August 05, 2020 05:36 PM


Chandigarh (Face2News)

While extending the Ayushman Bharat – Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana (AB-SSBY) for one year, the Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday decided to bring state government employees/pensioners and employees of non-government organized sectors, including private sector/boards and corporations, into the fold of the health insurance cover. 

The Department of Health and Family Welfare has been asked to prepare a detailed proposal for inclusion of the new categories into the ambit of the scheme, which provides insurance cover of Rs.5 lakh per family per year for 42.27 lakh poor and other families. The scheme will now be extended from August 20, 2020 to August 19, 2021, as per the Cabinet decision. 

After the meeting of the state cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, a spokesperson said of the 42.27 lakh families current under the scheme’s cover, 14.86 lakh poor families had been identified as per the 'Socio-Economic Caste Census' (SECC) of 2011. Of the remaining 16.30 lakh families are Smart Ration Card holder families, and 11.10 lakh J-form holder farmers, sugarcane growers having weighment slips, construction workers, accredited journalists' families and small traders' families. 

Notably, the Cabinet has given approval for extension of Ayushman Bharat – Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana for the next policy plan period i.e. August 20, 2020 to August 19, 2021 at the tendered premium rate of Rs. 1100 per family per year, by IFFCO-Tokio General Insurance Company Ltd., selected through tendering process. The total estimated cost of premium, i.e. Rs. 464.98 Cr, @ Rs. 1100 per family per year, to be shared amongst the Center, State Treasury, and the participating departments (Punjab Mandi Board, Building and Construction Workers’ Welfare Board, Excise and Taxation Department, PUNMEDIA), is Rs. 98.07 Cr., Rs. 244.71 Cr. and Rs. 122.18 Cr. respectively. 


The Punjab Cabinet led by the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday gave its approval for Rs.501.07 crore expenditure incurred so far by the State Government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that out of Rs.501.07 crore, Rs.76.07 crore was spent by the Health Sector Response & Procurement Committee for purchase of various equipment &relief, while Rs.425 crore was spent by various departments out of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and budgetary resources set aside for the management and control of the pandemic. 

Giving the break-up of the provisional expenditure of Rs.425 crore incurred by the various departments, the spokesperson said that Rs.131.99 crore was by the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Rs. 36.16 crore by Medical Education & Research, Rs.3.77 crore by Transport, Rs.10.12 crore by Information & Public Relations, Rs.10.11 crore by Rural Development, Rs.14.04 crore by Social Security, Women & Child Development, Rs.45.05 crore by PWD, 0.11 crore by Jails, Rs.78.2 crore by Food & Civil Supplies, Rs.12.65 crore by Deputy Commissioners on the development, operation & maintenance of COVID care centres in state, Rs.4.86 crore by Water Supply & Sanitation, Rs.3.62 crore by Home, Rs.8.79 crore by Local Government and Rs.65.22 crore by Deputy Commissioners. 

The State Government had allotted funds totaling Rs. 470 crores out of SDRF and budgetary sources for Covid fight, of which 90.42% has already been spent. The allocation was for management and control of the pandemic; augmentation of the health infrastructure including procurement of state of the art medical equipment for enhanced testing; provision of protective gear for frontline workers, for better case management setting up and designating healthcare facilities as Level-I, Level-II and Level-III depending on the requirement of care, to ensure relief to those who were impacted by the lockdown and lost their livelihoods and to ensure return of stranded migrants to their homes. 

Apart from this, a sum of Rs.76.07 crore was spent by the Health Sector Response & Procurement Committee on the purchase of equipment for the Health & Family Welfare Department, Medical Education and Police Departments, including PPE Kits, N95 Masks, Triple Layer Masks & VTM Kits. The committee made these purchases on exigency basis since the Covid-19 situation called for the immediate measures to be undertaken. 

Notably, the Health Sector Restructuring Procurement Committee was constituted on March 28, 2020, under the Chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary, Governance Reforms, to make an assessment on realistic basis on the requirements of PPEs and all the other necessary material and equipment required to effectively control the Covid-19 pandemic and take speedy decisions for ensuring timely procurement of the same. 

PUNJAB GOVT ALLOWS AUTOMATIC RENEWAL OF LICENCSE FACILITY TO AVAIL 2% ADDITIONAL GSDP BORROWING · CABINET ALSO GIVES NOD FOR INDUSTRIES TO MAINTAIN ELECTRONIC/DIGITAL REGISTER: To become eligible to avail Additional Borrowing of 2% of GSDP in 2020-21, and to further boost ease of doing business, the Captain Amarinder Singh government has decided to allow facility of Automatic Renewal of Licence and Maintenance of Register in Electronic/Digital Format to the industries. 

The state cabinet, which met under the Chief Minister through Video Conference on Wednesday, approved necessary amendments to the Factories Act, 1948 and Punjab Factory Rules, 1952. 

As per the new Rule, a licence shall be renewed for one year digitally through automation mode if there is no change in particulars of licence from the previous granted/renewed licence and other conditions required by Government. 

Disclosing this, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s office said that the move was in line with the directives of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, for eligibility to procure Additional Borrowing of 2% of GSDP in 2020-21, subject to implementation of specific State Level Reforms by January 31, 2021. Automatic renewal of certificates/licences required by Business Entities is one of the reforms. 

It was mandatory, therefore, to change the Rules for providing automatic approvals to avail of the additional 2% borrowing, said the spokesperson. 

At present, there is no provision of Automatic Renewal of Licence under Punjab Factory Rules, 1952, so a new Rule is to be inserted in Punjab Factory Rules, 1952 to give such facility to the industries in the State. Accordingly, the Cabinet has given the nod for insertion of new Rule 10-A, related to the “Automatic Renewal of Licence” under Factories Act, 1948/Punjab Factory Rules, 1952. 

Likewise, acceding to the demand of industries in wake of technological upgradation across various platforms, new Rule 114 in the Punjab Factory Rules, 1952, with regard to maintenance of different prescribed registers under Factories Act, 1948 and Punjab Factory Rules, 1952 in electronic/digital format, has also been inserted. 


Meanwhile, to ramp up the civic infrastructure and improve the quality of public life in 167 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), the Cabinet has okayed release of Rs.1046 crore of funds to the Local Government Department under the Punjab Urban Environment Improvement Programme (PUEIP) Phase-II. 

The Punjab Government had initiated PUEIP in the Financial Year 2019-20 to improve the infrastructure related to roads, drains, street lights, solid waste management and construction & maintenance of parks etc., to ensure better quality of life of residents in 167 ULBs, and had sanctioned Rs.298.75 crore for this programme. 


The Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday approved the Four Year Strategic Action Plan (4SAP) 2019-23 and Annual Action Plan 2019-20 of six departments, taking the total number of state departments which such plans in place to 24. 

The departments for which the plans have been given the nod today are Social Justice Empowerment & Minorities, Governance Reforms & Public Grievances, Power, Higher Education & Languages, Revenue, Rehabilitation and Disaster Management, Information Technology and Key Performance Parameters (KPPs). 

According to a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office, the KPPs for Government Officials, as per the Four Year Strategic Action Plan and Annual Action Plan, are focused upon goals, targets and performance parameters of each government official, for the 4-year-period 2019-2023 and for 2019-2020, respectively. The performance parameters prescribed in the Four Year Action Plan for every key personnel responsible for execution of the department's policies, programmes and schemes shall be monitored through the online SDG Monitoring System. The performance on the KPPs shall be reflected in the Annual Performance Appraisal Reports of the Key Personnel as per targets assigned to them. 

The state government has adopted the SDGs to take up proper planning, implementation and monitoring of the progress of realisation of the SDGs for optimal results. Till now, 4SAP of 24 departments have been prepared and approved by the Cabinet. The allocations for Annual Action Plan 2021-22 and Revised Estimates for 2020-21 would be decided on the basis of 4SAP 2019-23 of the Administrative Departments. 

The key parameters are in line with the United Nations 2030 Development Agenda, the associated 169 Targets and 306 Indicators, which comprehensively cover social, economic and environmental dimensions and build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While the MDGs target low handing fruit, the SDGs are ambitious, have a much wider sweep, and call for concerted efforts on the part of all stakeholders. 

Detailed guidelines have already been issued to the Administrative Departments for the preparation of the Strategic Action Plan. The Administrative Departments are required to finalise Four Year Strategic Action Plan (4SAP)- 2019-2023 and Annual Action Plan 2019-2020, with the approval of the Minister In-charge and submit the same to the Planning Department.

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