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PUNJAB CABINET DECISIONS: 5178 TEACHERS AND 650 NURSES TO REGULARISE

March 06, 2019 06:53 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Meeting a long-pending demand of the teaching community, the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has approved regularization of the services of 5178 teachers recruited by the Education Department, with full pay scales to be implemented from October 1, 2019.

The Cabinet has also regularized 650 nurses of the Health Department as per the department’s probation rules. These contractual nurses had been agitating for some time for regularization at basic pay.

Of the 5178 category teachers, 5078 were recruited in the Master cadre and 100 as Classical & Vernacular (C & V) Teachers by the Department in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

PUNJAB CABINET OKAYS DRAFT ACTION PLAN TO CONVERT BRICK KILNS INTO INDUCED DRAFT KILNS TO CHECK AIR POLLUTION: · EXISTING BRICK KILNS HAVE TILL 30TH SEPTEMBER TO CONVERT, NEW ONES TO BE ESTABLISHED ONLY WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY*RURAL DEVELOPMENT DEPT VET PHARMACISTS & SAFAI SEWAKS TO GET MORE AS CABINET APPROVES EMOLUMENTS ENHANCEMENT: 

According to a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office, the Cabinet also decided that the services of those teachers recruited during 2014, 2015 and 2016 would be regularised at full scale on completion of their two-year probation. The cabinet has reduced the probation period from three years to two years. Further, the teachers would be assigned seniority from the date of completion of their probation period.

These teachers are currently paid Rs.7500/- per month and their salary would be now fixed at minimum of grade pay i.e. Rs.15,300/- per month till the time they are given full scale.

The Cabinet also recorded its appreciation for Education Minister OP Soni and Secretary Krishan Kumar for effectively handling the issue arising out of the teachers’ protests, and resolving the same amicably. It may be recalled that the Chief Minister had directed the School Education Department, while chairing a meeting to review its functioning on February 27, 2019, to bring a comprehensive proposal before the next Cabinet meeting to enable the government to take final decision in this regard.

RURAL DEVELOPMENT DEPT VET PHARMACISTS & SAFAI SEWAKS TO GET MORE AS CABINET APPROVES EMOLUMENTS ENHANCEMENT: In a bid to provide better animal health services to livestock farmers, the Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday decided to enhance the emoluments of service providers (Veterinary Pharmacists) and Safai Sewaks of the Rural Development Department. While the emoluments of service providers have been increased from Rs.8000/- to Rs.9000/- per month, those of Safai Sewaks have gone up from Rs.4000/- to Rs.4500/- per month w.e.f July 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, on the pattern of service providers (Health Pharmacists and Safai Sewaks).  

Notably, the Animal Husbandry department contributes about 13% of GDP in economic growth of the Punjab State along with Agriculture sector. The state government has already transferred back 582 Civil Veterinary Hospitals to the Animal Husbandry Department, including 582 sanctioned posts of Rural Veterinary Officers from Rural Development & Panchayat Department, to provide efficient animal health services.  

PUNJAB TO AMEND RULES TO GIVE OPTION TO INDUSTRY TO CHOOSE BETWEEN NET & SGST NET INCENTIVES ON INTRA STATE SALE: In another significant move to boost industrial development in the state, the Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday approved an amendment to the GST incentives notified under the Industrial and Business Development Policy 2017, to enable industrial units to choose between Net GST incentives or incentivized SGST on intra state sale. The cabinet, at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, decided that the amendment would allow units which have filed their common application form on the Invest Punjab Business First portal between October 17, 2017 and October 17, 2018 (both days inclusive) would have the one-time option to opt either for Net GST incentives as per department notification issued on 17-10-2018 or incentivized SGST on intra state sale. Such units shall be allowed to exercise this option within 90 days from the date of the notification.  

The incentivized SGST to be considered for reimbursement would mean that the eligible unit will be entitled to get reimbursement of SGST amount paid through cash ledger against the output liability of SGST on sale of eligible products. The eligible unit shall first have to utilize all the eligible ITC available in its Credit Ledger maintained on the common portal, including eligible ITC of IGST as provided under section 49 of the Punjab Goods & Services Tax Act, 2017 as may be amended from time to time, before adjusting the SGST amount through Cash Ledger. It may be recalled that the net SGST formula for incentive announced in the new Industrial Policy 2017 was approved by the Cabinet during its earlier meeting on October 17, 2018. However, feedback and suggestions were received from industry, which wanted a change in net SGST incentive in line with the original notification issued on October 17, 2017. 

PUNJAB CABINET OKAYS DRAFT ACTION PLAN TO CONVERT BRICK KILNS INTO INDUCED DRAFT KILNS TO CHECK AIR POLLUTION: · EXISTING BRICK KILNS HAVE TILL 30TH SEPTEMBER TO CONVERT, NEW ONES TO BE ESTABLISHED ONLY WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY

In order to check air pollution in non-attainment cities and towns across the state, the Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft action plan for conversion of natural draft brick kilns to induced draft brick kilns with rectangular shape and zigzag brick setting by Punjab State Council for Science & Technology. Brick kilns have been given till September 30, 2019, to make the conversion.

The decision, taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, is in line with the directions of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) regarding prevention and control of air pollution in such cities and towns.

The draft order had been proposed to regulate the process of conversion of brick kilns to induced draft technology with zigzag setting under section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. Accordingly, the proposed directions include: the brick kilns within non-attainment cities will not be allowed to operate in pursuance of directions issued by the CPCB on July 1, 2016, no new brick kiln will be allowed to be established in the state without having induced draft technology with zigzag setting, and no conventional brick kiln with natural draft technology will be allowed to operate beyond September 30, 2019.

The brick kilns in the process of conversion to induce draft technology with zigzag setting/yet to start the process intending to operate the brick kiln are required to pay environmental compensation on the basis of `polluter pays principle’ to the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) with effect from February 1, 2019, till the adoption of induced draft technology. The compensation has been set Rs. 25,000 per month for zig zag setting with kiln of capacity equal to more than 30,000 bricks per day and Rs. 20,000 per month for kiln of capacity less than 30,000 bricks per day.

The PPCB would ensure that the brick kilns are operated in compliance with the code of practice prescribed by the CPCB, as well as the state board. The Department of Food and Civil Supplies, being the licensing authority, would create awareness and mobilise the brick kiln for conversion to induced draft technology with zigzag setting.

The Department of Science & Technology, through Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, would provide necessary technical assistance for implementation of the action plan. The Department of Power would ensure 15 HP power connections as required by the brick kilns for running the induced draft fan. The Deputy Commissioners would monitor the progress of the activities to be performed under the action plan at the district level. 

The action plan provides for expanding outreach at district level, engagement of Technology Provider (TP) by brick kilns, submission of feasibility reports & drawings to industry by TP, conversion of conventional brick kilns to induced draft brick kiln, issuance of completion/adequacy/provisional certificates to the industry, awareness & capacity building program, besides Monitoring and Governance at District and State level. As per the current status of conversion of brick kilns in the state provided by the Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, 482 brick kilns had already converted to new technology and 559 were in pipeline for shifting to induced draft technology. Notably, around 2800 brick kilns are operating in Punjab, producing around 15-20 billion bricks per annum. This constitutes about 8% of total production of the country and the brick kiln industry employs about 0.5-0.6 million workers.

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