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PUNJAB CABINET APPROVES AMENDMENTS TO VARIOUS RULES FOR MORE EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS

July 15, 2020 07:06 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

The Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday approved amendments to various rules across departments for their more efficacious functioning.

The Cabinet, led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, approved Group ‘A’ Service Rules of Punjab Commissioners' Offices to include the officials drawing grade pay of Rs. 5000 and above in Group ‘A’ service. This decision has been taken as per the proposal mooted by the Personnel Department on the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission. With the framing of the Commissioners’ Offices (Group-A) Service Rules 2020, now the necessary conditions for services of these officials would be implemented.

The Council of Ministers further cleared the amendment of Rule 14 (2) of the Punjab Superior Judicial Services Rules, 2007. According to the amendment, the candidates recruited through direct recruitment from the Bar Council in the Superior Judicial Services of the State would be given the benefits of additional increments while fixing their basic salary on the basis of their practical experience as advocates at the Bar Council.

The Cabinet also approved amendments proposed in rule 8, Appendix A and Appendix B of Punjab Home Guards and Civil Defence (Group A) Service Rules, 1988, whereby Commandant, General Home Guard and Director Civil Defence has been re-designated as Additional Commandant General, Punjab Home Guard and Additional Director, Civil Defence. This decision would enable the departmental officers to rise up to the level of Additional Commandant General in the existing pay scale of Commandant General and the powers of Commandant General shall be exercised by DGP Home Guards and Director Civil Defence.

The Council of Ministers further cleared the amendment of Rule 14 (2) of the Punjab Superior Judicial Services Rules, 2007. According to the amendment, the candidates recruited through direct recruitment from the Bar Council in the Superior Judicial Services of the State would be given the benefits of additional increments while fixing their basic salary on the basis of their practical experience as advocates at the Bar Council.

In a bid to afford more employment opportunities to sportspersons, the Cabinet decided to amend the Rule 2 (d) (a) of "The Punjab Recruitment of Sportsmen Rules, 1988", to update the definition of sportsman. With this decision, Gold, Silver and Bronze medallists in National Games/Senior National Championships/recognised International Tournaments would be eligible for recruitment for Class I and II posts.

Meanwhile, in another decision, the Cabinet approved the extension of services of Chief Engineer, Civil Aviation Kanwardeep Singh for a period of three years from June 10, 2020 to June 9, 2023, since his present contract has expired on June 9, 2020. The extension has been granted to Kanwardeep Singh in view of the continued requirement of safely handling VVIP flying operations and supervision of the maintenance of the Government of Punjab Bell 429 Helicopter. 

CABINET OKAYS RESTRUCTURING OF WATER RESOURCES DEPT. FOR MORE EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT,  ALSO GIVES NOD TO FILL 70 POSTS IN PWRDA ON CONTRACT/DEPUTATION BASIS

To bring greater efficiencies into its functioning, the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday approved the restructuring of Water Resources Department, while giving the nod to filling up 70 posts in the Punjab Water Regulation and Development Authority (PWRDA) on contract/deputation basis. 

The restructuring of the department will involve cutting down of sanctioned strength of 24,263 employees to 15,606. Incidentally, only 17,499 of the sanctioned posts are filled up at present. 

The entire restructuring plan would result in saving Rs.71 crore per annum, said an official spokesperson. 

Notably, Water Resources Department (formerly Irrigation Department) was set up way back in 1849. Over time, the scope and nature of work carried out by the Department has expanded from construction of Dams, Canals and Drains to cover Operation, Maintenance, Management and Improvement of its existing assets and focus on micro irrigation and conservation of water, especially ground water. 

The cabinet also felt the need for introduction of technology oriented skills in the department in the present dynamic environment. Further, change in water resources management, including its regulation, has also necessitated restructuring and reorientation of the department. To efficiently utilize official machinery, the Department of Mines and Geology has already been merged with Water Resources Department as both these departments have largely the same geographical jurisdiction i.e. rivers and dams. 

The restructuring would also help in achieving optimal utilisation of staff through placement as per ground level needs, besides making offices paperless, services online and digitalisation of old records and creating Management Information System (MIS) for efficient working and planning. Further, the proposed creation of Central Planning and Design Organisation (CPDO) for in-house design purposes and providing external consultancy to other departments and organisations and the State Dam Safety Organisation (SDSO), which is mandatory as per the guidelines of CWC for the rehabilitation of Dams are also the salient features of restructuring plan.

Apart from this, the restructuring would also ensure better handling of increased litigation & arbitration matters and professionalizing the documentation of such cases and protocols, as well as redistribution of works amongst the refurbished administrations in an optimal manner.

 
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