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- Haryana Police Advances Welfare Initiatives for Employees' Children
Chandigarh: The Welfare Wing of the Police Department is actively working to provide employment and improve the lives of police officers' children. A list of 452 children has been compiled. Based on their interests, 134 youths are undergoing training in various courses, while work is being carried out to secure employment for 318 children based on their educational qualifications. Additionally, Haryana Police will bear the training expenses for children of Class IV contract police officers. . Providing details on this initiative, Director General of Police Shatrujeet Kapur said that 134 children of police personnel in the state are currently undergoing training by enrolling in two distinct courses. The driving training program, designed for a one-month duration, will continue to be conducted based on the applications received. This program provides high-level training for heavy and light vehicle driving through two separate modules. All trained drivers will be in uniform and verified by Haryana Police, and coordination is underway with various institutions to secure employment for them upon programme completion. IG Welfare Rajeev Deswal provided detailed insights into the progress of various training programs. Under the driver training program, 43 youths are currently undergoing training, with 13 having completed the course. In the security guard training program, 25 youths have completed the course, and 31 others are currently undergoing training. Furthermore, a computer course, in collaboration with Hartron, is being offered to 60 youths, while 318 youths with various diplomas and degrees are being actively connected with companies and institutions for job opportunities. To alleviate the financial burden on Class IV contract policemen, Haryana Police has undertaken the responsibility of covering the training costs for their children. Meanwhile, other youths are benefiting from a no-interest loan facility for their training. As part of the broader plan, the establishment of a creche and the introduction of an e-library are in progress, with the latter already inaugurated in Sonipat district and expansion plans for other districts underway.
- 'AAP' Punjab condemns Union Minister Bhupendra Yadav's statement on Punjab in Parliament
Chandigarh: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab condemned Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav's statement on Punjab in Parliament and said that he presented false facts related to Punjab in Parliament. His statement is misleading and defamatory to Punjab. Addressing the media from the Chandigarh party headquarters on Friday, Aam Aadmi Party Punjab's chief spokesperson Malvinder Singh Kang, about the statement of Bhupendra Yadav, said that the policy of the BJP government at the Center is not to give anything to Punjab, but they just want to defame it through their lies. Kang said that crop diversification is the need of the hour for Punjab. This will solve water as well as stubble burning problems in Punjab. Therefore, the Central Government should give a special package to Punjab to encourage crop diversification. Kang said that Bhupendra Yadav compared Haryana and Punjab in Parliament, whereas in Punjab, paddy is cultivated in almost 3 times more area than in Haryana. Paddy is cultivated in about 32 lakh hectares in Punjab. Whereas in Haryana it is only in 12 lakh hectares. Despite this, due to the efforts of Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, the cases of stubble burning in Punjab have decreased by 56 percent as compared to last year. He said that the Punjab Government has submitted a draft to the Central Government to give Rs 2500 per acre to the farmers to deal with the problem of stubble, in which the Punjab Government will give Rs 1000 and has demanded Rs 1500 from the Central Government. The Delhi government is also ready to give Rs 500 for this. According to this, the Center has to give only Rs 1000. Yet they are deliberately rejecting this proposal. Whereas after the implementation of this scheme, the problem of stubble burning can be curbed to a great extent in Punjab. On Bhupendra Yadav's reply on crop diversification, Kang said that he mentioned Rs 2,440 crore central fund for this, whereas in Punjab alone, paddy worth about Rs 39,000 crore has been purchased this year. This statement of the minister is a mere joke with the farmers of our country. Kang said that rice is not the food of Punjab, yet farmers of Punjab cultivate paddy to fill the country's food stock. Due to this the water level of Punjab has gone down drastically. Many areas of Punjab are today facing a serious water problem. Since a decent MSP is given only on the paddy crop, the farmers of Punjab are forced to grow paddy only. Whereas the soil of Punjab can grow all crops and the farmers here are capable of growing everything from wheat, rice to vegetables and fruits. Therefore, instead of blaming Punjab, the Central Government should give a special package to Punjab to promote crop diversification here.
- Unveiling the Shadows - ED Raids Dheeraj Sahu's Premises, Unearths ₹200 Crore in Cash
New Delhi: In a stunning revelation, Enforcement Directorate (ED) raids on Congress MP Dheeraj Sahu's premises have unearthed over ₹200 crore in cash, with counting still underway. Anurag Thakur Fires Shots: Congress, Corruption, and Cash – An Unbreakable Trio Anurag Thakur, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports, didn't hold back, declaring, "Modi ji is channeling every penny for the greater good, while Congress is busy amassing black money." Thakur questioned the Gandhi duo, stating, "Rahul and Sonia Gandhi must explain why the name of Congress echoes wherever corruption lurks." Congress: A Legacy of Scams Thakur lambasted Congress, citing a history of scams – from defense to Bofors, and the more recent 2G, Commonwealth, Coal, and others. He quipped, "Congress has perfected the art of looting the nation since independence." Congress and Corruption: An Inseparable Tale Highlighting recent instances, Thakur pointed to Chhattisgarh's liquor scam and the Mahadev App scandal, followed by the staggering ₹200 crore cash discovery in Jharkhand. He challenged Rahul Gandhi, asking why Congress is always linked to corruption and why the opposition leader opposes ED and CBI. Nationwide Crackdown on Corruption Thakur shed light on recent anti-corruption actions, revealing cash discoveries in Bengaluru, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Chennai, and Delhi. He assured the public that every penny looted from the people would be reclaimed, emphasizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment to a corruption-free India. Thakur concluded, "Investigating agencies will act independently, and the black money of Congress will be recovered. The promise to return every looted penny stands strong."
- हरियाणा राज्य में 13 दिसंबर तक मौसम आमतौर पर खुश्क 10 व 11 दिसंबर को राज्य में मौसम परिवर्तनशील
मौसम पूर्वानुमान :हरियाणा राज्य में 13 दिसंबर तक मौसम आमतौर पर खुश्क रहने की संभावना है परंतु पश्चिमिविक्षोभ के आंशिक प्रभाव से 10 व 11 दिसंबर को राज्य में मौसम परिवर्तनशील तथा बीच बीच में हल्की बादलवाई रहने तथा हवाएं चलने की संभावना है। इस दौरान मौसम परिवर्तनशील रहने से दिन के तापमान में गिरावट तथा रात्रि तापमान में हल्की बढ़ोतरी संभावना है। इसके बाद एक और पश्चिमिविक्षोभ के कारण 13 दिसंबर रात्रि से फिर से आंशिक बादलवाई व मौसम खुश्क संभावित।
- The Governor inaugurates 36th Chrysanthemum Show 2023
Chandigarh: The beautiful City of Flowers, Chandigarh, is hosting the three-day Chrysanthemum Show at the Terraced Garden in Sector 33. The show begun today and will continue until December 10, from 11 am to 7 pm each day. The zero waste flower show inaugurated by the Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, Sh. Banwarilal Purohit, in the presence of City Mayor Sh. Anup Gupta, Adviser to Administrator, Sh. Nitin Yadav IAS, Sh. Parveer Ranjan, IPS, DGP, Municipal Commissioner Ms. Anindita Mitra, IAS, Senior Deputy Mayor Sh. Kanwarjeet Rana, area councillor Smt. Anju Katyal, other councillors, senior officers of the civic body and prominent residents of city beautiful. Sh. Banwarilal Purohit appreciated the beauty of the flowers at The Zero Waste 36th Chrysanthemum Show 2023. Taking a moment to capture the essence of the event, he, along with Mayor Chandigarh, Sh. Anup Gupta, and Adviser to Administrator, Sh. Nitin Yadav IAS, posed in front of the stunning "Rakhna Sambhal Chandigarh" floral topiary at The Zero Waste 36th Chrysanthemum Show 2023. This annual event, now in its second consecutive year, has been transformed into a zero waste initiative by the civic body. Alongside showcasing various stalls with different initiatives and projects of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, the event promotes sustainability and environmental consciousness. During his visit, Sh. Banwarilal Purohit toured all the stalls, including the Swachh Bharat Mission stall, which raises awareness about waste segregation at the source. Other stalls showcased horticulture waste composting, home composting, safai mitra, construction and demolition waste management, and a unique and eco-friendly initiative called PRARAMBH, a one-stop store for sustainable products run by a self-help group supported by the civic body. After the park tour, the Chief Guest paid respects at the Martyr's Pillar in the Terraced Garden by laying flowers. As part of the event, Sh. Banwarilal Purohit unveiled an artistically designed brochure on the show. the gardeners (Malis) - the heroes behind the enchanting beauty of our city parks - were also honored by the Chief Guest at the Zero Waste 36th Chrysanthemum Show 2023 for their unwavering dedication and tireless efforts. The chief guest praised the officials of the Municipal Corporation for organizing such a splendid show. He encouraged citizens to maintain the beauty of the city's gardens and urged them to have a small garden either on their terrace or balcony. Sustainability, creativity, and innovation come together at the special attraction of the "Zero Waste" 36th Chrysanthemum Show 2023, featuring the Waste-to-Wonder park at the Terraced Garden. Waste materials like tires, chains, iron sheets, and plastic have been ingeniously transformed into remarkable structures. From tunnels to see-saws, spring riders to crawling obstacles, and benches made of construction and demolition waste, this park is a true wonderland. Children can also enjoy a game of snakes and ladders “ Swachhata Ki Saanp Sidhi” made from recycled materials. Additionally, the Viksit Bharat Yatra camp is also a part of the show, offering citizens the opportunity to inquire about prominent government schemes and enroll in them. A van has been deployed at the Terraced Garden for the next three days to raise awareness among citizens about the various government schemes. The van also showcases a message from the Prime Minister of India, Sh. Narendra Modi, addressing the citizens. For visitors, MC Chandigarh has made arrangements for public amenities, including a special lost and found counter, a medical counter, water facilities, and clean and hygienic Public Conveniences. Keeping in view to provide food items on reasonable rates inside the festival ground, the MCC has arranged beautiful 'Zero Waste Rasoi', where plastic items have totally banned and promoted biodegradable and recyclable products. While addressing the gathering, city Mayor lauded the efforts of gardeners and officials, who made this event vibrant and colorful with the beautiful display of chrysanthemum flowers. He also appreciated the decision to organize this three day show a zero waste event.
- THREE WATER TREATMENT PLANTS AMONG NINE PROJECTS WORTH RS 92 CRORES GET NOD UNDER AMRUT 2.0
CHANDIGARH: In order to provide 100% water supply facility to the people of the state as per the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, the state level technical committee has appraised the detailed project reports (DPRs) of three Water Treatment Plants and six Water Supply distribution network worth Rs 92 crores under the AMRUT 2.0. The meeting of the State Level Technical Committee was held under the chairmanship of Secretary Local Government Ajoy Sharma at Municipal Bhawan here on Friday. Divulging details, Secretary Ajoy Sharma informed that the committee has appraised three water treatment plants approx worth Rs 60 crores for three towns including Jandiala Guru, Bhai Rupa and Rayya. Pertinently, Jandiala Guru to get a Water treatment plant of 7.0 MLD plant worth Rs 16.52 crores which will benefit the population of 34080, while, Rayya to get 4 MLD plant worth Rs 14.81 crores which will benefit 17986 people. Similarly, Bhai Rupa to get 4 MLD plant worth Rs 16.88 crores which will benefit 22008 people.The Committee has also approved water supply network. The committee has also approved a Water Supply distribution network approx worth Rs 32 crores for six towns which include Patti, Bhikhiwind, Rayya, Bhai Rupa and Ahmedgarh, said the Secretary. He said that the go-ahead by the State Level Technical Committee to DPR of these projects has paved the way for its commencement and tenders will be floated soon to initiate the construction process.
- STATE ELECTION COMMISSION ANNOUNCES BYE ELECTION OF MANSA’S VILLAGE BHAMME KALAN ON DEC 24
CHANDIGARH: The State Election Commission has issued election schedule and Notification vide which the bye election to the post of Sarpanch (woman), village Bhamme Kalan, District Mansa, has been announced. The desirous candidates can file their nominations upto 13.12.2023, in the office of the Returning Officer and the poll will be held on 24.12.2023 (Sunday). The result will be declared on the same day. All voters entered in the electoral roll are eligible to participate in the election. The Commission has made all the necessary arrangements for this election. The Model Code of Conduct within the revenue jurisdiction of said Gram Panchayat has come into force with immediate effect.
- CM’S BONANZA TO RESIDENTS OF FARIDKOT, DEDICATES/ LAYS FOUNDATION STONE OF SEVERAL KEY PROJECTS
Faridkot: Giving a big bonanza to the residents of Faridkot district, the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann today dedicated/ laid foundation stone of several key projects worth around 55.80 crore in the district thereby giving a major fillip to its holistic development. In order to solve the sewerage problem in the district, the Chief Minister dedicated a new Sewerage Treatment Plant with the capacity of 14 MLD along with new MPS to the people. The STP and MPS have been constructed at a cost of Rs 25.71 crore and will immensely benefit the people of the district. Bhagwant Singh Mann also inaugurated a project for augmentation of the water supply scheme in the Faridkot city. The Chief Minister said that this will help in regular supply of potable drinking water to people thereby immensely benefitting them. He said that the state government is committed for the well being of people and holistic development of the state. Bhagwant Singh Mann also laid the foundation stone of Block III (Treasury Block) in the District Administrative Complex (DAC) of the district. The Chief Minister said that the state government has already earmarked Rs 9.71 crore for this project and as per it the building will house offices of 21 departments. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that this will immensely facilitate the people of Jaiton and Kotakpura assembly segments by facilitating them. He also laid the foundation stone of new construction/ widening and strengthening of the 15. 925 kilometre road from Faridkot-Ferozepur road to Pakhi Kalan-Pehluwala Khawaja Khadak road. The Chief Minister said that the work will be undertaken at a cost of Rs 12.01 crore and will facilitate the commuters Pakhi Kalan, Pehluwala Khawaja Khadak, Malewal and surrounding villages besides solving the traffic problem of the area. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that the work has already been started and will be completed before August 2024 to benefit the villagers of the area. He also announced that projects worth Rs 144.35 crore will also be kicked off in Faridkot in coming days. The Chief Minister said that this will include special repair of link roads at a cost of Rs 8.99 crore, construction of Sports School in Jand Sahib at a cost of Rs 3.82 crore, construction of PHC in Jand Sahib at a cost of Rs 4.30 crore and construction of bye-pass from Faridkot – Deep Singh wala to Amritsar Bathinda National highway at a cost of Rs 62.29 crore. Likewise, he said that Rs 4.42 will be spent on construction of multipurpose auditorium in Government Barjindra College, Rs 1.58 for upgrading infrastructure in Desh Bhagat Pandit Chetan Dev Government College, Rs 20.54 crore for construction of Steel bridge over Kotakpura to Faridkot Rajasthan Feeder canal and Faridkot to Kotakpura Sirhind Feeder Canal, Rs 15.64 crore on construction of steel bridge at village Machaki Mal Singh and Rs 22.77 crore on construction of Steel Bridge over Faridkot to Mudki Rajasthan Feeder and Talwandi to Faridkot Sirhind Canal. Bhagwant Singh Mann envisioned that these projects will give further impetus to comprehensive development of Faridkot district.
- Viksit Bharat Sankalap Yatra today reached the Terrace Garden, Sector-33
Chandigarh: The Viksit Bharat Sankalap Yatra today reached the Terrace Garden, Sector-33, Chandigarh. People of all ages utilized this opportunity to get awareness about various flagship schemes of Government of India. Many new registrations and enrolments were done. For the next two days also, the Viksit Bharat Yatra will be organised at Terrace Garden as it aligns with the annual 3-day Chrysanthemum Show. A total of 619 individuals seized the opportunity to enroll and register for various government schemes, highlighting the Yatra's positive influence on community engagement. This remarkable turnout underscores the eagerness of the community to avail themselves of the benefits offered through these initiatives.
- CM SOLICITS FULSOME SUPPORT AND COOPERATION OF PEOPLE TO MAKE PUNJAB A FRONTRUNNER STATE
FARIDKOT: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann on Friday solicited fulsome support and cooperation of the people to make Punjab a frontrunner state in the country by wiping out all the prevalent social maladies. Addressing the gathering during a function at Baba Farid University of Health Sciences after inaugurating newly constructed Mother and Child care hospital and handing over appointment letters to 250 Nursing Officers, the Chief Minister further said that Punjabis have been blessed with an indomitable spirit to conquer every field of their choice. He said that due to this Punjabis have proved their mettle across the globe with their hard work and dedication. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that now is the time when the Punjabis should join hands to wipe out the curse of social maladies from the state. The Chief Minister said that Punjabis are born entrepreneurs and leaders due to which they have excelled in every arena across the globe. He said that the hard work and resilience of the Punjabis is unmatched owing to which they shine in every sphere. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that the state government is making all out efforts to utilise this spirit properly for progress of the state and carve out a ‘Rangla Punjab’. The Chief Minister said that it is a matter of immense pride and satisfaction for all as 10 players in the Indian Hockey contingent, that recently bagged gold medal in Asian games, are from Punjab. He said that Punjab government has laid major thrust on the promotion of games in the state thereby channelizing the unbounded energy of youth in a positive direction. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that the result of this is that Punjabis have bagged 19 medals in the recently concluded Asian games, which is the highest tally of states in Asiad, since its inception. The Chief Minister said that he is blessed to be part of this function here on the pious land of Baba Sheikh Farid adding that the life and philosophy of Baba Farid was very much relevant in today’s materialistic society. He said that the teachings of Baba Farid were a source of inspiration for the coming generations to serve humanity with utmost zeal and dedication. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that people from all sections of society participate in the Baba Farid Aagman Purab Mela every year with full religious passion and fervor. The Chief Minister envisioned that in a step aimed at imparting quality health services to people, a Mother and Child clinic has been dedicated to the people. He said that this newly constructed hospital will act as a catalyst to impart quality health care to pregnant women and newly born children. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that the move is aimed to ensure that people get quality health services in these hospitals. The Chief Minister, while congratulating newly appointed 250 Nursing officers, exhorted them to serve the people with missionary zeal as now they have become integral part of the government. Bhagwant Singh Mann hoped that the new recruits will use their posts for helping the needy and underprivileged sections of society. He said that the newly recruited youth should ensure maximum welfare of the public so that every section of society is benefited from it. The Chief Minister said that due to callousness of previous regimes government jobs were earlier a ‘distant dream’ for the youth of the state whereas his government has ensured that youth get the jobs as per their merit for which a transparent mechanism has been evolved. He said that the earlier government lacked the commitment and zeal to serve the masses in true sense due to which these jobs were far away from the youth. However, Bhagwant Singh Mann said that within a year of formation of their government they have given more than 38000 jobs to the eligible youth completely on merit basis. The Chief Minister said that those youth who have not been able to still crack the exam for government jobs should not lose heart and should continue to work hard as thousands of government jobs are in pipeline. Likewise, he said that those who have got these jobs should not feel satisfied and should work hard for better opportunities ahead. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that neither this should be the first government job of these youth nor it should be the last as the sky is the limit for the hard working youth in the state. The Chief Minister urged the youth not to feel proud of their achievement but to stay humble and work hard for more success. He said that confidence and a positive approach should be basic traits of everyone’s personality but there should be no pride in it. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that this is the key to success for scripting the success in every field adding that this should be implemented in right earnest. The Chief Minister said that the state government is committed to holistic development of the state and prosperity of its people. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that no stone is being left unturned for this noble cause to ensure that Punjab emerges as the front ranking state in the country. He said that the state government has already taken several path breaking measures including introduction of several pro-people and development oriented policies.
- National Crafts Mela -23 A cultural 'dhamaal' at Kalagram
National Crafts Mela -23 A cultural 'dhamaal' at Kalagram marks Day 8 CHANDIGARH, December 8 The sprawling Kalagram turned out to be place of hop and happening on Day Eight as thousands of Mela buffs thronged it to a part of the ongoing Chandigarh National Crafts Mela, jointly organised by the NZCC and Chandigarh Administration. The key morning stage performances were folk dances of various states, Balti (Ladakh), Rai Bense, participated in the India Got Talent Reality Show (WB), Thappattam (Tamil Nadu), Geetru (J&K), Chhapeli (UK), Hozagiri (Tripura), Lai Haroba and Thangta (Manipur), to name a few. The evening session had a slew of tribal and folk dance performances, including an engaging Ragini performance by Rakesh Bharaniya. Prominent among the dances were Machhi (Dadra and Nagar Haveli), Dhamali (J&K), Ghoomer (Har) Sirmauri Naati (HP), Cheraw (Mizoram), Wamgla (Maghalaya), Bihu (Assam), Mayur (UP) and Bhangra (Pb). The daily ground performances for the day included Behurupiyas playing multiple characters Nachaar and Baajigar (Punjab) Nagada, Been Jogis artistes performed clad in their colourful traditional attires, et al. Their power-packed performances persuaded the audieduence to shake a leg and click selfies with them. Shoppers were on cloud nine to see a range of traditional products to choose from. Among the handmade and handcrafted items on display were a range of pottery, including cups, plates, trays and toys, earthen pots, flower vases, crockery, cutlery, et al to replenish their kitchens. Pashmina, Yaak wool shawls, stols, gloves, mufflers, headbands from Ladakh, while Himachali staĺl had put up the traditionally knitted Kullu and Kinnauri caps and other winter garments were available for all categories of buyers from all parts of the county. The food court housing some 20 stalls from various states virtually turned out to be a place of hop and happening with food lovers had so much to choose from a range appetizing cuisines and culinary wonders to gorge on at competitive rates. Foodies had a field day to taste the traditional cuisines of various regions and know more about them and their cultural roots. The special quiz session, in which 150 students from various government and non-goverment tricity participated. Ten students were declared winners of the contest. The contest is held daily for school children and others. The results of the photography competition, which in all received 48 enteries, were declared.The proud winners of the competition were Amrendra Kumar, Anu, Seema Arora, and Diya. Eminent members of the jury were Gurdeep Dhiman and Dr Bhupinder Brar The evening had a lot more to offer to music lovers, who defied the December chill to listen to the popular Punjabi singerJoban Sandhu, who doled out his favourite numbers. The star performer of tomorrow evening (Dec 9) is the well-known Gurlez Akhtar-Kulwinder Kally duo.They are set to offer a spell-binding performance, belting out their hot favourite numbers.
- GREEN HYDROGEN POLICY TO HELP CONVERT AGRI-RESIDUE INTO ASSETS FROM LIABILITY, SAYS AMAN ARORA
Chandigarh: In a bid to make Punjab a front-runner state in green & clean energy production across the country, New and Renewable Energy Sources Minister Mr. Aman Arora on Friday said that Punjab Green Hydrogen Policy drafted by Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA), will help to convert the agriculture residues, which is now considered as a liability, into green energy assets. Presiding over a half-day Open-House Session on the Draft Green Hydrogen Policy for the State of Punjab organized here at CII, Mr. Aman Arora said that the Policy aims to make Punjab a Green Hydrogen/Ammonia producer with a production capacity of 100 Kilo tons per annum by the year 2030, besides, developing innovative manufacturing capacities of producing Hydrogen such as biomass gasification, steam methane reforming, electrolysis of waste water, Hydrogen fuel blending etc. This initiative will pave a way to explore the technologies for producing green hydrogen from biomass as Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Singh Mann led Punjab Government has been making concerted efforts to make the state no.1 in production of clean and green energy. Punjab has been mainly focusing on the production of green hydrogen from biomass, which is an attractive option for the transition to a zero-carbon future as 20 million tons of paddy straw is being generated annually in the State, he added. Emphasising on the significance of Green Hydrogen and its applications, Chairman PEDA Mr. H.S. Hanspal said that this draft policy is not just a set of goals but a testament to our commitment to a sustainable future for the state. Chief Executive Officer PEDA Dr. Amarpal Singh said that Punjab is committed to be leaders in the country to contribute towards green fuel for the future which will not only bring prosperity but will also ensure the energy security of the country. He also highlighted the various incentives now being planned to be provided under the Green Hydrogen Policy of the state. Director PEDA Mr. M.P. Singh shared the various initiatives of PEDA which are based on a strategy for utilization of the paddy straw for conversion into useful fuel /energy for meeting the requirements of the State. Chair of Interdisciplinary Centre for Energy & Research, IISC, Bangalore Prof. Dr. S. Dasappa and Director General National Institute of Bio-Energy, MNRE, GoI Dr. G. Sridhar appreciated the initiatives taken by PEDA in promotion of green and clean energy. Dr. S. Dasappa delivered a presentation on an innovative technology to produce hydrogen from biomass. Mr. Rohit Kumar from PEDA also gave a presentation on the salient features of Draft Green Hydrogen Policy for the State of Punjab. Representatives from Industries including NLT, HMEL, HPCL, GAIL, Indian Oil, NFL, Vardhman, Sportking, Nahar Group & Industrial associations, consultancy firms, Academic Institutes, Energy Auditors / Managers also participated in the session.