CM VEHEMENTLY PRESENTS CASE OF PUNJAB FARMERS IN NITI AYOG, BATS FOR MSP AS A LEGAL GUARANTEE

ADVOCATES RECONSTITUTION OF MSP COMMITTEE WITH INCLUSION OF ‘REAL FARMERS’ IN IT

FLAGS VARIOUS ISSUES CONCERNING PUNJAB

New Delhi/ Chandigarh, August 7-Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann today vehemently presented the case of food growers of the state by underlining the need for making Minimum Support Price (MSP) a legal guarantee and ensuring foolproof marketing system for alternative crops.

The Chief Minister, while addressing the national council meeting of Niti Aayog chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here today, recalled that at the time when country was starving for food, the hard working and resilient farmers of the state had made country self reliant in food production. However, he said that as agriculture is no longer a profitable venture so the farmers are facing a serious crisis. Bhagwant Mann said that all out efforts must be made to bail out the farmers from this situation for which the Union government must step in.

The Chief Minister underscored the need for making MSP on the crops a legal guarantee. He said that it is the need of hour so that interests of farmers can be safeguarded. Likewise, Bhagwant Mann said that the MSP must be remunerative as the input cost of agriculture have enhanced manifolds and farmers are not getting right price of their harvest.

Outrightly rejecting the committee on MSP constituted by the Government of India, the Chief Minister demanded that it should be reconstituted with ‘real farmers’ as its members. He said that the committee is dominated by those arm chair economists who don’t have any knowledge about agriculture. Bhagwant Mann said that experts of agriculture along with all the stakeholders must be made members of this committee.

Expressing concern over the import of pulses in country on exorbitant prices, the Chief Minister said that this drain of country’s wealth needs to be checked and Punjab can play an important role in it. He said that the farmers of the state are ready to make country self relevant in production of pulses. However, Bhagwant Mann said that the Union government must announce MSP for pulses and assured marketing system for it.

Likewise, the Chief Minister said that diversification of crops is urgently needed to take farmers out of rut of wheat/ paddy cycle on one hand and to save the depleting ground water level on the other. He bemoaned that out of total 150 blocks water level in 117 blocks is in dark zone. Bhagwant Mann solicited support of Union government to check water level by introducing MSP on alternative crops too.

The Chief Minister also apprised the Niti Aayog that state government is making strenuous efforts to revamp education structure in state. He said that right now the education system is in shambles in the state due to which a lot of work needs to be done. Bhagwant Mann said that the top most priority of his government is to ensure quality and accessible education to students especially the girls.

Making a solid case for promotion of food processing industry in the state, the Chief Minister said that it has a huge potential in the state which needs to be tapped. He said that the Union government must generously allot funds to state for promotion of food processing industry. Bhagwant Mann said that litchi of Pathankot, kinnows of Hoshiarpur and Abohar besides Potatoes of Jalandhar are world acclaimed for their quality and taste adding that through promotion of food processing industry, fortunes of farmers can be transformed.

Flagging another issue, the Chief Minister also demanded special allocation of funds for rejuvenation of canal system in the state. He said that it is need of hour to strengthen and repair the existing canal system in the state. Bhagwant Mann said that the canals constructed in both pre and post independence era needs to be strengthened and upgraded for which the Union government must allocate special package to the state.

The Chief Minister also sought immediate release of funds for the higher education sector in the state. He said that the state government will open 16 new medical colleges in state thereby taking the total tally of such colleges to 25 in the state. Bhagwant Mann said that the union government must generously support the state government for this cause.

On the issue of urban development, the Chief Minister said that the state government aims to decongest the big cities by shifting industrial units out of it. He said that a detailed plan is being chalked out for this purpose. Bhagwant Mann urged the union government to support the state government as it will give major fillip to industrialisation and create new job opportunities in the state.

Training his guns against the former Chief Ministers of the state, the Chief Minister said that none his predecessors bothered to attend this meeting in last three years resulting in a Colossus loss of the state. Bhagwant Mann said that none of them came to attend the meeting and just wrote letters which were of no use. He said that these leaders remained confined in their own palaces and ignored the interests of the state. “However today I have duly used this platform for raising the issues being faced by state and I am hopeful that the Government of India will pay heed towards resolving them” he added.

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OVER 66K DOSES OF GOAT POX VACCINE RECEIVED & SENT TO DISTRICTS TO PREVENT LUMPY SKIN: LALJIT SINGH BHULLAR

HEALTHY CATTLE ARE BEING VACCINATED FREE OF COST

ANIMAL HUSBANDRY MINISTER VISITS VILLAGES OF KHEMKARAN CONSTITUENCY ON THIRD DAY OF HIS PUNJAB VISIT

Chandigarh, August 7:To protect livestock of the state from the contagious disease Lumpy Skin, the Punjab government has received 66,666 doses of Goat Pox vaccine, which will be administered free of cost to healthy livestock to keep the spread of the disease under check.

This was disclosed by Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar, on Sunday, while interacting with the media persons at villages of khemkaran constituency on third consecutive day of his visit to Punjab.

]Taking stock of the situation at village Manakpura, Gill Dairy Farm, Madhi Bohad Wali, Village Mather and Gill Dairy Farm, Village Bhandal and Sandhu Dairy Farm Baharwal, the cabinet minister said that this vaccine, which was specially ordered from Hyderabad, has already been sent to all the districts of the state and the doctors have started administering the vaccine to the healthy cattle, which is being administered free of cost to protect healthy animals from disease.

He said that Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann led government was taking all necessary steps to prevent the spread of the disease. The department officials are constantly in touch with the authorities to order more vaccine so as to ensure no shortage of equipments and vaccine.

He said that the government has released an amount of Rs.76 lakh to all the districts so far and veterinary officers from the headquarter have also been deputed in the districts to help the field staff.

This disease is spreading especially in cattle and many districts of the state have been affected so far, said the Cabinet Minister, urging livestock farmers that if an animal dies, the carcass should not be thrown in open, but it should be buried to stop the spread of the disease and farmers should not buy cattle from other states for the time being to prevent the spread of the disease.

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Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab

Media Bulletin COVID-19

07th August 2022 (05:00 PM)

Sr.No.

Description

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

1

Total Samples taken

1313803

20304266

2

Total No. of patients tested Positive

16525

777086

3

No. of patients discharged

13407

753682

4

Total Deaths reported

89

20395

5

Sample collected on the day

11228

6

Test conducted on the day

10771

7

Positive cases on the day

424

8

Number of active Cases

3009

9

No. of Patients on oxygen support

107

10

Patients at critical care Level-3 facilities

21

11

Patients who are critical and on ventilator support

3

12

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

1

13

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

218814

14

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

3

15

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

1117771

16

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

2

17

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

211605

18

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

10

19

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

1017837

20

Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

24

21

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose

8338877

22

Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

284

23

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose

7603122

24

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

321

25

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

12633833

26

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

677

27

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

10575350

28

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

52

29

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

1104766

30

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

120

31

Total 15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 2nddose

833425

32

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

608

33

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

648682

34

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

204

35

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

435957

36

Precautionary dose given on the day

1968

37

Total Precautionary dose given

1213258

38

Total Vaccination 1st dose on the day

349

39

Total Vaccination 2nd dose on the day

973

40

Total Vaccination 1st and 2nd dose on the day

1322

On 07thAugust 2022

1.

Number of New patients admitted in ICU

3

(Jalandhar-1, Fatehgarh Sahib-1, Patiala-1)

2.

Number of New patients put on ventilator support

1

(Jalandhar-1)

3.

Number of New patients discharged

310

(Amritsar-33, Barnala-2, Bathinda-31, Faridkot-4, Fazilka-1, Ferozepur-4, Gurdaspur-1, Hoshiarpur-37, Jalandhar-65, Kapurthala-3, Ludhiana-9, Mansa-1, Moga-3, Pathankot-6, Patiala-21, Ropar-26, SAS Nagar-63)

4.

Number of New deaths reported

2

(Hoshiarpur-1, Pathankot-1)

Patients reported Positive on 07th August 2022 – 424

District

Number of Cases

Positivity

Case

Details

Remarks

Jalandhar

55

4.25%

55 New Cases

1295 Samples Tested

SAS Nagar

47

7.79%

47 New Cases

603 Samples Tested

Ludhiana

44

1.85%

44 New Cases

2377 Samples Tested

Hoshiarpur

43

10.57%

43 New Cases

407 Samples Tested

Patiala

41

11.14%

41 New Cases

368 Samples Tested

Ropar

34

8.35%

34 New Cases

407 Samples Tested

Bathinda

25

6.19%

25 New Cases

404 Samples Tested

Amritsar

21

1.30%

21 New Cases

1620 Samples Tested

FG Sahib

19

9.90%

19 New Cases

192 Samples Tested

Kapurthala

15

7.89%

15 New Cases

190 Samples Tested

Gurdaspur

13

7.47%

13 New Cases

174 Samples Tested

Muktsar

13

9.15%

13 New Cases

142 Samples Tested

Fazilka

10

5.56%

10 New Cases

180 Samples Tested

Ferozepur

9

4.89%

9 New Cases

184 Samples Tested

Moga

9

2.05%

9 New Cases

438 Samples Tested

Pathankot

9

1.64%

9 New Cases

550 Samples Tested

Barnala

5

4.10%

5 New Cases

122 Samples Tested

Faridkot

5

3.05%

5 New Cases

164 Samples Tested

SBS Nagar

5

2.76%

5 New Cases

181 Samples Tested

Tarn Taran

2

0.35%

2 New Cases

566 Samples Tested

Malerkotla

0

0.00%

Nil

10 Samples Tested

Mansa

0

0.00%

Nil

156 Samples Tested

Sangrur

0

0.00%

Nil

41 Samples Tested

On the Day Punjab

424

3.94 %

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

2280

112756

1991

109480

26

3005

271

2

SAS Nagar

3913

99602

3262

97795

13

1161

646

3

Jalandhar

1920

80185

1498

77836

8

1948

401

4

Patiala

1513

63593

1263

61646

4

1715

232

5

Amritsar

844

60399

691

58399

3

1843

157

6

Bathinda

1037

51904

825

50268

1

1424

212

7

Hoshiarpur

761

41903

542

40274

9

1409

220

8

Gurdaspur

242

27169

176

26249

3

867

53

9

Pathankot

390

24892

324

24339

2

519

34

10

Fazilka

289

23721

261

23064

0

621

36

11

Muktsar

145

22697

111

22121

0

539

37

12

Kapurthala

359

22388

264

21706

1

593

89

13

Ropar

692

18630

495

17978

3

458

194

14

Ferozepur

307

18200

215

17575

2

539

86

15

Mansa

158

17383

133

16969

1

393

21

16

Faridkot

287

17122

239

16660

3

413

49

17

Sangrur

215

14649

197

13770

2

862

17

18

SBS Nagar

281

13683

210

13198

0

409

76

19

FG Sahib

488

12403

410

11890

1

437

76

20

Moga

135

11134

92

10823

3

269

42

21

Tarn Taran

89

10989

56

10561

1

399

29

22

Barnala

134

7634

115

7253

1

358

23

23

Malerkotla

46

4050

37

3828

2

214

8

Total

16525

777086

13407

753682

89

20395

3009

*After reconciliation of data, 2 repeat cases excluded from district Gurdaspur.