Taking cognisance of the news reports about the death sentence awarded to 10 youths from Punjab in United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Punjab cabinet Saturday decided to send two of its ministers, Parminder Singh Dhindsa and Madan Mohan Mittal, to the Indian Mission in UAE to take effective measures and explore possibility of their prompt release.
A UAE court had on December 1 sentenced to death 10 youths from Punjab for the murder of a Pakistani national in December last year during a brawl over bootlegging in Al Ain city. The families of the youths, all in their 20s, had pleaded their innocence and urged the state and central governments to step in and bring them back to India.
In another decision, the cabinet gave nod to “The Punjab Regulation of Fees of Unaided Education Institutions Ordinance, 2016,” in order to curb the practice of charging excessive fees from students.
To facilitate the people of Punjab to pay obeisance at Takht Sri Patna Sahib in Bihar on 350th Parkash Utsav of tenth master of Sikhs Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the Cabinet also gave approval to run 200 buses and seek 10 special trains for pilgrimage to the birth place Guru Gobind Singh free of cost for the historic occasion.
The Cabinet also accorded its approval to acquire 40 acres 5 kanal 14 marla of land in village Kandola of tehsil Adampur in Jalandhar district at a cost of Rs 16 crore and transfer the same to the Airports Authority of India for the construction of Civil Air Terminal at Indian Air Force Station, Adampur.
This decision would fulfil the demand of Punjabi diaspora from the Doaba region settled abroad to have domestic air connectivity.
The Cabinet also decided to slash the rate of tax on four-digit lottery scheme from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 62,500 per draw. The lottery agents would conduct minimum 24 draws daily of four-digit lottery schemes.
This decision would mop up annual revenue of nearly Rs 54.60 crore for the state. The Cabinet also decided to enhance the retirement age of the Chairmen of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL) from 65 to 67 years. The Cabinet also gave directions to all the procurement agencies in the state to expedite the receipts from Food Corporation of India (FCI).