22042021-JTR-01.qxd 21-04-2021 23:18 Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE SGPC DECIDES TO LIMIT GURU’S 400TH BIRTH ANNIV EVENTS PAGE 2 The SGPC has decided to curtail the function planned to mark the 400th Parkash Purb of Guru Tegh Bahadur. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF PROCUREMENT PICKS UP IN K’THALA Kapurthala: Direct benefit transfer (DBT) payment to farmers against the wheat procured by state agencies has picked up pace in Kapurthala as ~42.65 crore have been transferred to farmers’ bank accounts in a single day on Tuesday. To further expedite the process, the Punjab Mandi Board is making arrangements to set up registration camps at offices of the Market Committee and at big mandis. In the district, a total of 1,80,142 MT of wheat has arrived in mandis, out of which 1,72,871 MT have been procured. Deputy Commissioner Deepti Uppal said the process of payment to the farmers for their crop was being expedited as the registration of owners of the wheat procured by the agencies is being made immediately on the “Anaaj kahrid portal” to ensure payment to the farmers within 48 hours of the purchase. District Mandi Officer Arvinder Singh said as per the directions of the Mandi Board, special camps were planned to be organised in offices of the market committees and at big mandis for the convenience of farmers and arhtiyas. TNS ~23 CR POSTED IN FARMERS’ ACCOUNTS Jalandhar: The district administration has made payment of around Rs 23 crore into farmers’ bank accounts during the ongoing wheat procurement season and emerged as a leading district in lifting the produce in the state. Divulging the details, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said as many as 2,63,438 metric tonnes (MTs) of wheat had arrived in all 137 purchase centres so far of which 2,61,936 MTs produce had been purchased by the agencies. He further added that a payment of Rs 22.91 crore was directly credited in the farmers’ bank accounts in a smooth and hassle-free manner. TNS SALMAN’S RADHE TO RELEASE IN THEATRES & OTT PLATFORM PAGE 3 SOUNDARYA SHARMA ADHERES TO MULTIPLE FITNESS FORMS Salman Khan’s Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai will release this Eid in theatres as well as OTT platform. MAX 27°C | MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C | MIN 14°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:01 PM PAGE 4 Soundarya Sharma loves running and has also taken up gymming, yoga as well as mixed-martial arts. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:50 AM THURSDAY | 22 APRIL 2021 | JALANDHAR Shortage? Oxygen reserved DC warns of action against those selling gas in black only for medical facilities now Exhorts healthcare institutions to reserve All industries, except 9 exempted ones, barred from securing the gas 75 per cent of their beds for Covid patients Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 21 Keeping in view the rising cases of Covid-19, the Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday barred all industries from securing oxygen supply with the exception of the exempted ones which would have to seek permission from the nodal officer. Only medical units would henceforth be eligible for oxygen supply in the district. Any exempted industry requiring oxygen in the district will have to take permission from the nodal officers before it can be authorised for oxygen supply. And only nine exempted industries can seek this permission, ordered the DC. The DC released these instructions hours after providing exemption to nine industries for the provision of oxygen. As per the new orders, any ‘exempted’ industry can only be supplied oxygen after the written permission of the nodal officers — Hardeep Singh, Additional Commissioner (G), A Civil Hospital staff member installs oxygen cylinders for the coronavirus patients in Jalandhar on Wednesday. SARABJIT SINGH MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS TO HOSPITALS ■ Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori exhorted all private hospitals and industries to install pressure swing absorption (PSA)-based oxygen plants on their premises ■ He said all private hospitals and industries were asked to install PSA oxygen plants, which would help Covid care institutions to meet the requisite oxygen requirements ■ The DC further asked the hospitals to postpone elective surgeries in their respective institutions to ensure sufficient availability of oxygen for Covid-19 patients across facilities and Darbara Singh, Deputy Director, Local Bodies, who is also the nodal officer (oxygen). The nine exempted industries are ampoules & vials, pharmaceuticals, petroleum refineries, steel plants, nuclear energy facilities, oxygen cylinder manufacturers, wastewater treatment plants, food & water purification and process industries which require an uninterrupted operation of furnaces, process, etc. ADC Vishesh Sarangal, nodal officer for Level 3 private medical centres in the district, said, “There is a daily requirement of about 3,500 oxygen cylinders of B-type and D-type in the district. At present, we have a sufficient supply of oxygen. But the arrangements are being made to ensure that there is ample supply as at times there are also panic calls or sudden requirement.” A private doctor on condition of anonymity said, “We are forced to send patients to other hospitals or medical units which have oxygen plants as there is a severe shortage of oxygen. Patients are rising and today we have managed but we do not know whether we may be able to manage oxygen tomorrow.” O2 shortage claimed life, allege kin Jalandhar, April 21 A Covid-19 patient reportedly died due to lack of oxygen at New Ruby Hospital here on Tuesday night, following which the family members of the patient created a ruckus alleging negligence by hospital management. The deceased has been identified as Balbir Singh, a resident of Sikandarpur. He was admitted to the hospital after he complained of chest congestion and breathing problem. His son, Jatinder Singh, said when he brought his father to the hospital, the doctors advised to admit him. Considering his situation, they took his sample for Covid. Doc denies, says the patient died due to severe Covid infection “Unfortunately, he tested positive for the virus. “While we were not allowed to go near the Covid patients, we saw a chaotic situation from outside the ICU. Family members of a patient told us that the hospital was running out of oxygen cylinder and doctors were manually giving chest pumps to patients. Meanwhile, at around 8.30 pm, the doctors informed me that my father succumbed to the virus,” added Jatinder. Rajwinder Singh, nephew of the victim, said doctors on Tuesday morning told them that the patient was fine and his oxygen level was 98 per cent. Dr SPS Grover, an official at the hospital, denied the allegations and said there was no shortage of oxygen. Instead, the patient died due to severe Covid infection that had damaged his lungs. Meanwhile, the SHO, police division number seven, who reached the hospital in the night, said the footages of CCTV installed in the ICU ward of the hospital had been procured. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 21 Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Wednesday urged all healthcare institutions to reserve at least 75 per cent of their bed capacity for Covid-19 patients to ensure that there was no shortage of beds in hospitals during the spike in cases. While participating in a Covid-19 review meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan, the Deputy Commissioner apprised the CS of the steps being taken by the administration to contain the spread of the virus. He said all the private hospitals were being asked to reserve 75 per cent of the total beds in their respective hospitals to deal with Covid-19 cases more effectively as elective surgeries were already asked to be put off till further orders. The DC asked the hospitals to utilize oxygen concentrators to meet the requirement of this life-saving gas amid the pandemic. He said these concentrators would ensure adequate availability of oxygen for less serious patients in hospitals, thus enabling them to augment their oxygen capacity. Meanwhile, he passed directions to conduct maximum testing and vaccination of patients visiting OPDs for general treatment as a huge number of potential virus carriers could be detected at these places. The DC directed the authorities concerned to ensure oxygen supplies only to hospital and if, there was availability of oxygen after addressing the hospitals requirement, only then it would be supplied to industries that too HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Helpline number of Ambulance: 108 JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 421 37,981 5 1,029 372 33,534 3,418 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 ■ Jalandhar Helpline for Covid or other medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ Dist Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ 5 deaths, 421 fresh cases Tribune News service Five succumb, 221 test positive in Hoshiarpur Jalandhar, April 21 With 421 fresh cases and five deaths, the district tally reached 37,981 and the death toll climbed up to 1,029 in Jalandhar today. While 33,534 people have been discharged so far, there are 3,418 active cases in the district. As many as 162 people tested Covid-positive in Kapurthala taking the district tally to 11,250. The district also reported five deaths. The deceased included a 23-year-old woman of Kapurthala, who died in Ludhiana, a 59-yearold woman of Kamrai village, Dhilwan, who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar and a 62-year-old woman who died at DMC, Ludhiana. The district reported five more deaths due to Covid19, taking the toll to 677 on Friday. Besides, the district also witnessed 221 fresh cases taking the tally to 16,932. Giving this information, Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said the number of active cases in the district stood at 1,436 and 16,932 patients had recovered from the virus. Out of today’s 221 positive cases, 20 patients were from Hoshiarpur city, 11 from other districts and the remaining from other health blocks of the district. Of the five deaths in the district, two died at Hoshiarpur hospitals while three others (one each) died at Hoshiarpur, Chandigarh and Jalandhar hospitals. with the written approval of Assistant Commissioner Hardeep Singh and Deputy Director, Local Bodies Department, Darbara Singh. He categorically stated that if any black marketing of oxygen gas was reported in the district, an FIR would be filed against the perpetrators. 13 booked for flouting Shortage of gunny bags, transportation night curfew guidelines facilities hit procurement process in dist Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 21 With the number of Covid-19 cases increasing at an alarming rate, the city police have intensified the drive against violators. On Tuesday night, the cops booked around 13 offenders for violating night curfew. Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar stated that special nakas were installed across the city to ensure strict enforcement of night curfew. He further added that during the checking, two FIRs each were lodged by the Police Division No. 5 police station, Basti Bawa Khel police station and Division No. 7 police station while one FIR each was registered by the police stations of Bhargo Camp, Sadar, Division No. 8 and Division No. 6 respectively. Besides, 298 traffic challans were also issued by the officials. Bhullar further mentioned that 1,872 FIRs had been registered by the police in all 14 police stations along with the arrest of 2,521 violators. He said 736 FIRs had been registered for not wearing mask and 898 accused had been arrested in these cases. Moreover, 115 FIRs were reg- Jalandhar, April 21 For over the past week, Satnam Singh has been tirelessly waiting to sell his crop at the Lohian Khas grain market. Every season he produces around 500-600 quintals of wheat. However, this time, he says he is struggling for his produce to be lifted. “I started harvesting my crop from April 10 onwards. Subsequently, I came here to sell my produce on time. After the confusion over Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), now the the shortage of “bardana”(gunny bags) is impeding the procurement process. Apparently, there is an acute shortage of gunny bags here. For the first time, we are experiencing this. Till last year, the procurement would be finished within a few hours of reaching the mandi, but this time we are forced to spend even nights in the grain market,” said Satnam. The shortage of gunny bags in the grain markets of both the districts — Jalandhar and Kapurthala — has slowed down the procurement process. Unable to sell their produce on time, farmers have even started leaving for Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar divulges the details of Covid-19 norms in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO istered last month, including 27 for not wearing mask, 12 for violating social distancing norm and 75 for other violations, wherein 129 accused were arrested during the same period. The police have issued 3,205 challans for not wearing mask and fine worth ~32,05,000 had been collected, he said. Bhullar: Safety precautions in larger public interest Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said safety precautions were for larger public interest and not for any individual gain aimed at saving precious lives of people from coronavirus. The CP was on a city round, where he took stock of police preparedness to effectively enforce the fresh Covid-19 curbs announced by the state government. While going for a Facebook live at Model Town Market, the Commissioner of Police urged all citizens to strictly adhere to Covid appropriate behavior to ensure their safety from the ill-effects of virus. Bhullar said that curbs were announced for people’s safety and hence should be treated as an essential part of our lives. He said no one was allowed to take law and order in their hands as playing on these norms could take a heavy toll on all of us. continued on page 2 c m y b TINU: LACK OF BASIC FACILITIES AT MANDIS ■ SAD MLA Pawan Tinu said the farmers reaching smaller mandis were at the receiving end. “In the absence of transportation facilities, farmers are compelled to bring their crop to smaller mandis that don't even have proper sheds and tarpaulins to cover their crop. Besides, 55,000 quintals of wheat has arrived in the Patara grain market, 52,000 in Raipur Farala, 50,000 in Alawalpur, 24,000 in Ladhra and 26,000 in Kandhala. Hence, the government needs to make proper arrangements to cover the farmers’ produce,” said Tinu. Labourers spread wheat at the Jalandhar grain market on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO the Singhu border. They say they will return only after proper arrangements are made in the grain markets. Harpreet Singh, a farmer from Kapurthala, said, “While my tractor-trailer is still in the grain market, I have left for the Singhu border to join the protest. I had especially come for harvesting and procurement, but things are not favourable here. Therefore, I had to keep my 100 quintals of wheat in the grain market. My relatives are looking after my harvest. Even after approaching the officials concerned, we could not get gunny bags.” For the crop produced in around one acre of land, as many as 75 gunny bags are needed. And for hundreds of quintals of wheat, farmers require thousands of gunny bags, which are unavailable. Gurpreet Singh Atwal, a Bhogpur-based farmer, is also experiencing the same situation at the Bhogpur grain market. Meanwhile, commission agents (arhtiyas) claimed that the situation was entirely different at the outbreak of the pandemic last year. Nitin Wadhwa, a member of the Arhtiyas’ Association, Kapurthala, stated that the shortage of gunny bags was not a new challenge. “But this time the acute shortage has exposed the lackadaisical attitude of the govern- ment, which is trying to give mandis into private hands. We have been told to purchase gunny bags on our own and the government will reimburse the payment later. Moreover, it has been a year and we have not received payments of last season so far,” said Wadhwa. A gunny bag costs around Rs 41.90 in the market and this year even farmers are being asked to pay ~13 per bag.
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