CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 09:The Government agencies and private millers have procured total 1645553 tonnes of Paddy in Punjab till today evening which included 352125 tonnes procured on 9th October.

Disclosing this here today, an official Spokesman of Punjab Government said that out of total procurement of 1645553 tonnes of paddy in all the procurement centers of Punjab, the Government agencies procured 1565241 tonnes of paddy (95.1%) till date whereas 80312 tonnes (4.9%) of paddy has been procured by millers.

Giving the details of paddy procured by Government agencies, Spokesman said that PUNGRAIN had procured 480073 tonnes (29.2%), MARKFED procured 364486 tonnes (22.1 %). PUNSUP procured 325916 tonnes (19.8%), PSWC procured 191735 tonnes (11.7%) and PAFC was able to procure 175401 tonnes (10.7%) of paddy. The Central Government agency FCI had been able to procure 27630 tonnes (1.7%). 



CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 9:"All pending bills with regard to diet provided to players of sports wings being run by the Punjab Government have been cleared". This was divulged here today in a statement by the Director, Sports Department, Punjab, Mrs. Amrit Kaur Gill.

The Director further said that the amount of all pending bills has been cleared as per the directions of the Chief Minister, Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh who also holds the Sports portfolio. The Director also elaborated that the providing of refreshment/diet to the players of sports wings of schools/colleges concerning session 2017-18 has also been set in motion. She also disclosed that the residential players are being provided diet/refreshment on per day per player basis at the rate of Rs. 200 while the day scholars are being given diet/refreshment on same basis at the rate of Rs. 100. The Director also added that the players of the sports wings had met the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh and raised the issue of not getting diet regarding which the Chief Minister assured them that no bill related to the diet has remained pending.




 Mukerian (Hoshiarpur), October 9: Punjab Chief Minister of Captain Amarinder Singh today reviewed the progress of ongoing paddy procurement here and directed the Deputy Commissioner to ensure the payment to farmers within the stipulated time of 48 hours.

Captain Amarinder also asked the DC to ensure lifting of crop within 72 hours.

Presiding over a review meeting, the Chief Minister said that requisite basic amenities in all mandis of the districts should be made available to facilitate the farmers and no laxity in procurement operations would be tolerated. Reiterating his Government's resolve to procure every single grain of the farmers, Captain Amarinder said that the state government had taken all measures to ensure seamless paddy procurement. He also asked Deputy Commissioner to ensure the availability of adequate stock of gunny bags in all grain markets.

The Chief Minister urged the farmers to bring only dry produce in Mandis to avoid problems or delays in selling their produce.

Apprising the Chief Minister about the Paddy procurement, Deputy Commissioner Vipul Ujjwal said that 43,221 tonnes of paddy had arrived in the mandis of the district so far, of which 42,388 had been procured by different procurement agencies. The Deputy Commissioner also informed Captain Amarinder Singh that the district administration would make all out efforts for timely procurement of the entire paddy crop.

Emphasising the need of crop diversification in view of the prevailing agrarian crisis, Captain Amarinder also issued directions for smooth procurement of Maize, which he said could play a pivotal role as an alternate crop to break the conventional wheat and paddy cycle.

The DC told the Chief Minister that two maize dryers were in operation in the district at villages Saila Khurd and Phuglana. He pointed out that the Hoshiarpur district has surpassed the last year's total procurement of 5.50 lac quintal with the arrival of 5.73 lac quintal maize across the various mandis in the district.

Prominent amongst others who attended the meeting were Health Minister Brahm Mohindra, MLA Tanda Sangat Singh Giljian, Sham Chaurasi MLA Pawan Kumar Adia, Hoshiarpur MLA Sunder Sham Arora, Mukerian MLA Rajnish Kumar Babbi, Dasuya MLA Arun Kumar Dogra, Chabbewal MLA Dr. Raj Kumar, IG Police Arpit Shukla, SSP J. Elanchezhian and senior officers of various departments.



 CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 09-The Punjab Government has declared holiday on October 11, 2017 (Wednesday) in all offices, corporations/boards and all educational institutions within district Gurdaspur on account of bye-Election of 01-Gurdaspur Parliamentary constituency.

                   Disclosing this here today an official spokesman said that those employees who are voters of 01- Gurdaspur Parliamentary Constituency but are employed in the other districts , would be given special holiday on 11-10-2017 (Wednesday) on producing the voter card to the competent authority. The holiday would not be deducted from the holidays availed by the employees. The holiday would be under section 25 of the Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881.



 Chandigarh, October 9:In a bid to impart vocational training to the farmers besides offering specialized training module on the various aspects of dairy development to the youth, the Punjab Dairy Development Board (PDDB) would organize a Dairy Entrepreneurship Training programme from October 23 at various Dairy Training and Extension Centres in the state.

Divulging the details, Director PDDB Inderjit Singh said that a detailed training programme has been chalked out on different topics ranging from breed improvement, value addition of milk, Nutrition/Feeding Management, care and maintenance of milch animals etc. Eminent experts in the field of dairying besides the faculty of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana and National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal would share their experience with the dairy farmers and young aspirants desirous of opting dairy as profession. He said that practical training would be impart at various progressive dairy farms besides free literature would be distributed amongst the farmers and young trainers to enable them to have adequate knowledge about the emerging trends in dairying and milk processing.

Meanwhile, the PDDB Director also informed that next batch of six week Dairy Entrepreneurship Training will start at Dairy Training and Extension Centre, Bija (Ludhiana), Chatamli (Ropar), Gill (Moga), Abul Khurana (Sri Muktsar Sahib), Sardulgarh (Mansa), Phagwara (Kapurthala) and Verka (Amritsar).

He further said that counseling would be done at above Training Centres on October 13, 2017 at 10.00 a.m. Candidates who are of age groups of 18-45 years & minimum 10th pass and have dairy farm of at least 5 milch animals can undertake this training. For further information, the applicants could contact on the telephone numbers of the Head Office on 0172-2217020, 5027285 or e-mail director_dairy@rediffmail.com.

Pertinently, regular income is required for the people associated with farming occupation to cater their needs on daily basis. Present crop pattern yields income after 4-6 months, resultantly the farmers often takes loans from banks and mortgagors to fulfill their daily economic and social needs. Moreover, repayment of loan becomes a herculean task and puts hefty burden on farmers. Rearing of dairy animals being a lucrative occupation, in which daily or income after ten days is assured, without any problem of direct marketing of milk. Therefore, the farmers should adopt dairy profession on the scientific lines, as it is becoming very popular like other allied farming occupations. Henceforth, scientific training in the dairying is the need of the hour.