In a major initiative to empower the youth with skills and livelihood, Punjab Government has set up 5 Multi Skill development Centres (MSDCs) at Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Bathinda and 3 Health Sector Skill Development Centres (HSDCs) at Patiala, Amritsar and Faridkot, which have capacity to train 12000-15000 students annually.


These centres have been set up in the premises of ITIs/Industrial Estates /Medical Colleges to provide conducive environment for skill training. He said that each centre has 20,000 to 30,000 sq. ft. built up area for the institute along with hostel for boys and girls. The state-of-the-art infrastructure will ensure quality training and will inspire youth to take up skill training program. National level reputed training partners have been selected namely M/s IL&FS Skills, M/s Gram Tarang, M/s AVTEG, M/s Yashaswi, M/s Vidyanta and M/s MIHER to operate and manage these centres on PPP mode for 10 years.

The Multi Skill Development Centres will provide training in various trades such as Apparel, electrical, automotive & engineering, telecom, banking & financial services, healthcare, transport logistics and warehousing, hospitality, food processing and retail. The Health Sector Skill Development Centres will provide training in various trades such as General Duty assistant, Home Health aide, Dental Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, vision technician, diabetes educator and dietician assistant.

Punjab Government has also taken a unique initiative of setting up of 200 Rural Skill Centres to provide skill training at the door steps of rural youth.  These Rural Skill Centres are located in the premises of government high/senior secondary schools across the State with at least one Rural Skill Centres in each Block.

The skill training in these rural centres will be provided by reputed skill training partners free of cost under various Centre/State Government skill development schemes. Various schemes for promotion of entrepreneurship and self-employment will also be implemented through these Rural Skill Centres. These centres will provide training in various trades such as apparel & textile, beauty & wellness, mobile, retail, electronics &hardware, Construction, IT/ITeS, logistics and financial services. These Rural Skill Centres would impart training to some 40,000 youth every year.

25 out of 200 Rural Skill Centres have been dedicated for skill training of rural girls to be called Nanhi Chhaan Skill Centres. The main focus of these centres would be to empower them with self-employment opportunities. The training partner has tied-up with industry leaders namely Jawed Habib for beauty and wellness courses and Usha International for garment making and sewing courses. Entrepreneurship kit for both the trades will be provided free of cost so that beneficiaries would be able to start working their own ventures.

Apart from Government created infrastructure, the empanelled training partners have also set up 35 skill centres at various district headquarters and sub-division headquarters in the State.  These centres provide skill training to urban and rural youth under various skill training schemes of centre and state government. These Centres would have capacity to train some 35,000 youth every year.

Punjab State War Heroes Memorial & Museum to be dedicated to The Nation on October 23

Punjab is the sword arm of the country and has been on the invasion route to the heart land of India since, the beginning of the recorded history. It is an amazing reality that the heroic people of this land across gender have never reneged on their duty towards the  Idea of India in terms of living and dying by the military ethos of ‘Naam, Namak, Nishan ‘ (Honour, Integrity, Flag) always and every time there has been a call for duty.

With this in view, Hon’ble Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Parkash Singh Badal decided that there was requirement for a world class memorial-cum-museum to come up at Amritsar, which as is commonly known is battle field associated with wars fought on its sacred soil since the times of Alexander the Great in 326 BCE.

This world class state-of-the-art project costing Rs 130 crore and encompass the entire military history kaleidoscope spanning 2,000 years of history of greater Punjab situated opposite to Sardar Sham Singh Attari Chowk, on Amritsar-Attari road, Amritsar is all set to be dedicated to the nation by Chief Minister of Punjab Sardar Parkash Singh Badal 0n October 23

The project covers the heroism and sacrifices on the sacred soil of Punjab from the days Alexander the Great up to the Kargil War and the ongoing proxy war. It also covers the origins of Miri Piri which evolved at the time of the sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Singh ji.

The project is named as ‘Punjab State War Heroes Memorial & Museum’ & consist of 45 meters high Sword has been installed in the central vista of the museum having following 8 galleries depicting the sacrifices and heroic deeds from the times of the sixth Guru till Kargil operations:

  • Gallery 1- Orientation and Antiquity.
  • Gallery 2- Guru Hargobind Ji till rise of Sikh Empire.
  • Gallery 3- The Sikh Empire And Anglo-Sikh Wars.
  • Gallery 4- British Rule up to Partition (1846-1947).
  • Gallery 5- J&K Ops 1947-48.
  • Gallery 6- Indo China War 1962.
  • Gallery 7- Indo-Pak Wars (1965-1971) and OP Pawan/OP Cactus.
  • Gallery 8- Kargil War 1999.
  • Arcade.


Giving tremendous relief to the citizen the Punjab Government has initiated the service of collecting Electricity Bills at all Urban Sewa Kendras from September 26, 2016.

Disclosing this Mr. Sukbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab said that at present 78 services shall be delivered at Sewa Kendras. More services notified under RTS Act, 2011 shall be delivered in phased manner.

State Government has taken a very courageous step and has established in Punjab. At present 78 services notified under Right to Service Act, 2011 are being delivered through these Sewa Kendras.

The objective of 2147 unified service delivery centres named as ‘SEWA Kendras’ in both rural and urban areas at every 1.5 to 2 Kilometres in urban areas and for every 4-5 villages in rural areas was to facilitate to citizens who were earlier required to travel 20-25 Kilometres and have to stand in long queues for availing basic services like caste certificate, birth and death services, social security pensions etc.sewa-kendra

Under a mission to provide citizen centric services closer to their homes, Sewa Kendras will act as a one stop Government outlet for delivery of services to citizens in time bound manner as laid down in the Right to Service Act, 2011 which was brought to bring the transparency and accountability in the whole service delivery eco-system.

These Sewa Kendras will be connected to various Government offices through State Wide Area Network/Internet and the service request received at these centres shall be transferred electronically to the back office, that will process these requests and final output (certificate/licence/permits etc.) shall be delivered at the Sewa Kendras counters.

This will reduce the interaction of citizens with various Government offices and will lead to elimination of mal-practices, corruption and will bring ease to common man to get Government services in time. The application forms would be provided at Sewa Kendras at nominal charges and no file-charges will be taken at these Sewa Kendras.

In the last few years, the functioning of Punjab Government offices have been changed with the introduction of Information Technology and offices of the Deputy Commissioners/SDMs/BDPs/CMOs and other officers have been brought on State Wide Area Network and have started working with electronic workflows which has brought in sea change in areas like citizen service delivery.




State of Punjab has made rapid strides in Mobile Governance by completing the delivery of 15 Crore informatory and Awareness messages to citizens and also by developing and launching of 17 citizen centric mobile applications.

State has already won prestigious Prime Minister Award for Best Governance and State’s e-District project has been rated number one project in the Country amongst all States.

An essential part of e-governance is mobile-governance which leverages mobile technology for extending the reach of e-governance and increasing availability of government services and information – “anytime, anywhere”.

Punjab has prepared & launched 17 mobile Apps.enterprise-mobility-and-m-governance

Departments have sent more than 15 crore transactional as well as awareness SMS till date.

Health department has launched SMS campaigns on World Population Day (11 July), Dengue Awareness SMS (8 July), International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (26 June) and Mukh Mantri Punjab Hepatitis C Relief Fund to increase awareness among citizen of Punjab.

Department of Governance Reforms, which is implementing e-Governance Projects like e-District, State Service Delivery Gateway (SSDG), Elections, Sewa Kendras etc, has sent 7.5 crore SMSes primarily for giving information to citizens about status of their applications in Suwidha Centers or in other service delivery applications.

Department of Health has sent 5 crore SMSes for awareness of citizens on various health related initiatives.

Department of Food & Civil Supplies has sent 1.68 crore SMSes. Department of Police and School Education has sent 89 lakhs and 69 lakhs SMSes respectively.

With the widespread usage of Smart Phones, State has also focused on developing Mobile Applications of various initiatives of the State. 17 Mobileapplications focusing on citizen centric Governance have been developed by the State.

Department of Governance Reforms has already signed agreement to develop mobile applications with C-DAC Chandigarh, a premier research and software development center of Government of India.

Hospital Tracker application which can be used to find out the list of nearby hospitals/ clinics and see their contact details, distance from their present location and user ratings.

ImSafe’ apps is developed to make distress alerts in the time of need. One can configure upto two contacts amongst their family and friends to whom the alerts can be sent. The app remains active in the notification bar and alerts in the form of SMS can be sent to the configured contacts, along with the geographical location, at a single click.

Apnatax mobile application of Department of Excise and Taxation allows the citizens to upload various bills/transactions made by the citizens on this application.

Education Department’s ePunjab application is developed for district and state level officers only. They are provided with username and password to access the telephone directory of around 1.23 lac staff members working in schools and offices of department of school education. The registered users can view the mobile numbers of staff and can dial a number/ SMS directly from the mobile application. The user can search the staff members even by name or their location of service.

With PSPCL billing application, citizens can register complaints related to supply, billing etc

Citizens can also View/ Pay electricity bills. PUDA’s mSewa Application helps in Quick lookup of property information for PUDA, GMADA, BDA, JDA, ADA ,PDA authorities.

In Punjab Tourism application, citizens can see all the tourist destination in Punjab also can see the visitor experience about the places and can see the destination on map. You can also mark favorite the destination to see the information frequently. This app also provide the information of stay details- hotel restaurants etc, tour operator ,tourism offices , fast facts, events and gallery information related to particular destination. Also the gallery of all Punjab destination.

Several other apps are under preparation. For development of mobile apps a MoU has been signed with CDAC, Mohali. The mobile apps can be downloaded from Mobile Seva Appstore or from the Google Playstore.

As a result of dedicated efforts of the State, the reach of mobile governance has increased and improved Punjab’s rank to 6th rank in Push SMS amongst all states of India within a span of less than three months. At the pace in which Punjab is moving, it is emerging as the front-runner in citizen centric e-Governance.


Punjab government is all set to provide essential amenities in villages at par with urban areas. Working in this direction 200 villages of the state are being developed as smart villages and the work would be completed by the end of fiscal year 2016-17.

Smart-Villages-Makes-a-Smart-WorldEnvisioning the villages of state as unemployment, illiteracy and poverty free units, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal has also announced to felicitate three top performing sarpanches of villages, working towards achieving this goal, in a state level function on Independence Day. The Chief Minister said that the holistic growth of villages was the need of hour to give further impetus to all round development of state. The Chief Minister said that as majority of population of state live in villages so the state government was committed to ensure unprecedented development there. He said that state government was committed to provide facilities at par with cities.

Under this visionary approach of the Chief Minister, 200 smart villages would be equipped with facilities like 4G connectivity, solar street lights, sewa kendars, sewerage and drainage facilities, bank branch and model school etc.

State government is working to fill the gaps in physical infrastructure in rural areas by creating school buildings, health dispensaries, Dharamshalas, clean drinking water, sports facilities etc.

Punjab government is working on the project to provide 24 hour power supply to 100 percent rural population. 8263 Deras and Dhanis   had already been identified, which are soon to be connected with 24 hours Urban Pattern Supply (UPS).

In a major relief to small and medium farmers who do not possess any tubewell connections, government has initiated scheme to provide tubewell connections on priority to farmers who have applied for the same and have land holdings below 2.5 acre. Till date 1.65 lac tubewell connections had been provided to various categories of AP applicants.

Under National Rural Livelihood Mission, the state government will ensure adequate coverage of vulnerable sections of the society. Moreover, in a bid to provide facilities to self-help groups, a pilot project has been started in 14 blocks of seven districts of the state.


Punjab government has provided notified services to  as many as 7, 72, 94, 789 applicants up to April, 2016 since the inception of Punjab Right to Service Act, 2011 including  24,80,313 applicants during April, 2016.

rtsLogoDuring the year 2015-163, total 30,22,579 residents of Punjab have taken advantage of the notified services. Only 573 applications i.e. 0.49% of the total applications are lying pending. Small number of pendency shows that people are aware of the RTS Act, 2011 and officials are also adhering to the timelines notified under Punjab Right to Service Act, 2011. The Right to Service Commission is monitoring the progress of the pending cases and has directed the concerned of different departments to clear all the pending applications at the earliest.

Commission has taken suo-moto notices in group cases on the basis of Management Information System report received from districts where service delivery was delayed beyond time lines without satisfactory cause. With the intervention of the Commission about 25,999 cases have been disposed till March, 2016. Apart from this, suo-moto action in 703 cases on the complaints received by the Commission from various sources is initiated out of which 674 cases have been resolved. Approximately 29 applications left which are being pursued with the concerned authorities for early disposal.

Out of 1237 and 259 appeals filed before the 1st and 2nd Appellate Authorities, 1233 and 254 appeals respectively have been disposed off by the concerned authorities. Similarly 38 Revisions filed before the Commission have been disposed off by the Commission.

Taking strong exception to the officers/officials not adhering to the time lines, not only the Commission initiated action against  85 such officers/officials but also taken similar action by 2nd Appellate Authorities for willful defaulters  under Punjab Right to Service Act, 2011.

To facilitate people, a Help Desk with telephone No. 0172-2790182 has also been set-up in the office of Commission for providing information to General Public regarding the services being rendered under the Act; procedure for obtaining these services and other queries relating to the service delivery of notified services, added the spokesman.

Commission has also referred more than 610 complaints not covered under the Act to various authorities for sympathetic consideration under intimation to the applicants.


Another success story of Punjab; Law and Order situation registers incessant improvement since 2007

As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, the crime rate of Punjab has been falling since 2007 as compared to the National Crime Rate. In 2007 crime rate of Punjab was 135 against the national crime rate of 172 and in 2014 state had registered 129 crime rate against nation crime rate of 220.

cropped-law-and-order-special-victims-unit2Commenting on this success rate, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal who also holds portfolio of Home Minister of the state says, “Punjab government has always accorded top priority to preserve peace, communal harmony and brotherhood in the state and its every decision is aimed at promoting these values. Our government accorded the highest priority to peace and the maintenance of law and order in the state. The law enforcing agencies are keeping a round the clock vigil against any attempts to create disturbance in the state. Punjab police is fully geared up to deal with cases of routine crime. The State police has also have been directed to keep a special eye on those who were out to make political capital by inflaming passions on religious or casteist issues”.

It is pertinent to mention here that Punjab has been incessantly improving its rank for having lowest crime rate in the country. Punjab has registered steady improvement in maintaining law and order situation as state was ranked 11 in 2007, remained 10th in 2008 & 2009, 9th in 2010, 8th in 2011, 6th in 2012 & 2013 and 4th in 2014.

State has also maintained downward trend in crime rate during 2015 and registered 701 murder, 886 rape and 26 dacoit cases against 767, 981 and 32 cases registered respectively during 2014.

On the front of state’s war against drugs, in 2007 there were 6111 cases registered whereas 10159 cases were registered in 2015 and during last four years special campaign against drugs has shown very good results.  In 2015, 12181 persons were arrested which includes almost all major drug peddlers.

Police department has made huge recovery of drugs and narcotics during year 2015 and Punjab Police with the help of BSF made huge efforts and seized heroin to the tune of 429 Kgs. The infiltration of other drugs like opium and poppy husk from the neighboring states also was kept under check and hence, their recoveries decreased.

Due to effective prosecution of cases under NDPS act, the conviction rate went up in these cases. In the year 2008 it was 68 percent which has gone high to 81 percent in year 2015.

Strict action has been taken against gangsters involved in contract killing, protection money, taking money for possession of land and other organized gangs. As on March 31, 2016 Punjab Police has arrested 423 accused members of 57 gangs out of which 310 were either in jails or on bail. Punjab has created special task force to nab and put behind the bars all the remaining gangsters.

Punjab Shines on World’s Solar Energy Map

Punjab, which has been acclaimed as a harbinger of green revolution in India, is now on the threshold of bringing ‘Solar Power Revolution’. World’s largest Single Rooftop Solar Power Plant with capacity of 11.5 MW installed by the Radha Soami Satsang Beas Educational and Environmental Society (RSSBEES) with technical collaboration of Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has brought Punjab on the World’s map of solar energy.

WhatsApp-Image-20160517 (8)This unique solar power project at Dera Beas will be instrumental in abatement of 4 lac tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the next 25 years, which is equivalent to planting nearly 2 lakh trees. This project will generate clean and green energy sufficient to power approximately 8000 homes. Besides, this project would also go a long way in creating awareness about eco-friendly solar power amongst the general public as one crore devotees visit Dera Baba Jaimal Singh annually.

Dera Beas hosts solar solar project worth Rs. 139 crore , which is country’s largest Solar power plant spread over 82 acres of rooftop in single campus on multiple roofs with installed capacity of 19.5 MW.

“Government of India has set a target of power generation of 40,000 MW from different resources of renewable energy to be achieved by 2022 and this project would be a role model to encourage other states to replicate such large rooftops on the building/sheds”, says Punjab New & Renewable Energy Resources Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia. Punjab’s immense contribution to tap enormous power potential from various renewable energy resources is evident from the fact that the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi awarded Punjab for being one of the best performing States for capacity addition of Solar Energy during Re-Invest-2015.

PEDA has been making all out efforts to bring solar power revolution in the state. Pertinently to mention here that Punjab, which just produced 9 MW in Feb 2012, is now generating 470 MW which is likely to touch 1080 MW by the end of this year, thereby registering an increase by over 115 times. Likewise, the investment in this sector has steeply gone up from Rs. 82 crore. in 2012 to nearly Rs. 10,000 crore now with an employment potential of 12,500 persons.  Punjab is all set to achieve its target of 2552 MW of renewable energy generation by 2022.

Recognizing Punjab’s immense contribution in power generation from new and renewable resources, the Ministry of Renewable Energy, GoI had awarded state for outstanding performance during 2014-15 in achieving highest grid connected solar rooftop power capacity addition in the country. The state was also bestowed with “Shreshtha Rashtriya Sourya Urja Rajya Puraskaar” in 2015 by Renewable Energy Promotion Association of India.

Automated Driving Test Tracks Centers; Punjab starts using latest technology in issuing driving licenses

Taking strides in governance reforms, Punjab government has opened ultra-modern automated driving test track centers wherein after passing the learning and driving license test, licenses are issued online. These state of the art modern tracks have been constructed at 22 district headquarters and 10 sub-divisions.

BarnalaThere are different tracks for conducting tests of 2 wheelers and 4 wheelers. The tests are being conducted with the aid of biometric system, web casting camera and ultra modern electronic equipments. The results of the test are being prepared by the computer to make the licensing system more transparent. The applicants are being issued the license within 15 minutes after they pass the tests so that they don’t have to make rounds of government offices gain and again.

The applicants have to submit their birth certificate, residence proof and 3 passport size photographs at these centers with an application for driving license. There are facilities of depositing online fees and medical examination for the applicants.

Punjab has become the first state in the country to issue each and every driving license through these automated driving test tracks centers where the whole process of making driving licenses is being completed at a single place.

Punjab Transport Department would soon establish driving training institutes with the help of Maruti Suzuki where 21 days training would be given with the help of modern gadgetry.

“These driving test centers will ensure road safety by making the process of issuing driving licenses more transparent besides helping applicants not to fall into the trap of unscrupulous elements”, said Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal while inaugurating the modern automated driving test track centers at Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Barnala and Faridkot on April 21.

Punjab delivers 1 million citizen services under e-district project

In a landmark achievement, State of Punjab has completed the online delivery of 1 million citizen services under e-District Project, which includes the backend computerization of 42 high volume citizen services in various field offices of the State.

Under e-District project, more than 1000 field offices have been equipped with computing hardware, networking, connectivity and a million odd  service requests have already been processed using digital signatures under this project.

eDistrictLogoTo improve the access speed of the e-District software to the field offices, the current broadband connections will be replaced with high speed lease line connections in next 10 weeks.  The necessary instructions regarding this were given to BSNL officials by Chief Secretary Mr. Sarvesh Kaushal. Data entry / Backend digitization of 20 lakh historical records related to Birth/Death certificates, Agriculture licenses has already been completed. Further 10 lakhs records shall be digitized per month to complete the process as per original schedule.

Chief Secretary has constituted three teams to complete the simplification and re-engineering of the application forms of 206 services under Right to Service Act, 2011 for the convenience of the citizens in next 4 weeks. He has also directed the concerned officials to integrate the project with Aadhaar platform which will further reduce the documents requirement of various citizen services.

The agreement for 570 Sewa Kendras out of a total of 2147 Sewa Kendras has already been signed and the agreement for remaining Sewa Kendras shall be signed in next 1 week. Chief Secretary has directed the Public Works Department to complete any pending civil, electrical or any other work in next 10 days. Various modalities to deliver the services through Sewa Kendras like online portal, requirement of computing infrastructure, application forms, requirement of physical presence of the citizen etc would be completed soon.