CHANDIGARH: Punjab Cabinet today gave approval to fill additional 12,747 posts of different cadres of six departments in the state.
This decision was taken during a meeting held under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
These posts of cadres of Group A, B, C and D in departments of Home Affairs and Justice, Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, Irrigation, Cooperation, Planning and Technical Education and Industrial training - would be filled soon, a spokesperson said today.
The Cabinet also gave clearance for creation of eight additional posts of Under Secretaries and one post of Superintendent in Punjab Civil Secretariat.
It also gave approval to fill 133 posts of Medical Laboratory Technician (Grade-2), 7 of TB Health Visitors, 29 posts of Ophthalmic Officer, 1301 posts of Multipurpose Health Worker (F), 1263 posts of Multipurpose Health Worker (M), 51 posts of Block Extension Educator, 109 posts of Radiographer, 128 posts of Operation Theatre Assistant, 33 posts of Electrographer, 2 posts of Assistant Dieticians and 5 of Dental Hygienist by taking out these posts from the purview of Punjab Subordinate Service Selection Board.
Similarly, it also gave a go ahead to fill 248 posts of Medical Officers (MBBS) out of 316 vacant posts of Medical Officers (Specialists) through Baba Farid Health Sciences University, Faridkot after conducting written test and without any interview by taking these posts out of purview of PPSC.
The Cabinet also gave green signal to fill 210 posts of Junior Engineers in Water Supply and Sanitation department under direct recruitment quota through an independent organization on the basis of a written test.
It also accorded ex-post facto approval to fill the post of Director and Warden of Fisheries on contract basis. This decision was taken due to non-availability of an eligible officer fulfilling the requisite qualifications/experience.
The Cabinet also decided to recast combined seniority of Assistant Sub Inspectors, Sub Inspectors and Inspectors of district police and PAP. To avoid reversions and protection of pay of employees of Armed Battalions, this decision would result in creation of 64 ex-Cadre posts for the General Duty (Armed Battalions) officials/officers till their promotions.
Similarly, creation of 41 cadre posts for sportspersons was approved, he said.
The Cabinet also decided to increase the quota of government houses for accredited press correspondents from 10 houses to 15.
It also gave approval to transfer the sale proceeds of Rs 17.35 crore to Bhogpur Cooperative Sugar Mill received from the sale of 12.6875 acres land of Sugarfed to Housefed.
On complaints regarding exorbitant fees charged by private schools, the Cabinet directed the school education department to put in place a mechanism to regulate fees and other levies.
It also decided that henceforth no objection certificate required for release of residential electricity connections will no more be needed.
The Cabinet decided to authorize Ex-MP/Ex-MLA/MP/MLA/ Chairman and Members of Zila Parishad and Panchayat Sammiti or Sarpanch of village to recommend a person who has taken part in a morchas during Emergency for financial assistance. Under this scheme, in urban areas such recommendations will be made by mayor/councillors of local bodies.
It also approved transfer of 6.18 acres land of Improvement Trust, Roopnagar, to the Transport Department for the construction of a new bus stand in lieu of which PUDA would construct administrative block and workshop for Punjab Roadways, Roopnagar from its own resources.
For better functioning of Punjab jails, the Cabinet also gave approval to amend Punjab Jails Department State Service (Class-III Executive), Rules 1963 following which the warders will be recruited directly.
It also approved New Punjab Jail Canteen Rules, 2016 for better functioning of canteens by introducing e-purse cards for purchase of goods instead of coupons.
The Cabinet approved a scheme for roping in a private player for renovated historical Gobindgarh Fort at Amritsar in PPP mode for operation, maintenance and running laser shows for eight years. The Punjab Heritage Tourism Promotion Board would receive annual concession fee and the entry for general public would be free once in a week.
The Cabinet also decided to gave employees and pensioners a chance to register themselves upto June 30, 2016 under Cashless Health Insurance Scheme. For the period before their registration, they would be covered under the old government policy and Medical Attendance Rules, 1940 for reimbursement of medical bills.
It gave approval to the Department of Information and Public Relations to hire 50 video vans to generate awareness about the rich heritage of Punjab and welfare schemes initiated by the state government.
It was also proposed to engage 125 feedback officers to analyze and communicate various government schemes and policies across the state by establishing call centres with IVRS facilities on outsource basis.
The Cabinet also approved the Punjab Rural Development and Panchayats (Group A) Technical Service Rules, 2016.
The Cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval to transfer free of cost 60 acres of land in villages Rakhchhita and Nijjarpura, in Amritsar district to IIM society, Amritsar to establish Indian Institute of Management (IIM).
The Cabinet reiterated its commitment to create required housing stock for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) by amending the relevant policy, under which 10 per cent of the flats constructed under group housing project and 5 per cent of the gross area under other mega/papra housing projects are earmarked for EWS.
It decided that in non-group housing projects 5 per cent area, if not constructed and offered by the developer to the EWS, would be taken over by the department. The government may use this area for commercial/residential purposes and sale proceeds would be put into a fund which could be utilized for creation of housing stock in the state.
In case of group housing scheme, the developer can either transfer 10 per cent flats to EWS or can deposit the price of such flats in that fund for utilization for the same purposee.
To avoid stagnation in the cadre of constables in police department, it approved designating a Constable as Head Constable (PR) on completion of 16 years of regular service.
The Cabinet also decided to enhance the upper age limit for recruitment of constable and sub-inspector in police from 25 to 28 years.
It also gave ex-post facto approval to the amendment in rules of old-age pension and other financial assistance schemes carried out by the Social Security Department in which Aadhar card in place of ration card would be another document of identity or proof of residence.
The Cabinet also gave approval for the creation of 176 vacancies of Sadar Kanungo, Naib Sadar Kanungo, Bill Clerks, Office Kanungo and Assistant Kanungo in 8 new districts and 34 Tehsils/Sub-Tehsils Offices.
It also decided to do away with a committee under the Chief Secretary set up to resolve pending cases related to mega projects. Now, all such cases would be resolved by departments concerned.
The Cabinet also decided to amend Standing Order No 28 of Revenue Department to negotiate purchase of land.
Agriculture Department would start a campaign to spread awareness about the disadvantages of sowing 1509 variety of Basmati as it is not purchased by FCI. It also decided all insurance schemes recently introduced by the government would be monitored by a senior officer in the health department.