The Punjab cabinet, on Sunday, approved that the strictures dictating payment of only basic salary to the new employees recruited by the state would not be applicable to specialist doctors to be recruited in view of the shortage of such doctors in government hospitals.
The cabinet had, in its last meeting, decided to give only basic pay to the employees to be recruited by all the departments.
Bathinda Technical University Bill
The cabinet approved to replace the ordinance regarding establishment of Maharaja Ranjit Singh State Technical University at Bathinda into a bill that will now be introduced in the ensuing Vidhan Sabha session for its conversion into an Act.
The upcoming technical university will have territorial jurisdiction over Bathinda, Barnala, Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ferozepur, Mansa, Moga, Muktsar, Patiala and Sangrur districts, besides other regions outside the state.
A draft bill for setting up of another university— Sant Baba Bhag Singh University near Jalandhar--- was also approved for presenting the same in the Vidhan Sabha session, a spokesman here said.
Cess for cancer
The cabinet also gave its nod to a bill related to an amendment in Section 6 of the Punjab State Cancer and Drug Addiction Treatment Infrastructure Fund Act, 2013, to be placed in the Vidhan Sabha session.
The bill aims at ensuring that the cess amount levied on the allotted properties is paid by the bidders. At present, such levy is paid only when a property is sold or auctioned by the collecting agency.
Pak school attack condemned
The cabinet also expressed grief and anguish over the tragic shootout incident in Peshawar in which schoolchildren were killed.