Chandigarh, September 14:Led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, the Punjab Government on Friday released funds to the tune of Rs. 575 crore towards pending payments for various development projects and pro-people initiatives.

An official spokesperson said the Government has released Rs. 125 crore to the Department of Local Government and Rs. 50 crore to Governance Reforms, along with Rs. 200 crore on account of retiral benefits up to July 15, 2018.

A sum of Rs 200 crore has also been released against Power subsidy, in line with the Chief Minister’s vision and commitment, said the spokesperson.

The funds released to the Governance Reforms departments would be utilized to provide citizen centric services to the people in a time-bound manner, while the Local Government would spend the funds to provide best civic amenities under urban development projects.

It may be recalled that the Chief Minister had already issued directives to all the departments for ensuring fiscal prudence and management by taking austerity measures to overcome the financial problems inherited from the previous government.


Food Sample Analysis to get a boost

  • PBTI notified as Referral lab

Chandigarh, September 14:The Punjab Government has put the Food Safety Campaign under Tandrust Punjab Mission on a fast track by roping in another laboratory for the analysis of samples of food articles being collected during the state-wide inspections, informed Mr. KS Pannu, Commissioner Food and Drug Administration Punjab.

Giving details, he informed that the Punjab Biotechnology Incubator(PBTI) at SAS Nagar(Mohali) has been notified as Referral Laboratory under Food Safety & Standards Act by FSSAI, GoI. “Availability of another lab will facilitate quicker analysis of samples followed by faster action on the defaulters,” said Pannu. PBTI is a state of art, hi-tec lab equipped with the advanced machines for analysis. It has high-end facilities like Residue and Trace Analysis for pesticides, drugs and heavy metals, Food Additive Analysis, Adulterants Analysis and novel facilities like authenticity testing of honey and authenticity testing of Basmati Rice.

Besides, two scientists of PBTI namely Ms. Ravneet Kaur Sidhu and Mr. Amit Agarwal have been appointed as Food Analysts under Food Safety & Standards Act 2008 by Government of India whereby their services can also now be utilised by the State Government, informed Pannu.

Hoping for a quicker dispensing of the legal samples, Commissioner Food and Drug Administration said that earlier the entire load of analysis was on the State lab in Kharar but the addition of analytical services of PBTI will definitely help to nail the defaulters at the earliest.