CM CRACKS THE WHIP ON CORRUPTION

ANTI CORRUPTION HELPLINE NAILS THE CORRUPT

45 PERSONS ARRESTED SO FAR

8 PERSONS ON THE RUN ; EFFORTS ON TO NAB THEM

28 FIR's REGISTERED SO FAR

Chandigarh, June 21-Exhibiting zero tolerance against corruption, the Punjab government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann hasso far in a short span of its tenure arrested 45 government officers/ officials and others on charges of corruption.

From the day one after assuming charge of his office, the Chief Minister had promised corruption free, transparent and clean administration to people for which a number of initiatives have been taken. He had released an anti-corruption helpline number to facilitate people for lodging their complaints against corruption through WhatsApp. This helpline has done miracles as people are using it as an effective tool in their war against corruption.

Based on such genuine complaints the Punjab Police has registered 28 FIRs against the corrupt officers/ officials and other offenders. On directions of Chief Minister, the Vigilance Bureau has so far arrested One Sub Inspector of Police, eight Assistant Sub Inspectors, three head constables, one constable, one Home Guard of Police, two Patwaris, one clerk and a Nambardar, one data entry operator of Punjab School Education Board, One Principal of Government ITI SAS Nagar, one Medical officer, one Divisional Forest Officer and one member of summon server staff in Judicial department. Likewise, 17 civilians in a Mining case, four assistants to Patwaris and a Forest contractor has also been nabbed on charges of corrupt practices. In total 45 persons have been so far nabbed by the Police till June 21,2022 on charges of corruption.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister said that this is just the beginning and the entire system will be cleaned by weeding out the corrupt officers/ employees from it. He said that no stone will be left unturned to wean away the menace of corruption from the system for providing clean, efficient and transparent government to the people. Bhagwant Mann said that people have bestowed a huge responsibility on him and he is duty bound to fulfil the aspirations of people by giving them clean, transparent and responsive administration.

The Chief Minister said that this unprecedented action is a pointer towards the commitment of state government to provide clean and corruption free administration to the masses. He said that this war against corruption will end only after this menace is completely eradicated from the state for which the proactive support of people in necessary. Soliciting fulsome cooperation from people in this noble cause, Bhagwant Mann exhorted the people to come forward and help the state government for making Punjab a corruption free state.

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NTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY CELEBRATED AT PUNJAB & HARYANA HIGH COURT

Chandigarh, June 21:The International Yoga Day was celebrated at the premises of Punjab & Haryana High Court, Chandigarh under the aegis of Hon'ble Mr. Justice Ravi Shanker Jha, Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court as per the guidelines of Hon'ble Supreme Court of India and Department of Justice, Government of India. Hon'ble Judges, Advocate Generals, Members of Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association, officers and officials of the High Court participated in the event and showed huge enthusiasm while performing different Yoga Ashanas and meditation.

Speaking at the occasion, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Augustine George Masih, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court apprised the participants about the benefits of Yoga, saying that Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition and helps in physical development and mental relaxation as well as development of strength, flexibility and immunity. This is especially important in the present scenario of the ongoing pandemic, when the mental and physical health of the people has come under dire stress. Yoga is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and nature, he added.

It is pertinent to mention here that this year the International Yoga Day, which is celebrated on June 21 every year, is celebrated across the globe with the theme 'Yoga for Humanity' to highlight the importance of Yoga and how it is beneficial in keeping the body and mind in sound health.
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PUNJAB'S RAGHAV ARORA BAGS 'SWORD OF HONOUR' AT AIR FORCE ACADEMY

• Pathankot-based Raghav is ex-cadet of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute

Chandigarh, June 21:Flying Officer Raghav Arora, an alumnus of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (AFPI), Mohali, was awarded with the prestigious ‘Sword of Honour’ and the trophy for ‘Best in Flying’ at the Combined Graduation Parade (CGP) held at Air Force Academy, Dundigal, Hyderabad.

Raghav, who hails from Pathankot, graduated from 6th Course of AFPI to go to the National Defence Academy in 2018. His parents are Doctors and currently running a pharmaceutical business. He has excelled in Volleyball & Squash, and also does sketching and oil painting in his leisure time besides being a part of the NDA sailing team.

He has been allotted the fighter stream and would now be proceeding to Air Force Station, Bidar for his phase-III flying training on the Hawk-Mk-132 Aircraft.

People of the State of Punjab and Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute are proud of their son of soil and wish him happy landings and a bright future.

Expressing gratitude towards Almighty for giving him the opportunity to serve the country, Raghav Arora said, “When we joined this prestigious Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute, little did we know that was what about to kick off!."

The two years that we spent at AFPI were truly transforming, as they say, we went on to become - from boys, to men, to soldiers, these were the words of the newly commissioned officer.

Raghav, while sharing experience, said that we have been inculcated skills including PT, games, debate and drill at AFPI and the PT instructors were inspiring, though they made the day endless and tiring. The seniors were the Mentors, showing us the path, they always has some tips to give us a head start, he added.

The Sqn Commanders played the crucial role, making us understand what it means to be an officer and more importantly a gentleman, he said.

Raghav Arora said that our Director, the man behind the machine, choosing the harder right instead of the easier wrong- he taught us, is what matters! When the time came to join the Academy, the novices who joined, were now young debaters, sportsmen, scholars and more importantly budding leaders.

Shubhdeep Singh Aulakh, another alumnus of Maharaja Ranjit Singh AFPI (6th Course), was also commissioned in the flying branch of the Indian Air Force and assigned the fighters stream. After passing out from the MRS AFPI, Shubhdeep Singh Aulakh joined the 140th NDA course and later joined 140th PC at the Air Force Academy, Hyderabad and he passed out course on June 18, 2022. On passing out, Shubhdeep Aulakh earned number of awards and trophies. He stood overall First in Flying at the AFA, overall first in the Ground Subjects and the coveted trophy of the Most Accomplished Cadet of his flying course. Also, he stood second in overall order of merit of his course.

Notably, Shubheep’s father is also an IAF veteran, who retired from the rank of Wing Commander. MRS AFPI is proud of the achievements of its ex-cadet and wishes every success in his future career as a fighter pilot of the IAF.

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VIGILANCE BUREAU ARRESTS IAS OFFICER SANJAY POPLI, HIS AIDE FOR DEMANDING 1% COMMISSION AS BRIBE

DEMANDED BRIBE OF RS 7 LAKH TO CLEAR TENDER OF SEWERAGE PIPELINE FOR Rs 7.30 CRORES; RECEIVED 3.5 LAKHS AS BRIBE

COMPLAINANT LODGES COMPLAINT ON ANTI-CORRUPTION HELPLINE, SUBMITS VIDEO EVIDENCE WITH VB

CHANDIGARH, June 21: With Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann-led Punjab Government having adopted zero-tolerance against corruption, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau has arrested Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Sanjay Popli for allegedly demanding a 1% commission as a bribe for clearance of tenders for laying of sewerage pipeline at Nawanshahr. His accomplice identified as Sandeep Wats has also been rounded up from Jalandhar.

Complainant Sanjay Kumar of Karnal in Haryana, who is a government contractor with a firm under the name of Dikhadala Cooperative Society Limited, in his complaint lodged via Anti-Corruption Helpline said that Sanjay Popli, IAS, during his posting as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board in connivance with his Assistant Secretary Sandeep Wats had demanded bribe to clear the tender for Rs 7.30 crores.

The Complainant said that on January 12, 2022, he had received a call on his Whatsapp from Sandeep Wats to demand a bribe of Rs 7 lakh (1% of Rs 7 crores project) for tender allotment on behalf of Sanjay Popli. Scared, he drew Rs 3.5 lakh from his PNB account and handed it over to Sandeep Wats in a car at Sector-20, Chandigarh, he said, adding that after receiving the amount Sandeep Wats had called Sanjay Popli on his Whatsapp number regarding having received the payment and also took Rs 5000 for himself.

However, the complainant had refused to give the remaining Rs 3.5 lakh being demanded by Sandeep Wats repeatedly on behalf of Sanjay Popli. The complainant had also made a video recording of the entire conversation and submitted it to the Vigilance Bureau.

Official Spokesperson of Vigilance Bureau said that based on the statement of Sanjay Kumar as well as the video evidence submitted by him, a case has been registered against IAS officer Sanjay Popli and Sandeep Wats for demanding a bribe of @1% for allotment of tender and receiving Rs 3.5 lakh as such.

Meanwhile, after taking charge as the Chief Minister, Bhagwant Mann launched the anti-corruption helpline number 9501200200 and appealed to the people of Punjab to share complaints pertaining to corruption via WhatsApp so that the state could be made corruption-free. Since the launch of the helpline number of prominent people including State Health Minister Vijay Singla, former Congress Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, and former Congress MLA Joginder Pal has been arrested on corruption

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AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES STATE-WIDE CAMPAIGN FOR PLANTING SAPLINGS ON VACANT LANDS OF ITS OFFICES

Chandigarh, June 21-In a bid to make Punjab greener, the Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department and the Punjab State Seed Certification Institute jointly launched a campaign for planting saplings in the open vacant spaces of its offices across the state.

Dr. Gurvinder Singh, Director, Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Punjab State Seed Certification Institute launched this sapling drive at Kheti Bhawan, Mohali.

On this occasion, the Director said that during the summer most of the people tried to park their vehicle under tree shade but a very few took initiative to plant a sapling. “Department of Agriculture is taking a small initiative of planting tree saplings in the open vacant spaces of its offices as a contribution in making Punjab green again. It will also encourage the employees of other departments to plant saplings around their offices”, he added.

It is worth mentioning here that the Punjab Government provides free plant saplings to the residents of Punjab through i-Haryali App from the nurseries of the Forest Department. Under this initiative, various medicinal and other plants like Behra, Pippal, Tahli, Arjun, Jamun, Mango, Lemon, Gulmohar and Bohar are being planted by the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

Amongst others, Agriculture Information Officer Sandeep Kumar, Chief Seed Certification Officer, Mohali Gurpal Singh, Agronomist Surinderpal Singh, Superintendent Harinder Singh and other staff were also present on the occasion.

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Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab

Media Bulletin COVID-19

21st June 2022 (05:00 PM)

Sr.No.

Description

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

1

Total Samples taken

784157

19773029

2

Total No. of patients tested Positive

2416

761487

3

No. of patients discharged

1843

743093

4

Total Deaths reported

13

17759

5

Sample collected on the day

11313

6

Test conducted on the day

8300

7

Positive cases on the day

105

8

Number of active Cases

635

9

No. of Patients on oxygen support

9

10

Patients at critical care Level-3 facilities

2

11

Patients who are critical and on ventilator support

0

12

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

1

13

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

218664

14

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

9

15

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

1117440

16

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

19

17

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

210542

18

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

56

19

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

1013663

20

Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

403

21

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose

8323091

22

Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

6431

23

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose

7396026

24

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

803

25

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

12582780

26

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

11321

27

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

10131101

28

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

276

29

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

1083099

30

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

1721

31

Total 15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 2nddose

745489

32

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

558

33

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

591103

34

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

1715

35

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

320653

36

Precautionary dose given on the day

3242

37

Total Precautionary dose given

709512

38

Total Vaccination 1st dose on the day

1216

39

Total Vaccination 2nd dose on the day

17827

40

Total Vaccination 1st and 2nd dose on the day

19043

On 21stJune 2022

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

63

(Amritsar-2, Bathinda-1, Gurdaspur-2, Hoshiarpur-4, Jalandhar-4, Kapurthala-1, Ludhiana-17, Patiala-4, SAS Nagar-27, SBS Nagar-1)

4.

Number of New deaths reported

Nil

Patients reported Positive on 21stJune 2022 - 105

District

Number of Cases

Positivity

Case

Details

Remarks

Ludhiana

25

0.78%

25 New Cases

3212 Samples Tested

SAS Nagar

19

4.22%

19 New Cases

450 Samples Tested

Jalandhar

14

1.14%

14 New Cases

1233 Samples Tested

Patiala

10

2.60%

10 New Cases

385 Samples Tested

Faridkot

8

7.62%

8 New Cases

105 Samples Tested

Amritsar

6

0.96%

6 New Cases

622 Samples Tested

Bathinda

4

4.08%

4 New Cases

98 Samples Tested

Pathankot

4

8.16%

4 New Cases

49 Samples Tested

Ropar

4

1.54%

4 New Cases

259 Samples Tested

Ferozepur

3

5.36%

3 New Cases

56 Samples Tested

Hoshiarpur

3

1.48%

3 New Cases

203 Samples Tested

Gurdaspur

2

4.17%

2 New Cases

48 Samples Tested

FG Sahib

1

1.19%

1 New Case

84 Samples Tested

Mansa

1

0.63%

1 New Case

158 Samples Tested

SBS Nagar

1

1.52%

1 New Case

66 Samples Tested

Barnala

0

0.00%

Nil

47 Samples Tested

Fazilka

0

0.00%

Nil

25 Samples Tested

Kapurthala

0

0.00%

Nil

137 Samples Tested

Malerkotla

0

0.00%

Nil

29 Samples Tested

Moga

0

0.00%

Nil

150 Samples Tested

Muktsar

0

0.00%

Nil

83 Samples Tested

Sangrur

0

0.00%

Nil

594 Samples Tested

Tarn Taran

0

0.00%

Nil

207 Samples Tested

On the Day Punjab

105

1.27%

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

394

110170

262

107751

6

2285

134

2

SAS Nagar

720

96409

521

95054

2

1150

205

3

Jalandhar

207

78477

162

76862

1

1579

36

4

Patiala

296

62327

249

60821

0

1457

49

5

Amritsar

117

59514

103

57811

0

1682

21

6

Bathinda

102

50970

64

49842

0

1088

40

7

Hoshiarpur

87

40927

85

39817

0

1096

14

8

Gurdaspur

32

26971

28

26101

1

865

5

9

Pathankot

78

24609

59

24092

0

495

22

10

Fazilka

40

23438

47

22886

0

545

7

11

Muktsar

17

22571

18

22028

0

539

4

12

Kapurthala

51

22086

45

21497

1

583

6

13

Ropar

56

17994

39

17522

0

455

17

14

Ferozepur

29

17928

23

17383

0

537

8

15

Mansa

11

17239

5

16841

1

393

5

16

Faridkot

61

16844

37

16478

0

338

28

17

Sangrur

5

14314

4

13577

0

735

2

18

SBS Nagar

28

13430

30

13018

0

409

3

19

FG Sahib

42

11876

25

11505

0

354

17

20

Moga

13

11001

11

10742

1

255

4

21

Tarn Taran

14

10911

6

10511

0

394

6

22

Barnala

8

7505

12

7155

0

349

1

23

Malerkotla

8

3976

8

3799

0

176

1

Total

2416

761487

1843

743093

13

17759

635