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Punjab News: 2010

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The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today gave in principle approval to sanction Rs. 220 crore from the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board and Rural Development Board for the upgradation of infrastructure to strengthen the network of government hospitals in the state. 

A decision to this effect was taken by Mr. Badal in a high level meeting to review the important schemes of the state health department here at Chief Minister’s residence this morning. 

The Chief Minister stressed the need for providing the requisite manpower and other facilities in all the Health institutions.  He desired that all Community Health Centres should be fully equipped in terms of the equipments and manpower.  Mr. Badal assured the Health Department that the amount of Rs. 300 crore was not a big deal.  He said that National Rural Health Mission would contribute about Rs. 80 crore and the remaining Rs. 220 crore would be provided by the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board and Rural Development Board.

The Chief Minister promised to look into all issues and assured the Health Department of all possible help and cooperation.  He emphasised the need for close monitoring of the working of the doctors and all the health institutions.  The initiatives regarding daily monitoring of OPD of doctors, monitoring of functional status of equipments and installation of Bio-metric attendance machines were appreciated by Mr. Badal and he desired that this system be put in place in all the health institutions. 

He convened a special meeting of Health Minister and Principal Secretary Health & Family Welfare on April 24 to take a final decision about the other issues raised in the meeting with the concurrence of Finance Department. 

Taking part in the deliberations, Health Minister Punjab Prof. Laxmi Kanta Chawla stated that 212 doctors were being recruited shortly.  She also thanked the Chief Minister for allowing the recruitment of 203 Specialist Doctors through a Committee headed by Professor J.S.Chopra (Retd.), Head and Professor Neurology Department, PGI.  She suggested that the Specialist Doctors at present did not find postings in the Health Department very attractive. 

She suggested that the Department should have a separate cadre for Specialist Doctors with faster promotion and different pay scales.  She also raised the issue for enhancing the retirement age of Specialist Doctors from 58 to 60 years. 

Earlier, making a presentation to the Chief Minister, Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare Mr. Satish Chandra apprised Mr. Badal that the Department required nearly Rs. 300 crore for additional and construction of new Community Health Centres, upgradation of District Hospital and Sub-divisional Hospitals besides, the purchase of new equipments.  Mr. Chandra also emphasised the need for regular recruitment of doctors to address the shortage of staff. 

The District Hospitals of Muktsar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Tarn-Taran needed to be upgraded at a cost of Rs. 15 crore.  Likewise, three new Sub-divisional Hospitals needed to be constructed at Bholath, Moonak and Tapa.  Mr. Chandra also informed the Chief Minister to immediately upgrade 30 existing Community Health Centres. 

He also revealed that 20 Blocks in the State did not have even any Community Health Centre.  Besides 12 blocks a heading towards population mark of two lac required additional Community Health Centres i.e. in all 32 new Community Health Centres needed to be constructed involving a total expenditure on all these civil works about Rs. 220 crore.

A sum of Rs. 81 crore is required for providing essential equipments in the Community Health Centres, Sub-divisional and District Hospitals. The Department intends to provide dialysis machines, surgical equipments and other diagnostic equipments like Colour Doppler, Ultra Sound Scanners, Laparoscopes etc.  As regards manpower, there was a shortage of about 450 doctors, 250 Medical Officers and 200 Specialist doctors are required in the Department, added Mr. Chandra.

Later in another meeting, the Chief Minister gave a nod to set up a Nursing College and a Modern Physiotherapy Workshop in the Medical College Patiala at an estimated cost of Rs. 6.50 crore.  

The Chief Minister also agreed in principle for the creation of 49 new posts of Associate/Assistant Professors as per the norms of Medical Council of India. 

Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Secretary Medical Education & Research Ms. Anjali Bhawra, MD National Rural Health Mission Ms Manisha Trighatia, Director Medication Education & Research Mr. Jai Kishan and Director Health & Family Welfare Dr. JP Singh and Director ESI Mr. Ashok Nayyar. 





Task team leader of World Bank Mr. Shayamal Sarkar today called on the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal to apprise him about the progress of water supply and sanitation project under execution at a cost of Rs.1200 crore in the state. 

Mr. Sarkar informed the Chief Minister that out of 5 holy towns the World Bank had already approved the project to provide 100% sewerage facility in Baba Bakala and the work on this project under execution was likely to be completed within a year.  He said that the similar project for other remaining towns for Goindwal Sahib, Khadoor Sahib, Kiratpur Sahib and Chola Sahib would be cleared soon by the WB and the entire work was likely to be completed by June 2011.

The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over the progress of the project as the people were now contributing their share voluntarily for the scheme meant for safe potable drinking water in the villages. 

Mr. Sarkar was accompanied by Secretary Water Supply & Sanitation Mr. PS Aujla, Chief Engineer Mr. SR Aggarwal and Senior Programmes Specialist WB Mr. NK Dhir. 





Punjab Government has recommended a tranche of eight  Projects worth Rs 1000 crore to the National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for assistance during the current Financial Year (2010-2011), after the formal approval of Sardar Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab.

Disclosing this here today Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal, Finance Minister, Punjab said that a Project worth Rs.124.50 core has been recommended for setting up Low Cost Sanitary lavatories in the rural areas. With a view to increase the efficiency of the Bhakra Main Canal System, lining of watercourses measuring 1824 kilometers, with an outlay of Rs.180.20 crore has also been proposed.

In order to augment the road connectivity, the State Government has recommended an ambitious Project with proposed investment of Rs. 251.19 crore for strengthening and construction of new roads and bridges in the State. This is apart from the Projects being undertaken by the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) out of its own funds, said Mr. Badal.

The central piece of the Punjab NABARD Project envisages an Integrated Development in the Kandi Areas of the State, with a proposed out-lay of Rs.364.75 crore. This Project involves construction of nine new dams and rehabilitation of the Water Distribution System of the five existing low dams, he added.

He also said that an outlay of Rs. 29.51 Crore has been suggested for up-gradation of 1000 Veterinary dispensaries and Hospitals, while Rs.14 Crore has been earmarked for the Laboratory equipment in 351 Rural Secondary Schools. In order to check water-borne diseases, especially in the southern districts of Punjab, a Project worth Rs 64.59 Crores has been proposed for installation of dual-filtration / ultra-filtration in five districts, where the water supply is based on canal water, said Mr. Badal.

The overall Project also includes Rs. 22.68 Crore for Micro-irrigation Projects   for all the districts in Punjab.

Mr. Badal said that the effective rate of interest on NABARD Loans is 6%, owing to the appropriate subvention of interest by the Reserve Bank of India. The State share of 15% of the Project size would be provided by the State Finance Department out of its budgetary resources.



Chandigarh, April 20:

Government agencies and private millers procured more than 69.02 lakh tonnes of wheat till last evening as compared to 64.37 lakh tones in previous year on the day.

Out of total procurement of 69.02 lakh tonnes of wheat in all the procurement centers of Punjab, Government agencies procured 68.90 lakh tonnes of wheat (99.8%) till date whereas private traders procured 11468 tonnes (0.2%) of wheat. Till April 19, PUNGRAIN had procured 11.05 lakh tonnes (16.0%) whereas MARKFED procured 15.76 lakh tonnes (22.8%). PUNSUP procured 15.87 lakh tonnes (23.0%), PSWC procured 7.90 lakh tonne (11.4%) whereas PAIC was able to procure 7.40 lakh tonnes (10.7%) of wheat.

The Central Government agency FCI had been able to procure 10.92 lakh tonnes (15.8%). 

The spokesman added that District Sangrur with 7.91 lakh tonnes of procurement was leading in procurement operations whereas District  Ferozepur with 7.88 lakh tonnes of procurement was at second slot and district Patiala with 7.60 lakh tonnes of procurement ranked at third position.   

The State Government has set up 1650 procurement centers and activated its total machinery to ensure smooth procurement of wheat, the spokesman added.


Badal flagged off a 70 member delegation of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association Ludhiana

Chandigarh April, 20

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today flagged off a 70 member delegation of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association Ludhiana for China to take part in 'China Cycle Show' being held at Shanghai (China) on April 27,2010. 106 Countries are participating in this Cycle Show.

The delegation consists of its Chairman S. Manjit Singh Khalsa and President S. D.S. Chawla would visit 15 factories of Cycle manufacturing in China to know quality and techniques of production. Chief Minister urged the industrialists to adopt latest techniques for the development of Punjab Cycle Industry. On this Occasion Jails Minister, S. Hira Singh Gabaria and Transport Minister, Master Mahan Lal and Deputy Speaker Mr. Satpal Gosian were also present.




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