• State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation to be set up in Punjab– O.P Soni
  • Organ Retrieval Centres to be built in GMC Amritsar and Patiala

Chandigarh, October 15:Cognizant of the need to promote and regulate organ transplant in the State, the Department of Medical Education and Research is to establish State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation with an Organ Retrieval Centre each at Government Medical College Amritsar and Patiala, informed Mr. OP Soni, Minister for Medical Education and Research.

Mr. Soni said that there is an acute shortage of human organs as compared to the requirement of organs for saving the lives of a large number of patients suffering from end stage organ failure. Therefore, to promote cadaver organ donation, the organ retrieval and transplantation infrastructure is being developed in the State.

He informed that State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (SOTTO) is being set up under National Organ Transplant Programme. This Centre funded project entails expense to the tune of Rs.33 lac as initial one-time setting up cost of SOTTO, Rs. 38 lac as the recurring expenses for manpower and Rs. 25 lac each for the Organ Retrieval Centres at Amritsar and Ludhiana. The sanction of Rs.1.2 crores has been granted for the project and amount required for initial set-up has been received, informed Soni.

The Medical Education and Research Minister said that SOTTO will co-ordinate the entire organ transplant activities and the subsequent commissioning of the Green Corridor, the special road route that enables harvested organs meant for transplants to reach the destined hospital.


1712579 MT paddy procured

  • Consistent allotments and agreements with Rice Millers
  • 43% Lifting accomplished

Chandigarh, October 15:The procurement operations state-wide are sailing smooth informed an official spokesman of government of Punjab.

Elucidating the details of the procurement scenario, he said as of October 14, nearly 17.13 lakh metric tonne paddy has been procured including 1661272 MT by government agencies and 51307 MT by the millers.

Out of the total procurement, 651652 MT of paddy has been purchased by PUNGRAIN , 442903 metric tonnes by MARKFED and 314262 MT by PUNSUP while Punjab State Warehousing Corporation purchased 219926 MT paddy and FCI purchased 32529 MT.

Detailing the lifting statistics, he said percentage of lifting paddy against the 72 hour norm is over 43 % of the total arrivals, upto October 11.

He further informed that mill allotment process is on and more and more agreements are being signed by the millers with each passing day. He said that as many as 2354 mills have been allotted so far including 290 in Moga, 247 in Sangrur, 230 in Patiala, 198 in Ludhiana (W), 184 in Ludhiana (E), 177 in Muktsar, 128 in Bathinda, 115 in Barnala and 114 in Ferozepur.

Besides, 1330 mills have signed agreement with the government including 40 out of 40 mills in Hoshiarpur, 175 out of 177 in Muktsar, 81 out of 88 in Jalandhar,15 out of 17 in Amritsar ,49 out of 52 mills in Fazilka, 90 out of 114 in Ferozepur,17 out of 21 in Tarn Taran,60 out of 65 in Kapurthala said he adding that more agreements are expected to be signed in days to come.




Chandigarh, October 15: The services of Secretary Market Committee, Batala have been placed under suspension following the irregularities in procurement of paddy. This action has been taken on the basis of checking of record in Market Committee Batala, where unaccounted purchase of paddy is found during inspection by the special team.

Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of Mandi Board said that the Board had constituted special teams for inspection of Mandis to ensure hassle-free procurement of paddy in a transparent manner. He said that any lapse or irregularity in the purchase of paddy would not be tolerated at any cost.

Divulging the details, the spokesperson said that the special inspection teams constituted by the Mandi Board had thoroughly checked the records of Market Committee Batala and Gehri in Jandiala Guru, Amritsar. It was found that Arthiyas (commission agents) in connivance with the Staff of Market Committee purchased paddy from the farmers at low rates and sold it to procurement agencies at MSP rate. The entire record, in this regard, has been seized and the paddy procured on low rates had been dispatched to the various shellers.

The Spokesperson further stated that strict action would be initiated against other erring officials found guilty after the conclusion of ongoing enquiry. He categorically said that none of any official would be spared for dereliction of duty and indulging in malpractices during procurement.


Mother of All festival Bumpers'- Punjab Diwali Bumper offers total Rs. 21 crore prizes

First two prizes Rs. 2.5-2.5 crore assured to public

Chandigarh, October 15-Punjab Government's biggest bumper of the year 'Maa Lakshmi Diwali Puja Bumper 2019' has got huge response in the market. With this, Punjab State Lotteries Department has provided a golden opportunity to win prizes worth of total Rs. 21 crore and the first prize of this bumper is Rs.5 crore.

An official spokesperson of the department said that the first prize of Rs.5 crore would be given to two winners (Rs. 2.50-2.50 crore each). He said that the second prize of Rs 20 lakh would be given to 10 winners. He further said that the department has already released 20 lakh tickets in 'A' and 'B' series.

The spokesperson further said that the first two prizes would surely be given on the tickets sold out in public. He said that the third prize of Rs. 10 lakh will be given to 10 winners. The fourth prize of Rs. two lakh would be given to twenty winners. In addition, the Diwali Bumper has many other attractive prizes, which have total value of crores of rupees.

The spokesperson said that draw of the bumper would be held on November 1, 2019. Diwali has a special place among Indian festivals and considering people’s huge enthusiasm the lotteries department has included lucrative prizes in Maa Lakshmi Diwali Puja Bumper so that it may add more joy and cheer in the festival for the winners.



Chandigarh, October 15: Office of chief electoral Officer, Punjab Dr. S. Karuna Raju today approves name of Inspector Kikar Singh NO.35/FR (I/C CIA Staff Jagraon,) for New SHO of Dakha in Palace of Inspector Prem Singh.

This information was given by the Spokesman of office of Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab.



Chandigarh, October 15:Election Commission of India today announced extension in the dates for final publication of Electoral Rolls because the Special Summary Revision of Photo Electoral Rolls are under process.

Disclosing this here today, a Spokesperson of Office of Chief Electoral Officer Punjab, disclosed that Elector Verification Program (EVP) and other Pre-Revision Activities including rationalization of polling station, are under process and these will go up to November 18th, 2019 against the previous announced date of October 31st, 2019 as per directions of Election Commission of India.

He said that now the Integrated draft Electoral Rolls would be published on November 25th, 2019.

The Claims and objections would now be submitted from November 25th, 2019 to December 24th , 2019 and the process of disposal of claims and objection will go up to January 10th, 2020. The date of final publication of electoral rolls is January 20th, 2020, the spokesperson added.