Chandigarh: Punjab animal husbandry minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa on Wednesday said no case of bird flu had been reported in the state so far, but the state government had taken all precautionary measures.
Bajwa said people who eat eggs and meat did not have to worry as they just need to cook them properly. He said the government was also ensuring that sub-standard meat and fish were not sold in the market. The minister appealed to people to refrain from spreading rumours and report any such rumour to the administration immediately.
The minister said during the second phase of the smart village campaign, 48,910 works were under process with a total outlay of Rs 2,775 crore. He said the smart village campaign was a flagship scheme of the state government and it aimed to transform villages. It was launched in 2019 with 19,132 works and at an investment of Rs 835 crore in the first phase.
Bajwa, who also heads the higher education department, said the state government would extend all possible help to Punjabi University in Patiala to get it out of the financial crisis and the required grant would also be provided. He added 12 government colleges had been set up and eight college buildings were under construction. Recruitment process of eight principals, 1,000 associate professors and 48 librarians has been started in government colleges. Of the 1,925 sanctioned posts of assistant professor in government-aided colleges, the process for recruitment of 1,300 posts has already started, added Bajwa.
He said a regional research and training centre on buffaloes, with objectives to improve buffalo breeds through genetic changes, was being established with at a total cost of Rs 20 crore at Booh village in Tarn Taran district.
Bajwa said rural development department was fighting at the forefront against Covid-19 and had sprayed sodium hypochlorite three times in 12,860 villages of the state. The department prepared 6.45 lakh masks through 4,000 self-help groups and every panchayat was empowered to spend up to Rs 50,000 for the fight against Covid, he added.