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Procurement of paddy begins in Ludhiana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
Mr Malkiat Sigh Birmi, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, along with Mr Hardeep Singh Kadian, Chairman, Market Committee, inaugurated the procurement of paddy procurement in Grain Marke, Salem Tabri, here today. They reviewed the arrangements made for a smooth procurement of paddy.

Expressing satisfaction over the arrangements, Mr Birmi said the Punjab Government was committed to purchasing each and every grain of paddy of the farmers and no member of the purchasing staff would be allowed to harass the farmers.

He said this had been done to check the distress sale of paddy and avoid exploitation of the farmers at the hands of unscrupulous elements. Mr Birmi asserted that during the past seven procurement seasons Capt Amarinder Singh had ensured a hassle-free procurement and the farmers were fully satisfied.

He claimed that the Congress regime was strictly safeguarding the interests of the farmers. As promised in the manifesto, the power to the tube-wells of the farmers is being supplied free of cost after strengthening the financial condition of the state, he added.

A bumper crop of paddy was expected this year because of eight-hour regular power supply provided to the farm sector during the crop period.

Mr Birmi said because of the regular power supply and best agriculture inputs food grain production had increased from 220 lakh MTs (during SAD-BJP regime) to 300 lakh MTs and the farmers benefited by over Rs 5,000 crore.



US expert visits PAU, meets Aulakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
Mr Chad R. Russell, Counsellor for Agricultural Affairs, American Embassy, New Delhi, visited the PAU, Ludhiana, today and held a meeting with Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of the university.

During the meeting, Mr Russell said according to the declaration made in Washington by Mr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, and Mr George Bush, President of the USA, cooperation between the two countries would be strengthened in the field of agricultural research, extension and teaching.

He said the PAU, being a leading agricultural university in the country, could be given this responsibility.

Dr K.S. Aulakh said agricultural universities could provide ample opportunities for mutual cooperation. A project on food technology was already going on in the PAU in collaboration with Ohio State University.

He revealed that research on disease-resistant wheat was in progress in coordination with international research organisations.

Mr Russell also had a meeting with Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Research Director, and Dr Surjit Singh Gill, Director of Extension Education, PAU. He also visited demonstration area in the department of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology, Museum of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology, Museum of Farm Power and Machinery and Museum of Rural Life in Punjab.



Procure paddy efficiently, agencies told
Our Correspondent

Amloh, September 27
Procurement season's first day today witnessed intense activity with five paddy-procurement agencies arriving at the grain market here.

The first purchase, by the Gill Trading Company, was inaugurated by Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Parliamentary Secretary.

The inauguration was organised by the Market Committee. Addressing the gathering, Mr Dharmsot warned the agencies and officials involved in the procurement that any kind of harassment of farmers would not be tolerated.

The agencies like the PUNSUP, Markfed, Punjab Agro, DFC etc were present in the market while today's procurement was made by the Punjab Agro .

Mr Beant Singh, Secretary, Market Committee, advised the farmers to bring moisture-free paddy and assured all cooperation. Mr Partap Singh Sandhu, Chairman, Market Committee, and Mr Jiwan Kumar Puri, president Arhtia Association, also spoke.



Nursery education scheme to be launched on October 2
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
The state government will launch a special nursery education scheme on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, in which training and playway facilities for children in the age groups of three to five years will be provided at 1,700 primary schools in the state.

Announcing this here today, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Education Minister, Punjab, said the programme would be launched at a special function at Shaheed Sukhdev Memorial Senior Secondary Girls School, Bharat Nagar, Ludhiana.

Mr Johar was here today to preside over a meeting of officers of the Education Department, Principals and Headmasters.

Giving more details, he said 100 such nursery schools would be set up in each district with special rooms having special kits for kids. He added that a volunteer from the locality with 10+2 qualification and a helper with remuneration of Rs 800 and Rs 400 per month, respectively, would be provided at these centres.

He said sufficient funds for this purpose had already been provided to the DEOs and these centres in nursery schools would be functional by the first week of October.

The Education Minister also reviewed the infrastructure facilities available in the schools and directed the principals/headmasters to submit a detailed list of requirements at the earliest, so that funds could be provided to each school. He stated that Rs 1 lakh would be provided to each high/senior secondary school for the promotion of sports, while Rs 1.20 lakh for the additional room would be required. Besides, furniture, laboratories and toilet blocks would also be updated in all schools.

Mr Johar further said a special programme for providing pensions to the needy under different schemes of the social security department have been launched in his constituency and from today the application forms would be completed at his camp office and the sanctioned letters would be delivered within one month.

He said the application forms for new ration cards or addition/deletion from the same would be received by this office.

He further added that a special cleanliness drive would also be launched from October 2 in his constituency.

Among others who were present on the occasion included Mr Ajay Johar, Mr Yash Pal Mehra, DEO, Secondary, Mrs Harvinder Kaur DEO (Primary), Mr Jagdish Marwaha, Mr Babu Lal Keshyap and Mr Rakesh Bhandari.


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