CABINET GIVES NOD FOR AMENDING PUNJAB RIGHT TO BUSINESS RULES, 2020 TO FACILITATE EXPANSION BY EXISTING INDUSTRIAL UNITS

GREEN SIGNAL FOR CREATING 810 POSTS FOR SUBORDINATE COURTS OF THE STATE INCLUDING POSTS OF 25 ADDITIONAL DISTRICT & SESSIONS JUDGES AND 80 CIVIL JUDGES

ACCORDS APPROVAL TO AMEND PUNJAB AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE MARKETS ACT- 1961

Chandigarh, June 24:In order to give further fillip to industrial development in the state, the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday gave nod for amending the Punjab Right to Business Rules, 2020 to include expansion by existing units under the purview of the Punjab Right to Business Act 2020.

A decision to this effect was taken in the meeting of the council of Ministers held here at the Punjab Civil Secretariat-I under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister.

Divulging the details, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that to promote Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) in the state, the Punjab Right to Business Act, 2020 was notified on February 6, 2020 and subsequently the Punjab Right to Business Rules, 2020 were also notified on July 29, 2020. These were applicable to the newly incorporated Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Punjab. But the new amendment in the Punjab Right to Business Act, 2020 will provide an enabling ecosystem for self declaration, exemptions; expedite approvals and inspections for existing MSMEs too, for expanding and operating in the state.

But with this significant move all the existing enterprises undertaking expansion will be eligible to get certificate of in-principle approval for seven services covered under the Act. As per the amendment, the existing MSMEs undertaking expansion will be able to fast track completion of their expansion after grant of certificate of in-principle approval within five working days to existing units in Focal points and within 20 working days to existing units outside the Focal points.

APPROVAL FOR CREATING 810 POSTS FOR SUBORDINATE COURTS

The Cabinet also accorded approval for creating 810 posts for subordinate courts of the state including posts of 25 Additional District and Sessions Judges and 80 Civil Judges (Junior Division) cum Judicial Magistrates including posts of the supporting staff. This move will significantly help in setting up of new courts in the state thereby facilitating people by expeditiously disposing off pending court cases in the subordinate courts. The creation of these new posts will also create new employment opportunities for the youth besides strengthening the judiciary system in the state, added the spokesperson.

The Cabinet also gave green signal to the framing of the Punjab Water Resources, Research, “Group A” Services Rules, 2022. It may be recalled that keeping in view administrative needs of Punjab Water Resources department nine posts of Research Officers and 26 posts of Assistant Research Officers were sanctioned but there was no clarity about direct/ promotion quota ratio in the existing rules. This move will now help in meeting the administrative requirements of the department to serve the people of state efficaciously.

The Cabinet also approved negotiating and signing of the Building Fiscal and Institutional Resilience for Growth (BFAIR) project with Department of Economic Affairs, Government of India and World Bank (International Bank for reconstruction and Development). This project will help the state government in bringing key reforms across the state and city level in coming five years (2022-2027) covering five administrative departments as implementing agencies.

APPROVES TO AMEND PUNJAB AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE MARKETS ACT

The Cabinet also accorded approval to amend the Section 12 of the Punjab Agricultural Produce Markets Act-1961 for making provision to appoint administrators by superseding existing nominated Market Committees. As per the decision, the State Government will appoint administrators in place of dissolved Market Committees, who shall exercise powers and perform duties of Market Committees for a period of one year or till the nomination of new Market Committees, whichever is earlier. Pertinently, at present there are 156 Market Committees in the state with nominated Chairman, Vice Chairman and Members but to implement the policies and programs of government expeditiously and efficaciously, it has became desirable to appoint administrators in these market committees by superseding the present incumbents.

NOD TO ANNUAL ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS OF DPI (COLLEGES), LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT AND TOURISM AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS

The Punjab Cabinet also approved Annual Administrative Reports of the DPI (Colleges) for the year 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21, Language Department, Punjab for the year 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 besides that of Department of Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Archives and Museums of Punjab for 2020-21.

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CABINET GIVES NOD FOR TABLING THE WHITE PAPER ON THE FINANCES OF THE STATE IN THE CURRENT SESSION OF THE VIDHAN SABHA

CLEARS TABLING OF THE BUDGET ESTIMATES FOR THE YEAR 2022-23 BEFORE THE HOUSE

GREEN SIGNAL TO AMEND PUNJAB FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND BUDGET MANAGEMENT ACT, 2003

Chandigarh, June 24:The Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday gave nod for tabling the White Paper on the Finances of the state in the house during the current session of the Vidhan Sabha.

Divulging the details, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that a decision to this effect was taken by the council of Ministers during its meeting chaired by the Chief Minister here at the Punjab Civil Secretariat-I.

The spokesperson said that the ‘White Paper’ on state’s finances is an attempt to simplify the complex issues being faced by the Punjab government and clearly apprising the common man of the present situation inherited by the incumbent Government. This white paper primarily contains four chapters that bring out historic patterns and present status of financial indicators, debt position and financial health of the state PSUs. The White Paper will also comment upon the possible way forward for the resurgence of fiscal health of the state.

The Cabinet also cleared the tabling of the Budget estimates for the year 2022-23 in the ongoing budget session of the Vidhan Sabha. The budget estimates have been prepared meticulously after due consultation with all the stakeholders including common citizens and others who gave their suggestions through emails, letters and direct communication. The Budget proposals have incorporated all the relevant fiscal indicators such as Revenue Receipts, Capital Receipts, Revenue Expenditure, Capital Expenditure, Revenue Deficit, Fiscal Deficit and Outstanding debt.

The Cabinet also accorded green signal for amending Section 4 in sub section 2 for clause (a) of the Punjab Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003. This will help in availing the benefit of Normal Net Borrowing ceiling of 3.5% of the projected Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP), extra borrowing ceiling equivalent to contribution under National Pension Scheme (NPS), carrying forward its unutilized borrowing out of the borrowing ceiling allowed for the previous years and availing 50 year interest free loan under scheme for special assistance to states for Capital Investment for 2022-23 during the current fiscal.

The Cabinet also cleared tabling CAG Audit Reports for the year 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21, Performance Audit of Efficacy of Implementation of the Constitution (74th Amendment) Act 1992 (April 2015- March 2020), Performance Audit of Direct Benefit Transfer (Cash Transfer) (April 2017 to July 2020), Annual Technical Inspection Report on Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies for period April 2016 to March 2019, Performance Audit of Outcomes of Higher Education in Punjab (April 2015 to March 2020) and Finance Accounts, Appropriation Accounts for year 2019-20 and 2020-21 of Punjab government before Punjab Vidhan Sabha in current session.

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CM LEADS PUNJAB VIDHAN SABHA IN OBITUARY REFERENCES TO NOTED PERSONALITIES

Chandigarh, June 24:Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, on Friday, led the Vidhan Sabha in paying tribute to eminent personalities, freedom fighters, political personalities and noted Punjab Singer, who had passed away since the last session of the Assembly.

On the first day of Budget session of 16th Punjab Vidhan Sabha, the House paid respects to Former Ministers Hardipinder Singh Badal and Jathedar Tota Singh besides Formers MLAs Sukhdev Singh Sukhladhi and Shingara Ram Sahungra. The House also paid tribute to the Freedom Fighters Tara Singh, Swarn Singh, Crora Singh and Sukhraj Singh Sandhawalia, who played a pivotal role in emancipating the country from the clutches of British imperialism.

Meanwhile, the House also paid homage to mountaineer Gurcharan Singh Bhangu Arjun Awardee who was bestowed this prestigious award in 1965 for successfully climbing the highest peak of the World, Mount Everest and great Athlete Hari Chand Arjun Awardee who brought laurels for country in field of athletics.

The House also paid tributes to the famous Punjabi Singer Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu (Sidhu Moosewala) who had carved a niche for himself in the vast field of music and entertainment. House also paid homage to former Junior Vice President of SGPC and eminent Sikh personality Principal Surinder Singh.

A two-minute silence was observed in the memory of departed souls as a mark of respect during the obituary references.

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REMNANTS OF PINDA GANG IN POLICE NET, 13 SHOOTERS AMONG 19 HELD

— 11 weapons, 2 vehicles, and foreign currency of Rs 8 Lakh also seized

— 13 arrested shooters are history-sheeters, facing over 24 criminal cases in Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Ferozepur, Tarn Taran, and Bathinda, says SSP Jalandhar Rural Swapan Sharma

CHANDIGARH/JALANDHAR, June 24:After a three-week-long operation, the Jalandhar Rural Police have successfully busted an extortion and arms smuggling racket affiliated to the Pinda Gang with the arrest of all the 13 gang members— all are trained shooters and six others involved in harboring and providing logistic support, said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Swapan Sharma here on Friday.

A close aide of Gangster Vicky Gounder, Palwinder Singh alias Pinda, whose role was also emerged in the Nabha Jail break, is said to be the Kingpin of the gang and was apparently handling the gang with the help of Paramjit alias Pamma, a native of Shahkot, Jalandhar and currently residing in Greece.

The 13 arrested shooters have been identified as Sunil Masih @ Jeuna, Ravinder @ Ravi, Pradeep Singh, Manjinder @ Shavi, and Sukhman Singh @ Subha, all of Lohian, Jalandhar; Sandeep @ Dilli, Major Singh, Aprail Singh @ Shera, Balwinder @ Guddha and Salinder Singh, all of Nakodar, Jalandhar; Satpal @ Satta of Makhu, Ferozepur; Devinderpal Singh @ Deepu and Satwant Singh @ Jagga of Shahkot, Jalandhar. All these arrested persons are history-sheeters and have been facing criminal cases of heinous crimes including murder, attempt to murder, extortion, and arms smuggling.

While, six other persons, who were arrested for harboring and providing logistic support, have been identified as Amarjeet alias Amar of Dharamkot, Balbir Masih, Erik and Badal, trio residents of Lohian, Harwinder Singh of Shahkot, and Bachittar Singh of Kapurthala.

The police have also recovered nine weapons including Seven .32 bore Pistols, Three .315 bore Pistols, one .315 bore gun, and one .12 bore gun, and two vehicles including Toyota Innova and Mahindra XUV 500, besides, foreign currency amounting to Rs 8 lakhs from their possession.

The SSP said that Paramjit alias Pamma used to finance the gang and used to send foreign currency via Hawala to Amarjit alias Amar, who further used to distribute among the gang members to carry out various criminal activities.

He said that the gang is active for the last six years and has been involved in organized extortion, armed highway robbery, land mafia and weapon smuggling from Madhya Pradesh.

“With the arrest of this group, the Police have also been able to crack three blind cases of including murder, extortion, and Highway Armed Robbery occurred in Jalandhar and Bathinda,” said Swapan Sharma, while adding that of total 19 arrested persons, at least 12 were wanted by the Police in eight criminal cases.

---------ECI continues to nudge Registered Unrecognised Political Parties (RUPPs)

for ensuring due regulatory compliances

111 more RUPPs deleted from the list and benefits under the Symbols Order (1968) withdrawn

The Election Commission of India issued an order dated May 25, 2022 to nudge the Registered Unrecognised Political Parties (RUPPs) for ensuring due compliances after Commission's meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar along
with Election Commissioner Shri Anup Chandra Pandey.

In the said order, Chief Electoral Officers were directed to initiate action for enforcing due compliances by RUPPs for relevant sections 29A and
29C of the RP Act 1951.

As a follow up to the 25th May, 2022 decision to delete the 87 non-existent RUPPs, in the second phase of the current exercise, the Commission today decided to delete 111 additional RUPPs from the register. These 111 RUPPs, whose address of communication,
was statutorily required as registration requirement under section 29A(4); any change in address was required to be communicated to the ECI under section 29A(9), which they have not complied with.

CEOs have reported that these RUPPs either have been found to be non-existent on verification or the letters issued by them, in pursuance to the Commission's order dated 25.05.2022 have returned undelivered by the postal department. Commission further decided
that any party aggrieved from this, may approach the concerned Chief Electoral Officer/ Election Commission within 30 days of the issue of this order along with all evidences of existence, other legal and regulatory compliances including year wise annual audited accounts, contribution report, expenditure report, updation of office bearers including authorised signatories for financial transactions (including

bank account). The segregated list of such RUPPs shall be sent to respective CEOs and CBDT for requisite action under extant legal framework.

Further, a reference has also been sent to the Department of Revenue for necessary legal & criminal action against 3 RUPPs involved in serious financial impropriety. A list of 1897, 2202 and 2351 RUPPs for
non-submission of Contribution Reports in FY 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 respectively has also been shared for taking all consequential action as per RP Act 1951 read with the relevant provisions of the IT Act 1961. A list of 66 RUPPs which have claimed income tax exemption without submitting contribution reports as
mandated under section 29C of the Act has also been shared with the Revenue Department.

This exercise which commenced on May 25, 2022 will continue to be in operation and will be systematically followed up.

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Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab

Media Bulletin COVID-19

24th June 2022 (05:00 PM)

Sr.No.

Description

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

1

Total Samples taken

815785

*19804657

2

Total No. of patients tested Positive

2816

761884

3

No. of patients discharged

2118

743368

4

Total Deaths reported

18

17764

5

Sample collected on the day

10494

6

Test conducted on the day

12220

7

Positive cases on the day

144

8

Number of active Cases

752

9

No. of Patients on oxygen support

17

10

Patients at critical care Level-3 facilities

5

11

Patients who are critical and on ventilator support

1

12

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

1

13

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

218668

14

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

17

15

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

1117474

16

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

24

17

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

210595

18

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

131

19

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

1013903

20

Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

826

21

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose

8324784

22

Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

9953

23

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose

7420667

24

18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

1961

25

Total 18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose

12587023

26

18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

19302

27

Total 18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose

10177627

28

15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

612

29

Total 15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose

1084474

30

15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

3088

31

Total 15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 2nddose

751691

32

12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

1013

33

Total 12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose

593367

34

12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 2nddose on the day

2934

35

Total 12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose

326524

36

Precautionary dose given on the day

5911

37

Total Precautionary dose given

722895

38

Total Vaccination 1st dose on the day

2805

39

Total Vaccination 2nd dose on the day

29410

40

Total Vaccination 1st and 2nd dose on the day

32215

*After reconciliation of data, 9 samples added.

On 24th June 2022

1.

Number of New patients admitted in ICU

2

(Jalandhar-1, Ludhiana-1)

2.

Number of New patients put on ventilator support

Nil

3.

Number of New patients discharged

109

(Amritsar-3, Barnala-1, Bathinda-3, Faridkot-3, Ferozepur-1, FG. Sahib-5, Gurdaspur-1, Hoshiarpur-1, Jalandhar-2, Kapurthala-1, Ludhiana-31, Pathankot-3, Patiala-9, Ropar-5, Sangrur-2, SAS Nagar-32, Tarn Taran-6)

4.

Number of New deaths reported

1

(SAS Nagar-1)

Patients reported Positive on 24th June 2022 - 144

District

Number of Cases

Positivity

Case

Details

Remarks

SAS Nagar

39

5.11%

39 New Cases

763 Samples Tested

Ludhiana

25

0.54%

25 New Cases

4604 Samples Tested

Patiala

15

3.63%

15 New Cases

413 Samples Tested

Jalandhar

13

1.21%

13 New Cases

1078 Samples Tested

Amritsar

9

0.67%

9 New Cases

1351 Samples Tested

Bathinda

7

2.27%

7 New Cases

308 Samples Tested

Fazilka

7

7 New Cases

18 Samples Tested

Faridkot

4

2.25%

4 New Cases

178 Samples Tested

Gurdaspur

4

2.38%

4 New Cases

168 Samples Tested

Hoshiarpur

4

1.12%

4 New Cases

358 Samples Tested

Ferozepur

3

1.72%

3 New Cases

174 Samples Tested

FG Sahib

3

1.36%

3 New Cases

220 Samples Tested

Kapurthala

3

1.09%

3 New Cases

276 Samples Tested

Mansa

2

0.68%

2 New Cases

295 Samples Tested

Ropar

2

0.58%

2 New Cases

347 Samples Tested

Moga

1

0.37%

1 New Case

267 Samples Tested

Pathankot

1

0.97%

1 New Case

103 Samples Tested

Sangrur

1

0.36%

1 New Case

275 Samples Tested

Tarn Taran

1

0.17%

1 New Case

603 Samples Tested

Barnala

0

0.00%

Nil

118 Samples Tested

Malerkotla

0

0.00%

Nil

0 Samples Tested

Muktsar

0

0.00%

Nil

171 Samples Tested

SBS Nagar

0

0.00%

Nil

132 Samples Tested

On the Day Punjab

144

1.18%

Cumulative Cases: -

S. No.

District

Total Confirmed Cases

Total Cured

Total Deaths

Total Active Cases

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

1

Ludhiana

456

110232

317

107806

9

2288

138

2

SAS Nagar

837

96526

619

95152

3

1151

223

3

Jalandhar

234

78504

177

76877

1

1579

48

4

Patiala

338

62369

273

60845

0

1457

67

5

Amritsar

147

59544

112

57820

1

1683

41

6

Bathinda

121

50989

70

49848

0

1088

53

7

Hoshiarpur

93

40933

87

39819

0

1096

18

8

Gurdaspur

42

26981

31

26104

1

865

12

9

Pathankot

82

24611

71

24104

0

495

12

10

Fazilka

54

23451

51

22890

0

545

16

11

Muktsar

20

22574

18

22028

0

539

7

12

Kapurthala

58

22093

51

21503

1

583

7

13

Ropar

61

17999

45

17528

0

455

16

14

Ferozepur

35

17934

24

17384

0

537

13

15

Mansa

15

17243

6

16842

1

393

8

16

Faridkot

75

16858

48

16489

0

338

31

17

Sangrur

14

14323

7

13580

0

735

8

18

SBS Nagar

29

13431

31

13019

0

409

3

19

FG Sahib

56

11890

34

11514

0

354

22

20

Moga

16

11004

12

10743

1

255

6

21

Tarn Taran

15

10912

12

10517

0

394

1

22

Barnala

9

7506

13

7156

0

349

1

23

Malerkotla

9

3977

9

3800

0

176

1

Total

2816

761884

2118

743368

18

17764

752

*After reconciliation of data, 9 confirmed cases added in districts (Barnala-1 & FG. Sahib-8).

*After reconciliation of data, 3 case excluded from district (Fazilka-1, Pathankot-2).