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.

Punjab pays emphasis on strengthening government buildings to impart quality services

Government buildings are one of the most visible elements of any state, the features that give each state its unique character. The Public Works Department of Punjab is working in full swing to strengthen the government buildings in the state for creating congenial atmosphere to deliver quality services. Nearly Rs.5031 Crore have been spent between 2007-2015 to design, construct and renovate the government buildings as against meagre Rs. 55.50 Crore during 2002-07.

judicial court complex tarn taranThe thrust area in construction of buildings has been designing aesthetical and financially feasible buildings and campuses. The environmental implications have been kept in mind while designing all the campuses. Moreover, all projects are designed after incorporating suggestion made by the department concerned and the attempt is to design innovative and technically sound buildings. Special care has been observed to construct barrier free buildings for the physically challenged.

Suwidha Center PattiRs 3200 Crore have been spent on the construction of new buildings including 33 Judicial Court Complexes, 2  District Administrative Complexes, 11 Tehsil Complexes, 2 new jails at Faridkot and Kapurthala. Besides, new construction and upgradation of 466 Adarsh, Model, Meritorious, High Schools, Sports school complexes at Guddha and SAS Nagar and 34 New Polytechnic & Engineering Colleges. New construction works at Amritsar and Faridkot Medical College, 23 Community Health Centres, 7 Rehabilitation Centres, 53 Animal Husbandry Tehsil level and block level Veterinary hospitals, Polyclinic and Cattle Breeding Farm at Raouni and memorial at village Chapparchiri, Chotta and wadda Gallughara memorials and construction of Golden Temple Entrance Plaza have been undertaken.

-13  GOVT COLLEGE FZR VILL MOHAKAM KHA 4Various other building works are in progress at a cost of Rs.1831 crore and are likely to be completed by December 2016 including 7 Judicial Court Complexes, 5 District Administrative Complexes, 1 University, 11Govt. Colleges, 18 Adarsh/Senior Secondary/Middle Schools,6 Community Health Centers, houses under Optimum Utilisation of Vacant Government Lands (OUVGL)  Scheme at Dugri Ludhiana, 4 New Modern Jail (Bathinda, ShriMuktsar Sahib, Amritsar and Goindwal at Tarn Taran), Construction of various buildings at Bathinda and Jalandhar under Punjab Technical University Project, Construction of Maha Rishi BalmikiSthal at Ram Tirath at Amritsar, New War Memorial Cum Museum Near Sham Singh Attari Chowk at Amritsar,  various works in Dairy Science and Technology College at Guru Angad Dev Vet. & Animal Science University Ludhiana, State Forest Research Institute at Ladowal Ludhiana, Vit Yojana Bhawan at Chandigarh, New Circuit House at Amritsar, Cattle Breeding Farm at Rampura Phul, Sewa Kendras, New Veterinary Polyclinics at Barnala, Pathankot, Fazilka, 3 Meritorious School at Gurdaspur, Ferozepur and Sangrur, 4 Multi Skill Development Centre at Amritsar, Bathinda, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur, Aeronautical College at Patiala  and Additional Works (Phase-II) Golden Temple Entrance Plaza Amritsar and Development & Beautification of roads and Junctions from town hall to Golden Temple Amritsar, 5 Multi Skill Development Centres at Amritsar, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur and construction of Boys and Girls Hostels these centres.

Moreover, there are certain proposed works which include 5 Judicial Court Complexes (Hoshiarpur, Patti, Baba Bakala, Giddarwaha & Mukerian), Construction of Instructors building at ITI Lalru and renovation/repair/upgradation works of Govt. Medical College Amritsar etc. These works have been proposed at a cost of Rs. 355 Crores.


Giving top most priority and standing tall on to its commitments, the Punjab government has chalked out ambitious plans towards raising the status of the economically weaker and other sections of the society and has become one of the few states to have effectively implemented pro-people schemes in the state.

A comprehensive insurance scheme under the name of “Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Bima Yojana” has been introduced for providing health insurance to 28.90 lakh blue card holders families, 11 lac marginal J Form holder farmer’s families , 2.33 lakh small traders and 2.32 lakh construction workers. State has earmarked Rs. 116 cr. for this purpose. Under this health insurance, cover of Rs. 50000/- per annum per family plus Rs. 5 lacs cover for accidental death and complete disability will be provided. Additional financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakh as against damages due to fire in the business premises would also be provided by the government.

This scheme would give a big relief to the people of unprivileged sections by providing them the quality health care services, free of cost. Under the scheme the beneficiaries will be issued the smart cards which will enable them to avail the benefit of cashless health care facilities in 214 government and 216 empanelled private hospitals of the state.

In the first phase, pre-active Health Cards will be disbursed to three lac farmers and government has registered seven lakh J-form holder farmers, who sell their produce to established purchase centres of Punjab Mandi Board. Farmers and their families will be provided health insurance cover of Rs. 50,000 for treatment and compensation of Rs 5-lakh in case of the death of the head of the family or when two parts of his body get disabled. The premium worth Rs. 220/-per family per annum would be paid by the market committee of Mandi board.

Total 303074 Pre-active cashless Farmers Health Insurance Cards would be distributed to the farmers on April 11 all over the state simultaneously which includes Amritsar 5590, Barnala 13531, Bhatinda 28611, Faridkot 8756, Sri Fatehgarh Sabib 10425, Fazilka 14456, Ferozepur 15543, Gurdaspur 12982, Hoshiarpur 9785, Jalandhar 25149, Kapurthala 8286, Ludhiana26196, Mansa 16546,Moga 24180, Sahibzada Ajit Singh  Nagar (Mohali ) 3901, Sri Mukatsar Sahib 8343, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar 15391, Pathankot 1383, Patiala 21232, Ropar 4325, Sangrur 18671 and TarnRaran 9792.

Karunasagar Valmiki Tirath Asthaan; another star in the galaxy of shrines in the holy city


Having rich religious and historic significance, the Karunasagar Valmiki Tirath Asthaan, Amritsar housing the Ram Tirath Temple, a world class museum and panorama is all set to become a unique paragon in the country by the mid of the year as the world class architectural work at various sites is in full swing.

This extraordinary construction may be the first of its own kind in the north India which will depict resemblance to world renowned shrines of Southern India with distinctive design of domes. The main shrine, its domes and parikarma (circumambulation) will have a similar yellow tint of exclusive quality sand marble. The construction of various complexes around the main shrine is also going on war footing.


This ambitious project for which state has set aside Rs. 185 crore will be dedicated to whole world by August 2016.  The 70 percent structure work of Karunasagar Valmiki Tirath Asthaan has been completed. Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal has taken this project as a mission and the work is going on expeditious mode.


The ongoing finishing and cladding work will be soon complete. The work on Parikarmas, museum and panorama, world class accommodation/sarai for pilgrims, administrative block and public amenities is also going on war level while the complex will also have a multi-storeyed parking. The main shrine located in the middle of Paavan Sarovar will have a parikarma which will be approached by causeway connected with deorhis on both ends.

The design of the Tirath Asthaan had been made exclusively on a unique pattern to create a distinct identity. The museum will work as an exhibition space to highlight life, history and teachings of Bhagwan Valmiki ji. Besides, the panorama will describe the major events of Ramayana including the 6 kands of Ramayana namely the Baal kand book, Ayodhya kand, the Aranya kand, Kishkindha kand, Sunder kand and the Yudh kand. The Panorama and the museum will cover approximate 50000 sq feet area for the comfort and facilitation of pilgrims.


The outstanding congregation hall will accommodate more than 5000 people at a time for attending religious discourses. The landscape and green belt will match the international standards. The multi-storeyed parking will also have a sufficient place to park more than 600 cars and 10 buses at surface parking.

This project envisioned by Govt of Punjab is being executed by Punjab P.W.D. (B&R) department and the architectural consultants are the Department of Architecture Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Punjab roll up sleeves for total eradication of drugs menace & narcotics

Punjab has a glorious track record of fighting for safeguarding unity and integrity of the country. Punjab has been fighting country’s war against drug menace under the leadership of Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, who also holds the portfolio of state’s Home Minister.

To ensure the total eradication of drugs menace and narcotics from the state, Deputy Chief Minister has chalked out a foolproof strategy and Punjab government is going to recruit about 7,000 constables, 465 of sub inspectors and 850 other employees to provide additional manpower for district policing. The main priorities under this strategy are launching anti-drug campaign and campaign against drunken driving, curbing corruption at police station level, nabbing organized criminal gangs and strict vigilance through night patrolling.

Additional funds to the tune of Rs.107 crores are provided to the police in the current fiscal year out of which Rs.25 crore to be used for police welfare, Rs.11 crore for strengthening the intelligence network and Rs.9.83 crores for investigation expenses besides building up police infrastructure in the state.

CCTV cameras will be installed in all the cities and towns on mission-mode through community participation. Separation of investigation and law & order with formation of special teams to investigate serious crimes and traffic enforcement will be ensured. A state-level crack team will be set-up to monitor the activities of important identified gangsters and nab them.

To ensure proper implementation of the chalked out strategy, Deputy CM Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal has recently chaired a meeting of senior state police officers in which Suresh Arora, Director General of Police, all Zonal IGPs, Commissioners of Police, Range DIGs, district SSPs and senior officers at headquarters were present.

In the meeting, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal stated that curbing the sale of drugs which was ruining the youth should be taken up as a mission and national service. Deputy CM put all the CPs/SSPs on notice as regards drug trafficking, peddling and corruption at police station level. He stated that corrupt SHOs and police officers should be weeded out of the force.