Punjab

PUNJAB CABINET GIVES NOD FOR JOBS FOR KIN OF MOSUL TRAGEDY ON COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS

May 08, 2018 04:37 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

The Cabinet on Tuesday gave its approval to provide financial assistance and grant employment, on compassionate grounds, to the next of kin of the persons killed in Mosul (Iraq).

This decision was taken in the Cabinet meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh here.

The state government had decided to provide employment to one dependent family member of the victims, as per their educational qualification and government's policy, besides ex-gratia amount of Rs. 5 lakh. It had also decided to continue with the monthly pension of Rs 20,000 being paid to the family members from the CM's Relief Fund till the time the jobs are provided.

·FIRST FULL-HOUSE PUNJAB CABINET TAKES SLEW OF IMPORTANT DECISIONS, CM WELCOMES NEW MINISTERS

*AMENDMENT TO REDUCE PASS PERCENTAGE FOR VESTING CERTAIN POWERS IN SDMs *ONE TIME REKAXATION IN RULES TO FILL 282 POSTS OF OF STAFF NURSES*EXTENSION OF QUARKCITY REVISED AGREEMENT *EX POST FACTO EXTENSIJON FOR BPSSBY TILL OCT.31 *GURU GOBIND SINGH REFINERY PROJECT LOAN * CRETERIA OKAYED FOR MEDICAL OFFICERS (SPECIALIST), DINANAGAR NEW SUBDIVISION, CHANARTHAL NEW SUB TEHSIL AND SHABHU KALAN DECLARE BLOCK

On the directives of the Chief Minister, an ex-gratia of Rs.5 lac each to 26 dependent family members amounting to Rs.1.30 crord has already been disbursed from the CM’s Relief Fund, said an official spokesperson, adding that, as per records, one victim had no legal heir.

Pertinently, the case of providing compassionate appointment to dependent family members of the 27 deceased Indians from Punjab does not fall within the purview of state policy. Therefore, relaxation in the policy was required for this purpose. Keeping in view the hardships faced by the victims’ families, the Cabinet decided to relax the existing policy of the state government as notified on November 21, 2002. However, the remaining conditions of the policy would remain applicable.

It may be recalled that in a tragic incident, 39 Indians were kidnapped and killed by ISIS in Mosul (Iraq) in 2014. The bodies of deceased were exhumed and DNA tests were conducted, following which the mortal remains of 27 deceased Indians from Punjab were brought back to Amritsar on April 3, 2018. The deceased hailed from eight districts, namely Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Sangrur, Kapurthala and Gurdaspur. 

CABINET OKAYS AMENDMENT TO REDUCE PASS PERCENTAGE FOR VESTING CERTAIN POWERS IN SDMs

The Cabinet today approved lowering of the pass percentage from 66.66% to 50% in Criminal Law and Revenue Law papers for vesting powers of Executive Magistrate and Assistant Collector or Collector to IAS/PCS (EB) officers.

The Cabinet, led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, approved an amendment in Rule-12 of the Civil Services (Departmental Examination) Punjab Rules-2014 for the posts of Assistant Commissioner/Extra Assistant Commissioner. 

Since Rule-10 is not being amended, officers still need to pass in higher standard i.e. 66.66% in order to clear their probation/promotion. Besides this, in order to rationalize the existing Rules, some minor changes are also proposed to be made in Rules 4(3), 4(6), 10(1) pertaining to exemption and language etc. 

The changes have been approved in view of the fact that a large number of officers do not score the prescribed 66.66% marks in criminal law and revenue law papers in the first or second attempt. Hence, when such officers are posted as Sub Divisional Magistrate etc. they cannot be vested with powers of Executive Magistrate/Assistant Collector Grade-I or Collector. Consequently, they are not able to perform their duties effectively.   

ONE TIME REKAXATION IN RULES TO FILL 282 POSTS OF OF STAFF NURSES

one-time relaxation in rules to fill 282 vacant posts of staff nurses, extension of the revised agreement with M/S Quarkcity India Pvt. Ltd. for a further period of seven years, and ex-post facto extension for BPSSBY till October 31

Giving details of the decisions, the spokesperson said that, faced with acute shortage of staff nurses in the Government Medical Colleges and Hospitals (GMCHs) across the state, the cabinet had decided to fill the staff nurses posts on contract basis in the Medical Education & Research department through relaxation in the instructions issued by the Personnel department on April 24, 2017, as per which a complete ban had been imposed on future contractual appointments against regular posts. 

The spokesperson said the move was aimed at upgrading the healthcare facilities for the general public and, at the same time, save the Government Medical Colleges from the threat of disaffiliation from Medical Council of India due to shortage of staff. 

The cabinet noted that while 282 selections were made against the 462 sanctioned posts was completed by the erstwhile government, the process could not be completed due to imposition of the election code of conduct. 

EXTENSION OF QUARKCITY REVISED AGREEMENT 

With respect to the revised agreement with M/S Quarkcity India Pvt. Ltd, the Cabinet approved its extension from November 3, 2023 to November 2, 2030, in line with the original agreement that was signed in year 2003 to create state-of-the-art industrial and urban infrastructure in the state in two phases. 

The revised agreement was signed for Phase-I of the project, which is under development at Mohali, where the promoter has already invested more than Rs.320 crore till date, out of required minimum fixed capital investment of Rs.500 crore as per agreement. The project, which focuses on IT/IT Enabled Services industry in particular, has huge potential to create quality and lucrative jobs for youth, apart from generating revenue and economic growth for the state.  

EX POST FACTO EXTENSIJON FOR BPSSBY TILL OCT.31   

In another decision, the Cabinet gave ex-post facto approval to extend Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Bima Yojana (BPSSBY) till October 31, 2018. The decision to extend the scheme, which provides for cashless health insurance cover to blue card holder families, J-form holder farmers, small traders and construction workers, is aligned with the Central Government’s budget announcement to launch National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) from October, 2018 for providing health insurance upto Rs. 5 lakh to the poor and vulnerable families listed in Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011. 

The State Government intends to adopt NHPS for eligible 14.96 lac SECC families and to extend a new restructured state health insurance scheme similar to NHPS for the remaining poor families that are currently being covered under BPSSBY. Since the BPSSBY had expired on March 31, 2018, and NHPS was going to be launched in October 2018, the tenure of the BPSSBY has been extended from April 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018. The BPSSBY scheme is being implemented by the United India Insurance Company Ltd.  

GURU GOBIND SINGH REFINERY PROJECT LOAN  

The Cabinet in principle agreed to the proposal for one-time adjustment of interest free loan of Rs.1240 crore payable to M/S Guru Gobind Singh Refinery Project, Bathinda, set up by M/S HPCL-Mittal Energy Ltd. (HMEL) against deferred Central Sales Tax collected by HMEL. The modalities and financial implications of the move will be worked out by the Industry and Finance departments, which will submit their recommendations, along with the financial implications at the next cabinet meeting, scheduled for May 15.   

CRETERIA OKAYED FOR MEDICAL OFFICERS (SPECIALIST) 

The Cabinet today also approved the criteria for the recruitment of Medical Officers (Specialist) through Walk-in-interview by the selection committee in the Health Department following an appropriate amendment.   New Sub-Tehsil at Chanarthal and Sub-Division at Dinanagar approved; Shambu Kalan declared new block Further, keeping in view the inconvenience faced by the general public of Chanarthal Kalan, the Cabinet decided to create a new Sub-Tehsil at Chanarthal Kalan, covering 55 revenue villages. At present, Chanarthal Kalan is a part of Fatehgarh Sahib Tehsil. It was decided to create a separate sub-tehsil for Chanarthal Kalan as it is one of the largest villages in the state with a population of 3784 as per the 2011 census. 

Meanwhile, the Council of Ministers also gave its approval to upgrade Sub-Tehsil Dinanagar to Sub Division/Tehsil in Gurdaspur covering 240 revenue villages. At present, Sub Tehsil, Dinanagar falls in Gurdaspur district as part of Sub Division/Tehsil Gurdaspur. Dinanagar has a population of 23,976 as per 2011 census. 

A new block Shambu Kalan in Patiala has been created by transferring 32 Gram Panchayats of Ghanaur Block and 56 Gram Panchayats of Rajpura Block to give further impetus to the development activities in the region. 

DINANAGAR NEW SUB DIVISION AND CHANARTHAL SUB TEHSIL , SHAMBHU CALAN DECLARE NEW BLOCK: Further, keeping in view the inconvenience faced by the general public of Chanarthal Kalan, the Cabinet decided to create a new Sub-Tehsil at Chanarthal Kalan, covering 55 revenue villages. At present, Chanarthal Kalan is a part of Fatehgarh Sahib Tehsil. It was decided to create a separate sub-tehsil for Chanarthal Kalan as it is one of the largest villages in the state with a population of 3784 as per the 2011 census. 

Meanwhile, the Council of Ministers also gave its approval to upgrade Sub-Tehsil Dinanagar to Sub Division/Tehsil in Gurdaspur covering 240 revenue villages. At present, Sub Tehsil, Dinanagar falls in Gurdaspur district as part of Sub Division/Tehsil Gurdaspur. Dinanagar has a population of 23,976 as per 2011 census. 

A new block Shambu Kalan in Patiala has been created by transferring 32 Gram Panchayats of Ghanaur Block and 56 Gram Panchayats of Rajpura Block to give further impetus to the development activities in the region. 

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