Chandigarh, August 10: The Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab government on Friday released another Rs. 391 crore towards various pending payments, including cane arrears and power subsidy for farmers, along with social security pensions and development schemes.

While Rs. 200 crore has been released to PSPCL against agriculture power subsidy, Rs. 35 crore has been released to the Cooperative Department for transfer to SUGERFED in order to clear cane arrears of farmers, according to an official spokesperson.

A sum of Rs 92 crore has been released on account of Social Security Pensions for various categories of beneficiaries, with another Rs 45 crore slated to be released over the next few days to clear pending payments of social security pensions, said the spokesperson.

An amount of Rs.48 crore has been released to Rural Development and Panchayat department for MNREGA, and all pending bills of National Health Mission, amounting to Rs. 16.18 crore, have been cleared by the treasury, on the directives of the Chief Minister.

Besides ensuring timely payment of social security pensions to the beneficiaries, the release of funds is aimed at maintaining the momentum of development in all priority sectors.

The Chief Minister has reiterated his earlier directive to all the departments to manage their finances more prudently to cut down wasteful expenditure in order to further consolidate the state’s fiscal position. While expressing satisfaction over the resurgence already taken place in Punjab’s finances, the Chief Minister has called for more proactive steps to further augment the pace of growth.


Decks cleared for ropeway project connecting Sri Anandpur Sahib & Mata Naina Devi

Connecting birthplace of Khalsa & Mata Naina Devi to be epitome of strengthening Hindu-Sikh bond: Navjot Singh Sidhu

  • MoU between 2 states of Punjab & Himachal Pradesh set to be revived
  • Anything that takes Punjab forward would be pursued, Tourism & Cultural Affairs Minister

Chandigarh, August 10:“The decks have been cleared for the immensely significant project of the ropeway connecting the birthplace of the Khalsa Sri Anandpur Sahib and Mata Naina Devi. Once commenced the project would prove to be a milestone in not only boosting tourism sector in both Punjab and Himachal Pradesh but would also be an epitome of strengthening the Hindu-Sikh bond.”

Disclosing this here today at the Punjab Municipal Bhawan after a meeting with the Additional Chief Secretary (Culture & Tourism) Himachal Pradesh Mr. Ram Subhag Singh held to revive the ropeway project, the Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Punjab, Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu said that earlier the MoU between both the states was signed but was shelved in 2014 which is now set to be revived as directed by the Chief Minister, Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh to the Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister. He also divulged that the MoU would be inked during this month itself which in turn would accelerate the pace of the project.

During the meeting Mr. Ram Subhag Singh said that the project has been cleared yesterday by the cabinet of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. On this, Mr. Sidhu said that on the Punjab side also the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh has put his stamp of approval which would set the ball in motion.The minister further said that the project would cost tentatively Rs. 200 crore and would cover the distance of 3.5 KM. He also emphasized that the safety of the pilgrims would be given top priority and keeping in view this aspect, the services of top notch company would be hired who must have an accident free record.

Elaborating further, Mr. Sidhu categorically made it clear that all the necessary clearances with regard to the project would be obtained as no hindrances would be allowed to come in the way of this flagship project.

On the occasion, Principal Secretray, Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Punjab, Dr. Roshan Sunkaria, and Director Tourism Mr. Malwinder Singh Jaggi were also present.


Social Security, Women & Child Development Department conducts checking in 67 children homes under a special campaign

  • Checking conducted by Deputy Commissioners & Higher officials finds everything in order
  • Punjab Government serious about protection of children: Aruna Chaudhary
  • Minister directs implementation of suggestions received regarding more improvements in children homes
  • 2 helpline numbers released for complaints regarding crimes against children, women & old age people

Chandigarh, August 10:In a specialized campaign on the directions of the Social Security, Women and Child Development Minister, Punjab, Mrs. Aruna Chaudhary, 67 children's homes were subjected to checking as a precautionary measure during the course of which no complaint relating to the abuse or child security came to the fore and everything was found in order. As regarding the suggestions received regarding further improvement in the children homes and some minor infrastructural issues, these were forwarded to the minister. The department also released 2 helplines in order to ensure the protection of children on which anybody can register a complaint.

The minister said that ensuring the security of the children and women is the biggest priority of the government for which the department has formed teams at the state as well as the district level aimed at the regular checking of children homes under section 54 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. The minister further said that the incidents which happened at the children homes in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have shaken the society to the core which resulted in the department deciding to go in for special checking of the children homes in Punjab by constituting teams under the Deputy Commissioners and the higher officials at the state level. Expressing satisfaction at the report of the checking teams, Mrs. Chaudhary assured that the Punjab Government is dutybound for the protection of children with more improved methods in future. The minister also directed the implementation of the suggestions forwarded by the special checking teams and rectifying the few faultlines found in the checking.

The Special Chief Secretary, Social Security, Women and Child Development, Punjab, Mr. K.B.S. Sidhu said that the minister Mrs. Aruna Chaudhary had taken serious notice of the horrendous incidents against the children and instructed the departmental officials to start special checking campaign. Acting swiftly, the state level teams were constituted under the leadership of Director of the department. Mr. Sidhu further said that this campaign has yielded satisfying results and the suggestions received with regard to the more improvements would be surely put into practice.

Elaborating about the special checking campaign, the Director of the Department Mrs. Kavita Singh said that in the 2 days span, 67 children homes spread over 14 districts were subjected to checking. Out of these, 19 were government and the rest 48 were non-governmental. These are those children homes which house the orphan, lost and the children with special needs or those from child reform homes. On the first day, 36 while on the second day today 31 institutes were checked.

Mrs. Kavita Singh also said that the each committee had a senior officer of the department from the headquarter or the Deputy Commissioner as the head under whose supervision the child care institutes were checked. She also said that the initial reports found everything in order and the rest of the picture would be cleared in the detailed reports. The department has released 2 helpline numbers in this regard. Any person can lodge a complaint 24x7 on the mobile number 70872-23325 while on the departmental headquarter number 0172-2608746 complaint can be lodged from 9 AM till 5 PM. The complaints can be lodged concerning the misbehavior with or cruelty against children, women and the old age people. The identity of the complainant would be kept a secret.



CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 10:Around 471 patients suffering from addiction of drugs and opiate products got treatment services with the help of 104 medical helpline in July, 2018. This was disclosed by Health & Family Welfare Minister Mr. Brahm Mohindra in a press communiqué released here today.

Mr. Brahm Mohindra said that the Punjab Government has commenced a round-the-clock helpline number '104' to assist addicts who seek any information regarding treatment services under de-addiction programme. He said that breaking the taboo of social stigma, now patients are coming forward to get themselves admitted in the Rehabilitation & de-addiction centres. He said that instructions have been issued to concerned higher authorities of 104 Helpline number to deal every patient on priority basis under the de-addiction programme.

The Minister said that the health department has initiated an awareness programme in all districts about 104 helpline to motivate addicts to come forward and get themselves treated to lead healthy life. “Today, anyone can get complete information about de-addiction programme along with counselling services through 104 medical help line service” he added.

He elaborated that as many as 70 patients have been provided the counselling under de-addiction programme from the Help-Line number 104 in July, 2018. He said that owing to the helpline the number of patients is expected to increase in August.

Mr. Mohindra further said that under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister, Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh, the state government has decided to set up OOAT clinics at CHC level to provide free treatment services at door step of every village. It is need of the hour to address every complaint and query about de-addiction programme within time. He said that instructions have been issued to all Civil Surgeons in this regard and in any reported case of dereliction of duty on the part of any officer on this front, strict departmental action would be initiated.

The Health Minister also appealed to the social welfare organisations to join hands with State Government to strengthen Anti Drug Campaign to restore pristine glory of Punjab.





Chandigarh, August 10:On the instructions of the Rural Development and Panchayat Minister, Punjab, Mr. Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, the Panchayat Secretary of the Panchayat Samiti Machhiwara Amrik Singh has been suspended over the matter of failing to hand over record of Village Behlolpur, Panchayat of block machhiwara. Not only this, the headoffice has written to the District Development and Panchayat Oficer, Ludhiana to get an F.I.R. registered against the said Panchayat Secretary.

It is notable that the suspended Panchayat secretary didn't hand over the record of many previous years. The people of the village had complained against the Panchayat Secretary to the Rural Development and Panchayat Minister.

It is also worthwhile to mention that as per the orders of the Rural Development and Panchayat Minister, the senior officers of the department had issued written instructions to all the District Development Officers, Deputy Executive Officers and Block Development Officers that the Panchayat secretaries in case of being transferred to the another block would make sure that the record is handed over to the next incumbent. Inspite of the orders, many Panchayat secretaries are not complying with these orders to hand over records.

Mr. Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa has once again directed the senior officers of the department to ensure that the Panchayat Secretaries hand over their entire record to the new incumbent in case of a transfer. Failing to comply with this instruction of handing over of record of gram Panchayat by concerned Panchayat Secretary must result in the disciplinary action as well as the registration of a criminal case against the erring Panchayat Secretary.



Chandigarh, August 10: State Vigilance Bureau nabbed a Revenue Patwari red handed while accepting bribe of Rs. 5,000/-.

Disclosing this here an official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said Varinder Kumar, Patwari posted at Haibowal Kalan in Ludhiana district was nabbed red handed by Vigilance team for accepting bribe of Rs. 5,000 from complainant Paramjeet Singh of Model Town Extension in Ludhiana City.

The Complainant has approached the VB that the accused Patwari was demanding Rs. 6,000 to issue a copy of fard of his plot and the deal was struck at Rs. 5,000/.

After verifying his information, the Vigilance team laid a trap and the accused Patwari was arrested on the spot while accepting bribe of Rs. 5,000/- from the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses

He informed that a case under Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the accused at VB police station Ludhiana and further investigations was under progress.


Punjab Government to organize 'Global Kabaddi League' under Mission Tandarust Punjab: Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi

  • Exhorting youth to shun drugs is main motive
  • National & International teams to participate
  • Matches to be held in Ludhiana & Jalandhar from 14th October-3rd November
  • Final to be held at Mohali
  • Sports policy to be implemented next month
  • Youth fests to be organized for connecting youth with folk arts

Chandigarh, August 10:The Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Punjab, Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi today said that the Punjab Government has decided to organize 'Global Kabbadi League' under Mission Tandarust Punjab from 14th October till 3rd November this year.

Disclosing further in a press communiqué, the Sports Minister said that the main rationale behind holding the league is to exhort the youth to shun drugs. He also said that teams from National and International level would participate in the league. He also added that the matches would take place in Ludhiana and Jalandhar with the final being slated for Mohali.

The minister also said that the league would be organized with the aid of sponsorship with no government expenditure. Branding the Kabaddi cups held by the previous regime as mere 'shows', he said that the global Kabaddi league is a mission. He further divulged that an organizing committee is being formed to ensure the smooth conduct of the league which would be held as per the government policy. Elaborating more, the minister said that the prize money to be given to the league winners would be decided soon as consultations regarding this are going on currently.

Reiterating his commitment to continue the heritage sporting extravaganza of 'Qila Raipur', Rana Sodhi said that the sports policy of the state would be implemented by next month. Under the new sports policy, giving relaxation to the special category players would be given due consideration after going through the rules and regulations. He also said that state level youth fests would be held during the month of November to connect the youth with the folk arts.

Emphasizing the holding of sporting events of junior children in accordance with the sports calendar, Rana Sodhi said that the education department is sure to accord permissions to use the grounds of the primary, middle and the secondary schools of rural areas for coaching the players after school hours. The players from outside the concerned schools would also be eligible to avail coaching facility.



SRI ANANDPUR SAHIB/CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 10:Under the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s ambitious program ‘Connect with Your Roots’, first group of 14-youngsters from England, who are on 10-day tour to Punjab, on Friday paid obeisance at Takhat Sri Keshgarh Sahib and visited Virasat-e-Khalsa.

The group led by its coordinator and officials of Punjab Government took a round of galleries and museum in Virasat-e-Khalsa to acquaint themselves with the cultural, heritage, religious and historic significance of Punjab. An impressive cultural program was also organised at Virasat-e-Khalsa.

The members of visiting group said that it was memorable moments for them as they were visiting their ancestral land. They also thanked the Punjab Government for introducing this unique initiative of CYR for Punjabi youth of Indian origin settled in different countries to apprise them about the rich culture and glorious heritage of Punjab.

Accompanied by the visiting group Principal Secretary NRI Affairs SR Ladhar informed that the Connect with Your Roots programme was launched by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh from London (UK) in September, 2017 to provide a platform to youth to visit Punjab.

Program coordinator Varinder Singh Khera said that the group would visit prominent places at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Ludhiana in coming days.



CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 10:The Punjab Government today issued transferred and posting orders of 16 IAS and 17 PCS officers with immediate effect.

Disclosing this official spokesperson the Punjab Government said that among the IAS officers Mr. Manikant Prasad Singh Additional Chief Secretary has been transferred and posted as Additional Chief Secretary cum Financial Commissioner, Revenue and Rehabilitation and in addition ACS cum Financial Commissioner Taxation, Mrs. Vini Mahajan as ACS Housing and Urban Development and in addition ACS Industries and commerce and in addition ACS Information Technology and in addition ACS Investment Promotion, Mr. Sanjay Kumar as Principal Secretary Sports and Youth Services and in addition Principal Secretary Planning, Mr. Roshan Sunkaria as Principal Secretary Welfare of SCs and BCs and in addition Financial Commissioner Forests and Wild life, Mr. R. Venkat Ratnam as Principal Secretary Labour, Mr. Rakesh Kumar Verma as Principal Secretary Science Technology and Environment, Mr. Raj Kamal Chaudhuri as Secretary Expenditure (Department of Finance) and in addition Secretary Removal of Grievances and in addition Secretary Governance Reforms and in addition Secretary Punjab State Governance Reforms Commission, Mr. Harjeet Singh as Member Secretary Punjab State Commission for Backward Classes and in addition Commissioner Gurudware Elections, Punjab and in addition Commissioner Faridkot Division, Faridkot, Mr. Baldeo Purushartha as Secretary Lokpal and in addition Commissioner Jalandhar Division, Jalandhar, Mrs. Tanu Kashyap as Joint Development Commissioner Integrated Rural Development and in addition Commissioner NREGA and in addition Member Secretary Punjab State Women Commission and in addition Special Secretary Rural Development and Panchayats and in addition Mission Director Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojna, Mr. Daljit Singh Mangat as Special Secretary Planning and in addition Special Secretary Water Resources, Mr. Praneet as Deputy Commissioner Bathinda and in addition Chairman Improvement Trust Bathinda, Ms. Gurneet Tej as Special Secretary Housing and Urban Development and in addition Director Town and Country Planning, Mr. Tejinder Singh Dhaliwal as State Transport Commissioner, Punjab and in addition Deputy Commissioner Gurudwara Elections Punjab and in addition Special Secretary Science Technology and Environment, Mr. Devinder Pal Singh Kharbanda as Director Industries and Commerce and in addition Managing Director, Punjab Small Industries Export Corporation Limited and in addition Managing Director Punjab Financial Corporation and the Services of Mrs. Aashika Jain has been placed at the disposal of Department of Local Government for posting as Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Jalandhar.

Spokesperson further said that among the PCS officers who were transferred included Mrs. Hargunjit Kaur who has been transferred and posted as Additional Secretary Personnel and in addition Additional Managing Director, Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation Limited, Mrs. Neeru Katyal Gupta as Additional Deputy Commissioner jagraon, Services of Mrs. Amarbir Kaur Bhullar has been placed at the disposal of the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs for posting as General Manager (Personnel and Admin) PUNSUP, Mr. Paramdeep Singh as Sub Divisional Magistrate Faridkot and in addition Sub Divisional Magistrate Kotakpura, Mrs. Rajdeep Kaur as Deputy Secretary Employment Generation and Training and in addition Additional Director Employment Generation and Training, Mr. Harjeet Singh Sandhu as Sub Divisional Magistrate Budhlada, Ms. Anupreet Kaur as Sub Divisional Magistrate Patti and in addition Sub Divisional Magistrate Bhikhiwind, Mr. Surinder Singh as Sub Divisional Magistrate Tarn Taran and in addition Sub Divisional Magistrate Khadoor Sahib, Services of Mrs. Arina Duggal has been placed at the disposal of the department of School Education for posting as Secretary, Punjab School Education Board and in addition Land Acquisition Collector, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority, Services of Mr. Rajiv Kumar Verma has been placed at the disposal of the department of Local Government for posting as Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Jalandhar and in addition Sub Divisional Magistrate Nakodar, Services of Mr. Nitish Singla has been placed at the disposal of the department of Local Government for posting as Joint Commissioner Municipal Corporation Amritsar, Mr. Satwant Singh has been posted as Land Acquisition Collector, Improvement Trust Ludhiana, Mr. Narinder Singh-II as Sub Divisional Magistrate Zira, Ms. Harkirat Kaur Channe as Assistant Commissioner (Grievances) Patiala and in addition Deputy Director (Admn) Department of Water Supply and Sanitation (Hq) Patiala, Mr. Amit Gupta as Sub Divisional Magistrate Ferozepur, Mr. Ashok Kumar as Sub Divisional Magistrate Dera Baba Nanak and in addition Sub Divisional Magistrate Kalanaur and Mr. Arashdeep Singh Lobana has been transferred and posted as Assistant Commissioner (Grievances) Pathankot and in addition Assistant Commissioner (General) Pathankot.