126.43 LMT of wheat procured; 98.21% lifted

126.43 LMT of wheat procured; 98.21% lifted · Rs. 18840 crore released to the farmers · PUNGRAIN leads with a purchase of 29.14 LMT Chandigarh May 18: Out of the total of 126.47 LMT of wheat arrivals in the mandis across the State, up to May 17 government agencies have procured 125.88 LMT of wheat and the private traders have procured 55279 MT, informed an official spokesman of the government of Punjab. More than 122.93 LMT of the wheat procured by government agencies has been lifted from the mandis recording 98.21 percent lifting in the ongoing procurement process. Besides, Rs. 18,840 crore has been released as a payment to the farmers through commission agents of the State. Amongst the State Procuring Agencies (SPAs), PUNGRAIN is leading with a total purchase of 29.14 LMT wheat, followed by MARKFED with 27.60 LMT, PUNSUP 24.27 LMT, PSWC 17.09 LMT and Punjab Agro 12.59 LMT. Similarly, the FCI has purchased 15.16 LMT of the wheat sold in the mandis of the State. No. PR/2018/386

PUNJAB GOVT TIGHTENS NOOSE AROUND ILLEGAL TRAVEL AGENTS, CM ORDERS STATE-WIDE CRACKDOWN

PUNJAB GOVT TIGHTENS NOOSE AROUND ILLEGAL TRAVEL AGENTS, CM ORDERS STATE-WIDE CRACKDOWN · HOME SECY SENDS OUT DETAILED ADVISORY TO DCS, SSPs/CPs TO IDENTIFY & ACT AGAINST UNSCRUPLOUS AGENTS · REGULAR UPDATES, PUBLIC DISPLAY OF LICENSES, PHYSICAL VERIFICATION AMONG MEASURES LISTED Chandigarh, May 18 Tightening its noose around illegal travel agents in the state, the Punjab Government, led by Captain Amarinder Singh, has directed all DCs, SSPs/Commissioners of Police to go all out to identify any unregistered/unscrupulous travel agents operating in their districts and take stern penal/ legal action against them. Acting on the Chief Minister’s directive, Home Secretary NS Kalsi has issued a directive to all the top civil and police officials in the state to crack down on illegal travel agents through a series of measures to ensure strict compliance with the laws and legislations governing the licensing and operations of travel agents. The measures include include regular updation and public display of the list all licensed/registered travel agents, as well as their regular physical verification, at least once a year. As part of its drive against such unscrupulous agents, the government has come out with a set of new guidelines and instructions to ensure strict compliance with the various laws and legislations governing the registration and functioning of travel agents in Punjab, which has witnessed several instances of innocent citizens being defrauded by illegal agents. The Advisory on Effective Implementation of Law & Rules for Regulation of Travel Agents in Punjab expresses the state government’s deep concern about the unscrupulous persons/travel agents carrying out illegal activities by giving false promises to the citizens, especially the youth, for getting them settled abroad by charging huge amounts. In the process, the citizens are getting defrauded and sometimes landing in foreign prisons as illeg

VIGILANCE ARRESTS LINEMAN, MIDDLEMAN FOR ACCEPTING BRIBE OF RS. 30,000

VIGILANCE ARRESTS LINEMAN, MIDDLEMAN FOR ACCEPTING BRIBE OF RS. 30,000 (SDO, JE ALSO BOOKED IN GRAFT CASE) Chandigarh, May 17: State Vigilance Bureau arrested PSPCL Lineman and a private person for accepting bribe. Disclosing this here an official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said Lineman Rakesh Kumar posted at PSPCL Sub Division Patran, Patiala and a private person Deepak Goyal, a shopkeeper at Patran, were arrested on the complaint of Amandeep Singh of Village Ghaga in Patiala district. The complaint has approached the VB and alleged that the above said lineman and a private person working as his middleman, were demanding Rs. 30,000 to install commercial power connection at his floor mill. It may be mentioned here that the accused lineman and the middleman had already fixed a deal with SDO Davinder Kumar and JE Karamjeet Singh of PSPCL Sub Division Patran for sharing the bribe amount in this case. After verifying his information, Vigilance team laid a trap and the accused middleman was arrested on the spot while accepting bribe of Rs.30,000 from the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses. The VB has also arrested accused lineman and booked SDO and JE in this case. He informed that a case under section 7, 13 (2) of Prevention of Corruption Act and 120-B IPC has been registered against all the above said accused at VB police station Patiala and further investigations were under progress.

WATERSHED MOMENT FOR PUNJAB

WATERSHED MOMENT FOR PUNJAB MOONAK & BHADSON EMERGE ON TOP IN SWACHH SARVEKSHAN • LOCAL GOVERNMENT MINISTER NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU CONGRATULATES DEPARTMENTAL OFFICERS Chandigarh, May 17: It is indeed a watershed moment for Punjab that 2 of its cities have shone on the National firmament in terms of cleanliness parameters. Bhadson city in Patiala region has been awarded cleanest city in North India zone in under One lakh population. Moonak city in Punjab has also been declared Best City in Citizen’s Feedback in North Zone. The North zone comprises J&K, Himachal, Punjab, Haryana, U.P, Uttarakhand, and Delhi. The cities will be awarded at the National Level. It is worth mentioning that the Government of India has announced the results of Swachhata Survekshan-2018 conducted by Ministry of Health and Urban Affairs, Government of India. Last year, Swachhata Sarvekshan 2017 was conducted in 434 cities with population one lakh or above across India. The performance of 16 participatory cities across Punjab was not very encouraging results in the 2017 survey. The best performing Mohali city in the Punjab was ranked overall 121 in SS 2017 and performance of some other cities was at the rock bottom. The Swachhata Sarvekshan 2018 has included three main parameters Service Level Progress, Direct Observation and Citizen Feedback with total marking of 4000. This year total of 4203 cities was assessed throughout India. The Local Government, Punjab, Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu has extended congratulations to the departmental officers especially principal Secretary sh Venu Prasad and the Mission Director Mr. Ajoy Sharma for making stupendous efforts and rendering yeoman's service towards the state achieving this exalting status. Principal secretary Local Government Sh A Venu Prasad said that this is the result of hon’ble minister’s giving top most priority to Sanitation and Swachh Bharat Mission (SWM) in cities across Punjab and giving active leadershi

PUNJAB: FROM NATION’S FOOD BOWL TO FOOD PROCESSING HUB

PUNJAB: FROM NATION’S FOOD BOWL TO FOOD PROCESSING HUB • WORLD BANK PRAISES PUNJAB FOR EASE OF DOING BUSINESS • 3 MEGA PARKS AND MANUFACTURING CLUSTER ON CARDS CHANDIGARH, MAY 17: Punjab which has served as the food bowl of the nation for decades is all set to becoming a food processing hub of the country. Yes, the Capt Amarinder Singh Government is going all out to make the state a favorite destination for the food processing industry and a global leader in export of value-added Agri-produce. The food-processing mantra has got accolades from the World Bank which has given the best ratings to Punjab for doing business. Armed with its Industrial and Business Development Policy-2017, the state has put its best foot forward providing a favourable environment for industry and business in the state, with trade icons eager to invest in the food processing sector. Taking a major stride in this direction Industry and Commerce Minister Sunder Sham Arora announced that three mega food parks were being set up in Ludhiana, Phagwara and Fazilka under the Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial Corridor. Also on the anvil , are a high-tech manufacturing cluster at Ludhiana and an integrated manufacturing cluster at Rajpura. The minister was in Ludhiana to inaugurate the first of its kind Punjab Agri and Food Conclave held in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). He said in the last few months, 150 renowned business houses, including ITC, Pepsi, Mahindra, Godrej, Cargill, Nerolac, Reliance, had invested Rs 7000 crore in Punjab in the agro and food processing sector. The minister claimed for more development of food processing sector in Punjab, the government has provided several benefits for such industries in its new Industrial and Business Development Policy-2017. Giving details of the ease of doing business under the new policy, he said anyone could avail loans amounting to Rs 5 lakh to 25 lakh

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