Lulu group to explore export potential of agro products from Punjab to UAE

  • Concludes two-day visit by holding meetings with representatives of agro-based industry
  • Evinces keen interest to develop integrated project with a shopping mall, convention centre and hotel at Mohali over an area of 25 acres

A two-day follow up visit of UAE-India partnership summit at Dubai by Lulu Group International on Saturday concluded with the high-level delegation that accepted proposals for export of agro products and processed food to UAE and urged the representatives of agro and food processing industry to dispatch the product samples for exploring its export potential.

2 (2)The Group led by its Chief Executive Officer Saifee Rupawala, COO Saleem VI, Directors Salim and Ananth, Regional Director Rejith RK, Buying Manager Zulfiker K and Manager PDD Shamim S accompanied by the officials of Invest Punjab held marathon discussions with the key players of industry in both private and public sector.

During deliberations with the representatives of Lulu group, the MD Markfed Varun Roojam apprised them that the honey being produced by markfed has been processed after introducing bar coding technology at back end level ensuring traceability and won the gold medal for achieving that. The Group expressed its keen interest to get the Honey packed in their brand name from markfed.

Further, during meeting with MD PAIC Rahul Gupta, the delegation has asked PAIC for pricing of Certified Organic Brown Basmati, Atta and Kinnows.

1 (4)Meanwhile, the CEO Invest Punjab Rajat Aggarwal said that the visit of the Group would be instrumental in bringing huge investment in the state thereby propelling overall industrial growth besides providing remunerative prices for their crops, once the export takes off. He said that the Lulu Group had also shown considerable interest to come up with an integrated project including a mega shopping & convention centre and hotel, which would further supplement state’s efforts to attract huge investments in Punjab.

The CEO further pointed out that the Group was moreover satisfied after having visiting some prominent sites in Mohali for their proposed integrated project and desired a chunk of nearly 25 acres of land for setting up of integrated project. Besides this, the Lulu Group International having a network of 157 retail shopping centres in Gulf and other countries also showed enormous interest for making investment in a meat manufacturing facility in Punjab spread over nearly 50 acres of land.

3 (1)The Delegation held 15 one-to-one meetings with the representatives of various industries during its two-day visit to further explore the possibilities of export potential of their products besides developing synergy between the Group and local industry of the state.

Punjab CM gives debt relief of Rs. 1771 Cr to 1,09,730 marginal farmers to complete 2nd phase of commercial bank loan waiver


IMG_20181207_132541Giving further impetus to his government’s farmers’ debt relief scheme, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday gave debt relief against commercial bank loans to the tune of Rs 1771 crore for 1,09,730 eligible marginal farmers of four districts, and announced the extension of the waiver scheme to farmers with landholding of 2.5 to 5 acres.

The amount is being transferred directly to the accounts of the marginal farmers of commercial banks directly and the process will be completed by tomorrow, the Chief Minister said at a state-level function, where he symbolically handed over debt relief certificates to 25 farmers. The farmers covered in this phase belong to Patiala, Ludhiana, Sangrur and Fatehgarh Sahib districts.

IMG_20181207_132752Addressing the function, the Chief Minister said that in the next phase, farmers having landholding of 2.5 to 5 acres would get debt waiver towards both cooperative and commercial banks. Captain Amarinder Singh also reiterated his commitment to waive off the loans of the landless labourers in the subsequent phases of the implementation of the waiver scheme.

The Chief Minister said waiver upto Rs. 2 lakh had been given to all the marginal farmers and also to the small farmers who had availed loan upto Rs. 2 lakh under the scheme. He said that a sum of Rs. 1815 crore of 3.18 lakh marginal farmers of Cooperative Banks had been waived off in the first phase, in addition to Rs. 1771 crore of 1.09 lakh marginal farmers of Commercial Banks in today’s State Level Debt Relief Function.

The Chief Minister announced that as many as 2.15 lacs small farmers of Cooperative Banks would be covered in the 3rd phase, while 50752 small farmers of Commercial Banks would be covered in the 4th phase.

Underlining the need to export sugar and potatoes to Central Asian countries, the Chief Minister said that he had written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include these items in the export list, which was cleared just yesterday. If the Government of India allows Punjab to export these products, sugarcane and potato farmers of the state would be immensely benefitted, he added.

IMG_20181207_132937Captain Amarinder Singh expressed concern about the problem of spurious seeds, agri-chemicals and other inputs that reach the farmers and said his government was maintaining a strict, 24X7 vigil to check sale of such products. He disclosed that a special campaign to ensure balanced use of fertilizers had led to reduction in Urea and DAP consumption by 1 lac MT and 46,000 tons respectively during Kharif-2018 as compared to the previous year. This, he said, resulted in net saving of about Rs. 200 crores.

Captain Amarinder Singh said that a campaign was launched to educate the farmers about judicious use of agro-chemicals on Basmati. The use of five pesticides, viz Acephate, Carbadazim, Triazophos, Thiamethoxam and Tricyclazole, had been discouraged during Kharif-2018. As a result, the quality of Basmati grain had started meeting international standards and resultantly, farmers were getting better prices of Basmati. This year, farmers are getting Rs. 3600-4000 per quintal as against Rs. 2600-3000 last year, he added.

Reiterating his commitment to the seamless procurement of crops, the Chief Minister said that his government had ensured hassle-free procurement of Paddy in spite of unprecedented heavy rains at the end of September. Till now, more than 187 lac tonns of paddy had been procured.

Captain Amarinder Singh said that the state, in collaboration with experts from Israel and PAU, would lay special focus on water conservation so that this precious natural resource could be conserved.

In his address, Mandi Board Chairman Lal Singh lashed out at the previous SAD-BJP for devastating the state’s economy and bringing Punjab under enormous debt burden. Due to the misdeeds and visionless policies of SAD-BJP government during its decade long rule, the outstanding debt had increased more than fourfold, to Rs. 2,08000 crore, by the time their term ended.

Health Minister Brahm Mohindra said that the pace of development in the state had been accelerated under the visionary approach of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. He said the Chief Minister would soon introduce cashless Health Insurance for 43 lakh families in the state, which would prove to be another milestone in the healthcare of common masses.

Former Union Minister Preneet Kaur lauded the Punjab Government for taking its prestigious debt relief programme to next level. She said the state was committed to holistic and all round development of all sections of the society.  

Member Parliament and PPCC Chief Sunil Jakhar said that the Chief Minister had shown the way to other State Governments and the Centre on how to waive off farmers’ debts. He said that the Chief Minister had promoted welfare of the farmers through the debt waiver scheme and fulfilled his poll promise to them.

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ਮੁੱਖ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਲਈ ਕਰਜ਼ਾ ਰਾਹਤ ਦੇ ਦੂਜੇ ਪੜਾਅ ਦੀ ਸ਼ੁਰੂਆਤ, ਵਪਾਰਕ ਬੈਂਕਾਂ ਦੇ 1,09,730 ਸੀਮਾਂਤ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ 1771 ਕਰੋੜ ਰੁਪਏ ਦੀ ਕਰਜ਼ਾ ਰਾਹਤ ਮਿਲੀ

  • ਢਾਈ ਤੋਂ ਪੰਜ ਏਕੜ ਜ਼ਮੀਨ ਵਾਲੇ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਕਰਜ਼ਾ ਰਾਹਤ ਦੇਣ ਦਾ ਐਲਾਨ
  • ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਪਾਸੋਂ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਤੋਂ ਕੇਂਦਰੀ ਏਸ਼ੀਆਈ ਮੁਲਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਆਲੂ ਤੇ ਖੰਡ ਬਰਾਮਦ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਇਜਾਜ਼ਤ ਦੇਣ ਦੀ ਮੰਗ

IMG_20181207_132541ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਲਈ ਕਰਜ਼ਾ ਰਾਹਤ ਸਕੀਮ ਨੂੰ ਹੋਰ ਅੱਗੇ ਵਧਾਉਂਦਿਆਂ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੇ ਮੁੱਖ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਕੈਪਟਨ ਅਮਰਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਨੇ ਅੱਜ ਚਾਰ ਜ਼ਿਲ੍ਹਿਆਂ ਦੇ 1,09,730 ਯੋਗ ਸੀਮਾਂਤ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਵਪਾਰਕ ਬੈਂਕਾਂ ਦੇ 1771 ਕਰੋੜ ਦੇ ਕਰਜ਼ੇ ਤੋਂ ਰਾਹਤ ਮੁਹੱਈਆ ਕਰਵਾਉਣ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ-ਨਾਲ ਢਾਈ ਤੋਂ ਪੰਜ ਏਕੜ ਜ਼ਮੀਨ ਵਾਲੇ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਇਸ ਦਾ ਲਾਭ ਦੇਣ ਲਈ ਸਕੀਮ ਦਾ ਵਿਸਥਾਰ ਕਰਨ ਦਾ ਐਲਾਨ ਕੀਤਾ ਹੈ।

ਪਟਿਆਲਾ ਦੇ ਪਿੰਡ ਬਾਰਨ ਵਿਖੇ ਰਾਜ ਪੱਧਰੀ ਸਮਾਗਮ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਰਸਮੀ ਸ਼ੁਰੂਆਤ ਵਜੋਂ 25 ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਕਰਜ਼ਾ ਰਾਹਤ ਸਰਟੀਫਿਕੇਟ ਸੌਂਪਣ ਮੌਕੇ ਮੁੱਖ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਇਹ ਰਾਸ਼ੀ ਸਿੱਧੀ ਵਪਾਰਕ ਬੈਂਕਾਂ ਦੇ ਸੀਮਾਂਤ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਦੇ ਖਾਤਿਆਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਪਾਈ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ ਅਤੇ ਇਸ ਪ੍ਰਕ੍ਰਿਆ ਨੂੰ ਭਲਕ ਤੱਕ ਮੁਕੰਮਲ ਕਰ ਲਿਆ ਜਾਵੇਗਾ। ਕੈਪਟਨ ਅਮਰਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਨੇ ਕਰਜ਼ਾ ਮੁਆਫੀ ਦੇ ਅਗਲੇ ਪੜਾਵਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਬੇਜ਼ਮੀਨੇ ਕਾਮਿਆਂ ਦਾ ਕਰਜ਼ਾ ਮੁਆਫ ਕਰਨ ਪ੍ਰਤੀ ਵੀ ਵਚਨਬੱਧਤਾ ਜ਼ਾਹਰ ਕੀਤੀ।

IMG_20181207_132752ਮੁੱਖ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਸਾਰੇ ਸੀਮਾਂਤ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਦਾ ਦੋ ਲੱਖ ਰੁਪਏ ਤੱਕ ਦਾ ਕਰਜ਼ਾ ਮੁਆਫ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾਵੇਗਾ ਅਤੇ ਇਸ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਹੀ ਦੋ ਲੱਖ ਰੁਪਏ ਤੱਕ ਦਾ ਕਰਜ਼ਾ ਚੁੱਕਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਛੋਟੇ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਇਹੋ ਰਾਹਤ ਮਿਲੇਗੀ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਪਹਿਲੇ ਪੜਾਅ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਹਿਕਾਰੀ ਬੈਂਕਾਂ ਦੇ 3.18 ਲੱਖ ਸੀਮਾਂਤ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਦਾ 1815 ਕਰੋੜ ਰੁਪਏ ਦਾ ਕਰਜ਼ਾ ਮੁਆਫ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਅੱਜ ਦੇ ਰਾਜ ਪੱਧਰੀ ਸਮਾਗਮ ਵਿੱਚ ਵਪਾਰਕ ਬੈਂਕਾਂ ਦੇ 1.09 ਲੱਖ ਸੀਮਾਂਤ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ 1771 ਕਰੋੜ ਰੁਪਏ ਦੀ ਕਰਜ਼ਾ ਰਾਹਤ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਗਈ ਹੈ।

ਮੁੱਖ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਨੇ ਐਲਾਨ ਕੀਤਾ ਕਿ ਤੀਜੇ ਪੜਾਅ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਹਿਕਾਰੀ ਬੈਂਕਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਜੁੜੇ 2.15 ਲੱਖ ਛੋਟੇ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਕਰਜ਼ਾ ਰਾਹਤ ਮੁਹੱਈਆ ਕਰਵਾਈ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ ਜਦਕਿ ਚੌਥੇ ਪੜਾਅ ਵਿੱਚ ਵਪਾਰਕ ਬੈਂਕਾਂ ਦੇ 50752 ਛੋਟੇ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਦਾ ਕਰਜ਼ਾ ਮੁਆਫ ਹੋਵੇਗਾ।

ਕੇਂਦਰੀ ਏਸ਼ੀਆਈ ਮੁਲਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਖੰਡ ਅਤੇ ਆਲੂਆਂ ਦੀ ਬਰਾਮਦ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ‘ਤੇ ਜ਼ੋਰ ਦਿੰਦਿਆਂ ਮੁੱਖ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਨੇ ਦੱਸਿਆ ਕਿ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੇ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਨਰੇਂਦਰ ਮੋਦੀ ਨੂੰ ਪੱਤਰ ਲਿਖ ਕੇ ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਵਸਤਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਬਰਾਮਦ ਸੂਚੀ ਜਿਸ ਨੂੰ ਬੀਤੇ ਦਿਨ ਪ੍ਰਵਾਨਗੀ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਗਈ ਹੈ, ਵਿੱਚ ਸ਼ਾਮਲ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਆਖਿਆ ਹੈ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਜੇਕਰ ਭਾਰਤ ਸਰਕਾਰ, ਪੰਜਾਬ ਨੂੰ ਇਹ ਵਸਤਾਂ ਬਰਾਮਦ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਇਜਾਜ਼ਤ ਦੇ ਦੇਵੇ ਤਾਂ ਇਸ ਨਾਲ ਸੂਬੇ ਦੇ ਗੰਨਾ ਕਾਸ਼ਤਕਾਰਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਆਲੂ ਉਤਪਾਦਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਬਹੁਤ ਵੱਡਾ ਲਾਭ ਪਹੁੰਚ ਸਕਦਾ ਹੈ।

ਕੈਪਟਨ ਅਮਰਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਨੇ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਤੱਕ ਪਹੁੰਚ ਰਹੇ ਜਾਅਲੀ ਬੀਜਾਂ, ਖੇਤੀ ਰਸਾਇਣਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਹੋਰ ਖੇਤੀ ਵਸਤਾਂ ਦੀ ਸਮੱਸਿਆ ‘ਤੇ ਚਿੰਤਾ ਪ੍ਰਗਟ ਕਰਦੇ ਹੋਏ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਅਜਿਹੇ ਉਤਪਾਦਾਂ ਦੀ ਵਿਕਰੀ ਨੂੰ ਰੋਕਣ ਲਈ 24 ਘੰਟੇ ਚੌਕਸੀ ਵਰਤੀ ਜਾ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੱਸਿਆ ਕਿ ਖਾਦਾਂ ਦੀ ਸੰਤੁਲਿਤ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਨੂੰ ਯਕੀਨੀ ਬਣਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਕੀਤੀ ਵਿਸ਼ੇਸ਼ ਮੁਹਿੰਮ ਦੇ ਨਤੀਜੇ ਵਜੋਂ ਸਾਉਣੀ-2018 ਦੌਰਾਨ ਪਿਛਲੇ ਸਾਲ ਦੇ ਮੁਕਾਬਲੇ ਯੂਰੀਆ ਅਤੇ ਡੀਏਪੀ ਦੀ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਕ੍ਰਮਵਾਰ 1 ਲੱਖ ਮੀਟ੍ਰਿਕ ਟਨ ਅਤੇ 46 ਹਜ਼ਾਰ ਟਨ ਦੀ ਕਮੀ ਹੋਈ ਹੈ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੱਸਿਆ ਕਿ ਇਸ ਦੇ ਨਤੀਜੇ ਵਜੋਂ ਤਕਰੀਬਨ 200 ਕਰੋੜ ਰੁਪਏ ਦੀ ਬੱਚਤ ਹੋਈ ਹੈ।

IMG_20181207_132937ਕੈਪਟਨ ਅਮਰਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਇਹ ਮੁਹਿੰਮ ਬਾਸਮਤੀ ਅਤੇ ਖੇਤੀ ਰਸਾਇਣਾਂ ਦੀ ਢੁਕਵੀ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਜਾਗਰੂਕ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਕੀਤੀ ਗਈ ਸੀ। ਸਾਉਣੀ-2018 ਦੌਰਾਨ ਏਸਫੇਟ, ਕਾਰਬਾਡੇਜ਼ਿਮ, ਟਰਾਈਜੋਫੋਸ, ਥੀਆਮੈਥੋਜ਼ਮ ਅਤੇ ਟਰਾਈਸਾਕਲਾਜੋਲ ਵਰਗੇ ਪੰਜ ਕੀਟਨਾਸ਼ਕਾਂ ਦੀ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਲਈ ਨਿਰਉਤਸ਼ਾਹਿਤ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ। ਇਸ ਦੇ ਨਤੀਜੇ ਵਜੋਂ ਮਿਆਰੀ ਬਾਸਮਤੀ ਪੈਦਾ ਹੋਣੀ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਹੋਈ ਜਿਸ ਨੇ ਅੰਤਰਰਾਸ਼ਟਰੀ ਮਾਪਦੰਡ ਪੂਰੇ ਕਰਨ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤੇ ਹਨ। ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਬਾਸਮਤੀ ਵਧੀਆ ਭਾਅ ਮਿਲਣ ਲੱਗ ਪਿਆ ਹੈ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਪਿਛਲੇ ਸਾਲ ਦੇ 2600-3000 ਰੁਪਏ ਦੇ ਮੁਕਾਬਲੇ ਇਸ ਸਾਲ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਪ੍ਰਤੀ ਕੁਇੰਟਲ 3600-4000 ਰੁਪਏ ਮਿਲ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ।

ਫਸਲਾਂ ਦੀ ਬਿਨਾਂ ਕਿਸੇ ਅੜਚਣ ਤੋਂ ਖਰੀਦ ਨੂੰ ਯਕੀਨੀ ਬਣਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਆਪਣੀ ਵਚਨਬੱਧਤਾ ਦੁਹਰਾਉਂਦੇ ਹੋਏ ਮੁੱਖ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਸਤੰਬਰ ਦੇ ਅੰਤ ਵਿੱਚ ਅਣਕਿਆਸੇ ਭਾਰੀ ਮੀਂਹ ਦੇ ਬਾਵਜੂਦ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਨੇ ਝੋਨੇ ਦੀ ਨਿਰਵਿਘਨ ਖਰੀਦ ਨੂੰ ਯਕੀਨੀ ਬਣਾਇਆ ਹੈ। ਇਸ ਸਮੇਂ ਤੱਕ 187 ਲੱਖ ਟਨ ਝੋਨਾ ਖਰੀਦੀਆ ਜਾ ਚੁੱਕਾ ਹੈ।

ਕੈਪਟਨ ਅਮਰਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਇਜ਼ਰਾਈਲ ਅਤੇ ਪੀ.ਏ.ਯੂ. ਦੇ ਮਾਹਿਰਾਂ ਦੀ ਭਾਈਵਾਲੀ ਨਾਲ ਸੂਬਾ ਜਲ ਸੰਭਾਲ ‘ਤੇ ਵਿਸ਼ੇਸ਼ ਧਿਆਨ ਕੇਂਦ੍ਰਿਤ ਕਰੇਗਾ ਤਾਂ ਜੋ ਇਸ ਵਡਮੁੱਲੇ ਸਰੋਤ ਨੂੰ ਸੰਭਾਲਿਆ ਜਾ ਸਕੇ।

ਇਸ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਆਪਣੇ ਸੰਬੋਧਨ ‘ਚ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਮੰਡੀ ਬੋਰਡ ਦੇ ਚੇਅਰਮੈਨ ਸ. ਲਾਲ ਸਿੰਘ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਪਿਛਲੀ ਅਕਾਲੀ-ਭਾਜਪਾ ਗਠਜੋੜ ਦੀ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੀਆਂ ਮਾੜੀਆਂ ਤੇ ਦਿਸ਼ਾ ਹੀਣ ਨੀਤੀਆਂ ਸਦਕਾ ਸੂਬੇ ਦੇ ਖ਼ਜ਼ਾਨੇ ਦੀ ਮਾੜੀ ਹਾਲਤ ਹੋ ਗਈ ਤੇ ਸੂਬਾ 2,08000 ਕਰੋੜ ਰੁਪਏ ਕਰਜ਼ੇ ਦੇ ਬੋਝ ਹੇਠ ਦੱਬਿਆ ਗਿਆ। ਲਾਲ ਸਿੰਘ ਨੇ ਦੱਸਿਆ ਕਿ ਕੈਪਟਨ ਅਮਰਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਦੀ ਅਗਵਾਈ ਹੇਠ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਮੰਡੀ ਬੋਰਡ ਵੱਲੋਂ 750 ਕਰੋੜ ਰੁਪਏ ਖ਼ਰਚ ਕੇ ਸੂਬੇ ਦੀਆਂ ਮੰਡੀਆਂ ਦਾ ਬੁਨਿਆਦੀ ਢਾਂਚਾ ਸੁਧਾਰਿਆ ਜਾ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ ਜਦੋਂਕਿ ਪਿੰਡਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਜੋੜਦੀ ਹਰ ਸੜਕ ਬਣਾਈ ਜਾ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਪਹਿਲੇ ਪੜਾਅ ਤਹਿਤ 2000 ਕਰੋੜ ਰੁਪਏ ਖਰਚ ਕੇ 16000 ਕਿਲੋਮੀਟਰ ਲਿੰਕ ਸੜਕਾਂ ਦੀ ਮੁਰੰਮਤ ਕਰਵਾਈ ਜਾ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ।

ਇਸ ਮੌਕੇ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੇ ਪਰਿਵਾਰ ਭਲਾਈ ਤੇ ਸਿਹਤ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਮਹਿੰਦਰਾ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਮੁੱਖ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਕੈਪਟਨ ਅਮਰਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਛੇਤੀ ਹੀ ਸੂਬੇ ਦੇ 43 ਲੱਖ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ 5 ਲੱਖ ਰੁਪਏ ਦੀ ਨਗ਼ਦੀ ਰਹਿਤ ਬੀਮਾ ਸਕੀਮ ਦੇ ਘੇਰੇ ‘ਚ ਲਿਆ ਕੇ ਸਿਹਤ ਸੇਵਾਵਾਂ ਦਾ ਲਾਭ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਜਾਵੇਗਾ ਜੋ ਕਿ ਬਿਹਤਰ ਸਿਹਤ ਸੇਵਾਵਾਂ ਪ੍ਰਦਾਨ ਕਰਨ ‘ਚ ਇੱਕ ਅਹਿਮ ਮੀਲ ਪੱਥਰ ਸਾਬਤ ਹੋਵੇਗਾ।

ਸ੍ਰੀ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਮਹਿੰਦਰਾ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਕੈਪਟਨ ਅਮਰਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਦੀ ਗਤੀਸ਼ੀਲ ਅਗਵਾਈ ਹੇਠ ਸੂਬਾ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਨੇ ਜੋ ਕੰਮ ਕੇਵਲ ਪੌਣੇ ਦੋ ਸਾਲਾਂ ‘ਚ ਹੀ ਕਰ ਵਿਖਾਏ ਹਨ, ਉਹ ਸਮਾਂ ਪਿਛਲੀ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੇ 10 ਸਾਲਾਂ ਦੇ ਕਾਰਜਕਾਲ ਦੇ ਮੁਕਾਬਲੇ ਇੱਕ ਸੁਨਿਹਰੀ ਸਮਾਂ ਸਾਬਤ ਹੋਇਆ ਹੈ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਮੈਨੀਫੈਸਟੋ ‘ਚ ਕੀਤਾ ਹਰ ਵਾਅਦਾ ਪੂਰਾ ਕਰ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੱਸਿਆ ਕਿ ਮੁੱਖ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਆਰੰਭੇ ਨਿਵੇਕਲੇ ‘ਮਿਸ਼ਨ ਤੰਦਰੁਸਤ’ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਸਦਕਾ ਸਰਕਾਰੀ ਹਸਪਤਾਲਾਂ ‘ਚ ਸਿਹਤ ਸੇਵਾਵਾਂ ਬਿਹਤਰ ਹੋਈਆਂ ਹਨ ਤੇ ਓ.ਪੀ.ਡੀ. ਵਧ ਗਈ ਹੈ।

ਇਸ ਵਿਸ਼ਾਲ ਸਮਾਗਮ ਨੂੰ ਸੰਬੋਧਨ ਕਰਦਿਆਂ ਸਾਬਕਾ ਕੇਂਦਰੀ ਵਿਦੇਸ਼ ਰਾਜ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਸ੍ਰੀਮਤੀ ਪਰਨੀਤ ਕੌਰ ਨੇ ਇਸ ਕਰਜ਼ਾ ਰਾਹਤ ਸਕੀਮ ਲਈ ਸੂਬੇ ਦੇ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਵਧਾਈ ਦਿੰਦਿਆਂ ਇਸ ਅਹਿਮ ਉਪਰਾਲੇ ਲਈ ਮੁੱਖ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਕੈਪਟਨ ਅਮਰਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਅਤੇ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦਾ ਧੰਨਵਾਦ ਕੀਤਾ। ਸ੍ਰੀਮਤੀ ਪਰਨੀਤ ਕੌਰ ਨੇ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਦੀ ਸਦਾ ਚੜ੍ਹਦੀਕਲਾ ਅਤੇ ਤਰੱਕੀ ਦੀ ਕਾਮਨਾ ਕਰਦਿਆਂ ਭਰੋਸਾ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਕਿ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਦੁੱਖ-ਸੁੱਖ ‘ਚ ਹਮੇਸ਼ਾ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ ਖੜ੍ਹਨ ਅਤੇ ਸੂਬੇ ਦਾ ਚਹੁਪੱਖੀ ਵਿਕਾਸ ਕਰਵਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਵਚਨਵੱਧ ਹੈ।

ਮੈਂਬਰ ਪਾਰਲੀਮੈਂਟ ਤੇ ਸੂਬਾ ਕਾਂਗਰਸ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਸੁਨੀਲ ਜਾਖੜ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਮੁੱਖ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਕੈਪਟਨ ਅਮਰਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਅਰੰਭੀ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਕਰਜ਼ਾ ਰਾਹਤ ਪ੍ਰਦਾਨ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਇਸ ਨਿਵੇਕਲੀ ਸਕੀਮ ਨੇ ਕੇਂਦਰ ਅਤੇ ਦੇਸ਼ ਦੀਆਂ ਹੋਰਨਾਂ ਰਾਜ ਸਰਕਾਰਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਰਾਹ ਦਿਖਾਇਆ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਦਾ ਕਰਜ਼ਾ ਕਿਸ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਮੁਆਫ਼ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਮੁੱਖ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਨੇ ਇਸ ਕਰਜ਼ਾ ਰਾਹਤ ਸਕੀਮ ਨਾਲ ਜਿੱਥੇ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਦੀ ਭਲਾਈ ਲਈ ਕਦਮ ਚੁੱਕਿਆ ਹੈ, ਉਥੇ ਹੀ ਆਪਣਾ ਚੋਣ ਵਾਅਦਾ ਵੀ ਪੂਰਾ ਕੀਤਾ ਹੈ।

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Logo Tandrust Punjab 1ਹੁਸ਼ਿਆਰਪੁਰ ਦੀ ਡਿਪਟੀ ਕਮਿਸ਼ਨਰ ਸ਼੍ਰੀਮਤੀ ਈਸ਼ਾ ਕਾਲੀਆ ਨੇ ਦੱਸਿਆ ਕਿ 34,872 ਘਰਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ 1 ਲੱਖ 4 ਹਜ਼ਾਰ 420 ਕੰਟੇਨਰਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਚੈਕ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ, ਜਿਸ ਵਿਚੋਂ 1886 ਕੰਟੇਨਰਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਲਾਰਵਾ ਨਸ਼ਟ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੱਸਿਆ ਕਿ ਨਗਰ ਨਿਗਮ ਦੀਆਂ ਟੀਮਾਂ ਨੇ ਜਿਥੇ ਲਾਰਵਾ ਪਾਇਆ ਗਿਆ, ਉਥੇ 163 ਚਲਾਨ ਵੀ ਕੱਟੇ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੱਸਿਆ ਕਿ ਹੁਸ਼ਿਆਰਪੁਰ ਨੂੰ 10 ਸੈਕਟਰਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਵੰਡਿਆ ਗਿਆ ਸੀ ਅਤੇ ਸੈਕਟਰ ਦੇ ਹਿਸਾਬ ਨਾਲ ਸਿਹਤ ਵਿਭਾਗ ਅਤੇ ਨਗਰ ਨਿਗਮ ਦੀਆਂ ਟੀਮਾਂ ਵਲੋਂ ਚੈਕਿੰਗ ਮੁਹਿੰਮ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਗਈ ਸੀ। ਇਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਿਹਤ ਵਿਭਾਗ ਦੀਆਂ 55 ਟੀਮਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ 165 ਕਰਮਚਾਰੀਆਂ ਨੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨਾਜ਼ੁਕ ਇਲਾਕਿਆਂ ਦਾ ਸਪੈਸ਼ਲ ਸਰਵੇ ਕੀਤਾ, ਜਿਥੇ ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਬਿਮਾਰੀਆਂ ਦਾ ਜ਼ਿਆਦਾ ਖਤਰਾ ਬਣਿਆ ਰਹਿੰਦਾ ਹੈ।

ਨਗਰ ਨਿਗਮ ਵਲੋਂ ਫੌਗਿੰਗ ਕਰਵਾਉਣ ਤੋਂ ਇਲਾਵਾ ਸਿਹਤ ਵਿਭਾਗ ਵਲੋਂ ਡੇਂਗੂ ਦੇ ਲਾਰਵੇ ਦੇ ਖਾਤਮੇ ਲਈ ਗੰਬੂਜ਼ੀਆ ਮੱਛੀਆਂ ਵੀ ਛੱਪੜਾਂ ਆਦਿ ਵਿਚ ਛੱਡੀਆਂ ਗਈਆਂ । ਜ਼ਿਲ੍ਹਾ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਸ਼ਨ ਵਲੋਂ ਵਿੱਢੀ ਜਾਗਰੂਕਤਾ ਮੁਹਿੰਮ ਵਿਚ ਸਮਾਜ-ਸੇਵੀ ਸੰਸਥਾਵਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਆਮ ਜਨਤਾ ਦਾ ਵੀ ਵਿਸ਼ੇਸ਼ ਯੋਗਦਾਨ ਰਿਹਾ। ਪ੍ਰਸ਼ਾਸਨ ਵਲੋਂ ‘ਮਿਸ਼ਨ ਤੰਦਰੁਸਤ ਪੰਜਾਬ’ ਤਹਿਤ ਮੱਛਰਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਬਰਸਾਤ ਦੇ ਦਿਨਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਹੋਣ ਵਾਲੀਆਂ ਬਿਮਾਰੀਆਂ ਸਬੰਧੀ ਜਾਗਰੂਕਤਾ ਹਫ਼ਤਾ ਵੀ ਮਨਾਇਆ ਗਿਆ, ਜਿਸ ਤਹਿਤ ਕੈਬਨਿਟ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਸੁੰਦਰ ਸ਼ਾਮ ਅਰੋੜਾ ਦੀ ਅਗਵਾਈ ਵਿੱਚ ਇਕ ਵਿਸ਼ਾਲ ਪੈਦਲ ਰੈਲੀ ਵੀ ਕੱਢੀ ਗਈ।

ਜਿਕਰਯੋਗ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਡੇਂਗੂ, ਮਲੇਰੀਆ, ਚਿਕਨਗੁਨੀਆਂ ਤੋਂ ਇਲਾਵਾ ਵੈਕਟਰ ਬੌਰਨ ਡਿਜੀਜ਼ (ਪਾਣੀ ਤੋਂ ਹੋਣ ਵਾਲੀਆਂ ਬਿਮਾਰੀਆਂ) ਤੋਂ ਬਚਾਅ ਲਈ ਜਾਗਰੂਕਤਾ ਹੋਣੀ ਬਹੁਤ ਜ਼ਰੂਰੀ ਹੈ, ਕਿਉਂਕਿ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਨਾਲ ਹੀ ਸਾਵਧਾਨੀਆਂ ਵਰਤਕੇ ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਬਿਮਾਰੀਆਂ ਤੋਂ ਬਚਿਆ ਜਾ ਸਕਦਾ ਹੈ। ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਬਿਮਾਰੀਆਂ ਸਬੰਧੀ ਪੂਰੀ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਸਿਹਤ ਕੇਂਦਰਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਇਲਾਵਾ ਗੂਗਲ ਪਲੇਅ ਸਟੋਰ ‘ਤੇ ਮੁਫ਼ਤ ‘ਡੇਂਗੂ ਫਰੀ ਪੰਜਾਬ’ ਐਪ ਡਾਊਨਲੋਡ ਕਰਕੇ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾ ਸਕਦੀ ਹੈ। ਡੇਂਗੂ ਅਤੇ ਚਿਕਨਗੁਨੀਆਂ ਦਾ ਟੈਸਟ ਅਤੇ ਸਪੋਟਿਵ ਇਲਾਜ ਸਰਕਾਰੀ ਹਸਪਤਾਲਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਮੁਫ਼ਤ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ।

Captain Amarinder Singh announces development projects worth Rs. 965 Cr for Dera Baba Nanak & Gurdaspur district


As part of the year-long celebrations of 550th Parkash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on November 26 announced infrastructural works worth Rs. 965 crore to ensure holistic development of the historic town of Dera Baba Nanak and adjoining areas of Gurdaspur.

Divulging the details of the projects to be undertaken by the state government on the momentous occasion of Foundation Laying of Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib, Captain Amarinder Singh said that a Government Medical College and Super Specialty Hospital would be set up at village Kotli Nangal of Gurdaspur district at a cost of Rs. 400 crore. Sums of Rs. crore and Rs. 9 crore would be spent on the up-gradation of civic infrastructure in Municipal Council of Dera Baba Nanak and Batala respectively. A degree college would come up at Kalanaur in district Gurdaspur at a cost of Rs. 10 crore.

The Chief Minister also announced repair of link roads at a cost of Rs. 56.6 crore, besides up-gradations of bridges, culverts at a cost of Rs. 9 crore and up-gradation of mandis involving an expenditure of Rs. 10.7 crore in Dera Baba Nanak.

Rs. 203.9 crore would be spent on the repair of link roads, Rs. 20 crore on upgradation of bridges and culverts and Rs. 31.4 crore on upgradation of Mandis in the entire district of Gurdaspur except Dera Baba Nanak.

An amount of Rs. 61 crore has been earmarked for surface water project for providing potable water in 40 quality affected villages of blocks of Dera Baba Nanak and Fatehgarh Churian by tapping Upper Bari Doab Canal (UBDC). Similarly, Rs. 98 crore would be spent on surface water project for 58 quality affected village by tapping UBDC, Rs. 17 crore on water supply and sewerage project for village Ghuman in Sri Hargobindpur block, Rs. 9.2 crore for piped water supply to 34 villages presently with hand pump based water supply and Rs. 16 crore on augmentation of water supply in 103 villages by December 2019 in the Gurdaspur district.

The Chief Minister also announced that the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats had been entrusted to ensure overall development in the villages of Chahal Kalan (Achal Sahib), Pakhoke Dera Baba Nanak and Vadala Granthian, associated with the life of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, at a cost of Rs. 3 crore each.

Venkaiah Naidu, Capt Amarinder plant saplings to commemorate Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 550th Parkash Purb

cm 2Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, along with Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, on November 26 planted saplings at village Kothe Khushhalpur on Batala-Dera Baba Nanak Road, ahead of the ceremony to lay the foundation laying of Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Corridor, as part of the state’s government’s programme to commemorate the legacy of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji.

Apprising the Vice President about the unique initiative to bring awareness amongst people about the significance of clean, green and pollution free environment, the Chief Minister said that the state Government had launched an ambitious programme to plant 550 saplings in every village to commemorate the year-long celebrations of 550th Parkash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore also planted a sapling to mark the occasion.

cm 3Prominent amongst those present on the occasion were Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, Forests Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Education Minister OP Soni, Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, Gurdaspur MP and PPCC Chief Sunil Jakhar and Chief Minister’s Media Advisor Raveen Thukral.

Notably, to disseminate the first Guru’s message on the significance of nature and human life far and wide, the Punjab Government has initiated plantation of indigenous varieties of trees at appropriate places in consultation with Gram Panchayats by November 2019. The estimated cost of this project is Rs. 10.50 crore, which shall be met through Greening Punjab Mission, with maintenance to be done through MGNREGS. The Forests Department has been entrusted with the gigantic task of plantation in every village across the state. The Chief Minister has already appealed to one and all to plant at least one fruit tree in their homes to make this ongoing plantation drive a grand success.

Capt Amarinder joins Venkaiah Naidu in laying foundation stone for Kartarpur Corridor

CM Moots M-Visa for pilgrims to travel via corridor, says will join 1st jatha going to Kartarpur

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Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on November 26 joined Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu, in laying the foundation stone for the Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak, and called for introduction of m-visa for pilgrims travelling through the corridor to visit the historic Kartarpur Gurdwara in Pakistan.

Captain Amarinder, who suggested that there should be no visa or passport for travel via the corridor, also announced his government’s decision to construct a grand Kartarpur Gate, which he said would stand out as a monumental symbol to commemorate the 550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji.

The Chief Minister urged Gadkari to try and ensure that the Corridor starts functioning by the next Gur Purab. He announced that he will accompany the first jatha from the corridor to Kartarpur.

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari, who was present on the occasion, approved Punjab government’s proposal for the construction of the Kartarpur Gate, to be called Kartarpur Dwaar. Gadkari also assured the people that his ministry would try to complete the construction work of the corridor expeditiously.

The Chief Minister, along with the Vice President, conducted the foundation stone laying ceremony virtually by sprinkling water brought from the Golden Temple by Amritsar MP Gurjit Singh Aujla. Captain Amarinder sought the blessings of the Sant Samaaj and members of other religious & social organisations, for the success of the project.

The eventful occasion was also graced by Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore, who, along with Naidu and Captain Amarinder, planted saplings to mark the state government’s mission to plant 550 trees to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary celebration of the first Guru.

cm 6While the Vice President welcomed the Kartar Corridor as a unifier that would promote deeper understanding and a new resolve to connect the people of India and Pakistan, Captain Amarinder hailed the occasion as a welcome culmination of his government’s persistent efforts to facilitate Sikh pilgrims during the auspicious 550th Prakash Purb, being celebrated next year.

Addressing the massive crowd that had gathered at Mann village for the foundation laying ceremony, the Chief Minister thanked the Government of India for acceding to Punjab’s request for the development of the Kartarpur Corridor.

Praying to Waheguru to bless the devotees to have darshan and serve the Gurudwaras which had been distanced from the community for years, the Chief Minister also thanked the Government of Pakistan for deciding to commence the development of the Kartarpur Corridor on their side of the border.

The opening of the Corridor would also lead to the development of the historical town of Dera Baba Nanak and the neighbouring areas, said the Chief Minister, adding that his government already announced and was implementing a special project for development of Dera Baba Nanak and District Gurdaspur for Rs. 965 Crore.

The Vice President, in his address, hailed the project as the corridor of peace, humanity, unity and universal brotherhood. It promises to be, in many ways, the beginning of a new chapter in our efforts to bring two family members even closer, said Naidu, asserting that India believed that peace was an inexorable pre-requisite for progress and this could be achieved only if we have mutual respect and a stronger focus on the five Ps that underpin the global agenda for sustainable development- People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership.

In his welcome address, Punjab Cooperation Minister and MLA Dera Baba Nanak Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa recalled the contribution of the Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, the Grandfather of Captain Amarinder Singh, for undertaking the sewa of reconstruction of Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib at a cost of Rs. 1.35 lakh in 1923, after the historic shrine was ravaged by floods. The Chief Minister also got the Kachha Road mettled in his earlier tenure from 2002 to 2007 to enable the devotees to offer prayers.

Dr. Manmohan Singh, Badnore, Capt Amarinder lay foundation stones for Rs. 150 Cr of projects to celebrate 550th Prakash Purb

  • Punjab CM also announces other projects of Rs. 3312 Cr, release & remission of prisoners to mark historic occasion
  • Launches year-long tree plantation drive, announces smart village campaign for entire state

001Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore and Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday laid the foundation stones for 26 development projects worth Rs 150 crore, including upgradation of infrastructure in the three historic towns of Sultanpur Lodhi, Dera Baba Nanak and Batala, to mark the launch of the year-long celebrations of the 550th anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji.

LAUNCH OF PLANTATION DRIVE-2Captain Amarinder, who further announced projects and welfare schemes to the tune of Rs 3312 crore to facilitate pilgrims and to commemorate the historic occasion, also launched a tree plantation drive to plant 550 trees in every village throughout the state in the next one year at a total cost of Rs. 10.5 crore. The cost shall be met through greening Punjab Mission and maintenance shall be done through MNREGA. Indigenous variety of trees shall be planted at appropriate places in consultation with Gram Panchayats, said the Chief Minister, appealing to all Punjabis to plant at least one fruit tree each in their homes.

The Chief Minister announced the release of 32 prisoners and remission of term for another 2952 to mark the occasion. The Government of Punjab has decided to set up a Committee under ACS (Home), with Principal Secretary (Jails), DG Intelligence & ADGP (Jails) as members, to review all cases of prisoners who have had good conduct and can be considered for early release. The Committee shall submit its report in 60 days.

It is also proposed to build a Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji Marg, to be finalized by the Group of Experts from Department of Religious Studies, which has been assigned the task to study and propose alignment for the same.

The foundation stones laid today relate to 3 High-Level bridges and 2 Foot Over Bridges (Rs. 24 crore), High Level bridge on creek of river Beas (Rs 13 crore), New Rest House at Sultanpur Lodhi (Rs. 5 crore), Widening of Plan Roads (Rs. 42 crores), Special Repair of Plan Roads (Rs 38 crores). All these works shall be completed by July 2019.

The others are development projects being undertaken by Department of Local Government for Upgradation of Civic Infrastructure in Municipal Council, New Bus Stand and Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) & other sewerage works in Sultanpur Lodhi, besides Upgradation of Civic Infrastructure in Municipal Council in Batala & Dera Baba Nanak. All three towns are associated with the first Sikh Guru.

The Chief Minister has also announced a Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana, under which 43 Lakh families would be brought under insurance cover of Rs 5 Lakh at a cost of Rs 371 Crores, w.e.f January 1, 2019.

The State Government has also embarked upon an ambitious programme to spruce up the village infrastructure under Smart Village Campaign (SVC) in a phased manner, across the state, at a cost of Rs. 1000 crore in the first phase. Wide variety of developmental works (like sewerage system, paving of streets, gym, parks, CCTV, village Secretariat etc.) shall be taken up in these villages over the next 3.5 years. 

The project’s aim, said the Chief Minister, is to make the villages self- sustaining by creating an environment to enable the local communities to achieve their capabilities through contextually appropriate technologies, systems, structures and processes.

Besides, 36 villages and 11 Nagar Panchayats visited by Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji have been identified for development at Rs. 150 crore, announced the Chief Minister.

An Institute of Inter-faith Studies will be set up at GNDU, Amritsar (Rs. 510 crore), while Pind Babe Nanak Da museum will be established at Sultanpur Lodhi to commemorate the historic occasion, said the Chief Minister.

Captain Amarinder also announced Bebe Nanki College for Girls in Village Mahablipur, 5 KM from Sultanpur Lodhi, in addition to a project for lining and cleaning of Kali Bein, to be undertaken in Sultanpur Lodhi in association with Sant Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal Ji of “Ek Onkar Charitable Trust” through Kar Seva.

A sum of Rs 180 crore has been allocated for upgradation of roads and bridges to improve connectivity to Sultanpur Lodhi with Majha, Doaba and Malwa areas, in order to cater to huge rush of Sangat expected to converge here during the celebrations. These works in and around Sultanpur Lodhi Kapurthala shall be completed by 30.09.2019.

A Government Medical College and Super-Speciality Hospital will be established at Village Kotli Nangal in District Gurdaspur for Rs. 400 crore, in PPP mode (to be completed by 2021), and Sri Guru Nanak Devji Centre for Invention, Innovation, Incubation & Training (CIIIT) will be established as a Hub in Main Campus of PTU at Kapurthala, with a Spoke to be developed in Village Jabbowal, Sultanpur Lodhi (total Rs 739 crore). 

A Guru Nanak Dev Ji Auditorium in PTU Kapurthala and a Bio-diversity Park and Village Kanjli, District Kapurthala are among the other projects announced by the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister said the railway station at Sultanpur Lodhi would also be upgraded, as announced by the Ministry of Railways, GoI, which had acceded to the state government’s request on the issue. He also welcomed the Centre’s decision to release commemorative coins and stamp to mark the commemoration.

Punjab CM launches year-long Prakash Purb celebrations with call for unity

  • Thanks Indian, Pak govts for Kartarpur corridor, assures all support for timely completion
  • Dr. Manmohan Singh urges all to rise above hatred, communalism to celebrate events together

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“Nanak Naam Chardi Kalan, Tere Bhaane Sarbat Da Bhala!” With these words, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday launched the year-long celebrations of the 550th Parkash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, calling upon all people to set aside their religious and political differences to join his government in making the commemorative events memorable. 

Addressing a large gathering here, the Chief Minister greeted one and all on the auspicious occasion of Gurpurab and exhorted the people to reconnect with the teachings, principles and ideals enunciated by Guru Ji. He invited people from across the world to participate in the celebrations. 

Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, along with various other prominent Congress leaders, including AICC Secretary Asha Kumari and PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar, were also present on the auspicious occasion.  

Governor VP Singh Badnore joined the year-long celebrate launch ceremony and inaugurated an exhibition – `From Rabab to Nagara’, curated by historian Dr. Mohinder Singh, director of Delhi-based National Institute of Punjab Studies. 

002Promising that his government would do its best to observe this occasion in a befitting manner, the Chief Minister said the the state government considered itself fortunate to be given the opportunity to observe the historic event in Punjab. The government will observe the event as a non-political and bi-partisan affair, he said, appealing to all people to shed their political and other differences to come together to observe this event.  

Today, considerations of caste, creed, inequality are again rampant in our society, he lamented, adding that “We need to rise above these on the path shown by Guru Sahib.” If Punjab has to regain its number one position in the country, we need to maintain bhai-chara and saanjh and not get divided on different lines, asserted the Chief Minister.

Captain Amarinder said his Government would also welcome and respect the valuable suggestions from the Sangat, and would leave no stone unturned to make the event an occasion to cherish and remember.

Recalling the various submissions made by his government to the Prime Minister for supporting the state’s initiative for the special events, the Chief Minister thanked Narendra Modi, and the Government of India, for acceding to the requests of the State Government on behalf of the people of Punjab and Punjabis living across the world.

Captain Amarinder also congratulated all Punjabis on the Centre’s decision to develop the Kartarpur corridor, saying a long pending demand of Punjab was on the verge of fulfilment on November 26, when he would join the President of India to lay the foundation stone for the corridor. He also thanked the Government of Pakistan for reciprocating on the issue and said his government will also contribute, as may be required, to ensure timely completion of the project.

The Chief Minister said money would be no constraint for the various development and welfare projects launched/announced by him today, to ensure befitting commemoration of the historic celebrations.

Addressing the gathering, Dr. Manmohan Singh expressed gratitude to Captain Amarinder and his government for giving him the opportunity to be part of this special moment. He expressed the hope that all would rise above the petty considerations of communalism and hatred to celebrate the event in a befitting manner.

The former prime minister cautioned people against attempts by communal forces to divide the nation, and exhorted them to participate in the year-long celebration with full enthusiasm and gaiety, regardless of caste, colour, creed and religion.

Governor Badnore said it was a matter of pride for him to be part of the auspicious occasion. He called for universal brotherhood as the key message of the commemorative events.

In his address, Jakhar congratulated Captain Amarinder for the Centre’s decision to develop the Kartarpur corridor.

Speaking on the occasion, Bab Sarabjot Singh of the Bedi Sant Samaaj appealed for unity for observing this historic moment, and termed the occasion as an opportunist given by the Akal Purukh to send a message of unity throughout the world.

Ex cricketer Kapil Dev presented his book, `We the Sikhs around the world’, relating to 100 Gurdwaras across the globe, to Dr Manmohan Singh, Badnore and Capt Amarinder.

Prominent amongst others present on the occasion included in charge Punjab Congress Affairs Asha Kumari, various cabinet ministers including Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Manpreet Singh Badal,  Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, OP soni,  Rana Gurmit Singh, Vijay Inder Singla, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot,  and Charanjit Singh Channi,  MP Amritsar Gurjit Singh Aujla, along with members of Sant Samaaj were also present on the occasion, along with CM’s Media Advisor Raveen Thukral and MLAs,  Navtej Singh Cheema, Rana Gurjit Singh, Sangat Singh Gilzian, Darshan Singh Brat, Ramanjit Singh Sikki, Hardev Singh Sikki, Sushil Kumar Rinku, Kulbir Singh Zira, and Davinder Singh Ghubaya.


Buoyed by the investor friendly initiatives of the state government, coupled with the incentives provided by the Industrial and Business Development Policy -2017, Invest Punjab has received 55 Common Application Forms (CAFs) with proposed investment amount worth Rs 21,536 crores and employment generation of 30,700 within just 10 days after the launch of the ‘Business First Portal’.
Out of the 55 applications, 29 have been received from Ludhiana and Mohali and the remaining from other districts across the state. As many as 44 CAFs are with an investment of more than one crore and 11 CAFs with investment of less than one crore.
On the directives of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, this unique initiative was taken by Invest Punjab to give further impetus to boost ease of doing business in the state. This pro-investor initiative will pave the way for further promoting industrial development in the state.
UntitledWith this initiative, the State Government will be able to ease the regulatory burden on the investors in the state. In the Business First Portal, approvals for applications of investors having more than 1 Crore Fixed Capital Investment (FCI) will be given by Punjab Bureau of Investment Promotion and for applications upto Rs. 1 Crores FCI will be given at the district level.
Portal launched by Captain Amarinder Singh on November 6, as a single-window clearance resource, will provide an independent interface to investors for their industrial grievance redressal, feedback and suggestions, the state-of-the-art online facility will further help in bringing fiscal incentives to investors in a time-bound manner under the Industrial and Development Policy-2017.
The portal will also be instrumental in creating enormous job opportunities through the establishment of new industrial ventures across the state, thus propelling the government’s ambitious ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar’ scheme.
Notably, a slew of lucrative initiatives and incentives taken by the Captain Amarinder Singh’s government had already boosted business sentiment among industry, as reflected in the fact that investment of over Rs. 10,000 crores had been secured in the past 20 months, since the incumbent Government took over in March, 2017.