The state Cabinet on Tuesday approved the Punjab Municipal Outdoor Advertisement Policy -2012,which will be applicable to all such advertisements within the limits of municipalities across the state. The policy has been primarily designed to ensure that outdoor advertisements dont pose any problems to traffic movement. It also aims to make the auction of spaces,meant for the outdoor advertisements,more transparent.
The Cabinet also gave its nod for an ordinance amending the Punjab Municipal Act,1911 to ensure the implementation of the new Punjab Municipal Outdoor Advertisement Policy and the Municipal Outdoor Advertisement bye-laws- 2012.
It also approved the creation of 68 posts in the Directorate of Governance Reforms (DGR). The DGR is instrumental in improving office procedures and systems besides carrying out administrative reforms and e-governance in all state government departments.
Responding to the proposal moved by the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal off the agenda,the Cabinet has allowed the contribution of Rs 10 lakh and Rs 7.50 lakh every year,from the discretionary funds of ministers and chief parliamentary secretaries,for the construction of the Jang-e-Azaadi memorial being constructed at Kartarpur near Jalandhar.
The Cabinet gave its nod for the formation of a sub-committee,under the Chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal,to device a comprehensive policy for maintenance of sewerage,water supply,storm water and roads in urban areas.
Approved freight charges of nearly Rs 35.50 crore,to be borne out by the state government,for transportation of nearly 16 lakh MT of paddy to districts having surplus milling capacity.
The Cabinet also approved an amendment in the Punjab Land Revenue Act,1987,that will allow the state government to fix the scale of fees to be charged from any landowner seeking demarcation of his estate.
The Irrigation department has received the cabinet nod to enhance rates of canal water,used for drinking purposes,from Rs 12 per 6,000 cubic foot and Rs 32 per 2,500 cubic foot for its bulk supply to Rs 18 and Rs 48 respectively,with a provision of 2 per cent hike in the rates annually.
The Cabinet also approved the proposals put forth by the Food and Civil Supplies department for the smooth and prompt procurement of paddy during the Kharif Marketing season 2012-13.
An amendment in the Punjab (Institutions and Other Buildings) Tax Act,2011,that sought to exclude charitable hospitals from the ambit of the Act,has received approval.
The Cabinet gave its nod for the signing of an MoU between the Rural Development and Panchayat Department and the IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative Limited,to ensure urban public utilities in the rural sector.
A proposal,seeking transfer of land and buildings,that belong to the Faridkot Co-operative Sugar Mill,to the state approved.