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.

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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.