AT HALF-WAY MARK, PUNJAB CM DIRECTS MINISTERS TO FORMULATE ACTION PLANS FOR REMAINING TERM OF GOVT.

· ASKS THEM TO ENGAGE MORE CLOSELY WITH MLAs, FOCUS ON KEY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ON THE GROUND

Chandigarh, September 16: With his government completing its half term, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday directed his ministers to draw up comprehensive action plans for their respective departments and engage more closely with the MLAs to give further impetus to the development works in their regions.

The Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers discussed the progress made by the government over the past 30 months, and the way forward, as they geared up to take the state’s development plans forward.

Captain Amarinder expressed satisfaction over the work done so far by all the departments, despite the severe financial crunch faced by his government as a result of the gross mismanagement of the state by the SAD-BJP coalition in the 10 years of their rule.

Terming the half-way mark of his government as “an occasion to stop and review the work of the past and to draw out a detailed strategy for the second half”, the Chief Minister underlined the need to go forward with focused action plans. He asked the Ministers to work closely with the MLAs in their respective areas to get their inputs and feedback on a regular basis. He directed them to pay special attention to the development works identified/initiated by the MLAs in their constituencies.

It was important, said the Chief Minister, to look at the future strategy from both, political and administrative viewpoints. “Politically, we need to identify how to engage better with the people, take our achievements to them, and prioritise their issues that need urgent attention,” Captain Amarinder stressed.

Underpinning the administrative aspect of the government’s role, the Chief Minister urged the Ministers to review their work of the past 30 months from the perspective of the progress made with respect to implementation of the poll promises and manifesto announcements. In this context, he asked them to take particular note of the performance on flagship Government of India programmes and the new legislations/policies of the Government.

Restructuring of the departments and recruitment of critical manpower for smooth and timely execution of policies and projects was identified by the Chief Minister as a crucial focus area for all the Ministers, as the government prepared to move forward even more proactively and aggressively towards the development of the state.

The Chief Minister was of the view that every department should check and review its achievements holistically, with focus on issues that had not been addressed very effectively so far or were yet to be taken up by the government. He emphasized on the importance of ensuring that the aspirations of the people, who continue to have high hopes from the government, are fulfilled completely.

While every member of the government had shown exemplary performance in these 30 months, it was time now to scale up the levels even further, said Captain Amarinder, calling for more hard work, commitment and focused efforts on the part of all the Ministers in leading their respective departments to greater heights.

The Chief Minister reiterated his personal commitment to ensuring that every single of the promises made by his government is fulfilled, in letter and in spirit. While 140 of the 161 announcements of the government had been implemented already, the remaining were also in the process of execution, he said.

Captain Amarinder called for concerted measures to bring Punjab back on the track as India’s leading state, in terms of overall development and across the key indices of health, education, industrialization, agriculture and law & order. While considerable progress had been made on every count, his government was committed to ensuring the highest levels of all-round development for the state and every section of its people, said the Chief Minister.

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STOP LYING & EXPLOITING 550TH PRAKASH PURB FOR PETTY POLITICAL GAINS, SAYS CAPT AMARINDER TO HARSIMRAT

· WRITES AGAIN TO SGPC CHIEF TO JOIN STATE GOVT IN ENSURING COLLECTIVE BEFITTING CELEBRATION OF HISTORIC EVENT

Chandigarh, September 16: Even as he once again wrote to SGPC chief Bhai Gobind Singh Longowal to join the state government’s programme to celebrate the 550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday asked Akali leader Harsimrat Badal to stop exploiting the historic occasion for petty political gains by spreading falsehoods about the important religious event.

Dubbing Harimsrat’s repeated attempts to malign his government with baseless accusations as the brazen lies of an ill-informed woman, the Chief Minister said the union minister was trying to reduce the sacred occasion into a disgraceful saga of fibs and fabrications.

Instead of asking the SGPC, which was a tool in the hands of her Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to extend support to the state-level function, Harimsrat was going all out to drive a deeper wedge between the government and the religious body, said the Chief Minister.

Lambasting Harsimrat over her divisive and provocative statements, Captain Amarinder said the Akali leader’s comments over the last few days had further exposed the party’s cheap mindset and disruptive political agenda. For 10 years they (SAD) leaders) worked to destroy every vestige of Punjab’s socio-economic fiber, and are now trying to push the state back into its dark days with their insensitive and contentious statements, he said.

Harsimrat talks of oneness, unity and peace, but her deeds are in complete variance with her comments, said the Chief Minister, pointing out that the Akalis had reduced the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) into a political instrument for their short-term gains.

His government, said the Chief Minister, had been persistently appealing to all, including the SGPC, to rise above petty differences and celebrate the lifetime event in the spirit of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji’s teachings. However, this does not suit the interests of the Akalis, who are hell-bent on spreading disinformation and disharmony over the issue, he added.

Reiterating his government’s total support to SGPC for the celebrations of the event inside Gurdwara sahibs and properties controlled by the Committee, Capt Amarinder once again appealed to the SGPC chief to join hands with his government to commemorate the grand occasion in a collective spirit of amity and brotherhood, rising above political, social and religious considerations.

In his letter to SGPC chief, the Chief Minister solicited the SGPC chief’s wholehearted support to ensure a befitting celebration for the grand occasion, in line with the ethos and philosophy of universal brotherhood as propounded by the first Sikh Guru.

In continuation of his earlier letter to the SGPC Chief, Captain Amarinder apprised him that state government had, on the directives of Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib, already nominated two Cabinet Ministers Charanjit Singh Channi and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa for inclusion in the joint commemoration committee.

“I had also designated three ministers who had personally met you at your residence on June 29, 2019 to request you on my behalf to come together for this sacred occasion which we all are privileged to witness in our lifetime,” the Chief Minister recalled.

Pointing out that the state government had undertaken various development and infrastructural initiatives leading up to the momentous occasion, Captain Amarinder further mentioned that elaborate programmes had already been finalised by the state government for the event main function, which would be held on November 12, 2019 at the holy city of Sultanpur Lodhi.

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CAPT AMARINDER ORDERS IMMEDIATE STEPS TO FILL UP 16500 VACANCIES, ASKS FOR DEPARTMENT-WISE LISTS TO FILL UP REST

· CABINET DECIDES TO EASE CIVIL SERVICES PERSONNEL RECRUITMENT RULES TO PLUG LONG-PENDING VACANCIES

Chandigarh, September 16: Even as his government on Monday decided to ease recruitment rules to plug certain long-pending vacancies, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh ordered immediate steps to fill up a whopping 16500 vacancies in various departments.

The vacancies to be filled up on priority include 5000 in the Police department, 5300 in Electricity department (PSPCL), 2500 teachers, 2500 paramedic and specialized staff, including doctors and specialists, in Health Department and 1300 in Revenue department. The Chief Minister has also asked the other departments to submit their lists of vacancies without delay so that the process of filling them up could also be initiated immediately.

While bringing more efficiencies into the concerned departments, the move will also generate additional employment in the state, which has witnessed the creation of significant job opportunities through a series of job melas and other initiatives in the past two years, said an official spokesperson after a meeting of the state cabinet, chaired by the chief minister.

The Chief Minister’s directives came even as the Council of Ministers decided to ease the recruitment rules for qualified civil services personnel in the state through amendments to various relevant legislations, thus paving the way for filling posts that remain vacant due to non-availability of suitable candidates. The decision would help resolve the issues related to allocation of services on the basis of Punjab State Civil Services Combined Examination.

According to an official spokesperson, the Council of Ministers approved the proposals mooted by the Personnel Department to bring necessary amendments in the draft notifications of Rule 4 (2) of the Punjab Recruitment of Ex-Servicemen Rules, 1982, Rule 3 (2) of the Punjab Recruitment of Sportsman Rules, 1988, Rule 5 of Punjab State Civil Services (Appointment by Combined Competitive Examination) Rules, 2009 besides insertion of Rule 10 (A) in the Punjab State Civil Services (Appointment by Combined Competitive Examination) Rules, 2009.

The Cabinet also authorized the Chief Minister to approve the final draft of the rules, said the spokesperson.

It may be noted that, in pursuant to the conduct of Punjab Civil Services Combined Competitive Examination-2018, the Punjab Public Service Commission had forwarded the merit lists of candidates to the Government for allocation of services to 72 posts that had been advertised. These included Punjab Civil Services (Executive Branch), Deputy Superintendent of Police, Excise & Taxation Officers, Tehsildar, Food Supply Officer, Block Development & Panchayats Officer, Labour-cum-Conciliation Officer and Employment Generation & Training Officer. Of these, 17 reserved posts remained unfilled due to non-availability of candidates, following which PPSC urged the Government to get them posts filled after taking appropriate decision. The government was informed that similar situations had also occurred in the past since the Rules/Instructions governing such situations were not very clear.

Under the existing rules, different categories of vacant posts, such as those reserved SCs, Balmiki and Mazhabi Sikh and General Category Sportsmen and Ex-Servicemen, were being treated differently. There was ambiguity on whether the unfilled posts of ex-servicemen and sports quota from Balmiki and Mazhabi Sikh category were to be filled from General Pool of Balmiki and Mazhabi Sikh or from General pool of all SC Candidates.

Such situations led to prolonged litigations regarding filling up of these posts. In view of these circumstances, the Personnel Department had proposed that the Rules and Instructions may be modified to make these clear, logical and consistent across all categories of posts, and ensure that the interests of SCs and BCs are duly protected.

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PUNJAB CABINET APPROVES RAISING SC COMMISSION CHAIRPERSON AGE LIMIT TO 72

Chandigarh, September 16: The Council of Ministers on Monday approved raising of the age limit for Chairperson of Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes Act, 2004, from 70 to 72 years.

An Ordinance will be brought to amend Section 4 (1) of the Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes Act, 2004 to bring the change into effect, said an official spokesperson after the Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

At present, the term of the Chairperson’s office is six years or age of seventy years, whichever is earlier.

This decision will help in getting more experienced persons for the post, thus ensuring effective implementation of laws meant to protect and safeguard the interests of the state’s SC communities.

The Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes was constituted under the ‘The Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission Act, 2004’. Regarding the appointment of Chairperson of the Commission, Section 3 (2) (a) of the Act-2004 provides; ‘a chairperson, who shall be an eminent person belonging to Scheduled Castes or a retired officer of the Government of State of Punjab belonging to the Scheduled Castes not below the rank of Principal Secretary, to be appointed by the Government.”

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PUNJAB CABINET OKAYS NEW PERFORMANCE-BASED PADDY CUSTOM MILLING POLICY WITH MORE TEETH TO CHECK RICE DIVERSION

Chandigarh, September 16: The Punjab Cabinet led by Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday approved the Punjab Custom Milling Policy for Paddy (Kharif 2019-20), with more security provisions, including criminal penalty for diversion of rice.

The scheme, aimed at ensuring seamless milling of paddy and smooth delivery of rice to the Central Pool from more than 4000 mills operating in the state, would be followed by state procuring agencies i.e. PUNGRAIN, MARKFED, PUNSUP, and Punjab State Warehousing Corporation (PSWC), as well as the Food Corporation of India and the Rice Millers/their legal heirs. The Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Punjab will act as the Nodal Department.

A spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said the sole criterion for allotment of free paddy to mills during KMS 2019-20 would be the miller's performance in the previous year i.e. KMS 2018-19. An additional percentage-wise incentive would be provided to mills as per their date of delivery of rice against milling of Custom milled paddy, including RO paddy in the previous year.

Mills which had completed their milling by 31st January, 2019 would be eligible for additional 15% of free paddy, the spokesperson said, adding that those who had completed delivery of rice by 28th February, 2019 would get an additional 10% of free paddy.

In order to ensure the security of paddy stocks, millers this year would be required to furnish bank guarantee equal to the value of 5% of acquisition cost of allocable free paddy above 3000 MTs. The move would further enlarge the ambit of guarantee clause to over 1250 more rice mills, taking the total number of such mills to around 1900. In addition, millers will also have to deposit Custom Milling Security at the rate of Rs. 125 for each MT of paddy stored.

To guard against any diversion of NFSA/PDS rice, a provision for initiation of criminal proceedings under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Essential Commodities Act (ECA) has been added in case such practice is detected. The rice miller would be required to ensure that the paddy/rice purchased in his own account and stored in the mill is genuine trade commodity and not diverted from rice meant form the welfare schemes.

The miller would be required to purchase a minimum of 150 MTs of paddy in his own account or he shall deposit Rs. 5 Lac non-refundable and Rs 5 Lac refundable security in lieu of the same. If a miller is an owner/partner of more than one mill, and it comes to notice at any stage that only one mill was being used to mill paddy and deliver rice on behalf of his other mills, all such mills would be blacklisted. The newly established rice mills shall be allocated 2500 MTs of paddy for 1 tonne capacity with subsequent allocation of additional 500 MTs of paddy for every additional tonne of capacity, subject to maximum allocation of 5000 MTs.

For efficient and time-bound redressal of any dispute, an explicit provision of first appeal from orders passed by the District Allotment Committee related to any Clause of policy would lie with Director Food and Supplies and a second appeal therefrom with the Principal Secretary Food and Supplies.

The state is expected to procure 170 Lakh MTs of paddy with total area under paddy sowing being 29 Lakh hectares this year coming down from 31.03 Lakh hectares the previous season. The target was to complete the Custom Milling of Paddy, thereby delivering all due rice to Food Corporation of India, by March 31, 2020.

The surplus paddy within a district or outside would be shifted through the issue of Release Orders (ROs) under the Release Order Scheme, as per which the miller would have to deposit non-refundable fee of Rs. 30/- per MT. In case of shifting of paddy from a paddy surplus or/and milling capacity deficient district such as Amritsar, Fazilka, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Taran Taran, the non-refundable RO fee would be Rs. 15 per MT.

Under the milling schedule prescribed, millers would have to deliver 35% of their total rice due by 31st of December, 2019 and 60% of total rice due by 31st of January, 2020; 80% of total rice due by 28th February, 2020 and total rice due by 31st March, 2020.

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CAPT AMARINDER LED PUNJAB CABINET OKAYS DISINVESTMENT OF 90,90,000 SHARES OF PSIDC IN PACL

· RS. 50 CR EXPECTED TO BE RAISED, WILL BE UTILIZED FOR REPAYMENT OF PSIDC DEBTS

Chandigarh, September 16: In a move expected to generate around Rs 50 crore, the Punjab Government has decided to disinvest 90,90,000 shares of Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC) in M/s Punjab Alkalies and Chemicals Limited (PACL).

The amount realised from the move would be utilized for paying the debts of PSIDC, an official spokesperson said after the cabinet meeting which took the disinvestment decision under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

The company had been incurring heavy losses since 2009-10, with its net worth going in the red and PACL became a sick company. The Board of Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR) registered PACL’s reference as Sick Industrial Company under section 15 (1) of Sick Industrial Companies (Special Provisions) Act, 1985 (SICA) as BIFR Case No.152/2015.

PSIDC had invested a sum of Rs.3045.95 lacs into equity capital of PACL by way of initial Public issue and Right Issue (subscribed on premium). The unit was set-up in Public Sector and after making the public issue the equity share holding of PSIDC was around 42% which has now reduced to around 33.49% due to restructuring of the debt liabilities of the financial institutions and public sector banks.

The Directorate of Disinvestment would initiate the process of disinvestment of PACL, a Public Limited Company formed under the Companies Act, 1956, which commenced operations in January 1984 at two manufacturing units located at Naya Nangal and Rupnagar.

The Directorate of Disinvestment had earlier made four attempts for disinvestments of PSIDC’s equity stake in PACL i.e. in 2002-03, 2004-06, 2009-11 and 2012-15. However, none of these attempts could succeed.

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PUNJAB CABINET OKAYS SETTLEMENT SCHEME FOR DEFAULTING MILLERS IN BID TO REVIVE SICK RICE UNITS

Chandigarh, September 16: In a bid to revive sick rice units, the Punjab Council of Ministers on Monday approved a Dues Recovery & Settlement Scheme 2019-20 for the state’s defaulting rice millers, paving the way for the recovery of a significant portion of the Rs 2041.51 crore outstanding against them on various accounts.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that the millers in default, up to and including crop year 2014-15, shall be eligible to take benefit of this scheme. However, the scheme excludes defaulters who had availed of the OTS scheme of September 2017.

The defaulters would have the option to pay the total recoverable amount, i.e. the principal recoverable plus 10% simple interest per annum, within 30 days from the date of issue of ‘Quantification for Settlement Letter’. They can also choose to pay 50% of the total recoverable amount within 30 days and the balance within 60 days from the date of issue of ‘Quantification for Settlement Letter’ with 6% interest.

Further, 25% of the total recoverable amount can be paid within 7 days from the date of issue of ‘Quantification for Settlement Letter’, with another 25% within 60 days of date of issue of ‘Quantification for Settlement Letter’ with 10% interest. The third instalment of 25% amount would be payable within 90 days with 12% interest and the balance in 120 days with 15% interest.

In the case of undelivered rice pertaining to crop years 1994-95, 2001-02 and 2009-10, the millers would be charged for balance rice as per Schedule 1 prescribed in the scheme. However, for crop years up to 2014-15 (i.e. other than crop years mentioned above), the defaulter miller shall be entitled to claim benefit of quantification of sums due as per the same terms, only in the event that the default by the miller is on account of reasons that cannot be solely attributed to the miller or were beyond the control of the miller, as per recommendation submitted by the District Committee.

A detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for settlement of claims under this scheme would be issued by Director Food & Supplies. The letter for the Final Settlement of account shall be issued by Controller Food Accounts (CFA) after the receipt of 100% of the payment from the miller and completion of all the formalities of the SOP.

A miller against whom decree or arbital award has been passed and its execution proceedings are going on shall also be covered under this scheme, only on the recommendation of the concerned district committee that the recovery of the amount is not possible through execution, sale of assets or as arrears of land revenue.

It may be recalled that the government had recovered Rs. 32.40 Crores against outstanding principal amount from millers through the One Time Settlement Scheme (OTS) issued during September 2017, which had remained operational for six months.

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PUNJAB GOVT. TO EASE CIVIL SERVICES PERSONNEL RECRUITMENT RULES TO FILL UP CERTAIN VACANT POSTS

Chandigarh, September 16: The Punjab government has decided to ease the recruitment rules for qualified civil services personnel in the state through amendments to various relevant legislations, thus paving the way for filling posts that remain vacant due to non-availability of suitable candidates.

The decision, announced after the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, would help resolve the issues related to allocation of services on the basis of Punjab State Civil Services Combined Examination.

According to an official spokesperson, the Council of Ministers approved the proposals mooted by the Personnel Department to bring necessary amendments in the draft notifications of Rule 4 (2) of the Punjab Recruitment of Ex-Servicemen Rules, 1982, Rule 3 (2) of the Punjab Recruitment of Sportsman Rules, 1988, Rule 5 of Punjab State Civil Services (Appointment by Combined Competitive Examination) Rules, 2009 besides insertion of Rule 10 (A) in the Punjab State Civil Services (Appointment by Combined Competitive Examination) Rules, 2009.

The Cabinet also authorized the Chief Minister to approve the final draft of the rules, said the spokesperson.

It may be noted that, in pursuant to the conduct of Punjab Civil Services Combined Competitive Examination-2018, the Punjab Public Service Commission had forwarded the merit lists of candidates to the Government for allocation of services to 72 posts that had been advertised. These included Punjab Civil Services (Executive Branch), Deputy Superintendent of Police, Excise & Taxation Officers, Tehsildar, Food Supply Officer, Block Development & Panchayats Officer, Labour-cum-Conciliation Officer and Employment Generation & Training Officer. Of these, 17 reserved posts remained unfilled due to non-availability of candidates, following which PPSC urged the Government to get them posts filled after taking appropriate decision. The government was informed that similar situations had also occurred in the past since the Rules/Instructions governing such situations were not very clear.

Under the existing rules, different categories of vacant posts, such as those reserved SCs, Balmiki and Mazhabi Sikh and General Category Sportsmen and Ex-Servicemen, were being treated differently. There was ambiguity on whether the unfilled posts of ex-servicemen and sports quota from Balmiki and Mazhabi Sikh category were to be filled from General Pool of Balmiki and Mazhabi Sikh or from General pool of all SC Candidates.

Such situations led to prolonged litigations regarding filling up of these posts. In view of these circumstances, the Personnel Department had proposed that the Rules and Instructions may be modified to make these clear, logical and consistent across all categories of posts, and ensure that the interests of SCs and BCs are duly protected.

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PUNJAB GOVT TO HAVE SPECIAL IT CADRE FOR EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF E-GOVERNANCE PROGRAMME

· CABINET AUTHORISES CM TO SET UP COMMITTEE TO FORMULATE SELECTION & OTHER MODALITIES

Chandigarh, September 16: The Punjab Government will soon have a special IT Cadre for effective implementation of its ambitious e-Governance initiatives as part of the `Digital Punjab’ mission.

The decision to create such a cadre was taken on Monday by the Council of Ministers at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

The selection criteria as well as the management of the cadre for various categories of posts would be finalised by a committee constituted by the Chief Minister. The personnel recruited under the cadre would be deputed to various state government departments for the purpose of extending technical guidance and support for e-governance programme/initiatives.

The cadre will provide technical assistance to the departments involved in the execution of various e-Governance/m-Governance projects by ensuring their timely implementation, as well as support in Business Process Re-engineering and Simplification of the processes. The move will also help foster the state’s IT capabilities by building a cadre of IT professionals to be recruited through a well-structured process, an official spokesperson said after the cabinet meeting.

The need for the cadre was felt by the government on account of the general lack of capacity in various departments for proper implementation of Administrative/Governance Reforms, e-Governance and backend computerisation initiatives. The specialized IT manpower would help the departments coordinate closely with the Department of Governance Reforms, enabling efficacious implementation of Enterprise Architecture and various e-Governance Projects including e-Office.

Notably, the Punjab government envisioned the ‘Digital Punjab’ project to transform the state into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy by transforming the old established physical ways of doing business and providing government services in new ways that are optimised around real-time system.

In furtherance of the Digital Punjab programme, the Punjab Transparency and Accountability of Delivery of Public Services Act, 2018 was enacted with the aim to provide government services within the stipulated time-limits in an electronic manner, by leveraging reforms and emerging technologies.

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PUNJAB SC COMMISSION TAKES SUO-MOTO NOTICE REGARDING AMBEDKAR STATUE DEFACED IN RAJPURA INCIDENT

• Seeks report from DC and SSP Patiala by 20th September

CHANDIGARH, September 16 :The Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission has taken a suo-moto notice of incident of defaced of statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in Rajpura.

Ms Tejinder Kaur Chairperson of the commission said that a statue of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar defaced on saturday night in rajpura. The commission has sought a detailed report from Deputy

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PUNJAB GOVT. TO EASE CIVIL SERVICES PERSONNEL RECRUITMENT RULES TO FILL UP CERTAIN VACANT POSTS

Chandigarh, September 16: The Punjab government has decided to ease the recruitment rules for qualified civil services personnel in the state through amendments to various relevant legislations, thus paving the way for filling posts that remain vacant due to non-availability of suitable candidates.

The decision, announced after the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, would help resolve the issues related to allocation of services on the basis of Punjab State Civil Services Combined Examination.

According to an official spokesperson, the Council of Ministers approved the proposals mooted by the Personnel Department to bring necessary amendments in the draft notifications of Rule 4 (2) of the Punjab Recruitment of Ex-Servicemen Rules, 1982, Rule 3 (2) of the Punjab Recruitment of Sportsman Rules, 1988, Rule 5 of Punjab State Civil Services (Appointment by Combined Competitive Examination) Rules, 2009 besides insertion of Rule 10 (A) in the Punjab State Civil Services (Appointment by Combined Competitive Examination) Rules, 2009.

The Cabinet also authorized the Chief Minister to approve the final draft of the rules, said the spokesperson.

It may be noted that, in pursuant to the conduct of Punjab Civil Services Combined Competitive Examination-2018, the Punjab Public Service Commission had forwarded the merit lists of candidates to the Government for allocation of services to 72 posts that had been advertised. These included Punjab Civil Services (Executive Branch), Deputy Superintendent of Police, Excise & Taxation Officers, Tehsildar, Food Supply Officer, Block Development & Panchayats Officer, Labour-cum-Conciliation Officer and Employment Generation & Training Officer. Of these, 17 reserved posts remained unfilled due to non-availability of candidates, following which PPSC urged the Government to get them posts filled after taking appropriate decision. The government was informed that similar situations had also occurred in the past since the Rules/Instructions governing such situations were not very clear.

Under the existing rules, different categories of vacant posts, such as those reserved SCs, Balmiki and Mazhabi Sikh and General Category Sportsmen and Ex-Servicemen, were being treated differently. There was ambiguity on whether the unfilled posts of ex-servicemen and sports quota from Balmiki and Mazhabi Sikh category were to be filled from General Pool of Balmiki and Mazhabi Sikh or from General pool of all SC Candidates.

Such situations led to prolonged litigations regarding filling up of these posts. In view of these circumstances, the Personnel Department had proposed that the Rules and Instructions may be modified to make these clear, logical and consistent across all categories of posts, and ensure that the interests of SCs and BCs are duly protected.

Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Patiala by September 20, 2019.

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Randhawa demands roll back of proposed service charge on Kartarpur pilgrims

Asks Centre to raise issue with Pakistan at earliest

Lambasts Harsimrat and Sukhbir to be mute spectators


Chandigarh, September 16-Urging the Modi Government to take up the issue of proposed Kartarpur pilgrim fee with Pakistan at the earliest, Punjab Cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Monday suggested that in case the fee was not waived off, the Centre should bear the cost to facilitate all those wanting to pay obesiance at the historic Gurdwara Sahib.


Lambasting the Akalis for trying to indulge in politicking over a sacred matter like this, Randhawa dared both Sukhbir and Harsimrat to at least once prevail over Modi and get this atrocious fee removed.

removed.Badal clan vociferously claims to be the custodians of Sikh religion but when comes to fighting for the issues of the community they are the first ones to renegade, Randhawa stated.

Mincing no words, he said it was shameful that being part of Modi regime Badals had surrendered the interests of Sikh faith at the altar of power. If they are what they claim to be, both Badals should force the Centre to first get the fee scrapped and else make the Centre bear it, Randhawa added.


The momentous occasion of 550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was the one occasion we all were blessed to witness in our lives, Randhawa said adding all should be freely allowed to have khule Darshan deedar.