Punjab Cabinet approves first provincial sports policy, 332 Sahulat Bazars

Firdos Aiwan
Punjab Cabinet approves first provincial sports policy, 332 Sahulat Bazars

LAHORE: The Punjab cabinet on Tuesday decided to establish 332 Sahulat bazaars and counters across the province to provide 10-kg flour bag at Rs430 and provision of fruits, vegetables, rice and pulses at subsidised rates.

The cabinet, which met with Chief Minister Usman Buzdar in the chair, also approved the first provincial sports policy 2020. As ports endowment fund will be constituted along with the establishment of sports infrastructure, establishment of academies and geo-tagging of the database. An insurance scheme and sports medicines are also included in the policy.

Sports grounds are being developed in 200 villages and identification of lands has been completed for the establishment of 1,400 more grounds. Meanwhile, multipurpose sports complexes are also being constructed in 65 tehsils. The CM instructed to take every step to promote sports culture and provision of facilities to sportsmen.

The meeting approved Punjab Irrigation, Drainage and Users Act 2021 to identify irrigation rights and better management ofWarabandi [water allocation]. This act will also help in the construction of new dams, improvement in groundwater recharge and dam safety. The agriculture tubewells will be registered to maintain underground water level.

The CM directed to constitute a ministerial committee to review and submit its recommendations about the transfer policy of the irrigation department. A similar committee was constituted to submit recommendations after a review of affiliation procedure and guidelines for affiliation with public sector institutions under Private Sector Universities/ Institutions Punjab 2021.

It was also approved to abolish contradicting sections of contract appointment policy 2004 forrecruitment after reaching the age of superannuation. This will remove ambiguity between contract and reemployment.

The cabinet approved to include PCP airgun/ CO-II airgun/ silenced airgun in Section-9 of Punjab Wildlife Amendment Act 2007 so that these weapons could not be used for hunting. A ban has been imposed on using airgun with more than 800 meters per second velocity for hunting purposes.

Amendment in Punjab Industries (Control on Establishment and Enlargement) Ordinance 1963 was approved along with the decision to present PPSC report 2020 before Punjab assembly. The cabinet decided to devolve rights at the grassroots under Section 2(C) of The PunjabHotels and Restaurants Act 1976.

This will accord district management (district commissioner) specific rights of hotels and restaurants`management.

The Punjab Travel Agencies Rules 2021, Punjab Hotel and Restaurant Rules 2021 and Punjab Tourist Guide Rules 2021 were also approved along with the approval of the resignation of chairman Lahore Central Business District Authority.

The cabinet gave ex-post facto approval of the wheat procurement target and also decided to provide 100,000 metric tons wheat to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Punjab bank`s financial audit for 2017-18 and the decisions made in the 43rd, 44th and 45th meetings of the cabinet were also approved