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PUNJAB CABINET OKAYS CREATION OF 550 POSTS FOR GOVT. MEDICAL COLLEGES AT PATIALA & AMRITSAR

February 18, 2020 07:57 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

The Punjab Cabinet on Tuesday approved creation of 550 posts in the Government Medical Colleges at Patiala and Amritsar with the objective of further improving and streamlining the functioning of these institutions.

The new posts would 66 paramedics of technical nature, 464 critical posts of nurses, technicians and class IV employees and 20 posts of VDRL/MRU lab projects, an official spokesperson disclosed after the meeting of the Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

APPROVES RENAMING OF GOVT MEDICAL COLLEGE MOHALI AS DR. B.R. AMBEDKAR STATE INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, 
· DECIDES TO LEVY ONE PERCENT ADDITIONAL STAMP DUTY ON SALE/PURCHASE OF URBAN PROPERTIES TO FUND WATER SUPPLY AND ENVIRONMENT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS IN URBAN AREAS 

(MOREPIC1  These posts would be instrumental in putting into use the medical machinery, equipment and infrastructure, lying idle due to paucity of staff, thus providing better healthcare services to the people, said the spokesperson.

In addition, the cabinet gave the nod for creation and filling up of five new posts in the Directorate of Medical Education and Research, along with revival of the already sanctioned nine posts under its restructuring plan.

The spokesperson said the Cabinet cleared the proposal for revival and filling up 464 vacant critical posts of Nurses, Technicians & Class IV employees in these medical colleges. Besides, 20 posts for the Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VDRL)/Multi-disciplinary Research Units (MRU) project at Government Medical College, Patiala & Amritsar, have also been created. This initiative would help provide the latest laboratory tests to the general public, and also meet the minimum requisite conditions, in conformity with the guidelines of the Medical Council of India, so as to make these institutions research-oriented.

It may be noted that a high power committee under the Chairmanship of Advisor Health and Medical Education Punjab Dr. K.K. Talwar, which was constituted for restructuring and revamping the medical colleges, had recommended the creation/revival of these posts in order to put into use the existing working machinery and equipment/infrastructure, and also to upgrade the facilities available in the Government Medical Colleges at Patiala and Amritsar. 

APPROVES RENAMING OF GOVT MEDICAL COLLEGE MOHALI AS DR. B.R. AMBEDKAR STATE INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES: As a tribute to legendary statesman and father of the Indian Constitution Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the Punjab Cabinet on Tuesday okayed the renaming of Government Medical College, SAS Nagar Mohali as Dr. B.R. Ambedkar State Institute of Medical Sciences. 

Disclosing this here, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that the upcoming medical college would be instrumental in serving the government's purpose of providing affordable healthcare to the public, as well as giving students the opportunity to pursue a career in medical education. 

It may be recalled that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI, had conveyed its decision to establish a medical college in district Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar (Mohali) with enabling provisions for 100 MBBS seats under the centrally sponsored scheme of 'Establishment of New Medical College attached with the existing District/Referral Hospitals' having more than 200 bed strength. 

The State Government, vide its notification dated January 22, 2020, created 994 posts for the 100 seats of MBBS course at GMC, SAS Nagar (Mohali), with permission to fill up these posts in a phased manner as per the conditions mentioned in the aforesaid notification within a period of five years.   

APPROVES REJUVENATION PLAN OF BUDDAH NALLAH AT A COST OF Rs. 650 CRORE IN FIRST PHASE  

In bid to undertake rejuvenation of highly polluting Buddah Nallah in Ludhiana, the Punjab Cabinet on Tuesday okayed Rs. 650 crore project for the same in the first phase. 

Divulging details, a Spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that under this ambitious plan an additional Sewerage Treatment Plan having capacity of 275 MLD including associated infrastructure would be developed, which would go a long way in solving problems of Buddah Nallah and subsequent pollution of river Satlej. 

The Cabinet also decided to levy one percent additional stamp duty on registration of sale/purchase of urban properties to finance water supply and environment improvement programmes in the urban areas of the state. 

It may be recalled that the Pollution in the Buddah Nallah is a major threat to the public health and environment. The main sources of pollution in Buddah Nallah are direct flow into the Nallah by industries, dairies and some slum/localities, treated effluent from existing STPs based on UASB technology not meeting the required effluent quality, and over flow from sewer lines as the capacity of laid sewerage system and STPs is insufficient to carry the existing flows. 

Taking serious view of pollution in the drains, streams and rivers in the state, the National Green Tribunal has already directed the State Government to take proactive steps to immediately address this problem. 

Notably, the Buddah Nallah is a seasonal tributary of Satluj, which emanates from the confluence of Kum Link Drain and Neelon Drain near village Ghumait and Kumkalan, and flows in an east-west direction south of the river. The total length of the Nallah is 47.55 kilometers, and it passes through Ludhiana city (14 km) to divide the city into two. 

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