Punjab Cabinet Approves Outline of Punjab State Social Protection and SC Development Project

CHANDIGARH: In an effort to ensure effective formulation and implementation of the Scheduled Caste sub-plan, the Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday approved the outline of the sub-allocation ordinance proposed by the State of Punjab and the development of listed castes (planning, allocation and use of financial resources), 2022.

A decision to this effect was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi here in Punjab Bhawan this evening.

The new law will help ensure transparency and accountability at all levels in the implementation of the Scheduled Castes Sub-plan (SCSP) and there will also be provision of incentives for commendable performance. In addition, the departments implementing the SCSP will have to implement the SCSP in a true spirit for the benefit of all stakeholders, that is to say the entire SC population of the State.

The Cabinet also authorized the Prime Minister to approve the draft ordinance as prepared and reviewed by the Legal Remembrancer (LR) without having to resubmit it to the Council of Ministers.

Notably, the percentage of the population of listed castes in the state is 31.94%, which is the highest in the country. The state government is committed to the socio-economic and educational development of the listed castes in the state. For the development of listed castes, various devices falling under the listed castes sub-plan (SCSP) are implemented by the various departments.

According to a spokesperson for the Chief Minister’s Office, to ensure the effective implementation of these programs, the state government has decided to enact a law on the scheduled castes sub-plan. In this regard, an ordinance would be presented to the Governor of Punjab for approval. By law, funds at least equal to the percentage of the population of SC will be allocated for the welfare and development of scheduled castes. The usefulness of the law will be the systematic and comprehensive procedure in all aspects regarding the formulation and implementation of the CPSS in the state.

GRANTS THE DISBURSEMENT OF RS.3000 BY LIVE REGISTERED CONSTRUCTION WORKER REGISTERED WITH BOCW AS PROVISIONAL FINANCIAL RELIEF

The Cabinet approved the release and disbursement of Rs 3,000 per live registered construction worker registered with the Punjab Building and Construction Workers Welfare Council (BOCW) as interim financial relief.

In view of the difficult situation due to COVID-19, the progress of construction projects underway in several locations either halted or temporarily slowed down, which severely affected the day-to-day activities of construction work across the state. . As a result, it also affected the livelihoods of many construction workers. Construction workers continue to face financial difficulties. In addition, new guidelines have also been issued given the likely threat of a third wave.

Notably, the prevailing situation has exacerbated the already tense working environment and reduced opportunities for marginalized sections of society, resulting in severe financial constraints, especially for registered construction workers.

APPROVES THE CREATION OF 2,000 PHYSICAL TRAINING INSTRUCTOR POSITIONS

With a view to providing employment opportunities for unemployed youth in the state in addition to ensuring good health for public school students, the Cabinet approved the creation of 2,000 Physical Training Instructor (PTI) positions by the Recruitment Directorate of the School Education Department into the compensation matrix of Rs. 29,200 per month.

The process of filling these newly created posts would be initiated in stages. In addition, there will be a financial charge to the tune of Rs. 70.08 crore per year for the creation of the aforementioned positions. Since these new individuals must receive a minimum wage from the applicable compensation matrix during their three-year probationary period, there will be financial implications up to Rs. 210.24 crore for the first three years.