Punjab cabinet Oks State Commission for Minorities

The Punjab cabinet on Friday approved the draft of the Punjab State Commission for Minorities Act, 2011, for setting up a Commission for Minorities.

Last Updated: Nov 05, 2011, 00:00 AM IST

Chandigarh: The Punjab cabinet on Friday approved
the draft of the Punjab State Commission for Minorities Act,
2011, for setting up a Commission for Minorities to study and
suggest socio-economic, educational and cultural requirements
of religious and linguistic minorities.

It also gave the nod for a revival and rehabilitation
package for industrial units located in Goindwal Industrial
Complex to settle their pending cases of loan taken from
Punjab Financial Corporation.

The decisions to this effect were taken here at a meeting
of the cabinet chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh
Badal this evening, a state government spokesman said.

The cabinet also gave approval to allot plot no.D-191 in
Phase 8-B focal point, Mohali, measuring 2500 sq. yards to
establish ‘Mohali Hi-tech Cluster’ to develop a common
facility centre under the Cluster Development Programme of the
Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) of
government of India.

This plot had been allotted to the Mohali Industries
Association subject to the condition to return the earlier
plot allotted to them in Industrial Area Phase 1 Mohali to the
department of Industries & Commerce.

The Cabinet also approved the requisite election staff for
the newly-created Pathankot and Fazilka districts besides the
two new sub-divisions/Tehsils at Dharamkot and Guru Har Sahai.

The cabinet also gave approval to enhance the existing
scholarship amount of Rs.15,000 to Rs.33,000 per annum to the
five cadets from Punjab who had been pursuing training at
National Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.

The cabinet also cleared the PEPSU Road Transport
Corporation to convert its state capital contribution, state
government loans and interest thereon amounting to Rs.107.39
crore into equity to make it financially viable.

The cabinet also approved slashing VAT from 20 per cent
to 5 per cent on the aviation turbine fuel being used by the
commercial airlines from International Airport, Amritsar.

It gave nod to Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd for
additional guarantee of state government of Rs 500 crore for
raising working capital loans during the current fiscal.

The cabinet gave nod to further engage the services of
health and veterinary pharmacists, working as service
providers before April 30 under the pay package offered to
them by the then rural Medical/Veterinary Officers under the
control of Zila Prishads, at a lump sum salary of Rs 7,000 per
month.

Likewise, it approved payment of Rs 3,000 per month to the
attendant-cum-sweeper in health subsidiary centres and civil
veterinary hospitals.

The restructuring of the Information Technology department
to improve delivery of services and increase efficiency in the
government departments was also approved.

The cabinet decided to entrust the maintenance work of
the Khalsa Heritage Centre (KHC) at Sri Anandpur Sahib, Chapar
Chiri War Memorial at SAS Nagar, Wadha Ghalugara Memorial at
Kuppa Raheera in Sangrur district and hota Ghalugara Memorial
at Kahnuwan in Gurdaspur district.

PTI