In a significant decision to boost crop diversification in the state,the Punjab Cabinet Monday approved maize cultivation on pilot basis under the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode.
The Cabinet also gave go ahead for implementing e-Trip/ e-Governance to prevent leakage of revenue,besides framing new rules under some additional clauses.
The implementation of e-Trip/e-Governance is projected to result in additional revenue to the tune of Rs 200-300 crore annually.
The maize project,meanwhile,is aimed at achieving enhancement of area under maize cultivation by 40,000 hectares in 56 blocks that have been identified.
The proposed varieties of maize hybrid seeds would be cultivated,produced and harvested within 120 days from June 1,2013,an official said.
To bring efficiency in the rural drinking water supply schemes,the Cabinet also approved the recruitment at 180 posts including 30 Sub Divisional Engineers (SDEs),120 Junior Engineers (JEs) and 30 Junior Draftsmen in the Water Supply & Sanitation department. The recruitment of SDEs will be carried by PPSC while the JEs and Junior draftsmen would be recruited through an independent agency.