PUNJAB CM’s APPEAL YIELDS RESULTS, OOATs SEE MANIFOLD INCREASE IN FOOTFALLS & PATIENTS

· CAPT AMARINDER REITERATES DIRECTIVES FOR HUMANE APPROACH IN DEALING WITH DRUG ADDICTS

Chandigarh, July 15: The multi-pronged approach adopted aggressively by the state government, coupled with Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s personal appeal to drug addicts and their families, has led to a remarkable increase in footfalls and patients at Punjab’s Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOATs) Centres between June and July.

This was disclosed here on Sunday by an official spokesperson, who said the OOATs were witnessing excellent response to the Chief Minister’s appeal to the people to join the government’s efforts to wipe out the drug menace from the state.

Giving details of the manifold increase, the spokesperson said the average registration in OOATs has increased from 70 new patients per day in June to 408 new patients per day in July. On Saturday, the number of new patients to be registered in OOAT centres was 681.

Further, the average footfall in OOATs has increased from 2345 patients per day (old + new) in June to 4408 patients per day (old + new) in July. On Saturday, the total footfall in OOAT centres (old + new) was 6673.

The number is expected to go up substantially over the next two weeks, and is likely to close July at record levels, said the spokesperson.

While announcing a slew of strong measures to crack down on drug smugglers and peddlers, the Chief Minister has, in the past two weeks, issued a series of appeals through various media to the people to overcome the social stigma attached to drugs and come forward for treatment and cure of their family members affected by drugs. The government’s efforts needed to be supported by the people if Punjab was to achieve its goal of becoming a drug-free state, he has repeatedly stressed.

The Chief Minister has, however, made it clear that he does not favour lynchings or any other form of violence as a means to tackle the drug problem.

Reiterating his appeal to the people today, Captain Amarinder Singh once again urged them not to take the law into their hands but to help the state government and the police & other agencies by providing information that could lead to the arrest of drug smugglers and seizures of drugs and harmful concoctions that were believed to be causing deaths among youth. He also exhorted the victims and their families not to shy away from approaching the de-addiction, treatment and rehabilitation centres for help.

The Chief Minister also reiterated his directives to the police not to harass the victims in any way, and not to enter the centres to question the patients. He also directed the health department to make adequate arrangements to meet this rush, while once again calling for a humane approach to deal with the victims to enable their eventual rehabilitation and integration into the mainstream of the society.

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REVAMPING STADIUMS ACROSS PUNJAB HIGH ON GOVERNMENT PRIORITY: RANA SODHI

TEAMS CONSTITUTED TO TOUR & ASSESS CONDITION OF STADIUMS

  • TOP NOTCH COMPANIES TO BE INVOLVED IN PROJECT

Chandigarh, July 15:"The Punjab Government under the visionary leadership of the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh is all geared up to modernize the sports infrastructure throughout the length and breadth of the state so as to ensure that Punjab regains its top spot in the sporting annals of the country."

Disclosing this, the Sports Minister, Punjab, Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi said that as part of modernizing the sports related infrastructure the revamping and sprucing up of the stadiums situated across Punjab assumes much significance and this aspect occupies high priority in government's scheme of things.

Divulging more, the minister said that besides this, several other initiatives are also very much on the agenda of the State Government to give much needed boost to the sports sphere in the state. He said that a comprehensive sports policy is being readied for the creation of sports culture in the state and listed training of the players with the latest state of the art equipment, providing nutritious diet to the players so as to keep their physical and psychological faculties intact, revival of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Awards to reward players winning laurels at the International, National and State level, Jobs to the medal winners as well as honouring them with the cash prizes as some of the initiatives being contemplated.

The minister also added that giving boost to the sporting infrastructure in the border areas especially would be the prime focus of the government in order to afford the budding talent from these regions the chance to showcase their skills and come up at the National and International level.

Listing another important aspect, the Director Sports, Punjab, Mr. Rahul Gupta said that top notch companies would be involved in the project of refurbishing the sports stadiums and according them new & beautified look. He also reiterated that the Punjab Government is fully committed to making the name of Punjab echo again in the national and international sporting arena.

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REVAMPING STADIUMS ACROSS PUNJAB HIGH ON GOVERNMENT PRIORITY: RANA SODHI

TEAMS CONSTITUTED TO TOUR & ASSESS CONDITION OF STADIUMS

  • TOP NOTCH COMPANIES TO BE INVOLVED IN PROJECT

Chandigarh, July 15:"The Punjab Government under the visionary leadership of the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh is all geared up to modernize the sports infrastructure throughout the length and breadth of the state so as to ensure that Punjab regains its top spot in the sporting annals of the country."

Disclosing this, the Sports Minister, Punjab, Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi said that as part of modernizing the sports related infrastructure the revamping and sprucing up of the stadiums situated across Punjab assumes much significance and this aspect occupies high priority in government's scheme of things.

Divulging more, the minister said that besides this, several other initiatives are also very much on the agenda of the State Government to give much needed boost to the sports sphere in the state. He said that a comprehensive sports policy is being readied for the creation of sports culture in the state and listed training of the players with the latest state of the art equipment, providing nutritious diet to the players so as to keep their physical and psychological faculties intact, revival of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Awards to reward players winning laurels at the International, National and State level, Jobs to the medal winners as well as honouring them with the cash prizes as some of the initiatives being contemplated.

The minister also added that giving boost to the sporting infrastructure in the border areas especially would be the prime focus of the government in order to afford the budding talent from these regions the chance to showcase their skills and come up at the National and International level.

Listing another important aspect, the Director Sports, Punjab, Mr. Rahul Gupta said that top notch companies would be involved in the project of refurbishing the sports stadiums and according them new & beautified look. He also reiterated that the Punjab Government is fully committed to making the name of Punjab echo again in the national and international sporting arena

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PUNJAB INSTRUCTS RESTAURANTS & FAST FOOD COUNTERS TO USE EDIBLE OIL AS PER SET STANDARDS OF FSSAI

MISSION TANDARUST PUNJAB

CHANDIGARH, JULY 15:To ensure the availability of healthy food in the State, the Punjab Government has issued the instructions to restaurants, fast food counters, hotels and dhabas to use edible oil as per set standards of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

Disclosing this here today, an official spokesperson said that repeated frying of oil leads to changes in physiochemical, nutritional and sensory properties of edible oil. Therefore, it is important to monitor quality of oil to avoid the use of degraded oil for cooking purposes. He said that at present, there are general provisions in regulation to avoid re-use, re-heating and reuse of edible oil which should be strictly followed.

He said that according to guidelines issued by the FSSAI, the limit for Total Polar Compounds (TPC) to be maximum 25 percent beyond which the vegetable oil is not suitable for use. He said that these standards have been finalized after consideration of the comments received from stakeholders in this respect and shall come into force from July 1st, 2018.

The spokesperson further said that the state government has commenced the state wide campaign of ‘Mission Tandarust Punjab’ under which surprise checking and raids were being conducted to curb the selling of adulterated food in the state. He said that instructions have been issued to district authorities to check the standards and quality of edible oil which were used to cook food for commercial use.