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Punjab govt calls special one-day Assembly session to pass Bills

On the table are many pre-poll sops.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Chandigarh |
December 17, 2016 1:07:42 am

The Punjab Cabinet Friday decided to convene a one-day session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Monday to table and ratify a number of Bills to implement the decision it has taken recently ahead of the Assembly polls scheduled early next year. The decision was taken during a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Earlier, a special session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha was held on November 16 on the issue of Sutlej Yamuna Link canal project.

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The Bills to be tabled on Monday include the one on regularisation of nearly 30,000 contractual employees.

A day after the state government announced its pre-poll “Diwali bonanza” on October 25 to regularise the contractual employees, Supreme Court had ordered to pay temporary workers at par with regular employees citing equal pay for equal work.

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In a related development, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal also met Punjab Governor. He was accompanied by a number of top officials in the government. For introducing a money Bill in the Vidhan Sabha, assent of Governor is needed.

A bill relating to constitution of Bhagwan Valmik Ji Tirath Sthal (Ram Tirath), Amritsar Shrine Board, is also likely to be introduced in the session on Monday.

The Cabinet had recently approved Bhagwan Valmik Ji Tirath Sthal (Ram Tirath) Shrine Board Act, Ordinance, 2016 and Rules 2016 there-under for operation and maintenance of the Bhagwan Valmik Tirath Sthal (Ram Tirath), Amritsar.

The 15-member Shrine Board has been constituted under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister and minister in-charge of the department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs as its Vice-Chairman.


Another Bill to amend a clause in Punjab School Education Board Act, 1969, for the appointment of its chairman from amongst the IAS or PCS Officer, who has served the Central Government or State Government or both for a period of not less than 10 years is also likely to be introduced.

The Cabinet had recently promulgated an ordinance Punjab School Education Board (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 for the same.

“There are about 10 such ordinances for which Bills would be introduced to make them Act,” said a senior official of Punjab government.


“The government decided that the approvals in the cabinet in the form of ordinances should be given a concrete shape in the forms of Acts and hence bills would be introduced in the cabinet during the session on Monday,” said SAD spokesperson and Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema.

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First published on: 17-12-2016 at 01:07:42 am
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