Spanning an area of 82 acres, the newly commissioned rooftop panels at the Dera Baba Jaimal Singh, Beas in Amritsar makes Punjab the world leader in GREEN POWER commanding the world’s largest rooftop solar plant. Built at a cost of Rs 139 crore, this plant will produce 11.5 MW of clean and green energy that will be sufficient to power approximately 8,000 homes. Inaugurated on May 17th 2016, the project is meant to bring immense environmental benefits that will be equivalent to that of planting two lakh trees!
Completely ending the Inspector Raj, ‘Rahat Scheme’ was implemented which enables traders do away with maintaining account books, stock registers, purchase invoices or bills, and ledgers and goods receipts.
This comprehensive scheme has been the brainchild of Punjab Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal who is concerned about the growth of business in Punjab; hence this scheme was launched to provide a hassle-free platform to traders to opt for lump-sum annual taxes to get rid of unnecessary record keeping. This unique scheme has been launched for 74 cities across the state in which 24 fall in Tier-1 and remaining fall in Tier-2 and Tier-3. Under this scheme –
A toll-free helpline number has been launched exclusively for traders 18002582580 where traders can register their complaints for proper implementation of the Rahat Scheme.
Planned as an Investors’ Summit, Progressive Punjab did more than what was expected. It not only brought thousands of delegates across industry segments on one platform to take a note of Industry & Investment climate in Punjab, but also resulted in signing of more than 128 Memorandum of Understanding amounting to approx. INR 68,000 Cr in 2013 summit.
Progressive Punjab had delegates from foreign countries as well including United States of America, Italy, Taiwan etc. Sessions were held on sectors including Agro and Food Processing, Textiles, Light Engineering, Information Technology, Biosciences and Healthcare, Skills, Infrastructure, and a country session on Taiwan was also held exclusively.
While the Progressive Punjab Summit of 2015 focused on Agro and Food Processing, Life sciences, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Education, IT, Renewable Energy and Tourism sectors.
Shiromani Akali Dal led Punjab Government has played a key role in setting up of Indian School of Business (ISB) campus in Mohali. With Punjabi youth aiming for the world, this is Punjab’s strongest step towards imparting world-class education in the state.
ISB is the youngest school ever around the world to be featured in the Financial Times top 20 MBA ranking! ISB Mohali Campus is a treat for the eyes as one can see state-of-the-art learning infrastructure spread over 70 acres. ISB Mohali, other than its sprawling campus, also has a 500-seater auditorium, high-definition video conferencing, digital library and attracts the best faculty drawn from the top schools around the world, including Kellogg, Wharton, London Business School etc. And the credit for bringing ISB brand in Mohali goes to visionary leader Sukhbir Singh Badal who has been making focused efforts to make Mohali earn the title of the Knowledge City by virtue of such world-class institutions.
PUNJAB RIGHT TO SERVICES ACT has been enacted to ensure delivery of services to the people of the State of Punjab within the given time limits and for matters connected there with and incidental thereto.
Punjab Right to Services act was notified in the year 2011 and PGRC was entrusted with making recommendations as per the act. Currently, 243 citizen services offered at citizens’ doorstep through 2,147 e-Sewa Kendra. Punjab leads in governance reforms in the country with maximum number of services offered through e-Sewa Kendra and Sanjh Kendra. All this is done by the government to ensure time-bound delivery of these public services under the ambit of Right to Service Act (RTS), 2011.
The state government has issued amended notification in this regard and appointed designated officers to deliver services within stipulated time limit. This act justifies the Deputy Chief Minister’s vision to push reforms and accountability in its internal governance by bringing or introducing reforms in the present administrative system.
Kabaddi, the celebrated sport in India, has been ignored for long. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal took up the cause of rural sports and envisioned glorifying the mud game by adding excitement to it through Kabbadi World Cup in Punjab.
The first edition of this was organized in 2010 and it has been an annual event ever since. Icing on the cake is the fact that India is the top team in Kabaddi and has been winning all the World Cups organized so far. There have been huge cash rewards for the Kabbadi players in this tournament and Kabaddi fans have also enjoyed watching their favourite teams and players sweat it out in the field. With Kabbadi matches happening in rural parts of Punjab, this world cup has given a great push to the tourism and economy of rural Punjab as well. As many as 11 international teams participated in Kabbadi World Cup 2014.
Governance is no more about passing bills and watching people follow it; visionary leaders like Sukhbir Singh Badal believe that the true meaning as well as significance of governance is to improve the welfare of the disadvantaged, marginalized and deprived sections in the state.
Punjab Governance Reforms Commission was set up keeping in mind the aim of achieving good Governance based on high ethical standards & best practices. The Commission studied the present system of governance and realized that it is not optimally suited to the challenges of unequal access of social programs. The Commission worked with a motive to do away with skewed distribution of benefits of the various economic programs based on gender, caste and class.
The concept of developing Mohali as Knowledge City came up with the vision that real growth of industry can happen when there is no dearth of trained technical manpower.
Talking about all-over Punjab data, there have been 220 affiliated colleges of Punjab Technical University with strength of 2.5 lakh students and 82 AICTE colleges training 28,000 technical students every year. In response to Sukhbir Singh Badal’s vision of making Mohali the Knowledge City, many prestigious educational institutes of higher learning, including Indian School of Business (ISB), National Institute of Technology, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (NIPER), Institute of Nanotechnology, etc have chosen the city as their campus location. The region is witnessing augmented R&D activities and fast emerging as an education hub with focus on excellence and upgrading the skills of youth in Punjab to make them industry-ready.
Punjab Government has done a stellar job in increasing the air connectivity in the state. Inaugurated on 11th September, 2015 by Prime Minister of India, Sri Narendra Modi, the new international terminal of Chandigarh airport is located in Mohali, Punjab. Haryana Governor, Kaptan Singh Solanki, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Ashok Gajapathi Raju (Union Civil Aviation Minister), CM Parkash Singh Badal, and Kirron Kher (Chandigarh MP) were also present during the inauguration. The new terminal is built for both, domestic and international flights and stands tall on ecological parameters owing to its green-building concept. The rooftop of the terminal has a 200KW solar plant, which is enough to meet the major power needs of the building.
Spread across an area of approx. 305 acres, Mohali international airport uses environment-friendly green technologies making it one-of-its-kind, not only in India, but also in the world.
Punjab promises power @Rs. 4.99 per unit to new industrial investments vis-a vis Rs. 7-10 per unit offered by other states.