₹745 cr released for GPF, centrally sponsored schemes
The Punjab finance department on Monday released ₹745 crore on account of general provident fund (GPF), advances of employees and all centrally sponsored schemes up to March 6, 2020.
Disclosing this here on Monday, an official spokesperson said that funds to the tune of ₹311 crore have been released for making payment of retiral benefits, including final GPF and leave encashment, besides ₹95 crore on account of clearing advances of GPF to the employees till March 6.
Also, a sum of ₹275 crore has been released for all centrally sponsored schemes, including AMRUT, Samagra Shiksha Abhiyaan, Swachh Bharat Mission (urban), mid-day meal programme, Central Road Fund, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), MNREGA, Border Area Development Programme (BADP), besides NABARD, World Bank and Asian Development Bank-assisted projects cleared till March 6.
Another sum of ₹64 crore for medical, petroleum oil andlubricant (POL), water/electricity, material supplies, office expenses, machinery equipment and travelling allowance has also been released up to March 6.
A baby crocodile was rescued from a well in Wagale Estate in Thane on Wednesday. As the well is not a natural habitat of the reptile, it was rescued by NGO, Wildlife Welfare Association, and handed over to the forest department on Wednesday morning.
Mumbai Taking serious note of the high number of convicts failing to report back to prisons after their emergency Covid parole ended weeks ago, police commissioner Vivek Phansalkar on Wednesday directed senior officers to conduct a special drive to trace these prisoners who have gone off the radar. In a story on Wednesday, the Hindustan Times reported how 892 convicts, who were released on Covid emergency parole, were yet to return to the prisons.
A 30-year-old Titwala resident gave birth to a baby girl on platform No. 1 of Diva railway station in Thane on Wednesday morning. Railway Protection Force constable, Mamta Dangi, helped her with the delivery. The mother and child were later admitted to a private hospital in Diva. Dangi rushed to the spot with GRP staff and helped the woman to a safer spot. Dangi, though, refused to talk claiming she was not authorised to.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on Wednesday decided to display the portrait of slain Babbar Khalsa International militant Balwinder Singh Jatana — who in 1990 had killed government officials supervising the construction of disputed Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal — at the Central Sikh Museum in Golden Temple complex, days after singer Sidhu Moose Wala glorified Jatana in his posthumously released song 'SYL'.
Former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday listed '16 family dynasties' in the Karnataka unit of the BJP aKumaraswamy'she hit out at the saffron party for repeatedly calling the JD(S) a dynastic party. Kumaraswamy's outburst was against the repeated accusation of the BJP of calling JD(S) a dynastic party. The JD(S) leader lashed out against the BJP today for calling him a 'lucky dip CM' in a set of tweets.