Punjab

CABINET OKAYS ORDINANCE TO EXCLUDE CM’S POLITICAL & PLANNING ADVISORS FROM OFFICE OF PROFIT, MOBILE TO YOUTH FROM DECEMBER

September 19, 2019 07:36 PM

Dera Baba Nanak, September 19:

The Council of Ministers led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday decided to bring an Ordinance to exclude Advisor (Political) to Chief Minister and Advisor (Planning) to Chief Minister from the ambit of the “The Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952.”

The Ordinance will amend the law to add these posts to the list of posts that are not considered office of profit for the purpose of disqualification of MLAs. With the amendment, these MLAs will not be disqualified, said an official spokesperson after the Cabinet meeting.

GOVT SCHOOL GIRL STUDENTS OF CLASS XI & XII, NOT OWNING MOBILES, TO BENEFIT IN 1ST PHASE

“The Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952” had been enacted in terms of Article 191 of the Constitution of India, to declare certain offices of profit as not disqualifying the holders of such office from being Members of the State Legislature.

Enacted in 1952, the Act has undergone minor amendments from time to time. However, such amendments have not taken into account the complexity of modern day governance. Further, these amendments to the said Act have not taken into account the reports and studies of the various Parliamentary Committees which addressed the issue of office of profit. Therefore, the Cabinet felt the need to amend section-2 of “The Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952”.

The Council of Ministers approved the addition of clause (q) after clause (p) by making amendment in section-2 of “The Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952” as under “(q) the office of Advisor (Political) to Chief Minister/Advisor (Planning) to Chief Minister.”

The Council of Ministers also authorised to approve and recommend the draft ordinance to the Punjab Governor for its promulgation. Under Article 213 of the Constitution of India, if at any time, except when the legislative Assembly of the State is in session, the Governor is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary for him to take immediate action, he may promulgate such Ordinances as the circumstances appear to him to require. As the Punjab Legislative Assembly is not in session, therefore, the Governor is competent to promulgate the proposed Ordinance, the spokesperson pointed out.

CABINET APPROVES MODALITIES FOR DISTRIBUTION OF MOBILE PHONES TO YOUTH FROM DECEMBER

The Punjab Cabinet Thursday approved the modalities for distribution of smart mobile phones to the state’s youth, to pave the way for the implementation of the scheme from December this year. This decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh here at Anaj Mandi.

The vendor to implement the scheme would be selected through an open transparent bidding process and the tender document would be floated by Punjab Information Technology Corporation Ltd. The vendor would be on board within a period of about two months, and the first batch of phones is expected to be distributed in December 2019. 

Giving details, an official spokesperson said that in the first phase, the mobile phones would be distributed to girl students who do not own a smart phone and are studying in class 11th and 12th of Government schools in Punjab, in the current financial year. The phones would have various smart features such as touch screen, camera and applications to access social media etc.

The State Government had announced its ‘Mobile Phones to the Youth’ scheme, in line with its poll promise, in its Budget for the financial year 2017-18, and the due allocation of funds was made in the budget for 2018-19.

The scheme is aimed providing digital access to youth and information regarding education, career opportunities, access to skill development & employment opportunities, access to basic citizen services through government applications etc. The scheme would give further impetus to the digital empowerment and inclusion of the society.

This initiative would encourage and incentivize youth to use digital technology in their day-to-day life, thus enabling them to become partners in the Digital Punjab initiative.

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