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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Punjab to start e-stamping for better revenue collection

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, July 09, 2014
First Published: 12:56 IST(9/7/2014) | Last Updated: 13:00 IST(9/7/2014)

The Punjab cabinet on Tuesday gave the nod to the draft of the Punjab e-stamp Rules, 2014, for the implementation of the e-stamping system in an effort to ensure more efficiency and transparency in revenue collection of the state.

A decision to this effect was taken by the council of ministers at its meeting chaired by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal here at Punjab Bhawan on Tuesday evening.

Stating this here, a spokesperson for the CM’s office said e-stamping would eliminate the purchase of stamp papers and ensure transparency, faster collection of registration fee and guard against embezzlement.

In order to enhance accountability and transparency in the functioning of government offices, the cabinet decided to provide phone connectivity for 47 services, including birth, death certificates, pension services, ration card services, marriage, caste and residence certificates, RTI and grievances.

Thirty-two services would be offered online to citizens under the state service delivery gateway. This e-district project has already been implemented in Kapurthala and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr) districts as the pilot project. Now, this project would be implemented in the remaining 20 districts across the state within six months.

The cabinet also gave its approval to include the words “blockade of rail or road traffic” in part 2 (C) of the Punjab Prevention of Damage to Public and Private Property Bill-2014, defining a “damaging act”.

In the recent past, there have been many incidents of violent demonstrations, agitations and damage to public and private property in the state. The Bill provides for punishment up to one year and fine of Rs. 1 lakh to those who damage public or private property through agitation, bandh and blockade of rail/road traffic. If the damage is done by making use of explosives, then the punishment would be up to two years and a fine of Rs. 1 lakh.

The cabinet also approved the Maharaja Ranjit Singh State Technical University, Bathinda, Bill 2014 for the establishment and incorporation of a university for the advancement of technical education and development thereof in the state.

The upcoming technical university would exercise territorial jurisdiction over Bathinda, Barnala, Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Fazilka, Ferozepur, Mansa, Muktsar, Patiala and Sangrur, besides areas outside Punjab.

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