Dhanis get the ‘power’ of 24-hr Supply

Punjab government in its bid to develop each part of the state, the Badal government took the step towards providing 24 hours electricity supply to Dhanis. The project which is worth Rs. 15.30 crore is dedicated towards electrifying more than 1500 dhanis.

Dhanis get the ‘power’ of 24-hr Supply

The government of Punjab is not just working for the welfare of the residents in the villages and cities under Punjab state but even for the people living in the far flung areas of the state. To do away with the problems of the people living near the border and sub-mountainous kandi areas the Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal made it a point to provide electricity to these areas.

The project, which was taken up in 2013, aims to benefit more than 1500 Dhanis with an estimated cost of Rs. 15.30 Crore. Dhanis are places where people live collectively outside towns or villages.

The electricity in the border areas has not been regular and that has been a major reason for their disappointment. Government has now taken this into consideration and the Chief Minister has assured the residents of these areas of 24 Hour uninterrupted Electricity.

The funds for the project to start were immediately released by the Government to the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd. (PSPCL). The plan as directed by the Chief Minister himself was to connect Dhanis with a Cluster of three or more houses in border areas with feeders. This would be done after laying separate lines to ensure a good power supply on the urban pattern.

Anirudh Tiwari was made the head of a committee that was to work out the modakities for the settlement of outstanding arrears outstanding. PSPCL was also directed by the chief minister to issue fresh power bills to BPL on the basis of current.

Electrifying the 1500 Dhanis in Punjab will lead the state into some much deserved appreciation. It has been proved to be a stepping stone towards development. Punjab government in this effort of theirs of providing uninterrupted electricity to the Dhanis which have had the problem of erratic supply of electricity, has made their intention of developing each corner of the state bold.

Further in the current Budget of the state presented by the finance minister S. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Rs 102 Crores have been allocated towards electrifying the leftout Dhanis.

After providing electricity to the border areas of the state, Akali-BJP led government has done justice to the needs of the people living in the rural areas. Looking for the needs of the poor in the far flung areas makes clear the intention of the government to help the poor.


Fruit and vegetable market proves to be a fruitful venture

Agriculture is certainly the mainstay of Indian economy. In agrarian states like Punjab, political will and intervention has led to the success of land reforms and the upliftment of the farmers. Technological advancements, a visionary far sight, and efficient execution in the field of agriculture could be a game changer for winning over the menace of hunger, malnutrition and indebtedness. Similar is the case in Punjab state.

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The process of the revolutionary transformation of the agricultural sector in Punjab began with true spirits in 2014. The Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal initiated the ultra-modern fruit and vegetable market in Mohali, with the vision of providing efficient marketing facilities to the farmers and traders including both the wholesalers and retailers. The market has been reported to give a boost to the flagship program of crop diversification of the state government.

The ultra-modern fruit and vegetable market in Mohali covers an area of approximately 12.5 acres, and involves an investment of nearly Rs. 50 crore. Various farmers are allotted space in the market, to directly sell their production in contrast to the ‘Apni Mandi’ scheme.

The market yard is separated in two areas, i.e. the wholesale area and the trade area. General facilities such as cold storage or ripening chamber, garbage collection and disposal, workers canteen, water works and air-conditioning plant are also installed in the market.

The main market block, is T shaped which comprises of three wings. The market is designed in accordance to the PEB structure, which makes the entire market structure viable, fast and easy to construct and economical.

The 100 mm thick puffed panels, are productive for thermal insulation, which further contributes to the efficient operating of the air conditioners in the retail market. There are approximately 79 retail fruit and vegetable booths, 10 retail fruit and vegetable shops, and 30 double storied wholesale fruit and vegetable shops in the ultra-modern fruit and vegetable market.

In order to avoid any sort of exploitation of the farmers and the consumers, electronic weigh scale is used i.e. the entire sale procedure is monitored electronically. The SAD-BJP led state government is the first state in the country to put all the information of development works on a web based system, e-Pragati.

The state government has also been conducive in promoting floriculture, which is clearly evident from the radical movement of the Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal to clear the proposal to grant subsidy of 50% of the total cost of additional infrastructure under the protected cultivation of flowers, herbs and salads in soilless culture.

Computerization of Transportation Department – Transforming Punjab into a global village

Information Technology (IT) has revolutionized the world in almost every field. The Government of Punjab is not at all lagging behind in the race of transforming the state into a global village.

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The department of transportation in Punjab state, functions under the provisions of section 213 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The Transport Department was primarily established for enforcement of the provisions of Motor Vehicles Act,1988, Punjab Motor Vehicles Taxation Act,1924(Amended 1993)and the rules framed under these two Acts.

The Punjab Transport department, is seen to be beneficial in providing citizen centric services by the use of Information Technology. The revolutionary steps of initiating VAHAN and SARATHI, by the Transport department of Punjab state led to computerization of the department in terms of the managerial functions performed, about 10 years ago. Punjab is renowned to be the first state of the country to successfully implement Vahan and Sarathi application for registration of vehicles and issue of licenses across the state. Taking note of the public convenience and the vehicle population in the state of Punjab, there are about 22 DTO s and 52 SDM s distributed geographically.

The computerization of the department of Transport, Punjab was initiated in November 2003 with a visionary far sight of the government for the citizens living in rural and urban areas. The project mainly evolves around standardization of technologies and applications by MoRTH, Inter- operability of licenses and permits across the state, rolling out of common strategies throughout the state, implementation of Pilot site of Punjab to be done successfully, smart card implementation in progress at Pilot site in Mohali and initiation of the process for State wide Roll-out. In case any discrepancy arises in the particulars of a vehicle the owner can easily get it rectified by submitting an application to the concerned District Transport Officer.

All the operations related to registration of vehicles have been efficiently computerized by the transportation department of Punjab, in contrast to the implementation of e-governance system in the state. The major achievements of the government in computerization of the transport department include initiatives like, SUWIDHA web, Right to Service Information System (RTSIS) , Web-based counselling for PSBTE (Punjab State Technical Education Board ), Web-based counselling for PTU (Punjab Technical University) , Website based online Off- campus counselling for admission to ITI courses for the Department of Technical Education in 2013-2014 and GePNIC which stands for Government eProcurement software.

The Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, has always been conducive towards the needs of the citizens living in the rural and urban areas indiscriminately, which is clearly evident from the fact that the SAD-BJP led government has always been at the back of the Transportation Department for the implementation of various initiatives which help in marching ahead on the path of the revolutionary transformation of the state into a global village.

Upgradation of milk farms- A Roadway to white revolution in Punjab

The visionary government of Punjab, which aims to be the apex dairy industry in terms of the quality of products is successfully paving its way to another white revolution in India. The upgradation of the milk farms in the state, shall create a pillar of support for the rural economy, make the various milk unions of the state doable and ensure satisfying quality of milk and milk products to the consumers.

agriculture and dairy farmingThe Chief minister, Prakash Singh Badal led SAD-BJP government, has always expressed its gratitude towards the farmers of the state in the form of favorable and efficient reforms for the sector. He has often emphasized on the dire need to make a shift from the traditional agriculture to the dairy farming, as an alternative to the conventional form of agriculture. Owing to the fact that, the income generated through the conventional agriculture is just not enough for the farmers to earn a decent level of income. Reminiscing the contribution of the farmers of in Punjab in the metamorphosis of a food deficit country to a food surplus India, the Chief Minister praised the farmers of the state and claimed that Punjab will soon pave its way towards a white and blue revolution.

“In this great service of the nation the farmers of the state have even sacrificed the only available natural resources of the state in terms of fertile soil and water. In such a dismal scenario, the only silver lining for the farmers is the allied farming sector, which has a huge potential in the state. In order to emerge out of the current agrarian crisis, the Punjabi farmers must take the initiative of opting for the allied farming activities like dairy farming, piggery, apiary, goat rearing and others.” He said, in accordance to a press release.

Even the Union Budget, 2016 professes an allocation of Rs. 850 crore for the various dairy related projects across the country, with the vision of galvanizing all the villages of India by the year of 2018. The Punjab State Cooperative Milk Producer’s Federation Limited, popularly known as MILKFED Punjab, has been successful in attaining the dual objective of catering remunerative milk market to the various milk producers in the state by value addition and to enhance the production of milk in the state, by providing technical inputs and expertise to the milk producers. In contrast to the same, the chief minister recently announced the set-up of an ultra-modern dairy plant with the daily processing capacity of 5 lakhs at Bassi Pathana, in Fatehgarh Sahib at the cost of Rs. 75 crore. The project will definitely accelerate the upgradation of milk plants in the state.

Highly inspired by his tour to Maeil diaries, the biggest dairy in South Korea, Mr. Badal planned to upgrade Milkfed, and Verka milk plants by replacing the obsolete techniques. Other milk plants which are in line for upgradation include Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Bathinda and Mohali milk plants.  If what is planned is implemented effectively, and welcomed with open arms, the dairy reforms could be successful in ameliorating the agony of the rural poor in Punjab.