Tribune News Service
Sultanpur Lodhi, Sept 10
With an aim to encourage industries to shift to eco-friendly resources, the Punjab Cabinet decided to cut down VAT on natural gas, in gaseous state other than compressed natural gas (CNG), by 11 per cent i.e. from 14.3 per cent to 3.3 per cent. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh saidthe move would help in reducing industrial pollution in the state.
At present, the VAT rate on natural gas is 13 per cent plus 10 per cent surcharge i.e. 14.30 per cent in Punjab. The major consumer of gas is National Fertilisers Limited (NFL), which uses it in its plants at Bathinda and Nangal. Natural gas is also consumed in very small quantity by select industries and the transport sector. The VAT collection on natural gas from 2014-15 to 2018-19 came down considerably i.e. from Rs 105.77 crore to Rs 5.67 crore, which had further shown a steep decline to Rs 1.84 crore till June 2019 during 2019-20.
The other decisions approved during the Cabinet meeting are as follows:
3% reservation for govt staff in housing projects
The Council of Ministers took a decision with respect to housing allocation, including restriction of flats for allotment of land under the ECGHS scheme to 40 per acre and 3 per cent reservation for government employees in housing projects under PUDA and special authorities’ jurisdiction. The employees of the state government, its boards and corporations, Punjab and Haryana High Court, employees/officials of apex institutions working under the Cooperative Departments like Markfed, Milkfed, Punjab State Cooperative Bank and Housefed, etc, and the staff of the universities funded by the Punjab Government (except private universities) will be eligible for reservation under the policy.
The applicant should have completed at least five years of regular service or should have retired within the last five years from the date of commencement of the scheme.
Rs31L special benefits to slain drug officer’s kin
The Cabinet gave ex-post facto approval to disbursement of financial benefits worth Rs 31 lakh to the legal heirs of Neha Shoree, Mohali drug officer, who was shot dead on duty on March 29, 2019. It decided, therefore, to grant ex-post facto approval for financial benefits, including ex gratia of Rs 20 lakh, GIS saving amount Rs 9,000, death-cum-retirement gratuity of Rs 6.99 lakh, leave encashment of Rs 3.28 lakh and GIS Rs 0.60 lakh, as per the rules.
24 posts of Court Manager Grade-II okayed
To facilitate increased efficiency and prompt dispensation of justice by the state’s judicial system, the Cabinet on Tuesday gave approval for the creation of 24 posts of Court Manager Grade-II in subordinate courts across the state.
The move comes in response to a proposal received from the Registrar, High Court, Home Affairs and Justice Department regarding the creation of 24 posts of court managers at the pay scale of Rs10,300-Rs 34,800+Rs 4,800. Of these, 22 posts will be for the session divisions while one post each will be for deputation in Chandigarh and High Court. The qualification for these posts will be MBA with specialisation in Human Resource or Court Management (in regular/face-to-face mode excluding distance education) from a recognised university. The candidate should have working knowledge of computers/information technology, and preference will be given to those with a law degree.