Punjab Cabinet on Tuesday decided to commence Online Lottery system that will be organized, conducted, operated and regulated as per the provisions of the Lottery Regulation Act, 1998 and Punjab State Lotteries Rules, 1998.
“On-line lottery system was envisaged to offer lottery games played through a network of computer terminals or such other devices as may be approved by the government, installed at retail locations, with the terminals connected to a main data center at a central headquarter. For this purpose, the government would appoint a Distributor/selling agent who would inter-alia design and procure, install and commission, operate and maintain, promote & market and carry out other activities to be required for setting up and managing the On-line lottery,” said the spokesperson.
The selection of the distributor/selling agent would be done through Tenders and Monitoring Committee.
In order to generate funds for the state government, the Cabinet also gave green signal to bring an ordinance to impose 2% stamp duty on Power of Attorney by amending Schedule 1A of the Indian Stamp Act.
The Cabinet also gave nod to return the land of freedom fighters, confiscated by the British Authorities during the freedom struggle, to their kin.
The Cabinet reviewed the situation of availability of sand and construction material and in order to expedite the auction of more mines and increase the availability of sand, gravel (bajri) etc., gave go ahead for amendments of rules, auction procedure, lease policy and policy guidelines for stone crushers to enable a level playing field to all the stake holders in the infrastructure/construction projects. As a price regulatory measure, the Cabinet also decided that some mines would be operated by the industry department so that the material was made available at affordable rates. The Cabinet also constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary which would regularly monitor the situations in this regard.
The Cabinet also approved the amendment in the existing policy regarding purchase of the land for compensatory afforestation due to non availability of degraded forest land in the state. As per the amendment every user agency which required forest land should provide equivalent non-forest land or pay its cost to the Forest department. Funds, thus generated would be utilized for the purchase non-forest land by the department for carrying out afforestation. The policy exempts all the Government sector cases and certain roads to be constructed on BoT basis besides the land owners of the Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900 areas from the condition of the payment of cost of equivalent non-forest land. The department had already transferred 50% of the funds nearly Rs.32 crore along with interest received thereof to the greening Punjab Mission Fund.
The Cabinet also decided to amend the Punjab Act and Pepsu Act enabling NRIs to get their all ancestral or five years old properties vacated expeditiously. Earlier, they could get only one property vacated.
The Council of Ministers also decided to contribute 10% of their discretionary funds placed at their disposal towards the creation of corpus fund for the construction of Jang-E-Azadi Memorial. An amount to the tune of Rs.2,87,50,000/- has been sent directly to the foundation instead of Cultural Affairs department for the establishment of ‘Jang-E-Azadi’ Memorial. It may be recalled that the Cabinet in its meeting held on October 23, 2012 had decided that each Cabinet Minister and Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPS) would annually contribute Rs 10 lakh and Rs 7.50 lakh respectively out of their discretionary funds.
The Cabinet also approved the draft bill for the enactment of Punjab Horse Race (Regulation & Management) Act, 2013 to provide for setting up, management and operation of race courses, betting activities and intermediaries involved and also for licensing, regulation, control and management of horse races on race courses, maintaining and keeping of horses at race courses, exhibition of horses and other processes of horse race and all matter connected therewith and incidental thereto etc.
The Cabinet also approved the exemption of fee charged for the registered mortgage deed in the larger public interest. Likewise the Cabinet also approved the loan of Rs.1500 crore raised by PUDA against OUVGL properties. The decision is aimed at triggering the tempo of growth and development in the state.
To perpetuate our rich legacy and glorious cultural heritage amongst the future generations, the Cabinet also approved to transfer the land and building of Wood Seasoning Plant Kartarpur in Jalandhar district to the Cultural Affairs Department for setting up of the memorial of Swami Virjanand.