The Punjab cabinet on Saturday directed the school education department to put in place an effective mechanism to regulate fee and other charges levied by private schools in the state.
The matter was raised in the cabinet by local bodies minister Anil Joshi who had earlier sent a letter to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on the issue. Joshi highlighted that a number of complaints have been received from parents across the state regarding exorbitant fee charged by private schools.
Sources said the cabinet will discuss creation of a regulatory body in this regard in the next meeting.
In another significant decision, the cabinet decided to recast combined seniority of assistant sub- inspectors (ASIs), sub-inspectors (SIs) and inspectors of district police and Punjab Armed Police (PAP)
It also approved to designate a constable as head constable (PR) on completion of 16 years of regular service. A constable is designated as senior constable on completion of eight years of service.
The cabinet also decided to increase the upper age limit for recruitment of constable and sub-inspector in police from 25 to 28 years.
New rules for old age pension cases’ verification
The cabinet decided to abolish the committee under the chairmanship of ADC (development) constituted for the verification of old-age pension cases. Amending the procedure for getting approval for old age pension, government said the application forms can be recommended by sarpanch and one member of panchayat or one nambardar and one member of panchayat or two members of panchayat or chairperson/member block samiti and one member of panchayat or chairperson/member, zila parishad and one member of panchayat.
In urban areas, such recommendation could be made by any councillor in the local bodies concerned. The application forms are to be sent to the SDM’s office. The SDM would immediately give provisional sanction and the applicant would start getting pension. The district social security officer (DSSO) would verify such provisionally approved cases within a month. If a beneficiary is found to be ineligible, the authority who recommended its case would be liable to pay double the amount received by the beneficiary.
* Director and warden of fisheries post to be filled on contract basis.
* Sale proceeds of Rs 7.35 crore transferred to Bhogpur cooperative sugar mill. The amount was received from the sale of 12.68-acre land of Sugarfed to Housefed.
* 6.18 acres of Rupnagar improvement trust transferred to transport Department for construction of new bus stand
* Direct recruitment of jail warders approved
* e-purse cards to be introduced for purchase of goods from jail canteens instead of coupons
* Private players to be roped in for renovation of historical Gobindgarh Fort at Amritsar on PPP mode
* No need for no-objection certificate for release of residential electricity connections