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August, 2008


Nodal authority to check complaints against Punjab Private Medical Institutions constituted
Authority to have powers of Civil Court

Chandigarh August 28, 2008

The Punjab Government today by notification in the official gazette constituted an authority to be known as Nodal Authority consisting of three members namely Mr. Justice (Retd.) Amarbir Singh Gill, Dr. R.P. Bambah, Former Vice Chancellor, Panjab University and Former Member, Punjab State Planning Board and Dr. K.K. Talwar, Director, PGI, Chandigarh for entertaining complaints with regard to the violations of the provisions of The Punjab Private Health Sciences Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission, Fixation of Fee and Making of Reservation) Act, 2006 or any direction or notification issued there under.

Mr. Tikshan Sud, Medical Education Minister Punjab explained that this independent authority has been constituted keeping in view the numerous complaints being received against private medical institutions and also to address grievances of medical institutions. He said that this authority would provide an objective forum to the public and the institutions to redress their grievances

The Nodal Authority would also take a suo moto notice of the violations of the provisions of this Act or any direction or notification issued there under. He said that the Nodal Authority would cause an enquiry to be made by appointing an Inquiry Officer into the allegations leveled by the complainant or at its suo moto initiative. It would also take action filing the complaint, if in its opinion; it is a vexatious, anonymous or pseudonymous complaint. The Minister said that the authority could also direct the complainant to furnish additional information or an affidavit in support of his allegations. He said that the authority has been authorized take such actions, as it may deem appropriate, keeping in view the facts and circumstances of the case.

The Minister clarified that for making an enquiry under sub-section (3), a summary procedure would be followed and the enquiry be completed within a period of sixty days. He said that the Nodal Authority constituted under sub-section (1) or the inquiry officer, appointed under sub-section (3), would have the powers of a civil court to access, obtain and scrutinize the records of the private health sciences educational institutions as well as summoning of any person or any relevant official record, which he may deem necessary. The Nodal Authority shall forward its report to the State Government and may recommend any of the actions as mentioned in sub-section (1) of the section 9 of The Punjab Private Health Sciences Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission, Fixation of Fee and Making of Reservation) Act, 2006.

He said that the Sate Government would later by notification; fix the terms and conditions of appointment, qualifications and conditions of service of the members of the Nodal Authority



In a significant move towards the conservation of electric energy, Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal here today directed Punjab Energy Development Authority (PEDA) and Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to initiate a joint campaign on war-footing to achieve hundred percent efficient lighting in the domestic sector by the end of March, 2009.

Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab Government said that Chief Minister had asked PEDA to issue a directive immediately to ban use of incandescent bulbs and normal tubes lights with magnetic choke in government/boards/corporation offices' buildings, hospitals and other institutions so that all bulbs and tubes could be replaced with CFL and T-8 efficient tube lights with electronic choke. PEDA has also been authorized to invite competitive rates from approved manufacturers/supplies of efficient lighting fixtures for rate contract for different wattages CFLs and energy efficient tube lights.

The rate contract with specifications would be circulated to the various government departments/boards/corporations for direct procurement from the approved manufacturers/suppliers and to achieve hundred percent efficient lighting in government offices by March 31,2009.

The Chief Minister has also directed to Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to launch an awareness and publicity campaign to educate domestic consumers to use CFLs and other efficient lighting fixtures in place of incandescent bulbs and normal tubes with magnetic chokes. This exercise would be done to convince consumers to switchover to efficient lighting for saving in energy bills on voluntary basis, said the spokesman.

It may be recalled that the Punjab Government had constituted a committee under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Mr. RI Singh to jointly implement energy conservation/efficiency Punjab in the state on fast tract basis with Mr. T.P.Sidhu, Chief Executive PEDA, Mr. M.R.Garg, Additional Secretary Power, Mr. M.S.Dua Chief Engineer PSEB and Mr. P.K.Bansal Director (Energy Conservation PSEB as the members.


Chandigarh August 28, 2008

The Punjab Government would upgrade 31 Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) centers to Regular Primary Schools for which the funds have been released.

Disclosing this here today Dr. Upinderjit Kaur Education and Languages Minister Punjab said that all the Deputy Commissioners have been asked to provide land for these EGS centers without any delay for up-gradation as primary schools.

Giving Details she added that in Amritsar district six EGS centers established at Bohrupul Sangna, Varpal Kalan, Awan Wassua, Khilchian, Burj and Chajjalwadi would be upgraded. In Barnala district seven EGS centers namely Barnala city Zero Point, Prem Nagar Barnala, Kothe Gobindpura, Bazigar Basti Cheema, Bazigar Basti Tapa, Kothe Bhan Singh Bhadaur, Kothe Basti Dhilwan Nabha, three in Fatehgarh Sahib district namely Brahmanmajra, Jyoti Saroop Chowk and Raipur, One each in Ferozepur district namely Gol Baag Sukad Nehar, ward no. 6, Phulra in Gurdaspur district, Tibbian in Hoshiarpur district, Kalu Mundi in Jalandhar district, Kanoun in Nawan Shehar district and Toti in Kapurthala district would also be upgraded as primary schools.

Five EGS centers in Ludhiana district namely Sherpur Kalan, Parjian Kalan, Bhatthe Nandi Village Rakba, Mand Udowal and Mand Jodhwal, four in Mansa district namely Bajewala, Jherianwali, Beant Nagar and Khaira Kainchia (Sardulgarh) would also be upgraded as primary schools. The minister also informed that construction work had already been started in these EGS centers and DEOs were directed to ensure that the funds released to the Village Education Development Committees (VEDCs) concerned must comes up without any delay for necessary constructions as Regular Primary Schools.


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