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Ensure clean and green environment in Punjab cities: Sidhu
19.05.17 - team pt
Ensure clean and green environment in Punjab cities: Sidhu



No compromise would be made with regard to the ensuring of clean and hygienic conditions in the urban centres claimed Punjab’s Local Government Minister, Navjot Singh Sidhu.
 
Sidhu today presided over a meeting with commissioners of all the 10 Municipal Corporations of the state and reviewed the arrangements with regard to smooth functioning of solid waste management projects and ensuring clean and hygienic look for the cities and towns. 
 
The Minister said that the urban areas are facing the problem of clogged sewerages which results in stagnant water on the streets. Instructing the departmental officers, he said that the remedy to this problem must be found before the onset of monsoon. As part of a solution, he batted for the induction of ultra modern super suction machines regarding whose operating procedure, he witnessed a power point presentation also. 
 
Sidhu further said that these machines would be used on priority basis in 5 major cities namely-Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Patiala and Bathinda which constitutes more than 40 percent population of the state so as to ensure that the population living in these doesn’t has to face with the problem.
 
Addressing the representatives of various companies running projects in different clusters, Sidhu said that he desires healthy competition in respect of this vital sector in order to provide better services to the urban population. He also made it crystal clear that an assessment of the work being carried out by the companies would be carried out and those performing well would be given further chance to work on the projects. He also said that anybody tinkering with the cleanliness arrangements would not be spared. He instructed the departmental officials to spend every single penny received under Swachh Bharat Mission on ensuring sanitary conditions in the urban areas.
 
The minister reviewed project of each cluster and ordered to continue successful ones. In case of encountering any difficulty in the execution of projects, he deputed concerned commissioner and departmental officials. He directed the cancellation of agreement with those companies who have yet to start work or whose performance is un-satisfactory. The minister asked the officials to fix different dates in accordance with the clusters to run these projects with success and sought a comprehensive report regarding the same.
 
Sidhu mentioned successful projects being run in Delhi and other cities of the country and rooted for the implementation of same model in Punjab. Minutely reviewing the process from gathering waste to its processing in plant, the minister asked the representatives of companies to bring to his notice any problem they encounter but he also made it clear that he would not tolerate any laxity in the successful implementation of the project. Terming the ensuring of clean and green environment in urban areas as very significant issue, Sidhu warned that officers found negligent on this count would have to face action.
 
The meeting was attended by Adviser to the department Amar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Satish Chandra, Director K.K. Yadav and Chief Engineer A.S. Dhaliwal.




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Punjab to implement Food Safety Act strictly: Brahm Mohindra
19.05.17 - team pt
Punjab to implement Food Safety Act strictly: Brahm Mohindra



The Health Department Punjab has issued strict instruction to the district health authorities to ensure the implementation of Food Safety & Standards Act with iron hand and to act against big food and beverages operators besides the small food shops and street vendors for the complaints of adulteration.
 
The instructions were issued by Minister for Health and Family Welfare Punjab Brahm Mohindra while chairing the State level review meeting of the Food and Drug administration officers. He said that it is the prime duty of the health department to ensure that health and hygiene of the citizen is maintained by the supply of nutritious and unadulterated food articles. He said that zero tolerance would be maintained against adulteration of food articles and all complaints of the citizens in this regard must be addressed within stipulated time. He exhorted the food safety officers not to confine their activities only to raid food shops instead they should concentrate on bringing positive results by acting against the miscreants who are playing with life of people. 
 
The Health Minister instructed the officers to ensure the sampling of the basic eatables consumed by the citizens such as milk and dairy products paneer, khowa, ghee, seasonal fruits like mango, banana and chikoo. He said that the adulteration is a serious issue which directly linked with health and hygiene of the citizen. He asked the officers that henceforth food /canteens in government sector should also be taken into screening. 
 
The Minister said that by ensuring the supply of unadulterated food articles we may curb many deadly and chronic diseases like cancer, hepatitis, stomach and gastric disorders.
 
The Minister also directed the officers to sensitize the public through IEC activities for registering their complaints against adulteration over on-line portal of the department. The Minister also directed the Principal Secretary  Anjali Bhawara to arrange a special orientation training program  for the food safety officers to educate them about the modernize sampling techniques and procedures. The Minister himself wished to be present in this training program.
 
Anjali Bhanwra Principal Secretary Health asked to District Food officers to ensure the submission of status reports of mobile test labs to the Dr. Amritpal Warring, Nodal Officer within three days 
 
She instructed the food safety officers to emphasize on generating more and more awareness regarding the various provisions of Food Safety Act and rights of the citizens in this regard, by using social networking mediums, workshops, seminars and other IEC activities.
 
Varun Roojam Commissioner Drug and Food Administration also directed the food safety officers to act with diligence and sincerity to ensure the proper implementation the food safety Act to guarantee the hygiene and infection protection.




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Ceremonial inauguration of a cremation chamber by Parneet Kaur today; tantamount to complete collapse of human sagacity: Bir Devinder Singh
15.05.17 - team pt
Ceremonial inauguration of a cremation chamber by Parneet Kaur today; tantamount to complete collapse of human sagacity: Bir Devinder Singh



"It's shocking to my ethics to learn that Mrs. Parneet Kaur, Former Union Minster of State will be inaugurating a cremation chamber, run on LPG gas at Patiala today” said former Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Bir Devinder Singh. 

In a statement issued here, he stated that the District Public Relation Officer (DPRO) Patiala has solicited the presence of the media to give adequate publicity to this 'most clumsy ceremonial inauguration', may be first of its kind in my life time. Incomprehensible press note issued by the DPRO Patiala in this regard is so mystifying that it has completely shaken my sensibility.
 
What a decline of decency in human behavior?  I thoroughly sympathize with all those who suffered colossal collapse of judgmental wisdom and acumen paralysis in organizing such a baffling accomplishment for the Chief Minister's wife ‘Maharani’ Parmeet Kaur to win her favors, said Bir.

Former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha further said, "I am struggling very hard to comprehend the mystified nuances of the inexplicable endeavor of the organizers and the modesty of the wisdom of Mrs. Parneet Kaur, as well, having been agreed to inaugurate the LPG gas cremation Chamber. But the million dollar question poignantly hurting my principal moral code is; that why does someone need to inaugurate a cremation chamber, even if it is run with LPG or electricity?  I wonder! How uncharitably will Mrs. Parneet Kaur inaugurate the venture of a Sarbat Da Bhala Charitable Trust?

Could it be burning the corpse brought to the cremation chamber for the purpose or cutting the ribbon of the cremation Chamber to welcome the first corpse to be cremated in the chamber with new ‘innovative modernization’. It’s also yet to be seen as to how the organizers would receive and garland the so-called ‘Chief Guest’ on the ceremonial occasion in the cremation Chamber?

I am afraid if ‘Maharani’ Parneet Kaur, seek out  pleasures in such graceless endeavors,  her next exultant project could be to flag-off the 'Antim-yatra' of the  dead bodies of her supporters or their relatives to the cremation chamber or to the cremation ground. Alas!  What a shame?”

It’s pertinent to mention here that the Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal came under severe criticism, across the spectrum, for getting his huge photograph fixed on all the 108-Ambulances of the State.
 
If the Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh has little sense of dignity and even a minimal respect for the cherished age old value system, enshrined in the civilized human conduct, than he must take immediate cognizance of the reprehensible activities in his home town and issue explicit advisory to his family members in adherence to the dignified public conduct, signed off Bir Devinder Singh.




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CM announces Rs. 5 lakh for bereaved family of photo journalist Tarun Shammi
15.05.17 - team pt
CM announces Rs. 5 lakh for bereaved family of photo journalist Tarun Shammi



Expressing deep grief over the untimely death of Jalandhar-based photo journalist Tarun Shammi, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced Rs. 5 lakh as financial aid for his family members.

The Chief Minister said he shared the pain of the family and the journalistic fraternity over the death of Shammi, who died on Sunday night due to injuries sustained when his bike fell after hitting a deep pot hole near H.M.V College on May 13. The photo journalist had been working with Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar.

The Chief Minister has also directed the Principal Secretary of Local Bodies to seek a report from the concerned authorities about the incident and to fix responsibility over the Municipal Corporation’s failure to maintain the road in proper condition even after spending crores of rupees.

Shammi, a resident of Gurdev Nagar Jalandhar, is survived by his Mother, wife and two children.




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PepsiCo revives Punjab Citrus project after over a decade
10.05.17 - team pt
PepsiCo revives Punjab Citrus project after over a decade



In a major boost to the Captain Amarinder Singh’s government’s efforts to woo industry into the state, PepsiCo India has decided to revive its citrus project in Punjab, which was stalled by the Akali government, after a gap of more than a decade.

A PepsiCo delegation, led by Chairman & CEO India Region Shiv Shivakumar and Vice President Global Procurement V.D. Sharma, met Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here on Wednesday to discuss major expansion and investment plans in the state.

The delegation showed interest in collaborating with the state government to revive the horticulture project initiated during Amarinder’s previous tenure, besides exploring the possibility of sourcing citrus fruits for their juices and concentrates from the state. 

PepsiCo has also shown interest in investing Rs. 500 crore through a partner to set up a juice concentrate and soft drink production plant in Pathankot, an official spokesperson said after the meeting.

The company, which already has Asia’s largest potato minituber lab in Zahura in Hoshiarpur district and a state-of-the-art bulk storage in the state, has offered technical support to the Congress government to develop Punjab as a premium citrus fruit producing state to help the Chief Minister realize his vision of farm diversification to steer farmers from paddy cultivation to the cash-rich citrus fruits.

In a presentation, Dr. James H. Keithly, a horticulture specialist from USA who was also part of the PepsiCo delegation, unveiled a 5-year plan for the production of high-yielding quality processing varieties of citrus plants at Jalowal nursery in Hoshiarpur district. The nursery was started during Captain’s previous term in the government but had been allowed to fall by the wayside by the erstwhile SAD government.

In his presentation, Dr. Keithly apprised the Chief Minister that 1125 acres of area would be covered under the citrus plantation across the state. He pointed out during 2017, 55 acres would be brought under plantation of Kinnow, Daisy and W Murcott. In 2018, 170 acres would be brought under Carrizo, JattiKhatti and Carrizo rootstock liners. Likewise, 300 acres of area would be brought under Carrizo, JattiKhatti and Volk liners during every year in 2019, 2020 and 2021 to expand the ambit of citrus cultivation in order to tap the land potential in the state and propagate cultivation of various varieties of fruits for sourcing of quality juicing.

The chief minister, while reiterating his government’s commitment to farm diversification to improve the lot of the state’s beleaguered farming community, immediately directed Additional Chief Secretary, Horticulture, Himmat Singh to work out the modalities for the citrus project in collaboration with PepsiCo.

The Chief Minister urged the delegation to explore opportunities for the farmers of South Punjab to be a part of the project while directing the Horticulture department to give liberal subsidies for schemes like drip irrigation. He also asked the department to prepare a comprehensive action plan to adequately enhance the capacities of the two existing Punjab Agro juicing plants, at Abohar and Hoshiarpur, to meet the juicing demands of PepisCo.

Captain Amarinder directed the CEO Punjab Bureau of Investment Promotion to make the proposed new industrial policy conducive to the juicing industry to enable the state’s farmers to reap the maximum benefit by getting a remunerative price for their crop. He also asked the Principal Secretary to take up the matter of ensuring 8hour uninterrupted power supply to the orchards with the Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Punjab State Power Corporation. 

Prominent amongst others who attended the meeting were Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Horticulture, Himmat Singh, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Tejveer Singh, Finance Secretary-cum-Chief Executive Officer PBIP Anirudh Tiwari and Deputy CEO PBIP D.K. Tiwari.




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