CM ANNOUNCES TO INTRODUCE COMPREHENSIVE LAW AND ORDER REFORMS IN THE STATE

REITERATES FIRM COMMITMENT TO ELIMINATE GANGSTER CULTURE IN STATE

ANNOUNCES TO TRANSFORM GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS INTO SCHOOLS OF EMINENCE

COINS SLOGAN OF TANDARUST MANN TE TANDARUST VICHAAR FOR QUALITY HEALTH

Chandigarh, June 25:Reiterating the firm commitment of the state government to eliminate gangster culture from the state, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann today announced to introduce comprehensive law and order reforms in the state.

Winding up the discussion on Governor’s address at the floor of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, the Chief Minister said that the state government is duty bound to curb gangster activities in the state. He said that need of the hour is to bring comprehensive law and order reforms. Bhagwant Mann said that the state government will soon introduce witness protection bill and modify jails of state into high security jails.

The Chief Minister said that the state Government has already set up Anti-Gangster Task Force headed by an ADGP Rank officer. He said that this task force has been directed to adopt zero tolerance towards gangsters and work without any fear and prejudice adding that the force is being equipped with advance facilities and resources for this purpose. Bhagwant Mann said that STF in coordination with district police, Intelligence wing, BSF, NCB and other agencies is launching need based operations to check cross border smuggling of narcotics and weapons.

The Chief Minister, while highlighting the achievements of state government so far and laying down the roadmap for future, said that delivering these dream will not be a smooth task and there will be challenges at every step as they will be tested on this mission l. But, Bhagwant Mann said that he is confident that they will pass every test with flying colors. Soliciting support and cooperation of all members of the house across party lines, he said that they should work tirelessly to rebuild the Punjab of our Dreams.

The Chief Minister said that this is a historic occasion and they have been blessed by the almighty to play a big role. Giving a clarion call to members, he asked them to work in unison with ideals of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Baba Sahib Dr BR Ambedkar, whose relentless hard work and sacrifices have gave them this opportunity to serve the masses. “Let us ensure this revolution of change and good governance reaches every household and every person of Punjab”, he added.

Dwelling on another issue, the Chief Minister said that the state government is committed for maintaining law and order in the state at every cost. He said that Peaceful atmosphere will always prevail in the state and severest of severe action will be taken against anyone trying to disturb hard earned peace of the state. Bhagwant Mann said that his government is according top most priority to maintain peace and prosperity in state.

Announcing a war against drugs, the Chief Minister categorically said that Police has been directed not to spare anyone conniving with the Drug Mafia. He said that SSPs/CPs have been asked to work in close coordination with STF to catch big sharks involved in the supply of Drugs adding that every Police officer will be held accountable for laxity in dealing with the drug menace within their jurisdiction. Bhagwant Mann also said that the state government has increased the number of OOAT clinics from existing 280 to 500 to ensure ease of accessibility of treatment to recovering drug addicts.

The Chief Minister said that the state government believes that the members of this esteemed House carry with them the onus of being pioneers of reforms. So, he said that in an exemplary step, the state government will introduce One Pension for an MLA bill in the ongoing session instead of the present provision of allowing a pension for every term.

The Chief Minister said that Corruption free governance is at the core of the ethos of the state government, which has been duly proved in its actions in the last 100 days. He said that Anti-corruption helpline was launched within the first few days of forming the government and in just a short period of time, 29 cases have been registered and and 47 arrests have been made. Bhagwant Mann said that the state government has exhibited a zero-tolerance policy against corruption by initiating an action against its own Cabinet minister. “The walls of this house have seen so many governments but none of them has initiated action against corruption to this extent in the past” he added.

Describing Education as bedrock for building a new society, the Chief Minister announced to introduce Multi-pronged improvements in the education sector adding that Government schools will be transformed into ‘Schools of Eminence’. He said that to ensure that students get quality and affordable education, the government is committed not only to build state of art government schools, but also to regulate the fees of private schools by not allowing them to enhance their fees arbitrarily from this academic year. Bhagwant Mann said that NOC of schools found violating the Fee Act 2016 will be cancelled and a fine of Rs. 1 lakh will be imposed.

The Chief Minister said that Schools are no longer allowed to force parents to buy books or uniforms from any particular shop. He said that though teachers form the core of providing quality education to our children, the welfare of teachers have often been neglected by successive governments. Bhagwant Mann said that state government has already started process of filling vacant lying posts and the recruitment of 5994 ETT Teachers and 8393 Pre-primary teachers is under process. He said that from now teachers will be deployed for core-teaching tasks and a separate cadre for non-teaching works will be created.

Underscoring need for revamping teacher training practices, the Chief Minister said that the best practices will be taken from across the country and the world. He said that in collaboration with Regional English Language Office of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi (RELO), the Department of School Education, Punjab is going to train a faculty (around 50 mentors). Bhagwant Mann said that focus will also be given on quality education in our colleges and universities adding that UGC pay scales to college teachers and universities will be given at the earliest.

The Chief Minister, while expressing concern over brain drain in the state, said that quality Technical Education can stop this trend for which 19 new government industrial training institutes are being set up by state government. He said that as per the demand of the industry, 44 new courses are under consideration to introduce in various ITIs. Bhagwant Mann said that Department of Technical Education and Industrial Training is soon going to start Boiler Attendant course as apprenticeship trade in the State of Punjab, which will help in engaging 15000 youth of Punjab

under the scheme.

Coining the slogan ‘Tandarust Mann te Tandarust Vichaar’, the Chief Minister said that Quality and Accessibility are the two key elements of an effective healthcare system at the grassroots level. He said that Mohalla Clinics in Urban Areas and Pind Clinics in Rural areas are being introduced for affordable and quality treatment adding that these clinics will be a cornerstone in revamping the healthcare system in Punjab. Bhagwant Mann said that during the first phase, 75 Mohalla Clinics will be opened to mark the 75th year of Independence adding that these clinics will cover the far-off places within the State, which are difficult to reach and will provide free medicines and diagnostic tests to the people.

The Chief Minister said that state government is committed to ensure absolute care of Mother and Child. He said that for this purpose seven new Maternal and Child Health wings are being constructed at Gurdaspur, Nabha, Patti, Raikot, Muktsar, Talwandi Sabo and Derabassi. Bhagwant Mann also announced to upgrade 2950 Health sub-centers to Tandarust Punjab Sehat Kendras adding that CHCs and PHCs across the state will soon be upgraded to five-star ratings in the years to come.

The Chief Minister said 122 new services have been launched through the Sewa Kendras and Working hours of Sewa Kendras have also been extended and now they are operational even on Saturdays and Sundays. He said that to bring in efficiency in administration, a host of administrative reforms are also being initiated.

The Chief Minister further said that the state government is working overtime to provide houses to the Economically Weaker Section of the society. He said that around 25,000 EWS houses will be constructed in different phases in coming future. Bhagwant Mann said that strict enforcement of checking of unauthorized colonies has been embarked. Describing urban planning as the core requirement for the development of the state, he said that preparation of Master Plans of all remaining towns of the state will be completed in 2-3 years.

The Chief Minister further said that in agriculture sector the government has already promoted a third crop, in form of Moong which is being procured at an MSP of Rs 7275/- per quintal adding that it will yield our farmers an additional income of Rs 30000/- per acre. He said that area under summer moong has enhanced from 54,363 acres to 1,28,495 acres. Similarly, Bhagwant Mann said diversification of more crops will be encouraged and area under pulses, maize, cotton and oilseeds will be increased as it will save our precious groundwater and improve soil health as well.

The Chief Minister said that subsidy of Rs 1500 per acre is being provided for Direct Seeding of Rice, which is another landmark initiative. He said that Punjabis are working together to save water and 25,985 farmers are sowing paddy via DSR this year. Bhagwant Mann said that the number of small and marginal farmers is expected to increase in coming times due to fragmentation of land holdings, which will make it difficult for farmers to carry out agricultural practices economically.

The Chief Minister said that in such scenario Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) can provide an opportunity by aiming at providing better income for the producers. Underlining need for modernisation and digitisation in agriculture, he said that for this the farmer data base is being integrated along with land records so that subsidies and other benefits can reach farmers in a transparent manner. Bhagwant Mann said that a portal for tracking seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides from manufacturing to end user for providing quality inputs to farmers has also been developed.

The Chief Minister also announced that 7000 new dairy units will be established in the next 2 years. He said that promotion of dairy sector will provide self-employment to the youth of the state.

The Chief Minister announced to provide Capital intensive infrastructure at the primary Co-operative society level at subsidized rates to curtail the cost of farm operations. He said that “Cooperative Machinery Tracker Application" has been created by Cooperative department for optimal usage of agriculture implements. Bhagwant Mann said that Markfed has been appointed as the agency to arrange milling, filling and distribution of Atta to PDS beneficiaries at their door step under NFSA.

The Chief Minister said that a New Cattlefeed plant is being set up at Gidderbaha with capacity of 150 TPD. He said that to support its milk producers, Milkfed has increased its milk procurement price by Rs. 20/- per kg milk fat respectively. Bhagwant Mann said that new milk processing plants are being set up at Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Jalandhar and GADVASU Ludhiana adding that 50 MTPD Verka Cattle Feed Plant is being set up Ghania Ke Banger, Gurdaspur.

The Chief Minister further said that the state government shall offer, to every beneficiary enrolled under NFSA, the option of home delivery of Atta under NFSA. He said that any beneficiary, who wishes to physically collect his entitlement of wheat from an FPS, shall have an option of OPT-OUT through a suitable IT intervention freely available to him. Bhagwant Mann said that through the scheme the state government will reach 157,75,569 beneficiaries and provide them good quality ‘Atta’.

The Chief Minister said that as a humble tribute to the brave soldiers who had laid their lives for safeguarding borders of the country and maintaining law and order, the state government has enhanced honorarium given to the families of martyred soldiers to Rs. 1 Crore. He also announced to set up ultra modren sports stadiums across the state to channelise the unbounded energy of youth in positive direction, so that they can bring laurels for the state in national and international competitions. Bhagwant Mann said that the state government has taken a historic decision to advertise 25,000 posts lying vacant in various Punjab Government Departments/ Boards /Corporations/ Agencies within one month.

The Chief Minister said that the state government has launched Direct buses from Punjab to Delhi airport in the first 100 days. He said that the fare of state of the art luxury buses are 50% ch

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CM EXHORTS PEOPLE TO FOLLOW TEACHINGS OF BABA BANDA SINGH BAHADUR

PAYS TRIBUTE TO ICONIC WARRIOR IN PUNJAB VIDHAN SABHA

Chandigarh, June 25:Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann today exhorted the people to follow teachings of legendary Sikh warrior Baba Banda Singh Bahadur as a real tribute to the iconic hero.

The Chief Minister, who paid floral tributes to the legendary warrior on his martyrdom day here at Punjab Vidhan Sabha, said that Baba Banda Singh Bahadur’s rare sacrifice laid the foundation of establishing the first Sikh Raj way back in 1709. He said that Baba Banda Singh Bahadur also issued commemorative coins in the name of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji and Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji. Above all, Bhagwant Mann said that Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was a true champion of oppressed sections of the society especially the farmers upon whom he bestowed the ownership rights thereby abolishing the Zamindari system.

Seeking inspiration from Baba Banda Singh Bahadur’s great philosophy, the Chief Minister said that our government is committed for taking pro-poor and farmer friendly initiatives to improve upon their lot in its own humble way. Bhagwant Mann said that he defeated Mughal Governor Wazir Khan, to avenge the martyrdom of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s four Sahibzadas and Mata ji, as well as the massacre of thousands of innocents. He exhorted the people to imbibe the ideology of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, who dedicated his life as a devout Sikh of Guru Gobind Singh ji to safeguard the rights of the unprivileged sections of society.

On the occasion Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Kultar Singh Sandhwan also paid tributes to Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. He recalled the valour and supreme sacrifices made by Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.

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VIGILANCE BUREAU RECOVERS 12KG GOLD, 3 KG SILVER, FOUR IPHONES FROM IAS OFFICER SANJAY POPLI’S HOUSE

CHANDIGARH, June 25:our days after the arrest of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Sanjay Popli in corruption case, the Vigilance Bureau on Saturday recovered over 12Kg Gold, 3Kg Silver, four Apple iPhones, one Samsung Fold Phone and two Samsung Smartwatches from storeroom of his house at Sector 11, Chandigarh. The 12Kg Gold includes 9 Gold Bricks (each 1kg), 49 Gold biscuits and 12 Gold coins, while 3Kg silver includes 3 Silver bricks (each 1kg) and 18 silver coins (each 10 grams).

IAS officer Sanjay Popli was arrested on June 20, for allegedly demanding a 1% commission as a bribe of Rs 7 lakhs for clearance of tenders for laying of sewerage pipeline at Nawanshahr. His accomplice identified as Sandeep Wats was also arrested from Jalandhar.

The official Spokesperson of Vigilance Bureau said that based on the statement of Sanjay Popli, the team of Vigilance Bureau conducted a raid at his residence and recovered the gold, silver and mobile phones concealed in the storeroom of his house.

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Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab

Media Bulletin COVID-19

25th June 2022 (05:00 PM)

Sr.No.

Description

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

1

Total Samples taken

827834

19816706

2

Total No. of patients tested Positive

2974

762041

3

No. of patients discharged

2196

743446

4

Total Deaths reported

18

17764

5

Sample collected on the day

12049

6

Test conducted on the day

12020

7

Positive cases on the day

158

8

Number of active Cases

831

9

No. of Patients on oxygen support

14

10

Patients at critical care Level-3 facilities

4

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

218671

14

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

6

15

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

1117480

16

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

27

17

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

210622

18

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

91

19

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

1013994

20

Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

677

21

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose

8325461

22

Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

7651

23

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose

7428318

24

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

1538

25

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

12588561

26

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

14992

27

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

10192619

28

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

534

29

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

1085008

30

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

2491

31

Total 15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 2nddose

754182

32

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

771

33

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

594138

34

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

2274

35

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

328798

36

Precautionary dose given on the day

4285

37

Total Precautionary dose given

727180

38

Total Vaccination 1st dose on the day

2224

39

Total Vaccination 2nd dose on the day

22761

40

Total Vaccination 1st and 2nd dose on the day

24985

On 25th June 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

78

(Amritsar-2, Bathinda-5, Fazilka-1, FG. Sahib-6, Hoshiarpur-3, Jalandhar-2, Kapurthala-1, Ludhiana-19, Mansa-3, Pathankot-5, Patiala-6, Ropar-2, SAS Nagar-22, SBS Nagar-1)

4.

Number of New deaths reported

Nil

Patients reported Positive on 25th June 2022 - 158

District

Number of Cases

Positivity

Case

Details

Remarks

SAS Nagar

63

9.86%

63 New Cases

639 Samples Tested

Ludhiana

42

1.18%

42 New Cases

3558 Samples Tested

Patiala

12

3.34%

12 New Cases

359 Samples Tested

Bathinda

7

2.28%

7 New Cases

307 Samples Tested

FG Sahib

5

1.87%

5 New Cases

267 Samples Tested

Jalandhar

5

0.29%

5 New Cases

1719 Samples Tested

Mansa

4

1.67%

4 New Cases

239 Samples Tested

Pathankot

3

2.91%

3 New Cases

103 Samples Tested

Sangrur

3

0.70%

3 New Cases

427 Samples Tested

Tarn Taran

3

0.44%

3 New Cases

684 Samples Tested

Amritsar

2

0.13%

2 New Cases

1493 Samples Tested

Gurdaspur

2

1.16%

2 New Cases

173 Samples Tested

Kapurthala

2

0.93%

2 New Cases

215 Samples Tested

Ropar

2

0.60%

2 New Cases

336 Samples Tested

Barnala

1

1.82%

1 New Case

55 Samples Tested

Ferozepur

1

0.67%

1 New Case

150 Samples Tested

Malerkotla

1

5.88%

1 New Case

17 Samples Tested

Faridkot

0

0.00%

Nil

168 Samples Tested

Fazilka

0

0.00%

Nil

192 Samples Tested

Hoshiarpur

0

0.00%

Nil

374 Samples Tested

Moga

0

0.00%

Nil

285 Samples Tested

Muktsar

0

0.00%

Nil

141 Samples Tested

SBS Nagar

0

0.00%

Nil

119 Samples Tested

On the Day Punjab

158

1.31%

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

498

110274

336

107825

9

2288

161

2

SAS Nagar

900

96589

641

95174

3

1151

264

3

Jalandhar

239

78509

179

76879

1

1579

51

4

Patiala

350

62381

279

60851

0

1457

73

5

Amritsar

149

59546

114

57822

1

1683

41

6

Bathinda

128

50996

75

49853

0

1088

55

7

Hoshiarpur

93

40933

90

39822

0

1096

15

8

Gurdaspur

44

26983

31

26104

1

865

14

9

Pathankot

85

24614

76

24109

0

495

10

10

Fazilka

54

23450

52

22891

0

545

14

11

Muktsar

20

22574

18

22028

0

539

7

12

Kapurthala

60

22095

52

21504

1

583

8

13

Ropar

63

18001

47

17530

0

455

16

14

Ferozepur

36

17935

24

17384

0

537

14

15

Mansa

19

17247

9

16845

1

393

9

16

Faridkot

75

16858

48

16489

0

338

31

17

Sangrur

17

14326

7

13580

0

735

11

18

SBS Nagar

29

13431

32

13020

0

409

2

19

FG Sahib

61

11895

40

11520

0

354

21

20

Moga

16

11004

12

10743

1

255

6

21

Tarn Taran

18

10915

12

10517

0

394

4

22

Barnala

10

7507

13

7156

0

349

2

23

Malerkotla

10

3978

9

3800

0

176

2

Total

2974

762041

2196

743446

18

17764

831

*After reconciliation of data, 1 case excluded from district (Fazilka-1).



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