Punjab cabinet on Monday gave approval to conduct recruitment for 180 posts in water supply and sanitation department.
“Punjab Cabinet has approved the recruitment of various 180 posts in water supply and sanitation department that includes 30 Sub Divisional Engineers (SDEs), 120 Junior Engineers (JEs) and 30 Junior Draftsmen in the Water,” said a Punjab government spokesperson, while adding that the recruitment of SDEs would be carried by Punjab Public Service Commission while the JEs and Junior draftsmen would be recruited through an independent reputed agency.
Further, Punjab government also approved to fill suitable posts every year and the state government will bring far more efficiency and sustainability of the rural drinking water supply schemes while ensuring supply of potable water in all 15170 habitations across the state.
The cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval in terms of clause 2.3 of Excise Policy for the year 2013-14 for 100 percent allotment of liquor vends already achieved during allotments of liquor vends for the current fiscal.
The spokesperson said that the Cabinet gave go ahead for implementing e-Trip/e-Governance to prevent leakage of revenue besides framing new rules 64-A, 64-B and 64-C.
“The implementation of e-Trip/e-Governance would result in additional revenue to the tune of Rs.200-300 crore annually and Punjab Cabinet today gave green signal to a slew of liberal financial incentives for industrial promotion-2013 in manufacturing sector, integrated textile units, agro & food processing sector besides electronics, hardware and information technology,” said the spokesperson adding that Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal took a decision to implement the incentive package that had been framed after detailed discussions with all stakeholders including Industrial associations, entrepreneurs and concerned government department.
Further, the package of incentives included retention of VAT and CST, exemption from Electricity Duty, exemption from Stamp Duty and Property Tax, waiver off Mandi Fee, Rural Development Fund (RDF) and Infrastructure Development (ID) Cess.
“The VAT and CST incentives up to 80 percent of the amount payable are being offered for the first time to the Manufacturing sector including Textiles, Agro and Food Processing while this exemption for Electronics Hardware and IT sector goes up to 100 percent,” added the spokesperson.
He added that Punjab will showcased as the most preferred investment destination across the globe and the Cabinet also approved incentives like exemption of electricity duty, stamp duty and property tax to be offered to all sectors across the board.
“Likewise, incentives of Mandi Fee, RDF and ID cess would be available to integrated textile and Agro processing units and the state government for the first time had offered several incentives including VAT/CST, Electricity Duty, Stamp Duty and Property Tax to small and medium Enterprise (SME) units having investment from Rs 1 crore to Rs 10 crore set up in the approved industrial parks/industrial focal points. Meanwhile, different zones have been established to offer incentives in less industrially developed districts with higher incentives as compared to relatively more developed districts. Higher incentives to the approved Industrial Parks, Industrial Estates and Industrial Focal Points would also be given to further boost industrial activities,” he added.
The Cabinet also decided to constitute a special committee under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary to examine the issues viz. purchase tax on wheat, milk and cotton produced and processed within the state, food retailing, declaring of factory premises as Mandi yards, wheeling charges on import of power for entire industry and supply of un-interrupted power to IT industry. The committee had been asked to submit its report within 15 days to the Cabinet. The Cabinet also decided to reduce the domestic distant marketing subsidies from 500 km to 230 km for fruits, vegetables and flowers, so that these commodities could avail various subsides from Punjab Agro-Industries Corporation for marketing these commodities in Delhi market.