Punjab gives nod for creating special fund to fight cancer

Chandigarh/March 7
Punjab government today gave nod for creating a special fund to fight cancer which will be used for setting up infrastructure, including equipment, in selected hospitals for treatment of cancer as well as drug addiction.
A senior government official said that in cabinet meeting here today, Punjab government gave its approval to introducing the Punjab State Cancer and Drug Addiction Treatment Infra Structure Fund Bill, 2013 which will be presented in assembly in the coming Budget session. “The Bill aims at creating a special fund for setting up infrastructure, including equipment, in selected hospitals for treatment of cancer as well as drug addiction,” said the official.
The government official said that the also gave its approval to Punjab Rent (Amendment) Bill, 2013 to facilitate NRIs (non-resident Indians) in getting their properties vacated. All properties on rent under an agreement will come under the purview of this new law.
Punjab Cabinet approved the new Excise and Taxation policy for the year 2013-14 with an increase of Rs.610 crore over last year. The revenue expected during 2013-14 is Rs.4020 crores as against Rs.3410 crores in the current year which means that liquor will get costlier by April 1.
The Cabinet also gave in principle approval to enact the Punjab Contract Farming Act, 2012, to safeguard the rights of farmers as well as buyers besides ensuring a marketing mechanism to boost the farm diversification programme.
The Cabinet also gave its approval for granting ownership rights to land allottees who migrated from Pakistan after Partition as they are shown as tenants in the official records till now, stated the government official.
The Prisons Punjab Amendment Bill, 2013, by amending the Prisons Act, 1894, has also been amended to deter prisoners from using mobile phones as it proposes imprisonment of up to five years for the offence. The cabinet has also approved to create 39 posts of C-PYTE within six months to impart technical training to the youth.