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Capt Gets 100 Open Borewells Closed in Punjab

[Chd,Pb]Capt Gets 100 Open Borewells Closed in Punjab After the Death Of Fatehvir
The two-year-old child stuck in a borewell shaft in Sangrur district was pulled out dead Tuesday morning, bringing a four-day rescue operation to a tragic end.
The chief minister had ordered closure of all open borewells across the state and sought reports from the deputy commissioners.
Officials said the work on the closure of open borewells would continue for a couple of days more.
According to reports received from various district authorities,
50 borewells have been sealed in Bathinda and
18 in Patiala.
As per Patiala Deputy Commissioner Kumar Amit , 18 open borewells have so far been closed in the district and the work on the closure of other open borewells was still continuing.
As per officials ,Twenty-six open borewells were closed in Fatehgarh Sahib district, eight in Mansa, three in Kapurthala, two in Gurdaspur and one each in Rupnagar and Hoshiarpur districts,
In Rupnagar, where 19 borewells were reported to be lying unattended, one has already been covered and the process to close the rest was on.There was no open borewell found in Ferozepur, Faridkot, Muktsar and Taran Taran districts
Two-year-old Fatehvir Singh, who fell into 150-foot-deep abandoned borewell was retrieved dead Tuesday morning in a rescue operation that lasted for almost 109 hours in Sangrur.
The Punjab government has come under fire from the 0opposition over the death of Fatehvir with rival political parties blaming it for the “botched up” rescue operation that led to the death of the toddler.

Capt Seeks Hike in MSP of Rabi Crops From Modi Govt

[Chd,Pb]Capt Seeks Hike in MSP of Rabi Crops From Modi Govt
Punjab state agriculture department has sent a proposal for the increase in the MSP to the Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices (CACP)
The department demanded that the wheat MSP should be increased from Rs 1,840 per quintal to 2,710 per quintal, a jump of Rs 870 over the 2018-19 rabi season.
It has demanded that the MSP of barley be increased from Rs 1,440 per quintal to Rs 1,974 per quintal.
The proposal also sought a hike in the MSP of gram from Rs 4,620 to Rs 5,631 per quintal, and of rapeseed and mustard from Rs 4,200 to Rs 5,384 per quintal.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said in a release that the Centre’s intervention was needed to support these measures.
The CM reiterated his demand for the implementation of the MS Swaminathan Commission report to ensure the much-needed improvement in the agriculture sector and better remuneration for farmers.

Capt Leaves Out Sidhu From Newly Formed 8 Consultative Groups

[Chd,Pb] Capt Leaves Out Sidhu From Newly Formed 8 Consultative Groups
Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has been left out of the eight consultative groups constituted by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to accelerate implementation of his government’s flagship programmes.
Sidhu and Medical Education and Research Minister Om Prakash Soni have not been made part of any of the groups, which include some MLAs and officials.
Sidhu, who has been at loggerheads with Singh, was divested of local government, tourism and cultural affairs portfolios and given power and new and renewable energy sources department in rejig on Thursday.
The CM heads the consultative group on urban renewal and reforms, which also includes new Local Government Minister Brahm Mohindra.
Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa heads the group on farm debt waive, another flagship scheme. It includes Revenue Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar and Welfare Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot as members.
Health Minister Balbir Sidhu heads the group on health insurance scheme.
The group on ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar’ scheme on job creation is headed by Employment Generation and Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi.
Food and Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu heads a group on food security with Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Social Security Minister Aruna Chaudhary.
Bajwa leads a group on rural development, while Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu heads the group on ‘Mission Tandrust Punjab’.

Capt Kicks Drug Menace Into Centre’s Court

[Chd,Pb]Capt Kicks Drug Menace Into Centre’s Court
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, Capt Amarinder Singh urged him to advise ministries of Home, Social Justice and Empowerment, and Health and Family Welfare to address the issue.
The chief minister sought Modi’s personal intervention for the formulation of a national policy focusing on three components — enforcement, de-addiction and prevention — to tackle the menace of drug abuse in the country.Singh said a national policy would enable all states to follow a similar, if not the same, approach on drug abuse, which, he said, “has substantially hampered the health of the people, particularly the youth”.
The chief minister expressed his state’s willingness to associate with the officers concerned of the Centre not only to evolve the policy but also to put in place an effective mechanism for its implementation.
In his letter to Modi, Singh also touched upon several steps which the Congress government in Punjab has taken during the past two years to check the drug menace and to expand its outreach at the grassroots to make towns and villages “drug-free”.
He also sought financial support from the Centre to increase the number of Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOAT) clinics in Punjab, which he said, are currently being run on “meagre state resources”.

Pb Govt Announces Memorial For Nabi & Ghani Khan:Disciples Of Tenth Guru

[Samrala,Machhiwara]Pb Govt Announces Memorial For Nabi & Ghani Khan:Disciples Of Tenth Guru
The Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh made this announcement after laying the foundation stone of a vegetable processing plant to be developed jointly by IFFCO and Spanish company, CN Corp.
The Chief Minister recalled that Nabi Khan and Ghani Khan had risked their lives to host the Dasmesh Pita during the latter’s visit to Machhiwara and a befitting memorial would be built in their remembrance.

Capt Lays Foundation Stone Of Vegetable Processing Plant in Samrala

[Samrala,Pb] Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday laid the foundation stone of a Vegetable Processing Plant, being set up jointly by IFFCO and one of Spain’s leading companies in food processing Congelados de Navarra (CN Corp).
Laying the foundation stone near Samrala, the Chief Minister said the project was aligned to his vision for the state’s rapid industrialization to create jobs for the youth and boost revenue for Punjab.
Pointing out that the state government’s new industrial policy had been received extremely well, Captain Amarinder said the revival of the Mandi Gobindgarh industrial belt had seen 600 exiting units restore operations, with 40 new units also investing in the region. His government, said the Chief Minister, had so far inked 299 MoUs worth Rs 51,969 cr with several companies. Further, he disclosed that 650 new projects worth Rs. 46902 cr with a proposed employment of 167,309 have come up during the tenure of his Government.

Elections Over, Fuel & Power Prices Begin to Rise

[Delhi,Chd]Elections Over, Fuel & Power Prices Begin to Rise
The price of petrol has risen by 83 paise per litre in the nine days and diesel by 73 paise, according to price notifications of state-owned oil companies.
Petrol price on Tuesday was raised by 11 paise and diesel by 5 paise.
In Delhi, petrol now costs Rs 71.86 per litre, up from Rs 71.03 price on May 19. Similarly, a litre of diesel costs Rs 66.69, up from Rs 65.96 a litre on May 19.
Petrol in Mumbai costs Rs 77.47 per litre and diesel is priced at Rs 69.88.
Punjab Govt has also hiked rates of Electricity in the State .Electricity “Per Unit” And “Kilowatt Rates” are raised @ 2.14% and Rs 10/- Per kilowatt

Badal Thunders Over Capt Amarinder For Reneging Poll Promises

[Chd,Pb] Badal Thunders Over Carrier Of Capt Amarinder
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal Wednesday accused Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of “reneging” on poll promises and claimed the Congress leader’s career will end after his party loses the Lok Sabha elections.
Badal also dared Singh to make his performance a poll plank in the Lok Sabha elections.
“Captain sahib actually wants someone dependent on him to succeed him. But only one thing is certain at this stage and that is that Amarinder will not remain the CM after the Congress debacle in Punjab in these elections and this will draw curtains on his political career. Hence, there is desperation in his outbursts against Akalis,” the SAD chief added.
Badal’s remarks came after Singh, while addressing a rally in Pathankot in support of Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar on May 11, said, “Sunil has spent his entire life serving people and only such people work for people. You will once see him as CM of Punjab.”
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Pb Govt Faces Resentment Of Meghalaya Counterpart funding Directly To Sikhs

[Shillong]Pb Govt Faces Resentment Of Meghalaya Counterpart funding Directly To Sikhs Without Informing the State Government.
Meghalaya’s Urban Affairs department minister Hamlet Dohling.informed the Assembly that the Punjab government had sanctioned Rs 1.5 lakh for treatment of 10 sikh widows in 2015.
Punjab government had also sanctioned Rs 10 lakh for the construction of the Guru Nanak School at Bara Bazar in 2016, .
Shilling had witnessed large-scale violence in June last year following clashes between sikhs living in the Punjabi lane and lacal tribals over an incident of eve-teasing and subsequent assault of a person from a local tribal community.
The hill station Shillong had experienced curfew for months after the clashes. Punjab government had raised the matter of security of their community members with the Meghalaya government then.
Lone Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator Saleng A Sangma attacked the state government over the issue saying it reflects its irresponsible attitude.

Industry May Have Choice Between NET & SGST Incentives In Punjab

[Chd,Pb]Industry May Have Choice Between NET & SGST Incentives In Punjab
Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday approved an amendment to the GST incentives notified under the Industrial and Business Development Policy 2017, to enable industrial units to choose between Net GST incentives or incentivized SGST on intra state sale.
The cabinet, at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, decided that the amendment would allow units which have filed their common application form on the Invest Punjab Business First portal between October 17, 2017 and October 17, 2018 (both days inclusive) would have the one-time option to opt either for Net GST incentives as per department notification issued on 17-10-2018 or incentivized SGST on intra state sale. Such units shall be allowed to exercise this option within 90 days from the date of the notification.
It may be recalled that the net SGST formula for incentive announced in the new Industrial Policy 2017 was approved by the Cabinet during its earlier meeting on October 17, 2018. However, feedback and suggestions were received from industry, which wanted a change in net SGST incentive in line with the original notification issued on October 17, 2017.