Education Minister alerts people not to fall prey to online fraudsters promising free smartphones

Vijay Inder Singla appeals people to beware of fake online sites and messages circulating on whatsapp and other social media platforms

Warned cyber criminals to face dire consequences under Cyber Crime prevention laws

CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 14:Punjab Education Minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla today cautioned people not to fall prey to the hands of online fraudsters, who are promising to provide free smartphones under the “Punjab Smart Connect Scheme”.

Taking strong exception of the messages circulating on whatsapp and other social media platforms, Mr. Singla said that Punjab Smart Connect Scheme is solely for 12th standard boy and girl students of government schools. And, they have been provided with smartphones only based on their enrollment in government schools. Thus, there isn’t any question arises that it is for other people.

The Education Minister firmly said that the state government has not launched any website or social media platform to register for such smartphones. Warning miscreants to face dire consequences for this kind of mischievous online fraud under cyber crime prevention laws, Mr. Singla asked people of the state not to follow any messages or click any URL message being circulated via instant messaging services like WhatsApp, SMS, which depicts registration for free smartphones given by the Government.

He warned that these kinds of phishing attacks could allow cyber-criminals to take control of your device. He informed that the circulating graphic carried a photo of the Punjab Chief Minister under the title “Captain Smartphone Distribution Scheme 2020” and online registration proforma.

Mr. Vijay Inder Singla urged people to remain extremely cautious about such messages URL links, adding that after getting such messages, don’t forward it to others and delete it immediately.


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• 77 new ALS and BLS ambulances to cater COVID surge in Punjab- HM, Balbir Singh Sidhu

• Flags off 15 BLS ambulances from Mohali

• Says fleet of a hundred more in pipeline

Chandigarh/Mohali, August 14:In order to ensure quick emergency services to the patients during the tough time of the pandemic, 77 new ambulances are being pressed into operation, informed Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu, Health Minister, Punjab.

Flagging off 15 Basic Life Support (BLS) Ambulances from Mohali Health Minister informed that to fulfill the shortage of ambulances in the government hospitals, Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab Government has given nod to procure 100 more Ambulances.

He said that in first phase, order for 77 Ambulances has been placed; out of which 17 Advance Life Support (ALS) ambulances have already been given to the Districts. These ALS Ambulances are fully equipped with life saving equipments such as Ventilators, Defibrillators, Multi-Para Patient Monitor, Suction Machine, Nebulizers etc.

Today, the delivery of the 60 BLS ambulances has commenced with the first lot of 15 ambulances and the remaining will be made available by the end of August, 2020.

These ambulances are proving to be one of the main pillars of fighting the pandemic by reducing significantly the time required for transit of critical patients to the required health facilities. The Emergency Ambulances reach the place within 20 minutes in urban areas and within 30 minutes in rural areas.

Health Minister said that at a time when Punjab is seeing a rise in numbers of positive patients, the addition of these new ambulances will further give boost to the efforts of fighting the pandemic. The new ALS and BLS ambulances would prove life saving for the patients developing respiratory and other critical issues, said Balbir Singh Health Minister, Punjab.

It may be observed that from March to July, 2020 ambulance 108 has handled 25177 COVID related cases, said he and added that there are presently 19 ALS and 223 BLS ambulances already operational in the State which have been deputed at Strategic places and are connected with ‘108’ Emergency Response System (ERS).

MD Punjab Health System Corporation, Ms Tanu Kashyap, Director, Dr. Balwant Singh and other officials from Punjab Health System Corporation were present on the occasion.



CHANDIGARH, August 14:On the directives of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, the Finance Department has released a sum of Rs. 189.34 crore on account of social security pensions and other financial assistance schemes to the beneficiaries for the month of July.

Disclosing this here today, an official spokesperson said that the said amount would be soon credited through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to 25.25 lakh beneficiaries including elderly, widow & destitute women, dependent children and disabled persons.

Giving the break-up, the spokesperson said that Rs. 127.80 Crore would be disbursed amongst 17.05 lakh old age beneficiaries, Rs. 34.90 Crore as financial assistance to 4.65 lakh widow & destitute women, Rs. 11.37 Crore to 1.51 lakh dependent children and Rs. 15.27 Crore to 2.04 lakh disabled persons.

Realising the hardships being faced by the people during these trying circumstances amid COVID-19, the pensions for the month of July paid in August would be disbursed shortly by directly transferring the funds into saving accounts of the beneficiaries under various social security schemes, added the spokesperson.