• CHANDIGARH, JUNE 22:The Health and Family Welfare Minister Mr. Brahm Mohindra today issued instructions to the nominated Nodal Officers (DSPs/SSPs) of Police Department to take stern action against the offenders under anti- tobacco laws. These instructions were issued in the meeting of State Tobacco Control Cell, Punjab with Police Department, held to review the implementation of Anti Tobacco laws and to discuss road- map and set target.

Disclosing this in a press communiqué Mr. Brahm Mohindra said that Police officials are important stakeholders for the effective implementation of Anti Tobacco Laws across the State. He said that Health Department will now work in close collaboration with Police department to curb the sale of Tobacco products to the minors. He said that it is shocking that in Punjab, around 80 people die every day because of tobacco consumption.

“To permanently ban Hookah/Hookah bars in the state, a bill introduced and bill has been passed by the Legislative assembly in March 2018” he added.

In the meeting  Prabodh Kumar, Director, Bureau of Investigation, Punjab said that Police Department is now going to include action taken report about compliance of Anti Tobacco Laws in to the Monthly Crime Report that is submitted to the Police Head Quarter. He said that in order to achieve set target recommended by Health Department, a special training was imparted to the nodal officers to book repeat offenders and shop keepers who sell tobacco and other banned products to the minors under Juvenile Justice Act 2015 and Cigarette & Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA 2003).

            He also assured the Health Minister that no laxity will be tolerated in this regard and strict action would be taken against Hookah bars and restaurants where tobacco products are being served along with food items. He said that the multiple stakeholder department engagement is a key factor to implement Anti Tobacco Laws in the state.

Dr. Rana J Singh, Deputy Regional Director, The Union, South East Asia made a presentation on Anti Tobacco Laws. He apprised that Punjab still has 28 lakh people who were using Tobacco.

Dr. Areet Kaur, State Nodal Officer, Tobacco Control, Punjab said that Tobacco Cessation centers have been established in 10 districts of Punjab. Total 626 Villages have been declared as Tobacco free Villages after passing the resolution by Panchayats.



  • 10 lakh saplings distributed so far
  • In a high-level meeting, the Forest Minister directs officers to prepare special campaign of plantation in urban areas

  • CHANDIGARH, JUNE 22:With a view to make “Mission Tandarust Punjab” a grand success, the Punjab Forest Department will plant 2 crore saplings this year whereas more than 10 lakh saplings have already been distributed so far.

It was disclosed by Punjab Forest Minister Mr. Sadhu Singh Dharamsot after presiding over a high-level meeting with senior officers of the forest department regarding 'Mission Tandarust Punjab.”

He said that in a bid to increase the green cover in the state, various others departments would also be involved in this mission. He categorically said that 2 crore saplings would be planted in the areas under Public Works department with the help of non-government organizations, schools, colleges, universities, various government and private offices, Panchayats and municipal councils.

“The i-Hariyali App scheme of the department is successfully running and more than 80 thousand persons have downloaded this app so far, whereas we have received 35 thousand orders to get different types of saplings”, said the Forest Minister. He said that up till now, 5 lakh saplings have been distributed through this app, whereas under different schemes more than 5 lakh saplings have been provided to the people. Emphasizing on the need to protect saplings after plantation, he said that mere planting a sapling isn’t enough but it should be ensure that a sapling blooms into a tree. He also instructed the officers to prepare the record of those, who received saplings free-of-cost throughout the state to monitor the growth of the plants.

Mr. Dharamsot has directed to launch special campaign for the plantation in slum and urban areas. He said that plantation drive would be initiated all the places having congenial atmosphere. He asked all the district officers to prioritize distribution of medicinal plants to the people living in multi-storey buildings. He also instructed to start plantation drive in the urban areas with the help of non-government organizations and clubs.

Earlier, a presentation has also been given by the forest department to highlight the works done in all the districts so far under the Mission Tandarust Punjab.

Mr. M.P. Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Forests, Mr. Jatinder Sharma, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Mr. Anup Upadhyaye, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Mr. H.S, Grewal, Managing Director, Punjab State Forest Development Corporation, Mr. Saurav Gupta and Mr. Sunil Kumar (both Chief Conservators of Forests) were present in the meeting.


 Punjab Congress seeks probe into AAP MLA’s mining interests

 CHANDIGRAH, June 22: Punjab Pradesh Congress leaders today demanded probe into the mining interests of Ropar MLA Amarjeet Singh Sandoa. They alleged that the MLA was himself part of the sand mafia and is directly and indirectly involved in illegal sand mining himself.

 In a joint statement PCC general secretaries Pawan Dewan and Gurmail Singh Pahalwan alleged that Sandoa was illegally extorting money from the contractors of sand mining and the incident which he claimed to be attack on him was actually a scuffle caused over payment of money.

 They said, Thursday’s incident was the outcome of his clash of mining interests with the same people who at one point of time happened to be his supporters and partners in mining business.

 The Congress leaders alleged that Sandoa was the part of the same mafia he was claiming to have been attacked by. They said, the AAP instead of crying wolf and defending him should take action against him and probe his illegal activities.

 Dewan and Pahalwan observed that the AAP was now trying to blow the incident out of proportion as the party wanted to divert the attention from the controversy raised by its leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira over his support to the ‘referendum 2020’.


 Punjab government extends the transfer date of officers and  officials

Chandigarh, june22-The Punjab government has extended the date of transfers and postings of government officers and officials.

Disclosing this official spokesperson said that according to the new instructions of the government the date of transfers and postings of all officers/officials of Punjab government is extended till 02/07/2018.