Budget session of Punjab assembly to be held from March 11 to 28

Cabinet also approve amendments to Lokpal and Motor Vehicles Act

Chandigarh/February 5

The 14th budget session of Punjab assembly will be held from March 11 to 28, a spokesperson of Punjab government said today.
The spokesperson said that a decision in this regard was taken in a cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal at Punjab Bhawan today. “The dates of the Session would be sent for the final nod by the Punjab Governor for summoning the 4th Session (Budget) of 14th Punjab assembly. The budget estimates for the year 2013-14 would be presented on March 20 by the Finance minister, Parminder Singh Dhindsa and the general discussion on budget estimates would be held from March 22 onwards,” said the spokesperson.
He further stated that the cabinet also approved to amend Punjab Motor Vehicle Taxation Act 1924 for the provision of penalty and punishments against the defaulters for not paying vehicle tax at the state entry points. The buses plying on contract carriage permit or tourist permit of other states entering into Punjab without payment of Motor Vehicles Tax on entry point would be liable to imposition of penalty for the first offence of Rs 50,000 and Rs 1 lakh for the subsequent offence. Further, the erring owner or driver of such vehicle would be punished with imprisonment up to six months.
He added that the cabinet also approved to issue Ordinance for amending Punjab Lokpal Act, 1996 and for the appointment of one Up-Lokpal in the state. This decision will assist the Lokpal in dealing with the cases in more effective manner and will also enable the democratic functioning of Lokpal.