The Punjab cabinet, which met in Chandigarh on Tuesday, took several decisions, including those pertaining to the sanctioning of posts in various departments.
Drug rehab centres
Rehabilitation centres to be set up for drug addicts across the state. For imparting quality counselling facilities to drug addicts at these centres, the cabinet gave the nod for filling the posts of 16 psychiatrists.
Turf club-cum-tourist destination to be set up at Mattewara village in Ludhiana over an area of 171 acres through the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board in the PPP mode.
Procurement of paddy
Proposals put forth by the food and civil supplies department for procurement of estimated 140 lakh metric tonnes of paddy during the kharif marketing season, 2014-15, relating to gunny bags, labour and transportation arrangements, cash credit limit, lifting of stock during procurement and custom milling policy, have been approved.
Sweets back in secretariat
In the cabinet meeting, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal gave the nod for serving subsidised paneer samosas and besan burfi at the secretariat, which the chief minister had stopped two months ago, owing to high expenditure made by the government.
Promote solar power generation
In a bid to promote solar power generation, the cabinet approved a policy of net metering and technical standards for grid connectivity for roof-top grid interactive solar photovoltaic power plants. It will facilitate the consumer by adjusting the surplus power consumed from the grid, thereby resulting in their energy bill reduction.
Buy own vehicles
The cabinet discussed a proposal (estimated at Rs. 200 crore anually) to allow private vehicles to ministers, chief parliamentary secretaries and officials entitled for that, on the central government pattern. The issue came up for discussion for the second time. According to the central government policy, a fixed Rs. 15 per km is given as compensation for using own vehicles. The issue is still a proposal as there is opposition from the bureaucracy and government drivers.
Creating 246 PTIs
Nod for creating 246 posts of physical training instructors (PTIs) with effect from May 7, 2011.
Jobs for women kabaddi players
Employment to be offered to nine women players of the Indian kabaddi team in Markfed. After appointment, these players will participate in tournaments as the Markfed kabaddi team, which will give publicity to the Markfed.
23 new posts of DSP jails
Nod to the creation of 23 posts and revival of 16 posts of deputy superintendent in the jails department.
48 posts for running community homes
48 posts sanctioned for running the newly set up community homes for mentally challenged children or people at Rajpura, Ludhiana and Amritsar. These homes admit such boys and girls above six and each such home has a capacity of 50 people.
Posts of architects
The cabinet cleared filling of one post of assistant architect and four posts of architectural junior draughtsmen by direct recruitment so that the work is conducted smoothly in the architectural wing of the public works department.
Social responsibility fund
25% amount of application fee for liquor vends would go to Punjab Development Fund Ordinance, 2014, as a measure of social responsibility of the excise and taxation department.
To upgrade the level of higher education, the cabinet approved setting up of Sant Baba Bhag Singh Self-Financed Private University at Khiala village in Jalandhar district under the Punjab Private Universities Policy, 2010.
Recruitment of doctors, teachers for kandi belt
Nod to constituting a committee headed by the chief secretary to formulate a policy for recruitment and deployment of doctors and teachers in the border and kandi areas. The cabinet also gave the go-ahead to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of the chief secretary to review the jail manual to bring out reforms in jails.
Policy for premature retirement
Punjab Civil Services (Premature Retirement) Rules to be amended. According to the amended rule, the appropriate authority will, if it is of the opinion that it is in public interest, have the absolute right by giving an employee prior notice to retire that employee after he completes 15, 20, 25, 30 or 35 years of qualifying service.