Punjab government launches e-stamping project

Punjab government has launched e-stamping project in the state. It was launched by state Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

This project seeks to computarise revenue departments of the state in order to remove malpractices and end leakage of government revenue. It also seeks to make revenue transactions safe and secure.

Key facts

  • At present, e-stamping has been initiated as a pilot project in five districts of state. They are Mohali, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Bathinda.
  • All districts of state will be covered under this project by 31 March 2015.
  • This project will help citizens to pay the exact fee through a wire transfer, a draft or even a cheque for stamp instead of buying it from middlemen at higher cost.
  • E-stamps have various safety features which includes a unique ID generated by computer and could be verified online and also UV, ultra violet, micro film and thermal fixtures besides an encrypted 2 D bar code.


Punjab bans sale of loose cigarettes and tobacco

Punjab has become first state in India, to completely ban the sale of loose cigarettes (even as single sticks) and loose tobacco.

State government had banned the sale of loose cigarettes and tobacco under Section 7 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 (COTPA Act, 2003).

Section 7 of COTPA bans sale of these products if they are traded, supplied or distributed without specified warning including pictorial warning on it.

State government notification in this regard clearly mentions that loose cigarettes and tobacco products do not carry a pictorial or a written warning so they are banned.

Earlier state government had banned sale of  nicotine in the form of e-cigarette.

About COTPA Act, 2003

It was enacted by Parliament in 2003. It prohibits advertisement and regulates tobacco business in India.

This Act has put restriction on tobacco products which includes cigarettes, gutka, panmasala (containing tobacco), cigar, cheroot, Beedi, Snuff, chewing tobacco, hookah, tooth powder containing tobacco.


Punjab’s first Mega International Food Park inaugurated at Dabwala Kalan

Punjab’s first Mega International Food Park was inaugurated at Dabwala Kalan, in Fazilka District Punjab under the aegis of Mega Food Park Scheme. It was inaugurated by Union Food Processing Industry Harsimrat Kaur Badal in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal.

This food park is constructed on 55 acre land and has additional facilities for processing milk and milk products besides packaging vegetables and fruits.

Initially it will provide employment for more than 700 local youth and later more will be employed in the park once other companies establishes their units in this facility.

Mega Food Park Scheme: This scheme is based on cluster approach and on hub and spoke model. It aims at facilitating the establishment of a strong food processing industry backed by an efficient supply chain, which includes collection centres, central processing center (CPC) and cold chain infrastructure.

This scheme envisages one time capital grant of

  • 50 per cent of the project cost (excluding land cost) subject to a maximum of Rs 50 crore in general areas.
  • 75 per cent of the project cost (excluding land cost) subject to a ceiling of Rs 50 crore, in difficult and hilly areas including north east region and J&K.