PUN­JAB TO SET UP 4 MORE COVID TEST­ING LABS

131 em­ploy­ees to be hired to run these fa­cil­i­ties; also ap­proves fill­ing of 300 ad hoc posts in med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion dept

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspond­ent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CHANDI­GARH : The Pun­jab cab­i­net on Mon­day ap­proved set­ting up of four new Covid-19 lab­o­ra­to­ries in the state with a view to ramp­ing up the daily test­ing ca­pac­ity from the cur­rent 9,000 to 13,000.

Also, the cab­i­net in a meet­ing chaired by chief min­is­ter Amarinder Singh gave the go-ahead to re­cruit 131 em­ploy­ees to run these lab­o­ra­to­ries that will come up at Guru An­gad Dev Ve­teri­nary and An­i­mal Sci­ences Univer­sity (GADVASU), Lud­hi­ana; Pun­jab State Foren­sic Sci­ences Lab­o­ra­tory, Mo­hali; North­ern Re­gional Dis­eases Di­ag­nos­tic Lab­o­ra­tory, Jalandhar; and Pun­jab Biotech­nol­ogy In­cu­ba­tor, Mo­hali.

At present, vi­ral re­search and di­ag­nos­tic lab­o­ra­to­ries in three Gov­ern­ment Med­i­cal Col­leges at Pa­tiala, Am­rit­sar and Farid­kot are con­duct­ing coro­n­avirus tests in the state. The cab­i­net also cleared the pro­posal of the med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and re­search depart­ment to cre­ate and fill four posts of as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor (mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy) on ad hoc ba­sis in the new test­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries.

Be­sides, nod was given fill to 300 ad hoc posts in the med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment, 100 each in the three gov­ern­ment-run med­i­cal col­leges to han­dle the crit­i­cal Covid pa­tients.

The cab­i­net also de­cided to fill all va­can­cies as per the reg­u­la­tions of the Ve­teri­nary Coun­cil of In­dia (VCI) for the Ve­teri­nary Col­lege, Ram­pura Phul (Bathinda), to en­sure its op­ti­mal func­tion­ing.

NEW CHEM­I­CAL LAB IN JALANDHAR

To bring down the pen­dency of re­ports of vis­cera, blood al­co­hol, etc in the chem­i­cal ex­am­iner lab­o­ra­tory, Kharar, the cab­i­net ac­corded ap­proval to es­tab­lish a new chem­i­cal lab­o­ra­tory in Jalandhar, with creation of 21 posts in­volv­ing an­nual fi­nan­cial li­a­bil­ity of ₹42.31 lakh.

CM Amarinder Singh chair­ing the Pun­jab cab­i­net meet­ing in Chandi­garh on Mon­day. HT PHOTO

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