CAPT AMARINDER SLAMS AKALIS FOR OBSTRUCTING BARGARI PROBE, SAYS HIS GOVT HAS MOVED COURT AGAINST CBI CLOSURE REPORT

SAS NAGAR MOHALI, AUGUST 20:Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday lambasted the Akalis for their perverse and desperate attempts to obstruct the investigations into the Bargari sacrilege case, and said his government had already moved the court against the CBI closure report to enable the state to pursue the probe to its logical conclusion.

In an informal chat with mediapersons here, the Chief Minister said the then SAD-BJP government had deliberately handed over the sensitive case to the CBI in the first place and the agency had played to the tune of its masters by closing the matter without completing the probe.

In response to a question, Captain Amarinder also lashed out at SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal for trying to manipulate the facts about Rajiv Gandhi in the context of the 1984 riots. Sukhbir himself was in the US at the time and had no clue what was happening in India at the time, he said, adding that Badal Junior was in the habit of blabbering without any substance.

Asked to comment on the current state of the Indo-Pak relations, the Chief Minister hoped that Pakistan would honour its commitment and would complete the Kartarpur Corridor as planned.

To a query about the damage caused in the state by the floods caused by the unprecedented rains, the Chief Minister said it was estimated to be around Rs 1700 crores. The state administration was fully geared to meet any eventuality and would safeguard the lives of the people at all costs, he asserted.

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CAPT AMARINDER LAUNCHES SARBAT SEHAT BIMA YOJNA, DEDICATES UNIQUE INITIATIVE TO RAJIV GANDHI ON HIS 75TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

SAS NAGAR MOHALI, AUGUST 20:In a tribute to late former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday launched his government’s flagship universal health insurance scheme ‘Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana’, benefitting nearly 46 lakh families.

E-cards were handed over to the first 11 beneficiaries from Mohali district to kick off the scheme, which would entitle beneficiaries to avail annual cashless treatment up to Rs. 5 Lakh per family per year, including pre-existing diseases, was aimed at ensuring the best possible treatment to the beneficiaries free of cost.

With this scheme, covering 76% of the its population, Punjab has become the first state in the country to offer medical insurance cover to the maximum number of its people, the Chief Minister announced, dedicating the welfare initiative to Rajiv Gandhi. His government was committed to fulfilling the aspirations of the people with the vision of the country’s youngest prime minister, he added.

It may be recalled that the state government had decided, a few months ago, to extend the PMJAY to provide cashless health insurance cover of Rs. 5 Lakh per family per year to more 31 Lakh families. While the cost of the premium for 14.86 lac families originally covered under PMJAY, as per SECC data, is being borne by the Centre and State in 60:40 ratio, for the rest of the beneficiaries the state will bear the entire cost of the premium.

Speaking on the occasion, Captain Amarinder said it had taken his government several months to draw the roadmap for the implementation of the cashless treatment scheme to cover 76% of its population, in sharp contrast to the 12% that would have been covered otherwise under the Central Government’s PMJAY scheme. Similar schemes in other states had covered up to a mere 30% of their population, he pointed out.

The Chief Minister recalled Rajiv’s proactive role in sanctioning approval for setting the first multi-national project in Punjab in the form of Pepsi. "I was then the Punjab Agriculture Minister and had submitted a proposal to PMO for setting up this plant, which was vital for state's diversification plans. I still remember how, exactly on the eighth day, I got a message that PM wanted to meet me and the project was approved,” the Chief Minister said nostalgically.

Giving details of the Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana, the Chief Minister revealed it would cover a total of 20.43 Lac smart ration card holder families, in addition to 14.86 lac families enrolled as per Socio Economic Caste Census Data, 4.94 lac J form holder farmer families, 2.8 lac small farmers, and more than 2.38 lac construction workers registered with the state construction welfare board, besides 46,000 small traders. The scheme has also been extended to around 4500 journalists accredited to the state or holding yellow cards.

Equipped with specially designed 1396 treatment packages, the scheme will be implemented through more than 450 empaneled hospitals, including 200 government hospitals. Of the total premium of Rs. 333 Crores under the Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana, the state's share is 83%, which amounts to Rs. 276 Crores, while the Government of India would be paying the remaining Rs. 57 Crores. Surgical packages under the scheme also include the cost of pre-hospitalization for 3 days and post-hospitalization for 15 days.

Earlier in his welcome address, Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu lauded the Chief Minister for taking this historic decision, which would revolutionise the health services in the state. He further said that in case a patient is not carrying e-card, he can go to any empaneled hospital and can meet Aarogya Mitra, who will generate his e-card on the spot and facilitate cashless payment.

Punjab Mandi Board Lal Singh Chairman also thanked the Chief Minister for this unique step.

Chairman Punjab Health Systems Corporation Chairman Amardeep Singh Cheema, MLAs Balwinder Singh Laddi and Santokh Singh Bhalaipur, Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare Anurag Aggarwal, Special Principal Secretary to CM Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, MD NRHM Amit Kumar, Special Secretary Health Puneet Goyal were also present on the occasion.

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CAPT AMARINDER SLAMS AKALIS FOR OBSTRUCTING BARGARI PROBE, SAYS HIS GOVT HAS MOVED COURT AGAINST CBI CLOSURE REPORT

SAS NAGAR MOHALI, AUGUST 20:Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday lambasted the Akalis for their perverse and desperate attempts to obstruct the investigations into the Bargari sacrilege case, and said his government had already moved the court against the CBI closure report to enable the state to pursue the probe to its logical conclusion.

In an informal chat with mediapersons here, the Chief Minister said the then SAD-BJP government had deliberately handed over the sensitive case to the CBI in the first place and the agency had played to the tune of its masters by closing the matter without completing the probe.

In response to a question, Captain Amarinder also lashed out at SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal for trying to manipulate the facts about Rajiv Gandhi in the context of the 1984 riots. Sukhbir himself was in the US at the time and had no clue what was happening in India at the time, he said, adding that Badal Junior was in the habit of blabbering without any substance.

Asked to comment on the current state of the Indo-Pak relations, the Chief Minister hoped that Pakistan would honour its commitment and would complete the Kartarpur Corridor as planned.

To a query about the damage caused in the state by the floods caused by the unprecedented rains, the Chief Minister said it was estimated to be around Rs 1700 crores. The state administration was fully geared to meet any eventuality and would safeguard the lives of the people at all costs, he asserted.

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Air is the Guru; Please do not pollute: Manpreet Badal

  • Don’t drift away from the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Finance Minister appeals to people of Punjab

Chandigarh, August 20-Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal on Tuesday exhorted the people of Punjab and Haryana not to burn paddy straw as that would be a true tribute to the Guru Nanak Dev ji, especially with the ongoing 550th Parkash Purab celebrations. The Minister was talking to the media personnel after attending a public function at Bathinda.

Taking a pledge not to burn stubble and paddy remnants will be in tune with the message of ‘Sarbat Da Bhalla’, said the Minister. In this way, Punjabis could set a remarkable example of environmental consciousness and also spread the message of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Mr. Badal stated.

He said that Guru Nanak Dev Ji has clearly stated that “ਪਵਣੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਪਾਣੀ ਪਿਤਾ ਮਾਤਾ ਧਰਤਿਮਹਤੁ” (Air is the Guru, Water is the Father, and Earth is the Great Mother of all), but by burning agricultural residues, we are defiling Air, which has been described as our Guru.

The Finance Minister said, “If the founder of the Sikh faith had treated air, water and earth with such reverence, then we should follow the teachings and not defile and pollute our environment. By not following the message, we are drifting away from the path that has been so beautifully prescribed for us”.

Manpreet Singh Badal also stated that millions of pilgrims and general public from across the globe is expected to converge in Punjab for the auspicious occasion. “Keeping in view the true traditions of Punjab and Punjabiat, I am sure that we will greet them with folded hands, bow our heads in respect to our guests; and also open our doors and kitchens and langar; but additionally, we should also commit ourselves to providing them with a clean and pure environment”, he added.

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Punjab State Women Commission seeks report from SSP Amritsar (rural) for not conducting medical examination of rape victim

* Also seek report from Civil Surgeon Amritsar in the case

Chandigarh, August 20:The Punjab State Women Commission taken suo moto notice of the news reports in which serious aspirations were casted on the role of District Police and District Health Authorities for not conducting the medical examination of the rape victims even after four days of the incident. The Commission has sought detailed report from the SSP, Amritsar Rural and Civil Surgeon Amritsar, by August 26,2019 .

Disclosing this in a press communiqué Mrs. Manisha Gulati, Chairperson of the Women Commission said that the news reports alleged that the Police instead of doing its duty was exerting pressure on the victim for compromise with the opposite party. She said that Civil Surgeon, Amritsar was also directed to explain that why the victim has sent to Ajnala to procure the medical kit for medical examination which is 20 km away from Amritsar. Likewise the report was sought from SSP, Amritsar Rural by August 26, 2019.

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VIGILANCE NABS DOCUMENT WRITER FOR TAKING BRIBE

Chandigarh, August 20: The Vigilance Bureau Punjab today nabbed a Document Writer red handed while accepting bribe of Rs. 12,000.

Disclosing this here an official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said Pawan Shahi a Document Writer at Payal, Ludhiana district was nabbed red handed by Vigilance team for accepting bribe of Rs. 12,000 from complainant Paramjeet Singh of modal town extension Ludhiana city.

The Complainant has approached the VB and alleged that the above said Document Writer was demanding Rs. 15,000 for helping him for getting the registry done of a plot in his father’s name. He further said that he had already paid Rs. 3000 as a first installment.

After verifying his information, the Vigilance team laid a trap and the accused Document Writer was arrested on the spot while accepting bribe of Rs. 12,000/- 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.