Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 30
The Cabinet today dissolved 153 market committees across the state. With this, it terminated the services of nominated chairman and members of the committees.
The decision affects about 1,600 chairman and members of the market committees.
The Cabinet okayed the “super-session” (supersede) of the existing nominated Market Committees
As per the decision, Section 12 of the Punjab Agricultural Produce Market Act, 1961, will be amended to appoint administrators, who will perform the official duties and exercise powers of the market committees for one year or till the nomination of political appointees in the committees, whichever is earlier.
The Cabinet also decided to convert the Shagun scheme into Ashirwad scheme and announced that the money will go to the bank accounts of beneficiaries, and not routed through sarpanches.
Under the Shagun scheme, financial help of Rs15,000 is provided for marriage of daughter, who is above 18 years, to poor families.
It decided to give a monthly assistance of Rs8,000 to women victims of acid attacks under the proposed Punjab Financial Assistance to Acid Victims Scheme, 2017.
The Cabinet gave its nod to a new compensation policy to be formulated for victims of accidents and fire incidents as well as martyrs from the Army, paramilitary forces and Punjab Police .
The Cabinet also decided to extend the contract of the pharmacists working as service providers and Class IV employees in 1,186 subsidiary health centres of Zila Parishads in Rural Development and Panchayats Department for one year, from April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018, or till regular recruitment (whichever is earlier) at the existing rates of Rs7,000 and Rs3,000 per month respectively.
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