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PUNJAB CABINET DECISIONS: NOD TO AMEND SECTION-2 OF THE PUNJAB STATE LEGISLATURE (PREVENTION OF DISQUALIFICATION) ACT, 1952

November 01, 2019 07:18 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

The Punjab Cabinet led by Captain Amarinder Singh has decided to amend the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952, to add Advisors to Chief Minister for Planning and Political matters category to office of profit for the purpose of exclusion from disqualification.

The Bill amending Section 2 of the Act will be presented in the forthcoming session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha.
Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that with this amendment, Members of Punjab Legislative Assembly appointed in this category shall not be disqualified.


• APPROVES ENACTMENT OF PUNJAB STATE COMMISSION FOR SCHEDULED CASTES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 2019
• OKAYS AMENDMENT OF PUNJAB REGULATION OF FEE OF UNAIDED EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ACT, 2016

• RESOLVES TO INSTITUTE "SRI GURU NANAK DEV JI AWARD FOR PROMOTION OF PEACE AND INTERFAITH UNDERSTANDING"

It may be recalled that 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 being eligible to disqualify the holders from being Members of the State Legislature.

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

In another decision, the Cabinet also approved the presentation of the Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes (Amendment) Ordinance 2019 in the ensuing session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha for enactment. The enactment would pave the way to enhance the age limit from existing 70 years to 72 years for appointment as Chairperson of the Commission. This would also allow more experienced persons to be appointed as chairperson of the SC Commission for ensuring effective implementation of laws meant for protecting and safeguarding the interests of the SC Commission belonging to the Punjab state.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet also gave approval to amend the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions Act, 2016, through presentation of a Bill in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha for its conversion into Act, to provide a mechanism for regulating the fee of unaided educational institutions in the state.
The amendment will also protect the interests of the unfortunate students whose earning family members die during their study in unaided educational institutions, as no fee will be charged from them till the completion of their studies. Further, to expedite the disposals and reduce the inconvenience caused by the complainants, the Regulatory Body constituted under the said Act is proposed to be reconstituted at the district level rather than the divisional level. Similarly, to curb the practice of unaided educational institution to prescribe specific uniform/books, a suitable amendment has also been proposed in the aforesaid Act.

CABINET APPROVES MODALITIES FOR SPECIAL VIDHAN SABHA SESSION TO MARK RAKASH PURB  

The Punjab Cabinet on Friday approved the modalities of the Special Session of the 15th Punjab Vidhan Sabha, to be presided over by the Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu, on November 6, to commemorate the 550th Prakash Purb celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji.

The special session is being convened to propagate the ideology and teachings of the first Sikh Guru in a befitting manner, an official spokesperson said after the Cabinet Meeting chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh here at Punjab Bhawan this morning.

The Cabinet discussed at length the preparedness of the special session, to be held from 11.00 AM to 1.00 PM on November 6, and to be attended also by former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

It was also decided to extend an invite to all the Members of Haryana Legislative Assembly for this historic 9th session of the 15th Assembly.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet passed a unanimous resolution to institute "Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Award for Promotion of Peace and Interfaith Understanding", in commemoration of the 550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The award would carry a citation and a cash prize of Rs.11 lakhs. This coveted award would be given each year and would be adjudicated by a jury to be notified by the state government.

CABINET GIVES NOD TO CONSTITUTE PUNJAB CSR ADVISORY BOARD UNDER CM, CSR AUTHORITY UNDER CS: In a bid to streamline various CSR activities and to create a neutral platform involving all the stakeholders, the Punjab Cabinet on Friday approved the constitution of Punjab Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Advisory Board under the Chairmanship of the Chief Minister, as well as a CSR Authority under the Chief Secretary.

 

Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that the Board and Authority would ensure systematic channelization of CSR funds into the most needed sectors and projects, according to the developmental priorities of the state.

 

The Board would be constituted under the Chairmanship of the Chief Minister, with members including Health & Family Welfare Minister, Finance Minister, Industries and Commerce Minister, Chief Secretary, Administrative Secretary (Industries & Commerce, Administrative Secretary Finance, Director Industries and Commerce, besides maximum five representatives/experts from industry to be nominated by the chairman.

 

It has also been decided that the Board may co-opt any other Minister or officer, if necessary, as its members, with the Chief Minister authorised to take a decision in the matter.

 

The Board would meet twice a year to review the CSR activities in the state, besides providing requisite guidance and advice to the Punjab CSR Authority for taking up appropriate CSR projects in the state.

 

The Punjab CSR Authority would consist of the Chief Secretary as its Chairman, with Administrative Secretaries (Industries & Commerce), Finance as its members, besides Chief Executive Officer (full time professional) as Member Secretary. The Chairman, CII Punjab Chapter, Chairman FICCI Punjab Chapter, Chairman PHD Chamber, Chairman ASSOCHAM Punjab Chapter and any other institution/individual as decided by the Authority/Government of Punjab would be invitees. The authority may also co-opt any other officers as may be necessary as its Members.

 

Notably, under Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013, all the Companies, having net worth of Rs.500 crore or more, or a turnover of Rs.1000 crore or more, or net profit of Rs.5 crore or more during any financial year are expected to set aside and spend in every financial year 2% of the average net profits during the three immediately preceding financial years towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities as mentioned schedule VII of the Act.

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