Chandigarh, May 23, 2013: In a bid to ensure quality drinking water supply in urban areas, Punjab government today envisaged World Bank's technical support and guidance for execution of its ambitious programme to provide round-the-clock safe potable water to Ludhiana and Amritsar.
Raising the issue with the visiting World Bank (WB) team led by its Operation Adviser, Country Management Unit-India, Michael Haney, Badal urged him to help the state in ensuring quality drinking water across the state.
Chandigarh, May 10, 2013: To provide safe drinking water to rural masses, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today announced setting up of a Drinking Water Quality Testing Regulatory Authority in the state.
This was announced during a meeting to review the progress of various rural water supply schemes under the prestigious World Bank Project Stage-I with the seven-member World Bank team led by its senior water and sanitation specialist and task team leader Srinivasa Rao Podi Pi Reddy here.
Punjab, Apr 30, 2013: The Annual Plan for the year 2013-14 for the state of Punjab was finalised here today at a meeting between Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Punjab, Sh. S. Parkash Singh Badal. The plan size has been agreed at Rs16,125crore.
In his comments, Deputy Chairman assured the State Government of continued support and pointed out that the issues raised by the State Government would be considered appropriately.
Chandigarh, Apr 17, 2013: With the UT education department putting conversion of EWS seats into general on hold, private schools asked them to wait another year to implement RTE as the session is on and most of the seats have already been converted into the general category.
Schools converted the seats after the UT education department sent them a notice in January.
Chandigarh, Apr 17, 2013: Punjab education minister Sikander Singh Maluka on Wednesday said 473 private schools, which did not implement the provisions of Right to Education Act, have been asked to shut down.
"Schools which yet not implemented the provisions of RTE Act have been asked to wind up their functioning immediately," a release quoting Maluka said.
Nearly 37,813 affected students of these schools could get admissions in the government schools, the minister said.
These private schools had been given a deadline till March 31 to fulfil all the norms, he said.
Ludhiana, Sept 27, 2012: Even though manual scavenging under the “Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act 1993” was made an offence, the Punjab government is letting the practice continue unchecked in eight of its districts.
The state government had not taken any steps towards rehabilitating the sanitation workers. Though it had not implemented the central act, it made misleading and false statements before the Supreme Court of India.
Chandigarh, July 6, 2012: Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh today asked Punjab government to "look into yourself" before blaming the Centre for discrimination, and said that the state government could use only Rs 29 crore on rural sanitation against allocation of Rs 151 crore in the last ten years.
New Delhi, May 12, 2012: Sh Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister for Rural Development, Drinking Water & Sanitation today announced that the Rural Development Ministry would be providing separate funds under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) for enhancing road connectivity in the six border districts of Punjab i.e Amristsar, Gurdaspur, Ferozepur, Fazilka, Taran Taran and Pathankot.
Chandigarh, May 12, 2012: The Union Rural Development, Sanitation and Drinking Water Minister Jairam Ramesh today announced that Punjab deserves liberal allocation of funds in the centrally sponsored schemes and programs not as a special category state but due to its unique status for having rendered significant contribution in making India self-reliant in food production.
Bathinda, April 17, 2012: With an aim to promote menstrual hygiene among adolescent girls, supply of sanitary napkins (pads) to the adolescent girls at a nominal price has begun in Bathinda district under the Menstrual Hygiene Scheme of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
Bathinda has become one of the five districts of the state (Moga, Bathinda, Ferozepur, Muktsar and Faridkot) that have been selected for implementing the scheme in the first phase.