CHANDIGARH, JANUARY 7:The Punjab Government has initiated the process of making smart ration cards with chip to distribute subsidize ration to the BPL population of the state. The tender has already been floated for this purpose. It was disclosed by Mr. Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Food and Civil Supplies Minister while presiding over a meeting of the consultative group constituted by the Chief Minister Punjab to advise the Food and Civil Supplies Department on Food Security.

The meeting was attended by Cabinet Minister, Tripit Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Mrs. Aruna Chowdhry, Mr. Sundar Sham Arora, MLA Pritam Singh Kotbhai, Rajinder Singh, Madan Lal Jalalpur, Kulbir Singh Zira, Special invitee Capt. Sandeep Sandhu ,Mr. K.A.P Sinha Principal Secretary Food and Civil Supplies, Mrs. Raji P. Srivastava Principal Secretary, Women & Social Security and Child Development, Mrs. Anandita Mitra, Director Food and Civil supplies.

Mr. Ashu apprised the consultative group that the Punjab Government will soon start process of disbursing tea and sugar apart from ration through epos machines as was promised in the election manifesto of the congress party. He said that now any beneficiary could know the detail of the ration received by him in previous distribution process by using chip fitted smart ration card. Likewise he may be able to receive ration from any district of the state as all the data of ration due to him or received by him can be assessed by portability facility using smart cards.

The Food and Civil Supplies Minister said that the department would soon start the process of disbursing wheat and rice to the Charitable/Welfare societies and Hostels on BPL price as was committed in the election manifesto of the congress party. He said that now the people staying in orphanages, Bal Ashrams, Nari Niketan, Old age homes would be supplied subsidized ration. The Minister added that other charitable trusts working for public welfare would also be provided subsidized ration on BPL rate. He said only those institutions would be eligible for subsidized ration under this scheme which are registered with the Punjab Government.

Mr. Ashu said that under National Food Security Act, 2013 the Punjab Government would start distributing subsidized ration to the eligible beneficiaries through smart ration cards from January 15, 2020 for the period ranging between October,2019 to March, 2020.


Minister Channi expresses grief & heartfelt condolences on the death of Famous Dhadi Folk Singer Idu Sharif

Chairman Punjab Kala Parishad Dr. Surjit Patar also condoles the death of eminent Punjabi Folk Dhadi Singer

Chandigarh, January 7: Famous Dhadhi Folk Singer Idu Sharif, who was battling paralysis, passed away today at Manimajra in Chandigarh. The Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Punjab, Mr. Charanjit Singh Channi has expressed grief and shared heartfelt condolences with family of the departed soul.

The Minister said that he is deeply saddened by the news of the loss of the Shiromani Dhadhi Folk Singer Idu Sharif. He said that with the passing away of Idu Sharif an era in Dhadi Folk lore has ended. The role played by Idu Sharif in keeping alive and promoting Dhadi Folk singing would always remain a golden chapter in the history of dhadi folk singing.

Idu Sharif, received coveted Sangeet Natak Academi and other awards at state and national level during his life time.

Mr. Channi prayed to god to grant eternal peace and strength to the family during this difficult time to bear this irreparable loss.

Dr. Surjit Patar Chairman Punjab Kala Parishad has also has condoled the death of eminent Punjabi Folk Dhadi Singer Idu Sharif. In his condolence message, he said that this is a grievous loss not only for his family, but also for lovers of Punjabi folk music all over the world.



Chandigarh, January 7: State Vigilance Bureau today nabbed an Assistant Lineman (ALM) of PSPCL red handed taking bribe of Rs. 4000/-.

Disclosing this here an official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said Madho Ram ALM posted at PSPCL office Lalto Kalan, Ludhiana district was nabbed on the complaint of Swaran Singh of village Dolon Kalan. The complainant has approached the VB and alleged that the above named lineman was demanding Rs. 6000 to replace the defective electricity transformer and the deal was struck at Rs. 4,000.

After verifying his information, the Vigilance team laid a trap and the lineman was nabbed on the spot while accepting bribe of Rs.4,000 from the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses.

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