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Mission 2017: Punjab Cabinet plays Santa Claus, approves more 12,747 posts
30.04.16 - pt team
Mission 2017: Punjab Cabinet plays Santa Claus, approves more 12,747 posts



The SAD-BJP government is in full swing in this election year and to make people feel good, announcements for new vacancies, promotions in different departments of the government and other appeasing policies for general public are being made regularly.
 
In this context, the Punjab Cabinet today gave approval to fill additional 12,747 posts of different cadres of six departments in the state. 
 
This decision was taken during the Cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here at Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh this afternoon. 
 
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that these posts of different cadres of Group A, B, C & D in six departments namely; Home Affairs & Justice, Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, Irrigation, Cooperation, Planning and Technical Education & Industrial training would be filled soon. It may be recalled that the Cabinet had already given approval to fill 1,13,766 vacant posts in 41 departments as per the information furnished at that point of time. The new recruits will be paid basic pay drawn on the day of appointment for three years. Thereafter, they will draw full salary and allowances as admissible in the relevant service rules. 
 
Likewise, the Cabinet also gave clearance for the creation of eight additional posts of Under Secretaries and one post of Superintendent in Punjab Civil Secretariat. 
 
The Cabinet also gave approval to fill 133 posts of Medical Laboratory Technician (Grade-2), 7 posts of TB Health Visitors, 29 posts of Ophthalmic Officer, 1301 posts of Multipurpose Health Worker (F), 1263 posts of Multipurpose Health Worker (M), 51 posts of Block Extension Educator, 109 posts of Radiographer, 128 posts of Operation Theatre Assistant, 33 posts of Electrographer, 2 posts of Assistant Dieticians and 5 posts of Dental Hygienist by taking out these posts from the purview of Punjab Subordinate Service Selection Board. The Cabinet decided to entrust the task of filling these posts to the Baba Farid Health Sciences University, Faridkot on the basis of only written test and without any interview. 
 
Similarly, the Cabinet also gave go ahead to fill 248 posts of Medical Officers (MBBS) out of 316 vacant posts of Medical Officers (Specialists) through Baba Farid Health Sciences University, Faridkot after conducting written test and without any interview by taking these posts out of purview of PPSC. 
 
The Cabinet also gave green signal to fill 210 vacant posts of Junior Engineers in Water Supply and Sanitation department under direct recruitment quota through an independent organization on the basis of merit in written test. 
 
The Cabinet also accorded ex-post facto approval to fill the post of Director & Warden of Fisheries on contract basis. This decision has been taken due to non-availability of any eligible officer fulfilling the requisite qualifications/experience for the said post in the department.
 
In a significant decision, the Cabinet decided to recast combined seniority of Assistant Sub Inspectors (ASIs), Sub Inspectors (SIs) and Inspectors of district Police and PAP. In order to avoid the reversions and protection of pay of employees of Armed Battalions, this decision would result in creation of 64 Ex-Cadre posts for the General Duty (Armed Battalions) Officials/Officers up till their promotions in the next rank in order to keep them on their actual place in the seniority list and for having further promotions accordingly. Similarly, creation of 41 dying cadre posts for the Sportspersons, in additions to the sanctioned posts, which shall be eliminated automatically upon their promotion on the next rank and this process will goes on up to the level of SP was approved. Their seniority will be determined as per dates of their present promotions. 
 
The Cabinet also decided to increase the quota of government houses for accredited press correspondents from 10 houses to 15, which will include 3 houses of category IX and 5 of category VIII by amending the Rule 7-A of the Punjab Government House (General Pool) Allotment Rules 1983. 
 
The Cabinet also gave approval to transfer the sale proceeds of Rs.17.35 crore to Bhogpur Cooperative Sugar Mill received from the sale of 12.6875 acres land of Sugarfed to Housefed. The Cabinet earlier in its meeting on February 25, 2016 had decided to transfer Rs.10 crore for its modernization of Bhogpur Cooperative Sugar Mill. These funds will be utilized for enhancing capacity of Bhogpur Cooperative Sugar Mill from 1016 Tonne Capacity per Day (TCD) to 3000 TCD. 
 
The Cabinet decided to authorize Ex-MP/Ex-MLA/MP/MLA/Chairman and Members of Zila Parishad and Panchayat Sammiti or Sarpanch of Village to attest/recommend a person who has taken part in one of the Morchas during emergency for grant of financial assistance. It may be recalled that the Sangharshi Yodhas would get financial assistance of Rs.1000/- per month and other facilities, who participated in Morchas during Emergency (26.06.1975 to 21.03.1977) and Punjabi Suba (1955-1965). The Deputy Commissioners of the State are empowered to implement this scheme and district level committees are constituted for the identification of such Yodhas. In urban areas such recommendations will be made by Mayor/Councillors of local bodies. 
 
The Cabinet also approved to transfer 6.18 acres land of Improvement Trust, Roopnagar to the Transport Department for the construction of new Bus Stand at Roopnagar in lieu of which, PUDA would construct Administrative block and Workshop for Punjab Roadways, Roopnagar from its own resources/funds. 
 
To ensure better efficiency in the functioning of Punjab Jails and attract the best talent amongst the cadre of warders, the Cabinet also gave approval to amend Sub Rule (7) of Rule 7 of Punjab Jails Department State Service (Class-III Executive), Rules 1963. Now the warders will be recruited directly. 
 
The Cabinet also approved the repealing of Punjab Jail Canteen Management Rules, 1965 and approved New Punjab Jail Canteen Rules, 2016 for better functioning of Jail Canteens by introducing e-purse cards for purchase of goods from jail canteens instead of coupons.  
 
The Cabinet also gave approval to a scheme for roping in a private player for renovated historical Gobindgarh Fort at Amritsar on PPP mode for operation, maintenance and running laser shows for eight years. The Punjab Heritage Tourism Promotion Board would receive annual concession fee. The entry for general public would be free once in a week. 
 
The Cabinet also decided to give last chance to the employees and pensioners, who have not yet got themselves registered under Cashless Health Insurance Scheme to register themselves uptill June 30, 2016. It was decided that for the period before their registration they would be covered under the old Government policy and Medical Attendance Rules 1940 for reimbursement of medical bills. 
 
The Cabinet also gave approval to hire 50 video vans to the Department of Information & Public Relations (DIPR) to generate awareness amongst the masses about the rich historical and cultural heritage of Punjab and welfare schemes initiated by the State government. It was also proposed to engage 125 feedback officers to analyze and communicate various government schemes, programmes and policies across the state by establishing
Call Centres with IVRS facilities on outsource basis by the DPROs through outsourcing agencies. 
 
The Cabinet also approved the Punjab Rural Development and Panchayats (Group A) Technical Service Rules, 2016. 
 
The Cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval to transfer free of cost 60 acres of land in villages Rakhchhita and Nijjarpura, in Amritsar District to IIM society, Amritsar to establish Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Amritsar. 
 
The Cabinet expressed its commitment to create required housing stock for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) by amending the relevant policy. Under the policy, 10% of the flats constructed under group housing project and 5% of the gross area under other mega/papra housing projects are earmarked for EWS. The Cabinet decided that in non-group housing projects the 5% area, if not constructed and offered by the developer to the EWS would be taken over by the department. The government may use this area for commercial/residential purposes and sale proceeds thereof would be put into a fund which could be utilized by the government for creation of housing stock for EWS anywhere in the state. In case of group housing scheme, the developer can either transfer 10% flats to EWS or can deposit the price of such flats as determined by the government in that fund for utilization by the government for the same purpose in the state. 
 
To avoid stagnation in the cadre of constables in Police Department, the Cabinet approved to designate a Constable as Head Constable (PR) on completion of 16 years of his regular service. It may be recalled that a constable is designated as senior constable on completion of eight years of his regular service. 
 
The Cabinet also decided to enhance the upper age limit for recruitment of Constable and Sub-inspector in Police from 25 to 28 years.
 
The Cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval to the amendment in Rules of old-age pension and other financial assistance schemes carried out by the Social Security Department, in which now Aadhar Card in place of Ration card would be another document of identity or proof of residence for the entitlement of pension and other financial assistance schemes. The application forms could be recommended by Sarpanch & one member of panchayat or one Nambardar & one member Panchayat or two members of panchayat or Chairperson/Member Block Samiti & one member of Panchayat or Chairperson/Member, Zila Parishad & one member of panchayat. In urban areas such recommendation could be made by any councilor in the concerned local bodies. The application forms so recommended would be received in the office of SDM. 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.The Committee under the chairmanship of ADC (Development) constituted for the verification of old-aged pension cases will be abolished. The DSSO would deposit the pension in the bank accounts of the Panchayats by 10th of every month. Concerned Sarpanch would ensure disbursement of pension to the beneficiaries from 10th to 17th of every month.
 
The Cabinet also gave approval for the creation of 176 vacancies of Sadar Kanungo, Naib Sadar Kanungo, Bill Clerks, Office Kanungo and Assistant Kanungo in 8 new districts and 34 Tehsils/Sub-Tehsils Offices. 
 
The Cabinet also decided to do away with a committee set up to resolve pending cases related to mega projects under chairmanship of Chief Secretary. Now onwards, all such cases would be looked into and resolved by the concerned departments. 
 
The Cabinet also decided to amend Standing Order No.28 of the Revenue department for negotiate purchase of land in view of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. 
 
The Cabinet also decided that the agriculture department would start a vigorous campaign for informing the disadvantages of sowing 1509 variety of Basmati as the same is not purchased by the FCI. 
 
The Cabinet further decided that monitoring of all insurance schemes recently introduced by the government through one senior dedicated officer in the health department. 
 
In view of the complaints regarding exorbitant fee charged by the private schools, the Cabinet directed the school education department to put some effective mechanism in place which must regulate fee and other levies charged by these schools. 
 
The Cabinet also decided that henceforth no objection certificate required for release of residential electricity connections will no more be needed. 




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At last, Punjab Police pledges not to register false cases anymore
30.04.16 - pt team
At last, Punjab Police pledges not to register false cases anymore



The Punjab Police today committed to the Punjab Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal that zero tolerance policy towards drugs and corruption would be implemented and no false case will be registered in the state.
 
During a piping ceremony held at Panjab University law auditorium in Chandigarh today, Badal exhorted the police officers to take these three pledges in order to promote police-people relations in a constructive manner. He also warned that corrupt officials would be weeded out from the force and asked the DGP Suresh Arora to prepare a list of such dishonest reprobates. Advocating to transform the current perception of police Deputy CM assured that no dearth of funds would be allowed to come in the way of for modernization of police force and fastest promotions to the personnel would be given top priority.
 
He said that it is his endeavor always to resolve problems of Punjab Police so that the force can wholeheartedly immerse itself in the task of better policing, tackling crime and nabbing anti-social elements. Emphasizing that Punjab Police is one of the best forces of India Badal batted for more strengthening of the force and said as many as 3000 promotion would be effected taking the total number of promotions to 20,000 in previous 9 years. He also announced that dial 100 service would also be available for rural areas of state in the coming months.
 
Divulging more Badal, who also holds home portfolio, said after finalization of seniority decks have been cleared for promotions in the Punjab Police at all ranks and over 3,000 promotions of police officials would take place in coming days. To reduce stagnation in the ranks of police force he said government has decided to grant rank of head constable (personal rank) to those constables who have completed 16 years of service very soon. Deputy CM assured that no police officer would be reverted as government has decided to protect their ranks and pay in the armed battalions.
 
On the occasion, DGP, Punjab, Suresh Arora assured that all police personnel would fulfil the commitments made before the Deputy Chief Minister and said police would leave no stone unturned to come up to the expectations.
 
He said that to fix a common seniority in the police was a complex matter and it was finalized after a period of 20 years as the issue was under scrutiny of high court where several writs were filed by the claimants. Giving details he informed that as many as 343 promotions have been effected in this week in which 88 DSPs have been promoted as SPs, 102 Inspectors have been elevated as DSPs whereas 153 sub-inspectors were promoted as inspectors of police. DGP Arora revealed that about 900 promotions would also take place in July this on completion of promotional courses-lower school course, intermediate school course and upper school course which includes SI, ASI and HCs.
 




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Kisan Vikas Chamber, a platform for farmers’ better say in policy making
30.04.16 - pt team
Kisan Vikas Chamber, a platform for farmers’ better say in policy making



The Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said that Punjab Kisan Vikas Chamber (PKVC) is first of its kind in the country and would help the sagging agrarian economy to stage a comeback as this platform would prove to be a milestone in putting the views of eminent agriculture experts and economists across the state government as well as Government of India in streamlining the policies related to agriculture and allied farming. 
 
While laying the foundation stone of PKVC to be constructed over two acres of land here in Aero City, the Chief Minister said that this farmers’ autonomous body would certainly help them to do lobbying to get their genuine demands accepted at the Centre’s level through persuasion within the democratic means. He said this Chamber on the pattern of industrial organizations like Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), PHD Chamber of Commerce, Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) would provide affirmative say of peasantry in the policies and programs related to agricultural and allied activities. 
 
The Chief Minister said this would be a non-political forum exclusively dedicated to the cause of farming community. Eminent academicians and experts in different fields of Agriculture and allied services have been nominated in this prestigious organization. He said that this body would surely reach zenith of its glory under stewardship of Chairman Punjab Farmers’ Commission Dr. G.S. Kalkat as its patron and leading progressive farmer  Kulwant Singh as its President. He announced that the entire construction cost of the chamber’s complex would be borne by the state government and the adequate land had been provided by GMADA free of cost. The state government had initially provided Rs. 20 crore as corps fund to run the chamber till it becomes fully self sustainable. 
 
The Chief Minister said it was high time to set up such organization to provide an interactive platform to the farmers so as to enable them to take up their issues at an appropriate level for the quick resolution to their satisfaction. Badal said that the chamber would engage the services of renowned agriculture experts for seeking their advice on matters related to the agriculture sector. This would help the chamber to contest their claims vigorously with the central and state government in a meaningful and result oriented manner. Likewise, legal advice on certain contentious issues with regard to inter-state marketing and export policies would be sought from legal experts.  
 
Speaking on the function, Patron of PKVC, Kalkat said that this chamber was the brainchild of Badal who was deeply concerned to resolve the current agrarian crisis and committed for the welfare of the farmers especially the small and marginal ones. He said this initiative of the state government would go a long way in putting our dwindling agriculture economy on strong pedestal. He hoped the chamber in close coordination with PAU would give far better extension services to motivate the farmers for adopting new farm practices on scientific lines.
 
On the occasion, the Chief Minister honored the Additional Chief Secretary (Development) Suresh Kumar on his superannuation with the shawl and sword as a token of love and affection. He highly appreciated the services rendered by Kumar in each and every department where he served in different capacities with full commitment, professional zeal and honesty.




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CM honored Suresh Kumar on his superannuation
30.04.16 - pt team
CM honored Suresh Kumar on his superannuation



The Chief Minister Punjab Parkash Singh Badal today honored the Additional Chief Secretary (Development) Suresh Kumar IAS on his superannuation with the shawl and sword as a token of love and affection. He highly appreciated the services rendered by Kumar in each and every department where he served in different capacities with full commitment, professional zeal and honesty. 




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Comment by: Er.Sanjeev Sharma

Respected Sir, wishing you all the best on your superannuation.
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Indian nation-building exercise induced Army action on Golden Temple
29.04.16 - pt team
Indian nation-building exercise induced Army action on Golden Temple



The Army action on the Golden Temple was an outcome of the nation building project switched into operation since the British rulers quit the Indian sub-continent, said known Sikh historian Ajmer Singh. 
 
Speaking at the release of the book, ‘Sant Bhinderanwale de Ru-h-bru, June 84 di Pattarkari’, authored in Punjabi by senior journalist Jaspal Singh Sidhu here at Kisan Bhawan, Ajmer Singh said practice showed that shaping a nation-state on the European model, necessitated the demolishing of distinct identities, cultures, languages and other diversities to be replaced by a homogenous dispensation, which better suited to unitary type- central governance. 
 
The Sikhs came into a direct conflict with the Indian state as they insisted on retaining their distinct identity as well their separate political entity as a ‘nation’, he added. 
 
Supporting his views veteran journalist Dalbir Singh said media like other institutions of the state stood behind the nation-building process and distorted the reporting of news-items to fit into the anti-Sikh propaganda spree.
Thus, the Sikhs subjected to police atrocities and repression made out as ‘aggressors’ in the eyes of the Indians and justified the leashing of reign of terror on the community.
 
Other senior journalists Sidhu Damdami and Karamjit Singh said the book furnishes the first-hand information of the 1980s, which would help understanding the past and shaping the future politics of the Sikhs.
 
Several other journalists including Hamir Singh, Chanchal Manohar Singh, Sarbjit Singh Dhaliwal, Dr Megha Singh, Balwinder Jammu Pritam Rupal , Prabhjit Singh and Davinder Pal were present on the occasion.       
 
Apart from journalistic fraternity, Bharati Kisan Union leader Pishora Singh ‘Sidhupur’, former SGPC member Amrinder Singh, Sikh leader S.S Kishanpura, Khushaal Singh and former vice-chancellor of Guru Granth Sahib World University attended the function. 





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