The budget session of the newly constituted Punjab Assembly would be held from June 19 to June 29. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday. The budget for 2012-13 would be presented on June 20,an official spokesman said.
This would be the first budget of the Parkash Singh Badal led SAD-BJP ministry which returned to power after the Assembly elections in February this year.
The state had adopted a vote on account for the first three months of the current fiscal in March this year when the newly elected members of the 117-member state Assembly were also sworn in.
The session would commence on June 19 in the afternoon with Obituary references. Budget estimates for the year 2012-13 would be presented on June 20 and the general discussions on budget estimates would be held on June 22,25 and 26.
In order to cut expenditure,the chief minister also directed the chief secretary to formulate an official vehicle policy within a month whereby the government vehicle could be replaced with the monthly transport allowance.
After the introduction of the policy the state government proposes to do away with providing official vehicles to its officers who would be provided monthly transport allowance. The details would be made public after the finalisation of the policy,the spokesman said.
The Cabinet also approved guidelines for partnership with private training providers (PTPs) for vocational training and skill development in trades in which existing government institutes do not have requisite trainers and infrastructure. It also approved the breeding policy to improve the quality of cows and buffaloes through artificial insemination.
The Cabinet gave nod to notify the Punjab State Prevention and Control of Infectious and Contagious Diseases in Animal Rules,2012
In a bid to attract qualified specialist doctors to the government hospitals,the Cabinet approved higher education allowance equivalent to 5 annual increments (15 per cent of the basic pay) to the PCMS. Doctors with post graduate degree would be entitled for higher education allowance equivalent to 4 increments for pursuing PG diploma. It gave nod to take out 137 posts in the Town and Country Planning wing of the Housing & Urban Development Department,and approved filling them on the basis of written exam.
It also approved the Punjab Prosecution and Litigation (Group-B) Service Rules,2012.
The state also decided to amend the Punjab Excise and Taxation department (State Service Class-III A) Rules 1956 to abolish 12.50 per cent quota of ministerial staff for the promotion of Excise & Taxation Officers. Now 50 per cent posts meant for promotion to ETOs would be from inspectors of the department.
The cabinet also expressed profound grief and sorrow over the untimely demise of BJP MLA from Dasuya and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Amarjit Singh Sahi who passed away last Sunday.