The Punjab cabinet on Tuesday decided to merge 13,034 sanctioned posts of ETT teachers in 5,772 schools run by the rural development and panchayat department into the state education department.
The teachers working in the rural development department had been demanding that they be inducted into the mainstream education department.
Vet officers’ posts merged too
The cabinet approved the merger of 583 posts of rural veterinary officers working in 582 civil veterinary hospitals of rural development and panchayat department in the animal husbandry department.
Abiana on irrigation abolished
The state government abolished the abiana charged from the farmers at the rate of Rs 150 per acre per crop. In a bid to maintain and clean existing minor canals and distributaries in the state, the cabinet approved to levy cess at Rs 50 per acre per crop instead of abiana by amending the Indian Canal and Drainage Act. The decision would mobilise sufficient funds for maintenance and cleaning of minors and distributaries.
Master plan for canals
The cabinet also decided that a master plan of the irrigation network of the state be prepared for providing required irrigation water to the farmers through maintained canal system.
It was also decided to set up water user committees at the executive engineer level. The committee under the respective executive engineer would collect the cleaning cess and also ensure its use for cleaning minors and distributaries in the jurisdiction of respective committees.
The cabinet decided that the state government would contribute an amount equal to the cleaning cess collected in the state.
Review VAT on aerated water
The cabinet authorised the excise and taxation minister to review and rationalise the VAT levied on aerated drinks and cigarettes. It also authorised the transport minister to review and rationalise the registration fee levied on four-wheelers.
Pension entitlement for MLAs
The cabinet approved amending of the Punjab State Legislature Members (Pension and Medical Facilities Regulation) Act, with retrospective effect. According to the decision, an MLA is entitled to pension even if he has held the post for a day. Earlier, an MLA was entitled to pension only if he held the post for at least six months.
DCs to approve lease of panchayat land
It was decided to amend the gram panchayat land lease policy, thereby authorising the deputy commissioner of the district concerned for approving the lease of gram panchayat land (shamlat) for 33 years for setting up the projects cleared by the department of power and Punjab Energy Development Agency. Under the amended policy, the annual rate of lease has also been reduced from 10 percent to 5 percent.