In a Labour day (May 1) gift to the working class, the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday announced to earmark 10% amount of compensation meant for crop loss due to any sort of natural calamity for the farm labourers. A decision to this effect was taken by the Cabinet in its meeting held here at the local Circuit house under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister.
Divulging the details, the Chief Minister, while interacting with the media persons on the sidelines of the Cabinet meeting, said that this landmark initiative is aimed at benefitting the farm labourers who usually are bereft of such compensation despite the fact that they suffer a lot due to nature's fury.
He said that now not only the farmers but the labourer will also be compensated for the loss of their work due to natural calamities. Bhagwant Mann said that this is the gift of the state government to the entire working class who give their sweat and toil for producing the crops, on the upcoming Labour Day on May 1.
The Chief Minister also announced that the state government will also soon start a massive registration drive to register the working class so that they can get benefits from the various central and state-sponsored schemes. He said that most of these schemes lapse as there is no proper registration of the labourers but now this will be ensured to benefit the working class.
Bhagwant Mann also bemoaned that the successive state governments have hitherto ignored this noble cause.
FLAGSHIP PROGRAM OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT 'SARKAAR AAPKE DWAAR' KICK STARTED BY HOLDING A CABINET MEETING OUTSIDE THE PUNJAB CIVIL SECRETARIAT
The Chief Minister further said that the state government has kick-started its flagship program namely 'Sarkaar Aapke Dwaar' by holding a Cabinet meeting here at the local Circuit House adding that the move is aimed at ensuring the well-being of the people and holistic development of the state.
He said that now Cabinets will not be confined only in the rooms of the Secretariat but they will be held in the villages, towns, and cities across the state so that people are facilitated. Bhagwant Mann said that with this boost will be given to the development of the state on one hand and will facilitate the people by getting their routine administrative works done on the other.
The Chief Minister further said that he had already directed the officers especially the Deputy Commissioners and Senior Superintendent of Police to enhance their field visits. He said that the aim is that the people should not have to run from pillar to post for getting their routine administrative work done. Rather, Bhagwant Mann said that the government will provide facilities to the people at their doorsteps through such schemes.
NOD FOR RECRUITMENT ON 87 VACANCIES IN VARIOUS CADRES OF THE LOCAL AUDIT WING
The Cabinet also gave the nod for filling 87 vacancies of direct recruitment in the various cadres of the Local Audit Wing, which will pave the way for recruitment against the vacant posts of 60 Junior Auditors, One Section Officer, one Junior Scale Stenographer, three Steno- Typists and 22 Clerks.
This will streamline the pre-audit/post-audit of Panchayati Raj Institutes (PRIs), Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), pupil funds, and Universities. This will further enable the state government to get Finance Commission grants from the Government of India Ministry in a smooth and hassle-free manner.
GREEN SIGNAL TO RESTRUCTURE PUNJAB STATE SPORTS SERVICE RULES, 2023
In order to promote sports culture in the state, the Cabinet also gave a green signal to restructure, the Punjab State Sports (Group-A', Group 'B' & Group 'C) Service Rules, 2023. All fresh recruitments will be made in various cadres of the sports Department (Group A, Group 'B' & Group "C°) as per the newly notified Rules. Similarly, the officers/employees working in different cadres in the sports department will get opportunities for promotion during their service.
ACCORDS CONSENT TO CREATE NEW BLOCK RAMDAS IN AMRITSAR DISTRICT
The Cabinet also accorded consent to create a new block Ramdas by taking out 75 gram panchayats from Ajnala block in the Amritsar district. The creation of block Ramdas will give a boost to the developmental activities in these 75 villages. Likewise, the Cabinet also approved the creation of the post of Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO) for efficaciously managing the affairs of the newly created block.
OKAYS REVISED PAY SCALES OF TEACHERS IN PAU
In a major pro-people decision, the Cabinet approved the revision of pay scales of teachers in Punjab Agricultural University with effect from January 1, 2016. The disbursement of salary and pension to these employees will take place from April 2023.
This will benefit all the teachers in Punjab Agricultural University by fulfilling their long pending demand.
APPROVES THE PUNJAB ADVOCATE GENERAL (GROUP 'A') SERVICE RULES, 2023
The Cabinet also gave approval for the formulation of "The Punjab Advocate General (Group 'A') Service Rules, 2023". With the formulation of these service rules, the services of Group-A employees serving in the office of Advocate General, Punjab will be regulated.
This will be very helpful in the efficient running of the office work in this coveted office in the larger public interest.
NOD TO ANNUAL ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT OF DEFENCE SERVICES WELFARE DEPARTMENT
The Cabinet also gave nod to the annual administrative report of the Department of Defence Services Welfare, Punjab for the year 2021-22.
GIVES CONSENT FOR SENDING THE CASES OF PREMATURE RELEASE OF CONVICTS
The Cabinet also gave its consent for sending the case of six prisoners for seeking the premature release of life convicts confined in the jails of the state. After the nod of the Cabinet under Article 163 of the Constitution of India, these special remission/ premature release cases will be submitted to the Punjab Governor under Article 161 of the Indian Constitution for consideration/ approval.
As a part of phase II of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahautsav being celebrated to commemorate the 75th year of Indian Independence, the Cabinet also gave a green signal for sending the case of 14 prisoners falling in category 6, for seeking the premature release of life convicts confined in the jails of the state. After the nod of the Cabinet under Article 163 of the Constitution of India, these special remission/ premature release cases will be submitted to the Punjab Governor under Article 161 of the Indian Constitution for consideration/ approval.