Cabinet approves convening of Punjab Assembly session
The cabinet under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann approved convening the fifth session of the 16th Punjab Assembly on November 28 and 29. The decision in this regard was taken in the cabinet meeting held on Monday under the leadership of the Chief Minister in his office at Punjab Civil Secretariat-1 here. The session will begin on November 28 by paying tribute to the departed souls and the business of this two-day session will be decided soon by the Business Advisory Committee.
The Cabinet also approved creation and filling of nine posts of technical cadre by direct recruitment in Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Sports University, Patiala. Among these posts, there will be one post of Assistant Manager, two posts of Programmer, two posts of Technical Assistant and Clerk-cum-Data Entry Operator. The University was established with the objective of raising the standards of sports in the state through courses, education and training in the field of sports and these posts will facilitate the smooth functioning of the University and the daily functioning of the students.
Punjab Canal and Drainage Bill 2023 approved
The Cabinet also approved the Punjab Canal and Drainage Bill, 2023 to provide for the control and management of canals and drainage in the state of Punjab. Its main objective is to ensure maintenance, repair and timely cleaning of canals, drains and natural water sources to provide canal water for irrigation purposes to farmers and land owners without any interruption. Apart from this, there is a provision in this bill to set up a fair and transparent framework to settle the complaints of water users and other regular restrictions against unnecessary wastage of water.
Green signal to close down PSSWB
The Punjab Cabinet also approved closure of the Punjab State Social Welfare Board (PSSWB) and merger of its headquarters including employees, pensioners and staff of five ICDS blocks with the Department of Social Security, Women and Child Development.
Approval to send and cancel cases for upcoming release of prisoners
The Cabinet approved sending a case for remission of life imprisonment of a prisoner detained in the state jail, while four other such cases were cancelled. After the approval of the Cabinet under Section 163 of the Indian Constitution, these special exemption advance release cases will be sent to the Governor of Punjab for consideration under Section 161 of the Indian Constitution.
Administrative report of tourism department approved
The Punjab Cabinet also approved the Annual Administrative Report of the Department of Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Archeology and Museums, Punjab for the year 2021-2022.