Chandigarh, November 8: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday ordered the Agriculture Department to work out the modalities for immediate implementation of the Supreme Court orders on providing financial assistance to small and marginal farmers who had not burnt any paddy straw.

At the same time, the Chief Minister also ordered stringent action against those found violating the ban on stubble burning, in line with the apex court’s directives on penalization of such farmers.

The Chief Minister chaired a high-level meeting to discuss the implications of the Supreme Court orders, which would put an additional burden on the cash strapped state, which was already reeling under fiscal problems in the GST regime. He stressed that the central government would have to support the state for a permanent resolution of the problem.

Farmers who had refrained from burning paddy straw despite the financial problems they were facing needed to be incentivized and encouraged, said Captain Amarinder, asking the Agriculture and Finance Departments to take immediate steps to ensure the implementation of the Supreme Court orders on providing compensation to such farmers. The Chief Minister asked the Finance Department to ensure requisite funds for the necessary payment to farmers.

Captain Amarinder also asked the Police department to crack down on all offending farmers and identify those who needed to be penalized for indulging in burning of paddy straw, which had contributed to the severe air pollution in the state and neighbouring regions.

The meeting was informed that more than 900 FIRs had so far been registered against erring farmers, mostly in Sri Muktsar Sahib and Bathinda, with some cases reported in Sangrur.

The meeting was attended by Cabinet Ministers Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Manpreet Singh Badal, Media Advisor to CM Raveen Thukral, Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar, Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, DGP Intelligence V K Bhawra, Financial Commissioner Revenue KBS Sidhu, Additional Chief Secretary Development Viswajeet Khanna, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, Principal Secretary Environment Rakesh Kumar Verma and Secretary Agriculture Kahan Singh Pannu.


Health minister directs administration to double capacity of medical lounge

Decision taken amid heavy footfall of pilgrims at Sultanpur Lodhi: Balbir Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh/Sultanpur Lodhi, November 8: In the view of heavy footfall of pilgrims at Sultanpur Lodhi, health and family welfare minister Punjab Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu today ordered the health department officials to increase the capacity of medical lounge set up here near the main pandal, Guru Nanak Darbar. The minister directed Civil Surgeon Kapurthala Dr. Jasmeet Kaur Bawa to depute more medical and para-medical staff to apart from the capacity of the tent site as around 10,000 have availed medical services so far. He was also accompanied by local MLA Navtej Singh Cheema when he visited the medical lounge after paying obeisance at Guru Nanak Darbar.

Health Minister said that the pilgrims were appreciating the arrangements done by the Punjab Government to commemorate one of the biggest events in Sikh history. He added that as the arrival of devotees has been increased drastically, it was the need of the hour to increase the capacity of the lounge to provide hassle free health facilities to needy.

Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu informed that at present, two OPDs were being run by 4 medical officers along with para-medical staff which would be doubled from today onwards. He added that apart from this, the number of bike ambulances will also be raised from 20 to 40 for smooth transportation of patients from busy streets of the city.

Meanwhile, local MLA Navtej Singh Cheema said that local administration has put on toes for the smooth operations here at Sultanpur Lodhi and the Punjab Government is ensuring every possible facility for Sangat. He also directed the tent city organizers to immediately increase the capacity of tent of medical lounge.


Punjab Govt Declares Local Holiday in Gurdaspur, Kapurthala and Amritsar Districts

Chandigarh, November 8-Punjab Government today declared local holiday in Gurdaspur, Kapurthala and Amritsar districts on November 9, 2019 in connection with the celebrations of the 550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Disclosing this here, an official spokesperson of the Punjab Government said that all the offices of Punjab Government, Boards, Corporations and Educational Institutions in these districts would remain closed on the auspicious occasion.


Officials of Punjab Government have no need to take ex-India leave

Chandigarh, November 8,The officers/officials of Punjab Government who want to visit Kartarpur Sahib (Pakistan ) to pay obeisance on the occasion of 550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji have no need to take ex-India leave. This was disclosed by a spokesman of Punjab Government here today



CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 8: Punjab Government has declared gazetted holiday in the state for November 11, 2019.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Punjab Government said that in view of the 550th Prakash Purb celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, gazetted holiday has been declared in all Governement offices, boards/corporations and educational institutions.