Saturday, 21 September 2019

India & Mangolia will Promote Art Together

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Chandigarh 21st September:- Chief Scout for India Dr. Sandeep Marwah also Chair for Indo Mongolian Film and Cultural Forum appreciated by H.E. Khaltmaagiin Battulga the President of Mongolia for his deep interest in promoting relations between two countries through art and culture here at New Delhi.
Dr. Sandeep Marwah while presenting the memento to the President, said that he is humbled to present the Chief Patronship of Indo Mongolian Film and Cultural Forum to H.E. Khaltmaagiin Battulha the President of Mongolia. We need your blessings to move further in a big way.
H.E. Khaltmaagiin Battulga accepting the Patronship of the Forum said that he is pleased to note the activities of Indo Mongolian Film and Cultural Forum and congratulate Dr. Sandeep Marwah for his efforts in developing and promoting relation between India and Mongolia. He wish him all the success.
H.E. Gonchig Ganbold Ambassador of Mongolia to India coordinated and conducted the event. Akhilesh Mishra Director General ICCR, Orgil Makhaan President of Mongolian National Film Commission, Enkh Amgalan Byambasuren Minister of Road and Transport Development of Mongolia, Undarmaa Batbayar Member of the State Great Hural were also present there.

Rotaract Club Chandigarh ShivaliK: Youth Takes Pledge to Serve the Community Today for a Better Tomorrow

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Chandigarh 21st September:- Rotaractor Shashank Kaushik was installed as the President to Rotaract club Chandigarh Shivalik for the year 2019-2020 at the at the prestigious ceremony held at Grapho, in Sector 7.
The newly installed Club President and Secretary, pledged to serve the community today to their best of the abilities for a better and brighter future.
 Rotaractor Shashank Kaushik outlined the projects the club will be undertaking in the year 2019-2020. Major projects included Mahadaan-Blood Donation Drive, Annapurna- Feeding the underprivileged, Tree Plantation Drive etc. He along with the board members will represent and head the activities of the club in and around Chandigarh.
Sharing his vision, the newly installed President said that we are the youth of the society. By harnessing the untapped power of the youth, we have the power to change our world and make it a better place. We have to be the change to bring about the change, with the help of my fellow Rotaractors, it is the opportunity to pursue my passion of social service. I will dedicate my time to servicing the nation by helping the underprivileged, creating awareness about the social issues and doing as many community services projects as we can.
He further shared that we will be awakening the power of collective effort and impact, positive effort of youth will help in fulfilling Rotary’s theme ‘Rotary Connects the World’ as well as the theme of the club ‘Together for Good’.
The newly elected board members were pinned by the Guests of honour. Then the President of Rotary Club Chandigarh Rtn. Aneesh Bhanot shared the words of wisdom guiding every member of the club. DRR Ishita Kaith also stated about the works of RCCS over the last few years and her expectations for the next year.
Garima Madan, the club secretary concluded the meeting with her insights as to what the club aims to achieve and provide to everyone.

‘SPEAK India’ to organize One Day Seminar on the Theme of ‘Clean Environment, Healthy life’

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Chandigarh 21st September:- SPEAK India (Society for Promotion of Ethical & Affordable health Care) in collaboration with Post-graduate Government College 46-B is organizing one day seminar on the theme of ‘Clean environment Healthy life’ on September 24 from 10 am onwards.
This will focus o n the fact that diseases are caused due to maladjustment of the living organisms to the environment and most ill health conditions are preventable. Dr. R. Kumar President of SPEAK India, said that we want to involve youth in the process of making society healthier.
K.S. Pannu Secretary Govt of Punjab and in-charge Tandrust Punjab will be the chief guest. Justice Pritampal will chair the session. Other Principal speakers will be Dr. S.K. Jindal, Dr. Ajay Duseja, Dr. Ravinder Khaiwal and Ms. Harvinder Khetal.  
The seminar will also caution about the abuse of medicines, diagnostic tests, and avoidable exploitation of medical resources by the patients and doctors. It will also familiarize the audience with, the website for public health education.

2nd Day of Holistic Healing Conference:Perspective of Healing Modalities Discussed

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Mohali 21st September:- The second day of ongoing 3-day international conference on integrative medicine & holistic healing at NIPER, Mohali on Saturday brought together some of the brightest minds in field of medicine and alternative therapies, where ancient wisdom came across modern technology. World-renowned speakers, leaders, and other thinkers discussed present day healthcare. The quest was to expand and deepen understanding and experience of relation with nature with the lens of science, medicine, holistic healing and spirituality.
The day started with a session by Charanjeet Kaur from The Earthy Adobe, Mirror Meditation on ‘going deep within and inner healing and change.’
This was followed by demonstration of emotional freedom technique by unlocking our inner healing power which is highly effective process with impressive benefits by Dr Vijay Girdhar, HOD Psychiatry deptt, GMSH sector 16 Chandigarh.
Pt. Manish Uprety from Fellow Royal Asiatic Society and co-founder of the Ayush Darpan Foundation talked about on how Ayurveda could help in providing effective healthcare and wellness especially in the context of developing countries.
Rachna Gupta, Chairperson & Meditation Trainer, Swami Vivekanand Pyramid Trust Ludhiana talked on ‘guided anapanasati meditation - from breath to healing.’
Dr Sachin Gupta, noted medical oncologist from Max Hospital, Mohali and a promoter of organic lifestyle, yoga & mind/soul healing talked about personalized cancer medicine, changing landscape of cancer treatment with targeted therapies and immunotherapy.
He said allopathic medicine focuses mainly on physical well-being while emotional, social and spiritual aspects of health are not given due recognition as an important component for healing. But today it is being proved that it is our thoughts and emotions that can create health and dissolve diseases. Both science and spirituality can be united under medical spirituality in a shared approach that deepens our understanding of human health and wellbeing, asserted Dr Sachin.
Dr. Manish Singhal an oncologist talked about future of cancer medicine, treating cancer in 2040 and can we treat cancer without chemotherapy?
Anil Sinha, quantum coach and personal transformation consultant talked about alignment of consciousness and how it helped in healing.
Energy healer and spiritual guide, Ochune from The Quantum Clinic spoke about activation of the universe within you for health, abundance, love & bliss.
Arjun Kamboj, astral traveler and healer discussed about role of spirit guides and angels in healing our lives.
Sanj Hall a traveling yogi, sound artist and a gong teacher presented his views on sound healing and how it benefits patients in their healing of chronic ailments.
There was also a parallel session by Yoga Specialist Hugo from Yogamoreshala on Yoga: wellness & awareness through Yoga.
The day ended with an Equinox Ceremony with was led by Mexicans Miktlan Ehektateotl Kwauhtlinxan and Michelle D. Button both peace advocates and wisdom keepers.

Session on Instilling Soft Skills and Road Safety organized at CII Chandigarh

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Chandigarh 21st September:- CII organized a Session on Instilling Soft Skills and Road Safety at its Northern Region Headquarters, Chandigarh, today in collaboration with Radisson Hotel Group and Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India. The objective of the same was to highlight and emphasize on the importance of taking measures on Road Safety and to educate the target group of drivers to inculcate safe driving habits. It also aimed to create awareness about their individual physical & mental fitness and to inculcate basic soft skills to establish better service standards for their customers.
Jaswinder Singh, DSP–Traffic, Chandigarh was the key speaker at the session who educated the attendees about the recent developments in the  Motor Vehicle Act, Traffic Rules, Common mistakes while driving, Meaning of sign boards on road and many more crucial touch points. He urged the participants to adhere to the traffic rules and drive with utmost caution to ensure minimum loss to life and property. 
It was also deliberated that approximately 1.4 lakh lives were lost last year, merely due to road accidents. Such mis-happenings also add to fiscal losses and impact the GDP of the nation.
Expressing his views upon the contemporary taxi services, Manmohan Kohli, Co- Chairman, CII NR Committee on Tourism & Hospitality and CEO–Aroma Group said that whenever we recall our cab visit, we tend to remember our interaction with and the service quality of our driver. He acts as the first point contact and hence play a vital role in the entire trade eco-system.
Supriyo Ghoshal, GM (Lubes), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Punjab State Office, Chandigarh also graced the occasion and opined that Chandigarh has perhaps the best traffic management in entire country and people too have a good traffic sense. He also motivated the attendees to ensure their contribution to road safety in the city and maintain quality services.
Taxi operations are on the rise and have become a critical part of public transport. It is vital to not only ensure a safe, comfortable and quality ride for the public while taking care of the needs of women, elderly and differently abled, but also to make sure that drivers are treated with equal respect and dignity.
The session was well attended by around 150 participants.

State Level Meeting Held on ‘Foster Care Under Juvenile Justice Act 2015’ and ‘Need of Quality Services for Children to Protect their Well-Being’

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Chandigarh 21st September:- While focusing on ‘Foster Care Under Juvenile Justice Act 2015’ and ‘Need of quality services for children to protect their well-being’, a state level meeting held here at convention hall of Chandigarh Judicial Academy.
Hon’ble Justice Jaswant Singh, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court, in his key note address said that no doubt, studies show that children who receive adequate parental supervision are less likely to engage in criminal activities. Family is the first crucial group in the life of child and no one can say at birth that a child will not inevitably become a delinquent nor it can be said that it will inevitably remain a law-abiding citizen.
However, ‘Juvenile Justice (care and protection of children) Act 2015’ is a landmark legislation which has been enacted to consolidate and amend the law relating to children alleged and found to be in conflict with law and children in need of care and protection by catering to their basic needs through proper care, protection, development, treatment, social reintegration, Hon’ble Judge added.
Hon’ble Judge further said that this entire ambit of services is to be provided to the child by adopting a child-friendly approach in the adjudication and disposal of matters in the best interest of children.
While elaborating about the passing of the first Juvenile Justice Act 1986 and following the Beijing Rules to ratification of UNCRC in 1992 and the successive Acts thereafter, he said these are an extensive, inclusive and systematic structures of services for children requiring care and protection of the state and the manner of execution in the way that are child friendly at every step of the way.
Hon’ble Judge also said about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Child which recognizes the child right to alternative family care under Article 20 and 21. He also said that the Indian Constitution unequivocally protects the rights of the child under Article 15(3).  However, Articles 14, 19 and 21 also protect the best interests of child.
Hon’ble Justice Jaswant Singh also told about certain standards of care under which he elaborated in detail regarding need of quality services for children in order to protect their well-being.  
Hon’ble Justice Jaswant Singh, also added that through such workshop we have an opportunity to deliberate on how to promote the concept of Foster Care with the sole aim of reducing the child’s period of stay in institutions and increasing family-based care for children.
Hon’ble Justice Jaswant Singh also asked all the distinguished personalities present in the workshop to take pledge today about conscious effort to reduce the period of stay of children in the institutions and find families for all children keeping the principles of Best Interest of the Child in mind.
However, other distinguished personalities including Dr. K P Singh DG, state vigilance bureau, Haryana, Ms Vasundhra MD, Centre of Excellence in Alternative Care, Dr. Vageshwari Deswal, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, Amod k Kanth, general secretary, Prayas and Neil Robert, co-ordinator, Chandigarh legal services Authority also addressed the ‘meeting’.

Friday, 20 September 2019

‘Furniture & Home Décor Expo 2019’ Kicks off

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Chandigarh 20th September:- Tricity’s biggest furniture extravaganza, ‘Furniture & Home Décor Expo 2019’ has kicked off at Parade Ground, Sector 17, Chandigarh here. The four days inimitable expo is being organised by I Ads & Events, an organization which is known for putting up such huge & unique expos. The expo will be on from September 20 till September 23, 2019.
On its opening day visitors thronged the expo in large numbers, & experienced a large collection of some of the best quality & the finest furniture, interiors and home décor items.
Speaking on the occasion, Raees  Arif, Founder & Director of theI Ads & Events said that we are privileged to organise the mega show in the ‘City Beautiful’. The basic intent behind putting up this show is to bring the best genres of furniture & home décor products not only from India but even abroad under one roof.
This time the residents of tricity & region who have a desire to spruce up their homes with the best furniture and interiors to ring in the upcoming festive season, the expo is offering a full fledged Thai Pavilion. The International Pavilion has nearly a dozen exhibitors from Thailand and Indonesia who are displaying a variety of home accessories, home décor products, furniture items, fashion accessories et al.
More than 70 exhibitors from across the country and abroad have put up their stalls at the expo. The Thai Pavilion is presenting jewellery items, purses, artificial flowers & home décor items from Thailand. Imported furniture from Indonesia is also attracting the visitors during the mega show. The section from Indonesia is displaying a wide range of beautifully designed furniture. 
The exhibition is also showcasing an eye-catching range of antique furniture, heritage furniture, lamps, wall watches etc. Exhibitors from Jodhpur have brought unique handcrafted furniture. A Lucknow based exhibitor has brought Irani and Traditional carpets with breathtaking designs. The exhibitors from Agra are presenting marble based home décor items which include elephants, lions etc. Carved furniture, swings from Delhi and Chennai are also attracting eyeballs. There are exhibitors from Saharanpur which is known for its furniture industry and even Mumbai.
Speaking on this occasion, Lata Nair, Project Manager of I Ads & Events said that as the festival season is around the corner, the expo is a paradise for all the visitors who are looking towards refurbishing the interiors of their homes. This time we are also providing a one stop shop for all of one’s fashion needs too. There are a bevy of chic fashion designers who have put up their collections. Authentic Afghan dry fruits are also available.
A classy paintings’ collection, breathtaking murals, lanterns, vertical garden options, artificial flowers etc make the expo a must visit for people wanting something different for their homes. What’s more, gazebos too have been displayed. For kids, children furniture & upholsteries, blankets and throws, study tables, bunk beds etc are also available.
Other highlights of the expo include, dining sets, office furniture, ethnic furniture, decorative lamps & lights, pots, handicrafts, and a range of other decorative items.
It is noteworthy that the Expo has come to be known as the leading 'Design-Oriented' trade fair in the interior market of India.
So it’s time to upgrade your home with the largest collection of furniture, home decor, artifacts and more at ‘Furniture & Home Décor Expo 2019’ which is on till Sep 23 at Parade Ground, Sector 17, Chandigarh, daily from 10 am to 8:30 pm.

SBP Group Contributes to the Wellbeing of Society: Starts Distribution Drive

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Chandigarh 20th September:- One of the leading real estate developer of Tricity, SBP group takes initiative for the wellbeing of lower segment of society by conducting a distribution drive at various places in the Tricity and its periphery. The group known for its quality affordable homes across Tricity has been working for the upliftment of society with different measures.
The group supports Mrs. Ritu Mehta, who teaches the kids of nearby slum area at her residence in SBP South City in Zirakpur. The group in support of their education distributed stationary and eatables among more than 60 kids. The group also supports women empowerment and conducts sessions for encourage women to become independent in their societies. Supporting the initiative the group donated 5 sewing machines to the women of slum area near its latest residential project, Housing Park in Dera Bassi to promote self-employment. The group also distributed groceries there.
While talking about the donation drive, Raman Singla, Vice President and Business Head of SBP Group said that our duty of being a developer does not just confine to building houses for people, but also we hold a responsibility towards our society. Being able to contribute towards the upliftment of the weaker sections of society is matter of great happiness and we are more than pleased to start this donation drive. We will continue this drive in future as well.

Electricity Employees Holds Protest Rallies In front of Electricity Offices

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Chandigarh 20th September:- The Electricity Employees of Chandigarh under the banner of the U.T. Powermen Union, Chandigarh today i.e. on dated 20.09.2019 held massive protest rallies before the electricity offices of Sector-15, 20, 23, Chandigarh. The rallies were held against the proposal of Chandigarh Administration to privatize the pro/fit earning and well running U.T. Electricity Wing of Engineering Department, Chandigarh and also against the negative and adamant attitude of the authorities of the Engineering Department, Chandigarh towards the long pending genuine demands of the electricity employees.
Gopal Datt Joshi, General Secretary of the Union and federation while addressing the rallies before the various offices strongly criticize the privatization policy of govt. of India and said that on one side Govt. of India time and again highlighting that only sick public sector /power sector which are in loss will be privatized but contrary to the statements and decisions of Govt. of India the Chandigarh Administration is privatizing the well running and profit making U.T. Electricity Department Chandigarh and implementing the failed structure like Orissa, Enron (Maharashtra) and Andhra Pradesh etc. One of other reason of privatizing of power sector was huge loss of SEBs which was Rs. 26000 Crores before the unbundling which was increased now to Rs. 10 Lakh Crore. But even inspite of 100% shortage  of staff and acute shortage of material the Chandigarh Electricity Department is earning approx.. Rs. 100 crores of profit. The department accredited as best utility in the country by the JERC and bagged the tag consistently for last 5 years. Most profit earning department never went into loss despite having no generation and compromising on contribution of states only. Best consumer services despite huge shortage of staff. Ratio of disposal of public grievances is much less than the standards fixed by the JERC. Line losses to the tune of 9% to 10% only, which is an example for the states. Achieved the proficiency level to the tune of 99.99% as per target fixed by JERC and G.O.I. Metered supply to the tune of 95% including slum / rural area. Minimum power outages in comparison to states. Regulating all the power outages and broadcast system of outages to the public domain, thus there is no need to privatize the department and demand that high level enquiry of the episode for which tenders are being floated time and again.
Dhian Singh, Acting President, Amrik Singh, Joint Secretary, Raj Pal, Secretary, Gurmeet Singh, Kashmir Singh and other leaders equally criticized the authorities of the Electricity Department for their negative attitude towards the genuine demands of the employees and blamed that the authorities remained fail to implement the most urgent demands like filling up of vacant posts, amendments in recruitment rules, grant of 9/16/23 Years time bound promotional scales and implementation of DC rates to ALMs engaged through outsource agencies beside others and further blame that the authorities instead of implementing the demands are promoting deputations in U.T. Electricity Department, Chandigarh and also trying to adjust Asstt. Engineers and Junior Engineers from states of Punjab and Haryana ignoring legitimate promotional rights of U.T. Cadre Junior Engineers and Asstt. Engineers and strongly demand that to withdraw the penal for deputation failing which union will lodge strong protest. Sukhwinder Singh, Ranjit Singh, Paramjit Singh and other leaders of concerned sub divisions also addressed the rally and appealed the employees to participate in massive protest dharna on 24-09-2019 being held before the Electricity Office, Sector-17, Chandigarh.

DHL Express Announces Annual Price Adjustments for 2020 in India

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Chandigarh 20th September:- DHL Express, the world’s leading international express service provider, announced a price increase today that will take effect on January 1, 2020.
The average shipment price increase will be 6.9%. However, this increase may go up to 15% for shipments of cross border e-commerce, owing to higher costs of delivery.
R.S. Subramanian Country Manager, DHL Express India, said that at DHL Express, we constantly strive to deliver unparalleled quality and to keep serving our customers better. This means we need to make significant investments in infrastructure. He added that the annual price adjustment allows us to invest in new lower carbon-emissions aircrafts, improved hubs and facilities, as well as innovative technologies. This also includes development of top-of-the line sorting technology allowing us to handle increasing volumes and maintain market-leading transit times. DHL is also investing to stay fully compliant to the increasing regulatory and security measures globally. All these investments give our customers complete peace of mind when shipping internationally.
The prices are adjusted on an annual basis by DHL Express, also accounting for inflation and currency dynamics. Depending on local conditions, price adjustments will vary from country to country, and will apply to all customers where contracts allow.

Clear Vision organizes a Symposiumon Collective Action

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Chandigarh 20th September:- Clear Vision Punjab today organized a Symposium on Collective Action. The symposium is focused on how clear vision through eyeglasses can lead to tremendous benefits with respect to productivity, learning, and road safety. The event would be attended by High Net worth Individuals (HNIs) and senior leaders from Government, corporate, NGOs, family foundations, and hospitals. As the Government, organizations, and HNIs start focusing on long-term impact-driven initiatives, there is an emerging interest in potential collective action to mobilize resources and advance social impact.  On this occasion several Personalities were Honoured.
Anshu Taneja, Country Director Vision Spring said that in India, an estimated 55 Crore people require eyeglasses for vision correction leading to a loss of $119 Billion to the country’s economy. In Punjab, an estimated 1.4 Crore people require eyeglasses leading to a loss of $3 Billion to the state’s economy. He further said that thus, it is hugely important for all stakeholders to come together to brainstorm, partner, and mobilize resources to make Punjab the first Clear Vision State in India. Blurry vision compromises a person’s ability to work effectively, to learn in school, and to navigate surroundings safely. A simple pair of eyeglasses can create instant, measurable, and life-changing impact and can lead to up to a 32% productivity increase for an individual.
As Vision Spring, we have taken the lead to ensure we bring together like-minded individuals and organizations and the Government on a common platform. We believe this would help catalyze the journey towards the achievement of this ambitious mission. Let's make Clear Vision Punjab a reality.
Vision Spring ( is a social enterprise creating access to affordable eyewear, everywhere. VisionSpring provides end-to-end optical products and services, including eye-screening, training, and eyeglasses. Till date, VisionSpring has distributed more than 5.5 million pairs of vision-correcting eyeglasses, comprising ready-made readers and prescription eyeglasses, creating $1.18 billion in economic impact. In India, VisionSpring has distributed more than 3.5 million eyeglasses. VisionSpring reaches people using proven operational models and advances social impact along three themes: See to Earn (focused on communities, artisans, weavers, tea pickers, agricultural workers, workplaces, and factories), See to Learn (focused on school children and teachers), and See to be Safe (focused on truckers, bus drivers, cab drivers, mechanics, allied transport workers, and commercial vehicle drivers).

Thursday, 19 September 2019

We Must Synergize the Values of People with Execution of Urban Plans:Kapil Setia

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Chandigarh 19th September:- Expressing his views during a Special Plenary Session on Smart, Livable and Sustainable Cities at CII Chandigarh, Kapil Setia, Chief Architect, Chandigarh Administration said that we must synergize the values of people with implementation of urban plans, while dealing with civic issues like water management, air quality, traffic & the like. He apprised the audience about Chandigarh’s infrastructure as a growing smart city and how the development has been planned phase wise.
Kamal Kishor Yadav, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh also graced the occasion and said that every city has a USP and the urban planning & infusion of technology should take place in accordance to its culture and affordability of the people. He added that Chandigarh was a planned city but during the course of decades, many issues have risen which the administration is trying to deal with diligently.
Alok Nayar, Builders Association of India opined that to improve infrastructure it is very important to optimise energy usage so that both economic and physical sustainability is attained.
Jit Kumar Gupta, IGBC Chandigarh Chapter gave a detailed account of phase wise development of the UT and how re-densification took place at various stages.
Apprising the participants about the upcoming infrastructure & construction exhibition, CII EXCON 2019, Anand Sundaresan, Leader-Excon 2019 Task Force on Roadshows & Vice Chairman, Schwing Stetter India said that this is the tenth edition of the EXCON and our theme this year is on ‘Smart i-tech- Next Gen India@75’. Excon 2019 will demonstrate the role of smart technologies and innovation in design in the manufacture of nextgen construction equipment and machinery to support the rapid pace of infrastructure development in the country.
EXCON 2019, scheduled to be held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Bengaluru from 10-14 December 2019 is spread over 3,00,000 square metres and will have the participation of  over 1250 exhibitors including 350+ overseas companies from 25 countries including China, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Turkey, UK & USA among others.  The 5-day exhibition would attract over 70,000 business visitors from India and abroad.
Sarvjeet Singh, Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council & Managing Director, Finvasia India Pvt Ltd opined that public-private partnerships (PPP) in infrastructure development is key towards strengthening the industrial ecosystem in the State. He also said that EXCON 2019 with the presence of world class players in the construction equipment sector would offer the best in class technologies and cost effective solutions to infrastructure related projects in States.
Vikram Hans, Past Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council & Managing Director, Multi Overseas India Pvt Ltd and Dr S P S Grewal, Vice Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council & Chief Executive Officer, Grewal Eye Institute Pvt Ltd also graced the occasion and expressed their views during the plenary session.

NABARD Plans to Extend Support of Rs 11000 Crore in Punjab in 2019-20: J P S Bindra

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Chandigarh 19th September:- NABARD, the apex development financial institution catering to agriculture and rural development has been providing credit support for infrastructure development including long term loans to FIs for capital formation in rural areas, short term agriculture loans to FIs as also grant  support under financial inclusion, farmers/ artisans collectives viz Farmers Producers Organisations, SHGs, JLGs etc. During 2017-18, NABARD Punjab Office had disbursed Rs. 9289 crore to various partners for the Agriculture and rural development in Punjab, as informed by J P S Bindra, CGM, NABARD Punjab Regional Office while addressing the Press on 19September 2019. He further informed that this year NABARD Punjab Regional Office plan to cross the threshold of Rs. 11000 crorefinancial assistance to various stakeholders including the State Govt. 
While interacting with media at NABARD chandigarh office, J P S Bindra said that rural Infrastructure development being the top priority of the State, NABARD has supported various infrastructure projects in the State.  In previous year, NABARD provided assistance of Rs.458.24 crore to State Government under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) for creation of critical rural infrastructure facilities with cumulative assistance of Rs. 9026 crore since inception till 31st March 2019. The cumulative disbursement under RIDF in Punjab has been to the tune of Rs. 6601 Crore till 31st March 2019. Besides this, NABARD also sanctioned term loan of Rs.27.13 crore to Punjab Agro Industries Corporation Limited (PAICL) for the development of Mega Food Park at Ludhiana and Rs. 317.4 crore under NABARD Infrastructure Development Fund to PSTCL for rejuvenating transmission infrastructure across Punjab during previous years. Under Warehouse Infrastructure Fund NABARD has sanctioned Rs.210 crore to PUNGRAIN for creation of 5 Lakh MT SILOs and Rs.255 crore to PSWC for creation of new godowns as well as rejuvenation and modernization of existing storage infrastructure across Punjab.
He shared that in the state, concentration of heavy metals is increasing leading to high occurrences of cancer. NABARD have sanctioned a project under RIDF for establishment of New State Cancer Institute (SCI) Nuclear Medicine Block and Radiotherapy Block at Govt Medical College, Amritsar and Tertiary Cancer Care Hospital at Fazilka with credit support of Rs.53.50 crores. Further, as preventive measures a project of installments of 555 Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants in 546 villages of 17 districts has also been sanctioned with loan of Rs.76.68 crores.
In the state four major irrigation projects for rehabilitation and increasing the capacity of the major canals for increasing irrigation intensity in the state with TFO of Rs.2761.02 crores with NABARD financial assistance of Rs. 1455.23 crores. Under dedicated Long Term Irrigation Fund. One of the project work highlighting is Shahpurkandi dam.
J P S Bindra informed that State Govt. for utilization of treated water from sewerage treatment plants for irrigation in 13 districts of Punjab with credit support of Rs. 88.95 crore has been provided to the state Government under RIDF.
To boost capital formation in agriculture, NABARD provided refinance of Rs.3749.41 crore to various banks during 2018-19 which shall be increased to Rs. 4000 in the current year. NABARD also proposes to increase the support under short term Refinance during the current year which was Rs. 4506.85 crore during previous year for facilitating disbursement of crop loans at concessional interest rate to the farmers by banks. To encourage diversification of crops, NABARD has prepared Area Development Plans of Rs. 1918 crore for 2018-19 to promote dairy, vegetable cultivation, apiculture, mushroom growing which will supplement farmers’ income.
Besides, infrastructure support to state Government and credit support to financial institutions, NABARD has taken up various development initiatives in the state to educate/ train the rural population.
J P S Bindra indicated that Paddy Straw burning is a big issue in Punjab which results not only in emission of harmful gases like methane, CO2 and N2O, but also affects agriculture productivity adversely besides also affecting human and livestocks. A beginning was made by NABARD last year under the aegis of NAFCC, by running an awareness campaign on Crop Residue Management across all 22 districts of the state, covering 11,000 paddy growing villages in 4,000 clusters. The results have been encouraging with an overall 10% decline in the burnt up area under paddy. This year too, the campaign has been launched with the help of our stakeholders to encourage the farmers in abstaining from paddy stubble burning and disseminating information about the available alternatives. Besides this, fund has also provided to Department of Agriculture, Punjab for crop diversification by developing maize clusters in 05 districts where paddy is grown. This year 20 new maize clusters are being promoted in 07 districts.  Another project under NAFCC is being supported by NABARD through PSCST for Climate Resilient Livestock in a 05 year time span in 03 districts viz Ludhiana, Bhatinda and Tarn Taran for a total outlay of Rs. 17.39 cr.
To address the issue of input supply, crop productivity and marketing, NABARD has initiated the process of bringing the farmers together as Farmers Producer Organisation which is a registered entity. In Punjab, we have, so far, promoted 91 FPOs in 19 districts across the State. These FPOs have brought visible change in collectivising the operations of farming of small and marginal farmers. NABARD has also digitized these FPOs which will help them in credit linkage. NABARD will assist eligible FPOs to get credit from banks as also through NABKISAN Finance Ltd, subsidiary of NABARD, the main objective of which is to provide credit for promotion, expansion and commercialization of enterprises engaged in agriculture, allied and rural non-farm activities
We had earlier launched Water Campaign in 2017 (JalJeevanHai) in 5000 villages of the State. To take this further, an Integrated Water Management Scheme (IWMS) has been formulated by NABARD to be implemented in two districts namely Ferozpur and Moga, which are identified as Aspirational Districts by GoI where a cluster of 5 villages with an area of about 500 ha in each district will be covered to undertake various soil and water conservation measures, convergence of other schemes and funds.