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

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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.

BUSINESS FIRST PORTAL ATTRACTS INVESTMENT PROPOSALS WORTH THOUSAND CRORES WITHIN FEW DAYS OF LAUNCH

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.

CAPT AMARINDER INAUGURATES 100-BEDDED CANCER HOSPITAL, ANNOUNCES ONCOLOGY TRAINING CENTRE IN SANGRUR

REVIEWS PROGRESS OF MULLANPUR CANCER HOSPITAL, DIRECTS ITS COMPLETION BY DIWALI NEXT YEAR



IMG_20181112_130925Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday inaugurated the 100 -bedded ultra-modern Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital in Sangrur, to take forward his government’s mission to provide affordable cancer care to the people of Punjab.

IMG_20181112_131721.jpgThe Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital in Sangrur has been established in association with the State Government, which has also planned a state-of-the-art Oncology Training Centre at the newly inaugurated hospital, said the Chief Minister, who was accompanied by Health Minister Brahm Mohindra and PWD Minister Vijay Inder Singla. 

The Chief Minister also launched a Cancer Prevention Programme for Sangrur district, under which intensive health education on the risk factors and preventive measures of the disease (Cervix, Oral and Breast Cancer) and easy access for diagnosis and treatment, would be provided to the people at their doorsteps.

IMG_20181112_131417The Chief Minister, who later reviewed the 300-bedded Tata Cancer Hospital being constructed at Mullanpur near Chandigarh, said the facility be made functional by next Diwali. He directed the concerned officials to expedite the construction of the hospital.

Captain Amarinder further said that a tertiary cancer care centre at Fazilka was being constructed at a cost of Rs. 29 crore, which would be operational by September 2019. Besides, a Rs 114 crore State Cancer Institute would be set up at Amritsar. The Chief Minister also announced Rs. 7 crore for Sangrur Civil Hospital.  

IMG_20181112_131259Accompanied by Brahm Mohindra and Vijay Inder Singla, the Chief Minister also went around the new Cancer Hospital to check out the facilities, and interacted with doctors and other medical staff. The health minister said the Punjab Government had taken concerted steps to strengthen the healthcare facilities and infrastructure in Government hospitals. He said that 588 doctors would shortly be joining the health department, and they would be posted near their residential places to enable them to render their whole-hearted services to the patients. The Minister also said that all tests of Tuberculosis and Hepatitis-C besides Dialysis facility were being provided free of cost in all 22 Government hospitals.  He disclosed that the Government was working on a Clinical Establishment Act to regulate the services of private hospitals.

Singla recalled his maiden meeting with Director Tata Memorial Hospital Padma Shri Dr. R.A. Badwe on the directions of the then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for establishing cancer hospital in Sangrur. He said the hospital would provide 66 percent subsidy on medicines, tests on nominal rates, and free treatment after detection of disease. 

Dr. R.A. Badwe, in his address, said the Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital had been running five B.Sc courses through Baba Farid University of Health Sciences and one Master of Science in Histopath was being added from this academic year. He further added that B.Sc ICU and Diploma on Oncology Nursing will be added from next year.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister also honoured Anup Gupta from HPCL, Charanjit Singh of HMEC, Ravinder Singh Nanda of IOC, Munish Garg and Anoop Singla for their services for the welfare of cancer patients.

Meanwhile, reviewing the progress of the Mullanpur hospital in Chandigarh later, the Chief Minister assured the Director of Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai of all support and assistance to ensure timely completion of the Rs. 664 Crore project.

Expressing concern over the high incidence of cancer in the state, especially in southern Punjab, the Chief Minister asked Dr. Badhwe to further intensify their efforts to prepare database of cancer patients suffering from various types of cancer, with early screening to ensure timely detection and treatment.

Captain Amarinder Singh also asked the Health Minister Brahm Mohindra to explore the possibility of engaging companies supplying medical equipment and infrastructure to the Government hospitals free of cost to further augment state’s efforts to ensure affordable and hassle-free treatment to the poor and needy. He also asked the Health Minister to rope in various philanthropic, NGOs, religious and social organisations for this purpose.

The review meeting was attended amongst others by CM’s Chief Principal Secretary Suresh Kumar and ACS Housing & Urban Development Vini Mahajan.