The Punjab cabinet has approved supplementary grants for 2011-12 as well as vote-on-account for three months of fiscal 2012-13, to be presented in Vidhan Sabha on March 28. The cabinet also approved to disburse old age pension and other financial assistance under various social security schemes to the eligible beneficiaries of rural and urban areas through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system.
A Punjab government spokesman said that the Cabinet meeting was chaired by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at CMO on Saturday morning.
The cabinet also issued directions to Welfare Department to devise methodology to ensure that 'shagun' for marriage of young girls from SC, BC, Christians and economically weaker families, besides daughters of widows and divorcees, reached them on or before the wedding day.
The cabinet gave nod to the policy for setting institutes providing diploma in elementary education (ETT) and approved a 6-members committee under the chairmanship of Director General School Education (DGSE) for its implementation.
This decision would now pave way for affiliation of private un-aided self-financed ETT colleges by SCERT, besides ensuring fair and transparent admissions.
The cabinet also approved restructuring of housing and urban development sector to make it far more efficient, result-oriented and cost effective and to prevent illegal and haphazard growth of unauthorized colonies.
Also approved was creation of 173 new posts and abolition of 190 non-functional ones, creation of enforcement, planning and regulatory wings to ensure balanced and planned urban development across the state.
The cabinet also approved to hand over possession of 200 acres of land of agriculture department at Birla Farm, Rupnagar to army authorities free of cost for establishing Service Selection Centre (North). It may be recalled that GOC-in-C (West) had mooted the proposal for this centre for recruitment of officers in army.
In order to expedite infrastructure projects and to cope with shortage of junior engineers in PWD (B&R), the cabinet approved to take out 272 posts of JEs from the purview of Punjab State Subordinate Services Selection Board.
These JEs would be recruited immediately by the department in a transparent and fair manner to take care of shortage of technical staff at cutting edge, the spokesman added.
The cabinet also gave approval to fill 50 vacant posts of Group C&D expeditiously on regular basis in NCC Academy (Boys), Rupnagar, NCC Academy (Girls), Malout, 2 Punjab R&V Squadron NCC Ghuda and 3 Punjab Naval Unit NCC, Bathinda directly by the State NCC Directorate after taking these posts out of PSSSB purview.
The meeting also gave its nod to Group A and B Service Rules of Punjab Public Service Commission (PPCS) for regulating recruitments and conditions of service of persons appointed to such services.
Meanwhile, talking to reporters on the sidelines of the Cabinet meeting, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said that the Rajoana issue will be discussed threadbare in the SAD meeting on Sunday.
Asked about the Akal Takht directive, he said,"We are consulting legal experts. Let us see what views they give.... We want that peace and harmony should prevail in Punjab."