Chandigarh, September 23:In an unprecedented and landmark initiative, the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann on Saturday created a record by handing over 36524 recruitment letters of the government jobs to the youth of the state merely in 18 months of its stint.

Addressing the gathering during a function to give appointment letters to 427 youth in Power, Education, Forest and other departments, the Chief Minister said that this is a rare feat as none of the previous governments have achieved this milestone in such a short span of its tenure. He said that in the last 25 days since August 30 the state government has given appointment letters to 7660 youth of the state. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that these include 5714 Anganwari workers, 710 Patwaris, 560 Police, 249 and 427 in various other departments.

The Chief Minister said that a foolproof mechanism has been adopted for the entire recruitment process due to which not even a single appointment out of these more than 36000 have been challenged so far in the court. He said that it is a proud moment for the government of Punjab that these youth have been given government jobs completely on the basis of merit. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that the sole aim is to ensure that the youth of the state become an active partner in the social economic growth of the state.

The Chief Minister said that by giving these jobs in the first 18 months of its tenure the state government has set a record of providing government service to 2000 youth every month. He said that it is a record as none of the previous governments have given so many jobs to youth especially in the initial months of its tenure. Bhagwant Singh Mann reiterated that merit and transparency have been the twin pillars based on which jobs have been given to the youth across the state.

The Chief Minister exhorted the newly recruited youth to serve the people with missionary zeal as now they have become integral part of the government. Bhagwant Singh Mann hoped that the new recruits will use their pen for helping the needy and underprivileged sections of society. He said that the newly recruited youth should ensure maximum welfare of the public so that every section of society is benefited from it.

The Chief Minister reiterated that the youth should feel proud as they are becoming a team of the state government which is working untiringly for carving out a new Punjab. He said that the state government has been conducting this recruitment drive in a transparent manner and jobs are being given only to deserving and needy candidates. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that neither any recommendation nor any other tantrum except merit is working in this recruitment drive.

The Chief Minister said that this venue has witnessed a number of such events in which youth have got jobs in various government departments. He said that this reflects the commitment of the state government to ensure the well being of youth and opening new avenues of employment for them. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that it is a matter of immense pride and satisfaction for him that all the youth have been selected for these posts purely on the basis of merit.

The Chief Minister said that as runways at the airports facilitate an Airplane for its smooth take off in the same manner the state government is helping the youth to realize their dreams. He asserted that every effort is being made to give wings to the ideas of youth and no stone is being left unturned for this noble cause. Bhagwant Singh Mann made a fervent appeal to youth to make all out efforts for carving an identity of their own to make a place in society adding that sky's the limit for them.

The Chief Minister said that during the earlier tenures these runways were merely used by affluent people to set their own families. However, he said that now these runways have been opened for the youth of common families by his government. Bhagwant Singh Mann urged the youth to take maximum mileage of these runways for making progress in life thereby ushering a new era of prosperity.

The Chief Minister bemoaned that during the previous regimes people used to be scared of success as the earlier rulers used to pressurize them for putting their share in ventures. He said that these leaders looted the masses, especially the successful industrialists. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that several restrictions were imposed on industrialists and then also they were branded as thieves by previous state governments.

The Chief Minister exhorted newly recruited employees to work with sheer honesty for the welfare of Punjab and its people as they also got the jobs on basis of merit. He said that with the sincere efforts of the Punjab government, the process of reverse the brain drain from the state has already started. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that Punjab government has been working diligently to fulfill the dream of making the state again as Rangla Punjab and bring back the lost glory of the state.

Reiterating that the Punjab government has zero tolerance against the corruption, the Chief Minister said that he is keeping a close tab on all officials working to ensure smooth and transparent governance in the state.

On the occasion Cabinet Ministers Harbhajan Singh ETO, Lal Chand Kataruchak and Harjot Singh Bains along with others were also present.


Chairman and EMPLOYEES Of Punjab Warehouse contribute Rs 37.95 lakh in CM Relief fund

PSEB Engineers Association also contributes Rs 36.29 lakh

Chandigarh, September 23- The Chairman and employees of Punjab Warehousing Corporation today contributed Rs 37.95 lakh and PSEB Engineers Association contributed Rs 36.29 lakh in Chief Minister’s relief fund by handing over the cheque to Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann.

The Chairman of Corporation had contributed his one month’s salary whereas the employees had given their one day’s salary for the noble cause. Similarly, the PSEB Engineers Association also contributed their one day’s salary worth Rs 36.29 lakh for the fund. Lauding this benevolent gesture, the Chief Minister said these donations will go a long way in extending a helping hand to the needy people.

The Chief Minister appreciated the services rendered by these employees in harsh conditions during summer, winter and rainy season. Profusely thanking the people who were coming forward to help the people in this hour of crisis, he said that it is the need of the hour to ensure that the distressed people get timely help. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that every penny of people's contribution will give a major relief to the needy people.


Sunam achieves another milestone; All Govt high schools equip with XR Labs

Aman Arora launches ambitious project

Earlier, Robotic Labs also set up in all Senior Secondary Schools of Sunam

Chandigarh/ Sunam Udham Singh Wala, September 23:Achieving yet another milestone in the Punjab school education, all the Government High Schools of the Sunam Assembly constituency have been equipped with XR Labs. Punjab Employment Generation, Skill Development and Training Minister Mr Aman Arora on Saturday launched the ambitious project of XR Labs with 4D feature in all government high schools.

With this Sunam has become the first constituency not only in Punjab but also in the country where all high schools are equipped with this ultra-modern facility.

During the inauguration ceremony held at Government Senior Secondary School (Girls) Sunam, Mr Aman Arora said that this Extended Realty (XR) Labs project has been started in collaboration with the German based company Miracle.IO, with which our students will be able to make great strides in the future by polishing their creative and qualitative thinking. He said that these labs will prove beneficial in making subjects like science more interesting, whereby students will be able to understand and analyse every aspect of the subject matter on the screen in 4D by sitting in the classroom and learn practically within a limited time. He said that this important project has been completed with the support of Nexgen and Indian Bank.

The Cabinet Minister said that about 4 months ago, all the 18 government senior secondary schools of Sunam assembly constituency were also equipped with state-of-the-art robotic labs, which have started showing good results.

Encouraging the students to work harder, he said that the Chief Minister S Bhagwant Singh Mann led Punjab government will not leave any stone unturned to provide the world-class education facilities to students. Recently, Punjab government has released Rs1600 crore with the aim of further raising the standard of education in the state, he added.

On this occasion, the school student Jasleen Kaur shared her experience and said that she has been studying through the robotic lab for the last 4 months and she is developing intellectual thoughts by constantly discussing with students from other states of the country. Appreciating the girl, the cabinet minister said that every child has some unique quality which needs to be nurtured and their government is continuously working in this direction. He said that with the use of hi-tech technology, students will strengthen their self-confidence and will be able to present their skills to the whole world.

Ms Krishna Toprani, Venture Builder of Miracle.IO gave technical training to teachers and students about this technology, while General Manager Vijay Sarangi and Manager Sanjay Kumar of Indian Bank thanked Punjab Government and Cabinet Minister Aman Arora. School principal Neelam Rani shared the vote of thanks. Nexgen CEO Amit Singla, Chairman Market Committee Mukesh Juneja were also present on the occasion.


Punjab Government credited Rs. 119 crore in farmers' bank accounts as compensation for damaged crops during floods: Jimpa

- Rs. 49.73 crore deposited in bank accounts of affected farmers of Patiala district only

Chandigarh, September 23:Punjab Revenue, Rehabilitation and Disaster Management Minister Bram Shanker Jimpa said that Punjab Government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann has credited an amount of Rs. 119 crore in the bank accounts of farmers as crop damaged relief till September 23. He said that Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann has released an amount to the tune of Rs 188.62 crore to flood affected districts of Punjab to compensate the damage of of paddy sapling and other crops.

This is the first time that a government is giving compensation of Rs. 6800 per acre for damaged paddy sapling, he added. Jimpa said that Rs. 33.50 crore was released as advance relief as soon as reports of flood risk were received in the month of July. After this, relief funds have been released to the affected districts from time to time.

The Disaster Management Minister further said that instructions had already been issued to all the Deputy Commissioners that the relief compensation should be distributed to the deserving farmers in a transparent and hassle-free manner. Apart from this, there should be no recommendation or favour to influential people while disbursing compensations and it should be given only to the genuine person on the basis of merit.

He said that the compensation was being provided to the affected farmers as per the Girdavari reports. As per the reports received from different districts, compensation amount of 49.73 crore has been deposited in the bank accounts of the affected farmers of Patiala district so far. Similarly, 15.56 crore to the farmers of Sangrur district, 10.27 crores to Ferozepur, 8.24 crore to Jalandhar, Rs. 15.02 crore to Tarn Taran, Rs. 6.46 crore to Mansa, 3.69 crore to Fazilka and Rs. 1.39 crore have been credited in the bank accounts of farmers of Fatehgarh Sahib district.

Jimpa said that the Punjab government has no dearth of funds to compensate the flood affected farmers as state disaster management relief funds had sufficient funds. He pointed out that only stipulated compensation as per the Centre Government’s relaxation in rules could be provided to the affected people. He said that Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann has also written a letter to the central government regarding this but no positive response has been received yet.


Education Minister Harjot Singh Bains flags off two batches of 60 principals for training in Singapore

Reiterates Mann government commitment to bring Punjab's school education up to international standards

Says, significant changes witnessed in the education department in past one and a half years of Mann government

Announces, Primary school teachers to receive training at Finland soon

So far, 200 principals and 100 headmasters given training of international repute

Government schools yielding better results and witnessing increase in admissions

Government jobs halted the migration of youth

Takes opposition leaders iron handedly

Chandigarh, September 23: Punjab Education Minister Mr. Harjot Singh Bains, today marked a significant milestone in the state's pursuit of elevating the quality of school education by flagging off two more batches of 60 principals for training in Singapore, from MGSIPA, Chandigarh.

While address the gathering, Mr. Bains emphasized the dedicated efforts of the Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Singh Mann led government to bring Punjab's school education up to international standards. Recognizing the pivotal role of teachers and school leaders in achieving this goal, Mr. Bains highlighted the state's comprehensive training programs both within India and abroad to augment their professional capabilities and introduce them to global best practices in school education.

Mr. Bains informed that starting from February 2023, the state government has successfully trained four batches of Principals, with each batch comprising 30 to 36 participants. These training programs were conducted in collaboration with prestigious institutes such as PAI, Singapore and NIEI, Singapore. The curriculum focused on contemporary administrative and educational skills, including innovative teaching methods, mentorship etc.

He said that with new batches on training, the count rose to 200 school principals and 100 headmasters, who have been imparted training of international repute. Earlier, 140 Principals have benefited from foreign training programs in Singapore, while 100 Headmasters have undergone training at the esteemed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad. These teachers are now better equipped to lead their institutions towards excellence and provide a conducive learning environment for students, he added.

The Education Minister underscored the importance of the current training batches, which are the 5th and 6th groups of 60 Principals selected through a transparent online portal based purely on merit, saying that these educators will receive specialized training at NIEI Singapore, focusing on effective leadership skills, community involvement for school development and maintaining school discipline.

Mr. Bains also highlighted the positive impact of these training programs, adding that feedback and follow-up of participants’ shows that after training they are feeling motivated and implementing some of the best tested practices in their respective schools. He said that the entire teacher community and various stakeholders have applauded this government initiative, recognizing its contribution to enhancing the quality of education in the state of Punjab.

Announcing a groundbreaking initiative to further enhance the quality of education, Mr. Harjot Singh Bains disclosed that Punjab is actively working towards providing international exposure to its primary school teachers also. As part of this endeavours, primary school teachers will soon embark on an educational journey to Finland, renowned for its world-class education system.

Underscoring the monumental strides made by the Mann government in education sector in the past one and a half years, Mr. Bains articulated a comprehensive overview of the significant developments that have reshaped Punjab's education sysyem. He said that government schools in Punjab are witnessing a transformative change. The quality of education has improved significantly, leading to better academic results and increased admissions. He also acknowledged the role of government jobs in curbing the migration of Punjab's youth to other countries in search of employment opportunities. By creating job prospects within the state, the government is not only retaining its talented youth but also contributing to Punjab's overall growth and development, he added.

Takes opposition leaders iron handedly

Taking strong stance against misleading information by opposition leaders, Mr. Harjot Singh Bains said, during their respective tenures, Sukhbir Badal, Harsimrat Badal, Bikram Majithia, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, Pratap Singh Bajwa and Pargat Singh have failed to make any improvement in education, and now they are misleading the people of Punjab through false information on government schools, while Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Singh Mann led government is continuously striding for bringing positive changes to the education system.

"If these rejected leaders were genuinely striving to improve the government schools, they should first demonstrate any of their tweets regarding education reform made before Bhagwant Singh Mann assumed power", said Harjot Singh Bains, adding that actually these parties had been in power since the independence, but as of now, many schools were lacking of even boundary wall. And, today they are spreading falsehoods about the School of Eminence, claiming that these schools were established during their tenure.

The Education Minister clarified that our government had initiated the construction of 117 schools in the first phase, with the first School of Eminence already underway in Amritsar and the remaining 116 schools would be completed soon.

He asked Sukhbir Badal, Harsimrat Badal, Majithia, Raja Warring, Pratap Singh Bajwa and Pargat Singh to provide a list of schools they wish to convert into 'School of Eminence' and the government will consider their proposals to develop these schools under the School of Eminence initiative.


Bonaza for Punjabi Players; Punjab Government to distribute Rs. 4.64 Cr to 58 athletes who will be participating in the Asian Games

Sports Minister thanks the Chief Minister for encouraging the players with cash prize money

Meet Hayer congratulate the Indian Contingent for the Asian Games

Under the new sports policy, a prize money of Rs 8 lakh will be given to each player

Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners will get Rs 1 Cr, Rs 75 lakh and Rs 50 lakh respectively

Chandigarh, September 23-India's 653-member contingent will participate in the Asian Games to be held in Hangzhou from September 23 to October 8, in which 48 players are from Punjab. Apart from this, 10 Punjabi para players will participate in the Para Asian Games which are being held in Hangzhou from October 22 to 28 next month. Under its new sports policy, the Punjab Government has given Rs. 4.64 Crore cash to 58 sportspersons for preparation. Punjab Sports Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer while congratulating the Indian players for the Asian Games expressed hope that these players will bring laurels for the state as well as the country in the coming two weeks.

Meet Hayer said that on the instructions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, the new sports policy has been implemented at the grassroots level and for the Asian Games, a total of Rs 4.64 Cr has been given to the 58 players of Punjab who are participating in these games. It is pertinent to mention that Rs 8 lakh cash has been given to each participating player. It is for the first time that cash prize money for preparation has been given to the players.

The Sports Minister expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister for giving cash prize money to encourage sportspersons, for which Punjab became the first state to give cash money for the preparation of the Games. He said that the Punjabi players who won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the Asian Games would get Rs. 1 Cr, Rs.75 lakh and Rs.50 lakh respectively as prize money.

Sports Minister while releasing the details of players from Punjab who are going to participate in the Asian Games said that 10 players in the Hockey including Captain Harmanpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Manpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Varun Kumar, Jarmanpreet Singh, Shamsher Singh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak and Sukhjit Singh, 9 players from Shooting Zorawar Singh Sandhu, Ganemat Sekhon, Angadvir Singh Bajwa, Gurjot Singh Khangura, Parinaz Dhaliwal, Rajeshwari Kumari, Sift Kaur Samra, Vijayveer Sidhu and Arjun Singh Cheema, Five from Rowing Charanjit Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Kulwinder Singh, Sukhmeet Singh and Satnam Singh, Five Cricketers Captain Harmanpreet Kaur, Kanika Ahuja, Amanjot Kaur, Arshdeep Singh and Prabhasimran Singh, Five Basketball players Sahajpreet Singh Sekhon, Princepal Singh, Manmeet Kaur, Yashneet Kaur and Anmolpreet Kaur, Four Athletes Tajinder Pal Singh Toor, Harmilan Bains, Manju Rani and Akshdeep Singh, Three Archers Parneet Kaur, Avneet Kaur and Simranjit Kaur, Two Fencer Ena Arora and Arjun, Two Cyclist Harshveer Singh Sekhon and Vishavajit Singh, One each players from Badminton, Judo and Wrestling Dhruv Kapila, Avtar Singh and Narinder Cheema respectively.

Meet Hayer further said that among the 58 players of Punjab, 10 Para Athletes are also included. Four Para Powerlifter Paramjit Kumar, Jaspreet Kaur, Manpreet Kaur and Seema Rani, Three Para Athletes Momhad Yasser, Mithun and Jaspreet Kaur Saran, Two Para Badminton players Palak Kohli and Raj Kumar and Para Takewando player Veena Arora are representing Punjab in the Indian Contingent.