CAPTAIN AMARINDER SINGH APPEALS TO MLAs OF ALL PARTIES TO ACCOMPANY HIM FOR MEETING PRESIDENT ON NOVEMBER 4

• PUNJAB DELEGATION TO MEET PRESIDENT FOR SPEEDY ASSENT TO AMENDED FARM LAWS PASSED BY STATE ASSEMBLY

Chandigarh, October 29:The Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday appealed to the MLAs of all the political parties to accompany him to meet the President of India on November 4 to request him to accord speedy assent to the amended farm laws passed by the State Assembly to counter the draconian central farm laws.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that the Chief Minister through a press communiqué has appealed to all the MLAs to stand up and be counted and rise above party lines in safeguarding the interests of the State which are being trampled upon by the Union Government.

Pointing out further, the spokesperson said that the three farm laws recently enacted by the Centre have sounded death knell for the farming community of Punjab, which is the backbone of State’s economic structure, as well as Mandi System and MSP. The Chief Minister in the communiqué, has said that he is duty bound to protect the interests of Punjab as the recent amendment bills passed by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, clearly exhibited.

Notably, the Chief Minister had already sought time from the President pursuant to the decision taken in the Vidhan Sabha Session.

The Chief Minister also expressed concern at the Union Government’s stoppage of freight trains to Punjab and withholding the Rural Development Fee (RDF) in respect of Punjab, which is so crucial in sustaining and upgrading the agriculture marketing and rural infrastructure in the State, thus giving the impression of financial and economic blockade, said the spokesperson.

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CENTRE’S DECISION ON RDF UNFORTUNATE, HAS NO PRECEDENCE, SAYS PUNJAB CM

ASKS MANPREET TO MEET UNION MINISTER TO RESOLVE ISSUE, URGES CENTRE TO REVIEW

Chandigarh, October 29: Terming the decision to put Punjab’s Rural Development Fund (RDF) on hold as unfortunate, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday urged the Centre to review the decision as the move would badly impact the rural development works in the state.

Questioning the timing of the Centre’s move, the Chief Minister said there was no precedent to not releasing the RDF that was due to the state during scrutiny of the utilisation of previous funds. The Chief Minister said he has asked his Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal to go to Delhi to meet the Union Minister for Consumer Affairs to resolve the issue, which had hit the state hard amid the fiscal crisis it is facing.

The state government, said Captain Amarinder, will submit all utilisation details as sought by the Centre, as it had done in the past too. While this was not the first time the Government of India had gone for a scrutiny of the utilisation funds, this was, however, a first as far as non-release of RDF was concerned, he said, expressing serious concern over the development.

The Chief Minister said doubts were being raised in various quarters about the timing of the Union Cabinet’s decision not to release to Punjab its due RDF funds to the tune of more than Rs 1000 crore at the present juncture, amid the controversy and crisis over the Farm Laws. The timing is suspect and points to dubious motivation behind the move, he said, urging the Centre to immediately reconsider and give the state’s dues against RDF while the scrutiny continues, as has been the case in the past.

The funds, as the Centre is well aware, are used for developing critical agriculture marketing infrastructure like construction of roads in the rural areas of the state, marketing yards, said the Chief Minister, adding that failure to release the funds would obstruct the development of villages and could further aggravate the angst of the farmers, who are in a prolonged agitation against the central farm sector legislations.

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PAIC Chairman envisions crop diversification and food processing FOR Farmers Future

CHANDIGARH,29.10.20-PAIC Chairman envisions crop diversification and food processing as game changer for Punjab’s farmers.
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All Food Business Operators to get registered by December 2020: Balbir Singh Sidhu

Health Fitness Certificate is also necessary for Dhaba Operators/Food Handlers

Samples declared substandard, penalty imposed could be up to Rs 10 lac

Chandigarh, October 29:Aiming to provide healthy, safe & nutritious food, the Health & Family Welfare Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu on Thursday directed that all Food Business Operators to get registered at the Food Safety department by December 2020.

While presiding over the meeting of Food Safety Department in the committee room of Directorate Health Services at sector-34, the Minister said that It is also made mandatory that all Dhaba Operators/Food Handlers get a health fitness certificate from registered Medical Practitioners.

In view of festival season, teams of State Task Force have been constituted to conduct surprise checking and monitor the work of district teams. He also instructed Assistant Food Commissioners and District Health Officers to intensify the inspections and sampling process so that only quality oil, milk, paneer and other ingredients to be used in sweets, bakery and food items.

Mr. Sidhu said that sub-standard food items would not be allowed to sell in Punjab and if any consumer files the complaint against the food operators so its duty of the concerned officer to take timely action. He said that no laxity would be tolerated in this regard as the Food Safety Department is designated to avail nutritious and healthy food in the markets.

The Cabinet Minister instructed that sample taken from the districts to be timely sent to the State-of-Art Food Lab at Kharar under protocol which is equipped with the latest high tech food analyzing machines Samples declared substandard by the lab are referred to ADCs for imposing appropriate financial penalty to the food operator. The penalty imposed could be up to Rs 10 lac, said Minister.

He also informed that the samples found unsafe are referred to the judicial magistrate who can impose a penalty of imprisonment up to six years to the food operator.

He also appealed to the people of the State to check the expiry date of food items before purchasing it from the market. He said that if any shopkeeper would stock the expired and substandard food, strict action would be taken against the violators.

Secretary Health cum Commissioner FDA Mr. Kumar Rahul said that continuing with the drive against food adulteration in Punjab, we have not lowered the guard post-festive season and the department would conduct incessant raids even after Diwali.

Deputy director cum Nodal officer Food Safety Dr Andesh Kang, Senior scientific officer FDA lab Ms Ravneet K Sidhu and all designated officers of Food Safety Department Punjab were present in the meeting.

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Comply with the ‘33% reservation to women rules’ strictly; Aruna Chaudhary to HoDs

Social Security, Women and Child Development department shoots letter to all the departments to ensure one third employability for women

Chandigarh, October 29:-Punjab Social Security, Women and Child Development Minister Mrs. Aruna Chaudhary, on Thursday, asked all the heads of departments to strictly adhere to ‘The Punjab Civil Services (Reservation of Posts for Women) Rules, 2020 to ensure 33 percent reservation to women under direct recruitment in government jobs.

In a press communiqué issued here today, she informed that the social security, women and child development department has written a letter to all the Additional Chief Secretaries, Financial Commissioners, divisional commissioners, Principal Secretaries, Administrative secretaries and deputy commissioners with the copy of ‘The Punjab Civil Services (Reservation of Posts for Women) Rules, 2020, whereby all the departments/corporations/boards and other government bodies have been asked to strictly comply to the rules in true spirits in next recruitment process for vacant posts.

The Cabinet Minister said that this significant decision has been taken to create more employment opportunities for the women of the state for the empowerment of the women and create the atmosphere of gender-neutral equality. “The Punjab Civil Services (Reservation of Posts for Women) Rules, 2020 will provide 33 per cent reservation for women in the direct recruitment to the posts in government, as well as recruitment to Boards and Corporations in Group A, B, C and D posts.”, she added.

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PUNJAB SC COMMISSION TAKES SUO-MOTO NOTICE REGARDING RAPE INCIDENT

Seeks report from SSP Barnala by 2nd November

CHANDIGARH, October 29 :The Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission has taken a suo-moto notice regarding the incident of village Dangarh of Barnala district, in which 4 year old girl was raped.

Ms. Tejinder Kaur, Chairperson of the commission, said that this was a shocking incident and had come to her knowledge through media reports. The commission has sought a detailed report from Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Barnala by November 2nd 2020 and also ordered to take stern action against the culprits in the case promptly.

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VIGILANCE ARRESTS ASSISTANT JAIL SUPDT. FOR TAKING BRIBE

Chandigarh, October 29: State Vigilance Bureau arrested an Assistant Jail Superintendent Harbans Singh posted at Modern Jail Faridkot for taking bribe of Rs. 15000.

Disclosing this here an official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau (VB) Punjab said accused Assistant Jail superintendent (AJS) as arrested on the complaint of Satwinder Singh of village Tehna, Faridkot district. The complainant has informed the VB that the accused AJS was demanding bribe of Rs. 15,000 not to register police case against his nephew after recovery of mobile phone from him who is lodged inside jail barrack.

After verifying his information, a vigilance team laid a trap and the accused AJS was arrested on the spot while taking bribe of Rs. 15,000 from the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses.

He informed that a case under section of prevention of corruption act has been registered against him at VB police station, Ferozepur and further investigation is under progress.

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

29th October 2020 (05:00pm)

1. Details of Samples and Cases:-

1

Total Samples taken

2561105

2

Total samples collected on the day

22495

3

Total No. of patients tested positive

132727

4

No. of patients discharged

124293

5

Number of active cases

4266

6

No. of Patients on oxygen support

102

7

Patients who are critical and on ventilator support

21

8

Total Deaths reported

4168

On 29th October 2020

1.

Number of new patients on oxygen support

NIL

2.

Number of new patients admitted in ICU

NIL

3.

Number of new patients put on ventilator support

01

(Ludhiana-1)

4.

Number of new patients discharged

427

(Ludhiana-54, Patiala-39, SAS-54, Amritsar-29, Gurdaspur-17, Bathinda-33, Hoshiarpur-34, Ferozepur-17, Pathankot-19, Sangrur-12, Kapurthala- 21, Faridkot-20, Muktsar-19, Fazilka-18, Moga-7, Ropar-2, FG Sahib-4, Barnala-7, Tarn Taran-14, SBS Nagar-6, Mansa-1)

5.

Number of new deaths reported

10

(Faridkot-2, Ferozepur-1, Gurdaspur-2, Hoshiarpur-2, Jalandhar-1, Mansa-1, Patiala-1)

Patients reported positive on 29th October 2020- 468

District

Number of cases

Source of

Infection outside Punjab

Local Cases

Remarks

Ludhiana

50

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11 contacts of positive cases. 15 New cases (OPD). 16 New cases (ILI). 7 New cases. 1 New

case (HCW)

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Jalandhar

67

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Cases details pending as reports received

late.

Patiala

26

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2 contacts of positive cases. 24 New cases.

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SAS Nagar

40

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3 contacts of positive cases. 9 New cases. 4 New cases (ILI). 1 New case

(Pre Operative). 23 New cases (OPD).

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Amritsar

47

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12 contacts of positive cases. 35 New cases.

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Gurdaspur

8

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8 New cases.

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Bathinda

66

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31 New cases. 23 New cases (ILI). 3 contacts of positive cases. 1 New case (ANC). 8 New cases

(HCW)

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Hoshiarpur

36

5 New cases (Domestic Travelers)

10 contacts of positive cases. 5 New cases (ILI).

16 New cases.

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Ferozepur

5

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2 New cases. 3 contacts of positive cases.

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Pathankot

17

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15 New cases. 2 contacts of positive cases.

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Sangrur

6

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1 New case (ILI). 1 contact

of positive case. 4 New cases.

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Kapurthala

16

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16 New cases.

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Faridkot

18

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9 contacts of positive cases. 9 New cases.

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Muktsar

10

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4 New cases (OPD). 4 New cases (ILI). 2 contacts of positive cases.

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Fazilka

21

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9 New cases (SARI). 1 New case (ILI). 11 New cases (OPD)

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Moga

5

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5 New cases.

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Ropar

5

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5 New cases.

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FG Sahib

8

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8 New cases (ILI)

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Barnala

4

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1 contact of positive case.

3 New cases (OPD)

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Tarn Taran

4

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1 New case (OPD). 1 contacts of positive cases.

2 New cases.

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SBS Nagar

-------

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Mansa

9

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9 New cases.

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*5 New cases source of infection out of Punjab.

2. Cumulative Cases:-

S. No.

District

Total Confirmed Cases

Total Active Cases

Total Cured

Deaths

1.

Ludhiana

20185

234

19116

835

2.

Jalandhar

14965

584

13914

467

3.

Patiala

12747

279

12092

376

4.

SAS Nagar

12253

502

11515

236

5.

Amritsar

11826

328

11047

451

6.

Gurdaspur

6869

158

6513

198

7.

Bathinda

7062

378

6538

146

8.

Hoshiarpur

6136

240

5686

210

9.

Ferozepur

4191

80

3989

122

10.

Pathankot

4417

134

4174

109

11.

Sangrur

3900

71

3665

164

12.

Kapurthala

4044

123

3755

166

13.

Faridkot

3203

149

2997

57

14.

Muktsar

2995

154

2780

61

15.

Fazilka

3003

194

2761

48

16.

Moga

2456

23

2355

78

17.

Ropar

2466

180

2173

113

18.

FG Sahib

2160

72

1989

99

19.

Barnala

2062

181

1831

50

20.

Tarn Taran

1999

73

1841

85

21.

SBS Nagar

1885

43

1781

61

22.

Mansa

1903

86

1781

36

Total

132727

4266

124293

4168

  • From Gurdaspur 2 cases shifted to Amritsar.
  • From Bathinda 2 repeat case entries deleted.
  • From Hoshiarpur 2 repeat case entries deleted and 4 cases shifted to Gurdaspur.
  • From Moga 1 death case shifted to Ludhiana.

Containment Zones:-

S.NO

District

s.no.

Containment

Total population of the area contained

1

Muktsar sahib

1

District Jail, Sri Muktsar Sahib

800

total

800

2

SBS Nagar

1

Mahlon

120

Total

120

3

Barnala

1

Bhadaur

850

Total

850

Punjab Total

3

1770