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School education department starts the process of filling more than 3100 posts

Chandigarh, April 13 (Ozi Indian Bureau)

Under the Punjab Government's Ghar Ghar Rojgar Yojana, the School Education Department has started the recruitment process for 3142 new posts.

According to a spokesperson of the school education department, the process for recruitment of various posts has been started following the directions of Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla. Applications have been invited to fill up 2392 posts of Master Cadre in the border area alone. According to the spokesperson, 899 teachers are being recruited in the master cadre in English, 595 in mathematic and 518 in science. Another 380 posts are being filling in English as backlog. All these posts are related to the border area.

The spokesperson further said that candidates can apply for these posts on the website of the department www.educationrecruitboard.com till May 1, 2021. Earlier, applications have also been invited for 750 posts of school librarians for which the last date for applying has been fixed on April 26.

SPEED UP ONGOING MAJOR INFRA PROJECTS FOR EARLY COMPLETION, ORDERS CHIEF SECRETARY

Chandigarh, April 13 (Ozi Indian Bureau):

In order to ensure seamless implementation of ongoing major infrastructure development projects in the state, Punjab Chief Secretary, Ms Vini Mahajan, on Tuesday directed all the departments concerned to accelerate the pace of the work to complete these projects on time.

The Chief Secretary issued these directions while chairing a virtual meeting of the Public Investment Management Committee here.

She reviewed the status of implementation, progress, and completion of 49 major infrastructure projects being undertaken in the state at an estimated cost of Rs 10,533 crore.

The major projects reviewed included 24x7 pan city surface water supply for Ludhiana, Patiala, Amritsar and Jalandhar, Aerotropolis near international airport in Mohali, rejuvenation of Chhoti and Badi Nadi in Patiala, large surface-based piped water supply schemes in various districts, Kajauli water works, water supply and sewerage project at NAC Mehraj in Bathinda, Shahpur Kandi dam project, new bus stand in Patiala, ring road in Bathinda, completion of construction of various judicial courts complexes, and other projects related to railway over and under bridges.

Addressing the Administrative Secretaries of implementing departments -- Local Government, Housing and Urban Development, Water Supply and Sanitation, Water Resources, Public Works, Sports and Youth Services, Higher Education and Power, Ms Mahajan asked them that these projects should be completed within the given timelines as per the specifications without compromising with the quality control.

She also asked the Finance Department to release the funds as per requirement of the departments concerned so that the public-oriented projects should be completed within stipulated time frame.

The Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Civil Aviation Tejveer Singh, ACS-cum-CMD PSPCL A Venu Prasad, Principal Secretaries Sarvjit Singh (Housing and Urban Development), KAP Sinha (Finance), Anurag Verma (Sports and Youth Services), Vikas Pratap (PWD), Jaspreet Talwar (Water Supply and Sanitation), Ajoy Kumar Sinha (Local Government), Raj Kamal Chaudhuri (Planning), and Secretary Higher Education VK Meena attended the meeting.

Harsimrat trying to shatter confidence of Medical Fraternity just for free publicity: Balbir Sidhu

Chandigarh, April 12 (Ozi Indian Bureau):

Terming the allegations of Former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal as baseless and political motivated, the Health Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that SAD has lost his credibility and support from the people of Punjab and now Mrs. Badal is trying to malign the image and confidence of medical fraternity for getting free publicity.

The Minister said that State Government is working on the advisories issued by GoI. and suitable corrective steps, as required, are being taken. He said that the feedback has been found to be immensely useful and will surely help the State in managing the COVID surge in the state.

He said that contact tracing in SAS Nagar is highest in State as she said lowest in State and 105% target of COVID-19 testing achieved in Patiala as she alleged it was much lowest than set target. He said that contact tracing at Ludhiana is 13 per case, Patiala 14 and while it is 23 at SAS Nagar which is highest in state. Contact tracing is being further enhanced by involving personnel from other Departments.

Responding to the status of labs in State, he said that RTPCR labs are not required in every district. Districts have been attached to 7 RTPCR testing labs with no district more than one or one and half hour distance from testing lab. He said that Testing in state has been about 35-40 thousand per day which will be increased to 50 thousand per day in this week only. The main thrust of testing is in highly disease burned districts. He said that moreover, in addition, all District Hospitals have been provided with TrueNat RTPCR machines for quick testing and results are available in 1-2 hours.

Pointing out the Level-3 care made by state Government, he said that Not all districts require Dedicated COVID Hospitals. Districts have been attached to nearest level3 facility and for transfer of patients on time adequate ALS and BLS ambulances are available in all districts as acknowledged be central teams.

Mr. Sidhu said that the State has added more than 6,000 health care workers of various categories including Medical Officers (Specialists), Medical Officers, Para-medical staff ete. in the last one year to augment the healthcare workforce. Specialist Medical doctors are being recruited through walk-in-interviews regularly and 5o Specialists of various disciplines have been issued appointment letters in the last week only.

The Minister divulged that districts have been authorized by the State Government to engage medical, para- medical and other workforce as per the requirement to augment the capacity regarding COVID isolation management, sampling, contact tracing, home isolation, vaccination, etc.

He apprised that during the recent review meeting held by the Chief Minister Punjab, all Deputy Commissioners have been asked to mobilize the required resources including manpower from other departments in addition to engaging through SDRF to augment the efforts at the district level.

He stated that the State has more than 4000 Level-2 beds available in the Government Sector and around 8,000 beds available in the private sector. The bed occupancy at La is only 25%. Therefore, there is sufficient capacity available at L-2. Sufficient L-3 beds are also available for COVID patients in the Government and private hospitals have also been advised to make more beds available in case the number of COVID patients increases.

He said that as reported by the Central Teams, all districts have sufficient number of ALS and BLS ambulances available to shift the patients to appropriate healthcare facilities without waste of time.

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Punjab Health Department Appoints 50 Specialist Doctors in the Ongoing Recruitment Drive

Chandigarh, 13 April:

In a major fillip to the Punjab Health infrastructure Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu today handed over appointment letters to 50 Medical Officers(Specialist).Out of these 12 are Medicine Specialist, 21 Anesthesia specialist,13 Pediatricians, 4 chest and T.B. specialists.

Disclosing more about this recruitment drive the Health Minister said that Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh,had promised to provide jobs under 'Ghar Ghar Rozgar' scheme. Every effort is being made to achieve the goal to provide jobs to the unemployed youth of Punjab.It may also be mentioned here that the Health Department Punjab has completed recruitment to more than 7000 posts of paramedical and other staff including medical officers from the year 2017 to 2019 while the process to fill another 3954 posts is underway.He said that all these appointments are being made by the Department of Health and Family Welfare in a transparent manner on the basis of merit.

On the auspicious occasion of Baisakhi Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu congratulated the new appointees in the Health Department and encouraged them to discharge their responsibilities honestly and diligently in various health institutions of the state. He said that during the pandemic of Corona virus, the staff of the health department is performing their duties responsibly and the employees who have shown excellent performance have also been honoured.

Director Health Services Punjab Dr.G.B.Singh welcomed the newly appointed staff who got jobs in the health department.He motivated the newly appointed doctors to work efficiently in this pandemic era as a large number of Covid cases are coming to light every day.They have the opportunity to serve the nation by efficiently performing their duties in the Public health institutions of Punjab and contributing in ending this pandemic. On this occasion, the Health Minister's OSD. Dr. Balwinder Singh, Superintendent Nirlep kaur ,Mass Media Officer Gurmeet Singh Rana,Artist Jagjit Singh and other officials were also present.

Hero Motors Company Unveils its New Plant at Hi-Tech Cycle Valley Dhanansu

Chandigarh/Ludhiana, April 13:

Punjab Industries Minister Sunder Sham Arora today inaugurated new plant of Hero Motors Company at Hi-Tech Cycle Valley, village Dhanansu, near here. Earlier, the cabinet minister also inaugurated the 8.5 km long and 100 feet wide approach road (connecting Chandigarh Road to cycle valley), that has been constructed by PSIEC with a cost of Rs 66 crore.

He was also accompanied by Hero Motors Company CMD Pankaj Munjal, PSIEC Chairman Gurpreet Singh Bassi, PMIDB Chairman Amarjit Singh Tikka, Punjab Youth Development Board chairman Sukhwinder Singh Bindra, Senior Congress leader Satwinder Kaur Bitti, SDM Dr Baljinder Singh Dhillon, besides several others.

While speaking on the occasion, Pankaj Munjal informed that the Cycle Valley is a critical element in establishing HMC's global engineering & manufacturing chain with R&D facilities centred in Europe and manufacturing in India

He said that Hero E Cycles Ltd Factory is a major component of Hero Motors Company's (HMC) ambition to make India a global manufacturing hub of premium bicycles and E Cycles

He said that the factory will help HMC augment is production capacity to 10 million units annually, with a production of 4 million premium bicycles & E Cycles, majorly for global consumption. Along with the new plant, Hero E Cycle Valley will also house a series of international component suppliers to achieve complete localisation of manufacturing in India

Cabinet Minister Sunder Sham Arora said that this new hi-end export-oriented manufacturing plant at the ambitious Cycle Valley, will help in the generation of thousands of jobs and marks a major leap for the 'Make in India' initiative. He said that the opening of the new plant by HMC marks the first phase of operationalization of the Cycle Valley.

Spread across a sprawling 100 acres, the Valley is expected to employ over 9,000 people when fully operational. The Park is establishing a complete ecosystem for international component suppliers to localise production and help India eliminate its dependence on premium component imports.

He said that the Capt Amarinder Singh led Punjab government is committed for promoting industry in the state and that is why, several big companies have decided to set up their mega units here. He said that very soon, many other companies would also be setting up their units in cycle valley Dhanansu. He said that it would not only boost economy of the state but would also generate employment for thousands of Punjabi youth.

While 50 acres of the Valley houses the Hero E Cycles Factory, another 50 acres has been marked for a dedicated Suppliers Park. With HMC's global design, engineering and R&D facilities centred in Europe (Germany and UK), Hero E Cycle Valley has been envisaged as the manufacturing hub to meet the rising demand for global exports.

Pankaj Munjal said that over Rs, 1,000 crore is being undertaken over two years in total outlay to operationalise the E Cycle Valley and grow Hero International in EU & UK. While HMC is spending Rs 350 crore in operationalising the E Cycle Valley, the vendors are bringing in an estimated Rs 400 crore. Additionally, HMC plans to further invest Rs. 300 Crore over the next couple of years to fortify its brands, R&D and distribution across EU & UK. which becomes a pivot for its global ambitions.

He said that HMC is already in advanced talks to finalise a Joint Venture with an international player for Electric Motor localization and another JV for manufacturing international quality Alloy frames, suspension and CVT in India. Premium bicycle parts maker Spur Technologies, a subsidiary of Hero Motors Company, has already set up a manufacturing unit at the Valley.

With hi end component localization and innovation center, the ecosystem is expected to upgrade HMC's manufacturing capability to make bicycles priced at USD 150-500, and e-bikes USD 1000 to 5000 against USD 60 today. The best in class ecosystem and a 'Make in India' hub will enable India to become a global hub of manufacturing international quality bicycles, E Bikes and Auto components.

‘STOP LYING & TRYING TO TAKE POLITICAL MILEAGE FROM THE COVID CRISIS’, CAPT AMARINDER TELLS HARSIMRAT

Chandigarh, April 13 (Ozi Indian Bureau)

Expressing shock at Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s pathetic and insensitive attempts to make political hay from the current Covid crisis in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the Akali leader’s habit of lying, even on the most sensitive of subjects, was shameful, especially at a time when the unrelenting efforts of the state’s healthcare workers were showing some positive results.

“While all Punjabis know what a congenital liar she is, her comments on the Covid situation have exposed a new low,” said the Chief Minister, slamming the former Union Minister for playing dirty political games on the issue of the pandemic.

Instead of choosing to support his government’s concerted efforts, which had led to some bright spots on the Covid front, Harsimrat, along with the rest of her party colleagues, including SAD president Sukhbir Badal, had been continuously indulging in cheap criticism of his government on the management of the pandemic, he remarked.

Pointing out that the state’s medical community was working day and night to fight the pandemic, which had not spared any state or country, Captain Amarinder noted that the untiring efforts of the medical fraternity had led to some improvement in the situation over the past few days, with Punjab no longer among the top five states contributing the maximum case load. As per official data released by the Central government yesterday, 10 states had shown a step rise in the daily new Covid-19 cases accounting for 80.92 per cent of the new infections reported in a span of 24 hours. Punjab was not in the list, and has maintained that even today, according to the Centre’s data, observed the Chief Minister, adding that this was marked improvement over the situation in the state till a few days back.

While Punjab was still a long way from victory in the battle against Covid, this was a matter of optimism, and a cause for appreciation of all the frontline workers who were working hard for the past over one year, he noted. “But far from appreciating the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of all these workers, all that Harsimrat is worried about is how to take political mileage from the calamity, which has struck her own state and people,” said the Chief Minister, lambasting the SAD leader over her attempts to undermine the efforts of all these people.

“Does she not realise how such statements are demotivating for the frontline workers, and all the people of Punjab? Or does she simply not care, because her entire focus is on finding excuses to pull down my government?” asked Captain Amarinder.

The fact was that the entire nation, in fact the world, was suffering the effects of the pandemic, with Punjab no exception. Some states did better at some time, while others showed improvement at others, he pointed out, adding that Harsimrat had conveniently chosen to ignore the hard facts in favour of frivolous allegations and petty blame-games.

The Chief Minister pointed out that his government had never sought to undermine the dangers of the pandemic, nor its devastating effects on Punjab, particularly in terms of fatality. But even in the deaths of so many fellow Punjabis, all Harsimrat can see is an opportunity to make political mince-meat, he added. Vaccine hesitancy was also something his government was fully cognizant of, and had openly been speaking about, but Harsimrat seemed to have forgotten that bulk of the problem is the anger among the people against the BJP-led central government, of which she herself was a part till not long ago, over the Farm Laws, he added. “Had you (Harsimrat) not been party to the draconian laws, and put Punjab’s interests before your own, we would have seen more people taking vaccine shots, openly and fearlessly, in the state,” he added.

The Chief Minister also lashed out at Harsimrat for finding fault with the ban on political gatherings in the state. While the Congress had voluntarily decided to put off all rallies and gatherings, the Akalis, led by Sukhbir himself, were spreading mayhem by proudly holding such rallies without masks and social distancing of any kind, he pointed out, slamming Harsimrat for defending her party’s irresponsible actions. Had SAD and AAP not continued to behave with such recklessness after Punjab was gripped by the second wave, he would not have been forced to impose a blanket ban on political gatherings, he added.

296829 MT Wheat Procured on fourth day

Chandigarh, April 13 (Ozi Indian Bureau):

The Government agencies have procured 296829 metric tonnes of wheat in Punjab on fourth day of precourment.

Disclosing this here today, an official Spokesperson said that out of the total procurement from various procurement centres in the State, the Government agencies procured 296829 MT of wheat.

He further said that PUNGRAIN has procured 78599 metric tonnes, MARKFED 75655 metric tonnes and PUNSUP procured 68439 metric tonnes while Punjab State Warehousing Corporation 49412 MT wheat respectively. The Centre government agancy FCI has procured 2883 MT wheat.Apart from this Pungrain Procured 21841 MT wheat for public distribution in the Punjab.

Progressive procurement by all the procuring agency is 544337 MT

Harsimrat trying to shatter confidence of Medical Fraternity just for free publicity: Balbir Sidhu

Chandigarh, April 12 (Ozi Indian Bureau) : Terming the allegations of Former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal as baseless and political motivated, the Health Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that SAD has lost his credibility and support from the people of Punjab and now Mrs. Badal is trying to malign the image and confidence of medical fraternity for getting free publicity.

The Minister said that State Government is working on the advisories issued by GoI. and suitable corrective steps, as required, are being taken. He said that the feedback has been found to be immensely useful and will surely help the State in managing the COVID surge in the state.

He said that contact tracing in SAS Nagar is highest in State as she said lowest in State and 105% target of COVID-19 testing achieved in Patiala as she alleged it was much lowest than set target. He said that contact tracing at Ludhiana is 13 per case, Patiala 14 and while it is 23 at SAS Nagar which is highest in state. Contact tracing is being further enhanced by involving personnel from other Departments.

Responding to the status of labs in State, he said that RTPCR labs are not required in every district. Districts have been attached to 7 RTPCR testing labs with no district more than one or one and half hour distance from testing lab. He said that Testing in state has been about 35-40 thousand per day which will be increased to 50 thousand per day in this week only. The main thrust of testing is in highly disease burned districts. He said that moreover, in addition, all District Hospitals have been provided with TrueNat RTPCR machines for quick testing and results are available in 1-2 hours.

Pointing out the Level-3 care made by state Government, he said that Not all districts require Dedicated COVID Hospitals. Districts have been attached to nearest level3 facility and for transfer of patients on time adequate ALS and BLS ambulances are available in all districts as acknowledged be central teams.

Mr. Sidhu said that the State has added more than 6,000 health care workers of various categories including Medical Officers (Specialists), Medical Officers, Para-medical staff ete. in the last one year to augment the healthcare workforce. Specialist Medical doctors are being recruited through walk-in-interviews regularly and 5o Specialists of various disciplines have been issued appointment letters in the last week only.

The Minister divulged that districts have been authorized by the State Government to engage medical, para- medical and other workforce as per the requirement to augment the capacity regarding COVID isolation management, sampling, contact tracing, home isolation, vaccination, etc.

He apprised that during the recent review meeting held by the Chief Minister Punjab, all Deputy Commissioners have been asked to mobilize the required resources including manpower from other departments in addition to engaging through SDRF to augment the efforts at the district level.

He stated that the State has more than 4000 Level-2 beds available in the Government Sector and around 8,000 beds available in the private sector. The bed occupancy at La is only 25%. Therefore, there is sufficient capacity available at L-2. Sufficient L-3 beds are also available for COVID patients in the Government and private hospitals have also been advised to make more beds available in case the number of COVID patients increases.

He said that as reported by the Central Teams, all districts have sufficient number of ALS and BLS ambulances available to shift the patients to appropriate healthcare facilities without waste of time.

178542 MT Wheat Procured on third day

Chandigarh, April 12 (Ozi Indian Bureau) : The Government agencies have procured 178542 metric tonnes of wheat in Punjab on third day of precourment.Disclosing this here today, an official Spokesperson said that out of the total procurement from various procurement centres in the State, the Government agencies procured 178542 MT of wheat.He further said that PUNGRAIN has procured 46599 metric tonnes, MARKFED 44615 metric tonnes and PUNSUP procured 43302 metric tonnes while Punjab State Warehousing Corporation 27089 MT wheat respectively. The Centre government agency FCI has procured 600 MT wheat.Apart from this Pungrain Procured 16337 MT wheat for public distribution in the Punjab.

160 VACANCIES OF CLERK (LEGAL) TO BE FILLED IN PUNJAB GOVERNMENT: RAMAN BAHL

Chandigarh, Aprial 12 (Ozi Bureau) , The Subordinate Services Selection Board, Punjab has issued advertisement to fill 160 vacancies of Clerk Legal in various departments of Punjab Government .

Disclosing this here today Chairman of the Subordinate Services Selection Board Mr. Raman Bahl said that under the able guidance of Captain Amarinder Singh, advertisement has been issued to invite applications for 160 vacancies of Clerk Legal in various departments of Punjab Government from April 12, 2021. He informed that May 10 is the last date to apply and applicants be able to submit fees till May 13.

Bahl told as per the commitment of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for a fair and transparent recruitment drive, the Board would carry out videography besides installing jammers and biometric technology to complete the entire process in a smooth manner.