ENDEAVOUR OF STATE GOVERNMENT TO RESTART CLOSED REST HOMES

SEVEN CANAL REST HOUSES WILL BE RENOVATED AND MADE FULLY FUNCTIONAL: VIJAY KUMAR JANJUA

CHIEF SECRETARY ASKS WATER RESOURCES DEPARTMENT TO IDENTIFY OTHER REST HOUSES IN NEXT PHASE

Chandigarh, November 30-Under the directives of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to give priority to stay in government circuit houses/rest houses in the state and to make them fully functional, the State Government has identified seven closed canal rest houses which have been renovated and will be restarted.

This decision was taken here today by Punjab Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Janjua in a meeting with the officials of Water Resources Department and Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB).

Giving details after the meeting, Chief Secretary Mr. Janjua said that many canal rest houses built on the banks of canals in the state have been closed for a long time and their condition has also deteriorated. In the first phase, the state government has identified seven rest houses, which can be run by PPP mode. These rest houses are located at Dholbaha (Hoshiarpur), Khanna, Banur, Kathu Nangar (Amritsar), Sidhwan Bet (Ludhiana) and Chamkaur Sahib, added the Chief Secretary.

The Chief Secretary directed the officials that while renovating the rest houses, care should be taken that the heritage look of these should not be tampered with and the interiors should be designed according to the current requirements while maintaining the traditional look. He asked the water resources department to identify other such rest houses which are currently closed due to dilapidated condition and to renovate the same during the second phase.

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Water Resources Krishan Kumar, MD PIDB Mohammad Taiyab and Additional MD Yashanjit Singh.

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TIME TO OWN PRIME URBAN PROPERTIES IN LUDHIANA, MOGA AND FEROZEPUR

• E-AUCTION OF 130 PROPERTIES TO COMMENCE FROM DECEMBER 11

Chandigarh, November 30:Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) will conduct an e-auction of commercial, residential and institutional sites in the month of December. The e-auction is scheduled to commence on December 11 at 09:00 AM and would end on December 20, 2022 at 01:00 PM.

The sites offered in the e-auction are worth purchasing as these are available at reasonable rates, stated an official spokesperson of the Housing & Urban Development Department. Total of 130 sites would be available for bidding which include 14 residential plots, 115 commercial sites (41-SCOs, 28-SCFs, 24-Booths and 22-shops) and an institutional site. These properties are situated in different localities in Ludhiana, Moga and Ferozepur.

A very convenient payment plan has also been offered, he informed, adding that the successful bidders would get the possession of properties on 25% payment and rest of the amount would be payable in installments along with 9.5% per annum interest.

Details pertaining to properties such as the reserve price, location plan, detailed payment plan etc. would be uploaded on the portal www.puda.e-auctions.in before commencement of e-auction. Interested bidders could go through the details before placing their bid, informed the spokesperson.

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EFFORTS OF STATE GOVERNMENT TO STOP STUBBLE BURNING BEAR FRUIT

FIRE CASES REDUCED BY 30 PERCENT THIS TIME COMPARED TO LAST YEAR: MEET HAYER

Chandigarh, November 30:The campaign launched by the State Government to prevent stubble burning during the paddy season has received a huge response as there has been a 30 percent reduction in fire cases this time compared to last year. This was disclosed by Environment Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer in a press communiqué released here today.

Meet Hayer said that under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, the State Government, in order to stop the stubble burning, decided to go in for the in-situ and ex-situ management. Besides, a special campaign was started to honour the farmers who did not burn stubble. He said that last year 2021, 71304 fire incidents were reported from September 15 to November 30 in the State, while 49907 fire incidents occurred during the same period this year. Thus, a 30 percent reduction was recorded this year.

Environment Minister further said that stubble burning is not the problem of Punjab alone, it is the problem of the entire country. Despite the Union Government's rejection of the State Government's proposal to provide financial assistance to farmers, the cases of stubble burning have reduced due to the efforts of the State Government. He said that Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had demanded compensation amount from the Center in which Punjab was also to contribute its share. Similarly, he himself had put this demand before the Union Minister in the conference of environment ministers of the states. Had there been a positive response from the Centre, there would have been a further decline in stubble burning cases.

Meet Hayer added that about 10 million straws have been managed through in situ management which is about 25 percent more than last year. Similarly, 1.8 million straw has been managed through the ex situ method which is more than 33 per cent over the previous year. Students of schools, colleges and universities were also made part of the awareness campaign. A total of 3093 camps were organized this year.

Clarifying the cases of fire, he also said that if a farmer sets fire to waste after making straw bales instead of straw, that is also included in the case of fire through satellite image, but it doesn't results in pollution, that is why less pollution was recorded in the cities of Punjab compared to Haryana and other states. He said that Punjab has sent the program for the next three years to the Center and the state government is committed to completely eliminate stubble burning cases in the coming years.

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VIDHAN SABHA SPEAKER'S CALL TO FARMERS TO BUILD A PUBLIC MOVEMENT TO TAKE STEPS TOWARDS ADOPTING OF ORGANIC FARMING

REDUCED USE OF FERTILIZERS AND CHEMICALS IS NECESSARY FOR A HEALTHY SOCIETY – SANDHWAN

AGRICULTURE MINISTER ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF A NEW AGRICULTURAL POLICY BY MARCH

ORGANIC FARMING FARMERS HONORED IN THE VIDHAN SABHA

Chandigarh, November 30:Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker S. Kultar Singh Sandhwan has called upon the farmers to build a people's movement to reverse the trend of fertilizers and chemicals based agriculture and to take steps towards organic farming.

Addressing the farmers during a function held in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha with the cooperation of Agricultural Heritage Mission to honor the organic agriculturists, Sandhwan said that Punjab, which was known for hygienic water, spotless air and healthy fertile land, has been turned into polluted water, poisonous air and non-fertile land due to wrong policies. He said that due to excessive use of fertilizers and chemicals in agriculture, people are suffering from diseases and are dying daily with the outcomes. He said that there is a need to move towards organic farming to bring Punjab back into the track.

S. Sandhwan said that farming is a life style and the market oriented trend has turned it into agri-business. He said that agriculture should remain only agriculture and it should not be made only a business. He expressed the hope that a separate organic agriculture policy will also be brought soon. He said that the farmers adopting organic farming have taken risks but they have also taken steps to save water, soil and air by following the philosophy of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Earlier, while addressing the farmers, Agriculture Minister S. Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal said that the Bhagwant Mann government has promised to bring change in the entire system. He said that as part of this change, the Punjab government will bring its agricultural policy by March this year which will be drawing a separate outline for organic farming. Its purpose is to promote natural farming. He said that funds will be provided in the budget after the implementation of new policy. S. Dhaliwal said that farmers with less than five acres of land were given remuneration for working in their fields, so farmers with less than five acres of land should make job cards. Meanwhile, he said that during the paddy season, 30 percent less straw has been burnt as compared to last year. He expressed confidence that in the next two years the problem of stubble burning will be completely eliminated.

Meanwhile, Umendra Dutt Sharma of Agriculture Heritage Mission conducted the stage. On this occasion, Punjab Vidhan Sabha Secretary Surinder Pal Singh, Punjab Pollution Control Board Chairman prof. Adarsh Pal Vig and progressive farmers were present.

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I&PR DEPARTMENT BIDS WARM FAREWELL TO TPO LAKHWINDER ATTRI ON HIS SUPERANNUATION

Chandigarh, November 30: Punjab Information and Public Relations Department gave a warm farewell to the Teleprinter Operator (TPO) Mr. Lakhwinder Attri on his retirement. He served the department for nearly 36 years.

During a farewell function, Additional Director Dr. Opinder Singh Lamba, Joint Director Mr. Randeep Singh Ahluwalia, IPRO Mr. Navdeep Singh Gill along with others lauded the marvelous services rendered by Mr. Attri during his service in the department. They added that the exemplary hard work, dedication and perseverance exhibited by the Mr. Attri will ever inspire his colleagues and other staff members to discharge their duties with determination.

Wishing Mr. Attri a better and healthier post-retirement life, the speakers said, now he will be able to spend more valuable time with his family besides fulfilling his social responsibility. Mr. Lakhwinder Attri was also honoured with a memento by the staff members.

Apart from Mr. Lakhwinder Attri's family members, Joint Director Mr. Harjit Singh Grewal, Deputy Director Mr. Ishwinder Singh Grewal and Mrs. Shikha Nehra, IPROs, APROs and other officials of the department were also present.

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VIGILANCE ARRESTS ANOTHER ABSCONDING AGENT ACCUSED OF VEHICLE FITNESS CERTIFICATES SCAM

Chandigarh November 30:The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has arrested one more absconding accused agent Varinder Singh Deepu, resident of Basti Gujan, Jalandhar, who colluded with Motor Vehicle Inspector (MVI), Jalandhar Naresh Kaler in the vehicle fitness certificates scam. The VB has confiscated his mobile phone and SIM card which would be sent to data experts to gather more information about this scam.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the VB said the Bureau had conducted a surprise check in the office of MVI, Jalandhar and exposed an organized corruption for issuing/receiving fitness certificates without conducting inspection of commercial and private vehicles on a large scale in connivance with private agents.

Giving details he further added that the VB on the basis of sufficient evidence registered a case No 14 dated 23-08-2022 under section 7, 7A of prevention of corruption act and 420, 120-B of IPC at VB police station Jalandhar.

In this case total 9 accused have already been arrested and in the jail which includes Naresh Kaler, Rampal alias Radhe, Mohan Lal alias Kalu, Paramjit Singh Bedi, Surjit Singh, Harvinder Singh, Pankaj Dhingra @ Bholu, Brijpal Singh @ Ricky and Arvind Kumar @ Bindu (All private agents). Further investigation of this case was under progress and the remaining absconding accused would be arrested soon, he added.