CM ANNOUNCES GRANTS WORTH RS. 2140 CRORE FOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN JALANDHAR & SHAHKOT

·        SAYS SHAHKOT MANDATE FOR CONGRESS CANDIDATE HAD LAID FOUNDATION FOR ANTI-MODI WAVE

·        ANNOUNCES STATE HOLIDAY ON JUNE 28 TO MARK KABIR JAYANTI

 Shahkot (Jalandhar), June 14: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday announced development projects to the tune of Rs 2140 crore for Jalandhar and Shahkot, as a gesture of gratitude to the people for ensuring the Congress candidate’s landslide victory in the Shahkot bypoll, which he said had laid the foundation for an anti-Modi wave across the country.

Addressing a thanksgiving rally at the local grain market here, the Chief Minister said the Congress was indebted to the voters of the Shahkot assembly segment, who had ensured a sweeping victory for the party’s candidate, Hardev Singh Laddi, to secure 2/3rd majority for Congress Party in the Punjab Assembly.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister also announced June 28, 2018, as a gazetted holiday in the state on Kabir jayanti.

The Chief Minister complimented the Congress workers and leaders for making concerted efforts to ensure the party’s victory, pointing out that it was for the first time in 52 years that such a huge victory margin had been reported on the seat. It was now the duty of the state government to work more zealously for the all-round development of the state, besides fulfilling each and every promise made to the people of Shahkot in the run-up to the by-poll.

The Chief Minister announced a slew of infrastructure and other development projects, and asked MLAs Rana Gurjit Singh and Hardev Singh Laddi to submit a detailed proposal of projects for Shahkot so that the funds, as needed, could be released at the earliest.  

While work on 4-laning of Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur, up to Himachal border (NH-70) had already started at a total cost of Rs. 1069 crore, another Rs. 1000 crore had been allocated for 4-laning of Jalandhar Bye-Pass linking NH-70 and NH-71 from Jandhu Singha to Pratappura via Jamsher, said the Chief Minister, adding that the DPR for the latter was under preparation by NHAI and work on it would start this year.

Other infrastructural development projects announced by the Chief Minister included construction of ROB on Chougeti-Ladhewali Road (Rs.35 Crore), with tenders having been called for appointment of a Technical Consultant, besides widening and strengthening of Jalandhar-Jandiala-Nurmahal-Talwan Road (Rs.17 Crore), on which work had commenced.

The Chief Minister assured the people that funds would not be allowed to hamper the development of Shahkot, which had witnessed no progress under the Akali regime. The projects announced today were just the beginning of the advancement of the region and its people, he added.

Underlining his government’s commitment to strengthening school infrastructure in Shahkot, the Chief Minister announced allocation of Rs. 7 crore for establishment of three Smart Schools and 32 Digital Class Rooms. Captain Amarinder Singh announced an equal amount for free medicines and free lab tests (55) as a step towards strengthening the health infrastructure in the region.

An amount of Rs.25 lakh had been sanctioned for strengthening of Primary Health Centre Mehatpur for providing Maternal & Child Health services, the Chief Minister further announced.

Reiterating his government’s commitment to providing safe drinking water to the people, Captain Amarinder Singh announced bifurcation of the existing water supply schemes to provide separate water supply schemes for various villages. These included Malsian & Lakshian villages (Rs. 136 Lakh), Akalpur (Rs. 95 Lakh), Nangal Ambian (Rs. 61 Lakh), Rerwan & Nawan Pind Aklian (Rs. 58 Lakh), Moolewal Brahmanan (Rs. 55 Lakh), Kakkar Kalan (Rs. 48 Lakh), Hazipur & Salaichan (Rs. 48 Lakh), Manakpur (Rs. 41 Lakh), Billi Baraich (Rs. 35 Lakh), Jaffarpur (Rs. 29 Lakh) and Mianwal Araian (Rs. 28 Lakh).

In his address, Lok Sabha MP from Jalandhar, Chaudhary Santokh Singh sought special attention for the Doaba region. He expressed the hope that under the dynamic and far sighted leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab would emerge as the country’s foremost state.

Former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal congratulated the voters of Shahkot for showing the door to Shiromani Akali Dal for their long misrule, which was like Amarbel - a parasite plant, that ruined the state in general and Shahkot in particular. She also slammed SAD for ruining the state economically, socially, politically and even religiously. Punjab, she added, was now back on right track due to the steps taken by the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

Former Minister and MLA Rana Gurjit Singh sought a special package for the Doaba region, urging the Chief Minister to get the Bist Doab canal concrete lining project worth Rs. 150 crore completed to facilitate the farming community, and to save the depleting ground water. Rana Gurjit Singh also demanded setting up of a Medical College in the Doaba region to impart quality health services to the people.

Earlier, MLA Hardev Singh Laddi assured the Chief Minister that he would make all-out efforts for the development of the constituency and the welfare of people. He demanded setting up of a potato processing unit near Malsian to boost the interests of the potato farmers.

Prominent amongst others present on the occasion were Chairman Markfed Amarjit Singh Samra, MLAs including Ramanjit Singh Sikki, Harminder Singh Gill, Sushil Kumar Rinku, Gurpreet Singh GP, Santokh Singh Bhalaipur, Dr. Dharamvir Agnihotri and Chaudhary Surinder Singh, former Ministers Joginder Singh Mann and Malkit Singh Dakha, CM’s Secretary (Political) Captain Sandeep Sandhu, former MLA Mr Jagbir Singh Brar, Congress leader Tejinder Singh Bittu and Satwinder Bitti, OSD to Chief Minister Gurpreet Singh Sonu Dhesi, President of District Congress Committee Daljeet Singh Ahluwalia, President of District Youth Congress Ashwin Bhalla and others.

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 PUNJAB CROSSES SET TARGET UNDER VOLUNTARY BLOOD DONATION CAMPAIGN

 ACHIEVES 124 PERCENT OF THE SET TARGET

  • COMPLYING THE “TANDURAST PUNJAB MISSION” BLOOD DONATION CAMPS ARE BEING ORGANIZED ACROSS THE STATE

CHANDIGARH, JUNE 14:On the occasion of ‘World Blood Donors Day’, the Health & Family Welfare Minister Punjab Mr. Brahm Mohindra disclosed that the Punjab has successfully surpassed the set target of blood donation and achieved 124 per cent of the set target. He said that under the Punjab Blood Transfusion Council, a target has set to collect 1,80,000 units of blood in the state. In order to achieve the target, health department has commenced the campaign and successfully collected the 2 lakh 24 thousand 158 units under voluntary blood donation campaign with the close coordination of the NGOs, voluntary blood donors and other social organizations.

  Mr. Mohindra said that this year theme of World Blood Donors Day is ‘Give Blood-Share Life’. He said that under the able leadership of Chief Minister Punjab, the ‘Tandarust Punjab Mission’ has been rolled out in the state and the health department has been doing every possible effort to make citizen life healthy and prosper. He further said that blood donation camps have been organized across the state and the youth has been showing great zeal in it.

Minister said that anyone can log on to Google play store and download e-raktkosh application to know the availability of blood, registration process, nearby blood bank and information of voluntary blood donors. He said that with the single unit of blood, precious life of a person can be saved. He said that in Punjab, there are total 112 licensed blood banks, out of which 45 are working in government hospital, 5 in military hospitals and 62 blood bank are being operated in private hospitals.

 He said that blood is an essential element of the human body, without it human life cannot be possible and there is no substitute for the blood. It cannot be made in laboratory. In this backdrop, the health minister exhorted the citizen to come forward and donate blood to save human lives.

 He said that during the various critical situations like; accident, delivery of a baby, the need of blood is direly felt. He said that the donated blood can be transfused immediately to such needed persons at the critical juncture and their lives can be saved. He said that any person of the age of 18 to 65 year having body weight or more can donate blood.

 The Health Minister said that blood donation is the most pious social duty and every person should come forward to discharge it. He said that any person at a single time can donate 450 ml blood. There is no side effect of the blood donation and the donated blood is replenished in the human body within 24 hours to 7 days. Any person can donate blood after the gap of three months.

 Mr. Mohindra said that blood must be donated at the licensed blood banks or in voluntary blood donation camps.

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 SONI DIRECTS STRICT ACTION AGAINST VIOLATORS OF ENVIRONMENT & ERRING OFFICIALS

 •        ENVIRONMENT MINISTER DESCRIBES INDUSTRY AS BACKBONE OF THE STATE DEVELOPMENT

 CHANDIGARH, JUNE 14:The Punjab Environment Minister Mr. Om Prakash Soni has cautioned the owners of industries polluting environment and the officers, who are collusion with the violators. During visit of Buddha Nullah at Ludhiana, Mr. Soni alleged that dyeing units, which have not installed water treatment plants or their plants were not working are discharging toxic water into Buddha Nullah, which is causing serious health ailments. Mr. Soni held meeting with his representatives of the dyeing units and set a deadline of two-month for them to strictly adhere to the all rules. He categorically said, “if industries should not fulfilling government’s norms, their owners should be ready for strict action.” Mr. Soni said cleanliness of Buddha Nullah under Mission ‘Tandrust Punjab’ is a dream project of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

 Presiding over a meeting with the dyeing units’ associations, Mr. Soni said that industry is the backbone of development in the state but Punjab government will not tolerate any kind of environmental pollution on the sake of running industry. Pointing out that either many dyeing units have not installed water treatment plants or plants are not working in their premises, hence the industrial effluents and untreated water discharged into Buddha Nullah, which is causing serious health ailments.

 He instructed the officials of Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to ensure all dyeing units must follow all the mandatory norms by personally visiting and told to tighten the noose around those units that are discharging their effluents into the Buddha Nullah.

 “Punjab government is committed to starting three Common Effluent Treatment Plants in Ludhiana at the earliest,” he said adding that government has already provided its share of funds but the union government is yet to contribute its share. However, with the Punjab government’s share and industrialists’ financial assistance, the maximum part of installation work has been completed. The minister also ordered to constitute a committee for conducting detailed probe over the digging of sand on the locations where plants are being installed.

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 DHARAMSOT DIRECTS SC CORPORATION TO RESTART ONE-TIME SETTLEMENT SCHEME FOR DEBTORS

 INSTRUCTIONS FOR TRANSFER OF OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES NOT SHOWING SATISFACTORY PERFORMANCE

 CHANDIGARH, JUNE 14:Mr. Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Minister for SC/BC Welfare has directed officers of the Welfare Department to restart one-time settlement (OTS) scheme for the debtors of the Punjab Scheduled Castes Land Development and Finance Corporation.

 Presiding over a review meeting of the corporation's debt schemes, Mr. Dharamsot said that the officers and employees, whose performance is poor and not satisfactory, should be transferred immediately.

 After reviewing details of the total loan and recovery of the corporation, he instructed the officers that details of the goods purchased by the debtors with the borrowing money should also be prepared. He appreciated the officers of the District Gurdaspur for getting 100 per cent recovery of loans, while cautioned the officers of district Fazilka for their nominal recovery i.e. 20 percent.

 Mr. Dharamsot also asked the officers of the corporation to achieve 25 per cent debt relief target by March 31, 2019, the total amount of which is Rs.15 crore. He also sought officers’ opinion about the payment of the debt to third party directly, from whom the goods are to be purchased and to implement the proposal regarding amount to be paid in two installments.

 Mr. Dharamsot said that corporation's Small Business Scheme, Agriculture and allied occupation schemes and Small Domestic Industry Scheme are being implemented in true spirit and running well. He said that under these schemes 50 per cent subsidy or 10 thousand loans, whichever is less, is provided to the beneficiaries which are below poverty line.

 Mr. R. Venkat Ratnam, Principal Secretary, Welfare, Mr. Malwinder Singh Jaggi, Director, Welfare, Mr. Raj Bahadar Singh, Director, SC Sub-Plan, senior officers of the corporation and welfare department and all district welfare officers were present in the meeting.

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 BUFFALO RESEARCH CENTRE IN DISTRICT TARN TARAN TO START OPERATION SOON: BALBIR SINGH SIDHU

 PUNJAB GOVERNMENT WOULD PROVIDE 5 TO 10 ACRES ADDITIONAL LAND TO THIS CENTRE FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES

 CHANDIGARH, JUNE 14:The Buffalo Research Centre of national acclaim would soon start operation at the village Booh, situated in district Tarn Taran.  The motive behind setting up this research centre is to encourage the farmers to opt for animal husbandry and dairy professions.

 It was disclosed by Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries, while presiding over a meeting held to review the progress for the setting up of this buffalo research centre. The meeting was attended MLAs of district Tarn Taran besides Additional Chief Secretary of the department Dr. G. Vajralingam.

 Mr. Balbir Sidhu said that the Punjab Government, in its maiden budget, has earmarked Rs.20 crores for the establishment of buffalo research centre at Patti, district Tarn Taran. During a meeting, it was decided that buffalo research centre would start its operation from Krishi Vigyan Kandra (KVK) at village Booh of district Tarn Taran. This centre would be affiliated with the Guru Angad Dev veterinary and Animal Sciences University. To enable this centre to conduct research, Punjab Government would be provided 5 to 10 acre of additional land. Besides cultivation of green fodder, a high tech, state of the art ‘Demonstration centre’ would be set up on this land. Farmers would be imparted training on the animal husbandry and dairy farming with latest available technology.

 Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that he would visit the village Booh on june 25 to take stock of the preparedness of the department to start this Buffalo Research Centre. Punjab Government and Guru Anagad Dev University would jointly arrange the gathering of progressive farmers at village Booh, wherein progressive farmers would share their experiences and techniques  with the other farmers who wish to opt for animal husbandry and dairy farming profession on scientific terms.

 The Minister said that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on many occasions has expressed his vision for the holistic development of the border area. He said that Chief Minister himself announced the setting up of Buffalo Research Center at District Tarn Taran. “Complying with the announcement made by the Chief Minister, Animal Husbandry Department is all set to start Buffalo Research Centre at village Booh of District Tarn Taran.” added Mr. Sidhu.

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SPECIALIZED CAMPAIGN READY COURTESY FOREST DEPARTMENT TO INCREASE GREEN COVER IN STATE: SADHU SINGH DHARAMSOT

 

 PLAN TO DISTRIBUTE 25 LAKH SAPLINGS OF VARIED TYPES DURING CURRENT YEAR

  • EVERY CITIZEN TO GET 3 & EVERY HOUSEHOLD 10-15 SAPLINGS FREE OF COST
  • 4-5 LAKH HOUSEHOLDS TO BE COVERED UNDER CAMPAIGN DURING 2018-19
  • EMPHASIZES MAXIMUM PLANTATION OF SAPLINGS TO ENSURE HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

 

 CHANDIGARH, JUNE 14:"The Forest Department, Punjab, has planned a specialized campaign to plant maximum saplings and increase green cover in the state." Disclosing this here today, the Forest Minister, Punjab, Mr. Sadhu Singh Dharamsot said that in pursuance to the 'Tandarust Punjab Mission' of the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, the Forest Department has chalked out a special campaign called 'Ghar Ghar Hariyali' which would see the distribution of free saplings throughout the state to increase forest cover.

 Disclosing more, the minister said that the purpose of the campaign is to provide clean and fresh air to the people of Punjab as well as contribute towards having a green and clean environment. He also said that under the campaign every citizen of the state would get 3 and every household 10-15 saplings of varied types free of cost. He also said that during 2018-19 the people of Punjab would get 20-25 lakh saplings absolutely free with 4-5 lakh households being covered in current year.

 

Mr. Dharamsot further added that during the special campaign under 'Mission Tandarust Punjab' various types of natural saplings having medicinal properties as well as fruit bearing capacity such as Sheesham, Neem, Arjun, Harad, Behra, Anwla and Jamun would be supplied to the people.

 

 The minister also exhorted the people to come forward to plant more and more saplings so as to ensure a clean, green and healthy environment for the present and future generations. He also solicited the cooperation of all to make this campaign a grand success and said that to have a healthy and robust lifestyle is the catchphrase of 'Mission Tandarust Punjab.'