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Punjab Cabinet Approved Lokayukta Bill to Replace Lokpal 1996

(Chd,Pb)Punjab Cabinet Approved Lokayukta Bill 2020
The state cabinet on Monday approved the Punjab Lokayukta Bill-2020 for passage in the ongoing session of the legislative assembly.
The Bill seeks to replace the existing Punjab Lokpal Act, 1996 and will cover all public functionaries, including the chief minister.
However, the prosecution of the chief minister, ministers and MLAs would require the approval of the 2/3rd members of the House
“The Lokayukta shall have all powers of a civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908. It will also provide for prosecution in case of a false complaint,”
The legislation bars a parallel probe into a complaint against any officer/public functionary if an inquiry is being conducted into the matter by the lokayukta
He, however, said the lokayukta will not have the authority to conduct a parallel inquiry of the matter already under investigation by the government.

OnLine Lottery Scheme Banned in Punjab

(Chd,Pb) OnLine Lottery Banned in Punjab
The Punjab government on Friday decided to ban all types of online lottery schemes in the state,
This Ban would not only check illegal lottery business but also give a boost to the state’s tax and non-tax revenue
Punjab Cabinet gave approval to prohibition of the sale of computerised and online lotteries marketed and operated through vending machines, terminals and electronic machines, along with the online scheme tickets which are sold, organised, conducted or promoted through internet by any state within the Indian Territory or by a foreign country.

Committee To Scan Fee Structure In Med Colleges In Punjab

[ChdPb]Committee To Scan Fee Structure In Pvt Med Colleges In Punjab
And Punjab Cabinet Restructures Employment Generation Deptt
the cabinet formed a three-member committee to study the fee structure at private medical institutions and suggest ways for its rationalistion.
The committee comprises Health Minister Brahm Mohindra, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and Higher and Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi.
Channi said private universities should implement policies with regard to reservation in jobs.
The Punjab cabinet Thursday also approved the restructuring of the department of employment generation and training by bringing the Punjab Skill Development Mission (PSDM) under it.
“Since skill development and training are necessary to enhance the employability of the youth, it was felt that the Ghar Ghar Rozgar and Karobar Mission and the Punjab Skill Development Mission, which are currently functioning under two different departments, should be brought under one department,”
The task of skill development has now been assigned to the department of employment generation and training.
Earlier, it was being looked after by the department of technical education and industrial training.
The restructured department has also been mandated to create employment opportunities, either by imparting skill or through career guidance and counselling.
It will also facilitate placements for job seekers.

5178 Teachers and 650 Nurses Regularised In Punjab

[Chd,Pb]5178 Teachers and 650 Nurses Regularised In Punjab
Meeting a long-pending demand of the teaching community, the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has approved regularization of the services of 5178 teachers and 650 nurses These contractual employees had been agitating for some time for regularization at basic pay.
Of the 5178 category teachers, 5078 were recruited in the Master cadre and 100 as Classical & Vernacular (C & V) Teachers by the Department in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
These teachers are currently paid Rs.7500/- per month and their salary would be now fixed at minimum of grade pay i.e. Rs.15,300/- per month till the time they are given full scale.

Capt’s Cabinet Gives Green Signal To Brick klins in Punjab

[Chd,Pb] Capt’s Cabinet Gives Green Signal To Brick klins in Punjab
This approval is for rectangular shape and zigzag brick setting by Punjab State Council for Science & Technology. Brick kilns have been given till September 30, 2019, to make the conversion.
The brick kilns in the process of conversion to induce draft technology with zigzag setting/yet to start the process intending to operate the brick kiln are required to pay environmental compensation on the basis of `polluter pays principle’ to the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) with effect from February 1, 2019, till the adoption of induced draft technology. The compensation has been set Rs. 25,000 per month for zig zag setting with kiln of capacity equal to more than 30,000 bricks per day and Rs. 20,000 per month for kiln of capacity less than 30,000 bricks per day.
The PPCB would ensure that the brick kilns are operated in compliance with the code of practice prescribed by the CPCB, as well as the state board. The Department of Food and Civil Supplies, being the licensing authority, would create awareness and mobilise the brick kiln for conversion to induced draft technology with zigzag setting.
482 brick kilns had already converted to new technology and 559 were in pipeline for shifting to induced draft technology.
Notably, around 2800 brick kilns are operating in Punjab, producing around 15-20 billion bricks per annum. This constitutes about 8% of total production of the country and the brick kiln industry employs about 0.5-0.6 million workers.
Capt’s Cabinet Gives Green Signal To Brick klins in Punjab

5 Dayer, 5th Session of Pb’s 15th Assembly to Begin From Aug 24

[Chd,Pb]5 Dayer, 5th Session of Pb’s 15th Assembly to Begin From Aug 24
The Cabinet has decided to summon the next session of the Punjab Assembly from August 24 to August 28.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Punjab Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here today.
With the Cabinet decision, the Punjab Governor has been authorised to convene the fifth session of the 15th Punjab Vidhan Sabha.
A spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said the session would commence on August 24 in the afternoon with obituary references.
Legislative Business would be transacted in both, the morning and evening sessions on August 27.
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Pb Cabinet Congratulated Gandhis For Win of four MLAs

[Chd,Pb]Pb Cabinet Congratulated Gandhis For Win of four MLAs
The Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has congratulated Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi on the party’s excellent performance in the Assembly elections, for which results were announced today.
Congress has registered victory on four Assembly seats, including Shahkot in Punjab
“Heartiest congratulations from Punjab cabinet to Smt Sonia Gandhi ji and @RahulGandhi for excellent performance of @INCIndia in 3 Assembly bypolls & deferred poll on 1 K’nataka seat. Party’s resurgence continues under your dynamic leadership. A clear sign of things to come.” Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted after the Cabinet meeting, which noted, with satisfaction, the revival of the Congress in recent months.

Capt&H C Agree To Expand Pb Cabinet With New 9

[New Delhi] Capt&High Command Agree To Expand Pb Cabinet With New 9
9 new cabinet ministers are set to take oath tomorrow in Punjab,
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has approved their names in a meeting with state chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh.
The new ministers are
Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa,
Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria,
Vijay Inder Singla,
Bharat Bhushan Ashu,
Shyam Sunder Arora,
O P Soni,
Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi,
Gurpreet Singh Kangar and
Balbir Sidhu.
Swearing-in ceremony will take place tomorrow at 6 pm at Punjab Raj Bhawan.
The state chief minister held a second round of discussion with Rahul Gandhi today before announcing the names.
They held a similar meeting yesterday and Amarinder was asked by Rahul Gandhi to provide the seniority list of the MLAs.
At present there are nine ministers, including Amarinder Singh, and with nine new ministers, the Punjab government will touch the maximum strength of 15 per cent of the state assembly.
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Punjab Cabinet Regularises 7K Unauthorised Colonies

[Chd,Pb]Punjab Cabinet Regularises 7K Unauthorised Colonies
The bill for regularisation of unauthorised colonies, plots and buildings is all set to be presented in the upcoming budget session of the Vidhan Sabha, following the go-ahead by the Punjab Cabinet here today,
It will also pave the way for the formulation of a comprehensive policy for regularisation of these colonies and plots or buildings across the state,Cabinet was chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
There are at present around 7,000 illegal colonies, of which 5,000 were located outside the MC limits, As per spokesperson,no registration of the illegal colonies would be allowed.
It would give an opportunity to those colonisers or residents who had failed to apply for either getting their unauthorised colonies .
The RWA can also submit an application for regularisation of the colony to the concerned authority under the provisions of the bill.

Capt Allows ‘Guardians of Governance’ to 3 More Districts

[Chd,Pb] Capt Allows ‘Guardians of Governance’ to Three More Districts
The Punjab Cabinet has approved full extension of the government’s ‘Guardians of Governance’ (GoG) scheme to three more districts The scheme will be fully implemented in the three districts of
Patiala and
Pathankot, as per the decision taken by the cabinet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. Nearly, 2000 Guardians are proposed to be engaged at various levels under the scheme.
This scheme, now being extended in a phased manner across the state after five districts in the first phase. An App based monitoring mechanism is fully functional .
The scheme is meant to harness the available pool of distinguished ex-servicemen to oversee the implementation of various schemes and programmes of the state government, so that relief and assistance reaches the needy and is not dissipated due to inefficiencies and leakages.