PUNJAB FARMERS TO GET RS.
UNDER AGRICULTURAL DEBT WAIVER SCHEME
Chandigarh June 27, 2008
Over 332872 farmers of the Punjab would get waiver/relief amounting
to Rs. 986.82 Crores under agriculture debt waiver announced by
the Union Government.
Chief Secretary Punjab Mr. Ramesh Inder Singh today held a meeting
to review the implementation of Union Government plan. It was
informed in a meeting that loan amounting to Rs. 634.56 crore
of 179160 small and marginal farmers would be waived under the
scheme. Additionally 153712 farmers would get relief amounting
to Rs. 352.62 crores. It was informed in the meeting that all
nationalized/cooperative banks have identified the beneficiaries
of this scheme and lists of the beneficiaries have been already
been displayed on the notice board of each branch. Financial Commissioner
Cooperation Ms. Kusumjit Sidhu informed in the meeting that every
bank has been asked to disbursed the relief and waive the loan
amount by June 30, 2008 positively.
Senior Civil Officers of the Government including Ms. Kusumjit
Sidhu, Financial Commissioner Cooperation, Mrs. Romila Dubey,
Financial Commissioner Revenue, Mr.D.S. Kalha, Principal Secretary
Finance, Dr.. P.S. Rangi of Punjab State Farmers Commission, Chief
General Manager NABARD, Regional Director RBI, Managing Director
Punjab State Cooperative Bank, Managing Director Punjab State
Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank Ltd. and representatives
of State Level Bankers Committee attended the meeting
level Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) review meeting
Punjab has achieved the goals almost at par with the National
Chandigarh June 27, 2008
A state level Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP)
review meeting was held here today under the chairmanship of Sh.
Satish Chandra, Secretary Planning & Health cum Mission Director,
National Rural Health Mission (NRHM),Pb. Dr S.P.S Sohal, Director
Health & Family Welfare, Pb. presided over the meeting. Dr.
Pawan Kumar Bansal, State Programme Officer-RNTCP (Revised National
TB Control Programme) briefed the various components of DOTS strategy
under RNTCP. Dr. Manpreet Chhatwal, Deputy State TB Officer also
participated in the meeting. Performance of each district of the
state was reviewed in the meeting
Dr.Pawan Kumar Bansal,State Programme Officer-RNTCP said that
for effectively implementing the programme in the state , the
address verification needs to be done urgently whenever the patient
comes at the Govt. Dispensary/Hospital as a sputum positive case
i.e. even after the very first spot sputum examination if it is
positive. The transferred out and transferred-in, referred-out
and referred-in patients' record in the district and out of the
district should be maintained properly.
Dr. S.P.S Sohal, Director Health & Family Welfare, Pb stated
that the State of Punjab has achieved the goals almost at par
with the National level and hope to achieve the targets allocated
to it in the year 2008-09. The state has been consistently maintaining
85% Success Rate of NSP patients as per National Level. Our State's
New Sputum Positive Case detection Rate is on the increasing trend
every year as it was 48% in the year 2005, 55% in the year 2006
and it has reached to 56% in the year 2007.
Sh. Satish Chandra, IAS, Secretary Planning & Health cum
Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM),Pb asked
the DTOs to work whole heartedly for the programme since this
programme is 100% centrally sponsored and Medicines are supplied
free of cost. Every patient in the state should be benefited from
He further added that an Intermediate Reference Laboratory for
Culture Sensitivity Test is going to be established at TB Hospital,
Patiala shortly. Supervision and monitoring of all the laboratories
of the state will also be done with the help of IRL. Culture Sensitivity
Test will further help in curing Multi Drug Resistant (MDR-TB)
TB patients. Earlier this facility was available only at Delhi,
Chennai and Bangalore.
On the occasion Sh. Satish Chandra, IAS, Secretary Planning &
Health cum Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM),
Pb, said that the State of Punjab has achieved the goals almost
at par with the National level and hope to achieve the targets
allocated to it in the year 2008-09. He also stressed that since
all the contractual posts in the districts are filled and additional
80 posts of LTs have also been filled so the targets allocated
under Revised National TB Control Programme should be fulfilled,
anybody not achieving the targets will be taken to task. The Secretary
desired since this programme is very dear for Govt. and upcoming,
every DTO should put his best efforts to make this programme a
PUNJAB CM CONDOLES THE SAD DEMISE
OF FIELD MARSHAL MANEKSHAW
CHANDIGARH JUNE 27, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today mourned the
sad demise of Solders' Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw who passed
away yesterday in Tamil Nadu.
In a condolence message Mr.Badal said that the Amritsar born
Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw symbolized the rare blend of courage
and potential on the one hand and astute and humane approach to
the issues concerning the soldiery on the other. The Chief Minister
lauded the Manekshaw's role in 1971 Indo-Pak War for liberation
of Bangladesh that forms an outstanding chapter in the history
of Military Campaigns all over the World.
Meanwhile, Member Parliament and President Shiromani Akali Dal
Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal also condoled the death of the Legendry
Army Commander Field Marshal Manekshaw and described him as a
noble son and brave patriot par excellence.
PUNJAB CM CONDOLES
THE SAD DEMISE OF M K LAUL
CHANDIGARH June 27, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today expressed
profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of a Mr. M.K. Laul,
General Manager UNI who passed away at Delhi this morning.
In a condolence message, Mr. Badal said that Mr. Laul was an
outstanding journalist who performed his professional duties with
utmost dedication, commitment and sincerity both on the editorial
as well as reporting side. In his death the journalist fraternity
has lost a gem and a vacuum has been created which was difficult
to be filled.
Mr. Badal expressed his heartfelt sympathies with the members
of the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty to grant peace
to the departed soul and give strength and courage to them to
bear this irreparable loss.
Meanwhile, Member Parliament and President Shiromani Akali Dal
Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal also condoled the death of the Mr. M.K.
Laul and described him as a real journalist who worked tirelessly
for the spread of ethical journalism.
Information & Public Relations Minister Mr. Bikram Singh
Majithia also shared his condolences with the family of Mr. Laul
and described him a multi faceted personality dedicated to the
cause of high valued journalism.
Media Advisor to Chief Minister Mr.Harcharan Bains also mourned
the death of Mr.Laul. He said; 'Mr.Laul was a journalist to the
core and a staunch supporter of the freedom of press, who sincerely
propagated the ethics of journalism'.
Meanwhile, Principal Secretary Information & Public Relations
Mr. DS Jaspal and Director Information & Public Relations
Mr.Tejveer Singh also mourned the sad demise of M.K.Laul.
Deputation of medical and dental
college parents association (Batch 2007) meets the chief minister
Badal promises to review fee the structure of medical and dental
colleges in Punjab
3 member panel constituts for review
Chandigarh June 27 : A Ten member deputation
of medical and dental college parents association (Batch 2007)
met the chief minister at Punjab civil secretariat here on Thursday.
During the meeting Badal has admitted that fee structure which
was increased last year was unreasonable to the students of Punjab,
During the meeting Badal has expressed his worry about the future
of medical students. Badal has in view that fees enhanced in private
medical colleges last year were very unreasonable. He however
also expressed his anguish that due to fee hike many deserving
candidates have forgone their seats even after securing high rank
Soon after the meeting the Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh
Badal has constituted a three member panel to review the fee structure
of private medical and dental colleges in Punjab.
Badal has directed chief secretary of Punjab Ramesh Inder Singh
to have three member panel. Besides chief secretary, Dr. J.S.
Bajaj, deputy chairman of planning board, Jagjit Puri, secretary
medical education will be the members of the committee. Badal
has told to submit report within a week.
Parents said in press release that a ten member deputation have
explained to the chief minister that when Punjab government has
allowed the private colleges to fill NRI vacant seats at NRI fee
from open, then increasing fee in private colleges have been giving
double benefit to them.
The fee hike it astonishes clear that the left over seats of
NRI quota are allowed to be filled by the managements of the institutions
that is too on the rate being the charged from NRIs. That mean
they may sell the seat at NRI rate to any persons the position
is the worst then category IV of NRI quota.
Many students have forgone their seats but some have got admission
in anticipation that government may review it.
The students who have got admissions in MBBS in 2007 were severely
hit. They have applied for PMT according to the prospectus i.e.
fee for both government and management quota was fixed at 1.00
lac. Though it was provisional and parents expected increased
not more than 15 to 20 percent.
Students, who have got admission in management quota, paid 3.00
lacs for it. Someone has taken loan from banks and someone has
sold their jewellery and household goods. Now they have been under
stress to deposit fee for second Prof. the arrangement of another
3.00 lacs has been biting them. It will continue for another four
The parents apprised the chief minister that many parents have
under pressure to sell their houses to continue the studies of