Punjab

PUNJAB TO GIVE 33 PERCENT RESERVATION TO WOMEN UNDER DIRECT RECRUITMENT IN STATE CIVIL SERVICES

October 14, 2020 08:26 PM

CABINET GIVES NOD TO CREATION OF LEGAL CLERK CADRE IN PUNJAB CIVIL SECRETARIAT

Chandigarh (Face2News)

In another major step towards further empowerment of women, the Captain Amarinder Singh led government has opted for 33% reservation for women at the direct recruitment state in the Punjab Civil Services.

The state cabinet on Wednesday approved the Punjab Civil Services (Reservation of Posts for Women) Rules, 2020, to provide such reservation for women for direct recruitment to posts in Government, as well as recruitment to Boards and Corporations in Group A, B, C and D posts.

CABINET OKAYS AMENDMENT TO CIVIL SECTT RULES

In order to effectively pursue court cases/legal matters in a timely manner, the Punjab Cabinet has also approved amendment to the Punjab Civil Secretariat (State Services Class-III) Rules, 1976, for the creation of Clerk (Legal) cadre for recruitment of Legal Clerks in the Punjab Civil Secretariat. This will be done by taking 100 posts out of the general Clerk Cadre, thus ensuring that there is no financial implications, according to an official spokesperson.

The State Government currently has few employees with knowledge of legal and judicial proceedings, and educational qualifications necessary to handle court cases filed against the Government in accordance with the constitutional provisions, legal rules and instructions.

The Cabinet also gave the go-ahead to increase the quota reserved for promotion to Clerk Cadre from Class IV or Class III (whose scale of pay is less than that of clerk) from current 15% to 18%. This has been done as the number of vacancies reserved for promotion quota for Class IV or Class III (whose scale of pay is less than that of clerk) employees to clerk cadre will decrease as posts sanctioned for clerk cadre will reduce. There is, however, no provision to promote Class IV or Class III (whose scale of pay is less than that of clerk) employees to the post of Legal Clerk.

PCS (EXECUTIVE BRANCH) OFFICERS TO NOW GET HIGHER PAY SCALE IN 13 YEARS

In another decision, the Cabinet approved placement of all officers working in the PCS (Executive Branch) cadre in the higher pay scale 37400-67000+8700 (grade pay) on completion of 13 years of service instead of 14 years of service, in compliance with the instructions issued by Personnel Department on April 4, 2000 and as per the conditions laid down in the subsequent amendments issued from time to time.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet also gave the nod to revoke the order dated July 8, 2003 w.e.f. December 6, 2008 regarding placement of PCS (Executive Branch) officers working against the first 90 posts of PCS cadre in the higher pay scale of 14300-18600 on completion of 12 years of service.

CABINET OKAYS AMENDMENT TO CIVIL SECTT RULES, PCS (EXECUTIVE BRANCH) OFFICERS TO NOW GET HIGHER PAY SCALE IN 13 YEARS,,PUNJAB CABINET APPROVES DR. BR AMBEDKAR SC POST MATRIC SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME TO ENABLE SC STUDENTS TO PURSUE HIGHER LEARNING • CM ALSO ANNOUNCES INCREASE IN INCOME CRITERIA TO RS 4 LAKH TO ACCOMMODATE MORE STUDENTS,  PUNJAB CABINET APPROVES DR. BR AMBEDKAR SC POST MAATRIC SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME TO ENABLE SC STUDENTS TO PURSUE HIGHER LEARNING,

CERTAIN ANNUAL ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS APPROVED

The Punjab Cabinet has, meanwhile, also approved the Annual Administrative Reports of the Horticulture and Labour Department for the year 2018-19.

PUNJAB CABINET APPROVES DR. BR AMBEDKAR SC POST MATRIC SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME TO ENABLE SC STUDENTS TO PURSUE HIGHER LEARNING

CM ALSO ANNOUNCES INCREASE IN INCOME CRITERIA TO RS 4 LAKH TO ACCOMMODATE MORE STUDENTS

The Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the decks for the State Government to launch its own SC Post Matric Scholarship Scheme in place of the Centre’s defunct scheme, in order to facilitate SC students to pursue higher education in government and private institutions, with Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh also announcing increase in income criteria from earlier Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 4 lakh to accommodate more students.

The Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, approved the Dr. BR Ambedkar SC Post Matric Scholarship Scheme, to be effective from academic session 2021-22.

The scheme will be applicable to persons belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), who are domiciled in Punjab and have done matriculation from Punjab (including Chandigarh). All central/state government and private institutions in Punjab (including Chandigarh) will be covered under the scheme.

The total financial implication of the proposal is estimated to be about Rs.600 crore. Of this, the tentative liability of the Government institutions would be about Rs.168 crore and the remaining Rs.432 crore would be borne by the private educational institutions and the government. Since the revised scheme envisages reimbursement of 60% to the private institutions by the state, the liability of the Government on this account would be 60% of Rs.432 crore i.e. about Rs.260 crore.

The scheme will come as a relief to hundreds of thousands of SC students who were deprived of the opportunity to pursue higher learning after the Government of India suddenly withdrew from its Post Matric Scholarship Scheme in 2018, when it made several amendments to pass the financial burden to the state government. Since then, the state government has not been able to avail any grants under the Centre’s scheme.

As per the revised income criteria, the combined income of both parents for a student to avail assistance under the new scheme has been enhanced from Rs.2.50 lakh to Rs.4 lakh, according to an official spokesperson. There shall be no burden of course fee on SC students, who shall be provided cashless free education. The remaining terms and conditions of the scheme shall remain as earlier under the Post Matric Scholarship Scheme of 2018 of the Government of India.

Notably, the population of SC community in Punjab is 31.94% and persons in this category are both economically and socially backward. As per Census 2011, the literacy rate of SCs in Punjab was 68.4% as compared to literacy rate of 75.9% of other communities. As per the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 2014-15, 86.8% of SC students in the age group of 6 to 17 attended schools in 2014-15 as against 96% students belonging to other communities.

Although the Constitution of India has provided 25% reservation to SC students in admission in educational institutions in Punjab, high fee structure in the higher educational institutions prevents these students from taking admission in these institutions.

CABINET OKAYS PRESENTATION OF PUNJAB STATE VIGILANCE COMMISSION BILL FOR ENACTMENT IN ASSEMBLY: Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday approved conversion of the Punjab State Vigilance Commission Ordinance, 2020, into a Bill for enactment in the next session of the Vidhan Sabha.

The establishment of the multi-member Commission, aimed at bringing in more transparency and check corruption among public servants, was approved by the Cabinet last month through the Ordinance, in line with the vision of Captain Amarinder Singh, who had steered the constitution of a similar Commission back in 2006, which was however scrapped by the Akalis when they came to power in 2007.

The Commission has been visualised as an independent body to exercise more effective superintendence over the functioning of Vigilance Bureau and all departments of the State Government, in order to provide clean, fair and transparent administration. It will comprise a Chairman with two members, with a term of 5 years, an official spokesperson said after the Cabinet meeting. The Commission will effectively exercise superintendence and control over the functioning of Vigilance Bureau and other Departments of the State Government.

The Punjab State Vigilance Commission shall review the progress of investigations conducted by the Vigilance Bureau and cases of prosecution sanction pending with various departments of the Government. The Vigilance Commission shall tender advice to the various departments of the Government, and other investigations on Vigilance matters. It has been empowered to give directions to the Vigilance Bureau for discharging the responsibility entrusted to it. It has also been empowered to inquire or cause an inquiry/investigation to be made in respect of allegations made under the Prevention of Corruption Act and other relevant offences against public servants.

The Commission will consist of the State Chief Vigilance Commissioner as Chairperson, to be appointed from amongst those persons who have been or are serving as Judge of a High Court or an officer in the rank and pay scale of Secretary to Government of India.

Two Vigilance Commissioners will be appointed as members from amongst persons who have been or are in an All India Service of in any Civil Service of the Union of State or in a civil post under the Union or State having expertise and experience in matters relating to vigilance, policy making, administration (including police administration), finance (including insurance and banking law) in the rank and pay scale of the Additional Secretary to the Government of India or the Financial Commissioner of the State. Both the Vigilance Commissioners shall not belong to the same service or have exactly similar experience.

These appointments shall be made on the recommendations of a Committee chaired by the Chief Minister with Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker, and the senior-most Minister of the Council of Ministers (after the CM) as its members.

PUNJAB GOVT TO RE-VERIFY ALL THOSE LEFT OUT OR DELETED FROM SMART RATION CARD SCHEME,MOVE AIMED AT ENSURING NO GENUINE BENEFICIARY LEFT OUT & PROPER FOOD SECURITY GIVEN TO ALL: In a major pro-poor initiative, the Punjab government will undertake a massive exercise to re-verify all the recently deleted and left-out beneficiaries under the Smart Ration Card scheme to ensure that all genuine eligible persons get the benefit of the scheme.

Those of the 9,48,9801 beneficiaries (approx. 2,37,200 families) found by the re-verification process to have been wrongly deleted or wrongfully left out earlier will be included in the list again, as per the decision taken today by the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

The initiative would help ensure proper food security to all deprived persons (if found eligible) under the state-sponsored Smart Ration Card Scheme, an official spokesperson said after the cabinet meeting.

The Cabinet also decided that after the re-verification process is completed, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, GoI, will be approached to allow Punjab to enroll all beneficiaries (found eligible in the process) under NFSA, 2013 on RCMS portal. However, the state will make claims of subsidy (distributed quantity) from GoI only as per the ceiling of 1.4145 crore beneficiaries, and any distribution made over and above this ceiling will be borne by the State Government from its own resources.

It has also been decided that post enrolment of the fresh eligible beneficiaries, the distribution may be carried out simultaneously with NFSA cycle (bi-annual) so that distribution of foodgrains and monitoring of the same can be done through existing epos.punjab.gov.in portal and biometric authentication through ePoS devices.

Notably, the Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department is implementing the National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013 in the State. The Government of India has fixed a capping of 1.4145 crores of beneficiaries to be covered under NFSA, 2013. The State Government has also decided to cover such deleted beneficiaries (if found eligible), under the Smart Ration Card Scheme (State Sponsored), so that food security of these deprived persons can be ensured.

The Department would conduct verification of these 9,48,801 beneficiaries through concerned District Controllers with the help of the district administration. The data would be shared with the concerned District Controllers and they would be asked to complete this exercise before December 31, 2020 so that the beneficiaries found eligible can be enrolled in the Smart Ration Card Scheme (State Sponsored) for the distribution of foodgrains strictly in accordance with the eligibility and norms fixed under NFSA, 2013. This would ensure that no genuine and deserving person is left out of the ambit of NFSA. Under the Smart Ration Card Scheme (State Sponsored), the eligibility criteria as well as the entitlement of foodgrains will remain the same as prevailing under NFSA 2013.

MINING BLOCK CONTRACTS TO BE AMENDED BY PUNJAB GOVT TO INCLUDE DE-SILTING OF MAJOR RIVERS, CABINET ALSO GIVES GO-AHEAD TO DRAINAGE WING TO ALLOT 78 SITES IN 7 BLOCKS TO CONTRACTORS: To ensure regular de-silting of major rivers and reduce flood intensity in the state, the Punjab Government has decided to make such de-silting part of the contracts allotted for mining blocks.

The necessary amendments to the contracts were approved by the state cabinet during Wednesday’s meeting chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder.

The major rivers where de-silting will be carried out as part of the amended contracts are Sutlej, Beas and Ravi, besides seasonal rivulets Ghaggar and Chakki.

According to a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office, such de-silting would lead to enhancement of the carrying capacity of rivers, and will also ensure economical sand and gravel availability without any adverse environmental impact.

The Cabinet today also gave the go-ahead to the Drainage Wing of Water Resources Department to allot 78 sites in seven blocks to mining contractors. These sites have a total area of 651.02 hectares with 274.22 LMT quantity of sand/gravel.

Block-1 includes Ropar district, Block-2 SBS Nagar (Nawanshahr), Jalandhar, Barnala, Sangrur, Mansa, Block-3 Moga, Ferozepur, Muktsar, Fazilka, Bathinda, Faridkot, Block-4 Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur, Block-5 Kapurthala, Tarn Taran, Amritsar, Block-6 Pathankot, Block-7 Mohali, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib.

The Cabinet also decided that in future, more river bed stretches that need de-silting would be offered to mining contractors in a similar manner, keeping concession quantity as per the contracts.

Notably, the floods in August 2019 caused damage of nearly Rs.200 crores to the infrastructure of Water Resources department, besides nearly Rs.1000 crore loss of crops and properties to the people. During the State Control Board meeting under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister on February 14, 2020, the matter was also raised by the Deputy Commissioners concerned.

The Drainage Wing of Water Resources Department has estimated that river beds have got silted up by 5 to 12 feet which, if removed, can significantly improve the capacity of the rivers by 15000 to 50000 cusec.

The cunette so created will check meandering action of the river, thereby warding off damage to embankments. This quantity incidentally is at least 15 times the annual sand and gravel consumption of the state. However, due to other pressing demands on the state finances de-silting could never be taken up after Punjab undertook the massive river training works which freed up lot of erstwhile river bed land for agriculture.

However, with taming of rivers, silt deposition got restricted to within the embankments, which has reduced the water carrying capacity of rivers in the state over the years and is an important factor behind the severity of floods that occur every few years causing lot of physical peril and economic distress especially to farmers.

SPECIAL PUNJAB VIDHAN SABHA SESSION ON OCT 19 TO BRING IN BILL TO NEGATE CENTRE’S DANGEROUS FARM LAWS: The Punjab Government has decided to convene a special session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Monday, October 19, to bring in a legislation to counter the dangerous anti-farmer Farm Laws of the central government.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Punjab Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh here on Wednesday through video conferencing.

The Chief Minister had earlier announced that his government will fight the anti-federal and vicious farm laws tooth and nail through legislative, legal and other routes. He had said some days ago that he would call a special session of the Assembly to bring in necessary amendments to the state laws to negate the dangerous impact of the central legislations, which are designed to ruin the farmers as well as the state’s agriculture and economy.

With the Cabinet decision, the Punjab Governor has been authorized to convene the 13th (Special) Session of 15th Punjab Vidhan Sabha, as per clause (1) of Article 174 of the Constitution of India.

It may be recalled that the 12th session of the 15th Punjab Vidhan Sabha concluded on August 28, 2020 in which a resolution was passed by majority to reject the contentious farm ordinances viz. The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020; and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 besides the proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020, promulgated by the Union Government.

RETIRING DOCTORS & MEDICAL SPECIALISTS IN PUNJAB GET 3-MONTH EXTENSION/RE-EMPLOYMENT AMID COVID CRISIS: The Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday gave its nod to grant three months Extension/Re-employment to Doctors and Medical Specialists w.e.f. October 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, in view of the Covid crisis.

The decision comes amid continued escalation in Covid cases in Punjab, which currently accounts for more than 1.25 lakh of India’s nearly 72 lakh cases, with infections and deaths continuing to rise on a daily basis.

Though recruitment of doctors and para-medical staff is under way, this would take time and hence the state government has decided to continue availing the services of existing doctors/specialists for the time being.

PUNJAB HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE TECHNICAL (GROUP-C) SERVICE RULES, 2016 APPROVED

The Cabinet also approved amendments to the Punjab Health and Family Welfare Technical (Group-C) Service Rules, 2016, for reduction in the prescribed promotional quota, from 25% percent to 10% for the post of Staff Nurse, and in the sanctioned permanent 4216 posts of Staff Nurse to 3577. This will help provide employment opportunities to eligible candidates through direct recruitment against the vacant posts of Staff Nurse and 639 posts surrendered to the Department of Research and Medical Education.

The Cabinet also okayed amendments in these Rules for the post of Dialysis Technician of the Health and Family Welfare Department by including the technically qualified candidates who have passed B.Sc. (Dialysis Technician), in addition to the current educational qualification prescribed for direct recruitment.-

TILLERS & OTHER CATEGORIES OCCUPYING LAND TO GET PROPRIETARY RIGHTS IN PUNJAB,• CABINET OKAYS BILL TO EMPOWER CERTAIN CATEGORIES AS PART OF AGRARIAN REFORMS

In a bid to confer proprietary rights upon certain categories of persons in occupation of agrarian land in the state, the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday approved ‘The Punjab Bhondedar, Butemar, Dohlidar, Insar Miadi, Mukarraridar, Mundhimar, Panahi Qadeem, Saunjidar, or Taraddadkar (Vesting of Proprietary Rights) Bill, 2020’.

Some 11231 persons in these categories, currently occupying private land spread across 4000 acres, will get the proprietary rights after payment of due compensation as per grades to be notified by the government shortly.

Giving details, an official spokesperson said the Cabinet has accepted the proposal of the Revenue Department to recognise 'Specified Categories' as persons recorded in revenue record as Bhondedar, Butemar, Dohlidar, Insar Miadi, Mukarraridar, Mundhimar, Panahi Qadeem, Saunjidar, or Taraddadkar for a period of at least 20 years on the appointed day, that is 1st of January 2020, and includes their predecessors and the successors-in-interest, before the coming into force of this Act.

These categories were left out at the time of vesting of proprietary rights to occupancy tenants under the Punjab Occupancy Tenants (Vesting of Proprietary Rights) Act, 1952 (Act 8 of 1953) and PEPSU Occupancy Tenants (Vesting of Proprietary Rights) Act, 1954 (Act 18 of 1954).

The measure is part of agrarian reforms to empower tillers of such land, who belong mostly to the economically and socially weaker sections of the society. These tenants have been in occupation of small parcels of land for several years and inherit their rights by succession from generation to generation. However, since they were not recorded as owners, they could neither access financial institutions for crop loans nor get calamity relief.

Pertinently, the Punjab Government has established the Revenue Commission to make existing laws, rules and procedures relating to land administration, transparent, simpler and people-friendly, in accordance with modern agriculture and non-agricultural practices.

PUNJAB GOVT TO IMPLEMENT CAPT AMARINDER’S PROMISE TO PROVIDE 1 LAKH GOVT JOBS BY FY2021-22 IN PHASED MANNER,CABINET APPROVES STATE EMPLOYMENT PLAN 2020-22 TO ENSURE TIME-BOUND FILLING OF VACANCIES: To fulfill Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s promise of providing one lakh government jobs to youth in the remaining term of his government, the Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday approved a State Employment Plan 2020-22, to fill vacant jobs in government departments, boards, corporations and agencies in a phased time-bound manner.

The recruitment will be done on central government pay scales, in line with the earlier cabinet decision to this effect. A state-level function will be held on Independence Day, 2021 for formal joining of the selected candidates in Government posts during the year 2020-21. The function will be presided over by the Chief Minster.

As per the Plan approved by the Cabinet, all department may advertise their respective vacancies by October 31, 2020 to take forward the process of recruitment. The Administrative Departments would be solely responsible to ensure transparent and fair recruitment within the stipulated time schedule.

According to an official spokesperson, the Cabinet has also authorized the Chief Minister to make such amendments/additions/deletions as the situation may warrant, concerning various issues/proposals, after obtaining the advice of Departments of Personnel and Finance.

The Chief Minister had in March announced that 50,000 direct quota vacant government posts shall be filled in FY 2020-21 and another 50,000 posts in fiscal 2021-22, as a part of his flagship programme ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar’.

Giving details of the Plan, the spokesperson said the Employment Generation, Skill Development & Training Department has collected the direct quota fill-able vacant posts, category-wise, from all the Administrative Departments. These include Group A (3959), Group B (8717) and Group C (36313), thus totaling 48,989 posts.

It was decided at the Cabinet meeting interviews would not be required for recruitment to Group-C posts. However, candidates selected based on tests shall present themselves for counselling, to be organized by the concerned department for physical verification of the candidates and their documents.

All the Engineering posts at the level of Junior Engineer (JE) and above in all departments/boards/corporations/authorities etc. shall be filled through Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) by organizing a common exam. In those cases where departments are yet to finalize the agency that would carry out the recruitment, they would be required to do so at

The competent level and go ahead with the recruitment process. However, if certain posts are to be withdrawn from the purview of the Staff Selection Board or the PPSC, it would be done only under exceptional circumstances by following the established process.

Regarding the direct quota vacant posts of Group-A and Group-B to be filled through Punjab Public Service Commission, the spokesperson said that the departments had been asked to refer these Group-A and Group-B fillable posts to PPSC for recruitment by October 31, 2020, and the recruitment process of these posts shall be completed by June 30, 2021. The Personnel Department has been directed to ensure implementation and compliance in this regard.

Meanwhile, the Employment Generation, Skill Development & Training Department would collect fillable direct quota vacancies for the financial year 2021-22 from all the departments category wise by June 30, 2021. The spokesperson further said that all the concerned departments whose vacancies are to be filled for the financial year 2021-22 would complete the process of advertisement regarding recruitment by October 31, 2021, and submit a certificate to this effect to the Employment Generation, Skill Development & Training Department on October 31, 2021.

PUNJAB CABINET OKAYS PROPRIETARY LAND RIGHTS FOR SLUM DWELLERS

The Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday gave approval to notify the Rules of the Punjab Slum Dwellers (Proprietary Rights) Act 2020 for the purpose of giving proprietary rights of land to slum dwellers, thus ensuring basic amenities for them.

According to the spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office, the Local Government department has already prepared 'BASERA - Chief Minister's Slum Development Programme' in accordance with Section 17 of the Punjab Slum Dwellers (Proprietary Rights) Act 2020, which outlines the guiding framework for the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) to implement the Act. This programme envisages a ‘Slum-free Punjab’, with inclusive and equitable cities in which every citizen has access to basic civic services, social amenities and decent shelter.

Punjab has witnessed mushrooming of unauthorized slums on government land in recent decades as a result of influx of migrant population due to growth and development of the urban areas. This has presented the government with the challenge to provide basic amenities to all sections of the society residing in the city/towns including the slum dwellers. For sustainable growth of the cities, the management of slums in the urban areas of the state is a major concern, which the rules will help address to some extent.

TO BOOST QUALITY & FARMERS’ INCOME, CABINET APPROVES PUNJAB TISSUE CULTURE BASED SEED POTATO BILL, 2020: In a major step towards boosting potato farmers’ income, the Punjab Government has decided to allow production of quality seed potato through tissue culture based technology, using aeroponics/net house facilities, along with the certification of seed potato and its successive generations.

The state cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday, approved the Punjab Tissue Culture Based Seed Potato Bill, 2020, to meet the demand of potato farmers for quality seed potato, and enable the development of the state as export hub for seed potato in the country.

The move would also help incentivize potato production, leading to greater diversification by bringing more area under potato crop cultivation, according to an official spokesperson.

Currently, potato crop is grown across an approximate area of one lakh hectares in the state, generating demand of 4 LMT of quality seed potato. However, there is negligible supply of quality seed potato from Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla. Some of the traders are currently illegally supply the poor quality seed potato by putting the mark of Punjab seed potato on it.

Besides demand from within the state, there is also demand for seed potato from outside the state, and since Punjab is bestowed with unique climatic conditions, it is favourable for virus/bacterial/pathogen free production of quality seed potato.

Incidentally, horticulture crops are emerging as an attractive alternative under the state government’s crop diversification programme, and even though they cover only 4.84% of total cropped area to produce around 73.50 LMT, their share to the total agriculture GDP of the state is 12.43%.

Education department completes 6th phase of special campaign to aware people from the Corona epidemic

Chandigarh, October 14

Punjab education department has completed 6th phase of special campaign to aware people from the Corona-19 epidemic.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the department said that the teachers and officers / employees of all the government schools had educated the people of the state about taking precautionary measures to defeat the corona-19. During the outreach campaign, the teachers instructed the general public on how to wash their hands as well as how to wear masks and keep physical distance. The general public was also explained in detail about the use of these precautions to prevent the spread of covid-19.
The spokesperson said that during door to door campaign in 6th phase, teachers apprised the general public about the symptoms of the corona affected patient and urged them to be vigilant. The general public was also urged to take special care of the elderly and children and to follow the government's guidelines regarding the gathering of a certain number of people during social functions.
The spokesperson further said that during this time people were encouraged to download the cova app in their mobiles and were also made aware about the services available through this app. There was great enthusiasm among the general public to defeat the Corona epidemic. Public awareness teams were assured of full implementation of the precautions to be taken to prevent the spread of the corona virus.

 
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