The Punjab cabinet on Tuesday adopted a resolution condemning the sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib at different places in the state, describing it as a conspiracy to disturb the hard-earned peace in the state.
The cabinet expressed shock and anguish at the tragic death of two protesters at Behbal Kalan village of Faridkot district and observed a two-minute silence in their memory. Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal chaired the meeting.
Expressing grief at the “inhuman and heinous act”, the council of ministers resolved that it was a sin against humanity perpetrated by anti-social elements, who were bent on disturbing peace and communal harmony in the state.
The council of ministers resolved to expose the conspiracy saying those found guilty would be given exemplary punishment. The cabinet called upon people to rise above parochial considerations of caste and religion to give a befitting reply to the fissiparous forces active in the state.
To improve telecommunication infrastructure, the cabinet gave the nod to issuing guidelines for grant of permission to install telecom towers, poles and right-of-way clearance for laying optical fibre cables to registered telecom operators at government buildings and lands, as per the policy of the Union government.
It was decided to amend the rules governing value added tax (VAT) conferring the power to determine the fixed capital investment to the competent authority cum chief executive officer, Invest Punjab.
Earlier, the power used to be vested with the Inter-Departmental Committee.
Rationalising VAT rates
The cabinet authorised deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is also the excise and taxation minister, to take a decision regarding rationalising the rates of value added tax (VAT) on automobiles.
Two more months for property registration
Ex-post facto approval was given to the state revenue department’s notification dated June 30 this year, by extending the period by two more months, enabling all those property owners who could not get their property registered within the stipulated period to do so now.
Punjab civil rules
The state cabinet also gave its approval to update Punjab Civil Services Rules by accepting the amendments made thereof in accordance with the instructions issued from time to time.