ENHANCEMENT OF COMPENSATION TO VICTIM FAMILIES OF HOOCH TRAGEDY TO RS. 5 LAKH

CHANDIGARH,07.08.20-PUNJAB CM ANNOUNCES TO ENHANCE COMPENSATION TO VICTIM FAMILIES OF HOOCH TRAGEDY TO RS. 5 LAKH
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PUNJAB CM ORDERS NIGHT CURFEW FROM TOMORROW IN LUDHIANA, JALANDHAR & PATIALA TO CHECK COVID SPREAD

ASKS BIG CITIES/TOWNS TO COME OUT WITH INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR GOVT & PVT FACILITIES

ORDERS INQUIRY BY VC INTO DEATH DUE TO DELAY IN TREATMENT FOR FILEWORK AT FARDIKOT GGMC

Chandigarh, August 7:Concerned over the rising number of Covid cases in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered night curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 am in the worst affected cities of Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Patiala from Saturday, while directing all big cities/towns to prepare integrated management plan for treatment of the disease at both Government and private facilities.

As cases in the state went up to 20,891, with 1050 instances reported on one day on Thursday, the Chief Minister also announced a week-long trial of enforcement of the mandatory mask wearing rule by making offenders stand at the spot for an hour with a mask on. He was of the view that making the offenders sweat it out might help check the violations on this count, which had crossed 3.82 lakhs.

Answering questions in his weekly #AskCaptain Live session on Facebook, which was advanced by a day to apprise the people about his visit today to the hooch tragedy affected Tarn Taran district, Captain Amarinder also appealed to the people to get themselves tested early and start treatment in a proper hospital, urging them not to rush to private tertiary care facility directly since good treatment is available in government hospitals. There were adequate testing facilities available in the state, he said, adding that four new testing labs would become operational on Monday. Delay in going for testing and treatment was the main cause for increasing number of Covid deaths, he said, pointing out that with 26 persons succumbing yesterday, the death toll in the state had gone up to 517 (2.47%).

Expressing concern over the steady increase in Covid infections and positivity in the state, which reported 8.50% cases in samples tested in past one week, the Chief Minister said with the peak projected to come in Punjab by end of August or early September, one could not be certain how high the peak of daily cases may go. Given the recent increase in cases in districts like Bathinda, Barnala, Ferozepur, we cannot afford to be complacent, he said, urging people to hold their nerve in these tough circumstances and fight the disease with strength and determination.

In response to a question, the Chief Minister directed an inquiry by the Vice Chancellor into case of death of a non-Covid patient, Dr Parvinder, at GGS Medical College, Faridkot, as doctors refused to treat him till the file work was completed and Covid test report came, even though he was suffering from low Oxygen levels. Expressing his deepest sympathies with the deceased’s wife, Dr. Neeta Pandhu from Abohar, he said this was not acceptable and patient has to be attended first at all costs. Strict action will be taken against those found responsible, he added.

He also shared details of various announcements he had made earlier in Tarn Taran, including enhanced ex-gratia compensation, as well as decisions on appointing Special Public Prosecutors for speedy and proper trial and amending the Excise Act to ensure that repeat offenders do not go scot free. He said in response to a question that the managerial probe into the incident will be completed within three weeks and all those found complicit will be brought to book.

In response to a question from a Tarn Taran resident regarding what the hooch tragedy affected families had told him during their meeting, the chief minister said they want strong action and punishment for the culprits. Though they did not demand it, but he had announced financial help and had directed the DC to ensure that they get what they need, in terms of even jobs and improving their houses, he added. “We will go beyond financial compensation for the families of the victims,” he said. He reiterated his commitment to wiping out hooch problem from the state and said he had directed the DGP to crack down on the smugglers.

On long queues for payment of electricity bills, with no social distancing, the Chief Minister said he will issue instructions to the chairman of the electricity board to rectify the situation. On delay in issuance of heavy vehicle driving licence issuance/renewal in some districts, he said the delay was due to social distancing norms but he would ask the Department to find ways of expediting the process without compromising on the Covid protocols.

On a request for directions to the agriculture department for ensuring supply of good quality pesticides for paddy, and strict actions suppliers of spurious pesticides, the Chief Minister said he had issued strict instructions to the department to conduct regular checks against fake pesticides. He urged the farmers to buy insecticides from only registered dealers.

Responding to another question, the Chief Minister directed DC Muktsar Sahib to inquire into a complaint regarding pressure being put by the principal of DAV Public School on students for payment of fee by refusing to give their note-books. Making it clear that he will not allow this kind of behaviour, he promised prosecution against any school indulging in such acts. To a similar question on pressure from a college for fee payment, he said the Higher Education Department will probe the matter.

In response to a request from a Fatehgarh Sahib resident to allow the livestock market to resume operations, which were suspended in March causing massive losses to the people, Captain Amarinder said he will direct the Department to let the mandi operate, but with total adherence to safety protocols.

The Chief Minister assured a Patiala resident that the delayed exams for the post of Patwari will be held soon, and the positions will be offered now on central government scales, for which the proposal was being finalised for submission to SSB.

To a complaint from a Pathankot resident about non-acceptance of the Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana card for admission to a hospital, the Chief Minister said the hospital in question was not empaneled and card-holders need to go only to empaneled hospitals.

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Health Department to conduct Walk-in-Interview for 323 Posts of Medical Officers (Specialists)

Chandigarh, August 7:To overcome the shortage of Specialists during COVID-19 pandemic, the Health & Family Welfare would conduct the walk-in-interview to fill 323 posts of Medical Officers (Specialists) on a regular basis.

Disclosing this here today, Health Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that in addition to strengthening the health Infrastructure, the Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab Government has been laying thrust to fulfil the all vacant posts of Specialists in Government Hospitals so as to impart quality health services in the Rural areas of State. He said the there is dire need of Specialists in the health department to effectively deal with the coronavirus situation.

Giving details about the recruitment, the Health Minister said that 37 posts of Anaesthesia, 4 ENT, 44 General Surgery, 25 Gynaecology, 56 Medicine, 6 Ophthalmology, 4 Orthopaedics, 4 Pathology, 83 Paediatrics, 1 Psychiatry, 45 Radiology, 7 Skin and VD, TB & Chest would be recruited through walk-in-interview.

Mr. Sidhu said that as many as 470 applicants have applied for these posts as online applications were called from the eligible candidates. He said that now the newly selected candidates will be paid pay and emoluments as per 7th Central Pay Commission pattern.

Mr. Sidhu further said that interview of Medicine and TB & Chest would be conducted on August, 8 and Anaesthesia and Radiology on August, 9 at Directorate Health & Family Welfare, Parivar Kalyan Bhawan, Sector- 34-A, Chandigarh. However, schedule for the interview of Speciality ENT, General Surgery, Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Pathology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Skin & VO will be informed later on.

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CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL MINING: 201 CASES REGISTERED, 299 VEHICLES SEIZED IN 3 MONTHS
· Illegal miners and landowners to be held responsible for illegal mining without any political consideration: Sarkaria
· Highest number of illegal mining cases reported in Ludhiana, SBS Nagar, Hoshiarpur and Ropar
Chandigarh, August 7:Tightening noose around the illegal miners in the state, Punjab Mining and Geology Department has registered as many as 201 cases against 189 persons involved in illegal mining activities in the last three months- May to July, 2020. A total 299 vehicles and machines being used for illegal mining have also been seized across the state in the past three months.
Divulging the details Punjab Mining and Geology Minister Mr. Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria said that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has already ordered stringent action against those indulging in illegal mining in the state. Mr. Sarkaria said that vehicles used for mining material must have a slip of mining department. All those vehicles that did not have the mining department slip to carry mining material were being seized and legal action was being taken against them. Notably, Mining department issues slip for vehicles to carry mining material from approved sites.
Instructing Mining department officials to deal strictly with miners and vehicle owners indulging in the illegal practice, Mr. Sarkaria said that illegal mining had led to heavy losses to the state exchequer and needed to be checked on priority. The minister also warned that strict action would also be taken against those owners on whose land the illegal practice was being done. He directed that the vehicles used for illegal mining must also be confiscated. Mr. Sarkaria categorically said no political interference would be tolerated at all. Punjab Government was fully committed to provide sand-gravels to the people of state at reasonable prices and for this purpose, the mining sites have been allocated through e-auction, he added.
Besides, confiscating tractor-trolleys, tippers or other vehicles carrying mining material illegally, Chief Engineer Mining Mr. S.K. Gupta said that a legal action has also been initiated against the land owner, whose land was being used for the illegal practice. Miners and the landowners are equally responsible for the illegal practice.
Giving breakups about the action taken by the department, he said that a total of 201 cases of illegal mining were registered against 189 persons in the past three months- May to July in this year. In the last three months, the highest number of illegal mining cases had been registered from Ludhiana, SBS Nagar, Hoshiarpur and Ropar. He said that 37 cases were registered in Ludhiana district, 29 in Hoshiarpur, 37 in SBS Nagar and 25 in Ropar. Similarly, 22 tractor-trolleys, 6 tippers and 2 JCB machines were seized in Ludhiana district, 29 tractor-trolleys, 40 tippers and 2 JCB machines were seized in SBS Nagar and 30 tractor-trolleys, 7 tippers / trucks and 2 JCB machines were seized in Hoshiarpur district.

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Punjab Social Welfare Board Chairperson asks CDPOs to fill vacant posts of Supervisors, anganwadi workers and helpers

Gursharan Kaur Randhawa also took stock of progress of welfare schemes for children and women in border district through virtual meeting

Chandigarh, August 7:Taking stock of the progress of welfare schemes for Children and women in border area through virtual meeting, Punjab State Social Welfare Board Chairperson Mrs. Gursharan Kaur Randhawa today asked Child Development Project Officers (CDPOs) to fill up the vacant posts of supervisors, anganwadi workers and helpers in all the blocks for better implementation of the welfare schemes and smooth functioning.

Presiding over online meeting of the CDPOs of ICDS Blocks in border districts Amritsar (Harsha Chhina), Gurdaspur (Dera Baba Nanak), Fazilka (Khuiyan Sarwar), Ferozepur (Makhu) and Tarn Taran (Bhikhiwind) under the ambit of the board, the chairperson asked the participants to use mask, sanitizer, social distance to avoid corona and make aware others.

After reviewing the performance of the blocks, thorough discussions were held for better implementation of welfare schemes for children and women at block level. The Chairperson said that vacancies of supervisors, anganwadi workers and helpers of the blocks should be filled up adhering to the directions of the state government so that all the blocks could function in a smooth manner. Apart from this, administrative issues of five blocks were also discussed and many issues were settled during the meeting. Mrs. Randhawa directed all CDPOs and other officials to work diligently during the times of corona.

During the meeting, Board Secretary Mrs. Abhishek Kumar, CDPOs Mrs. Meena, Mrs. Kusum Sharma, Mrs. Sanju, Mrs. Sudesh, Mrs. Jyoti Kalra and other employees were present.

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Youth Services Department launches vigorous awareness campaign against drugs and AIDS, informed Rana Sodhi

2400 volunteers of four districts participated; encouraging people to donate blood

  • 300 e-certificates are being sent to the participants daily

Chandigarh, 7 August: Punjab Youth Services Department has launched a vigorous online awareness campaign under Mission Fateh to aware the youngsters against drugs, AIDS and to donate blood.

Disclosing this here today, Sports and Youth Services Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi said that 2400 volunteers of Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Ropar and S.B.S Nagar districts have participated on the first day of the campaign, while volunteers of the remaining districts would participate on coming days.

The Minister informed that three online quiz competitions on the subject of COVID-19, AIDS and blood donation are being conducted under the campaign and e-certificates are being sent to the winners via email. “Daily 300 e-certificates are being sent to the participants”, the minister categorically quoted, adding that volunteers of the Youth Services department were also encouraging people to maintain social distancing and download Punjab governments’ COVA app on their mobile phones to protect themselves from and probable victim of the virus during this perilous time of Corona.

He further said apart from this, volunteers are diligently working to create awareness among the general public through whatsapp groups regarding COVID-19 so that the people could take steps to prevent the spread of this pandemic. Volunteers of the youth club of colleges/ schools and villages are also distributing masks to auto drivers, street vendors and rickshaw pullers and the general public by visiting door to door and sensitizing them about the importance of COVA app and urging them to download the same.

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Punjab Government takes serious note of fallacious, tendentious, and callously motivated news published in Dainik Bhaskar

Hospital authorities to seek due legal recourse against erring newspaper

Chandigarh, August 7: The Punjab Government has taken a serious note of a news item published in the Dainik Bhaskar today. The official spokesperson of the government said that it is highly regretting to note that the news item published by Dainik Bhaskar today regarding Government Rajindra Hospital Patiala was ‘fallacious, tendentious, and callously motivated' in gross violation of well established journalistic ideals and ethics of reporting.

The Spokesperson said that the journalist has 'declared' a living person dead and reported without any sensitivity about the other patient not at all bothering to ascertain facts on the ground, is absurd, disquieting and problematic and has the potential to stigmatise the lives of two human beings and families involved. "For the record, however, Sukhdev Singh is recuperating at home presently after having been discharged from Rajindra Hospital," the spokesperson.

The spokesperson further clarified that Kirandeep Kaur and not Ranjit Kaur as falsely claimed in the newspaper report is in NON-COVID emergency ward at Rajindra Hospital at present and has been provided best available medical care. She is reportedly epileptic and had also fallen off her bed in the isolation ward, but was attended on by the on duty attending staff. Their family members too have expressed complete satisfaction over the treatment given to their kin by hospital authorities.

The claim of the newspaper that the patients kept lying on the floor for 12 hours is a figment of imagination, and is absolutely false, untrue and highly condemnable, and the state government takes strong exception to it. This type of reportage, just to grab eyeballs for a negative story does great disservice to the hallowed profession besides impacting the faith and trust of people in our health care facilities. This perpetuation of sensationalism at the cost of factual on the ground reporting must be eschewed, at all costs.

The Hospital authorities are well within their rights to explore the option to seek due legal recourse against the erring newspaper.

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CHANDIGARH,07.08.20-

Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab Media Bulletin-COVID-19

7th August 2020 (05:00pm)

1. Details of Samples and Cases:-

1

Total Samples taken

646439

2

Total No. of patients tested positive

21930

3

No. of patients discharged

14040

4

Number of active cases

7351

5

No. of Patients on oxygen support

117

6

Patients who are critical and on ventilator support

29

7

Total Deaths reported

539*

* 1 repeat death excluded from Ludhiana.

On 7th August 2020

1.

Number of new patients on oxygen support

NIL

2.

Number of new patients admitted in ICU

10

(Gurdaspur-2, Amritsar-1, Jalandhar-6, Sangrur-1)

3.

Number of new patients put on ventilator support

07

(Ludhiana-6, Sangrur-1)

4.

Number of new patients discharged

381

(Amritsar-71, Patiala-108, Sangrur-15, SAS Nagar-57, Hoshiarpur-19, Ferozepur- 11, Pathankot-18, FG Sahib-17, Faridkot-6,

Kapurthala-24, Ropar-22, Muktsar-1, Barnala-12 )

5.

Number of new deaths reported

23

(Amritsar-3, FG Sahib-2, Fazilka-1, Jalandhar-3, Kapurthala-1, Ludhiana-9, SBS Nagar-2, Patiala-1, Sangrur-1)

Patients reported positive on 7th August 2020- 1063

District

Number of cases

Source of Infection

outside Punjab

Local Cases

Remarks

Ludhiana

296

2 new Cases (Domestic Traveler)

26 new cases (ILI). 36 contacts of Positive Cases. 3 New cases (Police Personnel). 3 New cases (HCW). 10 new cases (OPD). 2 New cases (Jail inmates). 1 new case (ANC).

16 New cases. 8 new Cases

(ILI). 1 new case (SARI). 2 New cases (HCW)

Rest cases details pending as reports received late.

Jalandhar

70

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Cases details pending as reports received late

Amritsar

67

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25 Contacts of Positive cases. 15 New Cases (ILI). 3 New Cases (BSF). 1 new case

(Frontline Worker). 2 new cases. 21 New Cases (OPD)

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Patiala

122

3 New Cases (Interstate Traveler)

32 Contacts of Positive cases.

87 New Cases.

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Sangrur

32

1 New Case (Interstate Traveler)

8 New cases (OPD). 7 new cases (ILI). 2 contacts of Positive cases.. 2 new cases (ANC). 1 New case (HCW). 2

new cases (Police personnel). 2 New cases (laborers). 7 New

cases

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SAS Nagar

77

2 new cases (Foreign Returned)

16 contacts of Positive Cases. 22 New cases (ILI). 30 new cases. 1 New case (Pre Operative). 1 New case

(ANC). 4 New cases (Police personnel). 1 New case (SARI)

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Hoshiarpur

11

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Cases details pending as reports received late

Gurdaspur

53

1 New Case (Interstate Traveler)

26 New Cases. 14 Contacts of Positive cases.

Rest cases details pending as reports received late

Ferozepur

7

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Cases details pending as reports received late

Pathankot

41

5 New cases (Domestic Travelers)

20 New cases (OPD). 2 New cases (Police Personnel). 8 New cases (ILI). 6 Contacts of

Positive cases.

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Tarn Taran

29

2 New cases (Foreign Returned)

4 contacts of positive case. 4 new cases. 2 New cases (ILI).

4 New cases ( Frontline Workers)

Rest cases details pending as reports received late.

Bathinda

49

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23 New Cases. 4 New Cases (ILI). 19 Contacts of Positive Cases. 1 New Case (Police Personnel). 2 New cases (Jail

Inmates)

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FG Sahib

26

2 New cases (Interstate Travelers)

4 Contacts of Positive case. 7 New Cases. 3 New cases (OPD). 10 New cases (ILI)

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Moga

14

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6 Contacts of Positive cases. 8 New Cases.

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SBS Nagar

11

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Cases details pending as reports received late

Faridkot

19

1 New case (Foreign Returned)

9 New cases. 9 contacts of Positive cases.

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Fazilka

16

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5 Contacts of positive cases. 6 New cases (OPD). 5 New cases (ILI)

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Kapurthala

26

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9 New Cases. 3 New cases

(OPD). 1 New case (ANC). 1

New Case (Prisoner) 1 New case (Police Personnel).

Rest cases details pending as reports received late.

Ropar

32

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8 Contacts of positive cases. 2 New Cases (Pre operative). 22 New Cases

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Muktsar

13

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8 Contacts of positive cases. 2 New cases (ILI). 1 New case (ANC). 2 New Cases (OPD)

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Barnala

37

1 new Case (Foreign Returned)

3 New cases (ILI). 10 new cases (OPD). 19 Contacts of

Positive Cases. 2 New Cases (ANC). 2 New cases (Prisoner)

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Mansa

15

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9 New Case. 6 Contacts of Positive case.

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* 20 Positive cases source of infection out of Punjab.

2. Cumulative Cases:-

S. No.

District

Total Confirmed Cases

Total Number of active cases

Total Discharged

Deaths

1.

Ludhiana

4720

1747

2821

152

2.

Jalandhar

2907

1037

1796

74

3.

Amritsar

2185

448

1647

90

4.

Patiala

2380

743

1592

45

5.

Sangrur

1227

210

983

34

6.

SAS Nagar

1157

491

649

17

7.

Hoshiarpur

607

53

539

15

8.

Gurdaspur

794

270

501

23

9.

Ferozepur

624

343

273

8

10.

Pathankot

522

168

341

13

11.

Tarn Taran

443

182

248

13

12.

Bathinda

737

422

307

8

13.

FG Sahib

451

114

332

5

14.

Moga

529

241

283

5

15.

SBS Nagar

335

49

280

6

16.

Faridkot

373

89

283

1

17.

Fazilka

359

104

253

2

18.

Kapurthala

382

154

215

13

19.

Ropar

318

63

250

5

20.

Muktsar

279

48

229

2

21.

Barnala

421

297

117

7

22.

Mansa

180

78

101

1

Total

21930

7351

14040

539

  • From Ludhiana 1 case shifted to Sangrur and 1 repeat death excluded from Ludhiana.
  • From Jalandhar 4 cases shifted to Hoshiarpur, 2 cases shifted to Kapurthala, 1 case shifted to Gurdaspur & 1 case shifted to FG Sahib.
  • From Amritsar 13 cases shifted to Gurdaspur and 6 cases shifted to Hoshiarpur.
  • From Pathankot 4 cases shifted to Gurdaspur.
  • From Bathinda 23 Cases shifted to out of State (UP & Bihar).

Containment Zones:-

S.NO

District

High priority area

Total population of the area contained

1

Amritsar

Milap Avenue

120

Jandiala Guru(PS)

500

Kawen, Lopoke

85

BAGH RAMANAND

525

Amarkot

229

Friends Avenue, Ranjit Avenue

125

Sohian Kalan

16

2

Hoshiarpur

ward no.4 garhshankar

493

ward no 11 garhshankar

601

3

Ludhiana

Mundian Kalan

1625

Model Town Extn

496

uttam nagar Vardhman Colony Nr Fortis Hosp

250

Gurdial Enclave Jamalpur

198

Jeewan Nagar Stno17.5 and 18

2110

Stno 5 and 6 New Model Town amloh Road Khanna

650

St no 8, New Moti Nagar

296

Stno7 Dashmesh Nagar Nr Gill Chownk

162

Stno 11, Durgapuri Haibowala kalan

1352

Aspeen 4 Tower , Centra green ,Pakhowal Road

18

Lolouri kalan

2330

Phase - 1 Dugri

1907

jodhan Nr Bus stand

200


4

Patiala

HARGOBIND COLONY, BAHADURGARH, PATIALA

144

DURGA MANDIR ROAD AREA, RAJPURA

180

ARYA SAMAJ MANDIR BACKSIDE, RAJPURA

160

GURU NANAK MOHALA, NEAR AMBEDKAR PARK, RAJPURA

185

MODI MILL COLONY, NABHA

475

5

Jalandhar

Arjan Nagar

212

Tibbe wala Mahalla

1198

Kot Pakshian

194

Malka Mohalla

42

new jawahar nagar

121

Adarsh Nagar , shahkot

196

Kot bahadur Khas (Rainak bazar)

242

Gopal Nagar

170

Abaadpura

1212

Azad nagar

498

Sangat Nagar , St 2

130

Ghai Colony

735

Adarsh Nagar

96

Mohalla Ravidas pura , Nakodar

700

6

Muktsar sahib

Khajoor Wali Gali, Sri Muktsar Sahib

1560

Bank Road, Mithan Wali Gali, Sri Muktsar Sahib

412

7

Mansa

arvind nagar mansa city

390

Villlage Gamiwala, Budhlada

600

8

Fatehgarh sahib

PS, MGG

120

VILL KUMBRA, PHC CHK

350

9

Gurdaspur

Navi abadi bank colony batala

780

harnam nagar batala

651


10

Sangrur

Baguana Basti,Sangrur

191

Sunami Gate Phirni Road, Sangrur

240

Gandhi Basti,Dhuri

226

11

Fazilka

Nai Abadi, Abohar

120

Mohkam Arrain, Jandwala Bhime Shah Block

320

Vijay Colony, Fazilka

328

Chaudhriyan Gali , Fazilka

62

PS City Quarters, Jalalabad

99

Shakti nagar

324

12

Moga

vedant nagar

346

Bukan wala village

118

13

Bathinda

talwandi

732

ajit road

100

14

Kapurthala

Nawa Pind Patthe

928

Gurudwara Tahli Sahib (Vill. Balerkhanpur)

1350

BHAGATPURA Gali No. 04 Phagwara

3500

PS RAWALPINDI

1087

MANAV NAGAR HADIABAD PHAGWARA

800

15

ferozepur

Ghumar mandi

1150

16

Barnala

KC road stno 5 to 6

400

Aastha colony

750

lakhi colony

1750

17

Pathankot

Abrol nagar PTK

205

18

Faridkot

Backside bijli street kotkapura, faridkot

87

TOTAL

41254