ਸਹਿਕਾਰੀ ਸਭਾ ਬੇਗਮਪੁਰ ਬਣੀ ਪਰਾਲੀ ਦੇ ਨਿਪਟਾਰੇ ਲਈ ਮਾਰਗਦਰਸ਼ਕ

  • ਚਾਰ ਸਾਲਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਪਰਾਲੀ ਦਾ ਆਧੁਨਿਕ ਮਸ਼ੀਨਰੀ ਨਾਲ ਨਿਪਟਾਰਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਪੰਜ ਪਿੰਡਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਧੂੰਆਂ ਰਹਿਤ ਬਣਾਇਆ 
  • ਬੇਗਮਪੁਰ, ਜਾਫ਼ਰਪੁਰ, ਹੁਸੈਨ ਚੱਕ, ਸਲੋਹ ਤੇ ਹਿਆਲਾ ’ਚੋਂ ਪਰਾਲੀ ਨੂੰ ਅੱਗ ਲਾਉਣ ਦੀ ਰਵਾਇਤ ਖਤਮ
  • ਹਰ ਸਾਲ 12 ਤੋਂ 14 ਹਜ਼ਾਰ ਕੁਇੰਟਲ ਪਰਾਲੀ ਖੇਤਾਂ ’ਚ ਸੜਨ ਤੋਂ ਬਚਾਈ ਜਾਂਦੀ ਹੈ 


123ਪੰਜਾਬ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਵਿੱਢੇ ਪਰਾਲੀ ਦੇ ਨਿਪਟਾਰੇ ਦੇ ਯਤਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਨਵਾਂਸ਼ਹਿਰ ਦੀ ਸਹਿਕਾਰੀ ਖੇਤੀਬਾੜੀ ਸਭਾ ਬੇਗਮਪੁਰ ਨੇ ਆਪਣੀ ਪਹਿਲਕਦਮੀ ਨਾਲ ਇਸ ਢੰਗ ਨਾਲ ਅਪਣਾਇਆ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਅੱਜ ਸਭਾ ਦੀਆਂ ਕੋਸ਼ਿਸ਼ਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਆਲੇ ਦੁਆਲੇ ਦੇ ਪੰਜ ਪਿੰਡਾਂ ਬੇਗਮਪੁਰ, ਜਾਫ਼ਰਪੁਰ, ਹੁਸੈਨ ਚੱਕ, ਸਲੋਹ, ਹਿਆਲਾ ਤੇ ਕਰਿਆਮ ’ਚ ਪਰਾਲੀ ਨੂੰ ਅੱਗ ਲਾਉਣ ਦੀ ਰਵਾਇਤ ਲਗਪਗ ਖਤਮ ਹੋਣ ਦੇ ਕੰਢੇ ਪੁੱਜ ਗਈ ਹੈ। ਸਭਾ ਆਪਣੀ ਇਸ ਕਾਮਯਾਬੀ ਨਾਲ ਹੋਰਨਾਂ ਸਭਾਵਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਪਿੰਡਾਂ ਲਈ ਮਾਰਗਦਰਸ਼ਕ ਬਣ ਗਈ ਹੈ।

ਸਕੱਤਰ ਅਮਰੀਕ ਸਿੰਘ ਦੱਸਦੇ ਹਨ ਕਿ ਨਵੰਬਰ 2013 ’ਚ ਤਤਕਾਲੀ ਡਿਪਟੀ ਕਮਿਸ਼ਨਰ ਸ੍ਰੀਮਤੀ ਅਨਿੰਦਿਤਾ ਮਿਤਰਾ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਜ਼ਿਲ੍ਹੇ ’ਚ ਕਿਸੇ ਇੱਕ ਸਭਾ ਨੂੰ ਬੇਲਰ ਦੇ ਤਜਰਬੇ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਅੱਗੇ ਆਉਣ ਲਈ ਪੁੱਛਿਆ ਗਿਆ ਸੀ।  ਉਸ ਵਕਤ ਸਹਿਕਾਰੀ ਖੇਤੀਬਾੜੀ ਸਭਾ ਬੇਗਮਪੁਰ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਪਹਿਲ ਕਦਮੀ ਕਰਦਿਆਂ ਜ਼ਿਲ੍ਹੇ ਦਾ ਪਹਿਲਾ ਬੇਲਰ ਤੇ ਰੇਕਰ ਲੈਣ ਦੀ ਹਾਮੀ ਭਰੀ ਗਈ ਸੀ। ਉਸ ਮੌਕੇ ਕ੍ਰਿਸ਼ੀ ਵਿਗਿਆਨ ਕੇਂਦਰ ਲੰਗੜੋਆ ਵਿਖੇ ਤਤਕਾਲੀ ਡਿਪਟੀ ਕਮਿਸ਼ਨਰ ਦੀ ਮੌਜੂਦਗੀ ’ਚ 25 ਨਵੰਬਰ ਨੂੰ ਮਸ਼ੀਨ ਦਾ ਟ੍ਰਾਇਲ ਵੀ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਸੀ। ਉਸ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਅਦ ਲਗਾਤਾਰ ਬੇਲਰ ਮਸ਼ੀਨ ਆਲੇ ਦੁਆਲੇ ਦੇ ਪਿੰਡਾਂ ’ਚ ਪਰਾਲੀ ਨੂੰ ਸਾੜਨ ਤੋਂ ਰੋਕਣ ਵਿੱਚ ਵੱਡਾ ਯੋਗਦਾਨ ਪਾ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ।

ਆਪਣੀ ਇਸ ਪਹਿਲ ਕਦਮੀ ਸਦਕਾ ਇਸ ਸੁਸਾਇਟੀ ਨੂੰ ਪੀ.ਏ.ਯੂ. ਵਿਖੇ ਹੋਏ ਸਹਿਕਾਰਤਾ ਸਪਤਾਹ ਸਮਾਗਮ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਸਿਹਤ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਮਹਿੰਦਰਾ ਪਾਸੋਂ ਰਾਜ ਪੱਧਰੀ ਪੁਰਸਕਾਰ ਹਾਸਲ ਹੋ ਚੁੱਕਾ ਹੈ।

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ਸਹਿਕਾਰੀ ਖੇਤੀਬਾੜੀ ਸਭਾ ਬੇਗਮਪੁਰ ਦੀ ਬੇਲਰ ਮਸ਼ੀਨ ਜੋ ਕਿ ਆਲੇ-ਦੁਆਲੇ ਦੇ ਪੰਜ ਪਿੰਡਾਂ ’ਚ ਝੋਨੇ ਦੀ ਪਰਾਲੀ ਸਾੜਨ ਤੋਂ ਰੋਕਣ ’ਚ ਝੰਡਾਬਰਦਾਰ ਬਣੀ ।

ਅਮਰੀਕ ਸਿੰਘ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਉਸ ਮੌਕੇ 13.10 ਲੱਖ ਰੁਪਏ ਮੁੱਲ ਦੀ ਇਸ ਮਸ਼ੀਨ ’ਤੇ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਕਿਸਾਨ ਕਮਿਸ਼ਨ ਪਾਸੋਂ 40 ਫ਼ੀਸਦੀ ਸਬਸਿਡੀ ਵੀ ਮਿਲੀ ਸੀ। ਉਸ ਦਾ ਕਹਿਣਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਮਸ਼ੀਨ ਤੋਂ ਆਉਣ ਵਾਲਾ ਮੁਨਾਫ਼ਾ ਪਹਿਲੇ ਸਾਲ ਢਾਈ ਲੱਖ ਤੋਂ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਹੋ ਕੇ ਚੌਥੇ ਸਾਲ ਸਾਢੇ ਤਿੰਨ ਲੱਖ ’ਤੇ ਪੁੱਜ ਚੁੱਕਾ ਹੈ। ਮਸ਼ੀਨ ’ਤੇ ਲਾਇਆ ਲਾਗਤ ਮੁੱਲ ਵੀ ਮੁੜ ਆਇਆ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਹਰ ਸਾਲ 12000 ਤੋਂ 14000 ਕੁਇੰਟਲ ਝੋਨੇ ਦੀ ਪਰਾਲੀ ਤੇ ਗੰਨੇ ਦੀ ਖੋਰੀ, ਮਸ਼ੀਨ ਰਾਹੀਂ ਇਕੱਠੀ ਕਰਕੇ ਬਾਇਓ ਮਾਸ ਪਲਾਂਟ ਬਿੰਜੋ (ਗੜ੍ਹਸ਼ੰਕਰ ਨੇੜੇ) ਭੇਜੀ ਜਾਂਦੀ ਹੈ। 

ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੱਸਿਆ ਕਿ ਬੇਲਰ ਮਸ਼ੀਨ ਆਉਣ ਨਾਲ ਜਿੱਥੇ ਸਭਾ ਦੀ ਆਮਦਨੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਵਾਧਾ ਹੋਇਆ ਹੈ ਉੱਥੇ ਹਰ ਸਾਲ 22 ਵਿਅਕਤੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਰੋਜ਼ਗਾਰ ਵੀ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ ਜਿਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਬੇਲਰ ਅਪਰੇਟਰ ਤੇ ਪਰਾਲੀ ਦੀਆਂ ਗੱਠਾਂ ਬੰਨ੍ਹਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਸ਼ਾਮਿਲ ਹਨ। ਇਸ ਤੋਂ ਇਲਾਵਾ 5 ਟ੍ਰੈਕਟਰ-ਟ੍ਰਾਲੀ ਹਰ ਸਾਲ 35 ਰੁਪਏ ਪ੍ਰਤੀ ਕੁਇੰਟਲ ਦੇ ਢੋਆ-ਢੁਆਈ ਰੇਟ ’ਤੇ ਇਸ ਕਿੱਤੇ ਤੋਂ ਰੋਜ਼ਗਾਰ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਨ। ਹਰ ਸਾਲ 550 ਤੋਂ 630 ਏਕੜ ਝੋਨੇ ਦੀ ਪਰਾਲੀ ਤੇ 100 ਏਕੜ ਦੇ ਕਰੀਬ ਗੰਨੇ ਦੀ ਖੋਰੀ ਬਿੰਜੋ ਪਹੁੰਚਾਈ ਜਾਂਦੀ ਹੈ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦਾ ਕਹਿਣਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਸਭਾ ਤੋਂ ਉਤਸ਼ਾਹਿਤ ਹੋ ਕੇ ਸੰਧਵਾਂ ਦੇ ਇੱਕ ਕਿਸਾਨ ਜਗਦੇਵ ਸਿੰਘ ਨੇ ਚਾਰ ਬੇਲਰ ਮਸ਼ੀਨਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਜਾਫ਼ਰਪੁਰ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਦੀਪ ਤੇ ਕੁਲਦੀਪ ਨੇ ਦੋ ਬੇਲਰ ਮਸ਼ੀਨਾਂ ਲੈ ਆਪਣਾ ਰੋਜ਼ਗਾਰ ਚਲਾਇਆ ਹੋਇਆ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਪਰਾਲੀ ਦਾ ਨਿਪਟਾਰਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਵਾਤਾਵਰਣ ਨੂੰ ਪਲੀਤ ਹੋਣ ਤੋਂ ਬਚਾਉਣ ’ਚ ਸਹਿਯੋਗ ਦੇ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ।

ਸਹਿਕਾਰੀ ਸਭਾ ਬੇਗਮਪੁਰ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਪਰਾਲੀ ਸੜਨੋ ਬਚਾਉਣ ਦੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਪਹਿਲੇ ਉਪਰਾਲੇ ਨੂੰ ਮਿਲੀ ਸਫ਼ਲਤਾ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਅਦ ਪਰਾਲੀ ਦਾ ਖੇਤ ’ਚ ਨਿਪਟਾਰਾ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲੇ 9 ਹੋਰ ਸੰਦ ਜਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ’ਚ ਰੋਟਾਵੇਟਰ, ਐਮ. ਬੀ. ਪਲਾਓ (ਉਲਟਾਵਾਂ ਹਲ), ਮਲਚਰ, ਹੈਪੀ ਸੀਡਰ, ਕਟਰ ਆਦਿ ਸ਼ਾਮਿਲ ਹਨ, ਵੀ ਲਏ ਗਏ ਹਨ, ਜਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਲਾਗਤ ਮੁੱਲ 8 ਲੱਖ ਰੁਪਏ ’ਤੇ 80 ਫ਼ੀਸਦੀ ਦੀ ਸਬਸਿਡੀ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਪਾਸੋਂ ਮਿਲਣੀ ਹੈ।

ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਮਿਸ਼ਨ ਤੰਦਰੁਸਤ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਤਹਿਤ ਪਰਾਲੀ ਦਾ ਸਾੜੇ ਬਿਨਾਂ ਮਸ਼ੀਨੀਕਰਣ ਰਾਹੀਂ ਨਿਪਟਾਰਾ ਬਹੁਤ ਹੀ ਵਧੀਆ ਯਤਨ ਹੈ ਜਿਸ ਨਾਲ ਜਿੱਥੇ ਵਾਤਾਵਰਣ ਪਲੀਤ ਹੋਣ ਤੋਂ ਬਚੇਗਾ ਉੱਥੇ ਜ਼ਮੀਨ ਦਾ ਉਪਜਾਊਪਣ ਵੀ ਵਧੇਗਾ।

ਅਮਰੀਕ ਸਿੰਘ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਪਰਾਲੀ ਨਾ ਸਾੜਨ ਦਾ ਸੁਨੇਹਾ ਦੇਣ ਲਈ ਪਿਛਲੇ ਸਾਲ ਗਾਇਕ ਵਿੱਕੀ ਮਹਿੰਦੀਪੁਰ ਦੀ ਅਵਾਜ਼ ’ਚ ਆਪਣਾ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਗੀਤ ‘ਸਾਰੇ ਰਲ ਕੇ ਕਸਮਾਂ ਖਾਈਏ, ਕਦੀ ਵੀ ਨਾੜ ਨਾ ਸਾੜਾਂਗੇ’ ਵੀ ਜਾਰੀ ਕਰ ਚੁੱਕੇ ਹਨ ਤਾਂ ਜੋ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਹਰ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਮਾਧਿਅਮ ਰਾਹੀਂ ਪਰਾਲੀ ਸਾੜਨ ਤੋਂ ਰੋਕਿਆ ਜਾ ਸਕੇ।

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Strengthening infrastructure and inclusive progress of the people

For the progress and prosperity of the state, Punjab government has taken various initiatives to strengthen the infrastructure and provide inclusive growth to the people of the state. Punjab government has emphasised that in the coming months the state will witness inclusive development on a massive scale as the government has chalked out its agenda to develop the state socially and economically.

Punjab government’s ‘Progressive Punjab Investor Summit-2015’ which was held recently at ISB Mohali was a grand success, investors from across the globe had shown tremendous interest in making investments in the state which would result in strengthening the infrastructure as well as ensuring job avenues for 2.5 lakh youth. The state government has announced a slew of tax exemptions for the food processing sector and investments made in this sector would benefit the state’s farmers too. Setting up of IT hub in Mohali will provide great job opportunities to the youth of the state who move out in order to find suitable jobs. The state government has also tied up with various companies to setup skill training centres, the government is focused to train the youth and make them skilled, so that where ever they go they can easily find jobs. With such initiatives Punjab will soon become the most skilled state of the nation.

Punjab is the only state where every village, town and city is connected through a brilliant road network. The state is focused on broadening the road network from 4 to 6 lanes and will provide best connectivity to the citizens of the state in terms of road, air and rail.

Punjab government is inviting farmers to generate power from non-conventional energy resources; the state government is encouraging farmers to generate power from residue of crops besides devoting special attention to commissioning new biomass based plants. Solar plants are one of the major sources of production of clean and green electricity, farmers of the state and various companies has shown keen interest in setting up solar plants in the state which will benefit the progress of the state and its citizens to a great extent.

Punjab government would release funds constituency wise in the rural and urban areas to carry out developmental works like – roads, clean drinking water, lights, sewerage etc. The state government will soon advertise a total of 1 lakh jobs in keeping with its policy of providing employment to youth of the state.

Indeed Punjab is moving at a rapid rate by implementing every policy effectively and efficiently, focusing on the inclusive growth of the state and its citizens.

New cashless insurance scheme for Punjab government employees and pensioners

Punjab government has declared that the cashless health insurance scheme will now be known as Punjab government employees and pensioner health insurance scheme (PGEPHIS), which will cover all indoor medical treatment expenses, specified day care procedure and treatment of chronic diseases as specified by the government, this scheme will be applicable to all government employees (whether covered under old or new pension scheme) and pensioners on compulsory basis.

The state government said that PGEPHIS will cover all the entitlement as specified under the state services rule 1940, this scheme will insure cashless all in door medical treatment, pre or post hospitalisation as defined, day care procedure requiring less than 24 hours hospitalisation and OPD medical expenses relating to chronic disease up to a sum of Rs. 3 lakh per family per year on floater basis. Medicines for chronic diseases are also available on cashless basis from designated stores and hospitals in every district and block. All pre existing disease will be also covered.

Punjab government said that the treatment can be availed by any enrolled beneficiary in government or empanelled hospitals of Punjab, Chandigarh, Gurgaon, Noida and Delhi. The state government said that no reimbursement will be available to employee/pensioner in the Punjab, Chandigarh and Panchkula region where cashless treatment is available. However, employee/pensioner can claim reimbursement for medical treatment taken in any other state in India in exceptional circumstances; the insurance company will reimburse the bill of employee up to 3 lakh as per the package rate defined under the scheme.

Since the cashless medical treatment is made available to employee/pensioners through insurance company, there are certain treatments which are not covered under health insurance as per the insurance regulatory and development authority of India (IRDA). Details of such exclusions are available in the scheme uploaded on website of the health department of Punjab www.pbhealth.gov.in. The reimbursement of such exclusion will be made available to employee/pensioners as per existing policy and states service rule 1940 as amended from time to time. The state government also said that any treatment taken abroad will not be covered under this scheme; any public servant/pensioner before going abroad may take overseas insurance cover, premium of such insurance cover will be borne by employee/pensioner. If any public servant is going on government tour, premium of such overseas insurance will be borne by the employee pensioner.

The State Government has selected oriental insurance company through tendering .The insurance company will make buffer of Rs. 25 crore for meeting out expenses over and above Rs. 3 lakh and cashless insurance to any employee/pensioner will be available beyond Rs. 3 lakh, subject to the availability of the buffer.

Punjab government stated that the enrollment under this scheme will start from immediate effect and will be completed by 31 December 2015. The employees/pensioner will be entitled for fixed medical allowance as per the existing pattern to cover the routine OPD expenditure. Any employee/pensioner can take any kind of information related to as Punjab Government Employees and Pensioner Health Insurance Scheme (PGEPHIS) and can also register their complaint at medical helpline number 104.

Better Connectivity for Better Business

For a business to flourish and reach heights, one of the primary things that need to be taken care of is connectivity. Punjab is among the few states in the nation that enjoy great connectivity through roads, railway and air. This is one of the major reasons that Invest Punjab is getting huge acceptance and investors from across the world are ready to come and invest in Punjab.

Amritsar Kolkata Industrial Corridor (ADKIC) is an economic corridor in India that connects Amritsar to Kolkata via Delhi. It was developed by Government of India and is aimed at developing an Industrial Zone spanning across seven states in the country. Other cities of Punjab including Jalandhar and Ludhiana are also connected via the corridor, which give huge boost to trade. Accompanied by state-of-the-art infrastructure, Punjab happens to be one of the finest destinations in India to do business.

Punjab boasts of highest road densities in India at 133 km per 100 sq km. There are plans to further improve the road infrastructure with construction of that will connect all the major towns of Punjab. The government has also outlined 11 projects with estimated investment of ₹ 2,900 crore (US$ 483 mn) and a total length of 567 km under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) method. Among the ongoing projects are Ladowal bypass, Ludhiana with a total investment of ₹ 400 crores and a total length of 17 Km and four laining of Ropar – Phagwara road with a total investment of ₹ 1100 crores and a length of 89 Km. The state of Punjab is connected well to north and north eastern markets region that house over 40% of Indian population.

Besides, Punjab has enormous rail network. That proves to be of huge benefit when it comes to cargo transfer and trade. Further, Punjab is the smallest state in the country and first in North India to have two international airports at Amritsar and Mohali. Other than being a boon to NRIs of North India, these airports help in easy movement of freight across states and countries.

Punjab Government is very keen on developing the state as a whole to make it leading in all sectors including industry and business. Many significant steps have been taken in this direction and development of better connectivity one major among these. The ‘food bowl of India’ will soon be a hub of IT and industries and a perfect destination for trade and business.

Punjab emerges as ideal destination for Food and Agro Processing

The proud ‘Food Bowl of India’ is one of the most prosperous states of India. The state government has been paying a lot of attention to development of state in all aspects and has launched a number of projects for the same. Punjab is leading producer of crops across the country with two to three crops cultivated every year. In addition, 98% of the cultivable land has access to highly mechanized practices and great irrigation network.

Food-ProcessingAbundant food crops production has give way to agro and food processing industry in the state. Robust infrastructure and well developed ecosystem makes the state a good destination for the industry. Food production lays foundation for industries related to agriculture, processing, supply chain and sales. Vast agriculture of the state is a great opportunity of industries including crop husbandry, fertilizers and pesticides, modern farm machinery and equipment, plant tissue culture, micro irrigation techniques and high quality and disease/pest resistant seed production.

Also, there is abundant opportunity in processing industry for secondary and tertiary levels of processing of food grains and processing of fruits and vegetables, cotton, milk, animal, fish and meat products. Similarly, in supply chain industry there is opportunity for cold chain infrastructure, warehouses, silos and other supply chain components. Sales industry has access to large domestic market and exports through international gateways.

Government has taken opportunity to initiate food and agro processing industries in Punjab and there are several projects going on at present. A Food park is being operated by ITC at Kapurthala. It is an Integrated Foods Manufacturing cum Logistics Facility, set up on an area of 65 acres. Another food park will be setup at at Ladhowal, Ludhiana on 100 acres of land by the Punjab Govt. through PAIC in accordance with the guidelines of Ministry of Food Processing Industries, GOI. This facility will provide provide modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market. A Mega Food Park at Fazilka is a a multi-dimensional food processing infrastructure facility. Spread over 56 acres of land at Dabwala Kalan, this park is close to highway and is operated by International Mega Food Park Ltd (IMFPL).

One Stop Clearance

invest punjabPunjab government’s “one stop clearance” policy has emerged as an outstanding investment promotion policy which will make Punjab the most preferred investment destination of the country. It has been designed to cut red tape and provide single stop clearance for all 27 requirements including pollution clearances, change of land use, power application, factory act clearance, self certification etc. online with the single click of mouse.

Punjab government has established Punjab bureau of investment promotion (PBIP) which will act as a single point of contact for all investors. This will help in eliminating multiple points of contacts and applications and will provide essential government clearances. Investors can visit the PBIP website (www.investpunjab.gov.in/) and can create a login identification and password which will help them in tracking the online applications and approvals within the fixed time lines. PBIP has facilitated the prospective investors by online application submission with a single centralized application form and online gateways for payment of application/ service fee.

Investors can now do self attestation of documents, so the hassle of getting it attested from different government officials has been removed. The state government has removed the process of redundant clearance, inspections and certifications and has allowed third party certifications by professionals. Punjab government has also set a standardized mechanism for grievance redressal where the prospective investor can submit their grievance at info@investpunjab.gov.in and action will be taken within 15 days.

From the moment the investor applies through common application form, the bureau keeps the investor in loop regarding various project initiating stages or in case any further information or documents are required. A full transparent method is used where the investor is informed about every single detail.

The PBIP serves as a single point of contact for giving all regulatory clearances and applicable fiscal incentives and assist the investor in setting up the project.

Abundant Power at Competitive Prices

Punjab is among the top states of the country which has seen major developments in past few years. The state has achieved a level which was unimaginable at one point of time. Amongst other, one of the major developments is making Punjab a power surplus state. The state government has taken major steps to ensure quality power to industrial and domestic users at competitive prices. Significant strides have been taken by the state to increase the power production including development of three new power plants.

punjab electrictyPioneer in developing a state-level 400 KV Ring Main System to improve power quality and its supply, Punjab has invested over ₹ 4,400 crore (US$ 730 mn) in the last three years to build up the transmission and distribution systems. State has focused largely on production of solar power making it a huge phenomenon. An investment of ₹ 800 cr (US$ 133 mn) has been made during 2014-15 for allocation of a 100 MW capacity grid connected power project. In 2012-13, the State allocated projects for generation of 250 MW of grid connected solar power plants.

In addition, Bio Mass Projects are being developed by the state. During the current year, 300 MW capacity biomass power projects with an average plant capacity of 10 MW each will be allocated. Estimated investment of ₹ 1,000 cr (US$ 167 mn) has been made for bio mass projects. Punjab has abundant supply of paddy straw available which is used along with other fuel technologies to produce power.

Further, Punjab will soon see a new 85 MW capacity mini-hydro power projects on Upper Bari Doab Canal (UBDC) system and its branch canals. The plant is expected to generate 5-15 MW of capacity individually. It shall be developed using an estimated investment of ₹ 1,000 cr (US$ 167 mn). The government is also giving a major push to Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Power Projects. Over 100,000 square meters of area is available on government buildings for the purpose.

With such huge projects undertaken by the government, the power surplus state of Punjab is now seen as an ideal destination for business and industry. Accompanied by state-of-the-art infrastructure, the state will soon be a torch bearer for rest of the states in the nation.