Starting the hiring process for 50,000 government positions during the current fiscal, Punjab’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved the restructuring of 10 departments, paving the way to increase their functional efficiency through technical upgrade.
At a state cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, it was decided that new and more relevant posts would be created, when needed, instead of the many redundant that remained vacant for a long time. “The move marks a major shift toward modernizing government departments to equip them to meet contemporary operational challenges,” an official statement said.
The 10 departments to be restructured are: labor, technical education and industrial training, PWD (B and R), livestock, fisheries and dairy development, tourism and cultural affairs, local government, printing and stationery, sports and youth services, welfare, defense . welfare services, cooperation department. As part of the restructuring exercise, 2,375 positions will be eliminated in these departments and another 785 will be created in the first attempt, according to the statement.
He also said: “The government will recruit 50,000 people in 10 departments by March 31.” The Cabinet also approved certain amendments to the Punjab Civil Services Rules to provide new pay scales (matrix) according to the pattern of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission for all new members of the state government and its entities.
The amendment approved by the Cabinet stipulates that the expression “fixed monthly salaries” for employees, appointed to the service before July 17, 2020, means the amount withdrawn monthly by a government employee equal to the minimum of the salary band of the service or position for which he is appointed. The amount will not include the payment by grade, the special payment, the annual increase or any other subsidy, except the travel subsidy extracted with reference to the payment of the corresponding grade of service or position.
In order to “improve the efficiency in the operation” of the Directorate of the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and the District Educational Training Institutes (DIET), the Cabinet approved the creation of separate cadres of its personnel.
It was decided to notify separate rules for SCERT / DIET staff, the statement said, adding that the Cabinet accepted the proposal put forward by the Department of School Education in this regard.
Currently, all SCERT and DIET personnel are attached to the DPI (School Education) Directorate.
Meanwhile, the government of Punjab decided to strengthen the security mechanism for all cash transport activities in the state by regulating all private security agencies involved in such activities under the umbrella of the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, (PSARA) 2005.
Cabinet gave the green light to notify Punjab Private Security Agencies (Private Security for Cash Transport Activities) Rules, 2020, in compliance with the PSAR Act of 2005, which did not specifically cover the activities of transportation agencies of cash.
With the notification of the new rules, cash transport agencies would now be required to obtain a license from the State Control Authority. Additionally, individuals entrusted with the security of cash in transit will need to be properly recruited, verified and trained in accordance with the rules / guidelines set forth in the PSAR Act of 2005 and the Cash Transportation Rules of 2020.