July 21, 2020
The provincial cabinet which met at CM Office on Tuesday under the chair of Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar approved issuance of notification of establishment of national park over an area of 8740 acre at Kheri Murat near Fateh Jang and another park at Pabbi near Kharian over 38874 acres. The Lal Suhanra National Park Bahawalpur will also be expanded with an area of one lac, 62 thousand and 567 acres.
The meeting also approved to expand the scope of Walled City of Lahore Authority to the whole of the province along with giving in-principle approval to renaming it as Walled City and Heritage Area Authority Punjab. Probation of Offenders Amendment Act, 2020 was approved along with the approval of Punjab Payroll Act, 2020 and Punjab Good Conduct Prisoners Probational Release Amendment Act, 2020. Approval in the rules and regulations of Mines and Oilfields and Mineral Development (Government Control) Act, 1948 was also given. Similarly, signing of an MoU between Chinese city Qingdao and Faisalabad Municipal Corporation Administration was approved for bilateral exchange of delegations. Meanwhile, the cabinet approved amendments in section 6 of PEPRA Act, 2009 along with the approval of amendments in rules 12 and 59 of Punjab Procurement Rules, 2014 (Amended 2019). The constitution of a committee under the Finance Minister for appointment of permanent President/CEO of Punjab Provincial Cooperatives Bank Ltd was given approval along with the approval of matters pertaining to the appointment of officers for local governments. Approval of presenting the annual report of provincial ombudsman for the year 2018 before Punjab Assembly was approved along with approval of rules and regulations for the appointment of Chairperson Child Protection and Welfare Bureau. The meeting also approved a draft law for tabling a resolution in the Punjab assembly relating to Namoos-e-Risalat (PBUH). Similarly, approval was granted to scrap the requirement of 100 rupee stamp paper on sale of registered motor cars and transfer of registration under article 23 (C) of schedule 1 of Stamp Act, 1899. The proceedings of 30th and 31st cabinet meetings were endorsed along with the approval of decisions made in the 27th meeting of the standing cabinet committee for legislation.
The CM stated that necessary reforms have been introduced in the probation and payroll system by setting up probation and parole service to improve the arrangements. Steps taken for overcoming price-hike have yielded positive results and rates of basic food items in Punjab are less than other provinces. The administration has been activated against price hike and hoarders and profiteers will not escape from the grip of the law, he concluded.