To ensure wider competitive participation with increased transparency and at the same time reduce frivolous disputes, the Punjab Cabinet on Friday gave a nod to the new Punjab Foodgrains Labor Policy – 2022 and Policy Revised Punjab Food Grain Transport – 2022.
“The revised transportation policy is now in line with the bespoke milling policy for paddy sourcing and milling, approved by Cabinet a few days ago. The revised transport policy requires, for the first time ever, the installation of vehicle tracking systems in every vehicle used to transport government-purchased food grains,” the spokesperson for the Chief Minister’s office said. after the meeting.
The Ministry of Food, Civil Supply and Consumer Affairs has already started the process of establishing companies that provide vehicle tracking systems and making the existing Anaaj Khareed portal compatible with these systems.
Similarly, the new labor policy aims to ensure greater participation of labor associations by abolishing the current labor and trucking policy.
The existing labor and trucking policy, in effect for many decades, was seen by many as favoring the participation of contractors, since it involved the provision of labor and transportation services by the same person. But the new policy has “completely decoupled labor and transportation services, providing labor associations with increased opportunities to participate directly in the bidding process, which will directly increase their income by removing the margin of the entrepreneur,” explained the spokesperson.
Highlighting aspects of labor and transport policies, the spokesperson said every effort had been made to make the system completely transparent by removing some existing provisions, which were sometimes open to abuse and often provoked frivolous litigation. An important step in this regard was taken by completely eliminating the submission of manual documents during the bidding process, as many bids were often rejected due to minor discrepancies in their submission, he said. .
In line with government policy to encourage new entrepreneurs, the policy has, for the first time, allowed participation in tenders without any prior experience requirement.
The requirement to submit physical details of truck registration certificates and the Aadhar number of manpower, which often resulted in the rejection of bids due to minor discrepancies and subsequently caused frivolous disputes, has also been removed.
Elaborating further, the spokesperson said the policy limited the size of the tendered cluster to 50,000 MT. This, in turn, should reduce vehicle and labor requirements in a cluster, thereby increasing competition.
Previously, there was no criteria to determine the size of a cluster, which ranged from as low as 5,000 MT to over two lakh MT, he explained. Both policies have now made the Deputy Commissioner the chair of the tender committee.
APPROVAL TO FILLING 359 POSITIONS IN THE AGRI DEPARTMENT
The State Cabinet has also given approval to fill 359 direct recruitment vacancies in various cadres on the technical side of the Department of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare. These positions, including 200 agricultural development officers, 150 agricultural sub-inspectors and nine laboratory assistants, will be filled without any restructuring. The spokesperson said there was a severe shortage of officers or employees in the department due to which its functioning had been negatively affected. Filling these positions will help the Department to smoothly implement agricultural development programs and provide hassle-free facilities to farmers.
NOD TO FILLING 80 CIVILIAN JUDGES
To expedite the process of recruiting new judicial officers to ensure prompt relief from work in the subordinate courts, the Cabinet has decided to fill 80 Civil Judge (Junior Division)-cum-Judicial Magistrate positions through the High Court of Punjab and Haryana by bringing out the under Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), Patiala.
EX POST FACTO APPROVAL FOR EXPANSION OF SERVICES OF 497 VETERINARY PHARMACISTS, 498 CLASS IV/SAFAI SEWAKS
To provide effective animal health services in 582 veterinary hospitals across the state, the Cabinet also gave ex post facto approval for the continuation of the services of service providers – 497 veterinary pharmacists and 498 class IV or Safai Sewaks – working already on a contractual basis as a provisional agreement, for a period of one year, i.e. from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023. This decision was taken to ensure the proper functioning of the veterinary hospital, in addition to allowing dairy farmers to benefit from the best veterinary services for livestock.
NEW SUB-DIVISION OFFICE IN THE TECHNICAL WING OF THE PANCHAYAT DEPARTMENT
To ensure the smooth functioning of the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats, the Cabinet has given the green signal to establish a new sub-division office in the technical wing of the Department at SAS Nagar. A total of six posts, including one sub-divisional officer, two junior engineers, a junior draftsman, a clerk and a peon post, were also created.
REVISED PSPSCL DISTRIBUTION SECTOR SCHEME OBTAINS NOD
The Cabinet also approved the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) proposed by PSPCL to improve the quality and reliability of power supply to consumers by strengthening its distribution system. The spokesperson said that the Union Department of Energy launched the program for the power distribution sector with an expenditure of Rs 3,03,758 crore with an estimated gross budget support of Rs 97,631 crore from the Center.