Tribune news service
Chandigarh, January 5th
Cabinet today approved the release and disbursement of Rs 3,000 for each construction worker registered with the Punjab Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board (BOCW) as interim financial relief.
A statement released by the CM office said that given the difficult situation posed by Covid-19, the progress of construction projects in several locations has either stopped or temporarily slowed, severely affecting work across the country. This also affects the livelihood of many construction workers, it said. In addition, new guidelines have been issued with regard to the third wave of Covid-19.
Other cabinet decisions
- Cabinet approves one-time grant of Rs 1,000 per beneficiary in addition to Rs 1,500 monthly pension / grant for widows, destitute women, dependent children and the disabled
- Consent to release Rs25 crore to Guru Ravidass Bani Adhayan Center Committee, Dera Sachkhand, Ballan
In order to provide job opportunities for unemployed youth and ensure the health of state school students, the Cabinet approved the creation of 2,000 PE teacher positions (PTI) by the Department of School Education’s Directorate of Recruitment in the salary matrix of Rs 29,200 per month.
The process of filling these newly created positions would be phased in. The decision would place a financial burden of Rs 70.08 billion a year on the treasury, the statement said. Since these newly appointed employees have to pay a minimum salary of the applicable salary matrix during their probationary period of three years, the financial impact for the first three years amounts to 210.24 billion rupees.
To ensure the effective formulation and implementation of the Scheduled Castes Sub Plan (SCSP), Cabinet approved the draft proposed Sub-Allocation Ordinance on the Welfare and Scheduled Castes Development (planning, earmarking and use of funds) for the state Punjab, 2022.
The new law will be instrumental in ensuring transparency and accountability at all levels in the implementation of the SCSP, and it will also provide incentives for good performance.
Notably, the proportion of the SC population in the state is the highest in the country at 31.94%. The statement said the state government is committed to the socio-economic and educational development of the planned castes in the state. For the development of the SCs, various programs are being implemented by the various departments within the framework of the SCSP, it said.
MINISTER Express your solidarity with the DGP
The cabinet also discussed the BJP’s efforts to politicize the episode of protesters blocking the route of the prime minister’s convoy on Wednesday. The entire cabinet expressed its solidarity with the DGP Siddharth Chattopadhyaya, which should inform the Council of Ministers about the incident. Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit’s report on the security breach was also discussed.