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PUNJAB CABINET APPROVES ANNUAL ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS OF VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS

January 29, 2019 07:35 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

The Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday approved Annual Administrative Reports for works executed by Soil and Water Conservation Department for the year 2015-2016.

The Cabinet also cleared the Annual Administrative Reports of Directorate of Town and Country Planning for the year 2015-2016 and 2016-17.

The Annual Administrative Reports of the Water Supply and Sanitation Department for 2016-17 and Department of Cooperation (Audit) for the year 2017-18 were also cleared by the Cabinet.

To bring far more efficiency in the functioning of the Revenue Department and to speed up the process of promotions, the Punjab Cabinet has approved the Tehsildars (Group B) Service Rules. These rules have been prepared in response to instructions, dated July 20, 2017, of the Personnel department and Punjab Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2009 of the Department of Finance, according to which pay scales were revised on recommendations of 5th Pay Commission vide notification dated 27.05.2009 and the existing administrative/official requirements of this department.

In yet another decision, Punjab Cabinet also gave approval for re-employment of Retd Police Inspector Pritpal Singh in CM Security in the rank equivalent of Deputy SP for a period of one year with effect from March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019 on contractual basis on the same terms and conditions.

The re-employment of Inspector Pritpal Singh has been done in view of his excellent past service record. He had been posted in Chief Minister’s security since October 2011.  

RS.298.75 CR URBAN ENVIRONMENT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME OKAYED   

The Punjab Cabinet on Tuesday okayed a proposal of the Local Government Department for release of funds to the tune of Rs. 298.75 crore to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) for Infrastructure Development under an Urban Environment Improvement Programme (UEIP). The funds would be provided by PIDB in two equal installments i.e. 50% each.

A district level committee would be constituted by the Finance Department through Punjab Urban Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB), with the respective District Level Committees (DLCs) to be mandated to undertake the work of conceptualization, identification, execution and monitoring of urban infrastructure project under UEIP.

The committees would define the scope of work and financial outlay of the project & the DLC would forward works estimates to the Department of Local Government. The technical specification of the project would be provided by the Local Govt. Department and forwarded to PIDB.

Works to be executed by the ULBs as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of Local Government and provisions of Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, Punjab Municipal Committee Act & Punjab Town Improvement Trust Act would be strictly compiled with. No estimates of any project should contain departmental/contingency or any other administrative charges.

Independent third party technical and financial audit would be carried out by the Local Government for all the projects under UEIP. These funds would be strictly utilized for the projects for which they are sanctioned and any change of project or scope of work would have to be approved by the Executive Committee of the PIDB before the same is taken up.

The funds are not to be used for Operation & Maintenance (O&M) of existing facilities or acquisition of moveable assets like computers, sports kits, utensils, stationery, office furniture & gymnasium. They are to be utilized for  new projects and not for clearing old outstanding liabilities. The executing agency must ensure that the projects have not been funded from any other source.

All the construction should be done on the land/site owned by the Govt./Urban Local Bodies. No project should be undertaken on a private land. All the technical and administrative approvals should be obtained from the Competent Authority of the Local Govt.

The interest earned on the funds released by the PIDB, if any, should be refunded to PIDB. The unutilized amount released by PIDB, if any, should also be refunded to PIDB. The Utilization Certificate would be submitted to the PIDB, duly countersigned by the Deputy Commissioners. The final guidelines would be issued at the time of release of funds by PIDB directly to the DCs. 

APPROVES RS.384.40 CR ‘SMART VILLAGE CAMPAIGN’ TO BOOST QUALITY OF LIFE IN RURAL AREAS

In a major initiative to boost infrastructure and facilities in rural areas across the state, the Punjab Cabinet on Tuesday approved the ‘Smart Village Campaign’ (SVC) for overall development of villages at a cost of Rs.384.40 crore.

The decision was taken in the Cabinet meeting held here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh this morning.

The Cabinet felt the need to enhance the quality of life and living standards of people residing in the villages, said an official spokesperson after the meeting, adding that the campaign was aimed at improving the conditions in the rural areas by converging and supplementing the ongoing Governmental Schemes for building infrastructure and providing essential amenities. The campaign is based on the premise that each village would move upwards by achieving various goals in different fields like infrastructure, health, education, environment etc.

The works to be undertaken under SVC have been divided into two categories: essential and desirable. Under the scheme, the Deputy Commissioner shall get the proposals from Block Development and Panchayats Officer as well as various sectoral departments.

Individual works up to Rs.25 lakhs would be considered and approved by the committee comprising Deputy Commissioner and Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) as its Chairman and Member Secretary respectively. The other Members of the committee would be District Development and Panchayat Officer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Zila Parishad and Executive Engineer (Panchayati Raj).

In case of individual works costing more than Rs.25 lakhs, approval would be accorded by the state level committee comprising Joint Development Commissioner and Superintending Engineer (PRC) SAS Nagar as its Chairman and Member Secretary respectively. The other Members of the committee would be Director Rural Development and Panchayats, Chief Engineer (Panchayati Raj) and Deputy Controller (F&A).

The convergence would be the key feature of the scheme and funds from different sources like RDF, 14th Finance Commission, MGNREGA, SBM, NRDWP, etc shall be utilized for the purpose of this scheme. Further, if there is any other scheme under which the proposed work can be undertaken, then the funds of that scheme would also be utilized.

In case any work can be done from MGNREGA it would be mandatorily converged with it. Where funds of any scheme like 14th Finance Commission, MGNREGA etc. are being utilized, compliance of guidelines of that Scheme would be ensured by the Deputy Commissioner and the Executive Agency.

DCs would be competent to select and decide the Executive Agency, which may be the Panchayat, Panchayat Samiti, Zila Parishad or any sectoral administrative department of the State Government. DCs would release funds to the Executive Agency in two equal installments. The second installment would be released by Deputy Commissioner to the Executive Agency when Utilization Certificate of the first installment is submitted.

With regard to benchmarking of villages, all the villages would be graded/ranked on the basis of a survey, detailed guidelines for which would be subsequently notified by the Rural Development & Panchayats Department. Each district would benchmark all villages after a survey to assess the existing level of facilities of all village within the district. 

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