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

Sultanpur Lodhi, September 10: 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.

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PUNJAB BECOMES FIRST STATE TO SIGN MOU WITH UNION GOVERNMENT FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF GeM ORGANIZATION TRANSFORMATION TEAM (GOTT)-PROJECT MANAGEMENT UNIT (PMU)

CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 10:The Punjab Government had signed a MoU today with the Union Government for establishment of GeM Organization Transformation Team (GOTT)-Project Management Unit (PMU). GOTT will assist the Buyer Departments and agencies to transform their business activities, competencies & models to fully leverage the opportunities of an open market based procurement.

The MoU was inked by Mr. S Suresh Kumar, Joint Secretary cum Additional CEO GeM-SPV, Union Ministry of Commerce & Industries, and Mr. Sibin C., Director, Industries and Commerce, Punjab.

Disclosing this here today, an official spokesperson said that Punjab is an active partner with GeM and has clocked transactions worth Rs. 243.00 cr so far, with overall saving of Rs. 63.00 cr, approximately savings upto 26 percent on procurement.

It is worth mentioning that the Government e Marketing (GeM) is a public procurement portal launched by Government of India in August 2016. It gives transparency and accountability in public procurement which is one of the priorities of Government. The National Portal for Public Procurement has achieved considerable scale in a short span of two years. It has generated more than 19 lakh transactions worth Rs. 36,000 cr. currently, in the country there are more than 10 lakh products offered by over 2.4 lakh vendors and the market is expanding day by day. In addition to the transparency, efficiency and inclusion of MSME vendors offered by the platform, there is an average saving of about 20-25% to the total cost of procurement.

The GeM has provided significant opportunities to MSMEs, Women SHGs and Start Ups to transact successfully with Centre and States and Various agencies. This has boosted the Make in India initiative policy of promoting local MSMEs by providing them a market access.

On the occasion, Mr. Suresh Kumar Joint Secretary cum Additional CEO GeM-SPV, Ministery of Commerce and Industries and Mr. Upmith Singh, Vice President GeM-SPV, represented the Union Government while the Punjab Government was represented by Mr. Sibin C., Director, Department of Industries & Commerce, Punjab, Mr. Vineet Kumar Additional MD, PSIEC cum Special Controller of Stores and Mr. T L Khosla, Additional Controller of Stores and Harinderjit Singh, Assistant Controller, Controller of stores, Punjab.

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

Sultanpur Lodhi, September 10: 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.

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.

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PUNJAB SC COMMISSION TAKES SUO-MOTO NOTICE OF SHERKHAN VILLAGE CLASH

• Seeks report from SSP Firozepur up till September 17

CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 10 :Taking a suo-moto notice of the news published in various newspaper regarding clash between dalit and upper cast communities, the Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission has sought report from Senior Superintendent of Police, Ferozepur.

Divulging further, Commission Chairperson Ms. Tejinder Kaur said that the Senior Superintendent of Police has been asked to submit detailed report up till September 17, 2019.

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‘Best things happen when least expected’, this saying has proved true for 63-year-old Avtar Singh, who won the first prize of Rs. 1.5 crore of Punjab State Rakhi Bumper 2019.

Chandigarh, September 10-‘Best things happen when least expected’, this saying has proved true for 63-year-old Avtar Singh, who won the first prize of Rs. 1.5 crore of Punjab State Rakhi Bumper 2019.

Feeling extremely happy Avtar Singh resident of Patiala said that he had never even dreamed of winning such a big amount in life but Punjab State Rakhi Bumper has made it possible. This time, he bought the ticket after 15 years unwillingly as in past he had never won such a big prize.

Avtar Singh on Tuesday submitted the documents to Punjab State Lotteries Department at Chandigarh for encashment of the prize.

Talking about the future planning, he said that he has two sons. His younger son is studying abroad and his elder son after completing MBA is doing a private job at Patiala. He said that the hefty prize money would be a great help for him to get his sons settled in life and he would also be able to tide over many financial problems after getting the prize money.

Expressing faith in the fair and transparent manner in which Punjab Lotteries Department has announced the draw, the lucky winner said the most joyous thing is that Punjab Lotteries Department always declares its first prizes guaranteed out of the tickets sold to public. Punjab Lotteries Department officials assured the winner Avtar Singh to encashment of the prize money at earliest.