Punjab cabinet decides to establish 337 Sahulat Bazaars to provide items at subsidized rates

By: News Desk
Published: 11:05 PM, 22 Jun, 2021
Punjab cabinet decides to establish 337 Sahulat Bazaars to provide items at subsidized rates
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The 46th provincial cabinet meeting, which met at CM Office under the chair of Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar Tuesday, approved the establishment of 337 Sahulat Bazaars/ Sahulat Counters across the province to provide 10-kg flour bag at Rs.430 along with the provision of fruits, vegetables, rice and pulses at subsidised rates., reported 24NewsHD TV channel

The CM directed the cabinet committee for price control to take immediate steps in this regard. The meeting approved the first provincial sports policy 2020. A sports endowment fund will be established along with the establishment of sports infrastructure, establishments of academies and geo-tagging of the database. Insurance scheme and sports medicines are also included in this policy.

Sports grounds were being developed in 200 villages and identification of lands has been completed for the establishment of 1400 more grounds. Meanwhile, multipurpose tehsil sports complexes are also being constructed in 65 tehsils. The CM instructed to take every step to promote sports culture and provision of facilities to sportsmen.

The meeting approved Punjab Irrigation, Drainage and Rivers Act 2021 to identify irrigation rights and better management of Varabandi. This act will also help in the construction of new dams, improvement in groundwater recharge and dam safety. The agri tube wells will be registered to maintain underground water level. Extension in the lease of nazul land for Behbood Complex of Behbood Association in Shams Qari, Chamba House Lane, GOR-I, Lahore was approved as well.

The CM directed to constitute a ministerial committee to review and submit its recommendations about the transfer policy of the irrigation department. Similarly, a committee was constituted to submit recommendations after a review of affiliation procedure and guidelines for affiliation with public sector institutions under Private Sector Universities/ Institutions Punjab 2021. It was also approved to abolish contradicting sections of contract appointment policy 2004 for recruitment after reaching the age of superannuation. This will remove ambiguity between contract and reemployment.

The cabinet approved to include PCP airgun/ CO-II airgun/ silenced airgun in Section-9 of Punjab Wildlife Amendment Act 2007 so that these weapons could not be used for hunting. Ban has been imposed on using airgun with more than 800 meters per second velocity for hunting purposes. Amendment in Punjab Industries (Control on Establishment and Enlargement) Ordinance 1963 was approved along with the decision to present PPSC report 2020 before Punjab assembly. The cabinet decided to devolve rights at the grassroots under Section 2(C) of The Punjab Hotels and Restaurants Act 1976. This will accord district management (district commissioner) specific rights of hotels and restaurants' management. The Punjab Travel Agencies Rules 2021, Punjab Hotel and Restaurant Rules 2021 and Punjab Tourist Guide Rules 2021 were also approved along with the approval of the resignation of chairman Lahore Central Business District Authority.

The cabinet gave ex post facto approval of the wheat procurement target while the Punjab government will provide one lakh metric tons wheat to KPK province. Punjab bank’s financial audit for 2017-18 and the decisions made in the 43rd, 44th and 45th meetings of the cabinet were also approved. The cabinet appreciated CM’s vision for providing relief to the citizens and congratulated him for presenting a historic budget.

The CM said the budget 2021-22 is not a detail of figures but a comprehensive roadmap for composite development. A separate district development package has been chalked out and Rs.560 billion ADP is designed according to the needs of the people, he said and advised the opposition to go through the budget as the era of one-man show has come to an end and decisions are made with consultations.

Sahulat bazaars will benefit the people and more steps will also be taken to facilitate the general public, he added. Provincial ministers, advisors, special assistants, chief secretary and others attended the meeting.

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