NOTHING SHORT OF REPEAL OF BLACK FARM LAWS WILL WORK, STRESSES CAPT AMARINDER LED PUNJAB GOVT

URGES CENTRE NOT TO STAND ON PRESTIGE, DECLARES IT WILL DO EVERYTHING TO PROTECT FARMERS


CABINET PASSES RESOLUTION DEMANDING MSP AS STATUTORY RIGHT, MOURNS DEATHS OF PROTESTING FARMERS


Chandigarh, January 14:Even as it asserted that it will take all measures to protect the state’s and its farmers’ interests, the Punjab Government led by Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday made it clear that nothing short of repeal of the Centre’s black Farm Laws, which it described as anti-farmers, anti-nation and anti-food security, would resolve the present crisis.

The Central Government is out of touch with the ground realities, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said at a meeting of the State Cabinet, whose members declared unequivocally that repeal of the Farm Laws was the only way out of the current imbroglio. The Council of Ministers demanded that the Centre make MSP a statutory right of the farmers, who had been getting extremely low prices for their produce for the past several days despite being responsible for feeding the nation.

At the start of the meeting, the Council of Ministers observed a 2-minutes silence in memory of farmers who have died during the agitation. An estimated 78 farmers have so far lost their lives. Stressing the need for an early resolution to the agitation to prevent further loss of life, the Cabinet pointed out that the matter has already been debated and discussed in eight rounds of negotiations held between the farmers and the Government of India.

Pointing out that even the Supreme Court had acknowledged the concerns of the protesting farmers, and had recognised their pain and anguish, the Council of Ministers said the Government of India should not stand on prestige and ego in this matter, which, if unresolved, could lead to devastating repercussions for the country for decades to come. If the Centre can make sweeping amendments to the laws then this adamancy about not revoking the legislations is inexplicable, said the ministers, joined by Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar.

In a formal resolution, the Cabinet categorically reiterated its commitment to the Resolutions passed by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on August 28, 2020 and October 20, 2020, stressing that all the genuine demands of the farmers must be accepted. Urging the Government of India to “repeal the Farm Laws as Agriculture is a State Subject under the Constitution of India, and to make MSP a statutory right.” It welcomed the Supreme Court order staying the central legislations as acknowledgement of the concerns of the farmers of Punjab who are protesting against the Farm Laws, and recognition of their pain and anguish.

“There is need for broad-based dialogue and proper consultation with all stakeholders as these legislations impact the future of millions of farmers across the country, and all genuine demands of the farmers must be accepted,” said the resolution.

The Council of Ministers, after detailed discussion, took note of the Supreme Court order of 12th January 2021 staying the implementation of three farm legislations namely, The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act.

It also appreciated the peaceful protest by the farmers, which has also been taken note of by the Supreme Court of India, in keeping with the best of the democratic practices.

The Cabinet meeting had been convened by the Chief Minister with the sole agenda of discussing the issue in the light of the SC orders.
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Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company bags Janaagraha City Governance Awards, 2020 as 1st runner up: Brahm Mohindra

Local government minister congratulates all the officers for bagging this award

Chandigarh, January 14:Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company (PMIDC) has won the 'Janaagraha City Governance Awards', 2020 under Best Civic Agency category for 'Municipal E-Governance Project' in India.

The winners have been chosen by an eminent jury comprising Amitabh Kant (NITI Aayog), Ashutosh Varshney (Brown University), Niranjan Rajadhyaksha (columnist and economist, IDFC Institute), Sanjeev Chopra IAS (Director, LBSNAA), Yamini Aiyar (Centre for Policy Research) and SK Das IAS Retd. (Chair of Jury, Member of Janaagraha’s Governing Board).

Disclosing this here today in press statement, Local Government Minister Mr. Brahm Mohindra said that at present, more than various 50 municipal services under 8 service modules (Water, Sewerage, Property Tax, Fire NOC, Trade License, Public Grievance Redressal, Double Entry Accounting system, Miscellaneous Collections etc) have been made online. Such services are being provided to citizens of Punjab through multiple channels like Web portal, Mobile App, and WhatsApp.

Congratulating all the officers for bagging this award, the Minister said that as a part of the “Digital Citizen Services First” approach, PMIDC has been working tirelessly to digitize citizen-centric municipal services in the ULBs of Punjab. He said that right from the start, PMIDC has always been focused on easing the lives of citizens through innovation and strategic partnership with eGovernements Foundation has really made this possible. Under the eGovernance project of Local Government, Municipal Services have been built on open source egov Platform (DIGIT) and all these services have been implemented by developing internal capacity.

The Project covers all 167 ULBs across Punjab and aims to achieve better utilization of Government resources though uniform and well-defined work procedures and provide efficiency & transparency in delivery of municipal services to citizens, he said.

Mr. Brahm Mohindra added that PMIDC, on behalf of Local Government Punjab has taken up an ambitious project to drive e-governance across ULBs in the state and implemented the same with its own capacity and no cost has been paid to egov foundation. He said that through this project citizens of the state are enabled to access municipal services anytime, anywhere. Such services also have a direct impact on ' Ease of Doing Business' ranking for the state.

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GMADA EXTENDS ECO CITY-2 SCHEME TILL JANUARY 29

Chandigarh, January 14:

Considering the demand of the general public, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has extended the scheme for allotment of 289 residential plots at Eco City-2, New Chandigarh till January 29, 2021. Notably, the scheme was scheduled to close on January 14, 2021.

Sharing the details, an official spokesperson of GMADA said that the allotment price of the plots has been fixed at Rs.25,000/- per sq.yd. Plots being offered are of size 200 sq.yds, 300 sq.yds, 400 sq.yds, 450 sq.yds, 500 sq.yds, 1000 sq.yds and 2000 sq.yds. The scheme brochure can be purchased at a cost of Rs.100/- from the Single Window Service Counter, PUDA Bhawan, Sector-62, SAS Nagar or from the branches of various banks (Kotak Mahindra Bank, AXIS Bank, IndusInd Bank, ICICI Bank, IDBI Bank, State Bank of India, AU Small Finance Bank, Bank of Baroda, Yes Bank and HDFC Bank) associated in the scheme. Applicants can also apply online by visiting the website gmada.gov.in and payment could be made online in such cases.

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11 CANAL-BASED WATER SUPPLY PROJECTS WORTH RS 1249 TO ENSURE SUPPLY OF POTABLE DRINKING WATER IN SIX DISTRICTS

MOVE TO BENEFIT THREE LAKH HOUSEHOLDS IN OVER 1100 VILLAGES- RAZIA SULTANA

Chandigarh, January 14:Water Quality Testing and Monitoring of ground water sources of Punjab has revealed that some areas of Malwa belt are affected with Uranium and Fluoride whereas Majha Belt has some villages affected with Arsenic. As on date, 815 habitations are affected with Arsenic, 319 habitations are affected with Fluoride and 252 habitations are affected with Uranium. In a bid to provide potable water supply to such quality affected villages of the state, Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Department has prioritized shifting such villages from ground water supply to surface water supply by taking water from Irrigation Canals. State of Punjab has undertaken 11 canal-based water supply projects in six districts i.e. Moga, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur, Patiala and Fathegarh Sahib. Out of these, the project of Moga district would be commissioned this month and the remaining 9 projects will be executed by December 2022. One of the projects shall be completed by March, 2022. On completion, these projects would provide potable water supply to approx. 1200 villages in Moga, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur districts. Department is also providing alternative solutions in terms of Community Treatment Plants/R.O. Plants, to provide immediate solution.

While giving this information Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Minister Ms. Razia Sultana said that the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab Government is not leaving any stone unturned to provide potable water facility in rural areas of the state. Water Treatment Plants is being set up in those villages where water quality has been affected. The 11 canal-based water supply projects would be set up at a cost of Rs.1249 crore in Moga, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur districts. On completion, these projects would benefit over 3 (three) lakh households of 1205 villages.

The canal-based water supply project in Moga district was commenced in February 2017, said the Minister, adding that it will be completed at a cost of Rs.230crore by this month. On completion, the project would provide potable water supply to 67000 households of 85 villages of Baghapurana and Nihal Singh Wala blocks in the Moga district.

Similarly, 3 projects, worth of Rs. 376 crore,were started in July 2020 to provide clean water supply to 84000 households of 408 villages in Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib districts. These projects would be completed by December 2022. Three Water Treatment Plants are also being set up at village Mandoli (39 MLD), Pabra (18 MLD) and Nanowal (12 MLD), Ms. Razia Sultana added.

She said that 4 projects were being executed at a cost of Rs.390crore in Amritsar district and the work on the projects is likely to be completed by December 2022. On completion, these projects would benefit 98033 households of 269 villages. Water Treatment Plants would be set up at Chawinda Kalan (21.2 MLD), Kandowali (36.3 MLD, Sagna (10.4 MLD) and GosalAfgana (11.5 MLD).

The Minister informed that the ongoing Rs.130 crore worthproject was started in December 2020 in Tarn Taran district. It would provide clean water supply to 35200 households of 99 villages. It will be completed by December 2022. Under this project a water treatment plant (28.8 MLD) would also set up at the Bhuchar Kalan village of the district.

Similarly, 2 ongoing projects at a cost of Rs.123crore in Gurdaspur district would benefit 25069 households of 142 villages. These projects will be completed by next year. Two water treatment plants are also being set up in Parowal (9 MLD) and Kunjar (14 MLD) villages. All the projects will be maintained by the concerned contractors/companies for next 10 years, the Minister said.

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OVER 8 LAKH VOTERS APPLIED ACROSS PUNJAB DURING SPECIAL SUMMARY REVISION-2021: CEO Dr. Raju

NATIONAL VOTERS DAY TO BE CELEBRATED ACROSS PUNJAB

Chandigarh, January 14: More than 8 lakh voters have filled the forms for registration, deletion or correction in the voter lists across the state. As many as 4.36 lakh new voters are now registered with 1.71 lakh names deleted during special summary revision-2021 in Punjab. Now, the number of voters in the state has increased from 2.6 crore to 2.9 crore.

Disclosing this here today, the Chief Electoral Officer Punjab Dr. S. Karuna Raju, while addressing the online meeting to the representatives of political parties, said that under the final process of special summery revision the final publication of the voter lists would be done on January 15, 2021. The final copy of the voter lists would be handed over to the political parties in the format of CD, he added.

The Chief Electoral Officer apprised the representatives of the political parties that the election year of the state would start from January 15, 2021 for which the voter awareness campaign was to be intensified by the department. He also appealed to the political parties to create awareness at the party level to increase the vote share in the state. He further said that due to election year from August, 2021 to December, 2021 the voter lists would be revised again.

Dr. Raju said that National Voters Day would be celebrated across the state on January 25, 2021 under which various programs are to be conducted. Among others Additional Chief Electoral Officer Mrs. Madhavi Kataria was also present in the meeting.

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SPORTS DEPARTMENT TO HONOUR 1135 SPORTSPERSONS, 90 INTERNATIONAL & NATIONAL PLAYERS WITH RS.1.65 CRORES UNDER FIRST PHASE ON JAN 15

Chandigarh, January 14:-Fulfilling the promise of awarding sportspersons of international and national acclaim, who have excelled during the year 2017-18, the Sports Department has decided to honour 90 players in the first phase. Punjab Sports and Youth Services Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi has recently announced to confer upon cash prizes worth crores to such 1135 sportspersons.

Giving details, Rana Sodhi informed that in order to promote sporting activity in the state and honour cash-prizes deprived players, we are initiating this process as per the new sports policy-2018, which were delayed due to the COVID pandemic.

"Under the first phase of distribution of cash awards, out of total 1135 national and international level sportspersons, 90 players will be accorded with cash prizes. Of which, 36 players have played at international level and 54 players are national medalists. They would be bestowed with total cash amount of Rs.1.65 crores in a award ceremony at Chandigarh on January 15", said the Cabinet Minister, adding the department has enough funds for the distribution of prize money to the beneficiaries.

Rana Sodhi categorically said that the award ceremony would be held strictly complying with the health protocols and the standard operating procedures. He said that further awards function would be conducted in due course, which would be proved beneficial for clinching the medals in Tokyo-2021 Olympics. "Targeting Olympic Podium, we are equipping our players with every sports facility including state of the art stadiums and equipment of world level so that they can compete with their counterpart in an easy way.

The Cabinet Minister said, senior officials of the sports department have been directed that any sportsperson desirous of participating in international level competitions and need financial assistance, could not be left without monetary and logistic support, adding that the department strives to ensure that no talented player is deprived of participating in competitions sans financial support or sports equipments.

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'Udan project' proving to be a boon for the students- mock and final tests in April

Chandigarh, 14 January-The 'Udan Project' launched by the Punjab School Education Department to enhance the general knowledge of the students is proving to be a boon for the children and now the Education Department has come up with a plan for conducting tests in April to assess the general knowledge of the students.

Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the school education department said that the students and their parents are showing great enthusiasm for this project. According to the spokesperson, sheets / slides are being sent daily to the students of class VI to XII to enhance the general knowledge of the children under the 'Udan Project' (word of the day). The department has decided to conduct the first mock test on April 3, 2021 to assess the knowledge of the students. Similarly, the second mock test will be held on April 17 while the final test will be held on April 24, 2021.

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Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab Media Bulletin-COVID-19 14thJanuary 2021 (05:00pm)

1. Details of Samples and Cases:-

1

Total Samples taken

4177959

2

Total Samples collected on the day

19104

3

Total Test Conducted

20646

4

Total No. of patients tested Positive

169950

5

No. of patients discharged

161710

6

Number of active Cases

2767

7

No. of Patients on oxygen support

99

8

Patients who are critical and on ventilator support

09

9

Total Deaths reported

5473

On 14thJanuary2021

1.

Number of New patients on oxygen support

NIL

2.

Number of New patients admitted in ICU

06

(Ludhiana-3, Jalandhar-1, Patiala-2)

3.

Number of New patients put on ventilator support

01

(Amritsar-1)

4.

Number of New patients discharged

253

(Ludhiana-26,Jalandhar-15, Patiala-24,SAS Nagar-50, Amritsar-47, Gurdaspur-3, Bathinda-13, Hoshiarpur- 21,Pathankot-13,Sangrur-3, Kapurthala-10, Faridkot- 6, Mukatsar-1, Fazilka-4, Ropar-8, Barnala-1, Tarn Taran-2, SBS Nagar-3, Mansa-3)

5.

Number of New deaths reported

10

(Barnala-1, Bathinda-1, Gurdaspur-1, Jalandhar-1, Ludhiana-1, SAS Nagar-2, Sangrur-1, SBS Nagar-1, Tarn Taran-1)

Patients reported Positive on 14thJanuary 2021- 214

District

Number of Cases

Source of Infection outside Punjab

Local Cases

Remarks

Ludhiana

22

2 New Cases (Domestic Traveler)

1 Contact of Positive Cases, 8 New Cases (OPD), 8 New Cases (ILI), 1 New Case (SARI), 2 New Cases

----------

Jalandhar

34

----------

----------

Rest Case details are pending as reports received late

Patiala

7

----------

7 New Cases

----------

SAS Nagar

43

----------

3 Contact of Positive Cases, 11 New Cases (ILI), 1 New Case (Pre-operative), 1 New Case

(ANC), 27 New Cases

----------

Amritsar

22

----------

11 Contacts of Positive Cases, 11 New Cases

----------

Gurdaspur

11

----------

1 Contact of Positive Cases, 10 New Cases

----------

Bathinda

10

----------

10 New Cases

----------

Hoshiarpur

1

----------

1 New Case

----------

Ferozepur

3

----------

3 New Case

----------

Pathankot

6

----------

6 New Cases

----------

Sangrur

3

----------

3 New Cases

----------

Kapurthala

11

----------

2 New Case (ILI), 9 New Cases

----------

Faridkot

4

----------

4 New Cases

----------

Muktsar

2

----------

2 New Cases

----------

Fazilka

2

----------

2 New Cases (ILI)

----------

Moga

4

----------

4 New Cases

----------

Ropar

10

----------

10 New Cases

----------

FG Sahib

3

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1 New Case (ILI), 1 Contact of Positive Case, 1 New Case

----------

Barnala

----------

----------

----------

----------

Tarn Taran

6

----------

6 New Cases

----------

SBS Nagar

8

----------

2 Contacts of Positive Case, 6 New Cases

----------

Mansa

2

----------

2 New Cases

----------

*2 New Case Source of Infection out of Punjab

Cumulative Cases:-

S. No.

District

Total Confirmed Cases

Total Active Cases

Total Cured

Deaths

1.

Ludhiana

25203

307

23919

977

2.

Jalandhar

20293

272

19367

654

3.

Patiala

16053

231

15331

491

4.

SAS Nagar

18899

875

17671

353

5.

Amritsar

14785

120

14098

567

6.

Gurdaspur

8066

85

7720

261

7.

Bathinda

9317

127

8978

212

8.

Hoshiarpur

7907

78

7506

323

9.

Ferozepur

4560

22

4393

145

10.

Pathankot

5812

57

5594

161

11.

Sangrur

4406

26

4177

203

12.

Kapurthala

4834

71

4565

198

13.

Faridkot

3946

56

3815

75

14.

Muktsar

3844

30

3717

97

15.

Fazilka

3881

32

3780

69

16.

Moga

2772

26

2651

95

17.

Ropar

3451

110

3174

167

18.

FG Sahib

2541

22

2408

111

19.

Barnala

2301

40

2195

66

20.

Tarn Taran

2124

17

2001

106

21.

SBS Nagar

2508

108

2310

90

22.

Mansa

2447

55

2340

52

Total

169950

2767

161710

5473

*From Gurdaspur 1 repeat case entry deleted

Micro Containment Zones:-

s.no

District

s.no.

Microcontainments

Total population of the area contained

1

Ludhiana

1

609- R, MODEL TOWN, LUDHIANA

369

2

DS-1, OMAXE FLATS, PAKHOWAL ROAD, LUDHIANA

450

3

577- B AGGAR NAGAR, LUDHIANA

425

1244

2

Ropar

1

Manakpur (Area Jyoti Colony)

130

130

GRAND TOTAL

4

1374