer for the job. The chief selection criterion will be the respect he commands in the village regardless of his rank,” says Shergill, pointing out that “respect” holds the key. He also underlines that it’s an apolitical scheme.

The structure:

The CM will be the chairman of the scheme. The guardians will have four layers: one at the village level; second at the tehsil level with a three-member team comprising an officer, junior commissioned officer (JCO) and other rank (OR), headed by an SDM; and third at the district level with a team of two officers, JCOs, and ORs each headed by the deputy commissioner. The 24-hour control room will be set up at the CM’s office.


Every guardian will be armed with a check list of schemes and a cellphone. He will file a fortnightly report, and will be free to red-flag any lapse in the interregnum. “The information received by the control room will flow to the administration. The objective is to ensure that rectification or assistance is carried out at the village level.”


Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Public Administration is producing a manual for the guardians who will be trained before they take charge.


A sum of Rs 11,000 is being proposed for the village guardians to cover their daily expenses. They will initially be given tenure of two years.

Job scheme:

The government is also tying up the guardians with its scheme of Ghar Ghar Naukri (job for each household) under which unemployed educated youths in the age group of 18 to 35 will be given a stipend of Rs 2,500 a month. “The guardians will approach these youth to serve as their eyes and ears,” says Shergill, adding that over time they will also channel them into sports and skill development.


The district-level launch will take place in July.

A GoG to keep watch on corrupt officials

A GoG to keep watch on corrupt officials
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, March 31
Reluctant to leave it to officialdom, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has begun putting in place a mechanism, to be christened Guardians of Governance (GoG), to oversee the implementation of government schemes and to gather feedback on the working of officials to ensure they did not indulge in corrupt practices. The Congress, in its poll manifesto, had promised to fight corruption. (Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)For the purpose, the Amarinder Singh government intends to recruit and  train ex-servicemen at the village and block level. Lt Gen TS Shergill (retd), Adviser to the CM, today held a meeting to prepare a blueprint for GoG appointments.It is not yet clear if the ex-servicemen recruited for the purpose would be given an honorarium or a fixed salary. Punjab has more than 12,000 villages. The number of ex-servicemen stands at two lakh. Sources said the ex-servicemen would be trained in information technology and a special portal created for them to upload information. Action would be taken on the report filed by them within a stipulated period. Besides overseeing implementation of schemes, they would report on delivery of services such as healthcare, education, drinking water and power.
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Mr  Pawan Bansal being briefed by Maj Gen Rajesh Bawa and Col CJS Khera looks on

The First Visitor in the history of C-PYTE who visited the HQ C-PYTE and  have shown interest to know about the functioning of C-PYTE and how the FREE training for 3 months is imparted to Punjab Youth as Pre-recruitment training to Army,Navy and Air force recruitment  as Soldiers,Sailors and Airmen.

He was highly impressed with noble idea of the Punjab Govt to carve future of Punjab Youth towards Defense forces. Its the only State which is contributing to impart such training free of cost ( Boarding,Food and training) .

In the end he offered his 2.5 Acres of Land at Toppo Mandi for training of youth as a combined venture with the Punjab State govt. He will offer the Land free of Cost and will bear the cost of the Infrastructure of the training Institute.

He was briefed by Maj Gen Rajesh Bawa(Retd)  and was accompanied by Col Charanjit Singh(Retd) ,Gen Secy, Sanjha Morcha on 26 May 2017 at the HQ C-PYTE in Sector -42 Chandigarh.


Bansal was born on 16 July 1948 in Sunam. His family hailed from Tapa, Punjab.] He went to school at the Yadavindra Public School, Patiala, and did BSc from the Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh. He also holds an LLB degree from the Department of Law, Panjab University, Chandigarh.]


Bansal has represented Chandigarh as a member of Parliament in the 10th, 13th, 14th and 15th Lok Sabha. He has worked as the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and the Minister of Water Resources . He also held the charge of the Minister of State for Finance and Parliamentary Affairs in the First Manmohan Singh Cabinet.

Railway Minister

He took over as the Railway Minister, becoming the first from his party since 1996. Soon after becoming Railways minister, he approved an increase in fares, which had been unchanged for the last 15 years, to allow the Indian Railways to be profitable. 
















Maj Gen Rajesh Bawa (Retd) Director General

Centre of Punjab for Youth Training and Employment (C-PYTE), HQ Chandigarh, Recruitment of Various Posts 

C-PYTE, a centre for training and employment of Punjabi youth, is enabling various misguided youth affected by drug-addiction and alcoholism, to use their energy into useful activities in Punjab.

It’s a unique initiative, focussed at preventing the Punjabi youth from going wayward in life and encouraging them to tread the right track, the C-PYTE scheme inspires and encourages the youth to upgrade their skills in various occupations and join the national mainstream.

There are 14 C-PYTE campuses throughout Punjab at

Nabha, Faridkot, Ranike and Dera Baba Nanak,Kapurthala ,Ludhiana,,Bhatinda, and some other places.

The organization is headed by a senior defence officer who helps the students acquire self-discipline, spirit of national integration and dignity of labour. oday, there are several youngsters who are benefiting from the training being given at the Centre for Training and Employment of Punjab Youth.

The centre helps them channelise their energies in positive activities. After training, the youth can even opt for defence services or civil administration. “This institution was created basically with following things in mind – one was to give special type of training both in the vocational field and on special field of the defense and paramilitary forces with a view to make them fit to get inducted in the defense forces. Second aim was that to create a dignity in them and also the work culture,

Every year, 7,000 to 8,000 youth get free of cost training. And, over 60 per cent of them successfully take up jobs in India and abroad.

. The trainees, especially those belonging to rural areas, are upbeat about starting afresh and leading it in a disciplined way. “People become addicted to drugs. But, here one gets rid of drug habits and the focus is on health. We also learn discipline,” said one of the trainees. “People are unable to get government jobs after higher education. They can’t farm, as the land has been acquired. This government training is fruitful if you are medically and physically fit,” said another trainee. Beside physical fitness, the curriculum also includes technical and academic studies. The centre’s motto remains to enable the youth self-employed in sectors like farming and industries. Once they undergo a training they may not only get a good job but they become a discipline soldiers in civil. They are personal conduct; living in discipline is paramount. It creates a sense of national integration, the communal harmony because the environment here is such that everybody stays together and eats community food. The place where they sleep is same; the play fields are the same.

. At the centre, the youth even participate in social activities like organizing blood donation camps and assisting the districts administration during natural calamities. Living in unity without any barrier of cast and religion, these youngsters are being motivated to become professional and social activists. Living in a team environment they come out of the centres as transformed individuals all set take the challenges of life head on.

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Pak, China hostile neighbours, we can counter them with youth power: Capt

Punjab CM says future wars will be economic in nature; onus on the young generation to protect the nation

CHANDIGARH: Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday exhorted the youth to get ready to counter the military and economic challenges faced by India from two “hostile” neighbouring nations, particularly China.

Amarinder said India was being surrounded by China which had strong economic and military ambitions and posing a new threat to the country and its youth.

“There is no country around India which does not have Chinese presence. There is a need for India to be on guard 24X7. And, the youth are best equipped to do this,” he said at the HT Youth Forum 2017 in Chandigarh.

The Punjab chief minister was the chief guest at the sixth edition of the ‘Top30Under30’ event held by Hindustan Times to honour young prodigies from the northern region.

Thirty talented achievers under the age of 30, from across the region, selected from diverse fields on the basis of their talent, success and potential, were honoured.

A panel discussion on “Youth as Agents of Change” was also held on the occasion, in which actors Anil Kapoor and Taapsee Pannu, cricketer Gautam Gambhir and film director Imtiaz Ali participated.

In his eight-minute long speech, Amarinder said that India was passing through a highly demanding phase and all citizens had a responsibility to protect the nation.

“The future is in the hands of the youth, since 70% of the country’s population is now under 40. Also, all future wars will be economic in nature and the youth will have to carry the baton for safeguarding the interests of the nation,” he remarked.

Pointing out that the northern region comprising Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, was particularly vulnerable to external threats due to two “hostile neighbours” on all sides, he said that youth needed to play a proactive role to ensure the safety of these states and their people.

The Congress leader, who gave the awards to achievers, said he was happy to see so many talented youth from different fields.

Amarinder, who is a former officer of Sikh regiment, also spoke nostalgically of his army days, especially his first posting in an area on the Indo-China border that is now part of Himachal Pradesh, and expressed confidence that today’s youth would also not be found wanting when it came to doing their duty for the country.

Amarinder, who gleefully chatted with young achievers, also lauded hockey legend Balbir Singh for his glorious achievements. The event was attended by who’s who of the region.

Army foils BAT attack, guns down two militants in Uri

Majid Jahangir

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, May 26

The Army today foiled a major BAT (Border Action Team) attack by Pakistan when they killed two militants on the Line of Control in the Uri sector of north Kashmir.The BAT action was foiled in a thick forest area close to Aman Setu, the peace bridge which connects Uri in Kashmir to Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.Srinagar-based defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said the BAT action was aimed against the Army along the LoC. “Two BAT terrorists were killed in the operation,” the defence spokesman said.Sources said that around 8.40 am today, two armed intruders came close to an Army post, about 500 m inside the LoC. They said the intruders came from a known Pakistani post.Their movement was picked up by Army’s 4 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) Regiment deployed in the area.“They were challenged and in a 30-minute gunfight, two BAT terrorists were killed. The bodies of the two have been recovered. The duo was only carrying a AK-47 rifle and a pistol. They were not carrying stuff like rucksack, which the infiltrators usually carry while they sneak into the Indian territory,” they said.“As the terrorists were not carrying rucksacks, it clearly indicates that the two were BAT members who had planned an attack on the Army before fleeing back to Pakistan,” the sources further said.Commanding Officer of the 4 JAKLI Regiment Col Bhanwar Singh told reporters at Uri that the combing operation in the forest area was underway as the Army expected more BAT members were hiding in the area.This is the second time that BAT teams — small groups of specialised Pakistani troops supported by militants — have tried to attack the Army in J&K.On May 1, two soldiers were killed and their bodies were mutilated in BAT action in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district in the Jammu region. The mutilation of bodies had triggered tension along the LoC and the Army had carried out a fire assault on Pakistani posts which were “aiding cross-border infiltration” in the Nowshera sector.

Sukhoi wreckage found

Sukhoi wreckage found
An aerial recce photo of the crash site. COURTESY: IAF/DPR

Guwahati, May 26

Three days after a Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet was reported missing an hour after it took off from the Tezpur IAF base, its wreckage was located in a dense forest area of West Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh, today. The fate of the two pilots on board remains unknown.Tezpur-based defence spokesman Lt Col Sombit Ghosh said the wreckage was spotted by an Indian Air Force aircraft close to the last reported position of the plane, which was 60 km north-west of Tezpur, in Sonitpur district of Assam.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)Ground teams were ready to be airlifted to the crash site as the area was inaccessible. Search for the flight data recorder and missing pilots would begin after ground teams reach the site.Meanwhile, the IAF has ordered a court of inquiry into the accident. — TNS

Pakistani national living with Indian identity arrested in Haryana

Pakistani national living with Indian identity arrested in Haryana
The Pakistani national even holds a PAN card. ANI

Jhajjar, May 26

A Pakistani national has been detained for staying in a temple here under a fake identity.An Aadhaar card and a PAN card issued in his name, and a Pakistani passport have been seized from him.As per the passport, his name is Raja and he is a resident of Hindu Colony, Larkana, in Pakistan’s Sindh province, the police said.

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“Raja, a Hindu, came to India in 2013 and his visa expired last year. He had been living in Iskcon temple in Bahadurgarh for the past nine months,” Superintendent of Police B Satheesh Balan said.The date of birth on his passport is different from what is mentioned on Aadhaar and PAN cards, the police said.A team of the Intelligence Bureau and the police are questioning him. PTI

Well said, Mr President Media cannot be an instrument of intolerance

Well said, Mr President
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President Pranab Mukherjee deserves a salute for reminding the journalists as also other democratic stake-holders of the role and responsibilities of the media in furthering our republican virtues and values. In his Ramnath Goenka Memorial Lecture, Pranab Mukherjee thoughtfully alluded to the cacophony, chaos and confusion that have come to define the media scene in this age of internet and social media, and, how this unfiltered and unregulated overflow of information, data and opinion has complicated the Fourth Estate’s task. That the media itself has been falling victim to temptations of partisanship is a rather old story; what is new is that unprecedented barrage of news sources is providing the people “the choice to read only what they want to, and more importantly, only what they agree with.” The cumulative outcome is a shrunken space for disagreement and increased intolerance. This itch for intolerance is at variance with the need in a democracy to “doubt, disagree and dispute intellectually.” At the same time, the President needs to be commended for reminding the media of its own deficiencies and creeping delinquencies like “paid news,” which is a threat to the very credibility of the entire profession. The corporate ownership of the media, the inclination to promote dumbing down of news, and the suborning of professional ethics have all combined to play havoc with the media’s credibility. Like the political class, the media leaders, too, find themselves tempted to pander to the masses’ prejudices rather than performing their professional dharma of upholding reason and logic.   The President’s reflections also caution us against the use of new technology by powerful groups and individuals to put in place “one-way communications from the powerful to the less privileged.” This in recent times has, according to Pranab Mukherjee, diluted our civilizational plurality and its cultural, social, linguistic  and racial diversity. “The need to ask questions of those in power is fundamental for the preservation of our nation and of a truly democratic society.” As the President sees it, the media must remain conscious and true to its role as a vigilant custodian of public interest. The President’s invocation of the media’s duties is most timely. 

Hemkund Sahib opens after winter closure

Gopeshwar (Uttarakhand), May 25

The Sikh shrine of Hemkund Sahib was reopened this morning with over five thousand devotees paying obeisance at shrine in the Himalayas.

The gates of the pilgrimage centre were opened at 9.30 am after which traditional prayers were offered, a shrine official said.

The first ‘ardas’ was offered as soon as the gates were opened a recitation of the ‘Sukhmani’ sahib was done after that, Seva Singh, a representative of the shrine’s management committee, said.

About an hour later a shabad kirtan was also held, he said.

Over 5,000 devotees offered prayers at the Sikh shrine located at height of 16,000 ft above the sea level, he said.

Guru Gobind Singh is said to have performed ‘Tapasya’ at Hemkunt Sahib, which is situated about 21 km away from Govindghat on the Badrinath National Highway. —PTI

Dekho Shri Hemkunt Sahib De Raste Vich Kive Pendi Hai Baraf


5,000 devotees offer prayers at Hemkunt Sahib on Day 1

Gopeshwar, May 25

The Sikh shrine of Hemkunt Sahib was reopened this morning with over 5,000 devotees paying obeisance at shrine in the Himalayas.The gates of the pilgrimage centre were opened at 9.30 am after which traditional prayers were offered, a shrine official said.The first ‘ardas’ was offered as soon as the gates were opened a recitation of the ‘Sukhmani’ sahib was done after that, Seva Singh, a representative of the shrine’s management committee, said.About an hour later a shabad kirtan was also held, he said.Over 5,000 devotees offered prayers at the Sikh shrine located at height of 16,000 ft above the sea level, he said.Guru Gobind Singh is said to have performed ‘Tapasya’ at Hemkunt Sahib which is situated about 21 km away from Govindghat on the Badrinath National Highway. —PTI

5200 फुट की ऊंचाई पर स्थित है हेमकुंट साहिब, इन कठिनाईयों से होकर यहां पहुंचते हैं श्रद्धालु

यह गुरुद्वारा उत्तराखंड के चमोली जिले में है. यह सिखों का एक प्रसिद्ध तीर्थ स्थल है.

15200 फुट की ऊंचाई पर स्थित है हेमकुंट साहिब, इन कठिनाईयों से होकर यहां पहुंचते हैं श्रद्धालु

हिमालय में 15,200 फुट की ऊंचाई पर बर्फीली झील किनारे सात पहाड़ों के बीच बना है हेमकुंट साहिब गुरुद्वारा. इसे गुरुवार 25 मई से श्रद्धालुओं के दर्शनार्थ खोल दिया गया है. यह गुरुद्वारा उत्तराखंड के चमोली जिले में है. यह सिखों का एक प्रसिद्ध तीर्थ स्थल है. एक नजर इससे जुड़ी रोचक बातों पर-

  • हेमकुंट साहिब के आसपास अभी भी बर्फ जमी रहती है. जिसे काटकर सेना के जवान श्रद्धालुओं के लिए रास्ता बना देते हैं.
  • उच्च हिमालयी क्षेत्र में स्थित बदरीनाथ, केदारनाथ सहित चारों धामों की तरह हेमकुंट साहिब क्षेत्र के भी सर्दियों में भारी बर्फवारी और भीषण ठंड की चपेट में रहने के कारण उसके कपाट श्रद्वालुओं के लिये बंद कर दिये जाते हैं जो अगले साल गर्मियों में दोबारा खोल दिये जाते हैं.
  • ऋषिकेश-बदरीनाथ हाईवे के गोविंद घाट से पैदल चढ़ाई करने के बाद हेमकुंट साहिब पहुंचा जाता है.
  • गोविंदघाट ऋषिकेश से सड़क मार्ग से 290 किमी दूर बदरीनाथ के पास है.
  • गोविंदघाट पहुंचने के बाद भी और 19 किमी पैदल चलना पड़ता है, जिसके बाद पवित्र हेमकुंट साहिब के दर्शन होते हैं.
  • हेमकुंट साहिब के दर्शन के बाद तीर्थयात्री गोविंदघाट से 13 किमी दूर घांघरिया में रात्रि विश्राम करते हैं.

हेमकुंट साहिब के कपाट खुले, छह महीने बर्फ से ढका रहता है गुरुद्वारा…

प्रसिद्व सिख तीर्थस्थल हेमकुंट साहिब के कपाट श्रद्वालुओं के लिये आज से खुल गए हैं. इसके लिये तीर्थयात्रियों का पहला जत्था कल गोविंदघाट से रवाना हुआ था

हेमकुंट साहिब के कपाट खुले, छह महीने बर्फ से ढका रहता है गुरुद्वारा...

चमोली जिले में उच्च हिमालयी क्षेत्र में स्थित प्रसिद्व सिख तीर्थस्थल हेमकुंट साहिब के कपाट श्रद्वालुओं के लिये आज से खुल गए हैं. इसके लिये तीर्थयात्रियों का पहला जत्था कल गोविंदघाट से रवाना हुआ था. लगभग पांच हजार तीर्थयात्रियों के पहले जत्थे को प्रदेश के पर्यटन और धर्मस्व कार्य मंत्री सतपाल महाराज ने हरी झंडी दिखाकर गोविंदघाट से घांघरिया के लिये रवाना किया. इस मौके पर महाराज ने तीर्थयात्रियों से तीर्थस्थल की पवित्रता बनाये रखने की अपील करते हुए कहा कि इस बार हेमकुंट मार्ग में तीर्थयात्रियों के लिये बेहतर व्यवस्था बनाने का प्रयास किया गया है.

उन्होंने कहा कि स्वास्थ्य सुविधाओं के लिये भी राज्य सरकार की ओर से विशेष प्रयास किये जा रहे हैं. मंत्री ने श्रद्वालुओं से अनुरोध किया कि वे मार्ग और तीर्थस्थल में स्वच्छता बनाये रखने में सहयोग दें.

गोविंदघाट से 15 किलोमीटर दूर स्थित घांघरिया में यह जत्था रात्रि विश्राम करेगा. श्री हेमकुंट गुरूद्वारा प्रबंध समिति के प्रबंधक सेवा सिंह ने बताया कि हेमकुंट साहिब के कपाट 25 मई को पूर्वाह्न में श्रद्वालुओं के लिये खोल दिये जायेंगे. उन्होंने बताया कि यात्रा की सभी तैयारियां पूरी कर ली गयी हैं.

(इस खबर को एनडीटीवी टीम ने संपादित नहीं किया है. यह सिंडीकेट फीड से सीधे प्रकाशित की गई है।)

Hemkund Sahib Trek from Govindghat


Yatra Hemkund Sahib