Abohar (Fazilka), January 20:Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday said that the traditional political parties are envious of him because they are not able to digest that the son of a common man is governing the state effectively.

The Chief Minister, while addressing the gathering after disbursing compensation to the flood affected residents here during a function, said that the people of the state have lost their faith in the traditional political parties because of their anti-people and anti-Punjab stance. He said that the wise and brave people of the state had ousted these parties during the 2022 assembly polls due to which they are frustrated now. Bhagwant Mann said that the leaders of these parties are now ganging up with each other to mislead the people.

The Chief Minister quipped that these leaders were first welcomed with garlands but now people greet them with defeat wherever they go. He said that the people of state have elected the sons and daughters of common man as their representatives, who were performing their duties zealously. Bhagwant Mann said that on the contrary these traditional parties have failed in their duty miserably when they were in power.

The Chief Minister said that these leaders plundered the resources of the state for their vested political interests. Bhagwant Mann said that while the state was facing challenges in form of unemployment, brain drain, corruption and others, these leaders were busy minting the money illegally. He said that these leaders had built their own palaces and empires of business at the cost of the people and the state.

The Chief Minister said that these leaders have sown thorns before the Punjab and its younger generations by derailing the progress and prosperity of the state. He said that for the sake of their vested interests these selfish political leaders have prepared distress for the state. Bhagwant Mann said that the hands of these leaders are drenched with this crime against state and history will never forgive them for backstabbing Punjab.

Taking the former Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal to cudgels, the Chief Minister said that in his long stint as the incharge of Finances of state he had always claimed that the exchequer of the state is empty. He said that after failing to perform his duty as the Finance Minister to ensure the well being of the state, Manpreet Badal has now joined the BJP. However, Bhagwant Mann said that except reciting a few couplets in Urdu, the former Finance Minister will not do anything for betterment of state and even for BJP.

The Chief Minister unequivocally said that any person who has looted even a single penny of the public will be made accountable to people. Bhagwant Mann said that he will expose all such plunderers and severe action will be taken against them, as per the law. He said that it is the firm commitment of his government that a corrupt leader or officer, however affluent he may be, will be brought to book and made accountable for his sins.

Training his guns against the traditional political parties, the Chief Minister said that they were shedding crocodile tears by raking up non issues. He asked them why they were mum when people of state had given them power to serve the state. Bhagwant Mann said that these leaders are just making hue and cry to mislead the people on various issues pertaining to the state.

The Chief Minister also slammed the Congress and Akalis for patronizing the gangsters in the state for their vested political interests. He unequivocally said that these gangsters have not mushroomed up after his government has assumed charge of office. But, Bhagwant Mann said that as a fact of matter these gangsters have been patronized by the Congress and Akali leaders during their government as these leaders and parties used these youth for their vested interests by handing over guns to them.

The Chief Minister bemoaned that it is unfortunate that the flood fury had created a whopping loss in the Fazilka district in 2020 but except lip service the then government had done nothing to give relief to people. He said that floods had caused major damage in the district but instead of extending a helping hand to flood affected people the then state government had been delaying the matter to further aggrieve the situation of the people in distress. He asserted that the apathetic attitude of the then government was visible from the fact that not even a single penny was given as compensation to the people.







Patiala, January 20-Asserting that despite of being power centre Patiala lagged behind in process of development due to vested interests and greed of the successive rulers, the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday said that those in power decorated their own palaces at the cost of dilapidation of the city.

The Chief Minister, while interacting with the media after reviewing the progress of development projects worth Rs 167 crore in the city, said that it is ironic that the ‘Maharajas’ in power were more concerned about their own development rather than that of the city. He said that though Patiala was known as ‘City of gardens’ but due to apathy of those in power the city lost its shine in the last few years. Bhagwant Mann bemoaned that the rulers of Punjab, who hailed from Patiala remained callous about the development of the city.

The Chief Minister said that work on the majority of these projects including construction of new bus stand, roads, drain channelization and beautification project, construction of digital library at Musafir Memorial Central state library and others have been hanging in fire since long. However, he said that his government, which is committed to the development and progress of Patiala, has put these projects on fast track mode. Bhagwant Mann said that the work on the state of the art bus stand which is being constructed to cope up with the futuristic needs will be completed by April 1st.

The Chief Minister said that 93% work on this bus stand, which will have facility of lift, ramp and stairs, has already been completed. Bhagwant Mann said that once operational 1500 buses will ply from this bus stand and will facilitate the residents a lot. He said that the existing bus stand will be used as a city bus stand adding that shuttle bus service to various parts of the city will be introduced.

The Chief Minister said that Rs 20 crore are being spent for extending 24X7 canal water supply to the city residents adding that work for channelizing and beautification of model town drain will be completed by March 31st. He said that the Rajindra Tank will be developed into a tourism spot for attracting the people from across the globe. Likewise, Bhagwant Mann said that Rs 8.26 crore is being spent on digitalisation of the Musafir Memorial Central State library.

The Chief Minister also announced that the work on all these projects will be completed in a time bound and result oriented manner. He said that any sort of delay in the completion of these projects is totally unwarranted and undesirable. Bhagwant Mann said that responsibility of the officers will be fixed if the work is not completed within the stipulated time.


Punjab government's 'Dhiyan di Lohri' week concludes on a positive note

During state-level closing ceremony, Cabinet Minister Dr. Baljit Kaur, Dr. Gurpreet Kaur, MLA Narinder Kaur Bharaj and other personalities celebrates Lohri with families of newborn girls

Punjab government standing firm to protect rights of women: Dr. Baljit Kaur

Chandigarh/Sangrur, January 20:The Punjab government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann organized a state-level concluding ceremony of 'Dhiyan di Lohri' week today here at village Bhalwan in Sangrur district. In this program, Punjab Social Security, Women and Child Development Minister Dr. Baljit Kaur, wife of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann Dr. Gurpreet Kaur and MLA Sangrur Narinder Kaur Bharaj felicitated newborn and other girls who excelled in the field of education and sports. Speaking on this occasion, Cabinet Minister Dr. Baljit Kaur said that the daughters of Punjab were emerging as leaders in every field and the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was standing firm to protect the rights of women.

Cabinet Minister Dr. Baljit Kaur said that as per the vision of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, concrete efforts were being made to boost the morale of the daughters of Punjab in every field and these efforts have been started by celebrating 'Dhiyan di Lohri'. She said that due to the negligence of the previous governments, the sex ratio rate in the state was very low and efforts were being made seriously to raise it. She said that the society does not celebrate the birth of female children and to change this malpractice, Punjab government has decided to celebrate 'Dhiyan di Lohri'. She said that since centuries, women have made their unique contribution in the progress of the society and have proved their mettle in every field.

Dr. Baljit Kaur said that it was a matter of great concern for a state with a glorious history that tragic incidents like feticide took place here and the Punjab government has now taken the noble initiative to celebrate 'Dhiyan di Lohri' week. She said that now onwards, not only the birth of daughters but every stage of life would be celebrated by the state government.

On this occasion, MLA from Sangrur Narinder Kaur Bharaj congratulate Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann for taking such a big initiative for daughters and said that if the girls get an open and constructive environment at home, then they can hone their skills in every field.

During the event, the team of Lok Kala Manch Zira staged a play with a message to stop female feticide. Apart from this, the girl students of Adarsh School presented a cultural program. On this occasion, parents of 51 new born daughters were honored with certificates and special kits by the key personalities and women of 11 self help groups and 20 meritorious female students were also honored.

On this occasion Deputy Commissioner Jitendra Jorwal, SSP Surendra Lamba, Chief Minister's OSD Onkar Singh, Chairman District Planning Committee Gurmail Singh Gharachon, Chairman Gau Sewa Commission Ashok Kumar Singla, Additional Deputy Commissioner Varjit Walia, Assistant Commissioner (UT) Nitesh Jain, SDM Dhuri Amit Gupta, District Program Officer Gagandeep Singh, District Social Security Officer Loveleen Kaur, District Child Protection Officer Navneet Kaur, District Education Officer Sanjeev Kumar and a large number of other dignitaries and local residents were present.



State Government fully committed to ensure clean and transparent governance to people: Lal Chand Kataruchak

Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister presides over review meeting of department

Chandigarh, January 20:The Punjab Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann stands totally committed to ensuring a clean and transparent governance to the people of the State. That makes it important for the officers of the department to pay field visits in order to keep track of the functioning at the ground level with a view to make further refinements to ensure smooth functioning. These views were expressed by the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Mr. Lal Chand Kataruchak while presiding over a review meeting of the department at the Anaj Bhawan in Sector 39 today.

The Minister exhorted the District Food Supply Controllers (DFSCs) to also plant saplings in their offices so as to increase area under greenery besides according a beautified look to the office premises.

Advocating the acceleration of the work pertaining to verification of Atta Dal cards, the Minister said no eligible beneficiary should be left out. Inspiring the officers to adopt a fully devoted approach with regard to their work, Mr. Kataruchak made it clear that negligence in the discharge of duties would not be tolerated at any cost.

The Minister was apprised that in order to ensure uninterrupted and hassle free functioning the DFSC Ludhiana (East) and West wings have been ordered to be separated. Apart from this, the DFSCs have also been directed to visit FRK (Fortified Rice Kernel) plants once a month. The Minister was further informed about the steps being initiated by the Department towards maintaining the stock of wheat and ensuring its quality.

The Principal Secretary of the department, Rahul Bhandari assured the Minister that a completely transparent mechanism is being adopted for carrying the flagship schemes of the department to the people besides ensuring smooth functioning of the department.

Among others present on the occasion included the Director Ghanshyam Thori, AMD Pungrain Parampal Kaur Sidhu, Joint Directors Dr. Anjuman Bhaskar & Ajayveer Singh Sarao and the DFSCs from across the districts.


Chief Secretary instructs to prepare a comprehensive plan to explore ways and means of using paddy straw as animal fodder

Chandigarh, January 20:The Punjab Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Janjua has instructed to prepare a comprehensive plan to find ways and means to use the straw as animal fodder to dispose of the paddy straw in a proper manner and to make the farmers aware of it.

Today, the Chief Secretary at the Punjab Civil Secretariat in a meeting with the officials of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development, Cooperation, Agriculture, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary University for Animal Sciences, Ludhiana and Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, said that State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhagwant Maan is making in situ and ex situ arrangements for paddy straw management. In the same direction, straw is being used as a substitute for animal fodder.

The Chief Secretary asked the expert representatives of the three departments and the two universities to form a committee to work in this regard by establishing contact with the progressive dairy farmers at different places in the state. He said that feedback should be taken from the livestock keepers who are already using it.

Principal Secretary Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Vikas Pratap briefed the Chief Secretary that by using this method, the management of stubble will be done in a smooth manner and the livestock farmers will also benefit financially. The Chief Secretary said that the farmers should be made aware through training centres of dairy development, Krishi Vigyan centre and Milk unions in this regard.

The meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary Cooperatives Anurag Agarwal, Principal Secretary Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Vikas Pratap, MD Milkfed Amit Dhaka, Vice Chancellor Guru Angad Dev Veterinary University for Animal Sciences, Ludhiana Dr. Inderjit Singh, Director Animal Husbandry Department Ram Pal Mittal, Joint Director Agriculture Department Jagdish Singh and Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana Forage Breeder Incharge RS Suhu.


Kanwardeep Singh appointed as Chairman of State Child Rights Protection Commission Punjab

Chandigarh, 20 January-Punjab Government has been appointed S. Kanwardeep Singh as the Chairman of State Child Rights Protection Commission Punjab.

Social Security, Women & Child Development Department spokesperson said that the tenure of the chairman will be for three years. The terms and conditions will be applicable as per the rules notified by the State Government under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005.

In this regard, Punjab Government Social Security, Women & Child Development Department has issued a notification on Januray 19, 2023.


An amount of Rs.7.65 crore has been released to compensate the victim families of atrocities: Dr. Baljit Kaur

Chandigarh, 20 January-The Punjab government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann is continuously working for the welfare of families suffering from atrocities. Therefore, under the Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989, an amount of 7.65 crores has been released for the year 2022-23 to compensate the families which are victims of atrocities.

Giving information in this regard, Social Justice, Empowerment and Minorities Minister Dr. Baljit Kaur said that Centrally sponsored scheme under the Protection of Civil Rights Act 1955 and Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989 has released the amount as part of the budget provision of the state during the year 2022-23. Due to this, approval has been given to release an amount of Rs 7.65 crore as the state's share.

She instructed the officials of the department to speed up the process of giving compensation to the families of the victims under Act 1989.