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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, November 08, 2012
The Punjab council of ministers on Thursday decided to take 255 posts of craft instructors and 33 posts of senior assistants out of the purview of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) and the Punjab State Subordinate Services Selection Board. These posts would now be filled through an outside agency.

The cabinet, which met here under the chairmanship of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, also approved the creation of 21 posts in the new department of food processing.

The directorate of food processing would also act as a single window for prompt processing and clearance of the proposals of mega-agri projects under the industrial policy, said a spokesman.


Session from Dec 17
Third session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha would be held from December 17 to 21 -- six sittings in five days, including a double sitting on December 19. Also, the council of ministers would now meet not once but twice a month, on the second and fourth Thursdays.

Funds for girl child scheme
The cabinet approved allocation of Rs. 51.75 crore for Bebe Nanki Ladli Beti Scheme, under which the government would deposit Rs. 20,000 each for life insurance of girl children born in 25,875 families identified as beneficiaries for 2012-13 fiscal so far.

Regulating marriage palaces
Policy guidelines approved; regularisation of existing marriage palaces would be permissible up to December 31 on payment of rationalised charges, and no application would be entertained after December 20. District-level committees would recommend regularising new marriage palaces. The state has been divided into seven zones for the change of land use (CLU).