ON CM’s DIRECTIONS, PUNJAB SETS TARGET TO BRING 30 LAKH ACRES OF PADDY UNDER DSR TECHNIQUE

RS. 1500 PER ACRE INCENTIVE FOR FARMERS ADOPTING DSR TECHNOLOGY

DEPUTES 3000 OFFICERS/OFFICIALS TO MOTIVATE THE FARMERS

CM ASKS AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE RATS CONTROL PESTICIDES TO FARMERS FREE OF COST

Chandigarh, May 22:On the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, the State Agriculture department has fixed the target to bring 30 lakh acres (12 lakh hectares) of paddy under Direct Seeding of Rice (DSR) technique during current Kharif Season almost double as compared to last year. The move aimed to conserve the scarce natural resources like underground water and environment through this technology.

According to the spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office, Bhagwant Mann, who also holds the portfolio of Agriculture, directed the department to make concerted efforts to bring around 12 lakh hectares under this innovative technology instead of traditional puddled transplanting of paddy this year as DSR needs far less water for irrigation, improves percolation, reduces dependence on farm labour and improves soil health, thus enhancing yield of both paddy and wheat by 5-10 percent.

To encourage the farmers for sowing paddy through DSR, the State government already decided Rs. 1500 per acre incentive to the farmers for sowing of paddy through this innovative technology. A sum of Rs.450 crore has been earmarked to provide incentive to the farmers for promotion of less water consuming and cost effective DSR technology.

Notably, the farmers from across the state would cultivate paddy including Basmati over an area of 30 lakh hectares (75 lakh acres) during this Kharif season. As per available data, last year 15 lakh acres (6 lakh hectares) cultivated paddy through DSR and this year fixed the target of 30 lakh acres.

To achieve this objective, the state government deputed nearly 3000 officers/officials of various departments including Agriculture, Horticulture, Mandi Board and Water & Soil Conservation to motivate the farmers to adopt this eco-friendly technique. The Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana also provided the one-day special training to the officers of the State Agriculture Department about DSR technology. Apart from this, Village level training camps were also being organized by the Agriculture Department for a cluster of 5-7 villages each.

As per reports that rats damaging direct sown paddy crop in some areas, the Chief Minister directed the Agriculture department to provide rats control pesticides to farmers free of cost. The concerned duty officer of that village will distribute pesticides (Bromodylon / Zinkphosphide) to needy farmers.

=Meanwhile, the Director Agriculture Gurvinder Singh informed that DSR technique helps to save nearly about 15-20 percent water as compared to the conventional puddling (kaddu) method during the life cycle of crops.

Pertinently, the alarming situation arises out of fast depleting ground water mainly due to water guzzling traditional method of paddy transplantation needs bold measures to check this serious trend instantly. Currently the water table is falling at a rate of 86 cm per year leading to a precarious situation, where no underground water will be available across the state in the coming 15-20 years.

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CM LEADS MORE 15,000 CYCLISTS TO GENERATE AWARENESS AGAINST DRUGS

FLAGS OFF MEGA DRUG AWARENESS BICYCLE RALLY AT SANGRUR

ANNOUNCES MAJOR ACTION PLAN TO ERADICATE DRUG MENACE FROM STATE

Sangrur, May 22:Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, on Sunday, led more than 15,000 cyclists, in a massive drug awareness bicycle rally from the grounds of local GGS School.

Addressing the gathering after flagging off the rally, the Chief Minister said that Sangrur is the land of revolutionaries and today the people of Sangrur has once again gathered for a noble cause. He said that the aim of this rally is to create a massive awareness against drug menace and wean away youth, who fell prey to drugs unknowingly, from the menace. Quoting that ‘an idle brain is a devil’s workshop’, Bhagwant Mann said that with more employment opportunities there will be no space for drugs in the society.

“Our social bonding is so strong that any seed could germinate on the land of Punjab but seed of hatred will not germinate here at any cost. And if our health and mind will be fit then we will together put the state on high growth trajectory,” CM said.

The Chief Minister said that in the coming days more such awareness initiatives will be embarked on the larger level to promote physical and mental health besides weaning away youth from menace drugs by creating awareness. Bhagwant Mann said that his government is working on multiple plans to eradicate drugs from the society adding that more rehabilitation centres and clinics will be opened for the better treatment of drug affected patients.

The Chief Minister further said that thrust will also be laid on providing employment opportunities to the youth which would help in keeping them away from drug menace. Expressing concern over depleting water table, he said that both water and air the precious natural resources of the state have been polluted. Bhagwant Mann said that his government will start awareness drive to motivate the farmers for crop diversification. The Chief Minister said that now Government of India has also agreed to implement Price Support Scheme for procurement of moong crop from Punjab Govt for Rabi season 2021-22.

Meanwhile, SSP Sangrur Mandeep Singh Sidhu thanked CM Bhagwant Mann for leading this initiative to motivate the youth against drugs.

Before the commencement of the rally, Punjabi folk singer Harjit Harman enthralled the audience.

On the occasion, Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema, MLA Sangrur Narinder Kaur Bharaj, DC Jitendra Jorwal, IG Patiala Range Mukhwinder Singh Chhina, OSD to CM Rajbir Singh, CM’s sister Manpreet Kaur, Arjuna Awardee Palwinder Singh Cheema and Rajpal Singh, Commonwealth games medalist SP Harwant Kaur, Padam Shree Sunita Rani, DSP Prithvi Singh Chahal, Sukhvir Singh among several other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

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BHAGWANT MANN COMMITTED TO TRANSFORM STATE FARMERS’ DESTINY

  • ASSAILS PREVIOUS GOVERNMENTS’ APATHY FOR PUSHING AGRICULTURE TO BRINK OF ECONOMIC DISASTER
  • KEJRIWAL CONFIDENT OF ROLLING OUT ADVANCED AGRICULTURE MODEL IN PUNJAB SOON UNDER VISIONARY LEADERSHIP OF BHAGWANT MANN
  • RAO EXHORTS FARMERS TO LAUNCH COUNTRYWIDE STRUGGLE TO GET MSP ON ALL CROPS WITH CONSTITUTIONAL GUARANTEE
  • TELANGANA CM GRANTS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OF RS.3 LAKH AND RS. 10 LAKH EACH TO VICTIM FAMILIES OF FARMERS AND MARTYRS OF GALWAN VALLEY RESPECTIVELY AS A TOKEN OF GRATITUDE
  • EXPRESSING SYMPATHIES WITH ALL OF THEM, RAO ASSURES ENTIRE COUNTRY IS SOLIDLY BEHIND THEM

Chandigarh, May 22: With a view to transforming the destiny of state farmers, the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Sunday reiterated his government’s firm commitment to make agriculture an economically viable and profitable profession so as to motivate our youngsters to opt their ancestral occupation with pride and dignity.

Paying glowing tributes to the farmers from Punjab and Haryana who lost their lives during farmers’ agitation and martyrs of Galwan Valley here at Tagore Theatre this evening Bhagwant Mann, in the presence of AAP National Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, said that today’s function organized to honour the families of valiant soldiers and farmers reflects our deep reverence and commitment for the adage ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’.

Notably, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao especially joined his counterparts from Punjab and Delhi to honour the victim families of farmers and the martyrs of Galwan Valley on the occasion to give financial assistance of Rs.3 lakh and Rs.10 lakh each respectively as a humble tribute on the behalf of the people of Telangana.

Taking a dig at the apathetic attitude of previous governments those blatantly ignored the farming sector for their myopic outlook, Bhagwant Mann said that it is really ironical that a farmer who owns the most fertile land with the highest yield as compared to any other part of the country and even across the globe was living in penury and struggling to get two square meals a day. On the contrary, his peers on foreign shores owning a land with least fertility due to harsh climatic conditions are leading an affluent life. He questioned the earlier leaderships which ruled Punjab for several decades together, “Why they could not implement farmer friendly initiatives for the welfare and prosperity of farmers who were virtually pushed in debt trap due to meager income from farming coupled with low yield and high prices of inputs thus making this occupation absolutely non-profitable.”

Bhagwant Mann said his government has taken several path-breaking initiatives like motivating farmers to sow Moong with assurance to procure on MSP, a financial incentive of Rs.1500 per acre for promotion of Direct Seeding of Rice (DSR) technology besides taking up crop diversification in a big way within just two months of taking office. He bemoaned that the previous governments made the farmers from ‘aandatta’ to ‘beggars’ and his government would make all out efforts to restore their earlier status as ‘aandattas’. He said, “The top priority of my government is to make farmers free from whopping debt.”

Paying tributes to the farmers who lost their lives at the Delhi borders during farmers’ agitation against draconian farm laws, Bhagwant Mann said, “We can’t bring back your beloved ones and monetary assistance in world’s any currency won’t compensate this enormous loss.” Remembering all those brave soldiers from Punjab, who laid down their lives while defending the country’s sovereignty and integrity, Bhagwant Mann said that their unparalleled sacrifices cannot be ignored as they defend the borders in harsh weather conditions like combating intense heat wave of 50 degree Celsius in Jaisalmer and -20 to 25 degree temperature during spine chilling cold wave in Kargil, when we are comfortably asleep at our homes.

Paying homage to the martyr soldiers and farmers who lost their lives during farm agitation, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that as Delhi model of School Education, Health Infrastructure, Mohalla Clinics and uninterrupted electricity at affordable rates have now emerged as world acclaimed models of development, for any state or country. Similarly, Kejriwal said undoubtedly Punjab would soon become a frontrunner state to come up with unique agriculture model based on advanced farming practices to boost farmers’ income with a thrust on crop diversification under the visionary leadership of Bhagwant Mann with his background as farmer and he has already made a modest beginning by taking few pro-farmer steps in agriculture sector to propel it in the high growth trajectory. Exuberating confidence, Kejriwal said that this innovative model of agriculture would be replicated by the other states in the country to improve their agrarian economy on the Punjab pattern.

Showing solidarity with the farmers, Kejriwal said that there was a tremendous pressure on his government by the Centre to stall the farmers’ agitation by converting all the stadiums of Delhi in to open jails so as to put them in jails during farmers’ struggle against the black farm laws but since he knew the significance of any mass movement as he was also at the forefront of the ‘Anna Andolan’ and therefore didn’t buckled under Central Government’s pressure.

Speaking on the occasion, while paying homage to the victim farmer families and the next of the kin of Galwan Valley martyrs, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao said that it was a commitment of his government to extend a helping hand towards these families in their hour of grief. Rao lamented that he should have come much earlier for this noble cause but somehow this couldn’t materialized due to the model code of conduct in Punjab during assembly election process.

Exhorting the farmers to resume their agitation for all the demands including MSP on all crops with constitutional guarantee from Centre, Rao said now this struggle should not be only restricted to states of Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh rather all the farmers from other states should proactively come forward for getting their genuine demands accepted from the Centre adding he mentioned that such struggle is the corner stone for ensuring welfare and prosperity of our farmers across the country. He also briefly highlighted the significant initiatives taken by his government for the promotion of crop diversification, free electricity in farm sector and overall development of farmers besides ensuring 24x7 power for all categories of consumers since his state was created in 2014 under his reigns. Rao categorically opposed the Centre’s move to install electricity meters in farm sector saying, “We have already passed a resolution in state assembly that Telangana government will not go for this in the larger interest of farming community”.

On the occasion, Telangana Chief Minister along with Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann handed over cheques worth Rs.3 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh each to 24 farmer families from Punjab and 5 from Haryana besides 4 families of martyrs of Galwan Valley from Punjab were symbolically respectively from the dias. He also assured the bereaved families of farmers and martyrs that the entire country is solidly behind them in this difficult phase. Meanwhile, 543 victim families of farmers from Punjab besides 150 farmer families and 5 martyr families of Galwan valley from Haryana were also given cheques through their nodal officers.

Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Telangana Cabinet Minister V. Prasanth Reddy and Member Parliament Nama Nageshwara Rao, National BKU leader Rakesh Tikait, Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Punjab Chief Secretary Anirudh Tewari, Additional Chief Secretary to CM A. Venu Prasad besides several MLAs who accompanied Telangana CM.

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PEOPLE BID TEARFUL ADIEU TO KRISHNA LAL RATTU ON HIS CREMATION

Chandigarh, May 22-People from all walks of life bid a tearful adieu to Mr Krishna Lal Rattu, Joint Director, Information & Public Relations Department, who passed away yesterday. Rattu's eldest son Naveen Rattu lit his pyre during the cremation held at Cremation Ground, Sector 25 here.

Apart from Rattu's relatives, a large number of his friends, departmental colleagues and officials and employees from the Punjab Civil Secretariat also attended the funeral.

Additional Director Dr. Opinder Singh Lamba laid wreath on the behalf of Secretary Information and Public Relations (IPR) Mr. Malwinder Singh Jaggi, while Joint Director Randeep Singh Ahluwalia laid wreath on the behalf of Director IPR Dr. Sumit Jarangal. IPROs Navdeep Singh Gill and Narinder Pal Singh laid wreath on the behalf of Information & Public Relations Officers' Association.

Officers from DIPR including Deputy Directors Mr. Ishwinder Singh Grewal and Ms. Shikha Nehra, DPROs Mr. Kamaljit Paul and Mr. Preet Kanwal Singh, IPROs Mr. Sarabjit Kanganiwal, Mr. Kultar Mianpuri, Mr. Harmeet Singh Dhillon, Mr. Baljinder Singh, Mr. Amandeep Singh Sandhu, Mr. Suresh Kumar were also present on the occasion.

On this occasion, among others Former Chief Minister's Media Advisor Harcharan Singh Bains, former senior officer of the department Jarnail Singh, Dr. Megha Singh, Surinder Malik, Naginder Singh, retired officers and employees of the department were also present.

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Punjab Jail Department refutes claims of lodging Navjot Sidhu and drugs suspect in same barrack

“No lapse on part of jail administration, protocol being meticulously followed”

Chandigarh, May 22:Punjab Jails Department, on Sunday, refuted all the allegations being labelled against the jails department in the case of Navjot Singh Sidhu. While giving details, an official spokesperson said that there was not any lapse on the part of jail administration and the protocol was being meticulously followed the department.

It is pertinent to mention that some unverified reports were taking rounds that Navjot Singh Sidhu shared his barrack for sometime with Inderjeet Singh, ex-Inspector Punjab Police against whom some cases are registered.

The spokesperson categorically said that those reports were devoid of any truth and are totally false, baseless and defamatory. He said that Inderjeet Singh has been lodged in a separate barrack and he never shared any barack with Mr. Sidhu since his admission in the prison.

He said that Mr. Sidhu is lodged in a barrack where some other inmates have also been lodged, whose antecedents have been thoroughly verified before putting them with him (Sidhu), keeping in view the security concerns.

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Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab

Media Bulletin COVID-19

22nd May 2022 (05:00 PM)

Sr.No.

Description

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

1

Total Samples taken

511442

19500306

2

Total No. of patients tested Positive

1113

760189

3

No. of patients discharged

1072

742322

4

Total Deaths reported

5

17752

5

Sample collected on the day

12423

6

Test conducted on the day

12311

7

Positive cases on the day

10

8

Number of active Cases

115

9

No. of Patients on oxygen support

2

10

Patients at critical care Level-3 facilities

0

11

Patients who are critical and on ventilator support

1

12

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

0

13

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

218603

14

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

0

15

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

1117194

16

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

4

17

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

209929

18

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

15

19

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

1011727

20

Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

132

21

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose

8308537

22

Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

2090

23

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose

7194864

24

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

692

25

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

12536805

26

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

4373

27

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

9729379

28

15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

233

29

Total 15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose

1065235

30

15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

404

31

Total 15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 2nddose

683591

32

12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

383

33

Total 12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose

549184

34

12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 2nddose on the day

419

35

Total 12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose

230275

36

Precautionary dose given on the day

917

37

Total Precautionary dose given

611715

38

Total Vaccination 1st dose on the day

824

39

Total Vaccination 2nd dose on the day

6482

40

Total Vaccination 1st and 2nd dose on the day

7306

On 22nd May 2022

1.

Number of New patients admitted in ICU

Nil

2.

Number of New patients put on ventilator support

1

(Faridkot-1)

3.

Number of New patients discharged

19

(Gurdaspur-3, Jalandhar-1, Kapurthala-1, Ludhiana-2, Pathankot-1, SAS Nagar-11)

4.

Number of New deaths reported

1

(Mansa-1)

Patients reported Positive on 22nd May 2022 - 10

District

Number of Cases

Positivity

Case

Details

Remarks

SAS Nagar

4

1.20%

4 New Cases

332 Samples Tested

Bathinda

2

0.59%

2 New Cases

341 Samples Tested

Ludhiana

2

0.06%

2 New Cases

3277 Samples Tested

Gurdaspur

1

0.40%

1 New Case

250 Samples Tested

Mansa

1

0.40%

1 New Case

251 Samples Tested

Amritsar

0

0.00%

Nil

1131 Samples Tested

Barnala

0

0.00%

Nil

191 Samples Tested

Faridkot

0

0.00%

Nil

199 Samples Tested

Fazilka

0

0.00%

Nil

64 Samples Tested

Ferozepur

0

0.00%

Nil

134 Samples Tested

FG Sahib

0

0.00%

Nil

237 Samples Tested

Hoshiarpur

0

0.00%

Nil

638 Samples Tested

Jalandhar

0

0.00%

Nil

1732 Samples Tested

Kapurthala

0

0.00%

Nil

269 Samples Tested

Malerkotla

0

0.00%

Nil

32 Samples Tested

Moga

0

0.00%

Nil

329 Samples Tested

Muktsar

0

0.00%

Nil

167 Samples Tested

Pathankot

0

0.00%

Nil

205 Samples Tested

Patiala

0

0.00%

Nil

418 Samples Tested

Ropar

0

0.00%

Nil

379 Samples Tested

Sangrur

0

0.00%

Nil

657 Samples Tested

SBS Nagar

0

0.00%

Nil

258 Samples Tested

Tarn Taran

0

0.00%

Nil

820 Samples Tested

On the Day Punjab

10

0.08 %

Cumulative Cases: -

S. No.

District

Total Confirmed Cases

Total Cured

Total Deaths

Total Active Cases

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

1

Ludhiana

149

109926

142

107631

1

2280

15

2

SAS Nagar

287

95978

255

94788

0

1148

42

3

Jalandhar

99

78370

87

76787

0

1578

5

4

Patiala

205

62237

199

60771

0

1458

8

5

Amritsar

63

59458

56

57764

0

1682

12

6

Bathinda

39

50909

34

49812

0

1088

9

7

Hoshiarpur

51

40890

58

39790

0

1096

4

8

Gurdaspur

18

26957

18

26091

1

865

1

9

Pathankot

37

24570

39

24072

0

495

3

10

Fazilka

18

23416

31

22870

0

545

1

11

Muktsar

6

22560

11

22021

0

539

0

12

Kapurthala

31

22066

30

21482

1

583

1

13

Ropar

25

17963

20

17503

0

455

5

14

Ferozepur

14

17913

12

17372

0

537

4

15

Mansa

5

17233

3

16839

1

393

1

16

Faridkot

23

16806

27

16468

0

338

0

17

Sangrur

0

14308

0

13573

0

735

0

18

SBS Nagar

19

13421

24

13012

0

409

0

19

FG Sahib

8

11842

8

11488

0

354

0

20

Moga

5

10993

4

10735

1

255

3

21

Tarn Taran

4

10902

2

10507

0

394

1

22

Barnala

7

7504

12

7155

0

349

0

23

Malerkotla

0

3967

0

3791

0

176

0

Total

1113

760189

1072

742322

5

17752

115

*After reconciliation of data, one case excluded from district Pathankot.