SUKHJINDER SINGH RANDHAWA ENCOURAGES COOPERATIVE BANKS TO COMPETE AT PAR WITH PRIVATE BANKS

• COOPERATION MINISTER APPEALS NABARD TO RELEASE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THROUGH COOPERATIVE BANKS
• REVAMPING BANKS BY INTRODUCING GOLD LOAN AND INSURANCE SCHEMES APART FROM NEW RECRUITMENT AND COMPUTERISATION
• PUNJAB STATE COOPERATIVE BANK ORGANISES WORKSHOP ON ‘MICRO FINANCE, NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR COOPERATIVE BANKS’ IN ASSOCIATION WITH NABARD
Chandigarh, March 3:Punjab Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said that to encourage the Cooperative Banks to compete with private banks, their government is going to revamp the Cooperative Banks by introducing new schemes including gold loan and insurance schemes. The minister said that new recruitment will be done to deal with shortages of staff and for starting net banking and other online banking services will also be introduced to include the Cooperative Banks in top banks of the state.
Cooperation Minister Randhawa was here to inaugurate the workshop on ‘Micro Finance, New Buisness Opportunities for Cooperative Banks’ organised by Punjab State Cooperative Bank in association with NABARD.
The minister said that there are as many as 802 branches of cooperative banks in the state and due to the lack of professional approach of cooperative banking sector, these banks are lagging behind private banks besides having reach in the remote areas. He added that to compete with private banks, the cooperative banks will have to change its working for the welfare of the rural people by introducing marketing strategies. He said that strict action will be taken against the culprits of corruption and indiscipline. He also directed the bank officials to act tough against major defaulters.
S. Randhawa thanked NABARD for providing financial assistance of Rs. 750 crore to Punjab State Agriculture Development Bank and also appealed the NABARD to bound the state government to utilise these funds through cooperative banks which would strengthen them. He added that after getting approval from Reserve Bank of India, the District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) will be merged soon in Punjab State Cooperative Banks (PSCBs) which would add strength to these banks and new challenges as well.
Earlier, Chief General Manager of NABARD Rajiv Siwach said that around 100 year old banking institution cooperative banks were dealing with the segment of small and marginal farmers which were neglected by all bankers. He added that these farmers lend from cooperative banks for crops and fertilisers and NABARD will be always there to assist cooperative banks.
Registrar Cooperative Societies Vikas Garg said that the bank has diversified its loans portfolio with micro finance thus enabling the bank to develop new customer base and earn good profit margins. Further, the bank has started earning more fee based income due to tie ups with insurance and stock holding corporations. He also pointed out that another new initiative is the tie up with Stock Holding Corporation of India Ltd for issuance of e-stamp papers through the branches of bank throughout Chandigarh and Punjab.
The MD Punjab State Cooperative Bank Hargunjit Kaur said that the PSCB has been advancing loans to farmers in general for various purposes and retail loans also to urban customers since long. "Besides, bank was also providing micro finance loans to the poorest strata of the society in Punjab by advancing loans to Self Help Groups (SHGs) as per guidelines issued by NABARD which has always supported this model with its generous grants", said the MD adding presently Rs. 4000 is being given to MPCASS/MPCS/Ex-FLC Counselor by NABARD subject to availability of funds and other eligibility conditions in a phased manner as an incentive amount for the formation of Joint Liability Groups as per parameters fixed by NABARD. Recently, the bank has become corporate agent of reputed insurance companies for life insurance, general insurance and health insurance, added the MD.
Meanwhile, the AMD (Banking) JS Sidhu said that in 2018-19 Bank had introduced a new loan scheme i.e. direct Loan to JLGs by DCCBs through MPCASS/MPCS as Business Correspondents. Under the scheme, the financing facility is provided to groups of 4 individuals who come together for the purpose of availing bank loan either singly or through the group mechanism against mutual guarantee. "Every member shall be allowed a loan upto Rs.50000/- on the basis of personal and collective liability of the group, thereby meaning that a group of four members shall get a maximum loan of Rs.2 lakh as per his/her needs and nothing except personal or collective guarantee of the group shall be taken", said the AMD adding till January 31, 2021 the DCCBs in Punjab have advanced approx 2600 JLGs to an amount of Rs.53.24 Crores.
Prominent among others who were present on the occasion included MD PSADB Charandev Singh Mann, GM NABARD Partho Saha, Prof Satish Verma from CRID, AGM Pragati Jagga, Principal SS Brar, all MDs and District Managers of District Cooperative Banks of the state.

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Dr. S. Karuna Raju Chief Electoral officer Punjab gets first dose of vaccination of COVID-19

Dr. S. Karuna Raju Chief Electoral officer Punjab gets first dose of vaccination of COVID-19 at Government District Hospital Mohali Phase 6.

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Punjab Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu gets first dose of vaccination of COVID-19

Punjab Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu gets first dose of vaccination of COVID-19 at Government District Hospital Mohali Phase 6.

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Vigilance nabs Patwari for taking bribe Rs.10,000

Chandigarh, March 3 : State Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a revenue Patwari red handed while accepting bribe of Rs.10,000.
Disclosing this here an official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said Vipin Kumar, Patwari, posted at Goraya in Jalandhar district was nabbed red handed by Vigilance team for accepting bribe of Rs. 10,000 from complainant Charanjeet Singh.
The complainant has approached the VB and alleged that the above said Patwari was demanding Rs. 15,000/- for mutation of his land but the deal was struck at Rs. 10,000.
After verifying his information, a team from Vigilance bureau Jalandhar laid a trap and the accused Patwari was arrested on the spot while accepting bribe of Rs. 10,000 from the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses.
He informed that a case under Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the accused at VB police station Jalandhar and further investigation was under progress.

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Punjab government today extended term of Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board chairman Mr. Raman Bahl for next two years from March 28, 2021.

Chandigarh, March 3:The Punjab government today extended term of Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board chairman Mr. Raman Bahl for next two years from March 28, 2021.

A spokesperson of the Punjab Government said that the notification on Bahl's extension had already been issued by the personnel department.

Bahl, son of former minister late Mr Khushal Bahl, is a lawyer by profession.

He was a member of the senate of the Panjab University, Chandigarh from 2008 to 2012.

He also served as senate member of the Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar from 2004 to 2006, besides being syndicate member of the GNDU for one year.

Bahl has also been on the Board of Directors of the Beant College of Engineering and Technology, Gurdaspur and had also been chairman of the Gurdaspur Education Society to cater the educational needs of the border area.

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School Education Department issues new guidelines for purchasing books for libraries

Chandigarh, March 3:The Punjab School Education Department has issued instructions to constitute committees at school level to procure books for libraries recommended by the expert committee.

According to a spokesperson of the school education department, with the aim of purchasing books for libraries, a high level committee of eminent writers was formed under the leadership of Dr. Atamjit Singh. Based on the recommendations made by this committee, new guidelines have been issued to the schools.

According to the spokesperson, apart from setting up committees at school level and procuring only from the books recommended by the expert committee, instructions have been given to procure more books on history, culture, geography, sociology, folklore or dialects of Punjab. Emphasis has been laid on purchasing color and illustrated books to inculcate the habit of reading in the primary school students and attract them towards books. The schools have been directed to avail discounts on books purchased from government publishers as per their policy, besides to avail 25 per cent on books purchased from National Book Trust and at least 40 per cent from private publishers. At the same time, schools have been asked to buy only new books.

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

03rd March 2021 (05:00 PM)

1. Details of Samples and Cases:-

1

Total Samples taken

5069381

2

Sample collected on the day

27548

3

Test conducted on the day

26645

4

Total No. of patients tested Positive

184310

5

No. of patients discharged

172845

6

Number of active Cases

5593

7

No. of Patients on oxygen support

99

8

Patients who are critical and on ventilator support

14

9

Total Deaths reported

5872

10

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

1095

11

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

91775

12

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

2646

13

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

76672

14

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

1614

15

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

41727

16

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

41

17

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

81

18

COVID-19 Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day (Healthcare + Frontline Workers)

3741

19

COVID-19 Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day (Healthcare + Frontline Workers)

1655

20

Total COVID-19 Vaccinated with 1st dose (Healthcare + Frontline Workers)

168447

21

Total COVID-19 Vaccinated with 2nddose (Healthcare + Frontline Workers)

41808

22

60+ Population and 45+ with co-morbidities Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

2769

23

Total 60+ Population and 45+ with co-morbidities Vaccinated with 1st dose

3838

On 03rd March 2021

1.

Number of New patients on oxygen support

NIL

2.

Number of New patients admitted in ICU

04

(Amritsar-1, Jalandhar-1, SAS Ngar-2)

3.

Number of New patients put on ventilator support

05

(Ludhian-3, Amritsar-2)

4.

Number of New patients discharged

365

(Ludhiana-38, Jalandhar-51,Patiala-12,SAS Nagar-21, Amritsar-51, Gurdaspur-3, Bathinda-4, Hoshiarpur-56, Ferozepur-3, Pathankot-3, Sangrur-10, Kapurthala-10, Fridkot-5, Muktsar-3,

Fazilka-1, Ropar-11, FG Sahib-4,Tarn Taran-7, SBS Nagar-72)

5.

Number of New deaths reported

12

(Hoshiarpur-1, Jalandhar-4, Kapurthala-1, Ludhiana-1, SBS Nagar-5)

Patients reported Positive on 03rd March 2021-778

District

Number of Cases

Source of Infection outside Punjab

Local Cases

Remarks

Ludhiana

72

----------

4 Contact of Positive Case, 7 New Cases (OPD), 43 New Cases (ILI), 2 New Cases (HCW), 2 New Cases (Pre- operative),3 New Cases (Teachers), 4 New Cases (Students),7 New Cases

----------

Jalandhar

96

----------

96 New Cases

----------

Patiala

80

----------

20 Contacts of Positive Cases, 60 New Cases

----------

SAS Nagar

67

----------

1 Contact of Positive Case, 2 New Cases (Pre-operative), 17 New Cases (ILI), 47 New Cases

----------

Amritsar

62

----------

30 Contact of Positive Case, 32 New Cases

----------

Gurdaspur

61

----------

23 Contacts of Positive Case, 2 New Case (ILI), 36 New Cases

----------


Bathinda

14

----------

14 New Cases

----------

Hoshiarpur

19

----------

5 Contact of Positive Case, 4 New Cases (ILI), 10 New Cases

----------

Ferozepur

19

----------

19 New Cases

----------

Pathankot

10

----------

10 New Cases

----------

Sangrur

19

----------

5 New Cases (ILI), 8 Contact of

Positive Case, 2 New Cases (FLW), 4 New Cases

----------

Kapurthala

63

----------

7 Contact of Positive Case, 9 New Cases (ILI), 47 New Cases

----------

Faridkot

13

----------

13 New Cases

----------

Muktsar

3

----------

3 New Cases (OPD)

----------

Fazilka

2

----------

2 New Cases (OPD)

----------

Moga

18

----------

18 New Cases

----------

Ropar

19

----------

19 New Cases

----------

FG Sahib

17

----------

7 Contact of Positive Case, 5 New Cases (OPD), 5 New Cases (ILI)

----------

Barnala

4

----------

4 New Cases

----------

Tarn Taran

11

----------

11 New Cases

----------

SBS Nagar

108

----------

12 Contact of Positive Case, 9 New Cases (ILI), 87 New Cases

----------

Mansa

1

----------

1 New Case

----------

Cumulative Cases: -

S. No.

District

Total Confirmed Cases

Total Active Cases

Total Cured

Deaths

1.

Ludhiana

27367

663

25673

1031

2.

Jalandhar

21895

590

20594

711

3.

Patiala

17339

528

16294

517

4.

SAS Nagar

20490

711

19393

386

5.

Amritsar

15893

514

14779

600

6.

Gurdaspur

8554

200

8067

287

7.

Bathinda

9796

124

9441

231

8.

Hoshiarpur

8910

374

8161

375

9.

Ferozepur

4671

46

4473

152

10.

Pathankot

5945

40

5740

165

11.

Sangrur

4635

110

4316

209

12.

Kapurthala

5823

457

5153

213

13.

Faridkot

4170

47

4040

83

14.

Muktsar

3940

27

3815

98

15.

Fazilka

3951

22

3856

73

16.

Moga

2931

65

2771

95

17.

Ropar

3714

98

3440

176

18.

FG Sahib

2766

70

2583

113

19.

Barnala

2364

27

2270

67

20.

Tarn Taran

2286

91

2083

112

21.

SBS Nagar

4364

774

3467

123

22.

Mansa

2506

15

2436

55

Total

184310

5593

172845

5872

*From Gurdaspur 2 repeat case entries deleted

*From Patiala 4 repeat case entries deleted

Micro Containment Zones:-

s.no

District

s.no.

Micro containments

Total population of the area contained

1

Amritsar

1

Maqbool Road House No. 24 (Basant Avenue)

40

2

Batala Road, Near Dhaliwal Hospital (Kangra Colony)

20

3

Dayanand Nagar (Basant Avenue)

90

150

2

Jalandhar

1

B.S.F. Campus

54

2

Khana Dhesian

94

148

3

Ludhiana

1

AGAR NAGAR, BLOCK- A, LUDHIANA

1920

2

2223 PHASE-1 DUGRI LUDHIANA

476

3

451 PHASE - 1 DUGRI LUDHIANA

436

4

VILL- MANKI, SAMRALA, LUDHIANA

3340

6172

4

SBS nagar

1

saloh

1165


2

Niana Bet

53

3

Moh. Vikas Nagar

63

1281

5

Ferozepur

1

FERO KE BLOCK KASSOANA

180

2

Friend Enclave Zira

25

205

GRAND TOTAL

14

7956