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May 01, 2008



Chandigarh May 01, 2008

A group of 12 Executive Directors of the World Bank namely Mr.Felix A.Comarasa, Mr.Rogerio Studart, Mr.Shuja Shah, Mr.Toru Shikibu, Mr.Nuno Mota Pinto, Mr.Sid Ahmed Dib,Mr.Michel Mordasini, Mr. Agapito Mendes Dias, Mr. Mat Aron Deraman, Mr.Merza Hussain Hasan, Mr. Dhanendra Kumar and Mr.Julijana Amiel Operations Analyst today called on Mr.Ramesh Inder Singh, Chief Secretary Punjab to discuss the status of a few ongoing world bank aided projects and follow up of the completed world bank projects in the State.

During the course of the meeting the State Govt. has also proposed four new projects to be executed with the world bank aid in the coming years .These projects include Ground Water Management Project, Multi State Agricultural Competitiveness Project, Urban Infrastructure Project and Education Improvement Project.

Referring to the Ground Water Management Project, the Chief Secretary said that world bank assistance was required to strengthen and upgrade technical know how and to have cost effective, environment friendly, efficient and latest technology based measures. The state was already facing acute problems of water logging, declining water table and water quality in different parts of the sate and to set them in order world bank aid was required. He, however said that Punjab was in a perfect position to repay the loans raises from the World Bank. Steps were already being taken to reduce the fiscal deficit of the state for the last few years, said Mr. Singh.

Referring to the Multi State Agricultural Competitiveness Project, Mr. Singh said that preliminary project report of Rs.500 crore has already been approved in January 2008.Similarly to improve the quality of schools in the state, a comprehensive programme with world bank assistance of Rs.800 crore which includes teacher training, teaching methods and materials, school curricula and teacher evaluation school performance parameters would be initiated. There is a total enrollment of 2.1 million in 13285 government primary schools and 5424 in secondary schools whereas the literacy rate is 69..7% in the sate, said Mr. Singh.

The World Bank Mission has expressed its satisfaction over the on going projects in the state.

Principal Secretaries of the departments of Finance, Local Government, Irrigation and Power, School education, Planning and Water supply and sanitation were also present in the meeting


Chandigarh May 1

The Punjab Government today issued instructions to State Pharmacy Council (SPC) to make it mandatory to appoint qualified Ayurvedic dispensers (Up-vaids) in every Pharmacy/Chemists shop dispensing Ayurvedic medicines.

Disclosing this here today an official spokesman said that it had come to the notice of government that chemists due to absence of qualified Ayurvedic dispensers in their shops were not able to identify and dispense correct medicines to the patients.

The spokesman said that this step has been taken by the government in the larger interests of patients and also to generate employment opportunities for Ayurvedic dispensers. It may be added that state government was training more than 500 Ayurvedic dispensers every year.



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