Flavoured Chewing Tobacco, Gutkha and Paan Masala containing Tobacco/Nicotine banned in Punjab

Chandigarh, October 12:In pursuance of the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011, the manufacture, storage, sale or distribution of Gutkha, Paan Masala (Containing tobacco or nicotine), processed /flavoured/scented chewing tobacco and any other food products containing Tobacco or Nicotine as ingredient by whatsoever name these are called as final products, whether packaged or unpackaged and / or sold as one product or through packaged as separate products available in the market, is prohibited for a period of one year in the State of Punjab, from the date of issue of notification, informed Mr. KS Pannu, Commissioner Food and Drug Administration Punjab. A notification in this context has been issued on October 09, 2018.

Mr. Pannu said that it has been observed that to circumvent the ban on the sale of gutkha, the manufacturers are selling paan masala (without tobacco) with flavourved chewing tobacco in separate sachets but often they are conjoint and sold together by the same vendors in the same premises . This is done intentionally so that consumers can buy the paan masala and flavoured chewing tobacco and mix both the articles as a concoction to replace gutkha. Hence, instead of the earlier "ready to consume admixture", paan masala and flavoured/scented chewing tobacco are being used to serve the same purpose. In view of this processed /flavoured/scented chewing tobacco, Gutkha and Paan Masala containing tobacco and have been banned in the State.

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Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi to organize Cultural Programme ‘Chahu Kuntan Da Mela’ from 13th to 15th October

Folk Art presentations of Majha, Malwa, Doaba & Puadh to lend colour

Chandigarh, October 12:The Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi under the aegis of the Punjab Kala Parishad would organize a cultural programme named ‘Chahu Kuntan Da Mela’ at the Punjab Kala Bhawan from 13th to 15th October, 2018 at 6 PM daily.

Disclosing this here today, the President of the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi Mr. Kewal Dhaliwal said that the cultural extravaganza would be inaugurated by the Chairman of the Punjab Kala Parishad Dr. Surjit Patar. He also said that on all the 3 days the cultural and folk art presentations of the Malwa, Majha, Doaba and Puadh regions of Punjab would lend a mesmerizing colour to the programme. Disclosing more, he said that on the 13th October Amarjit Gurdaspuri, Mohni Raseela-Rachhpal Raseela duo would regale the art and music lovers with their golden voices besides which the Jhoomar, Giddha, Been-Baja and other cultural forms would also be presented. On the 14th October, apart from Malwai Giddha, Sammi, Nakal (Ancient art of mimicry), Mukhtiar Zafar and party would also entertain the audience. On the last day i.e. 15th October, Jagraj Dhaula and party would showcase their talent apart from which the Puadhi Jalsa, Bhangra, Mimicry artists from Hoshiarpur, Luddi, Toombey, Algoze etc. cultural forms would also be presented before the connoisseurs of music.

On the occasion, Vice President of the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi Dr. Nirmal Jaura and the Secretary Mr. Pritam Rupal were also present.'

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RS. 20 LAKH SUBSIDY BE PROVIDED TO SET UP MODERN DAIRY SERVICE CENTER: BALBIR SINGH SIDHU

Chandigarh, October 12:In a bid to provide nutritious and standardize feed to the milch animal and to increase milk production, The Punjab Government is all set to establish state of the art modern Dairy Service Centres . To encourage the progressive dairy farmers and budding entrepreneurs for setting up such dairy service centres, subsidy of Rs.20 lakh be provided on each unit by the state government.

Disclosing this in a press communiqué released here Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Minister said generally the availability of green fodder is adequate in the Kharif and Rabi season with the exception in October & November months when farmers face acute dearth of green fodder for their milch animals. He said in order to tackle this difficult situation which adversely affects the milk production, the state government has chalked out this scheme to set up modern dairy service centres across the state. He said that silagewould be produced in these dairy service centres from green fodder and maize, which is substitute of green fodder in adverse situation.

The Animal Husbandry Minister further said that this technique has already been developed in Punjab and many of the farmers-cum-entrepreneurs are selling silage made from maize to dairy farmers of State and also to the other states. He said that thousands of people are already operating in this business which has proved quite successful for crop diversification.

Mr. Inderjit Singh, Director Dairy Development said that in order to make dairy farming a profitable occupation, we have to ensure the availability of silage throughout the year. He said that leading countries in dairy farming have also utilized these service centres to compensate the need of green fodder. He said that by makingsilage from maize, farmers can earn more profit than they earn from paddy. He said that it is also helpful in reducing the consumption of water.

Mr. Inderjit also appealed to all the milk producers that they should take advantage of the scheme by making groups, in which they would get self-propelled fodder cultivator, hydraulic trolleys, tractor and maize plantation etc. He said that to get more information about the scheme, anyone can contact Deputy Director Dairy of concerned area or call Helpline number 0172-2217020, 5027285.

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Sarkaria directs revenue officials to go out into the fields

Asks all Tehsildars / Naib-Tehsildars to prepare a tour programme every month and get it approved from SDMs

Chandigarh, October 12-People’s convenience and transparency is high on the agenda of Revenue Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria. This is amply demonstrated in his latest directive to revenue officials to go out into the field and resolve the difficulties faced by the people.

This order comes in the wake of reports about certain officers preferring to do their work sitting in their offices.

Taking this matter seriously, Mr. Sarkaria has told the officers to refrain from doing their field work while sitting in the offices. “Any such negligence shall not be tolerated,” he warned.

He has directed that all Tehsildars / Naib-Tehsildars should prepare a tour programme for the next month in the last week of the preceding month and get an approval from the SDM. Copies of the tour programme should also be sent to field Kanungos so that they can inform the Patwaris concerned about the tour programme.If any revenue officer violates these instructions, appropriate disciplinary action would be initiated against him/her by the SDM concerned.

The Revenue Minister said that he would hold meetings with the revenue officers at the Divisional level very soon, in which he would also review the field tours besides other works of the revenue officers.

The Additional Chief Secretary-cum-FCR Mr. MP Singh said the revenue officials must do field duties scrupulously. They have to go to the field for sanctioning of mutations, final verification of new Jamabandi, initial hearing of partition cases, Girdawari inspection, contestant Mutation and even Lambardari/Chaukidari cases. He said if any negligence was found in the field works then appropriate action would be taken against that officer.