‘POLITICAL TWIST BY FARMERS TO MY APPEAL TO CALL OFF PROTESTS IN PUNJAB IS UNFORTUNATE’: PUNJAB CM

· TERMS CONTINUED STIR IN PUNJAB ‘UNCALLED FOR’ AS FIGHT IS AGAINST BJP & NOT AGAINST HIS GOVT

· SAYS STIR DAMAGING INTERESTS OF STATE & ITS PEOPLE, NOT ADANIS/JIO WHO HAVE MINIMAL PRESENCE IN PUNJAB

Chandigarh, September 14: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said it was unfortunate that the farmers agitating against the black Farm Laws had given a political twist to his remarks instead of understanding the pain and misery caused to the people on account of their protests in the state, which were quite uncalled for, given his government’s continued support to them.

Reacting to Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s criticism of the remarks he had made yesterday on the issue, the Chief Minister lamented that despite his government’s unequivocal support to their cause, the farmers had misinterpreted his appeal and had, instead, tried to link it with the upcoming Assembly polls in Punjab. His government, as well as the people of Punjab, had always stood with the farmers on the issue of the Farm Laws, and it was sad that they were now suffering due to the continued protests of the farming community across the state, he added.

The Chief Minister asserted that there was no question of trying to split the farmers of Punjab and Haryana, all of whom were equal victims of the apathy of the BJP-led governments at the Centre and in the neighbouring state. “My government, in contrast, has not only firmly supported the farmers’ fight against the Farm Laws but had even brought in amendment Bills in the Vidhan Sabha to mitigate their adverse impact,” he pointed out, adding that those Bills had, unfortunately, not been forwarded by the Governor to the President for assent.

Pointing out that the farmers’ fight was against the BJP, which was solely responsible for thrusting the anti-farmer legislations on Punjab and other states, Captain Amarinder said inconveniencing the people of Punjab was not justified in the circumstances. He rejected the Morcha’s claims that there was no paralysis of the government in Punjab due to the farmers’ protests, pointing out that it was not the Adanis or the Ambanis whose interests were being hurt by such protests but the common people of the state, as well as its economy.

The Adanis’ assets in Punjab were a miniscule 0.8% of their total assets, and the presence of the Reliance Group stood at a nominal 0.1%, the Chief Minister observed, adding that the losses caused to these industries due to the farmers’ unrest in the state were too minor to be of any serious concern to them. “It is the people of Punjab who are suffering due to the disruption of services as a result of the protests,” he said.

Continued protests in Punjab will push industry out of the state, which would have a severe impact on the economy, which his government was still trying to revive from the crisis into which the previous SAD-BJP government had pushed it, said the Chief Minister. Already, the situation was becoming serious on the grain storage and procurement front due to the agitation, with lifting of the stocks by the FCI and state agencies getting obstructed, he said. With the wheat stocks having already completed 4 years of storage, the unused capacity was getting ruined, while also resulting in financial burden on the public exchequer due to payment of guaranteed charges to the silo owners as per agreements of hiring, said Captain Amarinder, disclosing that the stocks lying in the FCI Adani silo at Moga alone was worth Rs 480 crore.

All the movement of wheat stocks from FCI Adani silo, Moga and FCI silo, Kotkapura is halted due to the on-going farmers protest against the Farm Laws, whereas, 160855 MT of wheat stocks of previous crop years stored in the Adani silo, Moga by FCI needs to be liquidated on priority, as deterioration of these stocks may lead to losses to the Public exchequer. The value of stocks in Moga Adani silos is approximately Rs 480 crores.

Further, pointed out the Chief Minister, construction of silos awarded by FCI in the state was getting delayed as farmer unions were not allowing JCBs and trucks to enter the construction sites. This was a serious cause of concern since the GoI/FCI had already announced that from RMS 2024-25 onwards, procurement of wheat in the central pool will only be done as per the available covered/scientific storage capacity. What is further likely to damage the state’s interests is reports of silo concessionaires/parties also considering to shut down the projects being set up in Punjab, he added.

“If things continue in this manner, we will lose out on investment, revenue and employment opportunities,” the Chief Minister warned, adding that this would lead to serious paralysis of the government in Punjab.

The farmers could not possibly want to lead Punjab and its people back into the depths of despair from which his government had barely managed to pull them out over the past four and a half years, said Captain Amarinder, once again urging the farmers to discontinue their protests in Punjab, which was not even remotely responsible for their plight.

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Punjab Government decides to raise the level of e-labs, Grant released

Chandigarh, September 14-To provide computer education to the students without any hindrance, the Punjab Government has decided to upgrade the e-labs of the high and senior secondary schools. On the directions of the Education Minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla, department has also released grant in this regard.

According to a spokesperson of the Punjab school education department, during the first stage, face of the e-labs of 2682 high and senior secondary schools will be transformed. An amount of Rs 2,01,15,000 has been released for this. According to the spokesperson this amount would be spent for the maintenance and repair of all the equipments related to the computers installed in the e-labs. The aim is not only to keep the computer education of the students running smoothly but also to provide a good environment in those labs. In a letter, department has directed the District Education Officers (Senior Secondary) to ensure proper utilization of this grant, said spokesperson.

According to the spokesperson under the leadership of School Education Minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla more than 70% schools in the state have been converted into smart schools which has resulted in complete transformation of these schools. Now the state government is taking steps to raise the standard of these schools.

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TRIPT BAJWA DEMANDS SPECIAL FINANCIAL PACKAGE FOR PUNJAB TO ESTABLISH CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR BUFFALOES

BAJWA MEETS UNION MINISTER PURSHOTAM RUPALA
New Delhi/ Chandigarh, September 14:-The Punjab Government sought a special financial package to establish Centre of Excellence for research and breed improvement of Buffaloes to further boost dairy sector in the state. . This demand was raised by Mr. Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Punjab Animal Husbandry Minister during his meeting with Mr. Purshotam Rupala, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying today at Krishi Bhawan here.
Mr. Bajwa informed the Union Minister that the environmental and geographical conditions of Punjab are more suitable and adaptable for buffaloes than other milch animals for setting up of the Centre of Excellence for research and breed improvement of Buffaloes would benefit the dairy farmers manifolds by adding their income, said Bajwa.
Likewise Mr. Tript Bajwa put up demand for 100% subsidy for the state of Punjab under RGM (RASHTRIYA GOKUL MISSION), for Development and conservation of indigenous bovine breeds,Genetic upgradation of bovine population and enhancement of milk production and Productivity of bovines.
Mr. Bajwa demanded 100 percent funding from the central Government under Establishment of Veterinary Hospital and Dispensary (ESVHD-MVU) Scheme to purchase 70 Mobile Veterinary Units for Punjab to provide door to door emergency services to the livestock farmers.
Mr. Bajwa put forward the urgent requirement to allocate funds under GOI scheme to establish A-Grade Semen station at 100 acre Kullemajra Farm of the department in Patiala District.
He demanded funds required for production of sex sorted semen at A - Grade Semen Station Nabha through Mobile Sex Sorting Units for the production of Sex Sorted Semen doses for use in cattle and Buffaloes. This will drastically check numbers of male calves born and control stray cattle menace in years to come.
Mr. Bajwa also appealed to the Union Minister to approve and release the required funds under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY ) for the project to be submitted to GoI for Repair and Renovation of 100 Veterinary Hospitals and 100 Veterinary Dispensaries in Punjab.
Mr. Bajwa strongly demanded from GoI to provide100% financial assistance to the Dairy Farmers of the State for insurance cover up to 20 cattle buffaloes and upto 100 sheep/goats/pigs on unit basis.
Mr. Tript Bajwa informed that the Punjab Goverment has already requested the GoI to include dairy machinery under SMAM (Sub-mission of Agriculture Mechanization) because there were specific machines and technologies which are exclusively used in the dairy sector viz. Silage Making Machine (Balers) Bulk Milk Coolers, Total Mixed Ration Machine, Milking Machines, Milking Parlor, Automatic Milk Dispensing Unit etc., which if provided on subsidized cost can help a lot to promote modern dairy practices in the State.
Mr. Bajwa added that Keeping in view regarding considerations for the importance of livestock contribution in the GDP of the state urged for special 100% GoI scheme for the new construction of veterinary hospitals and veterinary dispensaries in the state.
Mr. Rupala has given consent to most of the proposals put up by Mr. Bajwa. Union Minister also directed the concerned authorities to resolve the other pending issues at the earliest.
Additional Chief Secretary, Animal Husbandry Mr. V.k.Janjua, MD Milkfed Mr. Kamaldeep Singh Sangha, Director Animal Husbandry Dr. H.S Kahlon, Director Dairies Sh. Karnail Singh were also accompanied Mr. Bajwa.
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Markfed products to be available now on 5000 PDS depots of neighbouring Himachal Pradesh

  • Markfed and Himachal Pradesh Government ink MoU
  • Purchasing sugar from Sugarfed also on Himachal Government agenda

Shimla/Chandigarh, September 14:The persistent efforts of the Cooperation Minister S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa to strengthen and expand the base of the Cooperative sector institutions of Punjab today bore fruit when the Markfed and the Himachal Pradesh Government inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The move would pave the way for the sale of varied products of Markfed at 5000 Public Distribution System (PDS) depots of the neighbouring Himachal.

The decision was today arrived at in a meeting held at Shimla regarding making available different products of Markfed and Sugarfed to Himachal Pradesh for PDS. The meeting saw Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies Department, Himachal Pradesh Paul Rasu, Director Lalit Jain, Registrar Cooperative Societies Punjab Vikas Garg, MD Markfed Varun Roojam and General Manager, Oil Mill, Khanna Ravinder Sharma.

It is noteworthy that earlier S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa had personally met the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and offered to supply products of Punjab's cooperative sector institutions to Himachal Pradesh which led to the signing of the MoU.

On the occasion, Vikas Garg said that the MoU would ensure the availability of high quality Markfed products to the people of Himachal Pradesh at their doorsteps. The occasion also saw discussions on exploring the possibility of supplying sugar to Himachal Pradesh. The Food and Civil Supplies Department of the hill state would continue the deliberations regarding the issue in future.

Speaking on the occasion, Varun Roojam said that today is a red letter day when the efforts of Markfed to increase its base have received a further boost. He said that the Markfed products such as SOHNA brand Honey have been validated internationally when it passed the Stringent NMR purity tests conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) last year.

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SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF PUNJAB VIDHAN SABHA ON REPLENISHING GROUND WATER LEVEL SUBMITS REPORT TO SPEAKER

Chandigarh, September 14- Special Committee constituted by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha to suggest ways and means to replenish ground water level in the state today submitted its report to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Rana KP Singh.

The Punjab Vidhan Sabha, while deliberating on the issue of depleting groundwater level had on March 4, 2021 demanded constitution of a special committee during the session. Thereafter, the Speaker had on March 24th, 2021 formed a special committee under the chairmanship of MLA Rana Gurjit Singh with Mr. Harparatap Singh Ajnala, Mr. Gurpratap Singh Wadala, Mr. Hardev Singh Laddi, Dr. Raj Kumar Chabbewal and Mr. Gurmeet Singh Hayer as its members. The Committee was assisted by Principal Secretary Water Resources Department Mr. Sarvjit Singh and his team.

The committee has incorporated the suggestions by experts of the Water Resources department and Israel based Mekorot company. Pertinently, Punjab government is already taking services of Israeli company for the checking the depleting groundwater table and replenishing the ground water.

Chairman of Committee MLA Rana Gurjit Singh along with members Mr. Harparatap Singh Ajnala, Mr. Hardev Singh Laddi and Dr. Raj Kumar Chabbewal submitted the report to Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha. Rana KP Singh said that the report will be sent to the Punjab government through proper channel for further action.

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MOHALI AIR CARGO COMPLEX TO TAKE OFF THIS NOVEMBER: CS

Mega milk processing plant in Bassi Pathana will open by month end, Ten infra projects worth Rs 795-crore completed
CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 14:
The much-awaited cargo complex at international airport in Mohali will be made operational by this November while a mega milk processing plant at Bassi Pathana in Fatehgarh Sahib district will be opened by this month end.
This was disclosed by the Chief Secretary, Ms Vini Mahajan, after chairing a meeting of the Public Investment Management (PIM) committee to review the current status of various ongoing major infrastructure development projects and ensure their early completion in the State, here on Tuesday.
The Chief Secretary was apprised that ten major infrastructure projects worth Rs 795.42-crore have been completed. These include mega milk processing plant in Bassi Pathana, 100-bed hospital in Fazilka, multi storey car parking at Rajindra Hospital in Patiala, Central Sudhar Ghar in Goindwal Sahib, Government Degree Colleges at Roshanwala in Bhawanigarh and at Danewala village in Muktsar, concrete road from Chandigarh-Ludhiana national highway (NH-05) to hi-tech cycle valley at Dhanansu village in Ludhiana, southern bypass in Ludhiana, Rahon-Machhiwara-Samrala-Khanna road and flyover on Ludhiana-Sangrur road at junction of Malerkotla-Khanna stretch (Jarg Chowk) in Malerkotla.
Principal Secretary Civil Aviation, Tejveer Singh, apprised the Chief Secretary that the civil works of integrated common use cargo terminal at international airport in Mohali have been completed and necessary equipment is being procured to make it operational. He assured that the cargo complex will be made operational by November 30. The progress on the cargo complex at Amritsar was also discussed and it was decided that the Punjab Bureau of Investment Promotion would undertake industry sessions for both Cargo complexes.
On the status of the international airport at Halwara, he informed that the construction work of the boundary wall has been completed while interim terminal building and apron construction work will begin shortly.
Principal Secretary Cooperation, K Siva Prasad, informed that the work on Verka mega milk processing plant in Bassi Pathana has been completed at a total cost of 138.22-crore.
Ms Mahajan asked the department to open the plant by September 30 to help the farmers by supplementing their income from dairying.
Sharing the progress of the Kajauli water works project, Principal Secretary Housing and Urban Development, Sarvjit Singh, apprised the Chief Secretary that the construction work of 20 MGD capacity water treatment plant at Sinhpur village was under progress and it will be completed by November 30 following which 6 MGD of water will be made available to the adjoining towns of Kharar and Kurali.
He further informed that the letters of intent under the land pooling scheme for Aerotropolis housing project near international airport in Mohali has already been issued to the landowners against 650 hectares of land. The development works pertaining to drinking water supply, sewerage and central roads will begin shortly.
Besides, the progress of medical colleges in Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Sangrur and Mohali, state cancer centre in Amritsar, Shahpur kandi dam project, relining of Rajasthan and Sirhind feeder canals; and construction of Maharaja Bhupindra Singh Sports University in Patiala was also reviewed at the meeting.
The Chief Secretary also took stock of the status of other major projects being executed by the departments of Higher Education, Industries and Water Supply and Sanitation.
Ms Mahajan directed the concerned administrative secretaries to give high priority and personal attention to sort out the inter-department related issues to complete the ongoing projects within the stipulated time frame.
The Finance department was also asked to ensure the timely release of funds as per the requirement for ensuring the early completion of the major infrastructure development projects in the state.
Additional Chief Secretaries Sanjay Kumar (Tourism and Cultural Affairs), Anurag Agarwal (Power, New and Renewable Energy Sources), Principal Secretaries KAP Sinha (Finance), Vikas Pratap (PWD), Alok Shekhar (Health and Medical Education), DK Tiwari (Jails), Jaspreet Talwar (Water Supply and Sanitation), Hussan Lal (Industries and Commerce), Raj Kamal Chaudhuri (Sports and Youth Services), and Ajoy Kumar Sinha (Local Government) also attended the meeting.

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PUNJAB HIKES MONTHLY ALLOWANCE OF DEFENCE PERSONNEL AWARDEES BY 80 PERCENT IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR ENORMOUS CONTRIBUTION TO THE NATION

Chandigarh, September 14: In recognition of their immense contribution and sacrifices to safeguard the sovereignty of our country from external aggression as well as internal conflicts, the Punjab Government has increased the monthly allowance of Gallantry, Distinguished Service Awardees,their Widows & Widows of posthumous awardees/Next of Kin by 80 percent.

Giving details, a spokesperson of the Defence Services Welfare Department said that out of the total 2044 winners of Gallantry and Distinguished Awards, the allowance for the winners of the Param Vir Chakra has been increased from existing Rs. 23100 to Rs. 41580 . Similarly, the six Ashok Chakra awardees would now get enhanced allowance of Rs. 33264 in place of earlier Rs. 18480 while the 11 Maha Vir Chakra awardees would be now entitled to receive Rs. 31601 instead of Rs. 17556.

Likewise, the monthly allowance of the 24 Kirti Chakra winners has also been increased from Rs 13860 to Rs. 24948. The 127 Vir Chakra awardees would now get Rs. 18295 from Rs. 10164. Similarly, 165 Shaurya Chakra winners would now receive the hiked allowance from Rs. 6480 to Rs. 11664. Further, the Sena/Nao Sena/Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) awardees totalling 662 would now get an increased amount of Rs. 5580 as against Rs. 3100 . The 277 Mentioned in Dispatches M.I.D. (Gallantry) awardees would receive Rs. 2790 instead of Rs. 1550. The two widows of Military Cross awardees would now get Rs. 20790 instead of Rs. 11550 earlier. Also, the three beneficiaries of Military Medal awardees would be given Rs. 9720 in place of the earlier amount of Rs. 5400.

Notably, the three beneficiaries of Indian Distinguished Service Medal (IDSM) awardees would now get Rs. 2790 against the earlier Rs. 1500. The four Sarvottam Yudh Seva Medal awardees would henceforth receive Rs. 1386 instead of Rs. 770. Furthermore, Rs. 1260 would be given to the 98 winners of the Param Vishishta Seva Medal against Rs. 700. The nine awardees decorated with the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal would now receive Rs. 1116 instead of earlier allowance of Rs. 620. Similarly 171 Ati Vishisht Seva Medal awardees would get Rs. 972 instead of Rs. 540. Apart from these, the 47 winners of the Yudh Seva Medal would be given Rs. 846 against Rs. 470 being paid earlier. Also, Rs. 720 as against Rs. 400 would be given to the 84 Sena/Nao Sena/Vayu Sena Medal (Distinguished) awardees.

Further , the 339 awardees of Vishisht Seva Medal would receive Rs 720 instead of Rs. 400 besides the 12 M.I.D. (Distinguished) winners would now be receiving Rs. 558 in place of Rs. 310 being paid earlier.

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AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT SANCTIONS 31970 AGRI-MACHINES FOR PADDY STRAW MANAGEMENT SO FAR

50% TO 80% SUBSIDY BEING PROVIDED TO INDIVIDUAL FARMERS, CHCs, COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES AND PANCHAYATS ON MACHINERY FOR IN-SITU AND EX-SITU CROP RESIDUE MANAGEMENT

CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 14:-Under the Crop Residue Management (CRM) scheme for providing agri-machinery to the farmers before commencing of paddy harvesting season, the Punjab Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare Department has sanctioned 31,970 agri-machinery/equipments for individual farmers, Primary Agriculture Cooperatives Societies (PACS), Panchayats and Customer Hiring Centres (CHCs) so far.

Disclosing this here today, the Director Agriculture Sukhdev Singh Sidhu said that the department has already given approval to 10297 applications till date, received from PACS, Panchayats, CHCs registered under Farmers Societies and individual farmers for purchasing of 31970 agri-machines/equipments to combat the menace of stubble burning. He further said that the department has issued sanctions under five phases for purchasing paddy straw management machines/equipments by which 10023 machines sanctioned for individual farmers 15498 machines for CHCs, 5543 for Panchayats, 906 for PACS on 50% to 80% subsidy thus taking total number approved machines to 31970 till date.

In order to supply the requisite machinery to farmers, Mr. Sidhu said that the department has fully geared up to complete the task of distribution of these implements well before paddy harvesting season. He also humbly requested all the applicants who have received sanctions to procure agri-machines/equipment as soon as possible. He further said that 76,626 paddy straw management machines were given on subsidy to the farmers in the last three years.

The Director further said that Patiala, Sangrur, Barnala, Bathinda, Ferozepur, Sri Muktsar Sahib, Tarn Taran, Moga and Mansa were also identified as hotspot districts, where most of paddy stubble burning cases were reported in the past. He said that the state government was also making all out efforts to deploy a special task force for enforcement and regulatory measures in these districts so as to ensure the prevention of stubble burning incidents in the ensuing paddy harvesting season.

Under CRM scheme, the State government has focused to deliver state-of-the-art machines to farmers including Super SMS, Super Seeder, Happy Seeder, Paddy Straw Chopper/Shredder/Mulcher, Hydraulic Reversible Mould Board Plough and Zero Till Drill for in-situ management and baler and rake in ex-situ machines have been made available on subsidy for the ease of the farmers.

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Vigilance nabs Kanungo for taking bribe Rs.5,000

Chandigarh, September 14: Punjab Vigilance Bureau, today nabbed Kanungo Om Parkash posted at tehsil Nawanshahar, district SBS Nagar red handed accepting bribe of Rs 5,000.

Disclosing this here an official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said accused Kanungo was arrested on the complaint of Gurmukh Singh of village Mahal Khurd, SBS Nagar district. The complainant has informed the VB that the accused Kanungo was demanding bribe to forward enquiry report regarding his Numbardari case. He further informed that he had already paid Rs. 15,000 to the accused Kanungo and now he was demanding Rs. 5,000 more from him.

After verifying his information, a vigilance team laid a trap and the accused Kanungo was arrested on the spot while taking bribe of Rs. 5,000 more 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, Jalandhar and further investigation is under progress.

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SIPR AND CIPR HAND OVER NEW VEHICLES TO PR OFFICERS

MOVE AIMED AT BRINGING MORE EFFICACY IN WORKING OF INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS, DEPARTMENT

Chandigarh, September 14-In order to bring more efficacy in working of Information and Public Relations, department the Secretary of the department Mr. Gurkirat Kirpal Singh and Commissioner Mr. Kamal Kishore Yadav today handed the keys of seven new vehicles to the officers.

Handing over the vehicles to PR officers here at a simple but impressive ceremony, the Secretary said that the move is aimed at further streamlining the functioning of the department. He said that the department had been working tirelessly to boost the image of the government across the nook and corner of the state. Mr. Gurkirat Kirpal Singh said that some of the existing vehicles of the department had completed their term due to which it was the urgent need to replace them.

The Secretary further said that keeping in view the administrative requirement of replacing the old worn out vehicles with the new ones, this decision has been taken. He expressed hope that new vehicles will further help in enhancing the efficiency of the department by ensuring comfortable journey to the officers in the field as well as at the headquarters. Mr. Gurkirat Kirpal Singh said that the government has already made strenuous efforts to equip the department with hi-tech equipments and infra structure to cope up with the emerging challenges.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner called upon the officers of the department to make all out efforts for disseminating the message of pro-people and development oriented policies of the state government amongst the masses. Mr. Yadav said that the officers should further make optimum utilization of media and social media platforms for this purpose. He also congratulated the officers for getting the new vehicles adding that it will help in enhancing their productivity and performance.

On the occasion Special Secretary Information and Public Relations Dr. Senu Duggal and Additional Director Dr. Opinder Singh Lamba were also present.

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2022 VIDHAN SABHA PUNJAB ELECTIONS NUMBER OF POLLING BOOTHS INCREASED TO 24689 IN STATE DUE TO COVID- CEO DR. RAJU

21100 VVPATS ARE BEING TRANSPORTED FROM MADHYA PRADESH TO VARIOUS DISTRICTS OF PUNJAB UNDER TIGHT SECURITY

PUNJAB TO HAVE 45316 BALLOT UNITS , 34942 CONTROL UNITS AND 37576 VVPAT MACHINES FOR ENSUING PUNJAB VIDHANSABHA 2022 POLLS

Chandigarh, September 14:Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Punjab Dr. S. Karuna Raju today said that after rationalization the number of polling booths in the state has been enhanced to 24689 from the existing 23211.

Interacting with the media persons here at his office today, the Chief Electoral Officer said that due to the due COVID pandemic, the limit of voters falling in a polling booth has been reduced from existing 1400 to 1200. He said that this has led to an enhancement in the number of polling booths across the state.

Dr Raju also said that after the rationalization process the number of polling booths has been increased to 24689 from the existing 23211.

The Chief Electoral Officer also said that The Election Commission of India (ECI) has given its concurrence to arrange additional EVMs required for the ensuing Assembly Election in Punjab. He said that 10500 Control Units (CU) and 21100 VVPATs are being transported from different districts of Madhya Pradesh to various districts of Punjab. Dr. Raju said that with the addition of these machines, O/o CEO Punjab will have 45316 Ballot Units (BU), 34942 Controlling Units (CU) and 37576 VVPAT machines.

The Chief Electoral Officer asserted that the EVMs are being transported duly adopting the Standard operating Procedures (SOPs) set by the ECI. Dr Raju said that district wise Nodal Officers are picking up these machines from Madhaya Pradesh in GpS fitted special transport containers under tight security after proper scanning. He said that in10 districts of Punjab namely Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran, Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Sri Mukatsar Sahib, Mansa and Amritsar, the EVM-VVPAT have safely reached the district headquarters adding that in rest of the districts, these machines will be reached within two days.

The Chief Electoral Officer further said that the First Level Checking (FLC) of these machines will be undertaken in the presence of representatives of Recognised National and state political parties in prescribed time as per the stipulated SOP. He said that warehouses have been set up across the state in which multi tier security arrangements have been made along with installation of the CCTV cameras. Dr Raju said that amidst the prevailing pandemic precautions are also being implemented strictly..All efforts are being made to ensure smooth, transparent, peaceful and hassle free elections in the state.

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Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab

Media Bulletin COVID-19

14th September 2021 (05:00 PM)

Details of Samples, Cases and Vaccination:-

1

Total Samples taken

13964504

2

Sample collected on the day

36547

3

Test conducted on the day

29255

4

Total No. of patients tested Positive

601109

5

No. of patients discharged

584326

6

Number of active Cases

319

7

Total Deaths reported

16464

8

No. of Patients on oxygen support

28

9

Patients at critical care Level-3 facilities

9

10

Patients who are critical and on ventilator support

2

11

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

36

12

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

214916

13

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

32

14

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

1149436

15

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

33

16

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

132400

17

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

582

18

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

312148

19

COVID-19 Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

(Healthcare + Frontline Workers)

68

20

COVID-19 Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

(Healthcare + Frontline Workers)

615

21

Total COVID-19 Vaccinated with 1st dose

(Healthcare + Frontline Workers)

1364352

22

Total COVID-19 Vaccinated with 2nd dose

(Healthcare + Frontline Workers)

444548

23

Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

30521

24

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose

5192919

25

Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

14887

26

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose

2229476

27

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

70931

28

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

5936864

29

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

31108

30

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

1411062

31

Total Vaccination 1st dose on the day

101520

32

Total Vaccination 2nd dose on the day

46610

33

Total Vaccination 1st and 2nd dose on the day

148130

On 14th September 2021

1.

Number of New patients admitted in ICU

Nil

2.

Number of New patients put on ventilator support

Nil

3.

Number of New patients discharged

26

(Amritsar-1, Faridkot-1, Ferozepur-1, Gurdaspur-3, Hoshiarpur-2, Jalandhar-2, Ludhiana-2, Moga-1, Pathankot-1, Patiala-1, Ropar-4, Sangrur-4, SAS Nagar-2, SBS Nagar-1)

4.

Number of New deaths reported

1

(Patiala-1)

Patients reported Positive on 14th September 2021- 39

District

Number of Cases

Positivity

Case Details

Remarks

Jalandhar

14

0.61%

14 New Cases

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Amritsar

7

0.32%

7 New Cases

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Pathankot

3

0.60%

3 New Cases

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SAS Nagar

3

0.21%

3 New Cases

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Gurdaspur

2

0.05%

2 New Cases

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Ludhiana

2

0.04%

1 New Case (ILI), 1 New Case (OPD)

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Patiala

2

0.09%

2 New Cases

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Tarn Taran

2

0.23%

2 New Cases

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Faridkot

1

0.19%

1 New Case

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Ferozepur

1

0.29%

1 New Case

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Hoshiarpur

1

0.05%

1 New Case

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Kapurthala

1

0.13%

1 New Case

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Barnala

0

0.00%

Nil

461 Samples Tested

Bathinda

0

0.00%

Nil

717 Samples Tested

Fazilka

0

0.00%

Nil

88 Samples Tested

FG Sahib

0

0.00%

Nil

707 Samples Tested

Mansa

0

0.00%

Nil

477 Samples Tested

Moga

0

0.00%

Nil

344 Samples Tested

Muktsar

0

0.00%

Nil

344 Samples Tested

Ropar

0

0.00%

Nil

593 Samples Tested

Sangrur

0

0.00%

Nil

1350 Samples Tested

SBS Nagar

0

0.00%

Nil

1158 Samples Tested

On the Day Punjab

39

0.13%

Cumulative Cases:-

S. No.

District

Total Confirmed Cases

Total Active Cases

Total Cured

Deaths

1

Ludhiana

87512

30

85383

2099

2

SAS Nagar

68673

42

67570

1061

3

Jalandhar

63276

37

61745

1494

4

Patiala

48857

33

47471

1353

5

Amritsar

47271

17

45664

1590

6

Bathinda

41660

18

40601

1041

7

Hoshiarpur

30747

6

29760

981

8

Gurdaspur

22313

17

21497

799

9

Fazilka

20218

8

19683

527

10

Muktsar

18759

3

18233

523

11

Pathankot

18692

18

18256

418

12

Kapurthala

17822

15

17253

554

13

Sangrur

15730

4

14853

873

14

Mansa

15600

0

15229

371

15

Ferozepur

14305

6

13796

503

16

Faridkot

13885

7

13565

313

17

Ropar

12906

11

12474

421

18

SBS Nagar

11455

5

11063

387

19

FG Sahib

8828

6

8520

302

20

Moga

8645

5

8407

233

21

Tarn Taran

8020

11

7631

378

22

Barnala

5935

20

5672

243

Total

601109

319

584326

16464

* 2 Repeat cases excluded from Jalandhar.

* As per information received from district SBS Nagar, outcomes of 6 cases changed from discharge to deaths.

Micro Containment Zones

S. No

District

S. No

Micro Containments

Population of the area contained

1

Amritsar

1

Nizampur area

2

Ludhiana

1

Vill- Basron, BLOCK- Pakhowal, LUDHIANA

220

2

168-C RAJGURU NAGAR, LUDHIANA

270

3

VILL-MEHERNA, PAKHOWAL

165

Total

4

655

Mucormycosis Status:-

1

On the day New Cases

NIL

2

On the day New Deaths

NIL

3

On the day Cured

NIL

4

Total Cases reported till date

687

4.1 Total cases belonging to Punjab

614

4.2 Total Cases belonging to other States

73

5

Cases Under Treatment

111

5.1 Total cases belonging to Punjab

102

5.2 Total Cases belonging to other States

9

6

Total Cases Cured till date

465

6.1 Total cases belonging to Punjab

411

6.2 Total Cases belonging to other States

54

7

Total Deaths reported till date

52

7.1 Total deaths belonging to Punjab

46

7.2 Total deaths belonging to other States

6

8

LAMA Cases

59

8.1 Total LAMA cases belonging to Punjab

55

8.2 Total LAMA cases belonging to other States

4

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

64

4

15

45

BARNALA

0

0

14

4

6

BATHINDA

0

0

54

4

7

38

FARIDKOT

0

0

15

1

1

11

FATEHGARH SAHIB

0

0

9

1

1

7

FAZILKA

0

0

16

2

1

10

FIROZEPUR

0

0

17

1

2

12

GURDASPUR

0

0

29

3

8

16

HOSHIARPUR

0

0

25

1

5

19

JALANDHAR

0

0

55

6

6

41

KAPURTHALA

0

0

13

2

2

9

LUDHIANA

0

0

112

8

18

70

MANSA

0

0

29

0

2

25

MOGA

0

0

11

0

2

7

PATHANKOT

0

0

6

1

4

PATIALA

0

0

33

2

4

24

RUPNAGAR (Ropar)

0

0

1

0

1

S.A.S Nagar

0

0

13

0

4

9

SANGRUR

0

0

33

1

10

18

Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)

0

0

9

1

5

3

SRI MUKTSAR SAHIB

0

0

37

2

5

23

Tarn Taran

0

0

19

2

4

13

Other States

0

0

73

6

9

54

Grand Total

0

0

687

52

111

465

Details of Cases belonging to other States:-

Row Labels

Number of Patients

Deaths

AMBALA

4

1

BHIWANI

1

BIKANER

1

CENTRAL

1

1

CHANDIGARH

5

DEHRADUN

2

FARIDABAD

1

FATEHABAD

5

GANGANAGAR

1

GAUTAM BUDDHA NAGAR

1

HANUMANGARH

1

HISAR

1

JAIPUR

1

JAMMU

10

JIND

1

KAITHAL

3

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-179
  • Private Institutions- 508