December 17, 2011 admin


CHANDIGARH DECEMBER 17:The Punjab Cabinet today gave approval to extend the scheme of allotting 5 marla plots free of cost to the houseless and landless persons belonging to all other categories including backward classes on the pattern of scheduled castes beneficiaries in the rural areas.
A decision to this effect was taken here at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal this morning. Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Punjab government said that the Cabinet also approved the regularization of the services of 132 lecturers, librarians and Workshop Superintendents working on the contract basis for the last three years or above in the Technical Education Department. Likewise, the Cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval to regularize the services of 8951 employees including Clerks, Drivers, Pump Operators, Sanitary Workers/Sewer men and sanitation workers under Mohalla Sanitation Committees etc. working in 141 Local Bodies on contract basis for past several years.  This decision would entail a financial liability of Rs.180.57 crore.
In another significant decision, the Cabinet gave approval to revive the closed cooperative sugar mills at Patiala, Tarn Taran and Zira on the basis of Built, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) through invitation of open tenders by the Punjab Sugarfed.  The payment received thereafter on leasing out these mills through open tenders would be deposited in the government treasury.
The Cabinet also approved the enhancement of old age allowance to the pensioners/family pensioners over and above the recommendations of the Fifth Punjab Pay Commission.  With this decision, the pensioners/family pensioners on attaining the age of 70, 75, 80, 85, 90 and 95 years would now get a higher old age allowance @ 10%, 15%, 25%, 35%, 45%, and 55% of their basic pension.  A new stage for the enhancement of the old age allowance at the age of 70 years had been introduced for the first time.
The Cabinet also decided that in case of the death of an employee, enhanced family pension will now be payable for 15 years or till the deceased employee would have attained the age of 65 years, whichever is less.
 The Cabinet also gave approval to change the name of Directorate of Disinvestment as Directorate of Public Enterprises and Disinvestment in view of the various functions assigned to it relating to disinvestment of state government equity from PSUs and its subsidiaries, implementation of the decisions on the recommendations of disinvestment commission on the modalities of disinvestment etc.
The Cabinet also approved to extend the last date i.e. December 31, 2011 by another five years till December 31, 2016 to avail of the facility of 5% reservation to the riot/terrorist affected families for the allotment of plots/houses in the Urban Estates/Improvement Trusts/Pepsu Township Development Board etc. without granting any concession in the rates of the plots/houses in the state.
The Cabinet also approved to bestow ownership rights of the land in six villages of Bathinda district viz. Virk Kalan, Goniana Khurd, Jeedha, Khemuana, Harraipur and Jandwala to the proprietors who had been cultivating and paying the land revenue as well as the land in question was never utilized for common purposes or by the Gram Panchayat for any such purposes at any point of time.  The proprietors are in its possession in accordance with their share prior to 26.1.1950 and have partitioned the same and are even creating encumbrances on the said land.
The Cabinet also gave approval to exempt the Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala from the payment of motor vehicles tax on the vehicles owned by it in the larger public interest as it has been providing employment to the youth of Punjab.
       The Cabinet also gave approval to sanction an annual grant of Rs.10 crore for the maintenance and upkeep of the Virasat-e-Khalsa Complex at Sri Anandpur Sahib besides meeting out its operational charges.
       The Cabinet also approved to streamline the cumbersome procedure for obtaining various permissions/clearances for the mega housing projects including change of land use etc.
       The Cabinet also approved to upgrade Nushera Pannuan and Harike as sub-tehsils in Tarn Taran district besides village Balianwali in Bathinda district as Sub-Tehsil and also gave nod for the creation of requisite staff in the newly created sub-tehsils.
The Cabinet also gave approval to transfer 13 villages of Sub Tehsil Jhunir in Sub Division/Tehsil Sardulgarh of Mansa district and similarly 12 villages of Sub Division/Tehsil Sardulgarh in Sub Tehsil Jhunir and one village of Sardulgarh in Sub Division/Tehsil Mansa in the larger public interest.
       The Cabinet also approved to allot land measuring 6500 sq. yards to the occupants in the new grain market Pattran on the market price to be determined by the Deputy Commissioner Patiala.
The Cabinet also gave nod to extend the One Time Settlement (OTS) policy- 2009 by one month for the Ex-servicemen to settle their outstanding dues against the loan advanced to them by the Punjab Financial Corporation under SEMFEX scheme, which was introduced in 1987-88 to provide to gainful self employment opportunity.
       The Cabinet also approved the exemption of stamp duty to be levied on transfer of 3.65 acre of land on Nabha road and 1.67 acre of land on Rajpura road in Patiala district belonging to PRTC to Punjab Urban Development Authority/Patiala Development Authority.
       The Cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval for regularizing the services of computer teaches recruited by Punjab Information and Communication Technology Education Society (PICTES) from July 1, 2011.

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