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CM orders crackdown on Corruption, makes filing of charge sheet against Corrupt mandatory within 3 days
20.03.17 - TEAM PT
CM orders crackdown on Corruption, makes filing of charge sheet against Corrupt mandatory within 3 days



With a view to bringing in transparent and quality governance in the state, CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday issued a series of stringent directions to the district administrative and police officers to crack down on corruption and ensure strict adherence to rule of law, setting a three-day deadline for filing of charge sheet against the corrupt.
 
Chairing a meeting of DCs and SPs here, Captain Amarinder asked them to ensure that rules are followed and to work according to statutory procedures. He urged the officers to go digital in order to speed up work and monitor delays.
 
Directing the officers to take quick and decisive action against the corrupt, he directed them to issue notice and charge-sheet promptly, within a maximum of three days. Asking them to be fair and to hear each party, while following due process, Amarinder directed the officers to monitor the actions of their juniors and, at the same time, report their own actions to their seniors.
 
Observing that his government had decided, in its first cabinet meeting, to implement various measures to improve the delivery of public services and welfare of the government employees, the chief minister said he expected all district officers to get cracking immediately and ensure expeditious action for the welfare of the people. The impact of these changes, he said, should be visible in their public dealing.
 
The chief minister ordered a clean work culture to be imbued immediately in the seven main cutting edge officers dealing with the public, namely Sub Registrar, Tehsil, Sub-Division, Transport, Food and Supplies, Police Stations and Power Com. Officers should be present in their offices from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all working days, with tours to be announced on website and notice board.
 
Further, he said, appointment hours should be fixed and appointments should be given on phone or Web, and all applications should be scanned and followed up on computer. Reply should promptly be sent to the applicant on email, SMS or through post, within the RTS Act time limit.
 
The chief minister further directed that all registrations should be returned the same day, with refusal, if any, to be recorded in writing.  All mutations would now have to be decided within seven days, and mutation application with full names and addresses of parties should be forwarded by Sub Registrars (SR) to Fard Kendra the same day.

In a bid to clean up the transport system, he ordered online payment of all transport taxes, with computerized recovery of arrears. All power connection applications should be made online, and pendency should be displayed on website and monitored by DC, Amarinder said.

Urging the officers to give the citizens their due respect, the chief minister directed them to ensure good seating, cooling, sufficient space and drinking water. Information boards, pamphlets, kiosks, counters should be provided to the public, along with assistance in filling up forms and applications and response through SMS.

Urging them to interact politely, and to be courteous and kind to the people, Captain Amarinder asked the officers to try and understand the problem of the taxpayer even if they could not immediately resolve it.




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Rana Kanwarpal Singh administered Oath of Office by Governor, appointed Pro Tem Speaker
20.03.17 - TEAM PT
Rana Kanwarpal Singh administered Oath of Office by Governor, appointed Pro Tem Speaker



Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore on Monday appointed Rana Kanwarpal Singh as Pro Tem Speaker after administering him the oath of office as member of the  15th Vidhan Sabha. 

Rana Kanwarpal, MLA from Anandpur Sahib, was sworn in at a simple but impressive ceremony at the Punjab Raj Bhawan. Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh conducted the proceedings of the oath-taking ceremony.

Disclosing this here,  a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that the Governor, while exercising his powers under the Article 188 of the Constitution of India, appointed Rana Kanwarpal Singh as the Pro Tem Speaker, who will in turn administer the oath to all other elected members of the legislative assembly when it convenes for its maiden session later this week. 

Rana Kanwarpal Singh took the oath in Punjabi in the presence of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.




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Punjab Govt. to set up group of experts to assess Farm debts,propose ways for time-bound waiver in 60 days
18.03.17 - TEAM PT
Punjab Govt. to set up group of experts to assess Farm debts,propose ways for time-bound waiver in 60 days



The Captain Amarinder Singh government on Saturday decided to set up a Group of Experts to assess and analyze the quantum of the agriculture debt of farmers in the state, and propose ways and means to waive the debt in a time-bound manner.

The decision seeks to implement the Congress party’s pre-poll promise to waive off all farm loans in the state after coming to power, and was taken at the first meeting of the newly constituted Council of Ministers, chaired by CM Amarinder Singh, at the Punjab Bhawan here.
 
An official spokesperson disclosed that the members of the Group would be nominated by the chief minister himself and the Department of Agriculture would follow up to ensure that the Group submits its report within 60 days.

The meeting also decided to constitute a Cabinet Sub-Committee headed by the Chief Minister to consider and finalize the proposal to waive off farmers’ agricultural loans. The state ministers for finance, agriculture, irrigation and power departments will be members of the committee, which will be assisted by Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister (CPSCM), Chief Secretary (CS), Principal Secretary Finance (PSF) and Financial Commissioner Development (FCD), with the Department of Agriculture facilitating its work.

A new legislation will be brought in to prohibit sale and kurki of farmers’ land by the lending agencies. The Department of Agriculture would put up the draft bill for consideration in the next meeting.

The cabinet decided to continue free power to the farmers and also to omit the existing section 67 (a) of the Punjab Cooperative Societies Act 1961, for which the Department of Cooperation would get an ordinance issued at the earliest.

Other important decisions taken for the promotion of agriculture in the state include establishment of the Punjab State Agricultural Insurance Corporation, vigorous pursuance of the Agricultural Sustainability Programme, defraying of the farmers’ subsidy through direct bank transfers, strengthening and reorganizing the Punjab Farmers Commission, and setting up of an Agricultural Production Board.

In an effort to revive the state’s industries, the cabinet decided that a new Industrial Policy would be formulated by the Department of Industries and would be notified within 90 days. It was further decided that no NOC and CLU would be required for new electric connection and for enhancement of electrical power load.

The cabinet also decided to waive the condition of procuring CLUs (Change of Land Use) for duly notified Industrial Zones. It was decided that ICC at inter-state borders would be fully mechanized with no manual interjections at all. This task would be completed in 180 days.




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New Punjab Cabinet stays all decisions of last 6 months of Badal Govt. pending review
18.03.17 - TEAM PT
New Punjab Cabinet stays all decisions of last 6 months of Badal Govt. pending review



As part of the Captain Amarinder Singh led government’s sweeping administrative reforms to wipe out corruption and Inspector Raj from the state, and to undo the wrongs perpetrated on the people under the erstwhile Badal regime, the Punjab cabinet on Saturday decided to abolish the post of District Transport Officers, while initiating steps to do away with the controversial Halqa Incharge system that was introduced during the SAD-BJP rule.

It was also resolved that all decisions taken by the previous government in the last six months would be reviewed by the administrative departments, whose reports would be submitted by the Chief Secretary in the next meeting of the council of ministers. Till the completion of the review process, further action thereon would remain stayed except in cases where it was not feasible to do so owing to some legal or administrative implications. Such cases would be put to the Chief Minister through the Chief Secretary, an official spokesperson said after the cabinet meeting.

A proposal to abolish the Improvement Trusts and amalgamate their activities with the concerned Municipal Corporations/Councils was also considered at the meeting but a final decision on the same was postponed to the next cabinet meet after Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu sought more time to examine the matter. The cabinet took note of the fact that similar institutions had already done away with in neighbouring Haryana.

Cracking down on corruption and Inspector Raj in the transportation services and end the unnecessary harassment of transporters due to frequent checking, the cabinet decided to abolish the posts of District Transport Officers (DTOs) in the state, and reassign and distribute the work of their offices to the SDMs/SDOs for their respective territorial jurisdiction. It was noted that the DTO post had been abolished by Haryana about a decade ago.

The cabinet also decided to open up the transport sector, and ensure free and fair grant of licenses for buses, mini buses and other commercial vehicles in a transparent way, thus freeing the sector of the SAD stranglehold. The Department of Transport would review and reformulate its existing policy and submit the next policy for consideration in the next meeting. A Punjab Road Safety Authority will be set up to study the causes of road accidents and deaths in the state with a view to minimize the same through effective planning.

In a bid to improve functional and operational efficiency, the cabinet decided to withdraw the previous government’s notifications on territorial restructuring of police stations, and also to abolish the Halqa Incharge system introduced by the SAD-BJP regime, making sub-divisions and assembly constituencies conterminous. The council of ministers noted that the Halqa Incharges had become parallel power centres, controlling the administration and the police in their respective regions, and misusing their powers to indulge in political vendetta and corruption.

To fulfil another key PPCC manifesto promise, the cabinet decided to establish a Commission of Inquiry to review all false cases and FIR's registered during the last decade of the SAD-BJP Government with a view to ensuring justice to innocent people and fix accountability of the guilty so that such things were not repeated in the future. The Department of Home would put up a draft notification in this regard for the approval of the Chief Minister, it was decided.
The cabinet further decided that the Departments of Governance Reforms and Finance would prepare a White Paper exposing the false claims of the previous SAD-BJP regime on development, governance reforms and the financial position of the state to apprise the common man of the legacy inherited by the Congress government.

Another important cabinet decision relates to carrying out, within three months, a third party professional audit of rural and urban infrastructure in the state to identify the existing inadequacies and deficiencies for remedial measures. The cabinet noted that the previous regime had allowed the infrastructural foundations of the state to fall to ruin and decided that Infrastructural Renewal Plans would be prepared for all the blocks and municipalities for time-bound action.

 It was also decided to reconstitute Governance Reforms Commission as Governance Reforms and Ethics Commission (GREC), to be manned by professionals who are experienced in governance processes and procedures. The Department of Governance Reforms would issue the requisite notification after approval of the Chief Minister.




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Cabinet decides to set up special task force to eliminate drugs from Punjab
18.03.17 - TEAM PT
Cabinet decides to set up special task force to eliminate drugs from Punjab



Launching a major crackdown on the drugs menace in the state, the Punjab cabinet on Saturday decided to set up a Special Task Force (STF) in the Chief Minister’s office to prepare and implement a comprehensive programme to eliminate drugs from the state, as promised by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) in its election manifesto.

It also decided to direct the State Home Department to prepare and submit a proposal, in the next cabinet meeting, for the enactment of the Confiscation of Drug Dealers Property Act by issuing an ordinance. The proposed legislation will pave the way for the authorities to confiscate the properties and assets of those found guilty of trading or dealing in drugs.

The cabinet, at its first meeting chaired by CM Captain Amarinder Singh at the Punjab Bhawan here, decided to take up the elimination of drugs from the state on top priority.

It was decided that the STF would monitor, on a day-to-day basis, the measures taken or to be taken to check the supply and consumption of drugs in the state. Expressing concern at the widespread trading and consumption of drugs, especially chitta, which had destroyed an entire generation of youth in Punjab, the cabinet decided that a vigorous campaign to educate young people, and to treat and rehabilitate drug users with compassion would be initiated immediately.
 
 would be treated with compassion, free of cost, and no case would be registered against such persons. Instead, the State Police would take stringent action against drug dealers/peddlers to ensure that the drugs were obliterated from the state forthwith, the cabinet decided, according to an official spokesperson.

It was further decided that anyone who registers himself at the District De-addiction Centers would be treated with compassion, free of cost, and no case would be registered against such persons. Instead, the State Police would take stringent action against drug dealers/peddlers to ensure that the drugs were obliterated from the state forthwith, the cabinet decided, according to an official spokesperson.




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