CHANDIGARH,30.06.20--Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh presiding over a Cabinet meeting at Chief Minister's Office in Punjab Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh on Tuesday.



Chandigarh, June 30: In a bid to effectively tackle the increasing patient load in Government Hospitals due to spread of coronavirus, the Punjab Cabinet on Tuesday accorded approval to fill 3954 existing vacant regular posts in Health and 291 posts in Medical Education & Research Department.

This decision was taken during a Cabinet Meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh here at Chief Minister’s Office this evening.

According to a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office, out of total 3954 posts in Health Department, 2966 would be filled in the first phase and the remaining 988, which would fall vacant on September 30, 2020, in the next phase. The Cabinet also gave approval to continue the recruitment of Medical Officers (Specialists) to be conducted by a Special Selection Committee headed by Dr. K.K. Talwar through a walk-in interview.

Likewise, the Cabinet also gave nod for recruitment of doctors, paramedics and other staff to be done through Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot by taking the recruitment out of the purview of Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) and Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board (PSSSB). The decision of filling these posts through BFUHS has been taken in view of acute urgency amid global COVID-19 pandemic as earlier the recruitment of Group A and B posts was conducted through PPSC and group C & D through PSSSB.

Divulging details, the Spokesperson said that out of 2966 posts, 235 Medical Officers (General), one Medical Officer Specialist (Microbiologist), four Medical Officers Specialist (Social Preventive Medicine), 35 Medical Officers (Dental), 598 Staff Nurses, 180 Pharmacists (Pharmacy Officer), 600 Multipurpose Health Workers (Female) & 200 Multipurpose Health Workers (Male), 139 Radiographers, 44 Dialysis Technicians, 116 Operation Theatre Assistants, 14 ECG Technicians besides 800 Ward Attendants would be recruited. Apart from these, the Cabinet also decided to recruit 265 Medical Officers (General), 323 Medical Officers Specialist, Pharmacist (Pharmacy Officers) 302 and 98 M.L.T. (Grade-2) against the total 988 posts falling vacant on September 30, 2020.

The Cabinet also approved exemption in upper age limit up to 45 years at the time of recruitment to those employees already working on contract/outsourced basis in different wings/institutions of the Health & Family Welfare Department in line with the similar relaxation of upper age in case of persons already in government service for the purpose of recruitment to service by direct appointment. However, no relaxation will be given in educational qualification.

The exemption in the upper age limit up to 45 years has been now allowed to the said employees as they are well-versed with the functioning of the department and rendered excellent services during COVID-19 pandemic.


In another significant decision to combat COVID-19 pandemic, the Cabinet also accorded approval to retain those Junior Residents, who are passing out after completing 3-years post graduation, as Senior Residents (Adhoc) for one year against the bond given by them. As many as 232 Junior Residents (other than PCMS category Junior Residents) would be retained against the bond given by them since 267 posts of Senior Residents are still lying vacant even after these posts were advertised recently. The Cabinet also decided to recruit 32 Assistant Professors (Anaesthesia) on contract basis for one year and seven super specialist doctors on regular basis by the department. Apart from this, 20 posts of Anaesthesia Technicians were also approved for one year.



The Cabinet also approved the Annual Administrative Reports of the Employment Generation & Training Department for the year 2016-17 and 2017-18.



Chandigarh, June 30-The Punjab Police has foiled a major bid by Pakistan-backed terrorists to target socio-religious leaders and disturb the communal harmony of the state with the arrest of three members of the

Khalistan Liberation Front (KLF).

According to Punjab DGP, Dinkar Gupta, the terror module, busted on Sunday, was operating in various parts of Punjab at the behest of pro-Khalistani elements based in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and UK.

Gupta said one .32 bore pistol, along with 7 cartridges, has been recovered from the alleged terrorists, identified as Sukhchain Singh r/o Village Sehra, PS Ganda Kheri, Distt. Patiala; Amritpal Singh r/o Village Achanak, PS Boha, Distt Mansa; and Jaspreet Singh r/o Borewal Sohan, Police Station Majitha. Another of their associates, Lovepreet Singh r/o Kaithal, has already been arrested recently by Delhi Police, along with other KLF members.

Giving details of the case, the DGP said the three men had come into contact with one other through social media. They further came in touch with Pakistan-based handlers who provoked them to target socio-religious leaders, and also disturb Punjab’s peace and law & order. Amritpal Singh was instrumental in connecting and motivating Sukhchain and Lovepreet Singh in taking the dangerous agenda forward.

Initial investigations show that their Pakistan-based handlers also invited these men to visit Pakistan for planning the future course of action. One of the foreign handlers, based in Saudi Arabia, promised to provide them shelter once they execute their actions on ground.

An FIR has been registered at Police Station Sadar, Samana, district Patiala under sections 13,16,18,20 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 and 25/54/59 Arms Act, and further investigations are in progress.

Gupta said with this, the Punjab Police has busted a total of nine terror modules in the first six months of this year itself.





Chandigarh, June 30: State Vigilance Bureau, nabbed an ASI and clerk for taking bribes in two different cases.

Disclosing this here an official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau Punjab said ASI Gurnam Singh posted at Special Excise Cell, Ferozepur was nabbed red handed while accepting bribe of Rs 5,500 on the complaint of Gurmej Singh of village Swaiya Rai Utaar, Ferozepur district. The complainant has approached the VB and alleged that the accused police official was demanding bribe Rs. 10,000 for not to register a police case against him and the deal was struck at Rs. 7500. The complainant had already paid Rs. 2,000 as a first installment to the ASI Gurnam Singh.

After verifying his information, the vigilance team laid a trap and the accused ASI was arrested on the spot while taking bribe of Rs. 5500 of second installment from the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses.

Likewise, in another bribery case, Balwinder Singh clerk posted at PSPCL Jaito, Faridkot was nabbed red handed while accepting bribe of Rs. 2,000 on the complaint of Baldev Singh of village Sada Patti, Faridkot district. The complainant has approached the VB and alleged that the accused clerk was demanding bribe Rs. 2,000 to help him for shifting his tubewell connection.

After verifying his information, the vigilance team laid a trap and the accused clerk was arrested on the spot while accepting bribe of Rs. 2000 from the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses.

He informed that two cases under section of prevention of corruption act have been registered against both the accused at VB police station, Ferozepur and further investigation is under progress.


Punjab Government issues guidelines for phased reopening for unlock 2 from July 1 to July 30

No restriction on inter-state, intra-state movement of persons and goods

• Educational, coaching institutions to remain closed till 31st July

Chandigarh, June 30: Punjab Government today issued guidelines for phased reopening for 'Unlock 2' from 01.07.2020 to 30.07.2020 and decided to reopen more activities in a calibrated manner in areas outside the containment zones.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Punjab Government has said that under these detailed guidelines the state Government has allowed the district authorities to impose such restrictions as deemed necessary in areas outside the containment zones. However, there shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movements, he added.

He further informed that schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions would remain closed till 31st July 2020. Online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and be encouraged. Training institutions of the central and state governments would be allowed to function from 15th July for which standard operating procedures (SOP) would be issued by the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), Government of India.

He added that activities which would be prohibited including metro rail, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places. He further added that International air travel of passengers would also be prohibited, except as permitted by MHA. Apart from this, social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations would also remain prohibited. All other activities shall be permitted in areas outside containment zones.

The spokesperson further revealed that lockdown shall continue to remain in force in containment zones till 31st July 2020 and such zones would be demarcated by the district authorities as per the guidelines of the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW). Only essential activities shall be permitted in the containment zones. The district authorities may accordingly take requisite action in containment and buffer zones as per guidelines of MoHFW, and the Punjab Health & Family Welfare department.

He stated that movement of individuals for all the non-essential activities would remain prohibited between 10.00 pm to 5.00 am throughout the State. However, essential activities including operation of multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and aeroplanes would be permitted. The district authorities are accordingly directed to issue prohibitory orders u/s 144 of Cr.PC and ensure strict compliance, he added.

In addition, movement by passenger trains and Shramik special trains, domestic air travel, movement of Indian Nationals stranded outside the country and of specified persons to travel abroad, evacuation of foreign nationals and sign–on and sign-off of Indian seafarers will continue to be regulated as per SOPs issued. Elaborating more he said that persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidity, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home except for essential requirements and for health purposes.

Divulging further, the spokesperson added that number of guests not to exceed 50 in marriage related gatherings and number of persons not to exceed 20 in funeral/last rites. Spitting in public places is completely prohibited and punishable with fine. Consumption of liquor, pan, gutka, tobacco etc. in public places is prohibited. However, there will be no restriction on their sale.

He disclosed that places of worship/religious places shall remain open only between 5 am to 8 pm. The maximum number of persons at the time of worship shall not exceed 20 with due distancing and therefore, the worship time should be staggered accordingly. The managements of these places shall make adequate arrangements to ensure hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing of masks. Langar and Prasad are being allowed. SOP for religious places would be followed accordingly.

Likewise, restaurants were allowed to open till 9 pm with 50% occupancy or 50 guests, whichever is less. Liquor can be served provided the restaurant has a valid permission from the Excise Department. However, bars shall remain closed. The management would comply with the SoPs.

He further added that restaurants in hotels were allowed to serve food including buffet meals up to 50% of their seating capacity or 50 guests, whichever is less. These restaurants would also be open to persons other than hotel guests but the timings, for both the hotel guests as well as persons from outside would be till 9 pm. The bars shall remain closed. However, liquor can be served in the rooms and restaurants, as permitted under the excise policy of the State.

The spokesperson further said that night curfew shall strictly be enforced and movement of individuals shall only be permissible from 5 am to 10 pm. The guests would be allowed to enter and leave the hotel premises between 10 pm to 5 am based on their schedule of travel by flight/train. "The air/train ticket and hotel booking would serve as a curfew pass for one-time movement of these guests to and from the hotel during the curfew hours from 10 pm to 5 am, he added.

He informed that marriages other social functions and 'Open-Air' parties in banquet halls, marriage palaces, hotels and open venues can be organised up to 50 persons. The number of guests exclusive of catering staff would not exceed 50 persons. The size of Banquet Hall and venue for 50 persons shall at least be 5,000 sq. feet based on requirement of 10' x10' area for a person for the purpose of maintenance of adequate social distancing. The Bars shall, continue to remain closed. However liquor could be served in the function as per the Excise Policy of the State. SOPs for hotels and other hospitality units would be followed strictly.

He added that all the shopping malls and shops including shops in main bazaars in both urban and rural areas allowed to open between 7.00 am to 8.00 pm. Liquor vends shall however remain open from 8 am to 9 pm. However, for shops situated in main bazars, market complexes and rehri markets and other crowed places, district authorities could exercise their discretion and in order to avoid crowding shall stagger the opening of shops. Barber shops, hair-cut saloons, beauty parlours and spas would be allowed from 7 am to 8 pm subject to compliance of the SOPs as issued by the Punjab Health Department.

The spokesperson further added that shops dealing with essential commodities would be allowed to remain open till 8 pm on all days. Restaurants and liquor vends would continue to remain open till 9 pm on all days. On Sundays, shops (other than those dealing in essential commodities) and shopping malls shall remain closed. Sports complexes, stadia and public parks would be allowed to open between 7 am to 8 pm without spectators as per the SOPs of the state health department. Industries & industrial establishments, construction activities etc. were being allowed. Inter-state and intra-state movement of buses would be allowed without any restriction and transport vehicles could utilise the entire seating capacity, he added.

Elaborating more he added that no separate permission would be required by the industries and other establishments for their operations. All employees would be allowed without any requirement of pass during the permitted hours as mentioned in the above paragraphs for various establishments. There shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods and no separate permission/approval/permit would be required for such movement. Use of Cova-App and self-generated pass would be mandatory for inter-state passengers.

Ensuring to maintain social distancing he added that minimum 6 feet distance (do gaz ki duri) for all the activities shall always be maintained. Accordingly, if any permitted activity leads to crowding and congestion, then necessary steps in terms of staggering, rotation, timings of offices and establishments etc. be taken and it be ensured that principles of social distancing are not compromised. Wearing of masks by all persons in public places, including work places etc. would be mandatory and must be strictly observed and enforced.

The state government has advised employees to ensure that Arogaya Setu app should be installed by all. Similarly, individuals were also to be advised by the district authorities to install this application and also regularly update their health status on the app. Any violation of these guidelines and lockdown measures shall be punishable under sections 51 to 60 of the disaster management act, 2005 besides legal action under section 188 of Indian penal code (IPC)