PUNJAB CM ASKS PSPCL TO CANCEL / REVISIT ALL THE ONE-SIDED PPAs SIGNED BY ERSTWHILE SAD-BJP GOVT

·TAKES NOTE OF TSPL FIASCO IN PADDY SEASON & LACK OF CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION ON IPPs TO MEET STATE’S PEAK DEMAND

Chandigarh, July 28: Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to cancel or revisit all the one-sided PPAs with private companies that are not contractually obligated to supply sufficient power to meet the state’s peak demand during the paddy sowing and summer season.

Taking serious note of fiasco relating to Talwandi Sabo Power Limited (TSPL), Mansa – one of the largest private thermal plants in the state, which miserably failed to perform in the current paddy season, the Chief Minister has directed PSPCL to revoke its PPA, which is heavily biased in favour of the company.

He has also asked PSPCL to examine all the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) signed by the erstwhile SAD-BJPP government with the various Independent Power Producers (IPPs), which were established basically to meet the power demands of the State especially during paddy sowing and summer season. He has directed PSPCL to terminate/revisit all the lopsided PPAs that are not beneficial to the state.

The Chief Minister noted that PSPCL had signed 14 PPAs with Thermal/Hydro and 122 Long Term PPAs with Solar/Biomass Plants after 2007, to make the state power surplus with generation capacity of around 13800 MW. However, in this current paddy season, all three units of TSPL failed to generate power for few days during the peak paddy season. One unit of TSPL failed completely to operate from March 2021, and two units remained out of power generation for the last one month, he said. At present, only one unit of TSPL is operational, he said, adding that these factors have caused huge power shortage in the state.

PSPCL has already issued notice to TSPL by imposing the penalty but as the PPAs are one-sided, the penalty imposed will be very meager in comparison to the losses caused by the failure of these thermal plants. Further, as per the provisions of the PPAs, at present, it is not compulsory for the IPPs to supply power during peak summer/paddy period. Hence, taking advantage of the loopholes in PPAs, the IPPs are claiming full fixed charges from PSPCL by supplying power in the off-season when the state requires it the least.

The Chief Minister pointed out that to meet the deficit resulting from the failure of TSPL, with a capacity of 3x660MW (1980MW) to meet the state’s critical power requirement in the ongoing season, PSPCL had to purchase short-term power from the Power Exchange. PSPCL had procured 271 Crore Units of power in the months of June and July by spending Rs.886 Crore.

It was also forced to utilize full power from the Central Sector Generating Stations so that the crops of the farmers could be saved, Captain Amarinder noted, adding that the state was also compelled to enforce power regulatory measures from 1st July to 11th July on Large Supply (LS) industry of to meet the rising demand of the farmers. This, he said, not only resulted in inconvenience to the various consumers of the state but also imposed additional financial burden on the financially crunched PSPCL.

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AS COVID SITUATION IMPROVES, CAPT AMARINDER URGES PM TO REOPEN KARTARPUR CORRIDOR

Chandigarh, July 28: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reopen the Kartarpur Corridor, in view of the improvement in the Covid situation, to facilitate people to visit the historic shrine in Pakistan.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Captain Amarinder said his Government would be happy to work in conjunction with the Government of India to ensure adherence to proper Covid-19 protocols, including testing and vaccination of pilgrims using the Corridor. He hoped for a positive consideration by the Prime Minister in this regard.

The Chief Minister pointed out that the movement of devotees to Kartarpur through the Corridor was suspended in March 2020 due to the Covid outbreak. "The Covid-19 situation in Punjab has shown signs of significant improvement in the past one month and I am happy to share that yesterday, no Covid-19 related death was reported, after almost a period of one year," he wrote. He said that in the changed scenario, the people have obviously again evinced their desire to have darshan at Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.

The Chief Minister further said that “we have been fortunate that the Kartarpur Corridor was opened on the auspicious occasion of the 550th Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in November 2019. "It helped fulfil the long-standing demand of “khulle darshan deedar” of the historic Gurudwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur, located just across the international border in Pakistan,” he added.

=====================================Keep water resources clean and apt management of waste, Razia Sultana on World Nature Conservation Day

Chandigarh, July 28: Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Minister Mrs. Razia Sultana, on Wednesday, appealed to the people to keep water, the precious resource of nature, clean and apt management of waste.

In a message on the occasion of World Nature Conservation Day celebrating globally today, she urged the people of Punjab to take care of the nature, saying that due to human erroneous attitude, not only the environment was getting polluted day by day but also the natural water resources were being contaminated due to lack of proper waste management. And, what is ironic is many animals and plants are falling victim to this polluted atmosphere.

In view of these challenges, Mrs. Sultana said, the Punjab government has launched 'Har Ghar Pani, Har Ghar Safai' campaign to provide clean and pure water to all the rural households and to ensure proper management of household waste. She affirmed that the department would ensure pure and clean water supply to all the rural households of the state by 2022.

Asserting that Punjab was one of the leading states in the country where consistent water supply and efficient management of garbage was being done in the villages, the Cabinet Minister said that the state has obtained the ODF (open defecation free) status in the first phase under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin). The myriad projects are being implemented for the management of liquid and solid waste in the villages and the mission will complement Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) Phase II, which is aimed to promote cleanliness, hygiene through adequate solid and liquid waste management and thus achieving ODF Plus status for villages by 2024-25.

Mrs. Razia Sultana said that conservation of nature and proper use of natural resources could not be ensured without the cooperation of the people. Therefore, let us all pledge on this World Nature Conservation Day to work jointly for maintaining a healthy environment for the long life of our mother earth.

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Forest Department to implement Sericulture Project in Punjab: Dharmsot

Chandigarh, July 28: To tap into ever growing demand of silk fabric, Punjab Forest Department has prepared a Project on Livelihood Improvement on Sericulture Farmer in Dhar Block of Pathankot district of Punjab by utilization of vacant forest land in kandi areas under Silk Samagra.

Disclosing this, the Forests Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot said that the 3.6 crores project a boon for the farmers of the region and would give major impetus to the sericulture development across the state.

This project is approved by Central Silk Board, Bangluru Ministry of Textile, Government of India on 26th july, 2021, and under this pilot project five villages i.e. Durang khad , Phangtoli , Bhadan , Samanu/Junghath and Bhabhar of Dhar Block of Pathankot District have been selected where 37500 saplings of mulberry will be planted.

It is pertinent to mention here that there is poor availability of mulberry leaves which was a major hindrance in the Sericulture Development in Punjab. The Forest Department has selected 116 beneficiaries among these villages.

These beneficiaries will be provided community rearing houses , rearing appliances training etc. by Forest Department in collaboration with Central Silk Board and Department of Horticulture Punjab.

Shri V.B Kumar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Punjab said that this is an innovative project and expected to give new boost to sericulture development not only in Punjab but other region of North West India where vast vacant forest areas can be integrated with sericulture activities without disturbing the forest activities but generating scope of additional income from the forest land to the landless and marginal farmers to increase their income.

This will create livelihood opportunity through concept of agro- forestry by integration sericulture activities in vacant forest land through Village Forest Committee(s) & Self Help Groups in the Kandi areas especially in Dhar Block of Pathankot Forest Division. Earlier there was a gap in marketing of Silk cocoon. Now the department will be introducing digital technologies like mobile application to link the entire silk industry supply chain, helping sericulture farmers get better prices for their produce to ensuring quality of cocoons said Sanjeev Tiwari Conservator of Forests.

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Finance Department employees planted fructiferous & floriferous saplings, vow to plant and protect more

Chandigarh, July 28: Observing the World Nature Conservation Day, the officers and officials of the Punjab Finance Department in association with Chandigarh Administration planted fructiferous and floriferous saplings.

Divulging this, the official spokesperson said that during the ongoing Van Mahautsav-2021 and on the occasion of World Nature Conservation Day, a large number of saplings were planted in and around the Vitt Te Yojana Bhawan Punjab, Sector 33.

On this occasion, the need of planting large number of saplings to balance the environmental degradation and protect our mother earth was emphasized. Realizing their responsibility, the employees and officials of the finance department took a pledge to plant more and more saplings and take care of them. Deputy Director (Investigation/Audit) Satinder Singh Chouhan, Section Officers Jasbir Thakur and Karamjit Singh and Auditor Gopal Goyal contributed a lot to make this event a success.

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Punjab to eliminate Hepatitis C by 2030: Balbir Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, July 28: With an aim to eliminate Hepatitis C by 2030 from the State, Health Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu on Wednesday announced to extend the treatment of Hepatitis to 41 SDHs and 6ESI hospitals from Aug 2021. The total treatment centres will be 114 in 23 districts so that patients could get services for Hepatitis C near to their homes.

Disclosing this on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day, Mr. Sidhu said that even during pandemic the Punjab Government has put appx 18,000 patients on treatment of HCV from Jan 2020 to July 2021. However, the programme also expanded its services for inmates in 9 central jails so that all these high-risk cases don’t have to go pillar to post for treatment of Hepatitis C.

Minister divulged that Punjab Government has also chalked out a plan to conduct the free of cost screening of all pregnant women for Hepatitis B and C. He said that Rapid Test Kits for the same are being procured by the Punjab Government and all positive pregnant females will be connected to the free of cost treatment at the nearest treatment site for speedy recovery which will further provide health security to their newborn children as well.

Mr. Sidhu highlighted that during ongoing pandemic of Covid-19 in the State, the services for testing and treatment were not stopped and Department of Health increased the treatment centres from 25 to 67 in order to ensure the treatment of Hepatitis C is available to the patients. The treatment of Hepatitis C was initiated at 17 ART centres for HIV + cases and 14 OST centres for management of HCV among IVDU (Intravenous Drug Users). He said that in order to provide quality health care services, Punjab Government also launched free viral load test for Hepatitis B on 22nd June 2021.

In 5 years the State has screened 2 lakh persons for Hepatitis C across the State and out of these appx 97,000 patients have been put on free treatment of Hepatitis C so far he said adding that the cure rate of the treated cases is appx 93% in the State.

Health Minister also launched posters for prevention of Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B and a booklet on 5-year journey of the Punjab in management of Hepatitis C on the occasion.

It was further announced that the patients of Punjab being referred to PGIMER Chandigarh for management of complicated cases of Hepatitis B and C from the State and they will be provided free treatment of Hepatitis B and C. The drugs for management of Hepatitis B and C in PGI will be provided by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Punjab.

The event of World Hepatitis Day was also attended by PSHFW Mr Alok Shekhar, Prof and Head Hepatology PGIMER Chandigarh Dr Virendra Singh, Director Health & Family Welfare and Dr Gurinder Bir Singh, State Programme Officer NVHCP Dr Gagandeep Singh Grover.

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Pathbreaking initiatives under Industrial & Business Development Policy-2017 have ensured congenial atmosphere for industry promotion: Sunder Sham Arora

Says 91,000 Crores worth investment already on the ground in last four years

Chandigarh, July 28: Pathbreaking initiatives undertaken by Captain Amarinder Singh government through Industrial & Business Development Policy-2017 have ensured congenial atmosphere for industry promotion, Industries Minister Sunder Sham Arora stated here today.

Punjab has already got 91,000 crore worth investment operational on the ground, Arora said pointing out that measures like ease of doing business, auto-renewals, besides combined inspections, and online land allotment have facilitated industrial progress in the state.

Pertinently, the requirement of renewal of registration under the Punjab Shops and Commercial Establishments Act, 1958 has been eliminated in the State, while Auto-renewal has been mandated for Registration under The Factories Act 1948, the License for Contractors under provision of and The Contracts Labour (R&A) Act, 1970 and Registration of Contractors under The Inter-State Migrant Workmen (RE&CS) Act, 1979, the Minister said.

Auto retention is provided for Drug Manufacturing/Selling/Storage License, while Combined Inspections have been implemented through a computerized Central Inspection System (www.pbinspections.gov.in) for random compliance inspections under the suggested Acts pertaining to Departments of Labour and Legal Metrology, Directorate of Boilers and Punjab Pollution Control Board, the Minister added.

Government of Punjab has also implemented a computerized system for allocation of the land parcels through E-Auction in the state of Punjab. Online system helps investors in receiving allotment letter in an efficient manner.

================================Stupendous feat of Hockey India team raising hope of medal after 1980 Moscow Olympics, avers Rana Sodhi

Inaugurates selfie points across the state besides launching LED Screen for live streaming of the Olympics at Sports Stadium Mohali

Chandigarh, July 28: Gauging the stupendous accomplishment of the Hockey India team, especially Punjabi players, participating in Tokyo 2020 Olympics, I am very much sure that we are going to secure a medal in Hockey after Moscow Olympics 1980, asserted Punjab Sports and Youth Services Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, on Wednesday, after inaugurating Selfie points across the state besides launching LED Screen for live streaming of the Olympics till the event underway at Sports Stadium Mohali.
Asserting that our preparation for Tokyo Olympics was at par with global standards, Rana Sodhi expressed confidence that the state's players of all sports events will win at least three to four medals as Punjab has sent the second largest contingent in the country. "We Know that our players have had sleepless nights and practiced tremendously hard and will be doing their level best at the Olympics", said the minister, adding that being responsible citizens we should try to repay our Olympic players by cheering them up. Therefore, the sports department is serving the same by constructing a Selfie point at Sector 78, Sports Complex", he added.
The Cabinet Minister said that this is a great opportunity for the fans of all the Olympic players to express their love and gratitude towards them. This Selfie point has an LED Screen on which various live events of the Olympics 2020 will be casted. He urged the people of Mohali to visit this selfie point and encourage our Olympic players.
Rana Sodhi reiterated that gold winners at the Olympics would get Rs.2.25 crore as prize money, Silver winners Rs.1.5 crore, while those bagging Bronze would be richer by Rs.1 crore along with decorated government jobs.
He informed that with the launch of Mobile Application called "Khedo Punjab", designed under the guidance of Principal Secretary Sports Mr. Raj Kamal Choudhary and Director Sports Mr. D.P.S. Kharbanda, the sports persons and the budding players of the state will be in a position to register online and can choose any game of their interest besides identifying their International/National/State goals, which will finally help in building competitive enthusiasm.
Mr. D.P.S. Kharbanda Director Sports, Mr. Kartar Singh Joint Director Sports, Mr. Sanjay Mahajan XEN Sports, Mrs. Gurdeep Kaur DSO Mohali and budding players of the region were present on this occasion.

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Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab

Media Bulletin COVID-19

28th July 2021 (05:00 PM)

Details of Samples, Cases and Vaccination:-

1

Total Samples taken

*12019354

2

Sample collected on the day

41294

3

Test conducted on the day

40844

4

Total No. of patients tested Positive

598947

5

No. of patients discharged

582102

6

Number of active Cases

559

7

Total Deaths reported

16286

8

No. of Patients on oxygen support

65

9

Patients at critical care Level-3 facilities

21

10

Patients who are critical and on ventilator support

11

11

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

6

12

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

213406

13

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

233

14

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

1144545

15

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

23

16

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

129235

17

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

656

18

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

283082

19

COVID-19 Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

(Healthcare + Frontline Workers)

239

20

COVID-19 Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

(Healthcare + Frontline Workers)

679

21

Total COVID-19 Vaccinated with 1st dose

(Healthcare + Frontline Workers)

1357951

22

Total COVID-19 Vaccinated with 2nd dose

(Healthcare + Frontline Workers)

412317

23

Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

12724

24

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose

3727946

25

Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

29831

26

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose

1164661

27

18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

33472

28

Total 18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose

2567219

29

18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

14245

30

Total 18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose

214283

31

Total Vaccination 1st dose on the day

46435

32

Total Vaccination 2nd dose on the day

44755

33

Total Vaccination 1st and 2nd dose on the day

91190

*5 samples added after reconciliation of data.

On 28th July 2021

1.

Number of New patients admitted in ICU

Nil

2.

Number of New patients put on ventilator support

1

(Ludhiana-1)

3.

Number of New patients discharged

84

(Amritsar-6, Bathinda-6, Faridkot-10, Fazilka-9, Ferozepur-11, Gurdaspur-4, Hoshiarpur-9, Jalandhar-4, Kapurthala-3, Ludhiana-9, Mansa-2, Muktsar Sahib-6, Patiala-1, Ropar-1, Sangrur-1, SAS Nagar-2)

4.

Number of New deaths reported

Nil

Patients reported Positive on 28th July 2021- 65

District

Number of Cases

Positivity

Case Details

Remarks

Ludhiana

11

0.13%

1 New Case (ILI), 4 New Cases (OPD), 6 new Cases

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Ferozepur

7

0.99%

7 New Cases

----------

Amritsar

6

0.17%

6 New Cases

----------

Fazilka

5

0.81%

2 New Cases (ILI), 3 New Cases (OPD)

----------

Jalandhar

5

0.10%

5 New Cases

----------

SAS Nagar

5

0.47%

5 New Cases

----------

Pathankot

4

0.39%

4 New Cases

----------

Bathinda

3

0.28%

1 New Case (ILI), 2 New Cases

----------

Faridkot

3

0.32%

3 New Cases

----------

Gurdaspur

3

0.11%

3 New Cases

----------

Muktsar

3

0.12%

3 New Cases

----------

Patiala

3

0.15%

3 New Cases

----------

FG Sahib

2

0.20%

2 New Cases

----------

SBS Nagar

2

0.18%

2 New Cases

----------

Tarn Taran

2

0.20%

2 New Cases

----------

Sangrur

1

0.04%

1 New Case (ILI)

----------

Barnala

0

0.00%

Nil

321 Samples Tested

Hoshiarpur

0

0.00%

Nil

2156 Samples Tested

Kapurthala

0

0.00%

Nil

1354 Samples Tested

Mansa

0

0.00%

Nil

653 Samples Tested

Moga

0

0.00%

Nil

435 Samples Tested

Ropar

0

0.00%

Nil

684 Samples Tested

On the Day Punjab

65

0.16%

Cumulative Cases: -

S. No.

District

Total Confirmed Cases

Total Active Cases

Total Cured

Deaths

1

Ludhiana

87284

54

85137

2093

2

SAS Nagar

68446

43

67346

1057

3

Jalandhar

63077

64

61523

1490

4

Patiala

48692

32

47322

1338

5

Amritsar

47052

42

45426

1584

6

Bathinda

41499

49

40411

1039

7

Hoshiarpur

30637

26

29636

975

8

Gurdaspur

22224

20

21407

797

9

Fazilka

20142

34

19583

525

10

Muktsar

18719

23

18173

523

11

Pathankot

18580

23

18144

413

12

Kapurthala

17734

20

17162

552

13

Sangrur

15676

15

14793

868

14

Mansa

15566

2

15262

302

15

Ferozepur

14225

43

13688

494

16

Faridkot

13824

22

13491

311

17

Ropar

12870

4

12449

417

18

SBS Nagar

11425

2

11049

374

19

FG Sahib

8784

8

8489

287

20

Moga

8616

5

8378

233

21

Tarn Taran

7972

8

7591

373

22

Barnala

5903

20

5642

241

Total

598947

559

582102

16286

*Repeat cases excluded (FG Sahib-2, Moga-2, SBS Nagar-1).

*After reconciliation of data, death cases added (Ferozepur-2, FG Sahib-2, SBS Nagar-1).

Containment Zones

S.no

District

S.No.

Containments

Total population of the area contained

1

Ferozepur

1

Village Saido ke guruharsahai

140

2

Patiala

1

Village Icchewal block bhadson

128

Punjab total

2

268

Micro Containment Zones

S. No

District

S. No

Micro Containments

Population of the area contained

1

Fazilka

1

Jhottia wali

92

2

Mansa

1

Samao

24

Grand Total

2

116

Mucormycosis Status:-

1

On the day New Cases

01

2

On the day New Deaths

NIL

3

On the day Cured

14

4

Total Cases reported till date

668

3.1 Total cases belonging to Punjab

595

3.2 Total Cases belonging to other States

73

5

Cases Under Treatment

313

4.1 Total cases belonging to Punjab

279

4.2 Total Cases belonging to other States

34

6

Total Cases Cured till date

225

5.1 Total cases belonging to Punjab

202

5.2 Total Cases belonging to other States

23

7

Total Deaths reported till date

51

6.1 Total deaths belonging to Punjab

45

6.2 Total deaths belonging to other States

6

8

LAMA Cases

79

7.1 Total LAMA cases belonging to Punjab

69

7.2 Total LAMA cases belonging to other States

10

Name of District

No. of cases reported on the day

No. of deaths reported on the day

Total cases reported till date

Total deaths reported till date

Total Cases Under Treatment

Total cases cured till date

AMRITSAR

0

0

60

4

36

15

BARNALA

0

0

14

4

4

2

BATHINDA

1

0

54

5

15

30

FARIDKOT

0

0

13

1

4

5

FATEHGARH SAHIB

0

0

9

1

4

4

FAZILKA

0

0

16

1

2

8

FIROZEPUR

0

0

17

1

7

7

GURDASPUR

0

0

30

3

16

8

HOSHIARPUR

0

0

25

1

19

4

JALANDHAR

0

0

54

6

33

13

KAPURTHALA

0

0

12

2

5

5

LUDHIANA

0

0

109

8

36

46

MANSA

0

0

27

0

9

14

MOGA

0

0

11

0

7

1

PATHANKOT

0

0

5

1

3

1

PATIALA

0

0

32

2

18

7

RUPNAGAR (Ropar)

0

0

2

0

2

S.A.S Nagar

0

0

13

0

9

4

SANGRUR

0

0

30

1

15

12

Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)

0

0

9

1

8

SRI MUKTSAR SAHIB

0

0

34

2

14

11

Tarn Taran

0

0

19

1

13

5

Other States

0

0

73

6

34

23

Grand Total

1

0

668

51

313

225

Details of Cases belonging to other States:-

Row Labels

Count of Patient Name

Deaths

AMBALA

4

1

BHIWANI

1

BIKANER

1

CENTRAL

1

1

CHANDIGARH

6

DEHRADUN

3

FATEHABAD

5

GANGANAGAR

1

GAUTAM BUDDHA NAGAR

1

HANUMANGARH

1

HISAR

1

JAIPUR

1

JAMMU

9

KAITHAL

4

KARNAL

4

KATHUA

3

KURUKSHETRA

2

MANDI

1

MEERUT

1

NANDED

1

NEW DELHI

2

1

PANCHKULA

1

SAHARANPUR

2

SHAHJAHANPUR

2

SIRMAUR

1

SIRSA

12

2

SONIPAT

1

1

WEST

1

Grand Total

73

6

Patients in Government & Private Institutions:-

  • Government Institutions-171
  • Private Institutions- 497