Punjab government is one of the governments that prioritize women empowerment and it also because of the preaching of Gurus and Saints who focus on equality of women and preached against child marriage, female feticide, sati pratha and illiteracy among women.
Punjab government is actively involved in making women empowered and their lives better through safety and the schemes that government comes up with. One of these schemes is The Shagun scheme, which was started by Punjab government with effect from April 1, 1997. It helps the underprivileged families during the time of their daughter’s marriage. Punjab government has been active on the cause and ensures its timely delivery of benefits.
Every year a lot of families are benefited from this scheme, in the financial year of 2012-13, Punjab government covered 82,267 beneficiaries and in financial year 2013-14 around 81,000 beneficiaries were covered and during the financial year 2014-15 around 60,000 beneficiaries were covered under Shagun Scheme.
Recently, Punjab government has provided Rs98 crore budget for the scheme for the financial year 2015-16.Under the scheme, financial assistance of Rs 15000 is provided to schedule casts, backward class, Christians, economically weaker sector and widows of any casts. It is good to see a government so dedicated to the cause.
On 23rd October the state government of Punjab showcased the plaza at the main entrance of Golden Temple in Amritsar which has been developed at an overall cost of Rs 250 crore.
A facelift to the stretch from the historic Town Hall to Golden Temple has been given by the state government with beautification of roads and recreation of the facades of 170 buildings surrounding Darbar Sahib.
The “first-of-its-kind in the country”, galleries have been created as a part of this project. These would convey the story of the Sikh religion and its humanitarian philosophy to the visitors in a comprehensive manner, using latest state-of-the-art technologies. The galleries will narrate the story of the birth and establishment of Sikhism from the time of Guru Nanak Dev to Guru Gobind Singh.
In front of Jallianwala Bagh, a rock structure has been erected which will be lit with an eternal flame of our freedom struggle. Under the project, almost 170 buildings on Heritage Street, surrounding Harmandir Sahib, have been given a facelift. The development of the road beautifully displays the art and heritage of Punjab.
Another addition is the model of Parliament House, along with a BR Ambedkar’s statue, grabbing the status of a “one-of-its-kind in the country”.
A multi-level stone fountain with beautiful artwork depicting the Sikh religion during the Maharaja’s era has too been constructed from scratch. Parallelly, an LED screen has been installed on the street at Saragarhi Parking, which will screen the ‘gurbani’ recital from Harmandir Sahib to the people for an hour daily.
The main feature is the state of the art entrance which has been conceived as a domed structure supported on four cusped arches resting on four piers in each corner, imitating the structure of the Harmandir Sahib. In fact, the domed gateway structure has been painted in a golden metallic colour to relate to the international image of Harmandir Sahib as ‘Golden Temple’.
These architectural wonders hold the potential to turn the holy city of Amritsar into the most popular tourist destination in Punjab.
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal inaugurated the largest power plant in a single location in the state of mansa today. The power plant is worth 31.5MW. The plan has been installed by M/s Bhanu Energy Infrastructure and Power Limited and Bhanu Energy Industrial Development Limited.
Minister for Renewable Energy Bikram Majithia said the power plant has been set up with an investment of Rs 200 crore at Mirpur Kalan village and it is one of the state’s biggest investment. “The State is steadily moving on the path of becoming leading ‘solar power State’ of the country,” he said, adding this is the “largest power plant” located at single location in the state established at 173 acres of land. Majithia said that in a short span of three-four years of time with the investment of `8,000 crores, solar power generation has touched 1,080 MW from just nine MW with the growth rate of more than 100 per cent in the state.
It has becoming really difficult with time to judge the purity of your food. With industrialization, the adulteration is also increasing which is a huge risk for the public. People are switching to Organic food these days but they are not affordable and available in all parts of the country.
The UT Health department has devised a new way to take care of people and to find out whether the good you are eating is adulterated or not. Now you can get your food tested at the comfort of your home. This will help you in figuring out what all that you eat is adulterated or not and to what level if it is.
The UT Health Department is preparing a mobile food-testing laboratory that will go from door to door to test food. You can get this food testing done at the minimal cost of Rs.30. The lab will take a tour to all the sectors of Chandigarh. It is great step to make people aware of what they are eating and also to control adulteration. The lab will roam around the city, collecting samples and is available from Monday to Friday. The aim is to test these products and spread awareness about the adulteration and getting it in control.
Aryans Tech Fest is one of the biggest fest of the region. It will be held in parallel with Fatehgarh Zone Youth Festival of Punjab University on 25-27th September at Aryans Campus. Today the Higher Education Minister of Punjab, Surjit Singh Rakhra released the poster for Aryan Tech Fest.
Surgit appreciated the initiative taken by team Aryan and talked about how Aryan Tech Fest provides a unique platform for not just students but industries as well. Both students and industries can show case their break through, accomplishments and talents in the field of science and technology. Students will be participating in the fest with their project which will give them a platform to take that project further.
The fest will include events like Robo Fest, Solar Fest, IT fest, Science Fest, Aero Show, and Industrial Training Fest etc. More than 10.000 students across North India are expected to participate in the fest. The fest will be running parallel with Punjab University’s Youth festival where 5000 students and over 40 colleges are expected to participate in various cultural activities and competition including Giddha, Classical Dance, Orchestra, Rangoli, Photography, Natak etc.
The audience will get a chance to view all the activities happening at the fest from Solar products, robo shows to agricultural products. Companies will also be visiting the fest for recruitment which is going to provide great opportunity for the youth.
From fields of Kansar to the farms of Punjab, drones are proving to be a great help for farmers. Researchers are using drones to monitor, research and develop improved varieties of wheat crops and fight pest which has become a huge problem due to climate change.
These drones are flying over the wheat fields of Punjab, Kansas has a distinct association with Punjab. They share the same agricultural problems and rust is one of them. India has been facing an extreme stripe rust crisis recently, a rust attack can become an epidemic and can destroy or severely impact wheat yield. The fight against rust has been going on for a decade and drones are proving to be a great help as it makes the data collection faster.
Daljit Singh, a researcher of plant pathology at Kansas State University, points out that drones have a vast potential to assist in wheat variety development,” he told indiaclimatedialogue.net.
“One of the biggest challenges in India is diverse weather and farming practices. Punjab suffers from stripe rust but Bihar suffers largely from spot blotch disease,” Uttam Kumar said.
Uttam Kumar said that apart from developing climate-resilient wheat, BISA has been developing a series of calculators for providing precise information to farmers. Using the data collected through drones, BISA’s urea calculator application determines the precise amount of nitrogen needed in the field.
Thus farmers are told the exact amount of urea needed in a wheat field. “It’s a massive supportive information for poor farmers of Bihar,” Kumar said. Most farmers in the state are poor and farming is hardly mechanised. Under such circumstances, saving on urea and water saves farmers a lot of money.
Punjab is taking the struggling state of biodiversity seriously. This World Environment day, a green ceremony was conducted all over Punjab, keeping in mind the theme of 2016 “Go wild for Life- Zero Tolerance for Illegal Wildlife Trade”.
NGO’s got involved in the celebrations and encouraged the citizens to go green by indulging them in green activities like green walks, plantation drives and seminars. Not only this, BIG GM also collaborated with WWF India-Punjab to organize a painting competition for school children at 45 different locations. The aim of this activity was to sensitize and educate children about the deteriorating environment and how they can contribute to the prevention of the environment.
Kapsons in association with citizen activists, also held a nature walk from the Mall Road to the company Bagh which was joined by Jagjit Singh Walia who also emphasized on saving the environment and adopting a healthy lifestyle
Amritsar topped the way they celebrated and spread awareness around environment, the Local Bodies Minister, Anil Joshi started the ceremony by leading a cycle rally from Novelty Chowk to Company Badh, where along with the other participants he planted saplings and distributed them among the morning walkers and joggers to motivate them to take care of the environment and replicate the act. The government understands the importance of protecting wildlife and stepped up by focusing on the prohibition of deforestation.