MAJOR REPRIEVE TO FARMERS AS CM SLASHES LOAD ENHANCEMENT FEE ON TUBEWELLS FROM EXISTING RS 4750 TO RS 2500

OUR SOLE MOTIVE IS TO MAKE AGRICULTURE A PROFITABLE VENTURE: BHAGWANT MANN

Chandigarh, June 9-Reiterating commitment to make agriculture a profitable venture, the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Thursday announced to slash fees for load enhancement on tubewells from existing Rs 4750 to Rs 2500.

“This is a humble gift to food growers of our state by their own government” said the Chief Minister in a statement.

The Chief Minister said that Punjab was predominately agrarian economy with large section of its population dependent on farming. However, he bemoaned that today a farmer don’t wants his son to do agriculture because of diminishing returns. Bhagwant Mann said that this trend needs to be reversed for which input cost of the farmers have to be decreased so that farming becomes a profitable venture.

The Chief Minister said that farmers faced lot of difficulty in paying the load enhancement fees on tube wells due to which they have slashed it by nearly 50%. He expressed hope that it will give much needed succour to the hard working and resilient farmers of the state who have made the country self reliant in food production by contributing immensely in national food kitty. Bhagwant Mann said that more such steps will be taken to make agriculture a profitable venture.

The Chief Minister said that his government has already introduced Minimum support price (MSP) for Moongi. Likewise he said that Direct Sowing of paddy campaign has also got affirmative response from farmers. Bhagwant Mann said that these decisions will help in supplementing income of farmers on one hand and enhancing the soil health and saving precious water of state on the other.

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CM DIRECTS PPCB TO PULL UP SOCKS FOR MAKING PUNJAB POLLUTION FREE

• DIRECTS TO LAUNCH SPECIAL DRIVE FOR IMPLEMENTING ZIGZAG TECHNOLOGY IN BRICK KILNS

• REITERATES ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY AGAINST CORRUPTION

Chandigarh, June 9:Reiterating firm commitment of his government for making Punjab clean, green and pollution free, the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann today directed Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to pull up their socks for making Punjab a pollution free state.

Chairing a review meeting here at his residence on Thursday, the Chief Minister said that PPCB is duty bound to ensure that Punjab becomes a pollution free state by taking every possible step. He said that no laxity in this noble cause can be tolerated and PPCB should set its wheels in motion for ensuring that pollution whether of land, water or air is minimised. Bhagwant Mann said that this is the need of hour to save Punjab for our coming generations and no stone should be left unturned for it.

Dwelling on another issue, the Chief Minister asked the PPCB to immediately launch a major drive for installing pollution free zigzag technology in Brick kilns across the state. He said that the brick kiln owners should be encouraged to equip themselves with the new technology for zero emission of pollution. Bhagwant Mann categorically said that erring units must be dealt with sternly and severest of severe action should be taken against them.

The Chief Minister said that his government is firmly committed for providing corruption free and transparent administration to people. He said that any sort dereliction in this cause is unwarranted and undesirable. Bhagwant Mann said that in consonance of this PPCB must be made corruption free for providing best services to people.

The Chief Minister also asked the PPCB authorities to tie up with the industrial giants and persuade them to adopt pollution free technology for checking the emission from their units. He said that the prime focus should be to make industrial units a partner in drive against pollution. Bhagwant Mann assured PPCB fulsome support and cooperation for their drive against pollution.

Among other dignitaries who were present during the meeting included ACS to CM A. Venu Prasad, Chairman PPCB Prof. Dr. Adarsh Pal Vig and Member Secretary PPCB Er. Karunesh Garg.

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Hockey, Volleyball and Table Tennis trials for All India Civil Services Tournament on June 13th and 14th

Chandigarh, June 9:The dates for Hockey, Volleyball and Table Tennis trials for the All India Civil Services Tournament to be organized by the Central Civil Services Cultural and Sports Board have been announced.

Disclosing this, the Director, Sports Department Rajesh Dhiman said that the Hockey competition of the All India Civil Services Tournament would be held at Bhopal from June 21 to 30, 2022. The trials for selecting Men's and Women's teams would be held at Olympian Balbir Singh International Hockey stadium in Sector - 63, Mohali on June 13 at 10 AM.

Similarly, the Table Tennis (Men and Women) events are scheduled from June 24 to 28 in Agra and the trials for selecting Punjab teams would be held at Polo grounds on June 14 at 10 AM. The Volleyball matches would take place from June 24 to 28 at New Delhi and the trials for choosing Punjab teams would be held at polo grounds on June 14 at 10 AM.

Divulging more, Mr. Dhiman said that in the trials the Government employees (Regular) of various departments can take part after taking NOC except the employees of the Defence Services/Para Military/Central Police Forces/Police/RPF/CISF/BSF/ITBP/NCC/those governed by conditionalities.

The players would themselves bear the expenses to be incurred on travelling, boarding and lodging and food in the tournament.

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Result oriented New Excise policy to give death knell to liquor mafia in state: says Excise Commissioner

Interstate smuggling of liquor to be curbed

Chandigarh, June 9-Excise Commissioner Varun Roojam today said that the result oriented new Excise policy will give death knell to liquor mafia in the state besides checking smuggling of liquor from neighbouring states.

The Excise Commissioner said that groups have been drastically reduced for optimum realization of the Revenue and to get the benefit of economy of scale. He said that during meetings with the licensees before formation of the Excise Policy, it was the demand of existing retail licensees that the size of group should be larger than the existing size (07-08 crore) and should be in the range of 30 Crore. He further said that this will minimise inter-group rivalry, which is rampant generally when the size of the group is small, adding that it will also help in weeding out unscrupulous elements from liquor trade and bring efficiency in liquor trade.

The Excise Commissioner further said that in new Excise Policy, the number of vends throughout the State has been kept same and therefore, even if, the number of groups have decreased, the employment opportunities remain the same in retail sector. He said that this policy envisages creation of new employment opportunities for the people of Punjab from liquor related manufacturing sector. Varun Roojam said that the license for setting up distilleries, bottling plants and breweries have been re-opened and the policy has also allowed setting up of Malt manufacturing units in Punjab with emphasis on setting up of new Ethanol Plants, all of which will open new vistas of employment for youth.

The Excise Commissioner said that Reduction in prices will not cause significant increase in consumption but consumer will get product at competitive rates. He said that Punjab has been suffering because of smuggling from neighbouring states and the reduction in prices of liquor will effectively curb the interstate liquor smuggling activities. Thus, Varun Roojam said that the end consumer will be the final beneficiary.

The Excise Commissioner further said that the new policy also envisages effective Excise Enforcement activities at circle and district level by the officers of the Excise Department in coordination with District Police. He said that the Excise Department has already coordinated with Punjab Police at State level and resultantly Narcotics and Excise Cells in all district Police Headquarters have been created to have dedicated Police Force for Excise related Enforcement. In addition to it, Varun Roojam said that the new Excise Policy envisages putting in place a viable mechanism from manufacturing to the whole supply chain of liquor for effective enforcement by slew of measures including Introduction of Track and Trace software using Bar-coding on all liquor supplies in the State of Punjab, introduction of POS machines at retail vends, Electromagnetic Mass Flow Meters to measure the production, uses and dispatch of spirit at all manufacturing units, CCTV cameras (24X7) at all manufacturing units and wholesale and mandatory Biometric operated boom barriers at out gates of all manufacturing units.

The Excise Commissioner said that projected increase in the revenue has been calculated keeping in mind actual potential of each group. He said that this is based on ground inputs taken by the officers posted at circle/district level. Varun Roojam said that factor of anti smuggling operations as well as anti illicit distillation operations shall have positive impact on increasing the revenue.

The Excise Commissioner said that new Excise Policy will also check illicit liquor that caused so many deaths in past regimes. He said new Excise Policy has introduced low cost 40 degree PML to be sold in Pouches in illicit liquor prone areas of Punjab which will definitely wean away the people from drinking illicit/illegal liquor. Varun Roojam said that people will shift from unhealthy illicit liquor manufactured illegally to low priced legally manufactured 40 degree PML thereby decreasing illicit distillation of liquor to a significant extent.

The Excise Commissioner said that the new Excise Policy clearly establishes a legal framework to break unholy nexus between manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. He said that now they shall be at an arm's length distance from each other and they won't be able to integrate their liquor business (manufacturing, wholesale and retail) segments to their advantage.

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PUNJAB GOVT RELEASES RS.10-CR FOR AUGMENTATION OF SUHELEWALA MINOR

• Almost 5000 acres to come under canal water irrigation

Chandigarh, June 9:In a bid to ensure canal water supply for agricultural purposes and to further strengthen the irrigation system in district Fazilka, the Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann led Punjab Government has released an amount of Rs 10 crore for the augmentation of Suhelewala Minor. It was the long pending demand of farmers of the Border District.

Once completed, this 15-KM long expansion of minor from village Suhelewala to Chakk Bahmani Wala would provide an irrigation facility to almost 5000 acres of land in villages of Jalalabad block. The major beneficiary villages include Suhelewala, Chakk Dhab, Khushal Joyian, Chakk Panjkohi, Chakk Kabarwala, Chakk Ghulam Rasoolwala, Chakk Balocha and Chakk Bahmani Wala in Jalalabad block.

Punjab Water Resources Minister Mr. Bram Shanker Jimpa directed the officials concerned to ensure the completion of construction and upgradation of Suhelewala minor within stipulated time frame, besides maintaining the quality of the work. CM Bhagwant Mann led Punjab Government has not been leaving any stone unturned to provide canal water for irrigation purposes, he added. MLA Jalalabad Mr. Jagdeep Kamboj Goldy expressed gratitude towards the Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Mann and the Water Resources Minister for releasing this amount.

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I ROPAR RANGE POLICE CONDUCTS CORDON & SEARCH OPERATION IN MOHALI

OPERATION WAS CARRIED OUT JOINTLY BY MOHALI, FATEHGARH SAHIB & RUPNAGAR POLICE AT THREE SOCIETIES IN MOHALI

POLICE TEAMS ROUND-UP 20 PEOPLE AFTER RECOVERING 18Gms OPIUM, 7 WEAPONS & Rs 21L CASH

CHANDIGARH/MOHALI, June 9:To instill a sense of safety and security among the people, Ropar Range Police on the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Thursday carried out a special cordon and search operation in Mohali.

The operation was led by Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Ropar Range Gurpreet Singh Bhullar and conducted jointly by the Police forces of three districts including Mohali Police led by SSP Vivek Sheel Soni, Fatehgarh Sahib Police led by SSP Ravjot Grewal and Rupnagar Police led by SSP Sandeep Garg.

The police teams have rounded-up at least 20 persons on suspicion basis after conducting the operation at three societies in Mohali including Mohali Eden Court, Jal Vayu Vihar and Homeland. The police have also impounded 10 vehicles on suspicion and recovered 18grams of opium, seven weapons & Rs 21 Lakh cash (Income Tax Department has been informed).

Divulging details, DIG Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said that the police had received information from reliable sources that some of the tenants are staying there without verification process and some have even further sublet their flats.

He said that each society was cordoned off and a thorough search operation was carried out under the supervision of the SSP, which yielded good results. He said that initially they have started this operation from three societies and it will be continued in coming days.

The DIG said that Residents' Welfare Societies have also appreciated the effort of the Punjab Police.

Meanwhile, the Police teams have been questioning the people rounded-up on suspicion for further verifications on the recovered weapons and cash.

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Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab

Media Bulletin COVID-19

09th June 2022 (05:00 PM)

Sr.No.

Description

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

1

Total Samples taken

674394

19663263

2

Total No. of patients tested Positive

1475

760548

3

No. of patients discharged

1387

742637

4

Total Deaths reported

8

17754

5

Sample collected on the day

9414

6

Test conducted on the day

9304

7

Positive cases on the day

31

8

Number of active Cases

157

9

No. of Patients on oxygen support

6

10

Patients at critical care Level-3 facilities

2

11

Patients who are critical and on ventilator support

1

12

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

3

13

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

218642

14

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

7

15

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

1117359

16

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

14

17

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

210250

18

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

86

19

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

1012921

20

Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

722

21

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose

8317993

22

Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

8678

23

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose

7326058

24

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

1786

25

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

12569060

26

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

17712

27

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

9990075

28

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

476

29

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

1079353

30

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

2209

31

Total 15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 2nddose

727460

32

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

1036

33

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

584126

34

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

2797

35

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

297323

36

Precautionary dose given on the day

4037

37

Total Precautionary dose given

668352

38

Total Vaccination 1st dose on the day

2518

39

Total Vaccination 2nd dose on the day

26490

40

Total Vaccination 1st and 2nd dose on the day

29008

On 09th June 2022

1.

Number of New patients admitted in ICU

1

(Jalandhar-1)

2.

Number of New patients put on ventilator support

Nil

3.

Number of New patients discharged

11

(Bathinda-1, Jalandhar-1, Ludhiana-3, Patiala-1, SAS Nagar-5)

4.

Number of New deaths reported

Nil

Patients reported Positive on 09th June 2022 - 31

District

Number of Cases

Positivity

Case

Details

Remarks

SAS Nagar

13

4.36%

13 New Cases

298 Samples Tested

Jalandhar

6

0.42%

6 New Cases

1419 Samples Tested

Ludhiana

4

0.18%

4 New Cases

2234 Samples Tested

Ropar

3

0.85%

3 New Cases

354 Samples Tested

Pathankot

2

3.03%

2 New Cases

66 Samples Tested

Kapurthala

1

0.86%

1 New Case

116 Samples Tested

Patiala

1

0.43%

1 New Case

231 Samples Tested

Tarn Taran

1

0.18%

1 New Case

552 Samples Tested

Amritsar

0

0.00%

Nil

1064 Samples Tested

Barnala

0

0.00%

Nil

168 Samples Tested

Bathinda

0

0.00%

Nil

192 Samples Tested

Faridkot

0

0.00%

Nil

136 Samples Tested

Fazilka

0

0.00%

Nil

92 Samples Tested

Ferozepur

0

0.00%

Nil

89 Samples Tested

FG Sahib

0

0.00%

Nil

270 Samples Tested

Gurdaspur

0

0.00%

Nil

265 Samples Tested

Hoshiarpur

0

0.00%

Nil

308 Samples Tested

Malerkotla

0

0.00%

Nil

22 Samples Tested

Mansa

0

0.00%

Nil

182 Samples Tested

Moga

0

0.00%

Nil

295 Samples Tested

Muktsar

0

0.00%

Nil

216 Samples Tested

Sangrur

0

0.00%

Nil

610 Samples Tested

SBS Nagar

0

0.00%

Nil

125 Samples Tested

On the Day Punjab

31

0.33%

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

196

109972

180

107669

3

2282

21

2

SAS Nagar

415

96104

363

94896

1

1149

59

3

Jalandhar

139

78409

119

76819

0

1578

12

4

Patiala

224

62255

215

60787

0

1457

11

5

Amritsar

85

59482

87

57795

0

1682

5

6

Bathinda

58

50926

53

49831

0

1088

7

7

Hoshiarpur

62

40902

67

39799

0

1096

7

8

Gurdaspur

20

26959

21

26094

1

865

0

9

Pathankot

50

24582

50

24083

0

495

4

10

Fazilka

28

23426

41

22880

0

545

1

11

Muktsar

13

22567

12

22022

0

539

6

12

Kapurthala

40

22075

34

21486

1

583

6

13

Ropar

35

17973

30

17513

0

455

5

14

Ferozepur

19

17918

19

17379

0

537

2

15

Mansa

6

17234

5

16841

1

393

0

16

Faridkot

32

16815

32

16473

0

338

4

17

Sangrur

0

14309

1

13574

0

735

0

18

SBS Nagar

21

13423

25

13013

0

409

1

19

FG Sahib

12

11846

10

11490

0

354

2

20

Moga

7

10995

8

10739

1

255

1

21

Tarn Taran

5

10903

3

10508

0

394

1

22

Barnala

7

7504

12

7155

0

349

0

23

Malerkotla

1

3969

0

3791

0

176

2

Total

1475

760548

1387

742637

8

17754

157

* After reconciliation of data, 1 old case excluded from district Ludhiana.