The Punjab Cabinet today approved the summoning of the sixth session of 14th Vidhan Sabha from October 28 to November 1. A decision to this effect was taken here at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal this morning.
Giving the details, a spokesperson of the chief minister's office said that the session would commence on October 28 in the afternoon with obituary references.
Legislative Business would be executed on October 29, 30 and November 1 while the non-official business would be conducted on October 31. The house would adjourn sine-die after the proposed legislative business on November 1.
The Cabinet also approved the arrangements for paddy procurement during Kharif Marketing Season 2013-14 which commenced on October
It was apprised that the state agencies would procure 135 LMT (90%) and FCI 15 LMT (10%) during Kharif Marketing Season (KMF) 2013-14. The state agencies require 7.71 lakh new gunny bales for packaging of Paddy whereas 7.70 lakh new Gunny bales have been made available to all the state procuring agencies.
Cash credit limit amounting to Rs. 23, 600 crore has also been got sanctioned from the RBI for making payments to the farmers and Arthiyaas out of which Rs. 17, 600 crore have already been received by the state government.
Balance amount of Rs. 6160 crore would also be received soon. Payments to the Arthiyaas and farmers would be made through swipe cards by the state agencies and the farmers have been given the options to receive the payments directly from the procuring agencies also. As many as 1795 purchase centers have been notified and allotted to the six procuring agencies as per their procurement shares by the government.
The Cabinet also okayed to constitute an empowered committee under the chairmanship of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for the implementation of Food Security Act in the state.
The empowered committee would comprise food and civil supply minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, industries minister Madan Mohan Mittal and finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa as members.
The Cabinet also sanctioned 244 posts of various categories in the districts of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Moga and Sri Muktsar Sahib to further improve the administration and functioning of these districts on one hand and to overcome the shortage of staff on the other. These newly created posts would entail a financial liability of Rs. 7.14 crore to the state exchequer.