Ahead of the 2017 Assembly elections in Punjab, the state government Saturday announced several sops to woo different sections of society. The Punjab Cabinet that met here Saturday gave its approval to the draft of Punjab Anand Marriage Rules, 2016 in conformity with the registration of marriages in the state by exercising the powers conferred under Section-6 of the Anand Marriage, Act 1909 as amended by Anand Marriages (Amendment) Act 2012. Marriages registered under the Anand Marriages Act 1909 and Anand Marriages (Amendment) Act, 2012 shall not be required to be registered under the Punjab Compulsory Registration of Marriages Act 2012.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to include Saini and Swarnkar/Sunar Communities in the list of Backward Classes of Punjab as per the recommendations of Backward Classes Commission. The decision would also help the Saini and Swarnkar/Sunar Communities to avail themselves of the benefits of several government welfare schemes.
The Cabinet also decided to introduce the Punjab Laws (Special Provision) Bill, 2016 replacing the already issued ordinance in the current session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha for its enactment to regularise the unauthorised colonies thereby bringing them within the ambit of planning framework and to provide the basic civic amenities to the residents of these colonies for a period of another one year. It may be recalled that the state government had been inviting applications from these residents from time to time and subsequently the term of these extensions given twice for one year each had expired on April 16, 2014 and February 5, 2016. Under this scheme 4,39,902 applications were received from the residents across the state but still several NRIs and people working outside the state could not avail benefit of this scheme so now the Cabinet has taken a conscientious decision to make The Punjab Laws (Special Provision) Bill, 2016 to provide another opportunity for one more year.
In another sop to woo weaker section of society, the Cabinet also gave nod to amend section 2 (bb) of The East Punjab Holdings (Consolidation and Prevention of Fragmentation) Act 1948 to allot five marla plots each from village common land ( Jumla Mustarka Maalkaan) to homeless people.
Nod to amend the Punjab Minor Minerals Rules-2013 by introducing rule 74-A, empowering the state government to issue guidelines under the rules.
Nod for introducing the memorandum for passing a resolution to ratify the amendments to the Constitution of India (122nd Amendment Bill, 2014) by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha during its ongoing session for the implementation of General Sales Tax (GST).
Approval to replace the Ordinance into a bill to grant power to first and second appellate authority for issuing suo-moto notice to ensure implementation of provisions of Right to Service Act in more effective manner.
VAT on Wooden Goods with Inlay Work (Pachikari) Craft in the state abolished.
Approved ‘The Punjab Health and Family Welfare Technical (Group-C) Service Rules, 2016’ to fill the vacant posts in different technical categories of the Health and Family Welfare Department and ensure timely promotions to the staff.
Approval for revival of 377 posts of different cadres and creation of 53 new posts in the jail department.