Presides over review meeting with SC & BC Corporations

Chandigarh, December 10:The Social Justice, Empowerment and Minorities Minister, Punjab, Mr. Sadhu Singh Dharmsot has emphasized the easing of loan advancing process for enabling the youth belonging to the Backward Classes, Minorities and Scheduled Caste categories to start their own ventures.

In a meeting here today with the higher officers of the SC and BC Corporations, the minister also said that now, the committee formed at the District Level under the District Welfare Officer would be empowered to sanction various loans up to Rs. 1 lakh and departmental orders would be issued soon. He also directed the officers to frame proposal regarding waiving off the loans of those who are deceased.

The minister also appealed to the youth of the State to derive maximum advantage from the welfare schemes of the State Government with regard to the loans in order to start their own self employment ventures.

It is worth mentioning that as per the direct loan scheme, the BACKFINCO and SC Corporation provides loan ranging from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1 Lakh at an interest rate of 6 percent. This loan can be availed to start ventures for e.g. Dairy Farming (3-5 Animals), Poultry Farming, Growing Vegetables, Honey Bee Keeping, Carpentry/Furniture/Blacksmith ventures, Flour Mill, Auto-Rickshaw (Passenger/Freight Carrying), General Store (Karyana/Cattle/Poultry Feed), Hardware Store (Sanitary and Building Material, Steel etc.), Textile/Readymade Garment Shop, Books/Stationery Shop, Photostat Machine, Tailoring, Agricultural Implements (Fabrication), Automobile repair/Spare parts shop, Electronics/Electrical Sale and Repair, Fabrication Unit, Photography and Videograhy, Hosiery Units, Small Scale Industrial Unit (Manufacturing any goods/material), Sweet Shop/Dhaba, Beauty Parlour and Pandal or Shamiana Service. It is necessary to fulfill main criteria of BACKFINCO and SC Corporation to avail the loans.


Chief Secretary reviews preparations of Census 2021

First phase of Census to be carried out from May 15 to June 29, 2020 in Punjab

Chandigarh, December 10:Punjab Chief Secretary Mr. Karan Avtar Singh on Tuesday reviewed the preparations of Census-2021 in the state level Coordination Committee here. An official spokesperson said that the census operations will be carried out in two phases; 1st phase i.e. House-listing and Housing Census will be carried out from May 15 to June 29, 2020 along with the updation of National Population Register. Second phase i.e. Population Enumeration will be conducted from 9th to 28th February, 2021 with a revisional round from 1st to 5th March, 2021.

The spokesperson further revealed that Boundaries of the administrative units at all level shall stand freezed as on December 31, 2019. This will place a blanket ban on making any changes in the boundaries of existing Municipalities, Revenue villages, Tehsils, Development Blocks, Sub Divisions, Districts etc. till the completion of Census 2021 operations in the state.

The Chief Secretary was apprised that training of the Master Trainers will be held from 16th to 21st December, 2019 at MGSIPA, Chandigarh.The Enumerators and Supervisors, mainly teachers (Primary and Secondary), clerks or any officials of the state government, Local Authorities etc., will be deployed for the field work of Census 2021. They would be imparted a four days training in this regard. The process of enumeration will be done with the help of a bilingual mobile app and paper format also. Use of maps/geo-referencing at the time of house listing is also under consideration.

The Chief Secretary discussed the road map for undertaking the Census in 2021 and it was emphasized that improvements in design and technological interventions be made so as to ensure that the Census data is finalized at the earliest.

Financial Commissioner Rural Development and Panchayats Ms. Seema Jain, Principal Secretary Local Government Mr. A. Venu Prasad, Secretary School Education Mr. Krishan Kumar, Special Secretary Planning Mr. D.S. Mangat and Additional Secretary Revenue Capt. Karnail Singh were present in the meeting.

Director Census Punjab and Chandigarh Dr. Abhishek Jain gave details of activities to be completed in advance. Joint Director Mr. Mritunjay Kumar and other officials of the Census department also participated in the meeting.




CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 10:Underscoring the need to now focus on District Level Business Reforms, the Additional Chief Secretary, Industries and Commerce and Investment Promotion Ms. Vini Mahajan on Tuesday directed for evolving a time bound action-plan for implementation of all the reforms already implemented at the state level.

Chairing a meeting after the conclusion of a State Level Workshop held here under her chairmanship here at MGSIPA on Tuesday, Ms Vini Mahajan disclosed that based upon the implementation of these reforms, each district would be ranked based upon the feedback of users.

Reiterating that the Ease of Doing Business is a core priority area for the Government of Punjab, Ms. Vini Mahajan stated that it is one of the core pillars in the Punjab Industrial & Business Development Policy, 2017 reinforced by the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh during the Progressive Punjab Investors Summit 2019 held last week. Expressing satisfaction at the progress, she disclosed that led by the Department of Industries & Commerce and with the support of 14 Departments & Agencies, state has been able to implement all 187 reform points shared by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).

DPIIT has shared a District Level Business Action Reforms Plan covering 218 recommendations under 08 Reform Areas of Starting a Business, Urban Local Body, Land Reform Enabler, Land Administration and Property Registration Enablers, Obtaining Approval for Construction, Paying Taxes, Miscellaneous, Grievance Redressal/ Paperless Courts and Law & Order. 18 Departments are expected to implement these Reforms.

During the workshop, Project Manager Sh. Girdhari Lal explained the modalities of implementation of District level Business Reform Action Plan to the participants. The workshop was held to sensitise the concerned departments about the reforms proposals, and they have been asked to present comprehensive strategy in this regard, the spokesperson revealed.

Prominent amongst others present during the workshop included Sh. Sibin C., Director of Industries & Commerce, Punjab, Mr. Manasavi Kumar, Special Secretary Revenue and Mr. A.K. Panday, IG Police. The workshop was attended by Nodal Officer from concerned department, All Additional/ Joint/ Deputy Director/ GM, DICs from the Department of Industries and Commerce, Punjab, All Sector Officers/ Nodal Officers of Regulatory Departments in the PBIP.