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28,435-hectare land brought under vegetable cultivation

HOSHIARPUR: Around 28,435-hectare land has been brought under vegetable cultivation in Hoshiarpur district. Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam said that the Punjab government was encouraging people to shift from traditional farming circle of wheat and paddy by providing financial aid for other crops.

Jalandhar passport office expands ops

Amritsar: J S Sodhi,Passport Officer of Amritsar,in a press statement issued on Friday said it had been decided by the Ministry of External Affairs that from July 23,all applicants of Gurdaspur and Pathankot districts would submit their applications for passports under the jurisdiction of Passport Office,Jalandhar. He added that applications for new and renewal of passports would be submitted at the Jalandhar office.

Haryana to implement school safety project

CHANDIGARH: To sensitise school children on disaster preparedness and safety measures,the Haryana government on Friday decided to implement school safety project through the district education and block education officers. “As per guidelines issued by Supreme Court,safety of schools is necessary during disasters. If proper education is imparted to children to tackle such situations,they will further educate their guardians. At the block level,15 teachers will be trained in disaster management,” a state government spokesperson said.

Fresh guidelines for midday meal scheme

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana education department on Friday issued fresh directions for the smooth and effective implementation of midday meal scheme. “Before lifting foodgrain from the Food Corporation of India depots,their quality will be checked and grains kept in the open will not be used. Midday meal should be prepared under hygienic conditions,” said Haryana Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal.

CVOs directed to keep eye on corrupt officials

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Chandigarh: In a bid to achieve its objective of zero tolerance towards corruption for bringing transparency and efficiency to the state administration,the Punjab government on Friday issued guidelines to all the chief vigilance officers (CVOs) designated in various departments to curb corruption,thereby keeping a close tab on the activities of corrupt officers.

‘Safety of students in school buses priority’

Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Friday directed authorised transport companies plying as school buses to ensure enforcement of safety guidelines issued by the state government. “Any kind of laxity while handling school children will not be tolerated,” a government spokesperson read.