CHANDIGARH, JUNE 13:The Punjab state has recorded the remarkable cutback in Mother Morality Ratio (MMR) by 19 points from 141 per 100000 live births to 122 as per the latest data released by SRS (Sample Registration System).

 Giving details here today, Health and Family Welfare Minister Mr. Brahm Mohindra said that Punjab has achieved another milestone by reduction in the maternal mortality ratio from 141 to 122 and now we set our target to reduce it below 100 by providing adequate and timely pre and post natal check up and other essential services to the pregnant women and mothers of new born children.

 He said that in order to provide standardize healthcare services to the pregnant women and their new born children in the government hospitals, the state government has strictly instructed all civil surgeons to ensure the institutional delivery of all pregnant women especially who belong to BPL families, living in rural, remote and urban areas of the state under the ‘Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram’ (JSSK). He said that it has also brought to the notice of state authorities that some government hospitals have deliberately forwarded the delivery cases to the district civil hospitals and to other hospitals for no specific reasons. He said that no laxity would be tolerated in the case of negligence act at any level in the department. “Health Department has initiated penal action against the erring Medical Officers and other concerned staff members for non compliance of the protocol under Mother Child Health Care regime” added the Minister.    

 Mr. Brahm Mohindra said that it is also pertinent to mention that because of awareness rolled out among the general public, about the 96.8 percent deliveries were performed at the hospitals in the state which were known as Institutional Deliveries, out of which 51.7 percent took place at Government Institutions under  JSSK while 45 percent in private hospitals. He said that instructions had also been issued to concerned authorities for early registration and proper follow up of high risk pregnancies.

 Giving detail about the JSSK, he said that then congress Government of India had launched this flagship programme ‘Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram’ (JSSK) on 1st June, 2011 to ensure the paramount facilities to pregnant women and mothers at the government hospitals and it is completely free and cashless services to pregnant women including normal deliveries and caesarean operations and sick new born (up to 40 days after birth) in Government health institutions in both rural & urban areas. “This programme also galvanizes the people who still choose to woman delivery at their homes to opt for institutional deliveries”, he added.

 He said that health department is also being provided the free treatment of all ailments to girl child up to 5 years and similarly to boy child up to 1 year in all government hospitals.


Online property registration a success

- 13 districts become paperless

- Mohali leads with 17497 registries

Chandigarh, June 13:Online property registration in the state has been a big success. Barely six months after the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh launched this pilot project in November last, the state government has implemented online property registration system in 79 offices of 13 districts.

            This people-friendly paperless transaction has been lapped up by the people as it increases transparency in the property registration process.

            A spokesperson of the Revenue Department said 52859 documents had been registered online till the last week of May through the NGDRS online property registration system. This was a clear indication of the people’s faith in the people’s Chief Minister promise to provide hassle-free services to them. The cloud-based National Generic Document Registration System (NGDRS) rolled out by the State Revenue Department has been accepted by the people who have registered more than 52,000 documents online in a short span of time.

            The online property registration facility has been created in the NGDRS portal, which is running successfully in the districts of SAS Nagar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Rupnagar, Faridkot, Pathankot, Kapurthala, Bathinda, Fazilka, Patiala, SBS Nagar, Sri Muktsar Sahib, Ferozepur and Mansa. It is also available at Tehsil level in Moga and sub-tehsil level at Adampur in Jalandhar.

            Mohali leads the districts, with 17497 online registries. The number of online registries in other districts is as follows:  3100 in Fatehgarh Sahib, 3066 in Rupnagar, 4547 in Kapurthala, 3674 in Faridkot, 1757 in Pathankot, 5354 in Bathinda, 1474 in Fazilka, 4902 in Patiala, 613 in SBS Nagar, 1681 in Sri Muktsar Sahib, 293 in Ferozepur, 166 in Mansa, 3503 in Moga, 1232 in Adampur.

            The switch-over from manual to online property registration has been smooth. The Consumer confidence has increased and the project is making a clear headway. Soon, it will be initiated in the remaining districts of the State.

            Pertinently, the Online Property Registration System is very simple and citizen friendly, which provides an online interface to the citizens to enter data related to Registration and uploading of property documents 24X7, enables automatic calculation of Stamp Duty, Registration fees and other fees based on Collector Rates. The citizens receive SMS alerts at Data Submission, Appointment and Completion of Registration, eliminating the scope of fraud. Further, the online appointment system gives flexibility to the citizens to choose their date of appointment for the registration.




 CHANDIGARH, JUNE 13:The Sports Department, Punjab, has chalked out a comprehensive programme to ensure grand success of 'Tandarust Punjab Mission' begun by the Punjab Government. The Sports Minister, Punjab, Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi has directed the officers and coaches of the department to fully involved into the task of making the mission resonate throughout the state. Rana Sodhi said that the Sports Department has started implementing the vision of the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to have a healthy and robust Punjab.

 A spokesman of the Sports Department while disclosing this said that competitions at the District as well as the State level are being held apart from organizing coaching camps for youth as per the directions of the Sports Minister. Sports clubs have been established for giving boost to sports and in a first, the sports wings for the students in the schools/colleges are beginning on time. A total of 4000 players are have been admitted in the sports wings of the schools while the trials for colleges' sports wings are over and 1500 players would be admitted soon. The government is providing sports equipment besides gym to the youth in order to make them gain a strong foothold in sporting arena. Giving priority to the infrastructural aspect to attract youth towards the sports, 10 stadiums and 2 shooting ranges are being renovated at a cost of Rs. 32.90 crore. Stadiums at block level are coming up to connect youth with the sporting field. The process with regard to the 1st Sports University of the state at Patiala is underway with classes scheduled to commence from the next session.

 The spokesman further said that cash prizes are being distributed to the players winning medals at the National and International level besides making 'Maharaja Ranjit Singh Awards', given on the pattern of National Sports Awards, an annual feature with increase in the prize money. Not only is this but the Sports Department also providing financial assistance to the emerging players. The spokesman also said that the District Olympic Associations and the District Sports Coucils which are now lying practically defunct would be revived to popularize sports culture amongst the children as well as the youth.


 New Policy for regularization of unauthorized Colonies would be final by June 30: Tript Bajwa

Four Member officer committee constituted to look into the suggestions of colonizers

 Chandigarh, June 13:The Punjab Government would come up with a people friendly policy regarding the unauthorized colonies simultaneously taking care of all the stakeholders. Mr. Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Minister-In-Charge, Department of Housing & Urban Development, Government of Punjab after holding two meetings with the colonizers here today said that the new policy would be in the public domain by June 30, 2018.


Mr. Bajwa said that a cabinet sub committee constituted on the directions of Capt. Amarinder Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister had submitted a policy to the cabinet which approved it but there were some reservations and suggestions from the stake holders. After which it was decided to give relief to all the stake holders’ before notifying the new policy. Taking forward this step he gave a call to colonizers to present their views before drafting new policy regarding regularization of colonies. He said that he has held separate meetings with the unauthorized and authorized colonizers to give a hearing to their grievances and suggestions. He also assured that committee would try to incorporate maximum suggestions in the policy put forward by the colonizers in the meeting.


The Minister said that after the meetings it has been decided to constitute a four member officer committee which would look into the grievances and suggestions of the colonizers. He said that the officer committee would give a final shape to the draft of the new policy keeping in view the interests of general public, all the stake holders including colonizers, plot holders and government.


He further said that the committee would submit the new policy draft which would be further discussed with the group of ministers. After this the final draft would be uploaded on the department website for any further suggestion.


The minister said that by the end of this month the final draft would be placed in the cabinet for approval and by June 30 the new policy would be in place.


Mr. Bajwa in principle assured all present in the meeting that the new policy would be beneficial for all but the interests of the common people would be on the top of the priority list.


Further Mr. Bajwa, said that the issue of unauthorized colonies is a matter of grave concern. Interests of all the affected parties viz. the residents/ plot holders of the unauthorized colonies and the promoter/ colonizers would be addressed. The government is tirelessly working to achieve the target of maximum welfare of maximum numbers. The policy would be drafted with the intention to bring a boom in the otherwise sluggish real estate sector, he said.


Prominent in the meeting were Ms. Vini Mahajan, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, department of Housing & Urban Development, Govt. of Punjab, Mr. Gurpreet Singh, Chief Town Planner, Punjab and senior officials from other special development authorities.