Cabinet nod also for 20 additional posts of Superior Judicial Services

The Punjab Cabinet has approved setting up of 20 fast track courts for speedy trial of cases of assault against women. As recommended by the High Court, it also gave the go-ahead for creating 20 additional posts of Superior Judicial Services along with the supporting staff.

The Cabinet at its meeting presided over by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday evening reiterated its commitment to ensuring safety and justice and approved a special drive to recruit only women for six posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSPs), 36 Inspectors, 415 Sub-inspectors and 400 Constables in the State Police. They shall be deployed on exclusive duties to control crime or sexual assault against women.

The special recruitment would entail an additional expenditure of Rs.18.04 crore annually on the State exchequer, a statement quoting the official spokesman of the State Government said.

The Cabinet also approved an Ordinance for amending the Punjab Lokpal Act, 1996, to allow appointment of “Up-Lokpal” in the State.

It also agreed to convene the Budget session of the State Assembly from March 11 to 28. The session will begin with the Governor’s Address and Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa will present the budgetary estimates for the next fiscal on March 20.

Through another decision the Cabinet also approved of creating a special fund to check spread of cancer and drug-addiction in the State. An amount, which was not specified, would be levied on some items to finance this special fund.

The administrative department with the consent of the Chief Minister would enact a scheme under which the fund would be used for the specific purpose.

Taking a step towards realising broadband connectivity in the rural areas, the Cabinet gave the green signal for signing an agreement with the Department of Telecommunications and Bharat Broadband Network Limited for creation of a National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN).

The Cabinet also approved doubling of the monthly assistance to veterans and widows of World War II from Rs.1,000 to Rs.2,000, besides enhancing the annual income eligibility conditions of these beneficiaries from Rs.12,000 to Rs.1,00,000.

  • Special drive to recruit over 850 police women at different ranks

  • At an additional expenditure of Rs.18.04 crore annually