CHANDIGARH, JUNE 25: Punjab Social Justice, Empowerment and Minorities Minister Sadhu Singh Dharmsot has termed people’s cooperation as vital for win in battle against Covid adding that only with this cooperation this impossible task could be made possible.

Expressing this here today, S. Dharmsot underlined that fight against this virus has not ended yet and we need to be vigilant and cautious. “We should all strictly adhere to all health precautions and advisories issued by state government to beat this invisible enemy, he added.

S. Dharmsot further stated that reason for low spread of virus in Punjab is stringent following of health protocols by people of state, for which they deserve all applause. Besides providing relief and succor to needy during lockdown, state government has also ramped up all health facilities needed to fight this war, the Minister added. Our Covid strategy is being replicated by other states which attest seal of appreciation and acknowledgement on efficient handling of this unprecedented crisis.

Lauding all social and non-governmental organizations for coming forward in helping the poor, S. Dharmsot said their invaluable contribution in providing succor to less privileged especially during this hour of crisis was commendable. They complimented state efforts to ensure unrestricted flow of essential commodities to the needy during lockdown, which has helped immensely he added.

S. Dharmsot appealed to people to observe all health protocols including washing hands regularly with soap or sanitizer especially after touching anything. Wearing mask while going out each time besides maintaining social distancing is key in this fight against Covid, he said adding that by doing this we can not only save ourself and our families but can also ensure the virus does not spread in community at large.



  • 45 % work of Main Dam completed despite COVID restrictions, says Water Resources Minister

Chandigarh, June 25:To accomplish the task of Shahpurkandi Dam project in time, Punjab Water Resources Department has been working in a mission mode despite COVID restrictions and 45 per cent work of Main Dam has been completed so far.

Giving this information, Punjab Water Resources Minister Mr. Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria said that all development activities were halted due to unprecedented nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. "Water Resources Department resumed the construction work on the Shahpurkandi Dam project on April 29, 2020 with all COVID safety measures as sensitized under Mission Fateh. Now, the work of project is going on in full swing and 45% work of Main Dam has been executed", he informed.

Expressing hope to start the filling of reservoir of Shahpurkandi Dam Project by mid of 2022, Mr. Sarkaria said that the project will hopefully start generating power by August, 2023. It will further improve irrigation system and clean power generation process in the state.

It will act as a balancing reservoir to ensure the uniform water supply to canal system taking off from Madhopur Headworks, he said, adding that the project will create irrigation potential for 5000 hectares in Punjab and it will also provide intensive irrigation facilities in 1.18 lakh hectares under UBDC System. After completion, the project will generate 1042 million units of electricity per annum.

Notably, Shahpurkandi Dam Project is being constructed on river Ravi 11Km downstream of Ranjit Sagar Dam and 8 Km upstream of Madhopur Headworks in Pathankot District. It will reduce the outflow of the river water to Pakistan, while benefitting both Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir, once it is completed.

With the generation of 206 MW of power at Shahpurkandi Power Houses, Chief Engineer Shahpurkandi Dam project Mr. S.K. Saluja said that it would ensure regular irrigation supply of water to downstream in UBDC tract. It would also create tourism potential and improve the socio-economic conditions of the people in this border area. He further informed that tenders for civil works of Power Houses will be invited soon. The electromechanical works of Power Houses have been awarded by PSPCL to BHEL.


Punjab Government allotted Station to 19 more head teachers

Chandigarh, 25 June-The Punjab Government has allotted stations to 19 more selected Head Teachers in the Education Department (SS).

Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the education department said that the Director School Education Mr. Mohammad Tayyab has signed the order in this regard.

According to the spokesperson, 672 head teachers were directly selected in January 2020 in the Education Department (SS). These head teachers were selected under Punjab Education (School and Inspection) Group 'B' Service Rules 2018 and Punjab Education Service (School and Inspection Border Area) Group 'B' Service Rules 2018. Some of them were offered for appointment as head teacher on 18th June, 2020. Of these, 19 have accepted the offer after which they have been allotted stations.