Burningupdates, Chandigarh

50 lakh metric tons of paddy arrived in markets; 7307.93 crores paid to farmers

–  Conduct a campaign on a large scale to sensitize farmers against straw burning

– orders were were given to identify short and long term goals to boost the development of the state

– In view of the festive season, the health department has also been instructed to keep strict vigil on artificial sweets and milk products.


The Chief Minister of Punjab directed to ensure smooth procurement and delivery of paddy from grain markets across the state during the ongoing procurement season. The Chief Minister while presiding over a meeting with the administrative secretaries of the state government at his office here today said that without any delay the purchase and payment of each grain of the farmers should be made. Bhagwant Mann expressed satisfaction that nearly 50 lakh metric tonnes of paddy has arrived in the markets across the state and Rs 7307.93 crore has been paid to the farmers. He said that the procurement process should be carried out without any trouble to the farmers.

Discussing another agenda, the Chief Minister said that farmers should be made aware about not burning straw. He said that setting fire to stubble creates a huge threat to human life along with environmental pollution. Bhagwant Mann said that farmers need to make all possible efforts to prevent it by making them aware of its negative effects.
While reviewing the functioning of Aam Aadmi clinics in the state, the Chief Minister expressed satisfaction that 7500 patients are benefiting from these clinics daily. He said that these clinics are proving to be a boon to the common people by providing quality treatment facilities. Bhagwant Mann also asked the health department to strengthen 400 more health care centers across the state.

Taking stock of the functioning of the service centers in the state, the Chief Minister asked the officials to take immediate action on the complaints regarding the extra charges made for the services provided in these service centers. He directed to take strict action against the employees involved in such activities. Bhagwant Mann said that immediate provision of citizen centric services should be ensured in all 531 service centers across the state.

Reiterating his government’s firm commitment against corruption, the Chief Minister asked the officials to ensure that there is no increase in the estimates of the engineering wing. He said that estimates should be meaningful and strict action will be taken against those who commit wrongdoings. Bhagwant Mann also asked the officials to ensure self-checking and verification of development works at the ground level.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials to ensure proper utilization of funds under the centrally sponsored schemes. He said that these funds should be used to boost development works in the state. Bhagwant Mann also asked the finance department to ensure that no bills remain pending at the government level.

The Chief Minister also emphasized on identifying short-term and long-term goals for providing jobs to the youth, besides giving a boost to the development of the state. He called for seamless inter-departmental coordination for effective implementation of government policies and programmes. Bhagwant Mann asked the officers to discharge their duties in a fair and transparent manner.
In view of the festive season, the Chief Minister asked the health department to crack down on substandard sweets and adulterated milk products. He said that no one will be allowed to play with the precious lives of people. Bhagwant Mann said that strict action should be taken against those who risk people’s lives for their own profit.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials to ensure that the process of land acquisition for the National Highways projects is completed at the earliest by compensating the farmers. He also urged the officials to speed up the ongoing road construction works across the state. Bhagwant Mann also emphasized on ensuring adherence to high quality standards during the construction work.

The Chief Minister also asked the revenue, local governments and urban units to work together to devise a strategy to remove the moratorium on sale deeds. He said that the concerned departments should take legal opinion to resolve this matter quickly. Bhagwant Mann reiterated his firm commitment for the welfare of all sections of the society and said that for this noble work all officers should perform their duty with full diligence.