COMPLETE BAR ON PUBLIC GATHERINGS IN PUNJAB, FIRs COMPULSORY FOR VIOLATION MARRIAGE FUNCTIONS LIMITED TO 30

MASKS TO BE MANDATORILY WORN IN WORKPLACES, OFFICES, CLOSES SPACES, AS PER NEW GUIDELINES

STATE GOVT. ROPES IN IIT CHENNAI EXPERTS TO IDENTIFY PAST SUPER-SPREADER GATHERINGS TO GUIDE FUTURE ACTION

Chandigarh, July 13:Stepping up its fight against COVID, the Punjab government has put a complete bar on all public gatherings, while restricting social gatherings to five and marriages/other social functions to 30 instead of the current 50.

These are part of the revised guidelines issued today in line with the announcement made on Sunday by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

Mandatory FIRs shall be filed against those found violating the curb on public gatherings, which now stand strictly disallowed. A detailed notification issued by the government says joint teams of police and civil administration shall strictly enforce the restrictions on social gatherings (restricted to 5 under section 144 imposed in all districts) as well as weddings and social functions. The management of Marriage Palaces/ Hotels shall be held responsible and shall face suspension of licence in case of violation of norms. Further, the Management of Marriage Palaces/ Hotels/ other commercial spaces will have to certify that adequate arrangements for ventilation of indoor spaces have been made.

The state government has also partnered with IIT Chennai experts to intensify surveillance, using technology in order to identify super-spreader gatherings in the past that have resulted in spread, to guide future action.

Wearing of masks has been made compulsory in work places/offices/ closed places, as per the new guidelines, with also directs strict enforcement of the Health Department advisory on Air Conditioning and ventilation/air circulation. Public dealing in offices may be curtailed to cater to need based and urgent issues, according to the guidelines, which provide that the online Public Grievance Redressal System recently approved by the Cabinet should be extensively popularized and used.

There shall be no physical presentation of demand charters by Associations etc, serving of tea, etc. has to be avoided, as are physical meetings of more than 5 persons, at the workplace, as per the revised management and containment strategy for COVID.

To ensure optimum utilisation of Health Infrastructure, asymptomatic/ mildly symptomatic persons with no comorbidities/ vulnerabilities will have to be in COVID Care Centres/Home Isolation where applicable. Beds in Level 2 and 3 facilities will not be used to cater to such patients. Further, a person in a Level 2 or 3 facility who no longer needs this facility must be referred by way of reverse referral to a lower level treatment facility.

The state government has also clarified that the MoU with Private Healthcare Facilities does not mean blocking of beds for patients referred by the government at a later stage, it only provides the charges payable by Govt to its referred patients.

DCs/CPs/SSPs have been mandated to ensure that all hospitals that can undertake care of COVID positive patients have supplied information on their beds availability and are not denying treatment to COVID positive patients.

Cognisant of the risk of water-borne diseases during the monsoon, the state government has also decided on a sanitation drive, to be undertaken by both urban local bodies and Panchayati Raj institutions on campaign basis, for the prevention of dengue/vector borne diseases.

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Tript Bajwa directs to take action against offices/institutions for not writing names in Gurmukhi Lipi as per act

Chandigarh, July 13: The Minister for Higher Education and Languages Mr. Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa has once again strongly directed all the concerned institutions and departments to follow the instructions issued by the Punjab Government while writing the nameplates / milestones / sign boards. He said as per the act passed by the Punjab Government all to be written in Punjabi language (Gurmukhi script) at the top.

He said that this important decision was taken by the Punjab Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh for the promotion of mother language Punjabi. According to which the names of all Government Offices / Departments / Institutions / Semi-Government Institutions / Boards / Corporations / Educational Institutions etc. and names of roads, nameplates / milestones / sign boards should be written in Punjabi at the top in Gurmukhi script.

The Language Minister further said that instructions have been issued to the heads of all the departments in this regard from time to time. once again instructing to strictly enforce the Punjabi Language Act, he said that action would be taken against those who did not write names in Punjabi language in Gurmukhi Script as per the provisions of the Act.

At the same time he has appealed to the people that if any person gets the information that the spelling of the board / nameplate / milestone of any department / board corporation is not correct or not written in Gurmukhi Script then he should email to the Director, Language Department, Punjab at email-id pblanguages@hotmail.com

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PUNJAB SEEKS PHARMACEUTICAL PARK IN BATHINDA

Manpreet Singh Badal calls on Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister D. V. Sadananda Gowda and MOS Mansukh L. Mandaviya

Chandigarh, July 13-Punjab Finance Minister Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal today met Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Mr. D. V. Sadananda Gowda and sought the establishment of a national Pharmaceutical Park in Bathinda.

The Finance Minister informed the Union Minister that Bathinda is the best positioned destination to set up a Pharmaceutical Park, and a tranche of 1350 acre of land is readily available for the venture. The land has been vacated by the erstwhile Bathinda Thermal Plant. Further, a functional railway siding and infrastructure is also available for the supply of raw materials and carriage for the Pharma industry.

Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal also thanked Mr. D. V. Sadananda Gowda for his prompt and positive response in providing an opportunity to present the case of Punjab. The Union Government has already announced its intention to establish three pharmaceutical parks in the country. The Finance Minister also requested Union Minister to depute a team to visit the site.

“The proposed park in Bathinda could cater to the entire area north of Delhi, reaching out to Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, neighbouring Rajasthan, and even Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh,” Manpreet Singh Badal reasoned. He added that the pharma ecosystem in Punjab is scalable as it is home to some of the biggest USFDA approved pharmaceutical companies like Sun Pharma, Centrient, and IOL Chemicals. The R&D ecosystem of Punjab is bolstered by the presence of ace institutes like NIPER, IISER, Institute of Microbial Research, Institute of Nano Technology, and AIIMS, and this will be hugely beneficial to those companies desirous of setting up business in Punjab.

The Punjab Finance Minister informed the Union Minister that the erstwhile Bathinda thermal plant was gifted to Punjab to mark the 500 years of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Since the entire nation is currently celebrating 550 years of the Guru Sahib, it would be befitting tribute if we could establish a Pharmaceutical Park. This would be a humble tribute to Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji on his 550th birth anniversary, the Finance Minister added.

Later on, Mr. Badal had a meeting with Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mr. Mansukh L. Mandaviya and discussed the various Punjab related issues, besides conversing modalities and feasibility for the upcoming projects.

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COMPLETE BAR ON PUBLIC GATHERINGS IN PUNJAB, FIRs COMPULSORY FOR VIOLATION MARRIAGE FUNCTIONS LIMITED TO 30

MASKS TO BE MANDATORILY WORN IN WORKPLACES, OFFICES, CLOSES SPACES, AS PER NEW GUIDELINES

STATE GOVT. ROPES IN IIT CHENNAI EXPERTS TO IDENTIFY PAST SUPER-SPREADER GATHERINGS TO GUIDE FUTURE ACTION

Chandigarh, July 13:Stepping up its fight against COVID, the Punjab government has put a complete bar on all public gatherings, while restricting social gatherings to five and marriages/other social functions to 30 instead of the current 50.

These are part of the revised guidelines issued today in line with the announcement made on Sunday by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

Mandatory FIRs shall be filed against those found violating the curb on public gatherings, which now stand strictly disallowed. A detailed notification issued by the government says joint teams of police and civil administration shall strictly enforce the restrictions on social gatherings (restricted to 5 under section 144 imposed in all districts) as well as weddings and social functions. The management of Marriage Palaces/ Hotels shall be held responsible and shall face suspension of licence in case of violation of norms. Further, the Management of Marriage Palaces/ Hotels/ other commercial spaces will have to certify that adequate arrangements for ventilation of indoor spaces have been made.

The state government has also partnered with IIT Chennai experts to intensify surveillance, using technology in order to identify super-spreader gatherings in the past that have resulted in spread, to guide future action.

Wearing of masks has been made compulsory in work places/offices/ closed places, as per the new guidelines, with also directs strict enforcement of the Health Department advisory on Air Conditioning and ventilation/air circulation. Public dealing in offices may be curtailed to cater to need based and urgent issues, according to the guidelines, which provide that the online Public Grievance Redressal System recently approved by the Cabinet should be extensively popularized and used.

There shall be no physical presentation of demand charters by Associations etc, serving of tea, etc. has to be avoided, as are physical meetings of more than 5 persons, at the workplace, as per the revised management and containment strategy for COVID.

To ensure optimum utilisation of Health Infrastructure, asymptomatic/ mildly symptomatic persons with no comorbidities/ vulnerabilities will have to be in COVID Care Centres/Home Isolation where applicable. Beds in Level 2 and 3 facilities will not be used to cater to such patients. Further, a person in a Level 2 or 3 facility who no longer needs this facility must be referred by way of reverse referral to a lower level treatment facility.

The state government has also clarified that the MoU with Private Healthcare Facilities does not mean blocking of beds for patients referred by the government at a later stage, it only provides the charges payable by Govt to its referred patients.

DCs/CPs/SSPs have been mandated to ensure that all hospitals that can undertake care of COVID positive patients have supplied information on their beds availability and are not denying treatment to COVID positive patients.

Cognisant of the risk of water-borne diseases during the monsoon, the state government has also decided on a sanitation drive, to be undertaken by both urban local bodies and Panchayati Raj institutions on campaign basis, for the prevention of dengue/vector borne diseases.

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NO INDUSTRIAL PARK TO BE SET UP ON MATTEWARA FOREST LAND, PUNJAB GOVT CLARIFIES

Only Govt and Panchayat lands to be used for the proposed project

A 6-lane high level road along Sutlej to act as an embankment against floods and also prevent pollution

Chandigarh, July 13-Punjab Government on Monday categorically said that no industrial park would be set up on Mattewara forest land and only government and Panchayat lands will be used for the much needed industrial development in the state.

Clarifing on the issue that no part of the 2300 acre forest area of Mattewara is in the proposed 1000 acre development, an official spokesperson said that government and Panchayat Lands of villages Haidar Nagar, Sekhowal, Salempur, Sailkiana and Machian-kalan would be used for the proposed Industrial/ Mixed

Land Use estate and the Panchayats will be adequately compensated for the land.

Government is very much alive to the importance of keeping our rivers clean including Sutlej. A 6-lane high level road along the Sutlej river, while acting as an embankment against floods, will also ensure that no pollutants can be let into the river by anyone. Also planning of the estate will be further done keeping only green units, logistics, offices, workers' residences, hotels, recreational activities near the river front, he added.

However, Ludhiana being industrial hub of the state, direly needs planned space to be able to expand and help state cope up with COVID-19. Outside investment is possible only if there is ready planned space available at reasonable rates where those interested in shifting from China or elsewhere or even local entrepreneurs can set up business/ units without any hitches.

Notably, there are some media reports that the 1000 acres Industrial/ Mixed Land Use development, approved by the Punjab Council of Ministers recently, would be a threat to forest area of Mattewara and Sutlej River.