Punjab govt announces public appeasement schemes
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 17, 2011, 18:36
Chandigarh: Ahead of upcoming Assembly polls in Punjab, the SAD-BJP government on Saturday announced several schemes including grant of free plots, regularisation of around 9,000 contractual employees and enhancement of old-age allowance.

The state Cabinet, at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, decided to provide free plots of 125 square yards to house-less people in rural areas, an official spokesman said.

Services of 8,951 employees working in 141 local bodies for the past several years would also be regularised, the spokesman said.

The decision would cost the state exchequer to the tune of nearly Rs 180.57 crore, he said.

The Cabinet decided to regularise services of 132 contractual employees in the Technical Education Department.

The Cabinet gave approval for regularising the services of computer teachers recruited by the Punjab Information and Communication Technology Education Society (PICTES) from July 1, 2011.

Closed cooperative sugar mills in Patiala, Tarn Taran and Zira would be revived on the basis of Built, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) through open tenders by the Punjab Sugarfed.

The Cabinet also decided to increase the old-age allowance for pensioners, the spokesman said.


First Published: Saturday, December 17, 2011, 18:36

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