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Punjab Cabinet approves 337 Sahulat bazaars

LAHORE:Punjab Cabinet meeting, which met at CM Office under the chair of Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Tuesday, approved the establishment of 337 Sahulat bazaars/Sahulat counters across the province to provide 10-kg flour bag at Rs430 along with the provision of fruits, vegetables, rice and pulses at subsidised rates.

Sahulat bazaars will benefit people and more steps will also be taken to facilitate the people, the CM said. He directed the cabinet committee for price control. The meeting approved the first provincial sports policy 2020, under which a sports endowment fund will be established along with the establishment of sports infrastructure, establishments of academies and geo-tagging of the database. Insurance schemes and sports medicines were also included in this policy. Sports grounds will be developed in 200 villages. The CM instructed to take every step to promote sports culture. The meeting approved Punjab Irrigation, Drainage and Users Act 2021 to identify irrigation rights and better management of Varabandi. 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 for constituting a ministerial committee to review and submit its recommendations about the transfer policy of the irrigation department. 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 approved to abolish contradicting sections of contract appointment policy 2004 for recruitment after reaching the age of superannuation. The cabinet approved to include PCP air gun/ CO-II air gun/ silenced air gun in Section-9 of Punjab Wildlife Amendment Act 2007 so that these weapons could not be used for hunting. A ban has been imposed on using air gun with more than 800 metres per second velocity for hunting purposes.

Amendment to Punjab Industries (Control on Establishment and Enlargement) Ordinance 1963 was approved along with the decision to present PPSC report 2020 before PA. The cabinet decided to devolve rights at the grassroots under Section 2(C) of The Punjab Hotels and Restaurants Act 1976.

The Punjab Travel Agencies Rules 2021, Punjab Hotel and Restaurant Rules 2021 and Punjab Tourist Guide Rules 2021 were approved along with the approval of the resignation of chairman Lahore Central Business District Authority. The cabinet approved wheat procurement target while the Punjab government will provide 100,000 metric ton wheat to KP. Punjab bank’s financial audit for 2017-18 and the decisions made in the 43rd, 44th and 45th meetings were also approved.

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