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SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:23 AM MONDAY | 4 OCTOBER 2021 | JALANDHAR Produce arrives in mandis, procurement begins 3,610 MT of paddy purchased in Jal on Day 1 21 temporary mandis set up in Kapurthala Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 3 A day after a large number of farmers in the district gheraoed the residence of Cabinet minister Pargat Singh, the minister following the directions of the Chief Minister inaugurated the paddy procurement process at the new grain market here on Sunday. This year, apart from regular 78 grain markets, 26 public places have been set up as temporary purchase centres for paddy procurement. Strangely, the rice millers are yet to be contacted by the Mandi Board. Naresh Gulati, an agriculture officer, said, “Contrary to last year (approximately 8.50-9 lakh metric tonnes), this year around 10.50 lakh metric tonnes of paddy is expected to arrive in the grain markets. Around 4.25 lakh acres was brought under paddy, including basmati, this season. Around 3,610 MT of harvested paddy on Sunday arrived in the district mandis on the first day of the procurement, including 610 MT in mandis falling under the Adampur market committee, followed by 1,087, 644, 510, 297, and 70 MT in Bhogpur, Jalandhar city, Lohian Khas, Mehatpur, and Shahkot market committees, respectively. With a hike of Rs 72 per quintal, this Kharif season, the minimum support price (MSP) on the crop has been kept at Rs 1,960. Last year, the MSP was Rs 1,888. The farmers will receive the payment under the direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme. Accompanied by Member Parliament Chaudhry San- Jalandhar, October 3 On his first visit to Kapurthala after taking oath as a Punjab Cabinet minister, Rana Gurjeet Singh on Sunday inaugurated paddy procurement. Meanwhile, the Cabinet minister said the recommendations made by the special committee of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha to maintain a balance between recharging and extraction of water and an audit of all sectors — for checking the depletion of underground water level in the state — would be implemented in the true spirit. The committee, comprising six MLAs, was constituted in March 2021 under MLA Rana Gurjeet Singh, to suggest ways and means to replenish groundwater level in the state. The committee has already submitted its report to the Speaker of the Punjab Assembly. Accompanied by his wife and former MLA Rajbans Kaur, the minister visited Kapurthala for the first time after taking over as the Cabinet minister at the local Rest House here. Rana Gurjeet said the committee had recommended various means and ways to save the fast depleting groundwater after getting suggestions from experts of an Israel-based company and the Department of Water Resources. The minister said special attention would be given to the completion of the projects initiated by Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, who earlier had the Technical Education Department. The projects included Dr BR INBRIEF STUDENTS EXCEL IN TAEKWONDO C’SHIP Jalandhar: In the three-day Shaheed Bhagat Singh Kyorugi and Poomsae Taekwondo Championship, eight students from Lala Jagat Narain DAV Model School made the district proud. Students won two gold medals, three silver, and three bronze medals in the meet organised at Chandigarh University by the Punjab Taekwondo Association. Coach Vishal Kumar said all students participated in the under-17 junior category. The medal winners are Ravi Kumar (gold), Rajinder (gold), Paras (silver), Yuvraj Singh (silver), Parminder (silver), Naman (bronze), Krish (bronze) and Manjot Singh (bronze). TNS EDUCARE APP TEAM MEETS PARGAT Jalandhar: The team of the Punjab Educare App met Education Minister Pargat Singh at his residence in Jalandhar on Sunday. The app was developed by a group of teachers from the district to promote education among students stranded at their homes during the pandemic. Jatinder Pal Singh of the education improvement team told the minister that before any subject was uploaded on the app, experts first research and verify the material so that students don’t face any kind of difficulty in using the app. They said it is also done to ensure authenticity of the study material being used for students. TNS Cabinet minister Pargat Singh inaugurates paddy procurement process in Jalandhar. SARABJIT SINGH GILZIAN PROMISES TIMELY PAYMENTS IN TANDA ■ While kick-starting paddy procurement at the local Dana Mandi in Tanda, Punjab Forests and Labour Minister Sangat Singh Gilzian on Sunday reiterated that the Punjab Government had made elaborate arrangements for hassle-free procurement of farmers’ produce ■ The minister directed the officers, agencies and arhtiyas to ensure timely procurement, lifting and payments within the set time-frame to facilitate the farmers. There was 72 purchase centres in the district with 65 permanent mandis and seven sub-yards ■ Hoshirapur MLA and former Industries and Commerce Minister Sunder Sham Arora kick-started paddy procurement at the grain market, Rahimpur. The MLA also urged the PM that the Centre should scrap the three farm laws in larger interests of farmers Sangat Singh Gilzian starts paddy procurement in Tanda. tokh Singh, MLA Avtar Henry Junior and Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori, the minister stated that the state government was committed to procuring every grain of the produce. “The Punjab Government has made all-out arrangements for the smooth and uninterrupted procurement of paddy crops in all the mandis of the state,” he mentioned. He said there was no short- age of gunny bags. Proper arrangements for lifting and payment were already made at all the purchase centres where farmers would get the payment of their produce within the stipulated time-frame. The minister appealed to the farmers to not set fire to crop residue in the fields as it will exacerbate Covid-19 situation in the state. He also urged them to bring only dry produce to the mandis for easy and hassle-free procurement. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori stated that elaborate arrangements were put in place in all the 78 purchase centres to ensure procurement in a hassle-free manner. He said all the officials were asked to ensure timely procurement, lifting and payment of crops as any kind of laxity in this field would be dealt with heavy hands. Cleanliness drive by roadways staff Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 3 A cleanliness drive was today launched at the city bus stand and Punjab Roadways depots by the roadways officials. Workers under the banner of SC/BC Workers Union, Punjab Roadways and Contractual Workers Union cleaned the premises of the bus stand. They also congratulated Amrinder Singh Raja Warring for becoming the Transport Minister. They demanded that workers who work on outsourcing and contract basis in Punjab Roadways should be permanently inducted in the road- A cleanliness campaign in progress at the city bus stand. TRIBUNE PHOTO ways. The other demands included implementation of equal pay for equal work as per the orders of the Gang of vehicle thieves, cattle lifters busted; three arrested Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 3 The Jalandhar police and CIA staff rural on Sunday busted a gang of vehicle and cattle thieves with the arrest of three persons operating in the area. Those identified as Ashak Ali, alias Akku (38), a resident of Amarkot, Devidaspura, at Jandiala; Muraad Din (31), a resident of Ward No.7 near Shani Mandir, SBS Nagar district, and Rinku Masih (32), a resident of Malkuwali village in Gurdaspur. A case under Sections 379-B, 482, 457 and 380 of the IPC has been regis- tered against the trio at the Patara police station. SSP Jalandhar, Naveen , Singla said on a tip-off, a team of Jalandhar police and CIA staff nabbed the trio from Kapoor village under Patara police station during a naka. A car (PB08-BC-2919) was also recovered from them on October 2. Revealing their modus operandi, the SSP said Ashak Ali and Muraad Din had been hiring various cars on the pretext of ferrying goods from various cities and had been taking the cars to isolated places where the cars were snatched after beating up their respective drivers. The police said they would put fake numbers on these cars and steal cattle and animals from people’s fields at night by using the same cars with fake number plates. The police said they would sell these cars at cheaper prices to a Fatehgarh Churian-based man, Rinku. c m y b Supreme Court, the decision of Punjab and Haryana High Court on amendment on time table as per the shifts should be implemented immediately, debt-free buses with staff should be included in Punjab Roadways and new buses should be introduced in Punjab Roadways. The employees also sought implementation of the old pension scheme on new employees from the year 2004, the property of Punjab Roadways which has been renamed as Punbus should be renamed as Punjab Roadways, end to the corruption in Punjab Roadways and stop illegal buses in the state without permits. 2 fresh cases, no death in dist Jalandhar, October 3 As many as two new Covid case were reported on Sunday from the district, taking the total district tally to 63,329 cases. No Covid death was also recorded. The deceased tally remained at 1,494. As many as 61,798 people have recovered from Covid in the district while the number of active cases in Jalandhar is 37. Of the 16,75,023 samples collected in the district so far, 15,43,332 samples have tested negative. Meanwhile, no fresh Covid case nor death was reported from Kapurthala today keeping the Covid tally at 17,832. — TNS Cabinet minister Rana Gurjit Singh inaugurates paddy procurement process in Kapurthala. Ambedkar Museum at PTU and the management institute in collaboration with IIM. He said Punjab Technical University, Kapurthala, and Maharaja Ranjit Singh Technical University, Bathinda, would make efforts for maximum contribution to the expansion of technical education. Thanking the Congress high command and CM Charanjit Singh Channi for his elevation as Cabinet minister, he said he would remain indebted to the people of the Kapurthala constituency for affection shown towards him for the last 22 years. Earlier, Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner Deepti Uppal, SSP Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh, Mayor Kulwant Kaur, Additional Deputy Commissioner SP Angra and Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Aditya Uppal welcomed the Cabinet Minister. A contingent of the Punjab Police also presented the guard of honour to Rana Gurjeet Singh. Councillors of the Municipal Corporation, Kapurthala, and many Congress leaders were present on the occasion. Meanwhile, inaugurating and reviewing paddy procurement in Kapurthala, Cabinet minister Rana Gurjeet Singh on Sunday visited the Dana Mandi in Kapurthala. Interacting with officials responsible for paddy procurement, Rana thanked the state CM for taking up the issue. He also reviewed arrangements at the market committee office and held a meeting with shellers and arhtiyas. Addressing mandi board and market committee officials, he asked them to ensure that they were paid for their crops within 48 hours. He also talked to farmers in the mandi. In Kapurthala, on the first day of paddy procurement, 3,245 metric tons arrived in the mandis of which 2,226 MT was procured by the government. Civil Supplies Department officials said there was a possibility of procurement of 8 lakh metric tons of paddy in the district for which the availability of bardana exceeded 70 per cent of the required bardana for the process. The district mandi officer said besides the 42 existing mandis, 21 temporary mandis had been set up for the process. He said the quota for procurement agencies had also been set in the district at 34% for Pungrain, 26% for Markfed, 22% for Punsup, 13 per cent for Punjab Warehouse Corporation and 13% for the FCI had been set. Market Committee, Kapurthala, Chairman Avtar Singh, Vice-Chariman Rajinder Kaura, District Food and Supply Controller Geeta Bishambhu, among others were present on the occasion.
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