Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Punjab Government Makes Sure People Are Safe Near Border

On Thursday Punjab has started evacuating nearly 1,000 villages in the eight border districts of Punjab after Indian Army carried out surgical strikes across the LoC. The authorities are making arrangements for people who have been displaced. Residents of the villages are getting two options of either shifting to their relatives or stay at the camps set up in schools and community centers. Punjab government is making sure that villagers have least inconvenience and making sure they reach to safety ASAP.

"We were informed about the tactical strike on Thursday morning after which we started the evacuation process," Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said. "The Union home secretary has informed us of the possibility of retaliation. We have activated the state disaster management committee."

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has directed the chief secretary and director general of police to ask the deputy commissioners (DCs) and senior superintendents of police (SSPs) to oversee the entire evacuation process in the six border districts of Ferozepur, Fazilka, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur and Pathankot.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Ropar Farmer Gets Winning Crop Diversification Formula

Majority of farmers have been struggling to wriggle out of the vicious wheat-paddy cycle, Jinder Singh of Sandhua village, Punjab worked on developing a crop diversification model and have been successful in doing so.

Jinder Singh is 51 years old, owns 3 acres of land and earns upto 12 lakh per crop cycle. He has been awarded Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Krishi Puraskar by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research for raising his income substantially following skill development training. It isn’t his first time, in 2011 he was felicited by the Ropar administration and also been feted by the Punjab Agricultural University Kisan club for his diversification Program.  His journey began in 2002 when he attended a training camp organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra. He was struggling to make the ends meet. After the camp Jinder decided to experiment with crop diversification under supervision and sowed tomato, green chilli and capsicum. Results were great, his income surpassed what he had earned over the past 5 years.

“Since 2007, I have been sowing capsicum and cucumber in net-houses and getting 30 quintals and 25 quintals of yield per kanal.” 
Jinder says those who taunted him now seek his advice and buy plants from his nursery. “The nursery and bee-keeping have augmented my income.”

There, however, is no alternative to hard work and guidance from experts, says Jinder, who himself has undergone training eight times. 

Thursday, 15 September 2016

First International Flight takes off From Mohali International Airport

The wait is over, Mohali International Airport’s first international flight will take off on 15th September, and the inaugural flight is Air India Express to Sharjah.  Punjab’s  Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal along with his delegates which compromise of eight ministers and nine senior officers, will be present at the airport. 

The flight will take 3.15 hours to reach its destination.The inaugural flight is a 186-seat new Boeing aircraft with 737-800 economy seat will take off at 6:15 will land at 8pm after a travel time of 3hours and 15 minutes.

Everything has been taken care of from security to immigration. 12 immigration authorities has been set up, 6 each at arrival and departure. The standard of security at the airport is according to the international standards of security. A dedicated police station consisting of 20 policemen is at the premises and is already functioning. There are 300 personnel guard which will be increased in strength, there are well equipped commandos of Punjab police and is also guarded by CISF.

The name of the airport is yet to be decided, though the Punjab government has made up its mind to name the airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh. 

Monday, 12 September 2016

Punjab Leading In Textile and Hosiery Production

Punjab leads India in textile industry. Punjab has 1.8 percent of growth rate which is better than the nation’s growth rate.  This is due to the incentives that government provides people for entering this industry.

Punjabis are hardworking people, they have been excelling in agriculture and industrial sector both. Punjab’s industries be it textile, cycle or tractor is doing better than any other state of the country. People are very active here and with the help of government providing incentives, there is no stopping for people of Punjab. Punjab is well known for its textile and Hosiery manufacturing industry as manufacturing is done at largest scale with efficient machinery and labor. Spinning and Hosiery exports are other key elements which make it able for Punjab to top the nation in Textile based industry.

Ludhiana takes credit for all the industrial growth in the nation, Hosiery and readymade garments are produced here. Vardhman group is the largest contributor here.  JCT fabrics id produces in Phagwara city and Barnala is home to the Trident group, one the very eminent textile manufacturers.
Average gross domestic production of Punjab was around 50.9 Billion USD and a major role was played by textile industry alongside Agro based industry. Textile industry has been flourishing in the state and is providing employment to many people. The produces are not just exported to other states but exported abroad as well. 

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Punjab Government Is Helping The Farmers In Pest Control

The cultivation of cotton crops has been decreased in Bathinda compared to the last year because of the white fly attack on the cotton crops. Due to the extensive damage to cottom crops by the white fly, farmers in Punjab are left with no choice but to grow Kharif crops. Even the government has asked the farmers to grow mode paddy, growth of which is expected to go more than one lakh up by more according to a senior official of Punjab Agriculture Department. Punjab had set a target of 28.50 lakh hectares of paddy. “The main reason behind rise in paddy will be the drop in acreage under cotton crops as farmers will divert that area towards rice,”, he added

Though the recent rain has bought some relief for the farmers in Bathinda and Mansa districts as it will be able to reduce the whitefly attack. After discussions between the monitoring committees formed by the Chief Secretary on filed visits, farmers were made aware about barrier crops to save cotton from whitefly. Chief Secretary also formed an interstate panel compromising of 10 members from the neighboring states to evaluate the pest attack and take the required measures.

Government has been making amendments in order to provide some relief to the farmers. Different seeds has been recommended by the PAU and have been asked to launch a concerted drive in the specific areas to control the spread of white fly. With this persuasion campaign has been started among farmers to sow barrier crops, namely, maize, jowar and bajra to prevent from pest attack.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Health Department all set to curb Dengue

Dengue has been a problem for few years, it has been spreading in Punjab and it has affected the people of the state. This year the Health Department has been trying its best to avoid Dengue and take all precautionary measures. They have been carrying regular checking in possible Dengue prone places and carrying door-to-door campaigns to make people aware of the precautions and symptoms of Dengue so that people can guard themselves against the disease. They have also been carrying out drives to spread awareness among the residents to keep the surroundings clean and refrigerators, air conditioners, coolers clean and dry.

This is not it, the health department is also using Gambusia fish that eats up the larva spread around by dengue mosquitoes and multiplying the number of these fishes in all the parts of the state. The effort of the health department can be seen by the results. Bathinda had the most reported number of Dengue in 2015 and the number has gone down thanks to the awareness drive carried by the department. The department almost covererd all the areas of Bathinda which includes more than 60,000 households. The hospitals are also more aware and equipped to handle the patients.

Right To Service Act is a great tool for Citizens

Right to Service Act was passed on 19th October 2011 by the state government of Punjab. The primary motive of RTS act was to make the delivery of government services to people of Punjab in easier and smooth manner. RTS act will be beneficial for people as it makes sure that the services are delivered in specified time span. Since RTS Act was first implemented i.e. 2011, Punjab government has been making sincere efforts to fulfill the motive of Service act and is focused on the agenda of putting service beyond duty.
According to the RTS Act, commission will arrange meetings after specified intervals of time to take important decisions, the functioning of the commission will be monitored and the final decision making lies in the hands of the chief commissioner. Right to Service Act has been providing transparency in the government department which is a great help for people of Punjab.
A Punjab Right to commission has also been set up for a timely delivery and suggestions to improve the quality/delivery of services. A commission also makes sure that the execution of RTS is done properly. As per the official spokesperson’s claim, around 28, 37,866 applicants have taken the advantage of the notified services during the month of February under the mentioned Act. Also, only 14,160 are the pending applications which are to be cleared as soon as possible. The implementation of Punjab Right to Service Act has been successful and it has also empowered the people of Punjab