Punjab

PUNJAB CABINET RESTRICTS NUMBER OF FLATS PER ACRE UNDER ECGHS SCHEME, APPROVES 3 PERCENT RESIDENTIAL RESERVATION FOR GOVT EMPLOYEES

September 10, 2019 06:10 PM

PUNJAB FIRST CABINET MEEING IN SULTANPUR LODHI

Sultanpur Lodhi (Face2News)

The Punjab Government on Tuesday took a series of decision with respect to housing allotment, including restriction of flats for allotment of land under ECGHS scheme to 40 per acre and 3% reservation of residential plots for government employees under PUDA and special authorities’ jurisdiction.

The decisions were taken at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

An official spokesperson said after the meeting that the decision to put a curb on per acre flats, allotted to the Employees Cooperative Group Housing Societies (ECGHS) by various development authorities, had been taken in pursuance of the announcement made by Captain Amarinder Singh during his speech in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on February 20, 2018, and in line with the notification issued on October 18, 2018.

Further, in line with the Chief Minister’s approval dated June 15, 2017, the Council of Ministers approved the reservation policy for allotment of land/sites falling under the jurisdiction of PUDA and other Special Authorities. The reservation policy envisages 3% residential plots/houses/apartments for allotment to Government Employees by development authorities, Municipal Corporations, Improvement Trusts or any other Government agency.

Employees of Punjab Government, its Boards and Corporations, Punjab and Haryana High Court, employees/officials of Apex institutions working under Cooperative department of Punjab Government like Markfed, Milkfed, Punjab State Cooperative Bank, Housefed etc, and employees of Universities funded by Punjab Government (except private universities), would be eligible for reservation under the policy. The applicant should have completed at least five years of regular service or should have retired within the last 5 years from the date of commencement of the scheme.

The allotment will be made to only those applicants who do not own any plot/flat in his/her name or in the name of his/her wife/husband or dependent. Further, the applicant should not have ever been allotted residential plot/house under discretionary quote or on the basis of preferences under any scheme.

The applicant will have to submit the application with date of regular joining/retirement duly certifying him being in service from the concerned drawing and disbursing officer (DDO) of the department. 

NEHA SHOREE’S FAMILY TO GET RS 31 LAKH IN SPECIAL FINANCIAL BENEFITS  

Neha shoorie (File)
As a special case, the Punjab Council of Ministers on Tuesday gave ex-post facto approval to disbursement of financial benefits to the tune of nearly Rs. 31 lakh to the legal heirs of late Neha Shoree, Zonal Licensing Drug Authority, Mohali, who was shot dead on duty on March 29, 2019. 

 NEHA SHOREE’S FAMILY TO GET RS 31 LAKH IN SPECIAL FINANCIAL BENEFITS*CABINET OKAYS CREATION OF 24 POSTS OF COURT MANAGER GRADE-II IN SUBORDINATE COURTS*   SLASHES VAT ON NATURAL GAS TO ENCOURAGE INDUSTRIES TO ENCOURAGE ECO-FRIENDLY INDUSTRIAL USE,  CoM ALSO APPROVES EXTENSION OF SUHELEWALA MINOR IN JALALABAD AT A COST OF RS. 1.35 CRORES 

The decision, taken by the cabinet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, sought to mitigate the financial hardships faced by the family of the deceased officer.  The Cabinet felt Neha Shoree had performed her duties fearlessly, with valour, dedication and hard work. It decided, therefore, to grant ex-post facto approval for financial benefits including ex-gratia (Rs. 20 lakh), GIS saving amount Rs. 0.09 lakh besides death-cum-retirement gratuity Rs. 6.99 lakh, leave encashment Rs. 3.28 lakh, GIS Rs. 0.60 lakh, as per rules. 

Neha Shoree was selected as Drug Inspector in the Department of Health and Family Welfare through the Punjab Public Service Commission in the year 2007. She joined Ropar district in October 2007, and in 2013 the department had given her the responsibility of the District Zonal Licensing Authority. On March 29, 2019, while on duty, she was shot dead by a person named Balwinder Singh. 

CABINET OKAYS CREATION OF 24 POSTS OF COURT MANAGER GRADE-II IN SUBORDINATE COURTS  

To facilitate increased efficiency and prompt dispensation of justice by the state’s judicial system, the Punjab Cabinet on Tuesday gave approval for the creation of 24 posts of Court Manager Grade-II in Sub-Ordinate Courts across the state.The move comes in response to a proposal received from the Registrar, the High Court, the Home Affairs and the Justice Department. The proposal sought creation of 24 posts of court managers in the pay scale of 10300-34800+4800. 

Of these, 22 posts would be for Session Divisions while one post each will be for deputation in Chandigarh and in the High Court. The qualification for these posts would be MBA (Master of Business Administration) with specialisation in Human Resource or MBA with specialisation in Court Management (in regular/face to face mode excluding distance education) from a recognised University. The candidate should have working knowledge of computers/information technology, and preference will be given to those with law degree. 

SLASHES VAT ON NATURAL GAS TO ENCOURAGE INDUSTRIES TO ENCOURAGE ECO-FRIENDLY INDUSTRIAL USE,  CoM ALSO APPROVES EXTENSION OF SUHELEWALA MINOR IN JALALABAD AT A COST OF RS. 1.35 CRORES:In a significant decision aimed at encouraging industries to shift to the eco-friendly gas, the Punjab Council of Ministers on Tuesday decided to cut down VAT on Natural Gas, in Gaseous State other than Compressed Natural Gas, from 14.3% to 3.3%. 

Chairing the cabinet meet, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said the move would help cut down on industrial pollution in the state.At present, the rate of VAT on Natural Gas is 13%+10% surcharge i.e. 14.30% in Punjab. The major consumer of Gas is National Fertilisers Limited (NFL), which uses the gas at its plants at Bathinda and Nangal. Natural Gas is also consumed in very small quantity by select industries and the transport sector. 

Before March 2015, VAT rate on Natural Gas was 5.5.%+10% surcharge i.e. 6.05%. From March 2015 onwards, VAT rate on Natural Gas was increased from 6.05% to 14.3%. Due to increase in VAT rate, NFL started interstate billing of Natural Gas, due to which VAT collection on Natural Gas decreased. The VAT collection on natural gas from the years 2014-15 to 2018-19 came down considerably - from Rs. 105.77 crore to Rs. 5.67 crore, which had further shown a steep decline to Rs. 1.84 crore till June 2019, during financial year 2019-20. 

It may be noted that NFL is purchasing natural gas worth Rs. 300 crore per month from Gujarat, on which CST of Rs. 45 crore per month at the rate of 15% is being paid to that state. In case the VAT rate on natural gas is decreased, the natural gas supplier may start billing of natural gas to NFL from Punjab, which can lead to increase in PVAT collection on natural Gas, said an official spokesperson, explaining the rationale behind the Cabinet decision. 

In another decision, the Cabinet also approved the extension of Suhelewala distributory, Jalalabad, at a capital outlay of Rs. 1.35 Crore under the medium irrigation (Plan) Budget grant.

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