Punjab gives nod for regulatory body to rationalise fee structure

In a bid to rationalise and regulate the fee structure in unaided educational institutions across the state, the Punjab Cabinet on Monday gave approval for setting up of a regulatory body.

PTI| Updated: Oct 21, 2013, 20:28 PM IST

Chandigarh: In a bid to rationalise and regulate the fee structure in unaided educational institutions across the state, the Punjab Cabinet on Monday gave approval for setting up of a regulatory body.

The decision was taken in a meeting of Council of Ministers chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here, an official spokesman said.

"This decision has been taken in compliance with the directions of Punjab and Haryana High Court and will prevent these private institutions from charging excessive fees from the students arbitrarily," the spokesman said.

In another significant decision aimed at imparting quality education to medical students and providing the best health care and diagnostic facilities to people, the Cabinet decided to create 665 posts of teaching faculty in Government Medical Colleges of Patiala and Amritsar and the hospitals associated with them.

The Cabinet also gave nod to enhance the number of posts of Medical Teachers along with creation of new posts of various cadres in these institutions.

"This decision will also take care of future enhancements of seats in medical colleges. These newly created posts would be filled within next three years in order to give boost to the medical education and research," the spokesman said.

With a view to imbibing professional temper in the functioning of Central Cooperative Banks, the Cabinet also gave nod to replace the Ordinance with a bill for amending section 26 (2) (a) of the Punjab Cooperative Societies Act 1961 in the coming session of the Punjab Assembly.

The move will pave way for the appointment of Managing Directors of the Central Cooperatives Banks from amongst the experts of the banking sector.

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has laid down a stringent procedure for functioning of the Central Cooperative Banks and any deviance or non-compliance would adversely affect the refinance from NABARD.

In order to hasten the provisioning of drinking water, the Cabinet also approved to withdraw recruitment of 120 Junior Engineers (JEs) and 30 Junior Draftsmen from the purview of Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board and to entrust the same to the Thapar University of Technology, Patiala.

The Cabinet also gave green signal for the conversion of the Punjab Laws (Special Provisions) Amendment Ordinance, 2013 into bill for its enactment in the ensuing Punjab Assembly Session, so that the legal proceedings against unauthorised colonies could be suspended for one year during the operation of the act.

However, after the expiry of one year, the prosecution
proceedings would continue if the coloniser fails to get the offence compounded.

The Cabinet also gave a go ahead to amend section 45 (3) and 66 of the Punjab Regional and Town Planning and Development Act, 1995 through bringing a bill in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

To maintain uniformity and reduce litigation, this amendment will empower the Estate Officers of various Urban Development Authorities to forfeit a uniform amount of earnest money.

The Cabinet also approved to introduce a bill in the forthcoming Assembly Session to amend `The Punjab Ancient, Historical Monuments, Archaeological Sites and Cultural Heritage Maintenance Board Act-2013` under Section 6 (3).

It stipulates, "to levy one per cent cultural cess with immediate effect on building works costing more than Rs 15 crore constructed by the agencies of the state out of their own resources or the state`s resources instead of Rs 50 crore as approved earlier."

The Cabinet also gave approval for amending various provisions of Punjab VAT Act, 2005 making it more dealer/trader friendly.