The new Congress government in Punjab led by Amarinder Singh has opened a basket full of decisions in the first meeting of the state cabinet.
The new Congress government in Punjab led by Amarinder Singh has opened a basket full of decisions in the first meeting of the state cabinet. The government has taken several important decision in the interest of the people of the state, who showed trust among the party and gave them a majority win in the assembly polls. The state government has decided to provide 33 per cent reservation for women in all government jobs. It has also decided to provide a house to every freedom fighter along with allocating 300 units of free electricity every month, an out-of-turn tubewell connection and exemption from toll tax, reported The Indian Express. Here is the list of important decisions taken in the meeting:
- The state government has decided to provide 33 per cent reservation for women in all government jobs. Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said the reservation would also apply to contractual appointments of women in government jobs. He said the representation of women in Panchayati Raj Institutions and urban local bodies would go up from 33 per cent to 50 per cent.
- While campaigning for the state elections, Congress stressed upon the need of rooting out drug menace from the state and promised to address the issues in four weeks. To fulfil the promise, the Cabinet decided to set up a Special Task Force in the CM’s Office.
- The government has also decided to do away with the ‘VIP culture’ by removing red, amber and blue beacons from official vehicles of all state ministers, MLAs, bureaucrats and political appointees. The beacons would be allowed only on official vehicles of the chief minister, judges of The Punjab and Haryana High Court, and ambulances and fire tenders. The Congress had promised abandoning the VIP culture in its election manifesto.
- The state has also decided to scrap the practice of laying of foundation stones while inaugurating public projects. According to the government spokesperson, the protocol of laying foundation stones and inaugurations by legislators and ministers would be clearly defined and laid down, ensuring respect for all citizens, Manpreet Badal told The Indian Express.
- The Cabinet decided to constitute a sub-committee to assess the quantum of agriculture debt on farmers and suggest ways and means to waive off the loan. The committee would be asked to submit its report in 60 days, Manpreet Badal said.
- The Cabinet decided to provide one house to every freedom fighter and allocate 300 units of free electricity every month. Freedom fighters will also be provided one out-of-turn tubewell connection and would be exempted from toll tax.
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Besides these six important decisions, FM Manpreet Badal said a new transport policy will also be introduced in next meeting to put an end to the monopoly on private buses cartel.