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Two rape cases registered every day in Punjab

chandigarh Updated: Mar 26, 2013 00:40 IST
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Punjab witnesses at least two cases of rape every day, even as 186 such cases were registered in various police stations in the three-month period from November 2012 to January 2013.

Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who also holds the home portfolio, informed the House in this regard during zero hour on Monday.

Ludhiana leads with 22 such cases during the period, as per the police district-wise list, followed by Bathinda (14), Jalandhar-rural (12), Sangrur and Mansa (10 each), Batala and Jalandhar-urban (9), Hoshiarpur, Amritsar-rural, Moga and Fazilka (7 each), Amritsar-urban and Tarn Taran (6 each), Ferozepur, Nawanshahr, Fatehgarh Sahib, Pathankot, Ludhiana-rural, Khanna, Barnala and Rupnagar (5 each), Gurdaspur and Muktsar (2) and Kapurthala (1).

Pending 'shagun'
As many as 27,935 poor Scheduled Caste (SC) girls are yet to get Rs 15,000 grant each under the Shagun scheme in the past two financial years (2011-12 and 2012-13).

The total pending mount pertaining to these unpaid grants is about Rs 42 crore, SC/BC welfare minister Gulzar Singh Ranike stated in his reply to a question posed by Guriqbal Kaur of the Congress.

27,778 posts of teachers vacant
A total of 27,778 posts of teachers are lying vacant, besides 707 of headmasters and 502 of principals across the state.

The situation is the worst in the border districts of Amritsar and Tarn Taran, where 1,527 posts of schoolmasters are lying vacant. The two districts also fall short of 1,330 elementary education teachers in primary schools. The rural district of Mansa is short of 700 schoolmasters.

PRTC losses
The heavily-indebted Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) incurred a loss of Rs 13.45 crore in 2010-11 and Rs 2.38 crore in 2011-12, while the government failed to present any provisional fiscal figures for the 2012-13 financial year ending March 31, 2013, in this regard.

Transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar informed the House that PRTC had requested the state government for a budget provision of Rs 50 crore every year on the pattern of Punjab Roadways to come out of the financial crisis.

The PRTC also proposed to dispose of its "surplus land" in Patiala and Phagwara, for which the process had already begun, the minister said.

State's debt
Punjab faces an outstanding debt of about Rs 64,349 crore till date against the loans (both short term and long term) taken by various public sector undertakings/apex cooperative institutions from various agencies, for which the state government is a guarantor.

Markfed leads in raising the loan and facing an outstanding amount of Rs 12,424 crore, followed by Punsup (Rs 11,261 crore), Pungrain (Rs 10,780 crore), Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (Rs 10,180 crore), Punjab Agro (Rs 6,542 crore) and Punjab State Warehousing Corporation (Rs 6,452 crore).