Monthly Archives: AUGUST 2017
Concessions to hill states
Don’t weaken the country’s strong arm: Review concessions or extend these to Punjab too: Badal
CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 17: Former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal said here today that the centre’s decision to extend concessions to Punjab’s neighbouring hill states will "directly and fatally" hit Punjab and its economy. "No one deserves these concessions more than does Punjab that has faced four active and bloody wars and is the only part of the country which is situated on a live and hostile border which even centre admits continues to be a cause of concern for national security,” said Badal here this afternoon in a brief but sharp response to the announcement of extension of concessions to hill states. ”Weakening Punjab amounts directly to weakening national interests, especially security. Punjab has suffered a lot. And this step is bound to make us suffer more. And whether we realise it today or not, this will hurt our national interests too.”
Badal requested the Government of India to either reconsider the decision or extend the same facilities to the most deserving state, Punjab also. "We are not against our brethren states. But we seek justice and fair-play and a level playing field. In a level playing field, we will prove what we are capable of. The hard working Punjabi's simply have no match.They proved it even across the country’s shores.”
"Take my word for it. Whenever Pakistan wants to bleed our country, Punjab will be their first target. Why punish the country’s strong arm?”
The former CM said that patriotic Punjabi's have not only bravely and proudly waged wars for their motherland but have also endured nearly two decades of what the Government of India admits was a foreign sponsored militancy. Because of that, our economy has taken a severe hit. We were the first to deserve these concessions. It is time to put a stop to this discrimination.”
The former Chief Minister said that it must be realised that Punjab continues to be the target of Pakistan. "Take my word for it. Whenever Pakistan wants to bleed our country, Punjab will be their first target. Why punish the country’s strong arm? Does the country not need a strong and robust Punjab? We have repeatedly assured and proved that as long as Punjab is strong and prospering, this country has nothing to fear from its enemies. But I ask,” Is a strong Punjab not in national interest. Whatever the Congress might say, Punjab’s economy took a huge hit because of the militancy whose roots led to Congress Headquarters in Delhi and Pakistan later fully exploited.
That is the truth and everyone knows it. It is time to learn from mistakes of the past and give Punjab a fair deal. A fair deal is all we ask, no favours.” said Badal.
BK Uppal, Varinder Paul Singh to be awarded with President’s Police Medals
Bajinder Kumar Uppal, IPS, ADGP Vigilance Bureau Punjab and Varinder Paul Singh PPS, AIG, State Special Operations Cell have been chosen for President’s Police Medals for distinguished services on the occasion of on Independence Day 2017. In addition to this, sixteen more police officers/officials including Ranbir Singh Khattra, DIG, (Administration) Indian Reserve Battalion Punjab and Sandeep Kumar Sharma, SSP, Kapurthala will get Police Medals for meritorious services.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of Punjab Police said Gurinder Singh Grewal, PPS, AIG, Zonal, CID, Patiala, Inspector Sukhmandar Singh (No. 985/PAP) o/o ADGP Armed Battalion, Jalandhar, Inspector Paramveer Singh, Incharge, Sub Division Saanjh Kender, Jalandhar Cantt., Inspector Baldev Raj, 7th Battalion, PAP Jalandhar., Inspector (LR) Baljinder Singh, Security Officer with Chief Minister, Punjab., Inspector Rajnish Kumar, STF Punjab., Inspector Satnam Singh, Police Recruits Training Centre, Jahan Khelan and Inspector Amrit Saroop Dogra, Incharge, Economic Offences Wing, Amritsar would be awarded with Police Medals for meritorious services.
Similarly Sub Inspector Kuljeet Singh, IGP, Commando Punjab, Patiala, Sub Inspector Gurwinder Singh, ADGP, Armed Battalion, Jalandhar, Sub Inspector Manohar Lal, CID Unit, SAS Nagar, Sub Inspector Mohinder Pal, CID Headquarters Punjab, Sub Inspector (LR) Sukhjinder Singh, Vigilance Bureau, Bathinda and Lady ASI Inderjit Kaur, CID Headquaters Punjab has also been chosen for Police Medals for meritorious services.
Meanwhile, the Punjab government has announced the Chief Minister’s Medal for outstanding devotion to duty to five police officers/officials, included SP Investigation Patiala, Harwinder Singh Virk, Inspector Shaminder Singh, Counter Intelligence, SAS Nagar, ASI Tejinder Singh, Commando Training Center Bahadurgarh, Patiala, ASI (LR) Pushpinder Singh, district Bathinda and Head Constable (PP) Sanjeev Kumar, district Bathinda.
All civil surgeons and SMO's to perform clinical duty on Saturday's: Health Minister
"All Specialists including Civil Surgeons and Senior Medical Officers posted on Non clinical posts will perform clinical duties on every Saturday and they will also perform scheduled surgeries on fixed days in Government hospitals.” It was announced by Brahm Mohindra, Minister of Health & Family Welfare, while delivering keynote address at the Civil Surgeon’s Review Meeting held at Directorate Health Services, Punjab. This occasion was also decorated with the conferring of National Award to Punjab’s two District Hospitals for achieving high ranks in the Quality Assurance standards set by Government of India.
Announcing another significant service delivery programme for the New Born Babies, Brahm Mohindra said that henceforth Aadhar card facilities would be extended to the new born at the premises of hospitals itself. He said that Heath Department would extend this service as being the Nodal Agency with the coordination of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Health Minister also handed over 300 tablets to the trained field officer for this purpose.
The another pride moment for the Health Department at this meeting, was the conferring of National Award to two District Hospitals, Amritsar and Pathankot for achieving high ranks in the Quality Assurance standards. Brahm Mohindra while congratulating the concerned Civil Surgeons for their sheer hard word and relentless service said that they are hopeful that Civil Hospital, Nawan Shahr and Civil Hospital, Rajpura would soon register claim for this prestigious award. He said that the program of Quality Assurance that includes 18 departmental long checklists for all district Hospitals throughout India and in this the complete hospital is assessed on pre-defined standards as set by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI. He said that to achieve the award of "National Quality Assurance Certificate” for any hospital is not easy but Punjab could do this for its 2 hospitals, the Jalliawallah Bagh Martyr’s Memorial (JBMM) District Hospital Amritsar (200 bedded) and District Hospital Pathankot (179 bedded) underwent national assessment by 3 em-panelled External Assessor’s who came from different parts of India and this happened after the State assessment.
Union Government has awarded special grant of Rs. 18 lakh to the Civil Hospital, Pathankot and Rs. 15.50 lakh to the Civil Hospital, Amritsar. Sharing his happiness over this remarkable achievement, Health Minister also announced Rs.2 lakh each to both these hospitals.
To handover this prestigious award & certificates to both the hospitals Dr. J N Srivastava, Advisor QI-NHSRC, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI and Dr Sushant Agarwal, Consultant Quality Improvement (QI) - NHSRC, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI, came from New Delhi along with the certificates.’
The other key health programmes which were reviewed during the meeting included Leporsy, Rashtriya Bal Sawathiya Karyakaram RBSK, TB Control Programme, National Blindness Control Programme etc.
Prominent amongst those present at the meeting included Anjali Bhawra, Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare Punjab, Varun Roojam, Managing Director- Punjab Health Systems Corporation and Dr Rajiv Bhalla, Director Health Services besides Civil Surgeons from all the districts and other senior officers of the Health Department at state level.
British envoys call on CM, evince interest in investing in agriculture and allied areas
The British High Commissioner and Deputy High Commissioner on Friday called upon Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh to discuss cooperation with the state government in the promotion of agriculture and allied fields.
High Commissioner Sir Dominic Asquith and Deputy High Commissioner Andrew Ayre were accompanied by their wives, Louise Asquith and Bettina Ayre, respectively. The couples engaged with CM on a wide range of subjects of mutual interest, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) disclosed after the meeting at Captain Amarinder’s official residence here.
The visiting envoys said their country was interested in collaborating with the Amarinder led government in key areas of agriculture, skill development, food processing and cold chain development. They evinced interest in making significant investments in these fields, which the Chief Minister welcomed.
Amarinder directed officials of the state government to work closely with their counterparts in the British government to take forward the discussion on boosting business cooperation between Punjab and the United Kingdom on subjects of mutual interest.
Another area in which the visiting delegation showed keen interest was dairy farming, which Captain said his government was striving to promote in a big way as an alternative source of income for the beleaguered farmers of the state.
He also sought from the British envoys’ support for his government’s efforts towards conservation of the fast depleting ground water table in the state. He said agriculture was a major casualty in Punjab, once the food bowl of India, as a result of the vanishing ground water. His government, was working on various measures to conserve and ensure judicious use of ground water, and any innovative suggestions to boost the ground water level would be welcome.
The UK envoys promised to explore possible measures to help the government’s efforts in water conservation and other critical areas of concern to the Chief Minister, the spokesperson said.
Amarinder later presented to the High Commissioner copies of his books on military history as a token of his love and gratitude.
CM puts spurious pesticides and seeds dealers on notice; tells farmers to follow PAU advice
MANSA, AUGUST 11: Vowing to take suppliers of spurious pesticides and seeds to task, CM Amarinder Singh on Friday urged farmers to use only the varieties recommended by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to protect their cotton crops from white-fly.
Speaking to farmers during a visit to Mansa to take stock of the infestation caused by white-flies, he said that those responsible for the supply of spurious insecticides would not be spared and strict action would be taken against them. If agriculture department officials are found guilty of any lapses, they too would also be punished, he added.
Amarinder also announced that he would convene a meeting on Wednesday to discuss ways and means of tackling the situation in the case of inadequate rain, since dry and humid conditions breed white-fly. He told reporters during an informal interaction later that a comprehensive surveillance plan for constant monitoring of the situation would be finalised and implemented at Wednesday's meeting.
CM also appealed to farmers not to resort to suicide, asserting that the loan waiver announced by his government was in the process of being implemented. He also reassured farmers of uninterrupted power supply for the four months of cultivation.
While urging farmers to buy only one of the 33 seed varieties and pesticides recommended by PAU, he exhorted them not to buy cheap and unbranded seeds from Gujarat. Amarinder expressed concern over poor germination of seeds in some areas as a result of the use of poor quality seeds.
He asked the agriculture department to get the seeds being used by the farmers tested and ensure that genuine seeds were used in crop cultivation. He also directed the department to remain on alert against seeds coming from outside Punjab following reports that many of these varieties were also spurious.
While interacting with a farmer, Malkit Singh, whose cotton crop on 3.5 acres of land in Khiala Kalan, had been infested by white-fly, he assured that the agriculture department would assess the damage and a decision on compensation would be taken soon.
Captain Amarinder, who also made an impromptu stop at Village Nangal Khurd, was informed by PAU officials that the extent of whitefly infestation of cotton crops this year was less than the previous year, and was confined to a few areas only. He was told that less than 1% of the total cotton crop sown in Mansa had been affected. The infestation in Bathinda was 1.3% and in Sri Muktasar Sahib 2%, with Fazilka, Moga and Faridkot also reporting negligible impact.
Though the infestation was not significant at the moment, Amarinder directed the agriculture department and concerned officials to remain on alert to tackle any eventuality.
The Chief Minister noted that there had been a 55% increase in area of cotton cultivation this year over the previous year (from 2.50 lakh hectares to 3.87 lakh hectares), and promised all support to the farmers from his government to tackle white-fly and other problems.
The chief minister was accompanied by PPCC president Sunil Jakhar, his Media Advisor Raveen Thukral, Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar and senior officials of Agriculture Department and PAU.