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Complete major infra projects on war footing: CS to HoDs


Chandigarh, May 31 (Ozi Indian Bureau)



Punjab Chief Secretary, Ms Vini Mahajan, on Monday, directed the concerned department heads to complete the major public-oriented infrastructure projects in the state on a war footing within the stipulated time frame.



Ms. Mahahan was chairing a meeting of the Public Investment Management Committee to review the implementation and completion of major infrastructure projects in the state with the concerned administrative secretaries of the various departments.



The Chief Secretary said the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has initiated a number of pro-people projects in the state and it was the responsibility of the officers of all the departments concerned to ensure timely completion of the projects under their respective departments.



Ms Mahajan sought detailed information about projects such as commissioning of Halwara airport, a 100-bed hospital at Fazilka and Tertiary Cancer Care Centre Fazilka, New Medical College at SAS Nagar, Jagat Guru Nanak Dev Punjab Open University, Construction of Government Colleges at various cities, State Cancer Center in Amritsar, construction of new jail at Goindwal Sahib, Mega Milk Processing Plant at Bassi Pathana, Plywood Park Hoshiarpur and Major projects of department of Industries and Commerce including Industrial Focal Points.



She said all the projects of public importance should be completed on priority basis so that the people of Punjab could avail the facilities.



In order to strengthen the focal points in different cities, the Chief Secretary directed the Industries department to ensure the creation of requisite infrastructure and complete all the projects in a time-bound manner.



The Chief Secretary also directed the Finance Department to ensure the timely release of the funds for the completion of various projects as per the requirements of the implementing agencies.



The meeting was attended by the senior officials from the departments of Civil Aviation, Industries and Commerce, Health and Family Welfare, Medical Education and Research, Jails, Higher Education and Horticulture.

Expedite recruitment process to fill vacant posts: CS

Chandigarh, May 31 (Ozi Indian Bureau)



Complying with the orders of the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to fill up the vacancies in all the departments at the earliest and provide employment to the youth of the state under the his government’s flagship “Ghar Ghar Rozgar Mission”, the Chief Secretary, Ms Vini Mahajan, on Monday, directed the heads of all the departments to expedite the recruitment process to fill up the vacant posts in their respective departments.



This will not only further enhance the efficiency of official work and further improve the public delivery services, but the unemployed youth will also get government jobs, said the Chief Secretary, while chairing a high-level meeting on the state-level employment plan here.



She disclosed that as many as 38,552 posts were to be filled in just 5 departments, including 16,681 in the School Education department alone, 10,387 in the Home, 3,623 in the Power, 5,834 in the Health and Family Welfare and 2027 posts in the Cooperation department at different levels.



Ms Mahajan said though Punjab Government has undertaken large scale recruitments in various departments during the last two years, several vacancies were yet to be filled.



The Chief Secretary was informed that most of the departments have already fulfilled the basic prerequisites for the recruitment and soon thousands of eligible youth of the state would get employment in the government sector.



She said a large number of recruitments would be made in various departments including School Education, Technical Education, Water Resources, Home, Power, Cooperation, Health, Higher Education, Revenue and Rural Development.



Besides, the recruitment process in the departments of Housing, Public Works, Transport, Animal Husbandry, Labour, Local Government, Agriculture, Forestry, Prisons, Medical Education, Planning, Sports and Youth Services, Social Security, Printing and Stationery, Elections, Defence Services, Tourism, Civil Aviation and Information and Public Relations was also underway.



The Chief Secretary also issued special instructions to the Finance department to immediately approve all the posts, which were awaiting nod after making amendments in the rules or any other issues, as per the rules, if needed.



Meanwhile, the recruitment process to fill the posts in various departments was to be undertaken by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), Punjab Subordinate Service Selection Board (PSSSB) or by the departments, as the case may be.



Senior officials of all the departments attended the meeting.

Another close associate of Drug smuggler Jaipal Bhullar held in Ludhiana


Chandigarh/Ludhiana, May 31(OZi Indian Bureau):



Punjab Police has arrested another close aide of the prime accused drug smuggler and rogue criminal Jaipal Bhullar, wanted for the sensational killing of CIA Assistant Sub Inspectors (ASIs), Bhagwan Singh and Dalwinderjit Singh, who were gunned down in cold blood in Jagraon Grain Market on May 15.



The arrested has been identified as Lucky Rajput @ Lucky, a resident of New Pratap Nagar in Ludhiana, who had actively assisted the killers of two ASIs in fleeing from the State. The police have also recovered a .32 bore country-made Pistol, alongwith 3 live cartridges, two Pulsar motorcycles and one Fiat Punto Car from his possession.



The development came just two days after the Punjab Police arrested two of the main accused, identified as Darshan Singh, and Baljinder Singh @Babbi, of Jagraon shootout from Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.



A Spokesperson of Punjab Police Department, while giving details, said that in an intelligence led operation, CP Ludhiana Rakesh Agrawal deputed a police team which arrested Lucky from Khanpur Canal Bridge.



Lucky, who has a criminal past and was convicted in murder case in 2008; he is also wanted by Dehlon Police in a car snatching case of November 2020. Lucky has disclosed that he, along with Jaipal Bhullar, Darshan Singh, and Baljinder Singh @Babbi had snatched an i10 car (PB10EU-0110) at gunpoint from Malerkotla road (under Dehlon Police Station in Ludhiana) in November 2020.



The spokesperson said that while lodged at Central Jail Ludhiana, Lucky had come in contact with Darshan and Babbi, who later introduced him to gangster turned drug smuggler, Jaipal Bhullar. Whenever Jaipal used to pass through Ludhiana, Lucky and Darshan would escort his vehicle in their Fiat Punto car to give advance information about Police Nakas enroute, which has been recovered, he added.



He said that Lucky was also wanted in the kidnapping case of Mohali resident Pritpal Singh alias Bobby. Lucky had kidnapped Pritpal Singh on December 12, 2020, thrashed him and demanded a ransom of Rs 1.5 crore. However, after his condition deteriorated, Lucky, and his criminal associates including Jaipal, Bubbi, Darshan, Jaspreet Singh @ Jassi, had left the with his car after snatching Rs. 86000.



In another case, Lucky, Darshan and Gagandeep Singh alias Nona, Jaspreet alias Jassi had threatened prime witnesses in the Banur Bank Cash Van Robbery case, including Sukhwant Singh of village Batta in Kharar, Shamsher Singh of village Zara in Shahabad, Haryana and Jatinder Singh of village Khanpura Gandua, against testifying against Jaipal and his associates in court.

Punjab Government sets up Mobile Covid Care Unit in partnership with Treebo Hotels- Balbir Sidhu

Chandigarh/SAS Nagar, May 31 (Ozi Indian Bureau):



The State Government has set up a Mobile Covid Care Unit (MCCU) in partnership with Treebo Hotels to serve the remote villages of the district, informed Balbir Singh Sidhu Health Mnister Punjab while flagging it off from District Administrative Complex of Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar on Monday.



The idea of setting up this MCCU under Mission Fateh -2.0 for Corona Mukat Punjab is to serve the rural communities in these difficult times, who have limited access to healthcare. The MCCU will be equipped with 20 beds, 10 oxygen concentrators, on-site medical and nursing staff and medical supplies. S.A.S. Nagar District Administration will be the first to run the Mobile Covid Care Unit. After the success of pilot MCCU, a few more would be pressed into operation, informed HM.



The spread of the pandemic into the smaller cities and villages from the Tier I and metro cities underscores the need of a mobile unit to address Covid-19 patients in the interiors, said Sidhu .He said that this mobile unit is quick to set up and can dispense medical attention to the remotest places where the medical infrastructure might not be adequate to handle the current magnitude of the situation.



In the meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan informed that the district administration of SAS Nagar has arranged medical and nursing staff along with medical supplies and consumables while Treebo has come forward in setting up the mobile base camp with oxygen concentrators. This camp will offer free service including medication to the rural residents.



Commenting on this initiative, Puneet Puri, Vice President-Business Development, at Treebo Hotels said “Treebo would like to thank the District Administration of S.A.S. Nagar for their support in setting up this initiative. With COVID spreading to the hinterland it is crucial that quality care and services are provided to those who need it the most. The Mobile Covid Care Unit aims to ensure that free good quality care reaches the most vulnerable sections of the society. As a responsible corporate citizen of India, we consider it our duty to stand with our fellow citizens in these difficult times”.



Earlier, Treebo set up Covid Care Centres in the National Capital Region (NCR), and has now come up with Mobile Covid Care Unit to tackle the mobile nature of the spread of infection.



Pertinently, Treebo Hotels is one the largest hotel chains in the country. It operates a network of 500+ hotels across 100+ cities . Treebo was founded in 2015 by Sidharth Gupta, Kadam Jeet Jain and Rahul Chaudhary.

Punjab Launches drive to eradicate tobacco use to protect children & youth on World No Tobacco Day


Chandigarh, May 31 (Ozi Indian Bureau):



Punjab Government has launched a drive to eradicate tobacco use to save children and youth on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day.



Giving details here today, Health Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that a special week long campaign has been launched in all the districts w.e.f 31st May to 6th June 2021. He said that during this campaign, all the govt. health facilities will be declared as Tobacco Free and No Tobacco Pledge will be taken at all health facilities. A state level Anti Tobacco radio campaign and audio announcement at Bus stands have also been launched to spread awareness among people.



Mr. Sidhu said that World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on 31st May. This year theme of World No Tobacco Day 2021 campaign is "Commit to Quit"



Mr. Sidhu said “Tobacco use is a major threat to public health globally. Smokeless tobacco users first of all are prone to deadly diseases and early death, secondly users have a tendency to spit in public places, and therefore it increases health risks especially by spreading infectious and contagious diseases like COVID 19.



On the occasion, he urged all the citizens of the Punjab not to use or spit tobacco in public places as it is prohibited under section 268, 269 & 278 of Indian Penal code, 1860.



Mr. Sidhu said that the health department of Punjab has taken up tobacco control as a flagship program. All the 22 districts in the state have been declared as Tobacco Smoke Free. Total 739 villages have been declared themselves Tobacco Free. During year 2020-2021 - 8,177 Challans have been issued against the violators under Cigarette and other Tobacco products Act, 2003 (COTPA, 2003). Tobacco Cessation centers have been established in all the districts. Free counseling services and cessation medicines like Tab Bupropion, Nicotine gums and patches are being provided in these centers. Total 10,832 Tobacco users have received services at these centers in year 2020-21.



He said that Punjab is a pioneer state to focus on youth by timely ban on E cigarettes, hookah bars and by declaring Colleges/Universities as Tobacco Free. State is also working on Tobacco vendors licensing to curb this menace of Tobacco as this will go a long way in deterring young children & youth from initiation.

PUNJAB CM URGES BKU (EKTA UGRAHAN) NOT TO GO FORWARD WITH DHARNA, TERMS IT POTENTIAL COVID SUPER-SPREADER

Chandigarh, May 23 (Ozi Indian Bureau):

Categorically rejecting the allegation of the state government’s failure to effectively tackle the Covid pandemic, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday urged the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) not to go ahead with their proposed dharna, which he said could turn into a super-spreader of the contagion.

The Chief Minister said his government had fought hard to prevent Punjab going the way of some other states, such as Delhi, Maharashtra and even Uttar Pradesh (where bodies floating in the Ganga river had exposed the total pandemic mismanagement by the BJP-ruled state.) Any event, such as the proposed 3-day dharna of the BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) in Patiala, had the potential to negate the gains made by his government in tackling Covid in the state, he said.

Captain Amarinder urged the farmers’ group not to act irresponsibly and jeopardise the lives of their own people with such reckless behaviour amid the pandemic, especially when there is a complete ban in the state on all gatherings and any violation of the ban would be highly detrimental to the interests of Punjab and its people. Such a dharna would draw people mainly from the villages, which were in any case going through a crisis during the second wave of the pandemic, he pointed out.

The group’s action was also completely unwarranted considering the total support the state government had extended all these months to the agitating farmers on the issue of the Centre’s black Farm Laws, said Captain Amarinder. His government was the first to pass amendment laws in the state Assembly to contravene the Farm Laws, he pointed out. “It is time for the farmers now to reciprocate by supporting the state government in the fight against the pandemic,” he said, adding that just as the farmers’ interests were inexorably linked with that of Punjab, so was Punjab’s interest dependent on the farmers’ support to his government in the battle against Covid.

Pointing out that even during the peak of the second Covid surge in Punjab, things had not gone out of control here as they had in several other states, the Chief Minister said the state had been one of the best performing so far as the management of the pandemic was concerned. There were no widespread shortages of Oxygen in hospitals despite shortfall in supply, as the state government had ensured judicious management of the critical commodity, he noted, adding that even availability medications, beds etc had been continuously ramped up to keep pace with the spiralling cases. This, he pointed out, was in sharp contrast to states like Delhi, Maharashtra and UP, among others.

The only serious problem being faced by Punjab was the shortage of vaccines, which was not due to any mismanagement of the state government but that of the Centre, said Captain Amarinder, rejecting all charges of his government failing to tackle the pandemic effectively.

He pointed out that as a result of the concerted efforts of the government, the medical fraternity, the police, the civil administration and the village panchayats (who had been conducting Thikri Pehras), Punjab had successfully brought the number of cases to 5421, with 201 deaths, on May 22, from a high of nearly 10000 just about two weeks ago. But given the gravity of the situation, there was no scope for any laxity in Covid appropriate behaviour, and rallies or dharnas of any kind were totally unacceptable when the lives of the people were at stake, the Chief Minister asserted.

Punjab school education minister Vijay Inder Singla stands firm on safety and security of students and teachers

Chandigarh, May 23 (Ozi Indian Bureau):

Punjab School Education Minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla, on Sunday, said that the union government should ensure safety of students before taking decisions on examinations of class XII. While presenting his views during a virtual meeting with Union ministers, Mr. Singla said that during difficult times, safety and security of students and teachers must be on the priority of the government and every possible step should be taken in this regard.

The virtual meeting was organized to discuss the proposals for the conduct of exams for class XII and entrance examinations for professional courses which was attended by education ministers of all states and Union Minister including Parkash Javedkar, Rajnath Singh, Samriti Irani and HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. Secretary school education Krishan Kumar and Chairman Punjab School Education Board Yograj also attended the meeting.

Mr. Vijay Inder Singla said that taking serious note of the situation, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab government has already taken the decision to promote the students of Board class V, VIII and X. He added that the results of class 8 th and 10 have already been declared and results of class V will be declared tomorrow on the basis of internal assessment only. He said that apart from these steps, their government will leave no stone unturned to ensure safety and security of students while conducting exams as and when GOI decides .

The cabinet minister also suggested to the union ministers that if they wish to conduct examinations of class XII, the exams of only 3 elective subjects should be taken. He said that if the education boards would conduct examinations for elective subjects, it would be easy to maintain social distancing and other mandatory protocol in view of the pandemic. “Though, under the Misson Shat Parishat, Teachers and Students have worked hard but due to the alarming Covid situation, they will not be able to deliver their best.

Baseline test of “National Talent Search Examination” on 31st May

Chandigarh, May 23 (Ozi Indian Bureau)

The Punjab School Education Department has decided to conduct the Baseline Test on May 31 to prepare the students for the National Talent Research Examination (NTSE). Punjab Education Minister, Mr. Vijay Inder Singla has directed the education department to make the students fully prepared for this test so that the maximum  students of government schools could be selected for this scholarship.

Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the school education department said that this online preparation test will be for the students studying in class X only. The duration of the test will be of 45 minutes. The test will be conducted in conjunction with the student ID. This test is being conducted  by the NCERT at the national level. The purpose of this is to explore the talents of the students and to provide scholarships to the students for higher education.

RM releases directory and compendium of Registration Instructions compiled by Punjab Revenue Officers Association

Chandigarh, May 23 (Ozi Indian Bureau):

The Revenue Minister Punjab, Mr. GS Kangar released directory and compendium of Registration Instructions compiled by Punjab Revenue Officers Association, at his camp office in Chandigarh.

Appreciating the efforts of members of Punjab Revenue Officers Association, the Minister said that compiling all relevant Registration Instructions since 1950 till date is commendable. He said that scores of changes have come up with time in the property registration process; many new instructions have been issued and many have become redundant over time. So, compiling entire set of relevant instructions is great job. It will not only be handy for the present Revenue Officers but will also be of immense value to those who are being inducted fresh into the department.

Preparing the alphabetically organized Directory of contact numbers and details of all Revenue Officers of the rank of naib thesildar, tehsildar and District Revenue Office(DRO) who are serving as well as all those who have served the department since 1979 when the post of DRO was created is also a herculean job. This directory will be a valuable database, said he.

In the meanwhile, Mr. Gurdev Singh Dham, President Punjab Revenue Officers Association informed that a group of revenue officers are also working on compiling Revenue Laws and the Tehsildar/Naib Tehsildar Rules & Regulations and will soon release the books on both the subjects.

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Photo Caption: T Revenue Minister Punjab, Mr. GS Kangar releasing directory and compendium of Registration Instructions compiled by Punjab Revenue Officers Association.

PUNJAB CM URGES BKU (EKTA UGRAHAN) NOT TO GO FORWARD WITH DHARNA, TERMS IT POTENTIAL COVID SUPER-SPREADER

Chandigarh, May 23 (Ozi Indian Bureau):

Categorically rejecting the allegation of the state government’s failure to effectively tackle the Covid pandemic, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday urged the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) not to go ahead with their proposed dharna, which he said could turn into a super-spreader of the contagion.

The Chief Minister said his government had fought hard to prevent Punjab going the way of some other states, such as Delhi, Maharashtra and even Uttar Pradesh (where bodies floating in the Ganga river had exposed the total pandemic mismanagement by the BJP-ruled state.) Any event, such as the proposed 3-day dharna of the BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) in Patiala, had the potential to negate the gains made by his government in tackling Covid in the state, he said.

Captain Amarinder urged the farmers’ group not to act irresponsibly and jeopardise the lives of their own people with such reckless behaviour amid the pandemic, especially when there is a complete ban in the state on all gatherings and any violation of the ban would be highly detrimental to the interests of Punjab and its people. Such a dharna would draw people mainly from the villages, which were in any case going through a crisis during the second wave of the pandemic, he pointed out.

The group’s action was also completely unwarranted considering the total support the state government had extended all these months to the agitating farmers on the issue of the Centre’s black Farm Laws, said Captain Amarinder. His government was the first to pass amendment laws in the state Assembly to contravene the Farm Laws, he pointed out. “It is time for the farmers now to reciprocate by supporting the state government in the fight against the pandemic,” he said, adding that just as the farmers’ interests were inexorably linked with that of Punjab, so was Punjab’s interest dependent on the farmers’ support to his government in the battle against Covid.

Pointing out that even during the peak of the second Covid surge in Punjab, things had not gone out of control here as they had in several other states, the Chief Minister said the state had been one of the best performing so far as the management of the pandemic was concerned. There were no widespread shortages of Oxygen in hospitals despite shortfall in supply, as the state government had ensured judicious management of the critical commodity, he noted, adding that even availability medications, beds etc had been continuously ramped up to keep pace with the spiralling cases. This, he pointed out, was in sharp contrast to states like Delhi, Maharashtra and UP, among others.

The only serious problem being faced by Punjab was the shortage of vaccines, which was not due to any mismanagement of the state government but that of the Centre, said Captain Amarinder, rejecting all charges of his government failing to tackle the pandemic effectively.

He pointed out that as a result of the concerted efforts of the government, the medical fraternity, the police, the civil administration and the village panchayats (who had been conducting Thikri Pehras), Punjab had successfully brought the number of cases to 5421, with 201 deaths, on May 22, from a high of nearly 10000 just about two weeks ago. But given the gravity of the situation, there was no scope for any laxity in Covid appropriate behaviour, and rallies or dharnas of any kind were totally unacceptable when the lives of the people were at stake, the Chief Minister asserted.