Chandigarh, May 21:On the persistent efforts of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, the Government of India (GoI) has agreed to implement Price Support Scheme for procurement of Moong crop in Punjab for Rabi season 2021-22.

According to a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s office Government of India has conveyed the State government through a letter, conveying its approval to implement the Price Support Scheme (PSS) for procurement of 4585 MT of summer Moong in Punjab for Rabi season 2021-22 as per the PSS guidelines, 2018.

The letter further mentioned that the date of procurement will be decided by the State government and the procurement period will remain 90 days from such date.

Pointing out further, the spokesperon said the GoI’s communiqué revealed that the Central nodal agency should verify the availability of scientific storage space according to PSS guidelines before commencement of procurement. ‘The State Government will provide a revolving fund equivalent to at least 15% of procurement cost of sanctioned quantity and ensure that the payment is made directly into the bank accounts of the farmers within three days of procurement’, the letter reads.

Notably, the Punjab government has already decided to provide MSP to the farmers for Moong grown before paddy cultivation and sought support from Centre.

Pertinently, summer Moong is a crop of 65 days with an expected yield of about 5 quintals per acre. It may be recalled that the MSP of unpolished moong is Rs. 7275 per quintal but generally market prices are higher than the aforesaid price. However, India imports a substantial quantity of Moong every year for domestic consumption. In case the state farmers are incentivised this way, the production of Moong can be enhanced manifold in Punjab.

The Punjab government had already requested the Centre to purchase the entire quantity of moong crop to make our country self-reliant in pulses having high protein content.





CHANDIGARH, MAY 21:On the appeal of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to state farmers to save water by adopting patterns of alternative crops in the state, Summer Moong cultivation in Punjab has set a new record this year with sowing of 1.25 lakh acres (50,000 hectares), an increase of around 70,000 acres from the previous season.

The State government has already issued a notification to procure the entire crop on MSP of Rs.7275/- per quintal. As per the notification, the harvesting period of Summer Moong is in the month of June, 2022 and procurement period from June 1, to July 31, 2022.

As per data compiled by State Agriculture Department on the basis of final field reports received from all the districts, it was cultivated over an area of nearly 1.25 lakh acres (50,000 hectares) as compared to 55,000 acres (22,000 hectares) during 2020-21.

Approximately, 56750 acres (22700 hectares) area in 2019-20 and 40750 acres (16300 hectares) in 2018-19 area under this crop across the state.

As per fresh reports of State Agriculture Department, Bathinda district led the state in sowing Moong over 31072 acres (12429 hectares) while last year only 500 hectares under this crop in this district. Followed by Mansa 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares), Moga 12675 acres (5070 hectares), Sri Muktsar Sahib 11975 acres (4790 hectares) and Ludhiana 10,750 acres (4300 hectares)

According to Director Agriculture Gurvinder Singh, this step would supplement farmer’s income by sowing another crop between wheat-paddy cycles.

Pertinently, the Moong cultivators would have to sow paddy 126 variety or basmati in the same field after harvesting Moong as both these crops take far less time for maturity as well as require much less water as compared to other varieties of paddy.


Trials for Sports Wing at State School of Sports Jalandhar to be held on May 25 and 26

District level trials on May 27 & 28

Fully committed to restore pristine glory of Punjab in sports: Meet Hayer

Chandigarh, May 21:The Sports Department would hold trials for admission to various sports wings in the schools in the age groups of U - 14, U - 17 and U - 19 for both boys and girls.

Disclosing this, the Sports Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer said that for the wing at State School of Sports, Jalandhar (Residential) the trials would be held on May 25 and 26, 2022 while the trials in respect of wings at District level (Residential & Day Scholar) would be held on May 27 and 28, 2022.

The players in the U - 14 age group should be born on or after 1.1.2009, U - 17 players should be born on or after 1.1.2006 while the U - 19 category players must be born on or after 01.01.2004.

The Sports Minister added that the Punjab Government is fully committed to restore the pristine glory of the State in the sporting arena and it was in keeping with this goal in mind he had visited various schools and taken feedback from them.





CHANDIGARH/AMRITSAR/JALANDHAR, May 21:In order to ensure peace and communal harmony in the border state, Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab VK Bhawra on Saturday chaired two high-level meetings to review law & order and Crime situation in Amritsar and Jalandhar Commissionerates, Border Range and Jalandhar Range. The DGP was accompanied by ADGP Law and Order Arpit Shukla and IGP Intelligence Jatinder Singh Aulakh.

The first meeting was held at Police lines Amritsar, which was attended by Commissioner of Police (CP) Amritsar Arun Pal Singh, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Border Range Mohinish Chawla and SSPs of Border Range. The second meeting was held in Jalandhar in the presence of Special DGP PAP Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, CP Jalandhar Gurpreet Singh Toor, DIG Jalandhar Range S Boopathi and SSPs of Jalandhar Range.

DGP VK Bhawra, while addressing these meetings, emphasized that action against terrorism, gangsters and drugs should be assigned highest priority and intensified.

He also asked officers to remain extra alert in view of forthcoming Ghallughara week to avert any untoward incident.

While directing CPs/SSPs to maintain public order, he also ordered them to take stern action against those trying to disturb peace and communal harmony in the State.

After the briefing with senior officers, the DGP had expressed satisfaction that Punjab Police has been doing great job on counter terrorism front and various modules have already been busted in the state with the arrest of people involved in this crime.

He also gave clear instructions to officers not to let anyone disturb peace and communal harmony in the State. If any person is found indulging in any violent activity, he should be dealt with firmly as per law of the land.

DGP VK Bhawra also cautioned the people of Punjab to remain alert and immediately report to the police if they find any suspicious thing lying abandoned or unclaimed anywhere, in public places, trains, buses or restaurants etc. “People can inform the Police on 112 or 181 helpline numbers,” he added.


- Information and Public Relations Officers' Association condoles sad demise of Joint Director Krishan Lal Rattu

Chandigarh, May 21:The Information and Public Relations Officers' Association, Punjab on Saturday condoled the untimely demise of Joint Director of the Department Krishan Lal Rattu, who passed away at Max Hospital in Mohali today. He is survived by his wife Maninder Kaur and sons Naveen and Dinesh.

Mr. Rattu was born on January 5, 1964 in Mehatpur, Jalandhar. After completing his primary education at Mehatpur, he did his MA in Punjabi and later did his Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication (MJMC) from Punjabi University. He started his career in journalism in 1989 as a sub-editor at Aj Di Awaz Newspaper and moved to Ajit in 1996. In 1999, he joined the Information and Public Relations Department as an IPRO. He was presently serving as Joint Director in the department.

The Information and Public Relations Officers' Association, while remembering Mr. Rattu's outstanding services extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.



Chandigarh, May 21: The Excise department Punjab and Punjab Police has once again tightened the noose on persons involved in smuggling of liquor. In coordinated efforts of Special Operations Group of Excise Department and District Police Fatehgarh sahib, two gangs involved in illegal smuggling of liquor from neighbouring states of Chandigarh and Haryana were busted.

Giving details, a spokesperson informed that a special drive, under the able guidance of Varun Roojam Excise Commissioner, Punjab and Dr. Ravjot Grewal S.S.P. Fatehgarh sahib, has been launched to check illegal smuggling and distribution of liquor into Punjab State from neighbouring states.

In first case, two days back, a SUV no. HR26BX0241 laden with 115 cases (1380 bottles) of illegally smuggled liquor of Hi-Speed brand meant for sale in Chandigarh only was apprehended near khamano in District Fatehgarh sahib for which the accused could not produce any valid documents. One accused Sukhdev singh S/o Harminder singh R/o Village Koom kalan,Dist Ludhiana was arrested on spot.

The accused have confessed to ferrying smuggled liquor from Chandigarh into Punjab State multiple times and used to supply it to the organized bootlegger network in District Fatehgarh sahib and Ludhiana district. The consignment of liquor has been brought from a vend in Chandigarh and was being transported to Fatehgarh sahib and Ludhiana.

In another case a car no. HR15C0852 was apprehended near Sanghol–Khamano area of Fatehgarh sahib district. The car was found loaded with around 101 cases (1212 bottles) of IMFL of three different brands of liquor of different bottling plants of Chandigarh. The liquor found was meant for sale in Chandigarh only. Two accused Deepak @ Deepu S/o Shamsher Singh and Sunil Singh S/o Nafa singh were arrested on spot. In both cases FIRs has been registered at police station Khamano, District Fatehgarh sahib.

Excise Commissioner, Varun Roojam said that the Excise Department has been following zero tolerance policy as far as smuggling of liquor or any illegal activity relating to Excise is concerned and anybody causing loss to state exchequer would not be spared and strict action would be taken as per law.

He said that entire chain of forward and backward linkages leading to disclosure of the main suppliers and recipient of smuggled liquor is being pursued expeditiously. During the investigation if any liquor contractor is found involved in this racket, strict action under law would be initiated against him.

He further reiterated that the department has stepped up the vigil in all districts of state. Special patrolling and nakabandi is being done at the interstate borders and smuggling prone areas. The department of Excise has already started toll free no. 98759 61126 for receiving complaints from aware citizens.


Milkfed increases milk procurement price by Rs. 20 per kg fat: Harpal Singh Cheema

Chandigarh, May 21:Considering difficulties being faced by milk producers due to continuous increase in purchase price of raw cattle feed ingredients, finished feed rates, fodder & other milk production overhead costs, Milkfed Punjab has decided to increase its milk procurement price being paid to farmers by Rs 20 per kg fat w.e.f. 21.05.2022 which will increase the cow milk rate approximately by Rs. 1 per kg & buffalo milk by Rs. 1.40 per kg milk for farmers.

f milk producers and best quality milk products will be provided to the consumers in the state by Verka. Milkfed has always offered high milk purchase prices to its milk producers, especially during the Covid pandemic when the private buyers not only stopped buying milk but also drastically reduced the milk procurement prices.

He appealed to all the milk producers to strengthen the milk co-operative societies of Verka by pouring maximum milk during the summer period so that Verka gets more milk and profits thus earned are utilized to strengthen the milk co-operative societies & improve the socio-economic position of milk producers by giving them better price

Milkfed Managing Director, Kamaldeep Singh Sangha said that after agriculture, milk production is the main occupation of rural population. Milkfed is already paying higher milk procurement price to its milk producers as compared to other neighboring states. Further, to encourage its milk producers Milkfed is increasing its milk procurement price by Rs 20 per kg fat w.e.f. 21.05.2022. Milkfed has previously also increased its milk procurement price on 01.03.2022, 01.04.2022 & 21.04.2022 by Rs. 20, 20 & 10 per kg fat respectively.

After value addition of milk procured from milk producers, the milk products manufactured are sold in the market about 80% of the revenue thus generated is returned back to the milk producers in the shape of milk procurement price, various input services, subsidies etc.



• Will create industrial friendly environment, syncing education with job opportunities, says Revenue Minister

Chandigarh, May 21:In a bid to stop brain drain, Punjab Government is entirely concentrating on imparting quality education, providing better healthcare facilities and creating more opportunities for the youth in the state so that they won't need to look other countries for education and jobs, said Punjab Revenue, Rehabilitation & Disaster Management and Water Resources Minister Mr. Bram Shanker Jimpa here on Saturday. He was addressing a seminar on "Human Trafficking - Challenges and Cure" organised by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association in association with the Cross Horizon NGO, at Chandigarh Judicial Academy here.

Recalling Malta tragedy and other incidents, the Cabinet Minister expressed grave concern over human trafficking in a garb of sending the youth to their dream land. He said that strict action will be taken against unscrupulous travel agents who are found to be involved in this illegal practice.

He further said that the Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Mann led Punjab Government is committed to create new opportunities so that youngsters don't have to go to foreign countries in pursuit of their dreams. The state will create an industrial friendly environment, besides syncing education with employment opportunities.

"We will establish such a system in the state that the youngsters will look forward to returning to Punjab to contribute to the development of the state," he added.

While seeking suggestions from the audience to stop the exploitation of gullible people, the minister said that he will discuss it at a higher level to address all their problems. He also urged youth, who are planning to settle abroad, and their parents, to always choose a legal method to go abroad.

Doaba is one of the most progressive regions of the state as a lot of families of this region have been settled abroad way back but this region also suffered a lot due to choosing illegal ways to reach foreign countries.

Advocate General of Punjab Dr. Anmol Rattan Sidhu referred to the various steps which are being undertaken by the Punjab Government in an endeavour to keep a check on the problem. He also enlisted the causes which accentuate this problem and possible solutions. People turned up in huge numbers to ponder upon this issue and listen to the dignitaries. The dignitaries gave their detailed insight on the topic and the various instances as to how the problem has also evolved with time.

Joint Director of the Rajya Sabha Dr. Anuj, President of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association Dr. Santokhwinder Singh Grewal, Director of the Educational Multimedia Research Centre Mr. Daljit Ami and Director of Sahaita NGO and emminent eye surgeon Dr. Rajinder Raji also addressed the seminar. The convenors for the seminar were Mr. Anil Kumar Sagar, Advocate, Punjab and Haryana High Court and President of Cross Horizon, along with Mr. Anandeshwar Gautam, Advocate, Supreme Court of India.