Tag: Punjab Govt

Punjab Cabinet Regularises 7K Unauthorised Colonies

[Chd,Pb]Punjab Cabinet Regularises 7K Unauthorised Colonies
The bill for regularisation of unauthorised colonies, plots and buildings is all set to be presented in the upcoming budget session of the Vidhan Sabha, following the go-ahead by the Punjab Cabinet here today,
It will also pave the way for the formulation of a comprehensive policy for regularisation of these colonies and plots or buildings across the state,Cabinet was chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
There are at present around 7,000 illegal colonies, of which 5,000 were located outside the MC limits, As per spokesperson,no registration of the illegal colonies would be allowed.
It would give an opportunity to those colonisers or residents who had failed to apply for either getting their unauthorised colonies .
The RWA can also submit an application for regularisation of the colony to the concerned authority under the provisions of the bill.

Capt Swords On Hookah Bars In Punjab

[Chd,Pb] Capt Swords On Hookah Bars In Punjab
Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh , approved an amendment to the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act (COTPA), 2003 for the prevention and control of diseases caused by the use of tobacco products.
The move is aimed at checking the trend of hookah, hookah bars, and the use of tobacco in various forms among youngsters,
This amendment would result in a complete ban on running of hookah bars in the state.
The proposed amendment would be presented before the Vidhan Sabha, and if passed by the House, would be reserved for the assent of the President of India,
Under the present scheme of things, section 144 of CrPC is promulgated against the hookah bars across the country for two months, which requires an extension at the end of the period.
The extension orders are issued every two months by the district administration.
As per available data, an hour’s average of hookah smoking contains 20-200 puffs, which can deliver 50 litres of smoke, containing harmful and carcinogenic chemicals, the official said.
Health risks of smoking hookah includes exposure to toxic chemicals that are not filtered out by the water, and also the risk of infectious disease like tuberculosis resulting from sharing a hookah.

Punjab Budget Tomorrow,Drug +Sand May Storm Session

[Chd,Pb]Punjab Budget Tomorrow,Drug +Sand May Storm Session
The budget session of the Punjab Assembly, commencing tomorrow,
Opposition AAP and SAD geared up to Hammer Congress government with several issues, including farmers suicides, unemployment and drug trade.
The ruling Congress expected to use AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal’s recent apology to former Akali minister Bikram Singh Majithia for the drug allegations and subsequent rumblings in the party.
Even as the floor strategy of the main opposition AAP will be cynosure during the budget session, especially after the rise of the dissenting voices within the party following Kejriwal’s apology to Majithia, the AAP members exuded confidence to corner the Amarinder Singh government for its alleged failure on all fronts.
Meanwhile, the ruling members may use Kejriwal’s apology to snub the AAP and the Sepcial Task Force (STF) “findings” against Majithia to corner the Akalis.
The budget is likely to be presented on March 24, Vidhan Sabha sources said adding that the session will begin with the governor’s address tomorrow and likely to end on March 28.

Less Then10% Illegal Encroacment Removed In Punjab

[Chd,Pb] Less Then 10% Illegal Encroacment Removed In Punjab:
As per Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot total 31000 acres of land would be freed from illegal encroachment
The Forest and Wildlife Preservation Minister, Punjab, Dharamsot has said that as of now, a total of 31000 acres of forest land is under illegal encroachments out of which legal cases are going on concerning 21000 acres while 2000 acres has been freed from illegal encroachments.
The department has set a target of freeing 10000 acres from the illegal encroachments till May-June this year. The land which has been freed from the illegal encroachments falls in Sri Muktsar Sahib, Bathinda, Ferozpur, Pathankot, Hoshiarpur, Sangrur, Ludhiana, Rupnagar, Nawanshahar, Amritsar and Gurdaspur.

Capt Announces Rs.162 cr of Various Projects for Shahkot,Nakodar

[Nakodar,Jalandhar,Chd]Capt Announces Rs.162 cr of Develoment Projects for Shahkot,Nakodar
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday announced infrastructure project worth Rs. 113 crore for Shahkot area and another Rs 49 crore for Nakodar as part of his government’s development agenda for Jalandhar district.
The Chief Minister made the announcements during his visit to the region for distribution of debt waiver certificates to farmers.
For Shahkot, the government has allocated
Rs. 15 crore for a new Government Degree College at Village Sarangwal, besides
Rs. 30 crore for special repair of 280 Km of Link Roads.
Another Rs. 20 crore has been set aside for development works in 232 villages of Shahkot, Lohian and Mehatpur Blocks,
In addition, a sum of Rs. 11 crore has been assigned for the development of Mandis to provide better facilities to the farmers in the procurements season, said the Chief Minister, also announced Rs. 8 crore for bifurcation of 14 Multiple Village Water Supply 
Among the other major projects for Sahkot are
completion of Sewage Treatment at Shahkot (Rs. 5 Crore),
new Bridge at Jakopur,
Village Lohian (Rs. 8.5 Crore) and
Flood Protection Works along Satluj River (Rs. 4 Crore).
The Chief Minister also announced a grant of Rs 4 crore for school infrastructure and an equal amount to Nagar Panchayat Shahkot, Nagar Panchayat 
Mehatpur and Nagar Panchayat Lohian. He further disclosed that renovation of the Milk Chilling Centre at Shahkot will be undertaken at Rs. 2.5 
For Nakodar, the grants announced by the Chief Minister include Rs. 24 crore for repair of 289 Km of Link Roads, Rs. 9 crore for development of 34 Mandis, Rs 1 crore for widening of 6 Bridges on Rural Roads and Rs. 15 crore for repair of Pahgwara–Nakodar Road.
Captain Amarinder reiterated his government’s commitment to bringing the state’s development back on track, and asserted that paucity of funds will not be allowed to hold back such works.

Sidhu Raises Red Flag To Recuitment Process In Punjab

[Chd,Pb] Sidhu Raises Red Flag To Halt Recuitment Process
After Receiving Complaint about discrepancies in recruitment at Shivalik College of Nursing, Naya Nangal
Local Government Minister,Navjot Singh Sidhu immediately ordered halt to the entire recruitment process
and Chief Vigilance Officer has been directed to probe matter within 15 days
A test was conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar regarding recruitment at Shivalik College of Nursing, Naya Nangal. The result was declared recently and the recruitment was to be based on this result.
Mr. Sidhu also disclosed that complaints were also received during the tenure of the previous government when Panjab University conducted a test regarding recruitment to government departments. He also said that taking any complaint seriously he has decided to go in for comprehensive probe into the entire matter so as to keep the faith of candidates intact in recruitment process to the government departments. He reiterated that there should be no doubt in the mind of any candidate concerning full justice being done in the case.

Revenue Patwari “Ramesh” Trapped with Bribe Of Rs 8K

[Chd,Pb] Revenue Patwari “Ramesh” Trapped with Bribe Of Rs 8K
State Vigilance Bureau today nabbed Revenue Patwari Ramesh Kumar, Of Halqa Dheerpur in Fatehgarh Sahib ,red handed while accepting bribe of Rs. 8000/-.
The Complainant has approached the VB that the accused Patwari was demanding Rs. 8000 for mutation of his land.

Capt’s Job Fair Giving 31K Jobs In Punjab Is Bogus:SAD

[LDH,Pb] Capt’s Job Fair In Punjab Is Bogus:SAD Demands Complete List Of Beneficieries
Punjab Govt has claimed distribution of 9592 job letters, takes total employment generation to 161522
Terms charges of job fairs generating low-paying jobs as false propaganda, says highest package of Rs 31 lakh per annum Chandigarh/Ludhiana, March 11: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh too ..
The opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today called the job fair organised by the Punjab government “bogus” and asked the Congress-led regime to publish a list of youth who were given jobs during the last one year.
In a statement here, former minister and SAD spokesman Maheshinder Singh Grewal said the government was making a laughing stock of itself by claiming that 31,000 youth had been given jobs in yesterday’s “so-called” job fair.
“What has actually happened is that the government has taken credit by distributing appointment letters to youth who have already been given employment by the private sector.
Besides, the government has also handed appointment letters to contractual employees who are already employed by it to swell the figures.
We demand immediate publication of complete list of all youth given employment in these bogus job fairs along with their addresses as well as emoluments being drawn by them,” he added.
Speaking about the foundation stones laid by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh at Ludhiana yesterday, Grewal said it did not behove of the CM to try to take credit for projects which had been initiated by the previous SAD-BJP government.
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal today expelled Iqbal Singh Sandhu, ex-member of the SAD core committee and senior leader of the Tarn Taran district from the party over anti-party activities.
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Capt Releases Rs 22.75 cr for Ludhiana’s Smart Street 1-Malhar Road

[LDH,Chd] Capt Releases Rs 22.75 cr for Ludhiana’s Smart Street 1-Malhar Road
Capt Gifts 7 Development Projects @Rs.199.54 cr for Ludhiana Smart City
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday gifted Ludhiana projects worth Rs.199.54 crore, to give a major boost to the Smart City’s infrastructural development.
A total of seven major projects were unveiled by the Chief Minister during his visit to the city for the distribution of appointment letters to youth at the culmination of the 2nd Mega Job Fair, conducted by his government under the `Ghar Ghar Rozagar’ scheme.
The projects included
1] LED street lighting (Rs. 44.38 crore),
2]installation of wayfinding & signages (Rs. 9.14 crore),
3]Sarabha Nagar market retrofitting (Rs. 14.88 crore),
4]24×7 Surface Water Based Water Supply Scheme for ABD Area (Rs. 46.50 crore),
5] rehabilitation of existing Sewerage System of ABD area (Rs. 39.30 crore),
6]Rehabilitation & Augmentation of Storm Water Drainage System of ABD Area (22.59 crore) and
7]Smart Street Phase 1 – Malhar Road (Rs. 22.75 crore).
Work orders were in the process of being issued for LED street lighting and wayfinding & signages (digital and analogue) installation.
The LED project envisages replacement of the existing 105,000 lights with the energy saving lighting. Scheduled to start later this month, it will be completed by December 12 to generate guaranteed energy saving of 63.25% (29.75 million units per year), translating into an expected energy saving per annum of Rs 6.09 crore for the first year, with 6% incremental every year thereafter. The wayfinding and signages project will cover 757 signage boards of eight types.
For the Sarabha Nagar market retrofitting, tenders are in the process being invited for the job, which will include design, supply and installation of all landscape works (hardscape, softscape), façade works including undergrounding of electrical services. The main features of the project are: increase and improvement of public plaza, addition of landscape elements, improvement of user comfort, upgradation of services and utilities, electrical undergrounding, additional services such as fire service, ground water recharge for future utilities and regularisation of parking.
For the remaining four projects, tenders have already been issued,
The existing water supply system in ABD area is based on Ground water source, with 25 tube wells, supplying water for about 10 hours per day. The present system is completely unmetered and consumers are charged on flat rate basis. Under the Smart Cities Mission, it is proposed to revamp the entire exiting water supply system by switching to Surface Water Source (Sidhwan Canal) with a new distribution network of 90 kms to ensure 24×7 Pressurized Water Supply. This will also entail formation of District Metering Areas (DMAs) for Effective Management & Leakage Control, 100% Metering equipped with AMR technology, Real Time Monitoring and Demand Driven Distribution and Automated Operation and Control.
The duration of the Design-Build-Commissioning project, slated to start on May 25, will be 21 months, with O&M period of 5 years after completion & commissioning of project works.

AAP’s Punjab Unit Stage Dharna Against Faridkot ADC Hingonia

[Faridkot,Pb]AAP’s Punjab Unit Stage Dharna Against Faridkot ADC
A large number of AAP workers today staged a sit-in in Faridkot against Additional Deputy Commissioner Keshav Hingonia,
AAP state unit co-president Aman Arora accused Hingonia of disrespecting Kotkapura MLA Kultar Singh Sandhwan,
Arora said the AAP legislator only wanted to submit a memorandum to the ADC, but he allegedly misbehaved with elected public representative
A purported video of the spat has gone viral on social media. In the video, the officer could be seen asking Sandhwan to leave the office after telling him not to raise his voice.