Chandigarh, December 5, 2018: “The Punjab Government guided by the visionary leadership of the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is fully committed to provide hassle free transport services to the people disembarking at the Indira Gandhi International Airport especially the NRI community. The buses of PUNBUS carrying National Permit would start plying within 2 days the passengers from Jalandhar to the International Airport at a nominal fare of Rs. 1100 per head.”
Disclosing this here today in a press communiqué the Transport Minister, Punjab, Mrs. Aruna Chaudhary said that the PUNBUS was operating Volvo buses from Jalandhar to the Indira Gandhi International Airport for more than a decade but owing to some technical reasons, around 15 days ago the state carrier buses operated by PUNBUS were stopped by the Delhi Administration citing a ruling by the Supreme Court under which state carrier buses could operate only from the notified bus stands. The matter was taken up with the Delhi Government and they agreed to make a Volvo bus stand at Dwarka opposite international airport.
As the construction is going to take a couple of months the PUNBUS has decided to run buses with the National Tourist Permit so as to provide value for money services to the NRIs.

Chandigarh/ Hoshiarpur: The Police Recruits Training Centre Jahan Khelan hosted a passing out Parade of the Drill and Weapon handling course batch of the Punjab Home Guard volunteers today at the Chaman Stadium. A total of 624 home guard volunteers including 579 male and 45 female volunteers passed out on the occasion.

The chief guest on the occasion Sh. Sunder Sham Arora, Minister of Industries and Trade Punjab while lauding the role played by the Home Guards during the war with China in 1962 and also in other critical situations like the period of militancy in Punjab said that the Home Guards have always risen to the occasion whenever the need arouse for that. The minister said that it was for the first time that any government has given jobs on compassionate grounds to the Home Guards volunteers.

Sh. Sunder Sham Arora said that the Punjab Government was very considerate to the need of providing gainful employment to the unemployed youth of Punjab. The ADGP, Punjab Home Guards, Sh. B.K. Bawa, IPS stressed the role played by the Punjab Home Guards in maintaining the peace and harmony in the State. He also raised certain concerns of the organization which needed to be dealt with by the government. Speaking on the occasion Commandant, PRTC Jahan Khelan Sh. Bhupinder Singh, PPS said that the course content of the batch was so planned that these Home Guards volunteers would very ably perform the duties of law and order in co-ordination with Punjab Police. On the occasion also were present IGP Mr. Yurinder singh hayer, DIG Punjab Home guards Mr.Harmanjeet Singh, SSP Mr. J.Elenchazian and ADC Mrs. Anupam Kaler.

On this occasion officers of the centre were honored for their contribution to the training activities. These included the law officers of the centre namely Sh. Kanwal Preet Singh Dy.DA, Sh. Amit Dhawan ADA, Sh. Dinesh Kathia ADA, Sh. Nitin Berry ADA and Dr. Sarbrinder Jeet Singh ADA and also the Dy.SPs working in this centre namely Sh. Harjit Singh, Sh. Gurjit Pal Singh and Sh. Malkiat Singh. On this occasion the bereaved families of the Home Guards who passed away while on duty were also handed over the insurance amounts by the HDFC Bank in arrangement with the Punjab Home Guards department.
Also the meritorious wards of the Punjab Home Guards officials were disbursed scholarships by the bank. A colorful program was also presented on the occasion.

CHANDIGARH: Ending the stalemate over the issue, the Captain Amarinder Singh government has decided to pay Rs.25 per quintal directly to the sugarcane farmers, while also announcing immediate release of Rs.65 crores towards the interest on loans taken by private sugar mill owners to clear pending dues of farmers.
The Chief Minister has also directed the private sugar mills to immediately start the crushing operations, which have already been delayed by over a fortnight.
The Chief Minister has announced that the State Government would pay Rs.25 per quintal on sugarcane to the farmers directly out of the State Assured Price (SAP) of Rs.310 per quintal, while the remaining Rs.285 per quintal would be paid to them by the private sugar mills.
The decision was taken by the Chief Minister at a meeting with the owners of the private sugar mills here at his official residence this afternoon.
According to an official spokesperson, Captain Amarinder Singh has also directed the Financial Commissioner Development to ensure smooth commencement of crushing, along with meticulous implementation of the settlement reached between the owners of the sugar mills and state government.
In line with the commitment made by the State Government in 2015 to bear the interest on the loan of Rs.200 crore taken by the private sugar mills to clear the payment of farmers for the 2015-16 crushing season, the Chief Minister also announced that the state government would immediately release the accumulated interest, amounting to nearly Rs.65 crore, directly to the farmers to partly clear dues of Rs.192 crore pending with the private mill owners.
The private mill owners assured the Chief Minister that the balance amount due to the farmers for the crushing season 2017-18 would be paid by them directly at the earliest.
Cabinet Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Advocate General Atul Nanda, Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar, Financial Commissioner Development Viswajeet Khanna, Principal Secretary Finance Anirudh Tiwari and Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh were present in today’s meeting.
The Private Mill owners at the meeting included Rajinder Singh Chadha, Kamal Oswal, Rana Inder Partap Singh, Jarnail Singh Wahid and Kunal Yadav.

Chandigarh: Taking big strides forward in implementing the agenda of congress manifesto, the Health Department cleared the backlog of appointments on compassionate grounds by handing over appointment letter to 18 candidates. It was disclosed by Mr. Brahm Mohindra Health and Family Welfare Minister Punjab.
He said that among the candidates who had been given appointment letters on compassionate ground included 2 clerks, 1 driver and 15 Class four employees. He said that his prime concern was to fill all the vacant post in hospitals to upgrade the health delivery system. He said that the appointment letters to 306 medical officers, who were selected by PPSC, had already been given some days ago similarly the recruitment process of specialist doctors was almost complete. The Health Minister said that the meeting of Punjab Cabinet held on 3 December had given go ahead for filling all the 185 vacant posts of ESI Hospitals and Dispensaries. He said that the process for the recruitment had begun and soon all vacant post of doctors and paramedic would be filled.
The Health Minister also extended greetings to the newly recruited employees and exhorted them to work with full sincerity and dedication.

Chandigarh: State Vigilance Bureau, today nabbed an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) posted as investigation Officer Lehra Police station, Sangrur district red handed while accepting bribe of Rs 28,000.
Disclosing this here an official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said ASI Billu Singh was nabbed red handed on the complaint of Harmesh of village Nanri in Fatehbad (Haryana). The complainant has approached the VB and alleged that the accused ASI was demanding Rs 1,50,000 for not registering case under NDPS act against him and the deal was struck at Rs. 80,000 and he had already paid 20,000 as a first instalment to him.
After verifying his information, the vigilance team laid a trap and the accused ASI was arrested on the spot taking bribe of Rs. 28,000 of second instalment from the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses.
He informed that a case under Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the accused at VB police station Patiala and further investigation was under progress.

Chandigarh: The 6th session of 15th Punjab Vidhan Sabha has been summoned on December 13, 2018.
Divulging this here today, Punjab Vidhan Sabha Secretary Mrs. Shashi Lakhanpal Mishra said that the Governor of Punjab has summoned the session on Thursday, the 13th December, 2018 at 2:00 pm in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Hall, Vidhan Bhavan, Chandigarh. She said that the 15th Punjab Vidhan Sabha will meet for its Sixth Session and the notification for the same has been issued.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018