Chandigarh, June 18-With 128 Punjab manufacturers approved for production of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking permission to export the surplus.

The Chief Minister said these manufacturers had risen to the occasion in the wake of the Covid outbreak to make Punjab self-reliant in the manufacture of this critical equipment needed by frontline warriors in the fight against the pandemic. Permitting them to export the PPE body coveralls “would also give an impetus to the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan recently launched by Government of India under your leadership,” he said in his letter to the Prime Minister, requesting him to consider giving permission” for the same.

Citing the surplus capacity of production and quality of products manufactured by these units, which started production after obtaining certification from SITRA/DRDO, Captain Amarinder said it appeared that there was not enough domestic demand of PPE at present. These manufacturers are finding it difficult to obtain orders from HLL, he pointed out, adding that of the 128 approved manufacturers, only 18 units have received orders from the Government of India.

The Chief Minister recalled that on May 21, 2020, the Punjab Industries and Commerce Minister has written to Chief Ministers of all States to consider directing their respective Health Departments to place orders on Punjab’s PPE body coverall manufacturers at HLL rates. The Minister has also made a request to the Union Commerce & Industries Minister, vide DO dated 20/05/2020, requesting for allowing export of surplus PPE body coveralls from the country, he further noted.

Notably, the 128 approved manufacturers have a cumulative current capacity to manufacture 5,21,050 PPE coveralls every day. Besides, with the manufacturers possessing significant ability to further scale up the total capacity, the potential for exports is massive, according to Additional Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan, who pointed out that permission to export would not only help revive the state’s industry but also support the global battle against the Covid pandemic.


Cooperative Sugar Mills Release Rs. 62 Crore to Sugarcane Farmers: Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa

  • No arrears for year 2018-19, Rs.100 crore will be released soon for payment of arrears 2019-20
  • Central Government being approached Rs. 60 crore for subsidy & buffer stock claims

Chandigarh, 18 June:-As per the directions of the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, an amount of Rs. 62 crore has been released to the sugarcane farmers by the Cooperative Sugar Mills thus initiating the process of payment of arrears to the farmers. It was disclosed by Punjab Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa in a press communiqué released here today.

S. Randhawa said that Rs. 50 crore has been released by the government for the arrears of sugarcane farmers and about Rs. 12 crore has been paid by the mills at their own level. He said that all the arrears pertaining to the year 2018-19 have been paid and an amount of Rs. 100 crore regarding arrears of year 2019-20 would be released soon.

The Co-operation Minister said that the Government of India is being approached for early payment of about Rs. 60 crore as sugar export subsidy and buffer stock claim of the co-operative sugar mills so that the arrears of sugarcane could be settled as soon as possible. He said that the state government is fully committed to the welfare of the farmers and despite the decline in government revenue due to the corona virus and lockdown, all possible efforts are being made to pay the arrears due to the sugarcane farmers.


‘City Preparedness Plan’ to Curtail Spread of COVID-19 in Urban Slums: Balbir Singh Sidhu

More than 2,15,000 samples have taken so far

Chandigarh, June 18:With view to ramp up the efforts to curtail the spread of corona virus in urban slums of 5 districts where maximum cases of Corona virus have been reported, the Punjab Government has chalked out a ‘City Preparedness Plan’.

Disclosing this here today, Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that more than 54 percent of COVID-19 cases reported from District Amritsar, Ludhiana Jalandhar, SAS Nagar and Patiala so that to take quick action to control virus in specific area, a sub-committee of District Disaster Management Committee has now included the Community Medicine Faculty from Medical College, WHO, NPSP staff and a prominent NGO. He said that this dedicated committee would assist the City Administration for preparation of epidemic preparedness plans, implementation, monitoring and reporting in consultation with the help of Health Department.

“After getting the significant inputs from these committees, a State level committee comprising of Director, Health Services, Executive Director, SHSRC and State Epidemiologist would further be taken the decision regarding sample collection, testing & reporting with a view to reduce turnaround time to less than 24 hrs (from collection of sample to report receipt by patient)”, he added.

To ensure the ‘City Preparedness Plan’ in urban slums of cities, the Minister further explained that the house to house surveillance campaign and testing process would also be daily reviewed especially conducted in containment and Micro containment zones. Frontline workers and volunteers to be deputed to motivate people with very mild symptoms of COVID such as headache, body ache, sore throat, fever etc for consulting doctors at flu-corners and for providing earlier treatment in such areas.

Mr. Sidhu said that more than 2,15,000 samples have taken so far and to enhance the capacity of sample collection, special training have been imparted to the CHOs, RMOs and other technical staff those are competent to collect the samples.

Additional Flu-corners have been established in all health institutions including health wellness centers including sub-centers in urban slums where all the details of symptomatic persons have been forwarded to the State for further action and preparedness.


Punjab Sports Minister Rana Sodhi hands over appointment letters to the newly appointed District Sports Officers

Motivated them to restore the old glory of Punjab in sports by working diligently

Chandigarh, June 18:-Punjab Sports and Youth Services and NRIs Affairs Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi today handed over appointment letters to 6 newly recruited District Sports Officers.

During a brief program held at his residence here, Rana Sodhi asked the newly-appointed candidates, who were selected through Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) to discharge their responsibilities diligently and honestly. He said that in the arena of sports, whereas you can reach the heights of progress, simultaneously you can facilitate to the state to restore the old glory in sports by giving proper guidance to the youth.

Rana Sodhi said that through sports they could protect the youth of Punjab from drugs and fulfill their responsibility towards the society. He said that taking advantage of the expertise of these sports officers would help in further promoting the sports culture of the state. He congratulated newly appointed Sports Officers on joining the department and wished them all the best for the future endeavours.

The recipients of appointment letters included; Rupesh Kumar, Parvinder Singh, Ranbir Singh Bhangu, Sukhchain Singh, Shaswat Rajdan and Gurdeep Kaur. On this occasion, Secretary Sports and Youth Services Mr. Hussan Lal, Director Mr. DPS Kharbanda and Deputy Director Mr. Kartar Singh were present.


Vigilance nabs Registrar employee for taking bribe of Rs.9,500

Chandigarh, June 18: State Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a Sukhmani Singh Advocate working in Sub-Registrar (East) Office, Ludhiana red handed while accepting bribe of Rs 9,500.

Disclosing this here an official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said the accused was arrested on the complaint of Amandeep Singh of village Jagirpur, Raho Road, Ludhiana. The complainant has approached the VB and alleged that the accused employee was demanding Rs 21,500 for mutation of his new shop. The complainant had already paid Rs. 6000 to the accused as a first installment.

After verifying his information, a vigilance team from Ludhiana laid a trap and the accused Sukhmani Singh was arrested on the spot taking bribe of Rs. 9,500 from the complainant as second installment in the presence of two official witnesses.

He informed that a case under prevention of corruption act has been registered against him at VB police station, Ludhiana. Further investigation is under progress.