Chandigarh, December 7-Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann on Thursday said that the state government will dedicate 100 new Aam Aadmi clinics to people for imparting quality health care services to people.

Chairing a meeting to review the working of Health and Family welfare department here today, the Chief Minister said that the state government is committed for strengthening and transforming primary health care in the state. He said that the state government has so far dedicated 664 Aam Aadmi clinics to the people in which 84 essential drugs and 40 plus diagnostics are made available to people free of cost. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that now 100 more such clinics will be inaugurated in coming days for providing quality treatment to people.

The Chief Minister said that Aam Aadmi Clinics are acting as a cornerstone to revamp the healthcare system in the state. He said that more than 80 lakh patients have been benefited in such clinics so far. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that these clinics have revolutionised the health care sector in the state thereby immensely benefiting the common man.

Dwelling on another issue, the Chief Minister asked the officers to expedite the process to operationalise the upcoming medical colleges in the state. He said that after 75 years of independence only three medical colleges have been opened in the state. However, Bhagwant Singh Mann said that now in the coming one year five more Medical colleges will be opened in the state.

The Chief Minister envisioned that in the coming years one medical college will touch every district of the state thereby ensuring that common man is benefitted from it. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that this will go a long way in imparting quality treatment to people and medical education to the students from the state. He said that no stone should be left unturned for making Punjab a hub of medical education in the country.

The Chief Minister asked the officers to ensure that people are provided quality health services by all means. He said that health sector is the thrust area of the state government and no stone should be left unturned for this noble cause. Bhagwant Singh Mann Mann said that the state government is committed for holistic development of the state and well being of its people.







Sri Fatehgarh Sahib, December 7-Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann on Thursday said that in order to provide the citizen centric services to the people at their doorsteps, the state government will launch ‘Bhagwant Mann Sarkar, Tuhade Dwaar’ scheme on December 10.

The Chief Minister, who conducted surprise checks at Sri Fatehgarh Sahib and Bassi Pathana Saanjh Kendras, said that the move is aimed at providing these services to people in a smooth and convenient manner. He said that this initiative will provide hassle-free and straight access to Government 2 Citizen (G2C) services by launch of the Door-Step Delivery (DSD). Bhagwant Singh Mann said that this initiative will bring all the 43 critical G2C services - such as Certificates of Birth and Deaths, Income, Residence, Caste, Pensions, Electricity Bill Payments and others right to the doorsteps of citizens across the state.

The Chief Minister said that the citizens can avail of the service by calling a dedicated helpline number 1076 and scheduling an appointment at their convenience. He said that citizens will be informed of the documents required, fees applicable and others for the service to be availed adding that citizens will receive an SMS with the list of documents required and date/ time of appointment. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that specially trained personnel will visit their homes/ offices at the scheduled time with Tablets and complete the necessary paperwork, collect fees and give an acknowledgement receipt with which the Citizen can track his application.

The Chief Minister said that this scheme will not only enhance the convenience of people but also eradicate the role of middlemen thereby bringing in transparency, efficiency and citizen-centric governance. He said that citizens can avail themselves of the DSD Service through both Sewa Kendras and the dedicated helpline number 1076 from December 10, 2023, onwards. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that every effort is being made to facilitate the people so that they can get their routine administrative works done easily.

The Chief Minister further said that elaborate arrangements will be made to facilitate the thousands of pilgrims coming annually to pay respect during Shaheedi Jor Mel. He said that this sacred land is a source of inspiration for not only Sikhs but the entire humanity as all of them converge here every year to pay respect to Chotta Sahibzadas and Mata Gujri on their martyrdom day. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that the state government will leave no stone unturned to ensure that pilgrims do not face any sort of inconvenience during the Shaheedi Jor Mel.

The Chief Minister said that he will personally monitor this work to ensure that it is completed in a time bound manner. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that martyrdom of Sahibzada Zorawar Singh and Sahibzada Fateh Singh along with Mata Gujri ji at this pious land had since ages inspired Punjabis to fight against injustice, tyranny and oppression. He said that the supreme sacrifice made by the younger Sahibzadas at a tender age hardly finds any parallel in world history.

The Chief Minister said that as every year lakhs of pilgrims visit this place during the Shaheedi Sabha so the state government is giving a complete facelift to this town. He said that the state government is duty bound to facilitate the pilgrims coming to this sacred place. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that a viable mechanism will be put in place to ensure that no pilgrim faces any sort of problem during their visit.

The Chief Minister said that the month of December during which the entire family of Guru Gobind Singh ji was martyred is the month of mourning for the entire humanity. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that the state government will not hold any function of joy and happiness from December 20-30. He said that this will be a humble tribute by the state government to the supreme sacrifice made by the family of Dashmesh Pitaah.


Chetan Singh Jauramajra welcomes cycle rally design to raise awareness about soldiers' martyrdom and encourage youth to join army

435 cyclists covered 1200 kilometers in a month

Rs.17.75 lakh disbursed as financial assistance to 212 soldiers from Flag Day Fund

Chandigarh, December 7- Punjab Defense Services Welfare Minister S. Chetan Singh Jauramajra today flagged-in the country's first-of-its-kind cycle rally on the occasion of the Armed Forces Flag Day, during the closing ceremony at the War Memorial, Bougainvillea Park, Sector-3, here. The cycle rally was designed to raise awareness about soldiers' sacrifices and motivate the youth to join the armed forces.

In a special event organized by the Directorate of Defence Services Welfare Department Punjab, Chief Guest S. Chetan Singh Jauramajra said that this cycle rally was an unique initiative in the country to inform the general public about the Flag Day Fund, to spread awareness among the people about the sacrifices made by the soldiers of Punjab for the integrity and sovereignty of our country and to create inspiration and patriotism among the youth of Punjab as well as to encourage them to join the Armed Forces.

The Cabinet Minister urged the people of the country to contribute wholeheartedly to the flag day fund, reiterating that Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Singh Mann led government is making all possible efforts for the welfare of the serving soldiers, families of martyrs and ex-servicemen.

Notably, this cycle rally, which was commenced a month ago from War Memorial, Bougainvillea Park, traversed all 23 districts of the state, covering a total distance of 1200 kilometers. It witnessed participation from 435 cyclists representing different districts. During this period, the department provided financial aid of Rs.17.75 lakh to 212 soldiers.

Brigadier (Retd.) Dr. BS Dhillon, Director of Defence Services Welfare Department, pinned the badge to the Defence Services Welfare Minister.

Later, S. Chetan Singh Jauramajra, along with Mrs. Jagmeet Grewal, the wife of Martyr Colonel Manpreet Singh Sena Medal and cadets of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute, Mai Bhago Armed Forces Preparatory Institute and all the three wings of NCC Chandigarh paid tributes to the martyrs at War Memorial.

Prominent amongst others who were present on this occasion included Principal Secretary Defence Services Welfare Mr. JM Balamurgan, Director Brig (Retd.) BS Dhillon, Deputy Director Cdr. Baljinder Singh Virk, civil dignitaries, ex-servicemen, NCC cadets and staff of defense services welfare department.


Chetan Singh Jauramajra sets target to double treated water usage for irrigation

Says, focus should be laid on using pond water for irrigation to decrease reliance on underground water

Soil and Water Conservation Minister reviews the functioning of Soil and Water Conservation Department

Chandigarh, December 7:Punjab Soil and Water Conservation Minister S. Chetan Singh Jauramajra, on Thursday, directed department officials to aim for a twofold increase in treated water usage for irrigation, besides focusing on leveraging pond water to reduce dependence on underground water sources.

S. Jauramajra, since assuming the charge of Soil and Water Conservation Department last week, today reviewed the working of department in a maiden meeting at Mahatama Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, here.

The Soil and Water Conservation Minister, while emphasizing the Government’s firm commitment towards welfare of farming community of the state, stressed on ways and means to develop new techniques and strategies for saving precious water resources in agriculture sector and at same time maximizing farmer income.

S. Jauramajra asked the officials to chalk out new programmes and intensify ongoing water conservation and management works, stressing on maximizing surface water use by increasing canal and treated water use in agriculture.

He also laid special emphasis on using village pond water as it would not only reduce ground water drawl but will also improve village ecosystems as regular recirculation of pond water reduces environmental pollution.

Reviewing the watershed scheme in Kandi region, the Cabinet Minister stressed on improving livelihood of landless and women community by providing them financial assistance and trainings and also to provide support on plantations in convergence with Horticulture department.

The departmental officers made a presentation to the minister highlighting the works being implemented by the department and stressed the fact that the major thrust area of department is increasing irrigation water use efficiency and developing alternate and new surface water based irrigation water sources for irrigation because almost 94% of state’s water resources are being used in agriculture sector alone.

The officers apprised the minister about various new initiatives being planned by the department in near future. It is pertinent to mention here that major works of department include underground pipeline system, treated water use in agriculture, drip and sprinkler systems, rain water harvesting, check dam construction watershed based programmes besides others.

On department’s proposal to initiate solar pumpset scheme for farmers opting for micro irrigation, S. Chetan Singh Jauramajra called upon the officers to offer a complete solution to farmer by including farm water storage pond along with micro and solar systems so that farmer can get water at the time of his choice and also at the time when there is requirement for irrigation.

The Soil and Water Conservation Minister called for implementing all programmes in a transparent way and at same time ensuring that quality control standards are maintained at each level. The department’s proposed restructuring was also discussed during the meeting.

Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Mr. Mohinder Singh Saini, Chief Conservator of Soils, Punjab along with all district level officers from department.


Vigilance arrests MC Ludhiana Numberdar for demanding Rs 5,000 bribe per month from Safai Sewak

Chandigarh, December 7:The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB), during its relentless campaign against corruption in the state, has arrested Numberdar Pankaj Kumar of Municipal Corporation Zone A, Ludhiana, for demanding a bribe of Rs 5,000 per month from a Safai Sewak.

Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the state VB said that the complainant, Ashok Kumar, a resident of village Mattewara, Ludhiana, filed a complaint against the said accused Pankaj Kumar Numberdar on the Chief Minister's Anti-corruption Action Line. He alleged that he works as a Safai Sewak in the Prem Vihar area of Ludhiana city, covering morning and evening shifts from 6 AM to 11 AM and from 2 PM to 5 PM. He stated that despite instructions specifying work within an 800-meter radius, he was assigned a 2400-meter area.

The complainant further alleged in the complaint that the accused Numberdar has demanded a monthly bribe of Rs 5,000 to exempt him fully from the duties, which the complainant refused. Moreover, Pankaj Kumar demanded Rs 2,000 per month for exemption from duties in the afternoon shift.

The spokesperson added that to lodge an online complaint with evidence, the complainant recorded a conversation with Pankaj Kumar, during which Pankaj Kumar agreed to accept Rs 1,000 instead of Rs 2,000 per month to exempt him from duties in the afternoon shift. Following verification by the DSP VB unit in Ludhiana, the allegations were confirmed.

He further added that in this regard a FIR No. 30 dated 7.12.23 under section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered at the VB police station, Ludhiana range, after finding the accused guilty of demanding a Rs 2,000 monthly bribe from the complainant. The accused, Numberdar Pankaj Kumar, has been arrested and would be produced in court tomorrow. Further investigation in this case was under progress, he added.


Target of Filling Forms for 98,036 Beneficiaries under Matru Vandana Yojana: Dr. Baljit Kaur

Sri Muktsar Sahib on top by Achieving District Target

Chandigarh, December 7: Forms are being filled in the Anganwadi Centres of the state to provide financial assistance of Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 6,000 to female beneficiaries on the birth of their first child, whether a boy or girl and the second child, if a girl. This was disclosed by Social Security, Women and Child Development Minister Dr. Baljit Kaur here today.

Divulging more, Cabinet Minister said that the Punjab Government has set a target of filling out the forms for 98,036 beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana in the current financial year. She mentioned that each district has been assigned a target based on the Anganwadi Centres under them, which must be completed by the end of this financial year.

Dr. Baljit Kaur further added that Sri Muktsar Sahib had achieved the target for filling 3,212 forms 4 months ago and become the leading district in Punjab by filling out 3,257 forms. Similarly, district Fazilka, with a target of 3,836 forms, secured the second position in the state by filling out 3,856 forms.

The minister instructed the officials that other districts should also aim to fill out more forms than the target so that eligible beneficiary women can receive maximum benefits under this scheme. She appealed to eligible women beneficiaries to visit the Anganwadi Centres of the state and fill out the forms.

She further said that efforts are being made by the Punjab Government, led by Chief Minister Punjab Bhagwant Singh Mann, to im