UNIQUE PROGRAM ‘NRI PUNJABIYAN NAL MILNI’ TO BE HELD AT JALANDHAR, SAS NAGAR, LUDHIANA, MOGA AND AMRITSAR FROM DECEMBER 16 ONWARDS: KULDEEP SINGH DHALIWAL

  • FIFTEEN NRI POLICE STATIONS WILL GET FACELIFT SOON; RS. 30 LAKH WILL BE EARMARKED FOR THIS PURPOSE

• PCS OFFICERS WILL BE DEPUTED AS NODAL OFFICERS AT DISTRICT LEVEL

• DHALIWAL PROMISES TO RAISE ISSUE WITH UNION GOVERNMENT TO GRANT RIGHT OF BUYING AGRICULTURAL LAND TO NRI PUNJABIS

Chandigarh, November 29:The Punjab government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has decided to deal promptly with the issues and grievances of Punjabi Diaspora and to organize five programs called 'NRI Punjabiyan Nal Milni' to listen the plaints. These programs will be held at Jalandhar, SAS Nagar (Mohali), Ludhiana, Moga and Amritsar on December 16, 19, 23, 26 and 30 respectively.

After a review meeting with NRI Affairs Department Punjab, NRI Commission, NRI Sabha, Punjab NRI Affairs Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal said that issues and complaints of NRI Punjabis will be resolved promptly as well as on the spot during these meetings. He added that issues of NRIs belonging to Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, SBS Nagar and Kapurthala will be listened and resolved during a meeting on December 16 at Jalandhar. Similarly, the program to be held at SAS Nagar on December 19 during which matters of Punjabi Diaspora belonging to SAS Nagar, Rupnagar, Fatehgarh Sahib and Patiala districts will be resolved on the spot.

The Cabinet Minister further said that during the program at Ludhiana on December 23, issues of NRIs of Ludhiana, Sangrur, Barnala and Malerkotla to be resolved. He said that during a program at Moga and Amritsar on December 26 & 30 issues related to Moga, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Mukatsar, Fazilka, Bathinda, Mansa and Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Tarn Taran districts will be covered.

Mr. Dhaliwal said that the basic facilities at the 15 NRI police stations will be improved. “Rs. 2 lakh will be given to every NRI Police Station and a total of Rs. 30 lakh will be released soon”, he added.

The Cabinet Minister said that PCS Level officers will be deputed as nodal officers, who will resolve the issues and complaints of the concerned with the support of the district administration. He said that the State Government is committed to address the issues of Punjabi Diaspora living across the globe. He said that the concerned Deputy Commissioner and SSP will be coordinated after any case came in light and immediately gave instructions to the concerned department in this regard.

Mr. Dhaliwal further said that the issue will be taken up with the Union Government to extend rights to NRI Punjabis to buy agricultural land in Punjab. Raising a question why a migrant Punjabi cannot buy land, when he can sell the same in Punjab, the Cabinet Minister said that 50 percent cases of NRIs are related to marriage disputes, while 20 percent are related to property. He said that the Punjab government is encouraging NRIs to invest in Punjab to boost the economy and the Punjab government is outrightly in favour of to extend the right to them. He said that this is the right as well as the moral responsibility of every person to contribute for the progress of his native state and country.

On this occasion, Principal Secretary NRI Affairs Mr. Balamurugan, Commissioner Jalandhar Division-cum-Chairman NRI Sabha Punjab Mrs. Gurpreet Kaur Sapra, ADGP NRI Wing Mr. Praveen Kumar Sinha, Members of Punjab State Commission included Mr. G.S. Lehal, Mr. MP Singh, Mr. Hardeep Singh Dhillon and other senior officials of NRI Affairs Department were present.

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PUNJAB GOVERNMENT IS DETERMINED TO PROMOTE SPORTS- SANDHWAN

VIDHAN SABHA SPEAKER PRESENTED A CHECK OF 5 LAKH RUPEES TO WEIGHTLIFTER HARJINDER KAUR FOR HIGHER TRAINING

Chandigarh, November 29:Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker S. Kultar Singh Sandhwan has presented a check of five lakhs to Harjinder Kaur, who won a bronze medal in weightlifting during the Commonwealth Games, for getting the higher training.

Presenting this check to Harjinder Kaur at his office in the Vidhan Sabha to Mr. Sandhwan said that the Punjab government led by Bhagwant Mann is determined to promote sports in the state and will continue to help the sportspersons in all circumstances. Harjinder Kaur won a bronze medal in the 71 kg category at the Commonwealth Games-2022.

On this occasion, Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Jai Krishan Singh Rouri, Manwinder Singh Giaspura MLA, Gurlal Ghanour MLA, Inderjit Kaur Mann MLA, Jagrup Singh Gill MLA, Nachhatar Pal MLA, Sandeep Jakhar MLA, Sukhwinder Kumar Kotli MLA and Director Sports, Punjabi University, Patiala Professor Ajita were also present.

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BIG MOVE BY BHAGWANT MANN GOVERNMENT, VILLAGERS CAN NOW SET UP BIO GAS PLANT FOR FREE UNDER MGNREGA SCHEME

Chief Secretary discusses unique initiative with Finance Commissioner Rural Development

Chandigarh, 29 November-On the directives of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, the State Government has decided to provide employment to the maximum number of people under the MGNREGA scheme by the Rural Development and Panchayat Department besides individual benefits to the villagers. As part of this , the villagers can also get a free biogas plant constructed in their homes.

Regarding this unique initiative, today Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Janjua held a meeting with Finance Commissioner Rural Development and Panchayat K Siva Prasad and explored the possibility of daily wages for MGNREGA beneficiaries for the construction of biogas plants under this scheme. Besides, funds will also be provided for the construction of a biogas plant. Under this scheme, a biogas plant of 1 cubic meter will be built at a total cost of Rs 38500 including daily wages to the job holders. Along with this, the beneficiary will be able to use the bio gas for cooking.

The Chief Secretary said that biogas is a clean, pollution-free and cheap fuel. It is a source of renewable energy generated from animal dung, crop waste, vegetable peels, surplus/spoiled vegetables and any kind of excrement which is provided free of cost to the MGNREGA beneficiaries.

Divulging more, the Chief Secretary said that Biogas will be available for cooking which is also non-polluting, and along with it the waste from the biogas plant can also be used as fertilizer for agriculture, which has more properties than manure. Biogas technology uses commonly used fuels like wood, kerosene and LPG. Saves gas expenses, besides its use also gets rid of environmental damage caused by harmful gases produced from wood, kerosene, added the Chief Secretary.

The Chief Secretary also mentioned that for every needy family whose job card has been created under the MGNREGA scheme, the construction of a biogas plant will be provided free of charge by the Rural Development Department. A campaign will also be launched by the department to generate awareness in this regard among the people so that the maximum number of rural families can construct biogas plants in their homes.

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DECISIVE WAR AGAINST DRUGS: 301 DRUG SMUGGLERS HELD WITH 4.18KG HEROIN, 6.46KG OPIUM, 37KG GANJA IN A WEEK

• ON DIRECTIONS OF CHIEF MINISTER BHAGWANT MANN, PUNJAB POLICE COMMITTED TO WIPE OUT DRUG MENACE FROM THE STATE

• DRIVE TO ARREST POs/ABSCONDERS IN NDPS ACT CASES WITNESSES SIGNIFICANT SURGE AS TOLL REACHES 459

CHANDIGARH, November 29:Amid the ongoing decisive war against drugs launched on the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Police have arrested 301 drug smugglers/suppliers after registering 231 first information reports (FIRs), including 23 commercial, under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) act across the state in the last week.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Headquarters Sukhchain Singh Gill, while addressing his weekly Press Conference here on Tuesday, said that the Police have also recovered 4.18Kg Heroin, 6.46Kg opium, 37Kg Ganja, 10 quintals of poppy husk, and 71k tablets/capsules/injections/vials of Pharma opioids besides recovering Rs 7.45 lakhs drug money from their possession.

He said that with 15 more Proclaimed Offenders (POs)/Absconders in NDPS cases arrested in the last week, the total number of arrests reached 459 since the special drive to arrest POs/absconders was started on July 5, 2022.

Pertinently, Director General of Police (DGP), Punjab Gaurav Yadav had given strict instructions to all the CPs/SSPs to investigate backward and forward linkages minutely in each and every case, especially related to drug recoveries, even if they recover a meager amount of drugs.

Meanwhile, on the direction of Chief Minister Punjab Bhagwant Mann to make Punjab a drug-free state, extensive anti-drug drives have been launched by the Punjab Police to combat the menace of drugs from the border State. The DGP has also strictly ordered all the CPs/SSPs to identify all hotspots where drugs are prevalent and all top drug smugglers in their jurisdictions. He also directed the Police chiefs to effectively forfeit the property of all the arrested drug smugglers so that their ill-gotten money could be recovered.

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VIGILANCE BUREAU NABS ASI TAKING BRIBE RS 5,000 TO SUBMIT CHARGESHEET IN COURT

Chandigarh, November 29:The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) during its ongoing campaign against corruption in the State, as directed by the Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann, on Tuesday nabbed an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Kulwinder Singh red handed for accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the VB said the accused ASI Kulwinder Singh (No 2788/Ludhiana), posted at police division no. 6, Ludhiana has been arrested on the complaint of Gurpreet Singh resident of Satjot Nagar, Dhandra, Ludhiana district.

Giving details he added that the complainant has approached the VB and alleged that the above said police official was demanding a bribe of Rs. 5,000 in lieu of submitting chargesheet in the court pertaining to a police case registered against his niece.

The spokesperson informed that after verifying this complaint, a VB team laid a trap and the accused police official was caught red handed while taking a bribe money of Rs. 5,000 in the presence of two official witnesses.

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